Provides: iPad 2 screen protection
Minimum Requirements: Any iPad 2
Back in September of last year, Jake Gaecke reviewed Moshi’s iVisor AG for the iPad. He concluded:
Overall, I love the iVisor AG. It gives you all of the benefits of having a matte screen protector (removes glare, improves finger gliding, and protects screen from scratches) without any of the drawbacks (bubbles and dust pockets). The iVisor AG is a bit pricey, but when you factor in that you won’t rip it off because of bubbles or dust, it’s very likely worth it.
I’ve reached the same conclusion about the iVisor AG for iPad 2. It is, after all, the exact same thing, just cut differently to fit the latest iPad. So, why review it again? Because the iVisor AG is a fantastic product, and we want to make sure you know it’s out there.
The iVisor AG, as a reminder, is a screen protector for your iPad. Its matte finish does a good job of preventing glare, but at the expense of brightness, of course. It’s a fair trade off, but the effective of the glare reduction far outweighs the small hit to brightness.
Another benefit is that the iVisor AG has an “EZ-Glide” surface that provides much less friction than the iPad’s glass. This makes it more comfortable to swipe, pinch, flick and interact with your iPad in just about every way. I’m not going to say it’ll improve your scores in touch-heavy games, but it can make them more comfortable to play…and a bit more reactive.
And speaking of games, I was pleasantly surprised to find the iVisor AG fully compatible with Ten One Design’s Fling. The Fling’s suction cups hold just fine to the iVisor surface, and it can be easily removed without pulling the iVisor from the iPad.
You can remove the the iVisor AG when you want to, though. Although it reduces smudging, dirt and oil does build up. When that happens, you can remove the iVisor to clean it with a damp cloth, let it air dry, then put it right back on.
The real difference between the iVisor AG and competing iPad screens is in the method by which it’s attached. Most stick directly to the screen itself. This is fine for keeping them in place, but it often creates air pockets and can allow visible moisture to get between the screen and the protector. The iVisor AG, on the other hand, attaches only to the bezel. The main area simply rests on the screen, but it sits perfectly flat; you’d never think there’s no adhesive on the screen area itself.
After initially applying the iVisor, some bubbles did appear in the bezel area. This wouldn’t be a problem since that’s outside of the screen area, but I was able to press them out, regardless. Also, an area of discoloration appeared in the center of the screen, but this was gone overnight and has never returned.
I do have two issues with the iVisor AG, one of which may not be relevant to you at all. First, its outside edge does raise just enough above the screen to provide a somewhat scratchy hold. It’s not uncomfortable, but you can feel it. A case that wraps up over the edge of the iPad will take care of this, if you use one.
Second, although the iVisor AG is available in black or white to match your iPad, you can’t match it with a skin you may have on the back. Many of those come with frames for your bezel, and you’re not going to want to put your iVisor on top of those. You could put the skin frame on top of the iVisor, but that makes the edges even higher, and it’ll be more difficult to remove and clean. I only mention this because there are some screen protectors available that cover just the screen, not the bezel, and are therefore compatible with skins.
That’s not going to matter to most users, however, and it’s an easily made sacrifice to reap all the benefits of the iVisor AG: screen protection, anti-glare, enhanced usability, and less smudging. At $30, you may be paying more for this screen protector than for your case, but this is an instance where it’s absolutely worth it.
Buy the iVisor AG for iPad 2