Cover the Screen or Not.

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    I bought a 32gig Ipad2 mid May and didn't buy a screen protector because it is supposed to be scratch resistant. After a couple months I had some minor scratches and I thought no big deal they don't bother me really, you have to look hard to find them and you can't feel them. Now a scratch has shown up that is almost always visible and can be felt. I don't know where it came from. I am protective of my ipad, but I do use it and allow my son to play games, but he is also careful. I enjoy the feeling of just the clean smooth glass and am doubtful about shelling out the money for a protector. Shouldn't this thing stand up better than that?

    I have a few questions. Does anyone know how this scratch could have happened? What can I do to fix it? Do you recommend getting a screen protector?
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    Sounds like you need a protector, given the scratches you've already gotten.

    I've never used any on my iDevices -- iPhones, iPods or iPads -- and I have zero glass scratches (at least that I can see). I'm not even especially careful with my devices, but I'm an adult. I occasionally let a couple of toddlers use my iDevices, but only while I'm with them. The adults who've used my iPads haven't done them any damage. I have dropped all my devices at one point or another, and have one ding on my iPad 1 aluminum frame, which doesn't bother me. The backing of my first iPod is very scratched up, because I never used a case, but the glass is still pristine after about five years.
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    It is much valuable to get a protective case or screen protector than thinking over how to resistant scratches.. The case would not cost you too much.
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    Like you, I bought an Ipad 1 and didn't put on the screen protector. I did this because I watched a few youtube demonstration showing how resistance the screen was, like scratching it with nails etc. However, after 2 months of usuage, there are scratches showing up. Coming from an engineering background and having owned laptop tablets before, I know that sometime grime and dirt will build up on the screen if you don't clean it. These are small particles all over the place, however, when you swipe your finger over the screen, you collect them like a snowball and they become hardened when you press the screen and all the swiping motion. Imagine it became like a diamond point and your finger is acting like a knive pushing it across the screen.

    Once something is harder than the Ipad screen, a tiny scratch will form. Worst of all, more dust will collect inside the valleys of these scratch to form an army of scratch knives. The Ipad screen is also treated with a layer of anti-oil to reduce the smudges that our finger produce. But this layer would be worn off over time.

    After I sold off my Ipad 1 and got an Ipad 2, I immediately bought a screen protector.
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    I bought the Zagg wet application screen protector. I was really skeptical at first, because of putting a wet solution my iPad. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised. It does a good job protecting the screen from scratches and it's easy to clean as well. The bad is it seems to dull the screen a bit and the screen is not as smooth as glass anymore, but I can live with this for the added protection.

    It also comes with lifetime warranty, in case peels or bubbles.


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    honestly, apple's so arrogant in thinking their screens are so scratch resistant. i love the feel of the screen without any films, but it would bother me immensely if there was a scratch i had to loko at every day.
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    Good luck applying those transparent screen covers without bubbles. I have CAREFULLY applied three covers, by two different manufacturers and still have a few bubbles. IMHO, Apple should be applying them on new iPads.
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    I have a screen protector and am so glad I do. My daughter bought some new you beaut cleaning duster and the first time she wiped it across the screen it must have had something sharp on it, hence a scratch in the protector, so glad it didn't go through to the screen. It's right up the top where the screen meets the casing so it's not in my line of sight, so I've just left it. I had no problem applying the protector, I used a credit card to skim as I was applying it. No bubbles at all. Maybe all those years of applying Contact to school books has paid off. I say get one, I don't even notice it, but I know it has at least some protection.
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    I have one on my iphone4 and and thought about one for my Ipad2 but do not want to restrict clarity of screen.This might sound stupid but when I type on the screen I wrap a microfibre cloth round my finger.No smudges and no scratches cant type very quickly.
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    I have wasted over $50 on two Zagg protectors. The first one was anti-smudge and distorted the screen too much for my taste. For some reason, the second one had some kind of residue left underneath in certain areas after applying. In both cases, I was never able to get all of the bubbles out and ended up ripping it off.

    When I bought my ipad 2 from Best Buy, the sales associate informed me they will install a screen protector for free with the purchase of the ipad, but that they normally charge $15. I unfortunately opted out of the screen protector that day. Based on my experience and frustration with self-installing said screen protectors, I would recommend having it installed at Best Buy. I would have spent $15 for the service, but it would have been worth it in the long run.

    If I get over the wasted money and decide to buy yet another screen protector, I am having it installed at Best Buy. Just my two cents. :)
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    I bet you can't type quickly, does sound a little funny though, but each to his own. I wonder though how long you will keep it up. 
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    I bought an ipad2 and I used a screen protector. I noticed hat when I tried to write using the stylus the stylus would not move freely over the screen protector. I removed it and it works fine. I am currently using a leather case and it offers great protection and there are no scratches.
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    I tried a Zagg on my Touch and hated the way it looked so I removed it. For my iPad2 I received a screen protector as part of a package that included a leather case. The screen protector is working well and went on without any bubbles. Its a Plex by Incipio. I got it at Verizon. Combined with the leather case it was a good deal as well as providing good protection. I occasionally use a stylus with it and I haven't noticed any drag or problems.
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    Yes, that is exactly why I took the screen covers off both ipod and ipad; bc I tried several times but could not apply them without the bubbles!
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    I can't really use my music apps with a screen protector. So far so good without it.
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    do they make micrifibre gloves?
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    I've just purchased my Ipad and brought a Belkin screen protector,(you only get one) for £2.50. I followed the instructions carefully and no bubbles. Only downside is that when the pad is off the surface looks slightly oily..
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    I bought the iVisor by Moshi. It came with 2 and install was easy and no bubbles. The film has a little shmootz even though I use a stylus. A drop of water and the included cloth and it gets shiny and clean.
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    Never covered any of my devices up til now, never got any scratches either. Did once try out a screen cover on iPad, but it was just horrible. They seem to take all the fun out of the sensitive bright screen. No never again :)

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