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iPad screen covers

Updated on September 19, 2013

I recently got my new iPad, and for once i am going to really try to look after it. I have invested in some protective screen covers so my pad doesn't end up looking like my rather scratched iphone.

I did some hunting around on the net and found there's a huge array of screen protectors available. Some are really inexpensive, some use 'military grade' (apparently) materials and cost a small fortune.

Having struggled to justify purchasing the iPad in the first place, i have opted to buy the cheaper screen protectors, my theory being that if they don't last i then might cut my losses and get one of the more expensive ones.

I settled for a pack of three covers made by a company called Qubits, mainly because a) they were cheap, and b) i was bored of looking. They are supposedly washable and offer UV protection, and a cleaning cloth was included in the pack i bought.

OK, so looking at the covers they are just see through adhesive pieces that fit over the entire front surface of the iPad, with a little cutout for the home button. Being a man i disregarded the instructions that came in the pack as i clearly know best, and set about protecting my pride and joy. 25 minutes later i was having issues with bubbles under the laminate and decided that my first attempt to fit this seemingly simple device was a practice run. I retrieved the instructions and decided i'd read them.

The first thing you HAVE to do is make sure that the screen on your Ipad is completely clean. By this I mean that not a SINGLE speck of dust should be on the screen. I took ages doing this, but once i finally got that sorted i started the tricky bit. The secret to fitting these covers with no bubbles seems to be to take your time and work from a corner. It is a bit fiddly to get it right, and i restarted the procedure a few times till i got a bubble free result.

Now it's on i'm happy with the result. It's hard to tell it's even there, and it's good to know that in a few months (hopefully) my screen will still look like new. It does reduce the screen glare which is good, and now i have the application technique sorted out i think i'd be able to apply a new one much quicker now.

All that remains to be seen is how long it lasts, but my first impressions that its a good buy despite a few poor reviews that i read (most of which seem to complain about the actual application of the product).

I would recommend a screen protector of this type to any iPad owner.

**UPDATE**

Over time i have since tried MANY different ipad screen protectors. To date the best I have tried is the pack made by Tech Armor - linked below.

I judge 'best' by how long it lasts before a new one is required, how easy it is to apply, and of course, cost.

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    • jondav profile imageAUTHOR

      jondav 

      8 years ago

      i'll have a look - don't think i'll try it though!

    • Entourage_007 profile image

      Stuart 

      8 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Great Hub Jondav, I appreciate the info - I haven't gotten a screen protector for mine yet. But from what I saw in a youtube video, its fairly scratch resistant already. In the youtube video, the guy got keys or a nail to scratch it. I think if you search on youtube under iPad stress test..... You should be able to find it.

    • jondav profile imageAUTHOR

      jondav 

      8 years ago

      I don't expect it to be as bad, but its bound to get scratched at some point as i travel around with it. For what the protectors cost i'd rather have it than not.

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      Tony Lawrence 

      8 years ago from SE MA

      Do you expect your iPad to suffer the same indignities as your iPhone?

      You don't shove it in your pocket to bounce around with change, right?

      I did buy the Apple case, which protects it when not in use, but I am not sure these screen covers are necessary.

      We'll see..

    • Kimbrena profile image

      Kimbrena 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! I've been considering purchasing a screen protector for our iPad ever since we first bought it. It's good to hear a review of something that is just what I would consider... inexpensive, but still good quality. :)

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