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iPad 2 Screen Protector


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Protecting your iPad screen is a good way to ensure that it doesn’t get scratched. iPad screen protectors reduce glare and cut down on fingerprints. A good iPad screen protector also ensures the device won’t suffer other damage. If you’re anything like me… then you have the best screen protector you can possibly find.

One of the best I’ve found happens to be from Steinheil. I’m already using protection made by them on my iPhone, and have been very happy with the results.

The number one reason I choose to use a screen protector is because I cannot stand fingerprints. The Steinheil Ultra Fine Anti-Fingerprint is very high quality, and has a hard protective surface. It protects the LCD Screen from scratches and features an advanced optical enhancement layer that eliminates fingerprints while providing a good light transmittance – without any silly-looking rainbow effects that you get with other brands.

One drawback with the Smart Cover from Apple is the fact that when removed, three lines are left running across the screen. This has been covered all over the Internet – people don’t think they should have to wipe those off. This screen protector unfortunately doesn’t get rid of this annoying issue, but it does cut down how prominent the lines are.

The company sent me the glossy version they have for sale. I found, however, that it collects just as many fingerprints as if nothing was on the device screen. If you’re looking to keep fingerprints and scuffs at bay, then you definitely want to choose the matte version.

I’m not an expert by any means. I know what works – and what sucks. Unfortunately, many of the screen protectors on the market suck hard core. This is why I’m so happy with the Steinheil. It just works. At the end of the day, that’s the only thing that matters.

If you have screen protectors on your device that you feel work even better than the Steinheil, I’d be happy to hear about them – and take a look! I’m always on the hunt for the best of the best – both for my own personal use and to pass on to all of you.

What's the Best iPhone 4 Screen Protector?


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Someone sent me an email recently to ask what screen protector I recommend for the iPhone 4. Up until now, I really didn’t HAVE a recommendation because most of the ones I’ve tried suck. However, the SGP STEINHEIL Anti-Fingerprint Screen Protector sent to me recently is by far the best I’ve tried.

I do love matte screen protectors. I cannot stand glare of any kind coming off of my phone. Not only is this particular protection full of matte win, it also does a fantastic job of keeping fingerprints and other disgusting stuff off of my screen. I placed one of these on the back of the phone as well, to cut down on debris there.

An excellent point to make about the SGP is that it absorbs oil from your fingers and face… including the make-up oil from you women. Think about the last bad screen protector you used – how impossible was it to wipe off the human oils that naturally deposit themselves on your device as you use it? This in and of itself puts this little baby heads and shoulders above the competition.

What screen protector do you use?

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What’s the Best iPhone 4 Screen Protector?


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Someone sent me an email recently to ask what screen protector I recommend for the iPhone 4. Up until now, I really didn’t HAVE a recommendation because most of the ones I’ve tried suck. However, the SGP STEINHEIL Anti-Fingerprint Screen Protector sent to me recently is by far the best I’ve tried.

I do love matte screen protectors. I cannot stand glare of any kind coming off of my phone. Not only is this particular protection full of matte win, it also does a fantastic job of keeping fingerprints and other disgusting stuff off of my screen. I placed one of these on the back of the phone as well, to cut down on debris there.

An excellent point to make about the SGP is that it absorbs oil from your fingers and face… including the make-up oil from you women. Think about the last bad screen protector you used – how impossible was it to wipe off the human oils that naturally deposit themselves on your device as you use it? This in and of itself puts this little baby heads and shoulders above the competition.

What screen protector do you use?

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Do You Prefer Matte or Glossy Screens?


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I prefer matte screens, largely to cut down on glare. I hate having to position my screen so that I can actually see it. In relation to touch – I cannot stand fingerprints. I use a screen protector that helps to eliminate both of these problems.

When I bought the MacBook Pro (courtesy of PC Pitstop), I chose to go with a glossy finish since I don’t touch the screen on it. However, I get tired of having to move the screen around to get a “good” viewing angle that cuts out glare and reflection of my surroundings.

For my iPhone and other touch devices, I always use a matte finish or screen protector. As I said, it cuts way down on debris, dust and fingerprints. It also eliminates the glare problem nearly completely… at least, a GOOD screen protector should do that. If it doesn’t, it comes off of my device and I get something that works.

What type of finish do you prefer on your screens – and why?

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i.CON iPad Screen Protector

After my video review of Newer Technology’s NuVue iPad screen protector, Adrian wrote the following email. He is from Canada, and couldn’t order the same screen protector, unfortunately. The hunt was on! Following is his story, and information about the ICON iPad Screen Protector.

Hi Chris!

I just got the iPad for my Mom and applied the i•con iPad screen protector (matte finish) to it. I had previously watched your video “How to Apply an iPad Screen Protector” where you applied the Newer Technology NuVue screen protector. Being a Mac enthusiast/user (not a fanboy) since the mid 90’s, I was familiar with the company “Newer Technology” and subsequently looked into buying the nuVue (this was two weeks prior to the iPad purchase). Much to my dismay, I found that this particular screen protector is not available in Canada (I live in Canada), and ordering it from Other World Computing was not a viable option when the exchange rate, duty, CDN taxes, and shipping were taken into consideration.

I decided to see what was available locally in Southern Ontario, Canada, and I found only 3 available options: The Invisible Shield by Zagg, the Belkin Screen Protector, and the i•con screen protector. The Invisible Shield has gotten really mixed/poor reviews on various blogs, and at my local electronics stores. The employees have been saying that customers are complaining about it being a waste of $29.95 CDN. Common complaints include many air bubbles, peeling at the sides, and once it is installed it leaves a tacky/some what abrasive feeling to the touch surface when using the iPad. This no doubt ruins the multi-touch experience which is by default smooth to the touch.

The Belkin screen protector retails for $19.99 CDN and is available at The Source. I couldn’t find too much information about the Belkin Screen protector, but it seems to me–after talking to some “The Source” employees–that the overall customer feedback has been positive. The down side to the Belkin that first struck me was that it retails for $19.99 CDN and you only get one.†

I ended up buying the i•con iPad Anti-Glare Screen Protector. It retails for $19.99 CDN at Future Shop, and you get two screen protectors: one matte and one glossy. It also comes with a small cleaning cloth and a soft card for removing air bubbles. I unboxed my Mom’s iPad, put on a pair of latex gloves, and carefully installed the matte screen protector onto the iPad. The process was seamless and was similar to your NuVue installation video. The screen protector looks fantastic; you are only able to tell that it is on by looking at the home button area where you can see the edges of the screen protector (I have included photos of the packaging, contents, and what it looks like on the iPad). It should be noted that this is only a minor shortcoming.

The reason that I’m sending you this letter is because there is very little information/reviews with regard to this great product on the internet/blogs. I managed to find one review and two ratings on the Future Shop website for the i•con screen protector. Both ratings were 5 out of 5, and the review had all positive comments. I can confirm–in my opinion–that these two reviews are accurate. The glare is considerably reduced, and smudging is not an issue at all. It is also relatively thick and seems as though it would provide a significant level of protection against scratching as well. When I was making the decision regarding which of the three screen protectors I should purchase, the lack of information on this particular product made it much more difficult. I kept thinking, and doubting, and second guessing myself: “should I trust these two ratings and one review? What if they are wrong and the product ends up being less than lackluster?” As a smart consumer I want as many opinions as possible before making a decision, and I’m sure that there are other people who feel the same way. My ultimate goal in writing you this letter is to share my experience in the hopes that you might disseminate this knowledge about the i•con screen protector to your community so that we all, as intelligent consumers, can make more informed choices when purchasing.

I think that I should note that this particular product might be of more interest to your Canadian viewers. I’m not certain if i•con has widespread distribution of their products in the USA. As far as I’m able to tell from the website, it is a Canadian company that is based in Stratford, Ontario. Actually on second glance at the information section of the company site it states that the products are available at most major retailers in USA and Canada. I’m not sure if you have had any experience with the i•con product line?

In any case…from my own research it appears that consumers in the USA have many more options regarding accessories for the iPad than we currently do in Canada. With this in mind I would suggest to anybody in Canada or the USA–especially Canada though–that the i•con screen protector is a robust product and well worth the money!

Thanks Chris,

Sincerely,

Adrian 🙂

What screen protector are you using on your iPad or other device? Where do you go to find the best reviews and information?

How to Apply an iPad Screen Protector


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Newer Technologies sent me their NuVue screen protector to try out on my iPad. I want the screen to be more of a matte finish than the glossy one it is. I also want to try to keep fingerprints, dust and debris off of the screen. Putting a screen protector on isn’t an easy task, but the NuVue actually went on fairly easily.

The information on their website about this product states that:

Custom fit to your iPad, this smudge and glare reducing screen protector is peel-and-stick easy to install. And unlike other screen protectors with adhesives that can cause air bubbles and rob you of touch sensitivity and precision, the NewerTech NuVue Screen Protector’s static cling design provides years of smooth, trouble-free usage.

I did have some issues with air bubbles during installation, as you can see in the video. I used my iClean by Monster to thoroughly clean the iPad before attempting to put the NuVue on it. There still seemed to be a lot of dust and other icky particles floating around on that glossy screen, though.

When applying a screen protector, make sure you take your time. It’s NOT something you can just peel the backing off of and then slap down on the surface. Clean your screen perfectly, and keep canned air handy to blow away dust. Also keep some scotch tape on hand to grab those pesky hairs and things. Make sure you pull some type of license or credit card out of your wallet (or purse!) to help smooth away the little air bubbles you will inevitably have.

This is precise work, and frustrating. But once you have a good screen protector installed, you’ll be much happier. Your screen is protected from most surface scratching and marring. You’ll not have fingerprints on there, and you will cut down on most of the glare.

Unfortunately, this one didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Stay tuned for an upcoming video where I check out a different type of screen protector for the iPad. There were a lot of fingerprints on top of this particular one, as well as not really even being a matte finish.

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Nintendo Unveils Wii Party

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced a combination of Mario Party and Wii Sports today with a new offering called Wii Party. The upcoming concoction will feature games such as the “International Vacation Game,” “Mii Jyan” roulette and “Balance Ship.” Each game will of course have your Mii starring in it somewhere. “As you know, ‘Wii something’ are the titles that we use only with software that Nintendo has developed exclusively for Wii with the aim to make them marquee titles for Wii,” a translation reads from a presentation given to investors by Iwata. “We are developing this game with the aim to make it a marquee party game for Wii.”

This take on the Mario Party series swaps your Mii for Mario and his pals. It adds a few board games and other puzzlers. Considering the success of the Wii series of games, this has a definite shot of being successful. Is this something that will interest you? How do you think it will compare to the Mario Party series?

There’s always a party going on when it’s time to grab some new software for your computer.

iPad 3G Unboxing


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Yes, it’s another iPad unboxing! It’s pretty much like a regular ol’ iPad unboxing, but 3G’ier. There’s really not much to see in an Apple product unboxing, though. I mean, they do a pretty good job at packing and the product quality usually speaks for itself. However, since products can’t speak, I’m forced to do the translating.

After this video, my iPad 3G said: “I really hope people leave rude comments about me in the YouTube thread. They will sound uneducated. They won’t bother to read the description, and I’ll be forced to make fun of them. Oh, and I hope Chris gets accused of being an Apple Fanboy, too – because that’s a convenient way out of any kind of coherent discussion. Attacking people because of their choices is like attacking people for the color of their skin – it’s wrong. Then again, what do I know? I’m just a talking iPad 3G.”

After having my original iPad for a few weeks, I have to admit that I’m pretty happy with it. I especially love having it to take to events with me. It’s just so easy to check email and do whatever I need to do while I’m away from home for a few hours. I appreciate that I now have the 3G model, as there have been times already that I’ve needed a connection and didn’t have an access point available.

So… the burning question is: “What am I going to do with my original iPad?” I don’t know just yet. I’m taking recommendations as to what I’ll do with it. I won’t be blending it or microwaving it. I might just lend it to friends to see if they enjoy it as much as I do.

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