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: