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Screen protector, yes or no?

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Initial post: Dec 26, 2012, 7:38:52 AM PST
Thoughts... is a clear plastic protector needed if I'm only going to use my finger on the Kindle screen and not a stylus?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012, 7:52:58 AM PST
MommaCat says:
I've had a tablet for 1.5 years and a phone for 8 years without one without a problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012, 8:23:58 AM PST
I wish I had put a screen protector on my Kindle immediately. I do my own manicures and get impatient waiting for stuff to dry. My screen has a couple of spots of super glue on it. It doesn't effect the use or interfere with reading but I know they are there and it bugs me.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012, 9:27:19 AM PST
Rick G says:
If you're going to use one, I'd avoid the cheap ones. They get smudged, peel off quickly, and overall don't do much. I'd say something like Invisible Shield by Zagg would be a good bet for a good anti-scratch coating...albeit these days, with a lot of screens being made from Gorilla Glass, I don't worry too much about that.

That being said, none of them really do much to protect a screen from blunt force trauma such as a bad drop. You're probably fine without one.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012, 8:34:42 PM PST
ScottBooks says:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012, 1:59:47 PM PST
Hmmm. I am on the fence about this. I have an otterbox with a built in screen protector for my phone, and have had a peel and place one for my fire. I am at the point where I think the one for the fire is not really that necessary? Gorilla glass is pretty darned tough.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012, 2:55:11 PM PST
Nancy B. says:
I like to sell my old electronics and since I am a bit OCD (cases, screen protectors etc...), my things look like new even if I have used them every day for a couple of years. I have used my original Kindle Fire since last Christmas Day and since I use a screen protector and a TPU cover it looks like new. Because my new Fire HD is 8.9, I still am using my reg Kindle. So if you plan to have it around a while I say screen protector and case or cover. I just takes one drop and without protection it can be destroyed. If someone puts keys on the screen or a child picks up a pen not knowing the difference you could end up with scratches.......Just a thought :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012, 3:22:23 PM PST
C. Tompkins says:
FoundQuilting says: My screen has a couple of spots of super glue on it.

I once had a super glue tube leak and I glued two of my fingers together, lol.
Soaking in a mixture of dish soap and water made the super glue come loose.
Since some screen protectors also go on with water and dish soap, I think it might be safe to put a tiny dot of the mixture on the spot on your screen to see if you can get it off that way? You might have to leave it sit for a bit to get it loose.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012, 3:56:54 PM PST
Alright, another tried and true fix: Olive oil. Tape an area around the spot, and put some olive oil on the spot; it should loosen up after a couple of hours. The caveat? Do not let the oil go anywhere near the periphery of the unit.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012, 4:20:08 PM PST
suzanne says:
Good call on the screen destroy a lot of things...especially the itty-bitties!
Use a screen if young ones are going to be using it for sure!

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 6:05:41 PM PST
Lily wright says:
screen protectors annoy me so mutch

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 8:06:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012, 8:07:26 PM PST
C. Tompkins says:
For what you pay for a good screen protector, you might as well get the 2 year extended warranty that covers breakage also. That way you are covered for the whole thing.
I figure after 2 years, I'm gona want a newer better one anyway, lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012, 9:17:32 PM PST
Jade Varden says:
I like using o
ne just for safety's sake. Any debris could scratch it, or even a fingernail

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013, 6:45:24 AM PST
Rick G says:
Maybe a fingernail could scratch one of the e-ink kindles, those are pretty fragile (IMHO), but the tablet? I'm pretty sure I could scratch my nails down the front of my iphone all day without doing more than smudging it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013, 10:57:39 AM PST
Where are you buying your screen protectors? We're not talking about a case or cover, just the think plastic (?) sheet that adheres to the screen. They don't cost more than a couple of bucks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013, 10:28:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2013, 10:28:55 PM PST
C. Tompkins says:
I had a cheap one, it didn't stay stuck and had bubbles, and no matter how hard I try whenever I put one on, it has tiny bubbles or just odd spots. So I tried an Invisible Shield by Zagg, and it was much better, but it still "showed" on the Kindle Fire. Like it made the screen kind of fuzzy. So I took it off, and didn't even bother to get one for my other stuff.

Did you get those spots of glue off of yours?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013, 1:36:54 PM PST
I gave up trying a long time ago. I did actually get a little scratch on the screen a couple of days ago though. It's actually visible as a slightly gray spot about the size of a double quote ("). If it remains annoying I will probably swap this Kindle out with one of my backups.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013, 2:32:05 PM PST
My phone is pretty expensive, so I have an Otterbox for it (it has a built in hard screen protector). The ones for the Kindle Fire are around 70 bucks, so I will not buy it. There are no such tough cases that I can find for the regular kindle reader.

An awesome case for kids who have a kindle fire (built in screen protector):
Fisher Price Kid-Tough Apptivity Case for Kindle Fire, Pink (will not fit HD models).

Posted on Jan 5, 2013, 3:12:43 AM PST
I have used my fingernail to remove gunk stuck on the screen when I wasn't at home. Never had a problem. I clean the screen with a damp cloth and never had a problem. I love to read while I eat dinner and I do get some unusual contaminants on my Kindle. Never had a problem.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013, 2:55:41 PM PST
I have the invisible shield protector by Zagg for my Ipad. I knew from my IT manager that it is difficult to put on, she had done it herself on her Ipad and her husband had the store do it and the difference is easy to see. So when I got my new Ipad, I had them place the screen protector. It also helps with glare. As for cleaning, a slightly damp paper towel and it looks like new.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013, 3:11:30 PM PST
Iola says:
Yes. I left my brand new Kobo on my bed one day, and when I came back it mysteriously had a scratch in the unprotected screen. Both my children claim they didn't touch it and my husband was at work. It was still readable, but was really annoying.

I've since put screen protectors on every device I have purchased, just in case, and haven't had any more problems.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2013, 2:33:33 AM PST
I think yes. I have the basic model Kindle and it has a little gouge on the screen. I don't know how it got there but it is so annoying, even though it does not prevent reading.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013, 5:53:54 AM PST
C. Tompkins says:
I suppose it might depend on if you have a Kindle, or a Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire has gorilla glass as the screen, pretty dang hard to scratch that.
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