Screen protectors – a necessity for some, a nuisance for others. I personally have never really been a big fan of screen protectors, the majority of them either make the screen frustrating to use or give off a strange blue and red look. Just recently, I caught wind of a bubble-free, crystal clear screen protector for the iPad from Moshi. I quickly jumped on it, and I am glad I did as it is one of the best screen protectors I have ever used.
Note: In side-by-side image, an iPad with no screen protector is on the left, an iPad with the iVisor is on the right
Let me start off by saying that some screen protectors take liquid to apply or use harsh adhesive, the iVisor applied as easy as the GelaSkin did and left no residue behind. In less then five minutes, from package to iPad, the iVisor was applied, and the adhesive used on the iVisor allows for easy removal and adjustments.
This is the part Moshi is pushing the most, the “100% bubble-free iPad screen protector.” There is even a guarantee! I am happy to say that it is truly a 100% bubble-free screen protector. I am also happy to say that it is quite clear, not flawless, but pretty close. The reason it is not perfect is due to two things: one, It is not perfectly clear, and gives the display a bit of a softer look. Two, at some angles, the plastic is visible and the screen blurs. However, these two issues are not substantial, I am just nitpicking.
It is difficult to say whether or not something like this offers great protection when I have not tested it with nails, pens, knifes, or other sharp objects. I will say that this will prevent scratches, dings, and other cosmetic issues to the front of the iPad. Do note that a screen protector will not turn your iPad into IronMan and the screen still can be scratched or broken with one installed, it just prevents it from happening.
The iVisor, like just about every other screen protector on the market, does not feel like glass when it is installed, but more like hard plastic. The iVisor possesses a bubbly feel where it actually has a bit of give when touched (like a touchscreen device that reads pressure). I won’t say I love it, I also won’t say I hate it. It is just something to get used to.
Overall, Moshi’s iVisor XT is pretty great. The easy application, clarity, and bubble-free design is what makes it one of the best iPad screen protectors around. I recommend the iVisor XT to anyone looking to get some added security for their iPad. It will run you $30 from Moshi’s website (Possible alternative: Zagg InvisibleShield at $29.99). I give Moshi’s iVisor XT a 4/5 stars.