I removed my previous ZAGG Glass Screen Protector from my iPad Air 2 for two reasons: increased screen glare and lowered TouchID efficiency. In response, ZAGG sent over another set of their screen protectors: another Glass with a different “Omega” Home button cut-out, and their HDX protector, which claims to add great impact protection.
I haven’t yet installed the HDX, but I have spent the last few weeks with this newer Glass protector. The button cut-out on my previous Glass was circular, which made the Home button harder to press and I suspect it kept my finger just far enough from the TouchID sensor to affect accuracy. I’m happy to say that the new cut-out, which leaves the lower portion of the Home button exposed, no longer affects TouchID performance. I can reliably unlock my iPad Air 2 with my thumb, and I think that has everything to do with my finger sitting closer to the sensor.
As for the glare, I do think it’s still present, but it’s not a showstopper. The naked Air 2 screen still has glare, but reflections simply don’t look as bright as they do with a ZAGG Glass installed. I tend to run my iPad at about 30% brightness most of the time, and I find that’s enough to outdo any of the ill effects of an extra layer of glass over my screen.
So does this altered version of the Glass change my recommendation? Actually, yes. I do think there’s a tradeoff in glare for installing a ZAGG Glass, but it’s a fair one if you want an added layer of scratch protection that doesn’t affect the clarity of your screen (in the way that matted screen protectors can). There doesn’t seem to be a way to check whether or not the Glass will have the Omega cut-out, but their support seems good enough that you could contact them afterwards if you end up with the previous circular version.
I love To-Do lists and Productivity apps in general. Some may say I love them to a fault. See if this sounds familiar–you want to find the perfect To-Do / Productivity list app. You try so hard, and you invest so much time in researching your needs against what is available that you never can decide on just the right one. This has been a problem form me for years–and I’m sure part of the problem is me and my indecisiveness with regard to this issue. However, there has to come a time when you decide to either sh@t or get off the pot.
I always enjoyed using Wunderlist, but it never quite fit my needs with regard to how I _wanted_ to use it, and the support and integration it had with other apps was lacking for me. So, a few month ago I started using Evernote as a task manager/To-Do list/repository of all things important from my work, my writing and my personal life. Thomas has already written extensively on the merits of such a move.
Now, again, I’m reconsidering my choice. Wunderlist CEO Christian Reber announced major changes coming to the Wunderlist platform this year–and they all sound great!
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Our featured iPad painting today is titled ‘Johnny English’ – based on the secret agent spoof movie character played by Rowan Atkinson.
This is the work of Álvaro Tajada Portalo, shared to our iPad Insight Flickr group.
I think this paining captures that deer in the headlights look that Atkinson is so good at.
You can see more of Álvaro Tajada Portalo’s work at his altapor Flickr stream.
And of course you can find plenty more great iPad paintings from a number of excellent iPad artists in our own iPad Art section.
The App Store offers a wide range of featured sections and app collections to highlight some of the best and most interesting and useful apps.
One of its newer collections is Pay Once & Play – found in the Explore section this one features iPad games that do not include any In-App purchase options. Just buy the game and play it to its fullest without the need to be nickeled and dimed to get a better experience with it.
This is a great idea for an App Store collection, and one I’m sure many iPad gamers will welcome.
Charge 2 USB-Compatible Devices at Once. Don’t Let Your Battery Slow Life Down.
Battery life can be the bane of your existence if you’re a heavy mobile user, so a big ‘ol reserve supply on hand can be a very good thing. That’s what the Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack offers – and it’s our featured deal today at over 70% off its normal price. So you can grab it for $29.99 instead of the standard $109.
Here’s the elevator pitch for this Power Vault powerhouse:
Get the max bang for your buck with this robust, super-slim power bank packed with 18,000mAh of battery juice. Charge your smartphone, tablet, or both at the same time, so you can stay charged on the road.
- Lightweight & compact
- Two USB charging stations
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To check out more detail or place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.