Monoprice vs SGP Crystal Vs Power Support Crystal based on real comparison

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by anthrovisual, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. anthrovisual macrumors regular

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    For those who have used at least two of the following: Monoprice clear screen protector, the SGP Crystal, or the Power Support Crystal screen protector, how do they compare in feel, clarity of display, and the amount of protection it offers???

    I'm looking for a screen protector that provides the most clarity, protection, and feels slick. I've also heard that the monoprice film is "just as good" which really makes me wonder how that's possible.

    If there is a difference, please describe which is better and in what way.
     
  2. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    SGP and PS are comparable in my experience. Never used Monoprice.
     
  3. anthrovisual thread starter macrumors regular

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    So you would say there is no difference between the two?
     
  4. wgr73 macrumors 6502a

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    The SGP and power support are equal. The monoprice has a slight rainbow effect when the screen is OFF, but when the screen in ON it looks exactly like an SGP/PS.
     
  5. anthrovisual thread starter macrumors regular

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    What about how the monoprice feels and how protective is it compared to SGP/PS?

    I'm willing to pay more for something to feels smooth and offers the most protection a film can (I know there is the Glas.t, but that is ridiculously expensive).
     
  6. wgr73 macrumors 6502a

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    Feel is the same (very smooth). Only difference in what it looks like when the iPad is off :cool:
     
  7. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    I'll vouch for all 3, but for the price, monoprice can't be beat. I have had my monoprice HD crystal shield on for 3 months now, still in pristine shape for a screen protector
     
  8. anthrovisual thread starter macrumors regular

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    The price is what makes me so skeptical. $1.47 versus $22.00 versus $30.00! Unless the others are 14x or 20x better, I can't understand the huge gap in price.
     
  9. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    Well I say trust monoprice, I buy tons of stuff from them. HDMI cables, for like $3, they have everything cheap, they really are great. I say go for it, you can prob get 25 of the monorpice ones, compared to one of the others. I love the ones I have had on my phone, if I wasn't so anal they would have all lasted a good year on the phone and looked good.
     
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  11. xPhantom macrumors newbie

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    I used to have a Martin Fields screen protector on all of my devices. However, I decided to try an SGP this time, and the crystal clear on my iPad is awesome. It's extremely clear and feels as smooth as the glass. I can't even tell it's there unless I feel it when I press the Home button or see it around the front-facing camera.
     
  12. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    It's called MARKETING. Also there is fancy packaging, sales offices, salesmen commissions etc etc. Then there is also plain old BS hype. They know that the majority of "iPeople" will pay through their ears. ;)
     
  13. alau0115 macrumors regular

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    I beg to offer a different opinion with regards to SGP Steinheil Ultra Crystal and the PowerSupport Crystal Clear.

    Under normal condition, they look the same and feel the pretty much the same. However, thing is different when you look at a light source.

    When looking at a light source from the screen, the SGP has more prism effect and you can see some blur/multiple images. (there is no rainbow effect on screen though)

    I took it and let my coworker sees it and he also commented there is some slight wavy look from the SGP one.

    I have the Power Support CS on iPhone4S and the SGP Steinheil UC on the new iPad.

    Also for installation, I find the SGP one has more static and it is more difficult to install when compared to PS, especially when you have to re-align the screen during the installation. Also the adhesive is not as good as the Power Support (but SGP has improved, compared to a previous SGP clear one that I installed on 3GS)

    The particular SGP one that I received also has a very tiny adhesive defect in the viewing area (ie. inside the black/white frame) where you will mistake it as a bright/dead pixel. So I have ordered a Power Support CS..


    On another note, the SGP Invisible Shield (Ultra Matte) for the body of the new iPad is quite good in terms of texture, ease of installation, and alignment/cut design/coverage. It is similar to the matte finish from Wrapsol.

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    The quality of Power Support or SGP are definitely better than the one that came with my SwitchEasy case. So I am inclined to think the PS or SGP are worth more. But the PS pricing (US$30) is on the high side.

    Again, it comes down to expectation as some people don't care about rainbow on the screen when the screen is off. :p

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    Martin Fields is pretty good as well, in terms of clarity. I had it on Nokia N95, N800, etc, many years ago. Two problems I encountered a few years ago were ---- the adhesive is simply too strong for you to remove the film. It took many scotch tapes to do the job. Secondly, the price was simply too expensive. (it is even more expensive than Power Support)

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    Monoprice is a good company to deal with from my past and recent experience. They always ship things quickly on a consistent basis (talking about shipping to Canada) and the C/P ratio of their products is high. I have bought a lot of HDMI and Cat5E/6, Apple sync cables from them but for screen protector, I am looking for the best one on the market since I am sensitive to quality of film on a screen.
     
  14. Wrathwitch, Apr 10, 2012
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    I use SGP Crystal on my phone and it is bloody amazing, most people can't tell there is even a screen protector on the phone AND it feels like the natural surface of the phone. Very easy to keep clean. The only catch is, don't allow a single speck of dust between the glass and the protector. It will be very noticeable. Oh, and after 2 full years of use, the film still looks as good as a new phone glass surface.
     

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