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4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job. Easier to recommend at the new price., March 17, 2011
This review is from: AmazonBasics Screen Protector and Cleaning Cloth for Apple iPad (Personal Computers)
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Current touch screen devices such as the iPad have glass screens that are, in ordinary use, a lot less susceptible to scratches, scuffs, and marring than were the plastic screens of earlier devices

If you're kind of casual about how and where you use, carry, and store your iPad or spend time with it in an atmosphere that might have abrasive particles (a factory for example) or sticky aerosols (a restaurant kitchen maybe) the trade-offs of using a screen protector may balance with the benefits.

What are the trade offs? First and foremost, it's nearly impossible to do a perfect installation in a home or office environment. Even the tiniest spec of dust will cause a bubble between the screen and the protector. Although they're mostly visible when the iPad is off, many users find these bubbles distracting

Here's one useful hint: after you've cleaned the screen, but just before you start to lay down the protector, blow a little compressed air across the screen (and away from the exposed protector surface) and blow it off one or two times as you are laying down the protector (again, blow away from the protector). I did this while installing the AmazonBasics Screen Protector and only had 8 tiny bubbles when I was done using the included squeegee card to push out as may as I could. I had 20-30 when I applied a 3M protector a few weeks ago.

The included cleaning cloth did a good job of cleaning all the the fingerprints and dust off the screen, but I still buffed it with a large microfiber cloth before applying the protector.

Other trade-offs: my experience is that screen protectors show fingerprints and smudges even more than the bare screen and they begin to loose their oleophobic properties after a few weeks of use.

Amazon recently lowered the price of the AmazonBasics Screen Protector and Cleaning Cloth for Apple iPad to $9.99, which makes it easier for me to recommend if you have a real need for a screen protector for your iPad.
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