Ah… my beloved Apple iPad. I love my iPad. I really do. I enjoy reading eBooks on it, I enjoy keeping up with Twitter, news and all my RSS feeds. Much as many people foresaw/proclaimed in pre and post release articles the iPad is quickly becoming my ultimate content consumption device. Music, movies, TV Shows, books, magazines, games… it does it all and more times than not I find myself moving away from the desk and onto the easy chair for my morning reading rituals on my days off. But, despite my love for the iPad, there’s a deep, dark hatred of the device as well. So much of one, that my email signature on the iPad doesn’t read “from my magical, revolutionary, OMFG I love it iPad”. No. It reads “from my fingerprint magnet”. I’ve recently contemplated changing that to read “from my blinding glare, be glad I could see the keyboard to type this fingerprint magnet”.
Apple nailed a lot of things on the iPad. They missed the mark on the screen usability in anything but dungeons.
Hit the jump… there’s a lot we have to look at.
Fingerprints galore? Check. Glare so bad you can’t see anything? Check.
For anyone who says its not that bad, here’s another one:
Now, tell me again, how the heck is anyone supposed to consume content, when they can’t see the screen except for on special occasions like when the sun isn’t shining? For some of you that may not be a special occasion, but in Colorado we get about 300 days of sunshine per year. So, unless it’s nighttime, as you can see my ability to get any reading done in the front room of my house is just about impossible. So, something had be done to fix the situation. And since I was already ordering a BodyGuardz for the iPad (see the scratches) it made sense to see what kind of anti-glare was available. I did a lot of looking around, and there’s quite a few options out there, but I’ve had my fair share of luck ordering from BodyGuardz in the past, so they ended up being my first choice. Was it the best one? I don’t know since I haven’t tried offerings from their competitors, but I can say this: I’m happy with the results so far. Take a look:
Big difference right?
Here’s a couple with the ScreenGuardz HD in place and the screen on:
Now, I could spend a whole ton of time yabbering on, but I think the pictures will do it a lot more justice. So, here’s a bunch more:
I can’t so far (since I just got the ScreenGuardz HD onto my iPad today) make a final judgement call, but I can tell you this – The iPad changed the way I consume content. The ScreenGuardz HD is going to change the way I view and use the iPad. Does it get rid of the nightmare of fingerprints? No it doesn’t. They’re still visible and annoying, but the ScreenGuardz doesn’t seem to attract them as much. Does the ScreenGuardz HD make using the iPad in variable light conditions easier? Absolutely. Seriously – just look at that picture from my back yard. Grab your iPad, go outside and do the same thing. I’d be willing to bet you’re not able to see nearly the same level of content that I can.
My only gripe – I’ve got some lifting around the edges. It’s not like I missed the mark and don’t have it on right. The protector has screen underneath it, it just doesn’t want to hang on for some reason. Its not bad mind you, but a little annoying.
Honestly – best money I’ve spent on the iPad yet – and that includes all the apps I’ve bought so far. Hands down, this is the one purchase I’m glad I made.
Where to buy: ScreenGuardz Website
Cost: $19.95 for the front / $34.95 for both the front and a BodyGuardz for the back
Check out the full image gallery for a few more pictures.