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I got my iPad 2 in August as it was reduced by £70.00 in my local Tesco's - presumably because of the iPad 3's recent release.
I've got a habit of using my laptop while eating/drinking and as a result the keyboard can get quite gross and sticky, which let's face it is quite yucky and I made a promise to myself that food and drink would never come anywhere near my iPad and that I'd always wash my hands before using it. Despite sticking to this promise, after around a week of daily use the screen was covered in finger print marks, which is why I decided to buy one of these screen protectors when I recieved my Amazon voucher from Dooyoo a few weeks ago.
There are countless iPad screen protectors on the market and although the unbranded ones which were less than £2.00 each did appeal to me I decided to buy this as Belkin is a brand I'm familiar with and I knew that it'd do the job and be of good quality. The screen protector retails at around £7.00 but prices do vary depending on where you buy it from. It's quite widely available online and places like PC World, Currys etc probably sell it too. I bought mine from Amazon and I paid £5.99, which I think is a real bargain as when I bought my iPad I had a quick look at the screen protectors that Tesco were selling and most were around the £12.00 mark!
This screen protector is suitable for the iPad 2 and the iPad 3. I have an iPad 2 and it fits perfectly; it fits around the home button perfectly and doesn't overlap onto the button. It sits on the screen nicely - you can't even tell that it's there. Putting it onto the screen was a little fiddly but easy enough due to the instructions that were included - it didn't take very long to get it on properly at all. I must admit that I was suprised by how sticky it was and this made me take extra care applying it. Once it was on there were a few tiny air bubbles which appeared but these were easy to sort out as Belkin provide a little smoothing card.
I was worried that using the smoothing card would press different 'buttons' on my iPad and activate different programmes/mess it up, but it didn't! I only needed to use the smoothing card for around 2 minutes before my iPad screen was bubble-free and I've not had to use it since. As I said before you really can not tell that it's even on the iPad; it doesn't glisten or look plasticy at all. The screen protector is very thin so although it protects the screen it doesn't interfere with the screens sensetivity meaning that I don't have to tap the screen any harder. It is stuck securely to the screen so doesn't move around when I'm scrolling down the screen with my finger.
I've had mine on my iPad for around 3 weeks now and after daily use it's in great condition and it doesn't look tatty or anything. I've not noticed any wear and there are no marks/smudges or dust, although I've been wiping it down everyday after use with the little cleaning wipe that came with it. I'd imagine that if you don't have a case for your iPad the screen would get a little dusty but as I do have a case I've not had any problems with this. Belkin say that the screen protector protects against scratches which is great and I really recommend it.
Having been lucky enough to get an ipad I certainly wanted to ensure it was protected and thus I went out and bought both a protective case and also this protectice screen shield to ensure that the screen does not get scratched or damaged. These are available on Amazon for £5 and they provide a certain amount of protection with impacting on the ipad functionality or touch responsiveness at all.
The ipad is advertised as being scratch resistant however for the sake of a fiver I decided, why take the risk?. The main drawback to this screen overlay is that it is a rather fiddly affair to get it nice and smooth across your screen, I must admit I almost gave up the ghost and nearly consigned it to the bin, the problem is that it is a bit of a game to get all of the air bubbles out from under the protective skin, there is a card provided to do this however at times it felt like it was just moving them about.
In the end it was left to my other half who is more patient than me to complete the job as everytime I thought I ws done I found another one had appeared. You should ensure the screen is clean and dust free before applying it using the wipe provided otherwise it will not be effective.
Having used it for a while both without and now with the screen there is no difference in responsiveness and usability and it has proven to be a very good investment. It is easy enough to wipe clean as well and it it ever gets too dirty or marked then the other half will be around to replace it while the ipad screen remains nice and clean.
For the sake of a fiver this is a good purchase to make.
After purchasing a cover for my iPad I also needed to protect the screen from daily wear and tear that causes those unsightly scratches! I decided to have a look at what Belkin had on offer because as my case was from them I knew I could count on their quality and also their price.
This screen protector which they christen the "Screen Overlay" cost me just 12 euro online and I do believe this was a bargain considering the cost of the device that is being protected. I know people say that the iPad itself is scratch resistant but having a two year old around the house messing with it, I still didn't trust this statement.
The protector itself can be awkward to apply to the iPad given the size of the thing and you will end up with bubbles but if you get the smoothing card which is included with this protector and press all of these bubbles out you will end up with a flawless screen. Make sure you clean the screen before applying the protector. They actually include a cleaning wipe with this but I used my own because I didn't think the quality was that great to be honest. Be careful that you line the Home Button correctly with the protector. You don't want to put it on and then realise that it's upside down. This actually happened to a friend of mine!
What I like about this is that once is has become worn and messy you can just replace it with a new one. You can't do this with the iPad screen itself obviously. Also there doesn't seem to be any difference in the product with the screen on top. The sensitivity of the touch screen works just as well.
I would highly recommend any iPad user to get this. It will not affect the functionality of the device and it will protect it in the long term.
When you purchase an item like an Ipad it is always important to make sure that you keep the screen in the best possible condition. By spending a bit of extra money on a screen protector you can use your Ipad without worrying about the screen getting scratched or marks on it. Considering how much the Ipad costs this should be something which is definatley considered.
You can get this specific screen protector for around £5 on numerous websites. I am sure you can get them cheaper and more expensive but this one does everything that you will need it to do. When you think of the Ipad being at the cheapest £450 spending £5 to protect the screen is a bargain price.
In the box
In the box you get the screen protector which will smoothly go over the screen itself. To make sure you get it all even it comes with a cardboard type material which will help smooth out all of the bumps and such. You also get a cloth which I cleaned my screen before I put the protector on to make sure it was 100% clean.
Difficulty and Usability
To apply the screen protector is not remotely difficult at all. I think anyone would be able to do this aslong as they take time and try not to rush it. Once the screen protector is applied the Ipad is still just as responsive as it was previous which is a definate boost. I did expect it to lose just a bit of its responsiveness but it didn't.
For a product which is only £5 which will make sure your screen is protected I think that it is a brilliant price and product. It doesn't make the Ipad look worse or anything like that and only protects the screen. For this reason I do highly recommend people get one of these because sometimes products can get scratched even if you are very careful.
I had an iPad for my birthday on on the day the iPad was released.......and I have to admit that I love it! Obviously as the iPad is a touchscreen and because one of the things I love about the iPad is the screen itself, I decided to buy a screen protector for added piece of mind. I was really surprised to see that Apple do not do a screen protector for the IPad and when I enquirer at The Apple Store, I was told that this was because Apple do not believe a screen protector is necessary for this product since its quality is so high that it would not be prone to being scratched anyway. However, nevertheless I still wanted one and so I looked elsewhere.
I found the Belkin version of their iPad screen protector on Amazon for £13.95. this did seem fairly expensive to me for what is essentially a piece of plastic film - but I am generally impressed with Belkin products and so I decided to go for it.
The box contained a plastic film screen protector, a cardboard applicator to help smooth the film onto the screen, and a lint-free cleaning wipe to clean the screen before applying the film. Instructions came in the box and were clear and straightforward......how hard can attaching a film to a screen be, right?
Well........as it turned out, it was a lot harder than it looked!
I cleaned the screen with the wipe, as instructed. That was easy! But then the fun started. In theory, its supposed to be easy to attach the film. Basically, I peeled a little fit away from one of the corners so that some of the adhesive side was exposed and then I carefully matched up the corner or the film with the corner of my iPad screen and then slowly, with the aid of the cardboard smoothing applicator, pressed down gently on the film as I was laying it to remove any bubbles. Once in place I the peeled off the top protective layer to reveal a beautifully protected screen.........NOT!
Under the film protector were more bubbles than you would find in an Aero! The bubbles were trapped and although I tried to smooth them out, the would not shift. It made my once beautiful screen looked tatty and ugly and I had to resist the temptation to rip it off immediately!
Although the iPad touch screen was as responsive with the film as without it, I didn't like the feel of the film itself. My iPad screen is silky, shiny and glossy to the touch, whereas the film felt like it had more of a matt finish - which felt unsexy! I also felt like the vividness of the colours and the quality of the images on the iPad were somewhat dulled by the film protector and I didn't like that one little bit!
So.....about an hour after putting the film on, I decided to take it off again and put it where it properly belonged.......in the bin!
I was very disappointed in this product, especially as I believe the Belkin range is generally of very high quality, but this protector film is just not up to scratch. I couldn't recommend it to anyone.