iPad mini New ipad Mini retina owners , are you using screen protector ?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Che Castro, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Are you using a screen protector ?

    I'm thinking for the first time ever I'm just going to go with a Smart Cover & that's it , no back or front protector
    I had the ipad 2/3 & first mini all with full body protectors , I'm only going to use the tablet at home

    What about you ?

    Outside my apple store there's a ghost armor kiosk ,so reading the replys here might change my mind
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I normally do just to be safe. I remember the olephobic coating rubbing off on my old iPhone 4, since then I've used screen protectors
  3. tobeornottobe macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2013
    Never, don't see the point. Will never put the screen to scratch anyways. Besides, it's gorilla glass, only sand or diamond can scratch it.
  4. cjmal macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2007
    Absolutely. I've learned that Gorilla Glass does indeed scratch. Screen Protector is a no brainer.
  5. ichavis macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2010
  6. rgarjr, Dec 4, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2013

    rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    I don't think they are necessary on the iPads. On the iPhones however I like having the glass type ones just for piece of mind and to stop baby'ing the screen.
  7. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    Same for me, Nothing on the iPad, but a Flex Glass iloome on my iPhone.
  8. richardmu macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    No need. Never used one on any Apple product I have owned.
  9. ppfd macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2007
    West Virginia USA
    Never have in the past.

    I bought a zagg screen cover for my new mini and plan on picking up a Spigen tough armor for the back.
  10. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    But then what will protect the protector?

    I never understood the point of screen protectors. It's like putting a plastic cover on the couch. The screen is made to be touched, a couch is made to be sit on.

    I guess people are paranoid. I've had 40+ iPads\iPhones over the years and never scratched a screen.
  11. kmichalec macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
    With a 3 year old in the house that likes to play with my ipads, it's not a question for me, it's a requirement.

    Yes, I got the full body Ghost Armor on my new rMini, and love it. I can go without needing anything else on it in my opinion, I think it looks really good, and it makes the whole thing a little less slippery too, as the clear version gives it some grip.

    Good luck with whatever you decide!
  12. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    I am just using the smart cover, and that is more than enough for me. I also have a microfiber cloth which I use to clean off the finger prints each night after I'm done using it. I'm not a big fan of screen protectors on my iPhone or rMini.
  13. fingleburt macrumors member

    May 16, 2011
    Using a Tech Armor screen shield with an Invision case, seems to be working well so far.
  14. mjpearce023 macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2012
    The only reason I could see to use a screen protector on the iPad is if you don't have a front cover. If you have a case or Smart Cover that covers the front I don't see the point. I do use them on my iPhone because the cases I have only cover the back.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Since you've owned 40+ iOS devices you've never owned one long enough to see any damage or wear and tear. As I posted I had an iPhone that the olephobic coating wore off, due to having it for a couple of years. If you only own a device for a couple of months you're likely not going to see any problems.

    The price of the iPads is so high, and the ease of something scratching it, I felt its cheap insurance to put a screen protector on it. Yes the glass is designed to be used, but its also glass which is naturally brittle, so why not improve your odds. I'm planning on owning this for years so my intent on keeping it pristine is high, you seem to recycle your devices fairly quickly since you've already owned 40 iPhones and iPads

    I have ghost armor and I got it installed at one of those mall kiosks - I'm fairly useless in trying to install them, so I was happy with their installation. I've had this done to all my phones since the iPhone 3gs and when I sold my phones years after the fact, they were in perfect mint condition.
  16. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    Never used a screen protector and never will.
  17. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yeah I think the longest I've ever owned an iDevice is 8 months... guess if in it for the long run protection does make sense.
  18. Korican100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2012
    nope not using one. And I always usually do.

    The reason I stopped is because, we had an ipad mini we gave to our daughter, and threw a griffin survivor case on there, but we took out the "built in screen protector" and just left the screen naked. Our thought was like, well if she scratches it, no big deal.

    Well fast forward almost a year, and that puppy looks brand spankin new still. (And it goes through A LOT) It totally made me rethink screen protectors...

    So when I got the ipad mini w/ retina, I said screw a screen protector.
  19. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2011
    South Melbourne, Australia
    I use it on both my ipad2 and ipad mini retina.

    reason is because i sketch a lot using a hard tip precision stylus ( Adonit Jot ).
    not those rubber tip which is forgiving on the glass screen.
  20. rechna macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2013
    i often dont like to use protector case. i like to touch ipad directly.

    and i always to protect it carefully and to clean up the dust.
  21. eljaykooljay macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2013
  22. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    My wife uses an Otterbox Defender case with built in screen protection on her new retina mini and she loves it. We do have small kids so it's a no brainer, but her primary concern was having protection for the screen because she plans to carry it in her purse and wants to prevent scratches.

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