The X Gear Anti Glare film for iPad aims to make Apple's very shiny iPad shine just a little less in our eyes. Now screen protectors have always been my arch nemesis -- I have always much preferred the feel of the actual glass over the feel of any screen protector. But I figured I'd give the X Gear anti-glare version a chance to change my mind.
Did it succeed? Read on to find out!
I'm extremely careful with my devices and always have a case on them so I'm not too concerned with screen protectors. The one reason I "would" consider one is to minimize fingerprints. That's what I was really hoping to do here. Some screen protectors seem to minimize the rate at which fingerprints take over your screen. I was left disappointed after applying the X Gear anti-glare film as it seemed to accumulate just as many fingerprints (if not more), than the naked glass did. It did seem to wipe down quicker than the glass does so I suppose that could be considered a positive. And it didn't do too much to minimize glare either.
The process of putting the screen protector on was simple enough. If this process is something you're unfamiliar with, check out our guide on how to apply a screen protector to your iPhone or iPad. I did end up with a few bubbles but I managed to get those out with the soft card that X Gear provides with the screen protector. They also include a cleaning cloth as well.
Overall, the quality of the screen protector was pretty good. It just doesn't do much to minimize fingerprints. If you're looking for something to add more protection from scratches, the thickness seems to be pretty substantial. It isn't that noticeable when it's on the device until you feel the screen. There's a noticeable difference from what the glass feels like. When scrolling and sliding your finger around, it just isn't as smooth. This is unfortunately the case with most screen protectors. It's just not the same experience.
If you're in the market for a screen protector that's a bit more durable and you don't mind getting used to your iPad screen feeling a bit different to the touch, I'd say this is a pretty decent screen protector. I still prefer the feel of other protectors better, such as the BodyGuardz screen protectors that are also available in the TiPb accessory store for around the same price.
- Easy to apply
- Thicker than some other, flimsier screen protectors
- After applied, it's barely visible
- Doesn't do much when it comes to preventing fingerprints
- The area by the home button didn't stick as well as it should
- The texture is a bit grippy so it takes some getting used to
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