I have an iPad 4 with an Otterbox Defender series case and I while I love the case, I loathe the built in screen protector. It dulls the Retina display, is extremely prone to smudging, has a knack for trapping pet hair and dust between it and has this really weird 'watermark' effect that I have not been able to avoid... Even after trying numerous tricks and 'fixes' I've found scattered across the 'Net.
To be perfectly honest, I'd rather have a naked screen and the screen protector looks relatively easy to just pop out, but I worry about the snap-on cover. The hinges for the stand device look like they'll ride right up on the screen. Or at least bump and knock it.
I'm not real rough on my pad and I've seen some pretty convincing evidence that the iPad screen is fairly durable against scratches, but I can't help but feel a little paranoia against those hinges vs. the screen if I should remove the protector.
Any thoughts or tests or other help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.