Recommended: Ghost Armor Screen Protectors for iPad

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My iPad 3G had been going naked since I bought it, and I’ve been wanting to get a screen protector for it for quite a while. The main thing holding me back was that I am The World’s Worst installer of screen protectors. I’ve tried installing various brands on my iPhones and iPads in the past, and always done a horrendous job and regretted trying it.

I also tried out having Best Buy install an invisibleSHIELD for me on my old WiFi only iPad. After a couple weeks that was not looking good at all. There were quite a few ugly patches along the sides of the screen and noticeable bubbling in several spots that was not ‘working itself out’. I ended up removing it.

Last week I finally found the perfect solution for my iPad. Ghost Armor screen protectors AND a kiosk where they would apply them for me. I’ve had the protectors on front (screen) and back of my iPad for 8 days now, and they look excellent.


I am extremely happy with the Ghost Armor solution. My iPad screen is much less of a magnet for smudges and fingerprints now, the install was superb and there are no bubbles or bad patches anywhere. It’s the mythical ‘you can hardly tell it’s there’ application – the one that I could never achieve if you left me in a dust-free lab environment with 100 protectors to work with and a week to devote to the project.

Both the screen and the back of my iPad are not just looking great, but also now protected from scratches and nicks.

Here’s an excerpt from Ghost Armor’s site on the quality of the material used for their protectors and their product for the iPad:

Ghost Armor™ has been precisely pre-cut to invisibly protect your Apple iPad 3G perfectly. You’ll receive the same extreme protection for your Apple iPad 3G that the military helicopter blades, fighter jets’ wingtips and the space shuttle’s wingtips receive! Without bulk, creases, bubbles, or that orange peel look, we’ll protect your Apple iPad 3G from scratches and dings. And remember – we back our product with a lifetime warranty!

So … great protection, great looks, and a professional and flawless install – absolutely what I was after. I want to say a huge thanks to Ian, who did the install on my iPad, Jeff, who runs the Ghost Armor kiosk at Barton Creek Mall here in Austin, Tx, and all the guys at the kiosk. It was a pleasure dealing with all of them, and a perfect end-result. 

Here are a few other quick notes on my experience with Ghost Armor:

— The Ghost Armor guys recommended not applying the protectors to the sides of my iPad, as I mentioned that my favorite case for it is a tight-fitting one. I agreed and I’ve never been fussed about having the sides covered anyway.

— There was a choice of glossy or matte style for the back protector. I chose matte.

— The install was done quite quickly – in right around 30 minutes. I went and grabbed a quick snack and some coffee and the iPad was all ready to go just a couple minutes after returning to the kiosk.

— The install was less expensive than the invisbleSHIELD install at Best Buy – coming it at $54 for front and back coverage vs. $49 for just the front / screen at Best Buy. And of course it was a much, much better job as well.

— After the install was done, the Ghost Armor guys gave me good advice on how long to avoid using the iPad for (just an hour or so) and how long to avoid putting a case back on it (24 hours). They mentioned that there might be some haziness on the screen that would dissipate over a few days. I didn’t see any of that. It looked great straight away.

They also advised that if there were any problems with the install over the first 5 days I could bring it back to them for a free reinstall.

— The Ghost Armor kiosk is located right out in front of the Barton Creek Mall Apple store – a superb location for them, and for all of us who are iPad / iPhone / Apple fans here in Austin. This is their first location in Austin. If my experience with them is anything like typical, they should thrive and grow.

Ghost Armor is a nationwide chain, based in Phoenix and with locations in 18 states. If they don’t have a location near you, you can buy their protectors online as well. Check their web site here for locations, details on their protection for iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, Macs, and lots of other devices, and to place an order: 

And if you’re in Austin and you’re anything like the clutz I am when it comes to screen protectors, get over to Barton Creek and get an install done.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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20 thoughts on “Recommended: Ghost Armor Screen Protectors for iPad”

  1. I've used phantom skinz, ghost armor, invisi -shield & cling-ons for my various devices. (i've installed all myself)
    Ghost armor was by far the best and i won't use anything else anymore.
    Their customer service is excellent as well. One of my protectors was damaged in shipping and they sent a replacement out the same day.
    I currently have ghost armor on my two ipads.

  2. My wife and I had both of our iPads Ghost Amoured here in Albuquerque at the Cottonwood Mall when they were new. They still look great…couldn’t be any happier.

  3. I don’t see why Ghost armor was called a “scratch protector”,because that’s not what it did for me. I used to laugh at the idea of applying these so called protective layers. Then my iPad got some little marks so I decided to go get one. It didn’t scratch-proof anything and when I tested it, it was just like my iPad was “naked.”
    I also don’t agree with why they have to charge for installation, it’s probably because Ghost Armor is to hard to install. But Gadgetshieldz is really easy to install, so you don’t have to pay extra, I just did it myself. And it really is a “scratch protector”.

  4. The customer service is terrible! They told us $5 for install and the film free, but really they charge $10 for install of the film… Ours didn’t last even two weeks and already they wanted to charge $10!!!! For something that costs .5 cents in China they could care more for the customers they have…. Absurd and a wait of time and money. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Bottom line

  5. Ghost Armor is complete crap and a scam, in my opinion. Looked like crap lasted about 3 weeks and you’d have to pay for them to redo it. Nice lifetime warranty. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY

  6. Got the Ghost Armor today, we will see how it does…A bit expensive, but was very happy with the install, they guys at the kiosk (Chandler, AZ mall), and the look. I will definitely take it back if it doesn’t hold up, and I am quite certain I can get a refund if it doesn’t do what it says it does.

  7. I agree with the comments about Ghost Armor being garbage.

    Ghost armor use to be a good product but I think the quality of the material they are using has gone downhill drastically. 2 weeks after install there are dents and permanent gouges all over the screen.

    Go back $5.00 later… 2 weeks goes by same thing.

    Sure it protects the screen, but who cares if it ends up looking like crap. The install fee is a scam considering they claim a lifetime warranty. It’s not a true warranty if you have to pay for replacement.

    A word of WARNING. Whether you choose to have this product installed for you or do it yourself make sure to leave the phone off for a full 8 HOURS. Failure to do so could result in you permanently damaging your device. This is water based and there is always a good chance that some of that liquid gets under your screen. If you don’t let it dry you can ruin your device and the thugs at ghost armor will just laugh at you.

    In my personal opinion I suggest avoiding ghost armor.

  8. I had Ghost Armor installed on my iPad 2 about 3 weeks ago. Earlier this week I noticed some scuffing and dents on the screen protector. Now the screen protector is starting to peel off. NOT IMPRESSED.

  9. where did you get the ghost armor and where did you get it installed and where could you get the carbon fiber for the back

    1. I mentioned in the post exactly where I got it – at a Ghost Armor kiosk at Barton Creek Mall here in Austin. Also mentioned where else you can get Ghost Armor around the US.

  10. I have a Zagg on my iPad Nd it has done well. Have not heard of Ghost Armor before. I had it installed at a Zagg kiosk and not at Best Buys, although I do have a friend who had it installed at BB and had problems with it. Maybe BB just cannot install it properly.

  11. Went to a Ghost Armor kiosk (Conestoga Mall – Waterloo, Canada) Gave them my old iPad 2 (WiFi only). They said it would be $30.00 for the full body install plus $10.00 Labour and that it comes with their “lifetime warranty” where if it peels, breaks or chips, they will replace it for a $5.00 service fee. I signed the damage waiver (wait…damage waiver?) and handed over $45.20 and was told to come back in 20 minutes. I buy myself a New iPad (iPad 3) at the Apple Store, and am on my way back to the kiosk. They still aren’t done, in fact they haven’t even started. After some yelling, I come leave and come back in another 45 minutes. They’re finished, and give me my iPad 2 back. As I walk away, they “armor” bubbles in the middle of the screen, and it gets larger, then the edges begin to peel. I walk back, and demand a refund, which they gave me and was on my way. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!

  12. I just got my Ghost Armor for my new iPad (3rd Generation) and I am very satisfied with how they installed it. They were professional and it didn’t even take 20 minutes. I liked how the guy who installed it made sure that my iPad was turned off and how he made sure that he didn’t get any liquid on my speaker or the part where you plug in your USB cable. He also cleaned my iPad two times to make sure it was really clean and clear from fingerprints and dust. Overall, I would go back there again for any other devices I have. (I already went there when I first got my iPhone 4s). The price wasn’t too bad for a full body shield ($55) which includes the installation fee and lifetime warranty. Plus if you are not satisfied with it, you can replace the errors within 7 days at no extra cost. After 7 days, you will have to pay a fee but I’m sure it won’t be as much as when you first buy the shield. For those who are not satisfied, I guess it just depends on who installed the shield for you and how much of an expert they are in doing so. I read lots of different reviews about Ghost Armor and I just believe it just depends on where you get it, how good their service is and if the person is actually good at installing it. But I am happy with Ghost Armor and I’m glad I got it.

  13. I had my Galaxy tab 2 7 in. done about 2 months ago and it started to peel about a month later, but only in the corner so it wasn’t a really annoying nuisance. had it redone about 5 hours ago and it looks even better this time. we’ll see how it holds up.

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