iPad screen scratch protector thread...

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by Leafgreen, Jul 21, 2010.

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Which screen protector do you use?

  1. Xgear

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  2. Invisibleshield

    31 vote(s)
    86.1%
  3. StealthGuards

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    2.8%
  4. BodyGuardz

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    11.1%
  1. Leafgreen
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    So I did a quick goog search and here on this forum and didn't find one thread that gets peeps substantial feedback on different screen protectors...NOT cases. I don't want extra bulk. I just want to know which you think is the best film to apply to the screen to protect from scratches.
    Here's what I've found:
    Casemate $35
    Invisibleshield by Zagg $25
    Stealthguards $20
    BodyGuardz $20

    If you are using one, please tell us:
    1. How resistant is it to showing finger smudges?
    2. How clear is it?
    3. Does it stay put, or does it peel up at the edges?
    4. After you remove it, does it leave any residue?
    These are the four key features for a scratch protector film, I think.

    talk soon,
    Leafgreen :D
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2010
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    I don't know if I want one or not. One day I do and the the next I'm scared to put one on. I'll keep an eye on your thread.
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    Great point. Based on that, I've added #4 in my post above.
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    Can not vote. I never use them, never got a scratch on anything "iphone, touch or this". I can see people using such things on iPhones, but you do not drop iPads, or put them in your pocket with keys.
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    I am using a Powersupport Anti-glare protector. Not to actually protect but
    for the anti-glare properties. I use my iPad in the cockpit of my LSA(Light
    Sport Airplane) as a moving map display and for airport diagrams. The
    protector cuts the glare and does not really affect the visuals.


    Gene
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    Should add in option of "none" or included with case. I think the otter box i have coming in tomorrow has a screen protector, but i also have the invishield here waiting to see which i install.
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    I've had one since the beginning and never used a screen protector other than the apple case.
    The pad has seen heavy usage from a range of children including a 2 year old with no damage.

    More important is a case with a cover to prevent the screen getting scratched in transit or when dropped.
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    I have used invisible shield for my iphone for two years, and now put one on my ipad recently. It works great.

    1. How resistant is it to showing finger smudges?
    Not perfect, but certainly better resistance than without IS
    2. How clear is it?
    Invisible - it does not degrade the display at all in my experience
    3. Does it stay put, or does it peel up at the edges?
    My iphone version did peel at the corners after a few months. The iPad one is too new yet. They will re-apply at the kiosk in my local mall if needed.
    4. After you remove it, does it leave any residue?
    I have seen no residue at all after removing. I had to take one off my iphone before when the phone had to be replaced, and it left no residue. However, once removed, the IS is not usable. I simply took it to the kiosk, and they applied a new one for me for about $10.

    I am really glad I got the IS for my ipad. It showed so many finger prints when I used it outside - very much reduced now, and I have peace of mind knowing it cannot be scratched now.
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    I guess I should have said that the reason for my thread here is that I got a scratch near the edge. Don't know how it got there! I'm pissed. :mad:
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    I think you mean for the poll. You are absolutely right. This would have shown better stats. But, I can't change the poll now.
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    Have you used the GPS feature of the Ipad while flying, if so what program are you using.Read that two bothers flying a Cessna used the GPS on a Iphone and it did a excellent job.
    Al
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    After just a couple days with the invisible shield I can say that the appearance of finger prints is reduced by about 80% in my experience. It is easier to read in bright light, too.
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    Yep invisishield is the best especially with the warranty replacement I use the shield and the apple iPad case a match made in heaven!
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    I use a Full body protector from Best Skins Ever (BSE). They are similar to the Zagg Shield but 1/3rd of the price. I literally have every electronic I own covered in this film including my ipad, iphone, ipods, and my girls blackberry.

    1. How resistant is it to showing finger smudges?
    It shows smudges but not as bad as if the screen were naked. Any screen protector will show smudges with use, and some more than others.

    2. How clear is it?
    Very clear, its invisible.

    3. Does it stay put, or does it peel up at the edges?
    It stays put very well, I have no peel ups on any of my devices. But then again on top of the BSE skin, I also keep my stuff in either a silicone case of some type or the silicrylic case from Incipio.

    4. After you remove it, does it leave any residue?
    Nope..............
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    Has anyone tried BoxWave's ClearTouch Crystal screen protector? I recently installed the zagg and noticed that it does distort the ipad screen visually which I do not like. I want something that is 99% clear. Any suggestions?
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    Didn't want to pay load of money for a screen guard so I found a cheep one on eBay £1.75, can't tell its on my iPad also is better than no protector for leaving finger prints :)
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    I use a Speck Shield View Anti-Glare Matte finish. It doesn't get finger prints very much, and they clean off easily. As far as effecting the picture, I can't tell the difference from the original iPad screen, except it has a dull finish when observed with the iPad turned off. Easy to install, and no scratches yet.
    They cost about $24 for two.
    Dan
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2010
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    I just got a new screen protector off eBay that's rather interesting. First of all, this is the third brand I've purchased. So far they have been quite thin and went on poorly, even after considerable cleaning and preparation. This last one is much thicker and went on smoothly with no bubbles at all.

    But, this one is mirror reflective. I haven't decided if I like it yet or not. It's really cool, but a bit distracting. Im going to have to try it for a few days first. In any case, it's a lot higher quality protector than the other ones I tried. The surface isn't quite as slick as others, but I like it fine. When you turn off the screen, the iPad looks like a mirror and you can see yourself in it.

    If you're interested, here's the eBay auction:

    5 X Clear Mirror Screen Guard Protector For Apple iPad - eBay (item 280505787684 end time Aug-09-10 20:21:31 PDT)

    Cost is pretty cheap at $15 for 5x with free shipping. By the way, I have no connection to this seller--but I just ordered from him a mirror protector for my iPhone to try as well.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2010
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    Tried the InvisibleShield by Zagg and I'm sending it back.

    Contrary to what everybody else says it shows fingerprints worse than when it had no protection and it doesn't allow my fingers to run across the screen as smoothly as I'd like them to. If you look at Amazon's site you'll see that many people concur with my opinions.

    I ordered a simple set of 3 from Amazon. When they come in I'll apply and see what happens.
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    I am using a screen cover made by Apple. Comes with the iPad at no additional cost and works great. No fingerprint problem if you wash your hands daily, cleans off with a microfiber cloth, [Windex makes them and you can get a box of them at grocery store], scratch resistant [don't play in sand box with your iPad], no distortion in use and no bubbles. Looks good.
    :)

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