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Protect Your iPad Screen with Film

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Some people prefer not to use a case with their iPad, and that’s okay, too. But if you’re one of those people (or even if you’re not), you might want to consider protective film for the iPad screen or even the whole device. If you apply them properly, they’re nearly invisible and they protect your iPad from scratches and scrapes without adding any bulk.

iVisor AG Screen Protector for iPad from Moshi is one of the best screen covers. It’s easy to apply, resists fingerprints better than Apple’s oleophobic screen coating, and features patented technology for a bubble-free installation every time. The best feature is that if it gets dirty, you just wash it under a faucet, and then air-dry and reapply it (bubble-free, of course).

Another option is RadTech, which offers two types of Mylar screen protectors — clear transparent and antiglare. These screen protectors are somewhat stiffer than the film products, and unlike film, they can be cleaned and reapplied multiple times with no reduction in performance. They effectively hide minor scratches, surface defects, and abrasions, and the hard Mylar surface not only resists scratches and abrasions but is also optically correct.

There are also more traditional film products from invisibleShield by ZAGG, BodyGuardz, and Best Skins Ever which are more similar than they are different. invisibleShield is the most expensive and possibly the best-quality film. BodyGuardz products are roughly 25 percent cheaper than invisibleShield and of comparable quality. Both invisibleShield and BodyGuardz offer free lifetime replacement of their products.

Best Skins Ever products are 25–55 percent less expensive than invisibleShield or BodyGuardz, yet the product is, if not just as good, darn close to it. The difference is that Best Skins Ever has minimal packaging, and rather than including the “special liquid” you need to apply it (like invisibleShield and BodyGuardz), Best Skins Ever includes instructions for making it yourself.

And unlike the others, Best Skins Ever has no free replacement policy, though it does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Finally, all three offer total protection (front, back, and sides) as well as separate products for the front or back.

Which one to choose? If you think you might take advantage of the lifetime replacement policy, you want either invisibleShield or BodyGuardz. If you want a good product at the lowest price but with a 30-day money-back guarantee instead of lifetime replacement, look at Best Skins Ever.

Any or all of these so-called skins (including the iVisor AG, which is the easiest of all to install) can be tricky to apply. Follow the instructions closely, watch videos on the vendors’ websites and YouTube, and take your time. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with clear film protection that’s nearly invisible yet protects your iPad from scratches, nicks, and cuts.