All iPads Is a screen protector necessary for the Ipad air?

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  1. Alundra macrumors regular

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    If im going to use a smart cover?

    also, does it have gorilla glass?
     
  2. webdevfreak macrumors newbie

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    I used to have protectors but since they use Gorilla glass i do not. The screen is so much sharper without them. Some people can apply them nicely but I'm kinda clumsy with them. I never had an issue.

    I did get the smart case. I love it. Some people might say it adds too much bulk. Mather of preference i guess.
     
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Depends if you have small kids or not. If you have small kids I'd recommend an inexpensive (CLEAR only not matte, anti-glare, or smudge proof) screen protector in case they try to draw on it with a regular marker vs a digital one. Amazon, eBay have them for $6 shipped or less, but be sure to buy from a place that ships inside the U.S. as a lot ship direct from China via slow boat.
     
  4. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    I use screen protectors, but switched from Zagg to much less expensive types. The Zagg protectors are quite obvious, even when applied perfectly. I found Shield Guardz on eBay, and use them on my phones and tablets. You can't tell they're on the device, but it's important to take your time installing them.

    Do you wear a diamond ring? That'll scratch whatever sort of glass Apple uses on their devices, as will sand. Also, there is a coating on the glass that has been shown to be very susceptible to scratching, although the scratches are less visible than those extending into the glass.

    Bottom line is, you can always peel the protector off at a later date, but you can't remove scratches. ;)
     
  5. Alundra thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    What if I decide to buy the bamboo bluetooth stylus? It might scratch the screen right?
     
  6. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Any stylus "might" scratch the screen; say a piece of grit ends up on the stylus tip. Or gets on the inside of the smart cover. Or any number of scenarios.

    You'll find no definitive answer to your original question. Some people end up with no scratches on their screens, some people end up with tons of scratches. Whether you choose a screen protector or "go naked" is a judgement call only you can make.

    Read the item descriptions of used ipads on cowboom.com and see how many are listed as having scratches on the screen.

    Just one note; while the screen may be gorilla glass, you may still scratch the coating and have visible "scratches" without any actual damage to the glass.
     
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Don't sweat it. As I mentioned above screen protectors can be had for cheap. Try it out. If you hate it remove and move on.
     
  8. ngenerator macrumors 68000

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    Agreed, I bought a 3-pack of anti-glare screen protectors last week (for about $5 after shipping) and installed it Friday. By Sunday night I had removed it, since it just made text blurry to the point that it hurt my eyes.

    I've had matte screen protectors on all my iPads, from 1 through 4, and the Air is the first one that I've enjoyed just fine without a screen protector.
     
  9. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68000

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    IMO they are always needed. less value on resell with a scratch on the screen. now if power support could actually come out with a new one less than 2 months after a new model is out, we'd be set
     
  10. Velin macrumors 65816

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    The money you waste on screen protectors easily cancels whatever perceived resell benefit you believe they impart.

    OP: no, not needed.
     
  11. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Yeah, matte, anti-glare, anti-smuge were great for original iPad and iPad 2 but are a cure worse than the disease on any Retina iPad. I switched to clear.
     
  12. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68000

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    i disagree. from the average asking prices i saw on craigslist, my $20 screen protector netted me an extra $100
     
  13. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    I've had every generation of iPad and sold them all with flawless screens.
    Never used a screen protector but always used a case with a screen cover.
    If I'm using the iPad the cover is open. When I'm not the cover is closed.
    I can see how a screen could get scratched in a bag or backpack or something but I really can't see scratching it from just using it.
    That Gorilla Glass is really pretty tough.
     
  14. darknyt macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried the newer Zagg HD screen protectors? I use them on all my devices and they are pretty close to the naked glass feel. I always have the store install, but I have a nice flagship store here and they do a great job, take care of any need to return (like phone swap at Apple store), and even have 20% off for my employer.

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    Doubt the screens are actually flawless, but likely didn't have obvious scratches you could see in normal use. Most anyone's screen they thought was flawless had a ton of those micro-scratches you can see when you hold them up to the light right. Probably just on the coating, but still visible compared to having a perfect screen when I use my Zagg HD.
     
  15. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    I did two Zagg HD screen protectors on our iPad 4's, and one was better than the previous versions, and the other was MUCH better. They still don't compare to a dry install sheet plastic protector in my eyes. I have one that's in an unopened box if anyone would like it for free. I made the offer before, but no takers..... :confused: CONUS only please, and this is for an iPad 2/3/4, not the Air.
     
  16. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I disagree. Spending a reasonable amount on a screen protector for example £10 to £15 will likely increase the resell value by a much larger margin.

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    Again a disagree. If you use a quality screen protector there is no reduction in sharpness.

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    It's obvious why the text looked blurry. If you had bought a quality screen protector rather then a cheap one you wouldn't have had that problem.
     
  17. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    I am using Tech Armors. Which are quality screen protectors IMO. All HD clear. I have Tech Armor for all my devices. Highly recommended. You never know if your screen can get scratched or not. My mom has the GS4. Her nails scratches the screen so now she has a screen protector.

    Tech Armor Apple iPad Air (Generation 5) Premium High Definition (HD) Clear Screen Protector with Lifetime Replacement Warranty [2-PACK] - Retail Packaging
    http://amzn.com/B00EL94Z4I
     
  18. kapalua12 macrumors 6502

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    Zman, do you have a financial interest in Tech Armor?
     
  19. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    I akways use a Power Support crystal film. Not cheap, but when properly applied it is impossible to tell its on there.

    The iPad has an oleophobic coating, when it wears off it is pretty ugly.
     
  20. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

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    Exactly!

    Mine goes to the beach, on airplanes, into various bags, other people use it, my students use it all the time and so on. I'm a prime candidate for a screen protector and have been saved by one in the past a few times.

    If you just use it at home and it's only you and are careful about your stuff you probably don't need one. If I were using a stylus I'd get one, but that's me.
     
  21. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    Have the Zagg HD. I think the HD stands for highly distorted
     
  22. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    No, I just only use their screen protectors for all of my devices and recommend them in these kind of threads or where it applies.
     
  23. donnaw macrumors 65816

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    1). I know from experience that scratches on the screen will really, really bug me. (Experience from early smartphones)

    2). Due to my knowledge of my lack of tolerance for scratches (see #1) I know I would be stressed about leaving my iPad out of a case, would have to be careful laying it down, etc.

    Therefore I have all my phones/tablets wrapped in full-body Ghost Armor. There's a kiosk at the local mall and they do a great job and have a lifetime warranty. I used my new iPad for a week before I could get there and have it 'wrapped'. Simply wasn't fun. So now I can lay it down on the table on the patio without worrying that there is some sand/dirt that will scratch the back, I don't worry if my cat jumps up on the table and walks on it (yes, it's happened), etc.

    We recently used the Target thing on an old iPad 2 my grandkids were using and got a $200 gift card. When I looked at the Ghost Armor on it the screen protector was scratched. Can't imagine what the screen would have looked like. Peeled off the Ghost Armor and the screen and back were pristine.

    For me, it just brings peace of mind so I don't have to even be too careful with my devices. I just enjoy them.
     
  24. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm also not happy with my zagg hd. It's clear at all. Hazy and a fingerprint magnet. Not worth the $50 I paid.
     

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