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    Default Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I'm getting an iPad Air, but don't know if I should get a screen protector for it or not. I'm planning on getting this protector:
    (Amazon.com: ArmorSuit MilitaryShield - Apple iPad Air Screen Protector Shield + Lifetime Replacements: Computers & Accessories)

    Any suggestions? Should I just use a case without a screen protector?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    That will depend on you. I've owned several laptops and still have my trusty old MacBook, and I've never had a screen protector on any of them. None of them have incurred any damages of any kind thus far.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I had an ipad mini for a year (just sold it) with no screen protector and it was still pristine.


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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    A screen protector certainly isn't necessary. However, there are people like me who do use them simply for the added protection that they provide. I use a Moshi screen protector on both my iPhone 5S and new rMBP. I don't see the harm in trying a screen protector out and if you don't like it you can always remove it.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I keep a screen protector on both my iPhone and my ipad. With all the usage each devices get...I am glad that I do. Sneezing on my ipad, oily fingers and other general usage is a daily occurrence for my I devices. It's easier to replace the screen protector over time than the actual ipad itself. I don't have a screen protector on my MB Pro because my fongers rarely touch the screen.


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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    Like I tell everyone with iPhones. You don't "need" a screen protector. You would be surprised how well the screen holds up if you take care of the device. But if it helps you sleep better at night a screen protector is an extra piece of mind
    " Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that , who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!"
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    One less thing to lose sleep over is a plus! We have enough issues in all aspects of our lives that we lose sleep over. Like, what is the real deal with Obamacare? J/k


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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I've put one on all my iPads. I usually just get the ones from Verizon which have worked well for me.
    iPhone 5S - iPad Air - MacBook Pro 13" - ATV3

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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I've put protector films on all my iPads, as you permanently touch the screen.

    While I am not saying that the glass would have been scratched when not doing it, I find that the protecting film is scratched and has to be replaced once a year (this mostly happens when cleaning the screen and there is a small piece of sand or similar present)

    Also, the films bring the additional benefit that you can have anti-glare films, which highly improve readibility of the iPad when using it outdoor.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    What screen protector should i get and if you have a name of it or link that would be great. Thank you.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    Never had screen protectors on any of my devices because I don't like the feel of them. Each to their own though.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I don't like the feel of most screen protectors and don't out them on my idevices.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    Actually being a rough handler of devices, screen protector is a must .
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I like the feel and use of Zagg invisible shield HD. I get the lifetime warranty protection along with the added protection.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    Unless you can put an iPad in your pocket, I don't think it's necessary, Air, no. Mini, yes.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by mike1515 View Post
    What screen protector should i get and if you have a name of it or link that would be great. Thank you.
    Personally I don't check for a specific brand, but more for the features that a specific protector film offers.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I am usually very OCD about screen protectors. I have had one on each of my iPhones, and on my last iPad. I just got my iPad Air yesterday and the screen is lovely. It is my first time with a Retina display and I am very enamored with it. I bought a Zagg Invisible Shield (which I have used in the past and loved), and applied it last night. I am considering removing it - it is obvious when the display is dark that there is a screen protector on it. With the screen on, it is much less evident but to my picky eye there are places that I can tell. I got the HD kind, and I do have to say that it does not detract from the quality of the screen at all, it is just those little bitty bubbles that never seem to go away that might bother me. As it took some effort to get it installed, I will live with it for a few days and make a final determination later. Here's a question - if I remove the screen protector, what are good products to clean the screen other than a soft cloth?
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I really don't think screen protectors are necessary for iPads, especially if you have something like a Smart Cover. The screens are pretty durable.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    Yes putting screen protector for a device is a must. If you value your device, and you don't want it to get scratch easily then go for a good quality screen protector.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry_ View Post
    I've put protector films on all my iPads, as you permanently touch the screen.

    While I am not saying that the glass would have been scratched when not doing it, I find that the protecting film is scratched and has to be replaced once a year (this mostly happens when cleaning the screen and there is a small piece of sand or similar present)

    Also, the films bring the additional benefit that you can have anti-glare films, which highly improve readibility of the iPad when using it outdoor.
    fun, I bought my iPad 2 on release, and I'm still using the same Screen Protector from day 1 :P
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I've never put screen protectors on any of my products. Just the back covers from Zagg for iPad and iPhone.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I initially put a screen protector on my ipad3, but tore it away after a week because it made the screen look like crap.

    With a cover, your screen should be pretty well protected, and would rarely be in danger of scratching.

    Honestly, I would say "Don't bother" and enjoy it for what it is.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I have used screen protectors on my iphones and ipads and have ordered one for the ipad air I just bought.
    I use the Moshi screen protector because it is easy to install and will not have any bubbles.
    All the screen protectors will degrade the screen regardless of what they claim. It's just a matter what you can tolerate and also whether you use it in the bright daylight. They will help cut some of the glare.
    The reason I use screen protectors is two fold. One, since these are mobile devices they go everywhere. I can tend to drop things, hit them on counters or corners, or just have an accident. The screen protector has always saved me. I also use my ipad when eating and don't have to worry about messy things getting on the screen. If you are not careful, when cleaning a bare screen, you can scratch it. With the protector, I just wipe it off. Also if kids are going to use ipad, they always seem to have messy fingers.
    The other reason is that I cycle my phone and ipad. Every two years I upgrade. I then sell my old equipment. The amount you get when selling is dependent on condition of device. I just sold my iphone 4 which was in pristine condition and received top dollar because of condition. I feel that the protector was a good investment when comparing the different offers based on condition.
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    I put a screen protector on my Air, mostly for anti-glare and to change the feel/texture of the screen. The glass on the Air is extremely shiny and reflective and prone to pretty bad glare.

    I bought a 2-pack of Tech Armor HD Anti-glare /anti-fingerprint screen protectors off Amazon. I use the same ones on my iPhone, and my girlfriend uses them on her iPhone and iPad Air as well. The matte finish makes the surface feel much smoother, and sliding fingers across the screen is a much better experience versus the naked screen, in my opinion.

    Between the reduction in glare, and the smoother feel on the screen... The added protection is just a bonus. Haha
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    Default Re: Apple iPad Air Screen Protector: Is it Necessary?

    My iVisor AG Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPad Air should be here any day. I love Moshi's screen protectors as they only take a few seconds to apply and they look great on the iPad.
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