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McCartyRL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
After thinking over the pros/cons on a screen protector I finally decided to get a Zagg Invisible Shield. At my neighborhood Best Buy they carry the shield but only have a single person qualified to install it. This person works in their
mobile phone shop. After watching her apply it I can say with certainity it's best to have a professional install the shield. Looks easy, but watching her do it I'm not sure I could have duplicated her work if I tried to install myself.

Anyway I'm satisifed with the results. Will have to let the shield "Cure" for a day or so before it gets re-installed in the Apple cover.

At least now I can be assured that the iPad's screen has additonal protection.
  • PTNLemay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does anyone know if adding a screen protector affects the touch-screen's sensitivity? Or accuracy?

    I plan on doing a lot of typing with my Pad and I find that selecting and editing individual words is already enough of a challenge. If the screen sensitivity dropped significantly it might be a deal-breaker for me getting one of those protectors.
  • TwistedPenguin Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I've got some cheap screen protector that came with a set of equally low-cost iPad cases and aside from the 6 tiny bubbles from installing it myself I can't tell the difference between typing on my screen and typing on my brother's naked iPad screen. So my answer is a big NO.
  • Jazmaraz Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I'm using Power Support's Anti-Glare screen protector and have not found a problem with the touch sensitivity. If you do a search of the iPad forum threads you will see that some folks feel that the Zagg screen protector fees like the skin of an orange or something like that.
  • McCartyRL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I wouldn't describe the feel as orange skin. So far I cannot detect any difference in registering taps or finger movement/response. I would rate
    the sensitivity of at least 90-95% of the native iPad screen.

    Since intalling I've used a number of apps and have done some extensive use of Google Earth. I've gotten good response from globe rotation and zoom in & out
    type of movements.
  • Ipadfoot4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have always put on a protector and did the same: the zagg. But I took it off after a month. If you are going to use your fingers for the majority of work, I would get a shield. If you are going to use it as a drawing tablet, stay away from them. I thought it took away from the responsiveness of my pogo.
  • Sid470 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I've used a screen protector and I can say I didn't notice a difference in responsiveness. That being said, I have since stopped using a screen protector on my iPad. It makes me a bit nervous but after a month of extensive use and an equal amount of babying, my iPad screen without a screen protector, is as pristine as when I unboxed it. Good luck on your decision.

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  • Lil Bob Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have to agree with you. The day I bought my iPad I went to the apple store for a case. They didn't have any in stock, but luckily there was an invisible shield kiosk just outside the store. Thank god he offered to install the protector because it would have taken me hours, and it would have still looked awful(bubbles, lines etc). Now it still looks good and I never have to worry about my kids somehow damaging the screen.
  • PTNLemay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Initially I wasn't too worried about getting a protector, especially because I bought myself that soft black case-skin thing that Apple sells for the Pad. When closed it wraps all around the thing and covers the screen, so I figured scratches would be unlikely.

    But just a few days ago (I've had my Pad for... 3 weeks now), I noticed a scratch... Not a very big one, it isn't even noticeable unless you really squint and look closely. But still, a scratch this early on is an ill omen to me so I feel I should get a screen shield, even with my black case.
  • PTNLemay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh wow... lol, much more than just one scratch. You need to look at the screen under a bright light, but they are definitely forming.

    Though if I remember correctly... they are going to be setting up a 100 dollar iPad replacement feature in the Mac Store, for dead batteries, right? I suppose by the time my screen is seriously etched, it will be the time to change the battery. And then I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone.
  • Arthur Jacks Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I have a screen protector fitted made by Cygnett ( or the correct spelling ! ) just the normal type stick on type similar to the iPhones ones but scaled up, it is what I would describe as semi matt, reduces appearance of finger marks without making screen really dull, responsiveness is good as well.
    I am in the UK and bought it from an Apple approved reseller not Apple themselves, the iPad complete with screen protector slides into the Apple case to make a quite well sealed unit as there is very little chance of the edges lifting due to regular use. Two screen protectors included in the £15 price
  • Taxes Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Just keep the screen clean by blowing or brushing off dust and debris before and after use and when stored and you should be fine. The Apple case is a nice case but it does not keep debris and dust away from the glass since it simply sits on top of the screen with no seal. In addition to the Apple case get one of those very inexpensive foam zipper bags which will not only keep dust and debris away but will protect it from drops and bumps while traveling and storing.

    Do not use microfiber cloths. A fluffy 100%cotton piece of towel is what you should use to gently wet clean and dry it with. Do not reuse your cleaning cloths. Wash before using them again. I keep a small ziploc bag with a few cut pieces of towel inside in my iPad zipper case.

    I used to be seriously into photography and had many expensive lenses with much more delicate glass than the iPad's and these are the things I did and never once did i scratch a lens. The iPad has such a gorgeous screen that is a shame when it is covered. I have had mine since they came out and my glass looks brand new. The cause of scratches is not through typical use but because a harder than glass piece of debris gets in between the glass and whatever else is pressing against that debris, usually not your finger. Just keep it clean before and after use and keep it in a sealed case in addition to your Apple case and the chances of scratching the screen will be almost zero.

    The ipads on display in stores are very rarely scratched even after thousands of people touching and using them every day. That shows how tough the display actually is.
  • PTNLemay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the tip Taxes,

    I have noticed that the pad is just large enough that you can't really fit it in any pocket, but it's so small that almost any bag can hold it with ample room to spare. I was planning on getting a bag and keeping the charging kit with the Pad at all times, but now that you mention it a handy cleaning cloth (or many) would be a smart thing to have...
  • Tommy Peters Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Twist, I have free (not just cheap) screen protectors on 2 pads. Installed them and cured those bubbles.

    Have short strips of cellophane tape ready at the edge of the table. Peel screen off to the bubble, paste tape on the glass and peel off. Lay on the screen and the bubble is gone. Start from the innermost bubble and work your way down.

    Cheers
  • Cacher123 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Easiest way to install a screen protector and insure no bubbles is the way decals are done on custom cars... A drop or two of dish detergent dissolved in some warm water. Spray it lightly on the screen, stick the protector right on top of it (it will slide around freely if you have used enough spray). then squeegee all the bubbles out (they will slide right out). Don't need to use much pressure at all. As you squeegee it will stick tighter. Let dry when you are happy with the clarity.

    Works great and zero bubbles! I've done this on every iPod, Touch, etc I've owned as well as several pcs.
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