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    Default Screen feels "Plasticky"

    Anyone else notice this?

    Tapping my fingernails on the screen of my new iPad air sounds very plasticky and almost feels as if there is a slight flex to the screen.


    Where as my iPad 4 and wives iPad mini feel glass, sound like it too! Much different sounds and feels.


    Nothing big, just an observation.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plsticky"

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenJ_AK View Post
    Anyone else notice this?

    Tapping my fingernails on the screen of my new iPad air sounds very plasticky and almost feels as if there is a slight flex to the screen.


    Where as my iPad 4 and wives iPad mini feel glass, sound like it too! Much different sounds and feels.


    Nothing big, just an observation.

    I read at either Gizmodo or Engadget that they felt the same way, that the screen felt more like it was "squeezable" and easier to apply pressure and see a screen effect. Maybe due to the slimness?
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plsticky"

    The screen feels pretty sturdy to me I don't feel ant flex at all. It might be the thinness of the device giving you that feeling.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plsticky"

    It feels the same as the screen on my iPad 2.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    It's a thinner glass than previous generations. Less protection, but more light weight and better touch response.

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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    I don't feel any give no matter how hard I press on the screen.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    I've noticed it with all tablets. I had the iPad 2 & 3, mini and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    I notice the same thing, it feels like some sort of plastic or Polly.

    I'm tempted to try to scratch and see.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    I noticed immediately that the screen felt a little "bouncy" when I touched it.
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    I was thinking about that this morning. I think it is more the way it sounds when tapping the keys . I does have a more plastic feel. But it does not have a negative impression of the device. I am sure once I get used to it I will not even notice it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamdjpaul View Post
    I was thinking about that this morning. I think it is more the way it sounds when tapping the keys . I does have a more plastic feel. But it does not have a negative impression of the device. I am sure once I get used to it I will not even notice it.
    For me when spending over $700 dollars on a device. It's not a matter of "getting used to" , I need to find out if its truly plastic or glass. I do glass for a semi living at for devices and I've seen glass like it. Its called Polly, its a THIN layer of glass with plastic layer on top/back
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    I noticed immediately the way the screen felt when I touched it was different than my iPad 3. I think Kritter271's description describes what I felt: "bouncy." However, I had an iPad Mini for awhile and its screen felt exactly the same way. So, I would suggest that this difference in screen "feel" may be due to the way the screen is built and installed in the new "thin" devices. There is no way Apple would field a product with a cheap screen. I am already getting used to the screen's feel, so I think this is most likely a "non-issue."
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    I tap my fingernail on my iPad 3 and my iPhone 5 and they both sound like plastic to me. From what I remember since the iPhone 3G, they have always been like that. Had iPads since iPad 1.

    From demoing the iPad Air yesterday, I didn't get a bouncy feel. But here's why it may have felt bouncy:
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhcp011235 View Post
    I'm tempted to try to scratch and see.
    Go ahead and do that ... let us know how it goes.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    Actually it feels ok ,but definitely not" plasticky".
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    I'm coming from the iPad 2, and I do notice that the screen feels different, not so much plasticky though, just stronger maybe , lol. I'm not sure, what you call it..
    Remember, this is my opinion, we all have a right to one....

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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    Quote Originally Posted by jarofclay73 View Post
    I tap my fingernail on my iPad 3 and my iPhone 5 and they both sound like plastic to me. From what I remember since the iPhone 3G, they have always been like that. Had iPads since iPad 1.

    From demoing the iPad Air yesterday, I didn't get a bouncy feel. But here's why it may have felt bouncy:
    To me, my iPhone 5 feels like thick glass (feels cool to the touch). The iPad Air feels like thin plastic (feels neutral to the touch). I guess we'll find out when people shatter their iPad Air screens.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    Quote Originally Posted by Redshirt View Post
    To me, my iPhone 5 feels like thick glass (feels cool to the touch). The iPad Air feels like thin plastic (feels neutral to the touch). I guess we'll find out when people shatter their iPad Air screens.
    It's glass. But it is thinner glass than the iPads it replaced don't know in comparison to iPhone 5S.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    I am not noticing any difference between the iPad 4 that I had or my new Air that I got today. The screen feels very solid to me.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    According to this video, the screen does not do well against drops.

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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    I do see where you're coming from on this subject, it doesn't seem to be quiet as "strong" feeling as my iPad 3. Then again Apple did thin the glass down quite a bit to get the Air as thin and light as it is.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    Quote Originally Posted by Recipe7 View Post
    According to this video, the screen does not do well against drops.

    Boy these like to shoot stuff up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rhcp011235 View Post
    For me when spending over $700 dollars on a device. It's not a matter of "getting used to" , I need to find out if its truly plastic or glass. I do glass for a semi living at for devices and I've seen glass like it. Its called Polly, its a THIN layer of glass with plastic layer on top/back


    Getting used to it as it feels and sounds different than my iPad. Not that it is a bad thing.


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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    I have owned almost each rev of the iPad so far and the screen feel on the air is my favorite. I would not say "plasticky". But it feels like a lighter touch is okay. It almost feels soft but yet it is quite solid. This is sure to be due to the new screen technology deployed in order to reduce the size. I am a big fan... and will remain so if it lasts. Each of my other iPads I sold after at least a year of usage and each looked brand new. So we will see how this one does.
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    Default Re: Screen feels "Plasticky"

    It does feel solid but I do have flex on the screen when I press with some pressure I can see the screen actually flex not the LCD but the digitizer.
    Touch response seems fine I thought while playing a game I was having issues but I think it's just me getting use to how if hold this thing vs the ipad 4

    The way I look at it is its thin of course it won't be as strong as a thicker version if you want that then you get the weight also
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