iVisor AG ‘Bubble Free’ Screen Protector For iPad 2 [Review]

iVisor AG ‘Bubble Free’ Screen Protector For iPad 2 [Review]

As far as I’m concerned bubbles don’t have a place on my iPad 2 screen. So I’m pretty picky when it comes to placing a screen protector over huge display on my iPad. It seems that no matter what you do you’ll always end up with a bubble or two after applying a screen protector¬†unless you are a professional installer. The Moshi iVisor AG is different. Moshi guarantees a bubble-free installation. It actually works because this screen protector is a lot different from others I’ve encountered before.

The Moshi iVisor AG adheres to the screen differently from other similar products. It only sticks to the edges of the iPad’s screen and that edge is either solid black or solid white to match the appropriate frame on an iPad 2. The adhesive is on the back side of that frame. This makes the iVisor AG a lot easier to install and remove. Once applied it acts like a bubble over the top of the display, but not a distracting one like other protective covers.

Once applied the cover leaves a slightly raised edge around the frame and when you touch the display you can feel the small gap between the film and the screen. Although there is a bit of added finger drag in addition to the gap none of these things made me want to rip the Visor AG from my iPad 2 and run screaming into the hills.

I’ve never really used anti-glare screen covers on any of my iOS based devices. I’ve always worried that I’d lose screen visibility or that the screen would be distorted in some fashion. That wasn’t the case with the iVisor AG. When you look through it you are pretty much seeing what you would expect from an iPad 2 screen although the screen is less reflective there wasn’t much clouding or dimming and only a minor prismatic effect.

The iVisor AG simply works and it doesn’t feel bad while interacting with the iPad 2. My fingers glided over its surface with no noticeable hitches. I suggest that you use it with a loose-fitting case due to the slightly raised edges since a tight case may not be a good fit. Although the iVisor AG is a bit expensive at $30 I don’t think you’ll find a better and reusable screen protector for your iPad 2.

Rating: ★★★★★

  • AlterThending

    If you use water and a squeegee tool you end up with no bubbles!

  • Howie Isaacks

    Products like this are crap, and they make the iPad/iPhone/iPod look and feel like crap. The display is glass. It’s not likely to scratch easily. I’ve been using an iPhone since the first one came out, and I have never had a scratch on any of my 4 iPhones. A good case goes a long way. Why make your iPad ugly?

  • RepV

    I still think InvisibleShield is the best. I have done plenty installing myself and no bubbles whatsoever after 2 days. After installing InvisibleShield on my iPad2, I had about 14 bubbles but the next day half were gone and the 2nd day, all gone. InvisibleShield uses a breathable skin that eventually pushes out all the air all on its own.

    I had better luck with the back of iPad 2. No bubbles after installed at all.

    I have a perfectly mirror like finish now both front and back. Love love IS and love my iPad 2.

  • Kaitlyn

    I love this screen protector. I currently have it on my iPad (the original) and there are no bubbles what so ever. In the very beginning I did notice that there were a few bumps on the black edging area but that went away with just a little smoothing. If you’re looking for a screen protector that you don’t even realize is there then this is the one for you.

  • gigaguy

    Not what this item is about, anti-glare makes the mirror-like iPad useable outdoors and in bright light. Anti-glare screens increased the functionality of my iPad. it’s not an iPhone.

  • Howie Isaacks

    My point was that it makes the iPad look and feel like crap.

  • Barbara

    Water? How does that work? I’m considering putting a film on my iPad but I’ve been hesitating because of the bubbles.

  • Raj

    I did a review on the Invisible Shield and am coming to the same conclusions. I will have the 48 hour curing pics up soon too.

    http://slicedapple-raj.blogspo

  • CharliK

    Most of the folks that I know that want a screen protector wouldn’t go for this one because of that drag. It can screw with drawing on the ipad.

    As for the sheets I have used, a credit card and a little elbow grease has worked fine for those bubbles.

  • CharliK

    That anti-glare is why I want to see Apple change the glass. I don’t necessarily want full on matte finish like the laptops but there has to be a way to have something in between the two.

    And a better backlight and light sensors.

    Give me that in the ipad 3 and you can keep your 4x ‘retina display’ for another year or two til there are downloadable blu-ray quality files under your HD moniker

  • CharliK

    That anti-glare is why I want to see Apple change the glass. I don’t necessarily want full on matte finish like the laptops but there has to be a way to have something in between the two.

    And a better backlight and light sensors.

    Give me that in the ipad 3 and you can keep your 4x ‘retina display’ for another year or two til there are downloadable blu-ray quality files under your HD moniker

  • CharliK

    the water trick doesn’t work with all films. THe idea with some of them is that they have a water based mild glue on them so you lightly spray the screen before you lay it down. And then you smooth it down to press out the water, which carries any air bubbles with it.

    You can achieve a similar effect with a credit card and some light force. I do this with all my iphone screens and my ipad. Takes a little time but it works. It does however help if you lay the screens down middle first, then the bubbles are mostly towards the edges anyway.

  • Bizzways

    No thanks.. I wouldn’t be able to stand that gap

  • jauhari

    This is really expensive screen protector…

  • Alien88

    Try best skins ever. Best skin I have ever used. Bubble free.

  • buckaroobonsai

    I don’t have much faith in people who write reviews of something they have never actually used.

    That being said, I, too, was concerned about spending $30 on a screen protector, but with Moshi’s return policy, I decided to give it a try. I am quite glad I did, as this is easily the best screen protector I have ever used. For reference, I’ve tried just about every one on the market.

    Delivery was quick, it installed in about 2 minutes, and looks perfect. No bubbles, no prisms, no stray minute lint, nothing but but super sharp visuals and silky smooth navigation. The matte finish helps greatly with glare without sacrificing resolution. The gap is not even noticeable when it comes to touch sensitivity. The edge thickness was not even an issue as I was still able to install a tight fitting TPU cover over it without upsetting the edges.

    Anyone who thinks they don’t need a screen protector, has never seen the majority of used products for sale on sites like Craigslist that look like they went thru a hockey game as the puck!

    Bottom line. It is well worth the money, as all quality things are.

  • Carlosfranciscomd

    I agree, I am using the iVisor AG too. Worth the price it is! -carlos, philippines

  • Carlosfranciscomd

    I agree, I am using the iVisor AG too. Worth the price it is! -carlos, philippines

  • computer electronics

    The visor has to be used to keep the ipad 2 in good nick

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David W. MartinDavid W. Martin has more than 20 years of experience in the industry as a programmer, systems and business analyst, author, and consultant. David has written for CNET's iPhoneatlas.com, MacLife.com, CultofMac.com, BYTE.com and recently for aNewDoman.net. He comes to Cult of Mac's website with deep knowledge and passion for the all things Apple. Follow David on Twitter @david_w_martin or see what he's up to now at davidwmartin.com.

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