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Monday
Mar282011

Why your iPad needs a Matte Screen protector

Recently I dropped my aluminium Apple remote onto my iPad screen. It tore a hole in my screen protector. The iPad's screen itself was undamaged but I was still absolutely gutted, why? Well when I had applied the screen protector a number of months earlier I'd managed to do it perfectly, straight and with no dust or bubbles. This was a feat that I thought I might not be able to repeat and my misgivings were well founded.  The next day I attempted to apply my spare screen protector, completely messed it up and ended up throwing it away.

I decided to make do and use the iPad commando style - and experienced a miserable couple of weeks with the original unprotected glossy screen. The glass screen just felt wrong, fingers seem to squeak across it rather than slide on top, games were made more difficult, fingerprints were everywhere and most distracting of all - the reflections. Oh the reflections, if I wanted to look at my own face all the way to work, I'd stare at my train pass. My iPad had become much less fun and was bordering on being unusable in some situations.

So finally I couldn't stand it any more, I bit the bullet and ordered another screen protector. The same model as before - a Mediadevil Matte Magic Screen Protector. Hopefully this time I'd be able to apply it correctly, the future of my iPad/sanity depended on it. 

Find out how I got on in the video and see for yourself what a difference a matte screen makes.

 

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My comment is re sharpness of 808 #11. Check the lens under a bright light with strong eye glass. I was getting unhappy with mine and on checking it was plastered with bits. Needed lens cleaner and and a small cotton bud to shift it. I now carry it around in my pocket in a Tic Tac box.

I notice that with my 808 #11 the colour balance constantly changes but I can live with that.

Thanks for your many videos where I much enjoy your presentation. My wife is not so pleased as I've bought 3 items -- so far.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

@Derek. One of my HD808s is very soft in focus, I'll have a close look at to see if its caused by dirt, thanks. As long as you didn't go and buy a Nixie watch or the Dotklok, your wife can't really get too mad.

April 22, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It always makes me laugh how seriously is your voice when you say funny stuff.

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel of Death

Great video there. I also used similar techniques to apply my screen protector but have used a clear protector. I am considering using a matte protector as I am also suffering from smudges and an unsmooth feeling on occasion when sliding fingers across screen. My installation is currently perfect so some worry about whether it's worth removing it and risking botching my matte installation.

I can add that by placing sticky tape to both vertical sides of the protector before installation helped me with the initial alignment.

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

I wish I had a real camcorder so that I could take a video of me crushing my new 808 #11 into the sidewalk. It's was the most promising but frustrating piece of junk I was ever suckered into buying.

The "feedback" from the 2 button 2 LED colors is terrible - sometimes it works, most times it doesn't. Half the time the on/off recording follows no distinct pattern - does the reset button work? Who knows. Occasionally I get a recording, can I duplicate my success? No freaking way!

Press the on button - will I get an amber light - who knows. I feel like a test monkey in a laboratory.

Welcome to the world of half ass Chinese junk marketed as high tech.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

Hi Technoman
What are your thoughts on a matte screen cover for iPad 3?
Thanks
Amelia

August 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmelia

I definitely wouldn't do it on an iPad 3. I think it would have a detrimental effect on the resolution. I've got the new iPad and the naked screen seems a lot less reflective the the original iPad to me, so I haven't really missed having a screen protector on it.

August 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The mobile scratch guard is a deep transparent and 0.33 mm thickness that will enhance the looks of the mobile and make you feel the experience of only the mobile screen. Adopting imported glass material, through special tempering treatment of the original glass hardness, it achieves the amazing hardness of 9H.

June 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergarima rai

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