An iPad glare-reducing screen protector that actually works

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The new glare-reducing filter makes the iPad much easier to read in the cockpit (filter applied to the iPad on the left).
The new glare-reducing filter makes the iPad much easier to read in the cockpit (filter applied to the iPad on the left).

One of the iPad’s major weaknesses is its readability in bright, daylight conditions. While it displays crystal clear text and vivid images in the home or office, it seems to function better as a mirror when used outside in direct sunlight or close to a direct source of light. As most pilots have already realized, using the iPad in the cockpit can present some challenges too, as the screen tends to reflect any light colored materials and partially obscures what’s being shown on the screen.

Up until now the only way to get around this was to mount the iPad using an adjustable kneeboard or Ram mount, and fine tune the angle to minimize the glare. Over the past 3 years we’ve tested dozens of screen protectors that claimed to be “anti-glare,” but they were all hype and did nothing more than protect the surface of the iPad’s glass screen.

About a month ago, though, we came across a new screen protector that again claimed to reduce glare on the iPad. Like all iPad products, we were eager to test it out in the airplane–and much to our surprise we quickly discovered that this one actually worked!  As you can see in the image above, reflections were nearly eliminated and the screen was very easy to read no matter how it was positioned. In addition to the anti-glare properties, we were also impressed with the protector’s ability to resist dirt and finger-print smudges, which also cause readability issues.

Keep in mind that no screen protector will ever completely eliminate glare on the iPad, or make it as viewable as an Amazon Kindle in direct sunlight. However, adding a glare-reducing filter like this one will significantly improve your viewing experience in the cockpit and keep the screen looking clean.

There are three versions available, for the iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone 5:

Glare-reducing iPad screen protector (2nd gen and up)

Glare-reducing iPad Mini screen protector

Glare-reducing iPhone 5 screen protector

16 COMMENTS

  1. I have to believe that others have noticed the same disappointing thing in the picture above… the iPads are NOT in the same angle/plane with each other, and that makes a huge difference in what we will see in the way of reflections. Come on guys, did you not see this discrepancy in your photo too? Because of this, it discredits whatever you may say in your article about it… come on, get it right on this.

    • Mark, the angles may not be exactly the same, but there’s no photo fakery here. The picture is representative of how the screen protector works–it’s not perfect, but it’s the best one we’ve seen by far.

  2. I would love to believe your claims on this … however, unless you show a comparison with identical positiioning of the devices I will not bite. It is not unreasonable to expect a photo that shows precisely the same kneepad angle.
    I know from much experience with my iPad in the cockpit just how critical positioning is with regard to glare.

  3. Is this the same as the Moishi AG screen protector that I already have on my Mini, and does work well?

    • No, this is a different one. The Moshi is a great protector–easy on, easy off–but it’s not designed to cut glare really.

  4. Better yet, why not an image with only half of the protector installed on the screen? Sacrifice a protector and take a photo with unprotected side in a direct glare to compare the protected side on the same screen. Who is the supplier of this protector..or are we forced to only buy from Sporty’s?

  5. Is this a dry applied or wet screen protector? The wet screen protectors are easier to apply and less risk of getting lint below the screen and or air bubbles. Thanks, Fred

  6. I’ve been flying with tablet PCs for about 10 years – long before the iPads even existed. By far the best anti glare product I’ve tried is the WriteShield (anti-glare version) by http://www.ppctechs.com. I’ve used them on pocket pcs, tablet PCs, and for the last 2 years on an ipad.

  7. 7 Oct 2013, Installed the 3M-Anti-Glare-Protector as promised from my previous post. I followed the instructions on the package and it went on the first time without a hitch. Key is to work in a dust-free space as much as possible and use a microfiber cloth (one is enclosed in the package) to remove any stray dust particles and then get the thing on ASAP before more dust particles accumulate. Maybe I got lucky but I managed to get this thing on my iPad with no bubbles the first time.
    Glare resistance: At first glance in the sun it seems to reduce glare significantly better than the $30 Power Support HD anti-glare shield I had on my other iPAD2. I use an Otterbox protective case (I tend to drop things) so I not only have to deal with the glare shield I just installed but also the screen protector that comes with the Otterbox. Even with both, I do not see any negative impact on the sensitivity of my touch screen. Also, keep in mind I’m using the iPAd2 so I cannot speak to any issues about the degradation some have reported with the newer iPAD Retina displays. My iPAD2 looks just fine.

  8. I agree with the first comment. I don’t think you are trying to “fake” anything, but if I put 2 iPads one in each lap while seated in my Archer, each angle 15 degrees in opposite directions, one angled bottom pointing up and the other exact opposite, you will get very similar results with nothing on the screen. Heck even in the article you say you can tilt your ipad just right with a RAM mount and fine tune it. That said…I bought this product and really don’t find that it works any better than what I had before. That means it doesn’t work very well at all. I wish I knew the solution…however, I did learn how to put it on without getting dust to stick. Go in bathroom, turn on shower get the room steamy with humidity. Turn off shower, wait 30 secs and then install it. It is a great little trick to help get most of the dust and particles out of the air for a few mins. Try it….thank me later….

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