iPads are getting more and more costly with each year. The iPad Pro M2 12.9 inches costs $2499 with 2TB storage and LTE connectivity. If you included Apple Pencil and iPad Magic Keyboard….Ouch!
Due to the fact that iPads are getting more expensive, it’s understandable that people are looking for iPad Screen protectors and cases that can protect their investment.
Are these accessories really worth it? In this article, I aim to discuss the necessity of iPad cases and screen protectors, presenting both pros and cons for consideration.
iPad Screen Protectors
- Impact resistance
- Mimics paper
- Application challanges
- Reduced visibility
- Extra costs
Let’s get one thing out of the way. iPad screen protectors are not made to protect your iPad’s screen from drops. It’s a pure sheet that’s made out of protective materials in order to protect your screen from scratches, fingerprints, smudges, glare, impacts, etc. It allows iPad owners to keep the resale value. Some screen protectors are also made purely to mimic the paper feeling when you use Stylus on the screen.
And for the most part, they do their job well. But of course, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. There are some drawbacks as well.
If you use a screen protector, you will also lose clarity. iPads have beautiful, vibrant colors due to their Liquid Retina Displays, and if you apply a screen protector, you’ll lose some of the quality of the colors. A little less if you will use a tempered glass screen protector and a little more if you are going to use plastic film. Also, it’s a hassle to install them, but that highly depends on the brand, and it will cost you anywhere from $10 to $50.
For me personally, the biggest pro is the paper feeling. It makes it enjoyable to take notes and draw on the iPad. The rest I can live without. Never really worried about the scratches since the screens are made out of such high-quality materials that it is really hard to scratch them, and it’s not like with iPhones that you put in a pocket with coins and keys. IPads usually stay on the desk or in a bag.
So, in conclusion…do you need a screen protector? Or do you want it? If you want one, it’s your money, and it’s perfectly okay to do what you want with it.
When it comes to necessity – you don’t need it. For most iPad users, it’s just a waste of money. You can’t protect your iPad from scratches forever. Even if you manage to protect your screen from scratches, your body will get some over the years, and for what? So, could the new owners value how much you took care of the iPad and get an extra $50 when you resell it?
It also makes your iPad less pleasant, reducing color and visibility. Do you think that’s a good trade-off?
For artists and note-takers, it’s understandable. It gets a bit uncomfortable to draw and take notes on a glass screen, but applying a plastic film that mimics paper changes the whole game.
There are no right or wrong answers here. It’s up to you. If you want it and you think it’s worth it, then it probably is. If you think it’s not worth it and are not sure if you need it, then you probably don’t need it.
iPad Cases & Covers
- Built-in features
- Built-in stands
- Design changes
- Added bulk
- Extra costs
Back in the early days when iPads were super fragile, it made sense to buy cases, but now there are even dedicated YouTube channels that show you how hard it is to break an iPhone and iPad. It makes sense to buy a case if you use it for work, especially under tough circumstances like construction, police work, fire department, etc.
But for most of the iPad users that use the iPad at home, the iPad cases are not necessary. Of course, you only need to drop your iPad once to break it, but why would you drop it? I understand that iPhones fall out of pocket, and they are with you almost 24/7. The chances are you will drop it eventually. But iPads are large and not so easy to drop, and most of the time, they stand on your desk, coffee table, or sofa.
I understand why people buy covers like folio cases. They add to the aesthetics of iPads, and they have an included stand that helps to adjust the right angles for note-taking, drawing, and other productive work and, of course, entertainment, like movies, Netflix, videos, and other social media apps.
In the picture, you can see the Paperlike Folio Case.
The folio covers also don’t add any significant weight to your iPad, and most importantly, they don’t bulk up your device
I’m all for cases and covers with additional features like improved grips, pencil holders, hand straps, or keyboard cases that add some value besides protection.
If you don’t work in a tough environment, it does suggest protection cases are just not necessary. It’s a waste of money. People at Apple have invested thousands of hours to create the perfect design, and you want to put on a $20 case to take that away from yourself?
So, in conclusion…do you need a case for an iPad? Or do you want it? If you want one, it’s your money go for it.
Buying an iPad case just for protection when you use it at home is wasted money. If you buy a case with an additional feature that features a kickstand that allows you to place an iPad in different angles, that’s good. If you buy an iPad case with a hand strap, so you can hold it one hand comfortably while you work on it – good. If you buy it because you need to have a better grip – good. If you buy a case because you are afraid to drop it – that’s a no!
Of course, this is just one person’s opinion; there’s no right or wrong; everyone’s needs and preferences differ, especially if there are unknown variables involved. Only you know whether you need a screen protector for an iPad or you just want it, and the same goes for cases and covers.
Sometimes, finding an iPad case in the perfect color is a good enough reason to buy it.
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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.