13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2010 12:37 AM by D3 user
AstroMacMan Level 2 (295 points)
Looking at Power Support's protectors; also NuVue's.

What's the general consensus or advice on clear vs. anti-glare? Especially for ebook reading, text rendition?

I've had both types on my Palms years ago, but can't remember which I preferred! It might not apply to the iPad, in any event!

MacBook Pro (early fall 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.5), Sad MBP! Keycaps wearing out, hard drive noisy, stage lights!
  • Jerryb Level 3 (870 points)
    I've used both on my iPhones and preferred the crystal for sharpness of text and best color rendition.
    The pluses to the matte finish are glare reduction and not as much finger print showing.

    That said, on both my wife's and my iPads we have the crystal installed. The crystal seems to be easier to wipe clean. I like the feel of the crystal and think it comes closest to maintaining the slick feel of the unprotected screen. I do a lot of reading and it is nice to be able to read in a darkened room. I don't find glare a problem, but I admit to not using my iPad outside or with an open window nearby.

    Whichever you choose, I feel it is the protection to the screen that is the main reason for using one or the other.
  • iPhoNettie Level 2 (290 points)
    I like the anti-glare. The glare is just too distracting. I don't find that it takes away from the graphics on the screen. I like it very much.

  • DankoM Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm using a boxwave screen protector (Anti-Glare) and have no problems at all with it. Theres actually a review on the anti-glare on an android form:

    http://androidforums.com/htc-incredible/78283-boxwave-anti-glare-screen-protecto r-installed.html#post749532

    The crysal is what I use for my phone, but with the iPad I decided to go with the anti-glare. The crystal is pretty much invisible.

    their anti-glare: http://www.boxwave.com/products/cleartouch/cleartouch-screen-protector-apple-ipa d_3779.htm
  • Jazmaraz Level 1 (35 points)
    I'm using Power Support's anti-glare screen protector and love it. I no longer have to look at the reflections on the screen nor all of the finger prints. It is the same concept as looking at my non-glare monitor.
  • crh24 Level 3 (920 points)
    Jazmaraz wrote:
    I'm using Power Support's anti-glare screen protector and love it. I no longer have to look at the reflections on the screen nor all of the finger prints. It is the same concept as looking at my non-glare monitor.

    I ordered the Crystal and they sent me the Anti-Glare in error. I called them and because of their 30 day return policy I decided to install the Anti-Glare. I like it well enough that I'm going to keep it. There is a slight bit of distortion caused by the anti-glare component but after a couple of days I don't even notice it. Reading with iBooks, Kindle app, Stanza, all work fine with the Anti-Glare in place and my fingers slide smoothly across the shield.

    Previously I had a Zaag InvisibleShield and I hated it. My fingers chattered as I would slide them across the display and that caused weird 'presses' to occur. In addition, the edges that were under my Apple case became discolored and when out of the case the iPad display looked gross.
  • Jazmaraz Level 1 (35 points)
    I originally was going to get the Zagg screen protector but I did more research and looked at YouTube videos and for decided to go with the Power Support screen protector. I'm used to using a non-glare monitor with my desktop so I didn't notice a huge change. I'm glad that I did get a screen protector and that the Power Support turned out to be a good choice for me. [Glad that it worked out for you as well. :)]
  • Craig Baron Level 3 (680 points)
    I've tried both types on iPhones and eventually decided not to use one. I don't think I will bother putting one on my iPad either.
  • mommander Level 1 (0 points)
    I have been using the Anti-Glare screen protector on my MacBook Pro from Green Onions Supply (their "AG2" line) and liked it well enough that I got one for my iPad. While there is slight distortion, it is much less than I have seen on other AG screen protectors on the market.
    I particularly like that the backing on it is silicon, so you can remove it, wash it under running water, let it dry, and reapply it. The protector that I got for my iPad came with a "dust collector", which was basically a thin plastic sheet with a very mild stickiness...you clean your screen, apply the 'dust collector' and as you peel THAT up, you apply the AG2 screen. It was a little awkward at first, but (living in a house with 2 cats and 2 kids) I had less trouble with specks/hairs/dust bits than I have in the past.
    After using the protector for a bit, fingerprints and smudges are very noticeable WHEN THE IPAD IS OFF (i.e. dark screen)...with it on, you can't see them at all. They do wipe off easily, also.
    All in all, I'm quite happy with it.
  • AstroMacMan Level 2 (295 points)
    Well, we now have our iPad and really enjoy it! Still haven't decided for sure on the crystal clear vs. anti-glare.

    Does anyone know of a link, web page that shows side-by-side pictures comparing the iPad without a protector, with a clear protector, and an anti-glare one? Especially by PowerSupport as that's the one we're likely going with.

    In the meantime, we've put the iPad inside a sheet protector and that works very well.
  • AstroMacMan Level 2 (295 points)
    Bought the anti-glare. Did not like it all!

    Screen now shimmers, text is harder to read, the visual appeal of the iPad has been lost. You can recoup some by jacking up the brightness greatly, but then you're draining battery life. It also makes a scraping noise, especially noticeable when you're trying to sleep and your partner is playing solitaire, dragging cards all around.

    We're getting the crystal instead. And, if that doesn't work, we're going back to the office store screen protector-- slick and clear.
  • lakeshore Level 2 (295 points)
    There's no denying that the crystal clear screen on the iPad is absolutely beautiful, and images, especially videos, look especially sharp on it. On the other hand, so do fingerprints and reflections. If you're looking for versatility from your portable device, including the ability to use it outdoors or in bright light, the ability to use it anywhere with overhead lighting, etc., then an anti-glare screen protector is a must. Yes, the image will be slightly fuzzier, but the tradeoff is that you'll be able to use the iPad in a lot more places. I'm using the Speck anti-glare protector, and I find that swiping is at least 50% smoother and slicker than either the glass or the previous crystal protector I was using, and fingerprints are a non-issue.
  • AstroMacMan Level 2 (295 points)
    Thanks for the reply! This stuff is so idiosyncratic-- and dependent on the product. It's really funny, but we've found more fingerprints with the anti-glare protector on than with the page protector we were using.

    It definitely cuts down on reflections, although not anywhere near as I'd like. I still see myself--I've found that the angle one holds it is most crucial.

    I haven't taken it outdoors yet... I'll have to try that. Can't see anything on the IPT outdoors with the crystal film on; can't see much of anything on the iPad without anything or with the page protector.

    Of course, when we switch to crystal or back to the page protector, we may discover what we're missing!
  • D3 user Level 1 (20 points)
    i've tried Anti-glare on my iphone 3Gs and ripped it off,. thought id try a diff brand on my iphone 4 but ripped that off,.. ended up using the norm crystal on iphone 4 and ipad,... "Belkin" make good ones IMO,they fit perfect,.always stick on the corners and have a almost bubble-less application every time,. the time,.