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Sorry, but there's no such thing as a glossy + anti-glare screen protector. I personally prefer matte screen protectors because of the glare reduction and have been absolutely thrilled with my Moshi iVisor iPad screen protector. It's got all the benefits of the matte protectors (anti-glare and anti-smudge) but still manages to produce screen clarity close to the glossy protectors. It's different from other 'sticker' style screen protectors because it's made out of a thin sheet of stiff transparent plastic, which means you'll never have to worry about bubbles on your screen AND it's completely removable and washable. Yep, you just peel off the screen protector and wash it when it gets dirty, pretty cool, eh? Oh, and it doesn't leave a gross adhesive behind on your iPad screen either. Also, swiping over the screen protector is nice and smooth and smudges are barely visible. Good stuff...
I love the iVisor too, but prefer glossy over matte, so I got the clear version. It took just a few minutes to install and there were zero bubbles whatsoever. The protector was so clear, I could barely even tell it was there. Even when swiping over the screen, it felt just like the glass. It doesn't pick up as many fingerprints as the naked screen either. I haven't found a better screen protector than the Moshi...
In my experience, matte screen protectors diminish the image quality too much. White backgrounds explode into millions of tiny colored dots. And, ironically, I found direct sunlight to be the worst place to use an anti-glare... they just appear cloudy to me. So, if you were going with a screen protector, I’d also say go with glossy, just to maintain that crisp, clear screen.
I hate to break the news to you, but there's really nothing to decide between because clear/glossy screen protectors are virtually useless! If you're worried about scratches, not even a nail could scratch the screen of the ipad!!! So unless you're trying to get rid of glare / reflection / fingerprints, don't waste your $$!!
Anti-glare all the way baby! I want to actually use my iPad, not spend all my time wiping it off on my shirt. Just slap on one of these puppies and you'll be good to go. Comes with a little cloth and an extra protector just in case you botch your first attempt...but you shouldn't now that you have this handy installation video:
I had a glossy Zagg screen protector professionally installed and it looked great, but the feel of the protector was terrible on the ipad screen. It had a sticky texture that created a lot of drag when trying to gesture and swipe on the screen. It drove me nuts and after about a week I tore it off. I ended up getting a pack of the Splash Masque screen protectors and have been a happy camper ever since. It was easy to install compared to other screen protectors I've tried, and even came with a card for smoothing out the bubbles (I managed to get all but 1 out). The package comes with 3 covers, just in case you screw up, at least you get 3 tries! After getting the screen protector 'installed', the ipad screen still looked perfectly clear. After 3 months of using it, it has held up very well, I suggest giving it a try.
The NuShield Antiglare screen protector is completely clear. It has some kind of special anti-reflective coating that eliminates glare from the screen when you take your iPad outside, without interfering with the brightness or clarity of the screen while indoors. It's pretty easy to install, but the only drawback is that there's no hole cut out for the 'Home' button, so you'll have to cut one out yourself. It's also very prone to getting fingerprints on it, so you'll have to clean with a microfiber cloth.
I found that the matte screen protectors are not perfect, but I had no other choice since I can't stand fingerprints, and those are the only screen protectors that solve that problem for me. The matte screen protectors also have a silky smooth feeling when you swipe over the screen, kind of like paper. The drawback is that it tends to make the screen a little darker, so small text is hard to read. Another issue with the matte is that it makes the screen look a little 'muddy'. The screen protector I ended up with was the BoxWave. I like it because it's not overly anti-glare, so it's kind of a cross between a matte and a glossy.
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