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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.

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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Is There a Better Way to Protect the iPhone Screen?

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I went out yesterday and purchased an AT&T branded screen protector for my iPhone 4. In less than twenty-four hours, it is already smudged and messed up quite a lot. The packaging claims that it is “anti-fingerprint.” You can clearly see in this video (shot with the new Samsung Galaxy S) that there are, indeed, fingerprints everywhere.

I am very careful and particular about my gadgets. I take excellent care of them, and use caution as much as possible. This phone did nothing other than be used in normal fashions, sit in my pocket or charge on the bedside table. Why, then, are there so many obvious scuff marks? That, to me, is just ludicrous.

I don’t recommend wasting your money on this particular screen protection. I’d rather my iPhone go naked than use something like this.

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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,


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 Make a Glossy Screen Matte

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When I ordered my new MacBook Pro not long ago, I decided to go with the glossy screen. I’m a matte fan, but I don’t like the way that Apple does those on their notebooks. The device isn’t all black with the matte screen, and it ends up getting a lot of gunk and debris around it. My friends over at RadTech happened to see the unboxing video, and sent along their ClearCal for me to use.

Before applying the screen protector, you have to make sure the screen is absolutely clean. There should be no smudges, dirt or debris anywhere on the surface. Always have a can of air and some scotch tape handy to help you get rid of anything unwanted. I use Monster iClean spray to get rid of any smudges. You’ll also want to have a credit card ready to help smooth out any air bubbles.

The ClearCal reduces glare coming from the pretty glossy screens on your devices. It also protects them from gathering fingerprints, dust and various little pieces of debris. Installing any brand of these is not an easy task. I’m happy to report that this one actually goes on much easier than any I’ve tried in the past.

ClearCal’s hardened surface resists scratches and abrasions and is easy to clean. In addition to glare reduction, ClearCal provides a level of impact protection and minimizes the appearance of oils or streaking if the display is touched.

Now that I spent all of this time putting this sucker on right, it’s never coming off! I’m very happy with my new matte screen. Thanks, RadTech!

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Glossy vs Matte LCD Monitors

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – The decision whether to buy a glossy or matte LCD monitor is subjective. Every person will have their likes and dislikes, and you should buy whatever you are most comfortable with.

There are pros and cons to both a glossy LCD monitor, and a matte one. The cons for each type are not negative enough to sway your decision to one over another.

I prefer a matte screen for one main reason. I detest looking at dirt specs and smudges. I don’t want to have to clean my monitor every day… or several times a day. Glossy screens are bad about that. They show *everything*! However, the colors are more vibrant on a glossy screen, and the blacks are richer. A matte screen is non-reflective, but that can be a pro OR a con. It depends on your preference, again.

Thanks to Ustream, I have the capability to do a live poll via my stream. I asked our viewers and chatters which type of monitor they prefer. 65% chose matte, while only 35% chose glossy.

Thanks for validating my opinion, guys. It’s a matte screen FTW.

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