I’ve been tempted recently in to considering buying a Kindle for when I want to read books outside.  I have an iPad (3/new iPad) already, but when it’s sunny it can be difficult to read the screen.  That said, I don’t often have a need to read outside in the sun – so the Kindle is very much a ‘nice to have’ – and given I’d be opting for a 3G version, it’s £150 I’d rather not spend when I’m trying to save up a house deposit!

So the thought came to me that perhaps there might exist anti-glare screen protectors for the iPad.  After a quick Google I found some reviews and opted for a MediaDevil anti-glare screen.  I ordered yesterday via Amazon and it arrived today, fulfilled by MediaDevil; so points straight away for service.

For £15 you get two screens, a screen wipe and a plastic card thing (with a 2012 calendar on it) to apply the screen and get rid of bubbles.  There were also a couple of sweets in with it too – so another bonus!  There are simple instructions with it, along with a URL for a video guide on YouTube for applying the protector.

It took me just over 5 minutes to apply it, and I’ve done a reasonable job – with one small bubble.  It’s a bit tricky to do, because of dust, but it wasn’t too difficult.  They actually recommend applying it in a bathroom after a hot shower – as it’s less likely to be a dusty environment due to the moisture dragging the dust down.  I didn’t follow that recommendation and I’m not the most patient of people.  Still, it’s fine.

Given the time of day, I’ve not had the opportunity to test it under sunlight, but below are pictures ‘before’ and ‘after’ showing how much the reflection has been diffused.  From what I’ve seen so far I expect it will be fine for reading in sunlight.  Hopefully it lives up to my expectations; but perhaps I should take a paper book with me on holiday – just in case.

iPad – ‘Before’, without the anti-glare screen protector

iPad – ‘After’, with the anti-glare screen protector