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iPad + invisibleSHIELD + iPad Case: A Good Combination

by on August 20th, 2010

So I broke down and bought an iPad. Actually I didn’t really break down, I’ve been planning the purchase ever since the iPad came out and just took my time to act on it. Less than a year before I had purchased a netbook and wanted to “get rid” of that computer before I proceeded with the iPad purchase. The netbook was not used nearly as much as I expected and I knew the iPad would be used more by all family members.

It’s now been a bit over a week since I got it and I (I should actually say we) love it! Of course I’m still discovering all sorts of things about it and I suppose that is what makes it fun.

I’ve been following the iPadinCanada blog for a while now and when the call for writers came along I decided to volunteer. I look forward to discussing the iPad, the accessories and the applications with all the readers.

Planning the purchase

Before making my purchase, I wanted to see what the pros and cons of the iPad were and wanted to see what other accessories were required or would just make things that much better. Of course I was following the iPadinCanada blog as one of my primary sources of information.

That said, it should come as no surprise that one of the first accessories I wanted to get was the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD so I ordered that even before making my iPad purchase so that I could protect the iPad from its daily use. I ordered the full body invisibleSHIELD for the iPad (using the 20% off coupon code “iphoneinca”) and when it came in the mail I went out and purchased the iPad.

Although I had not planned that part, when I purchased the iPad I also ended up buying the Apple iPad case as additional protection. I wanted some more “padding” around it because I would not be the only user of the iPad in the house and knew that extra protection would be welcome when used by the children.

iPad case and ZAGG invisibleSHIELD: a combination that works

With the Apple iPad case protecting all of the body except the face, so far I have only installed the front part of the invisibleShield. I might decide to install the back shield at a later time, but for now the combination of case and front shield is very good for protecting the device and since I don’t need to take the iPad in and out of the case all the time I am quite happy with that combination.

The angle provided by the case for typing is pretty good and make it easier to use when on a falt surface in front of you. I also have been using the iPad to type from my lap while travelling around and in that case I simply fold the front part of the case back and lay the iPad flat on my lap.

Some downfalls of the iPad case

Now for the things I don’t like as much. The iPad case is nice protection, but the material that it is made from gets dirty and shows marks very easily. I find that using the stand in landscape mode (to watch movies for example) is extremely unstable and I’m afraid that using it like that is just asking for an accident to happen and for the iPad to fall to the floor.

The verdict

I have to say that so far, although the iPad case is not perfect, I am very happy with this setup of the iPad case and ZAGG’s invisibleSHIELD. I suppose now we only have to see if this combination will pass the test of time…

Is anyone else using this setup? What do you think?

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  • Hyrules

    Exact same setup as you. I hate and love the case for the same exact reasons though i have install the back shield protection. The thing i hate also about the ZAGG shield is that finger prints stick too easily. There are alot of smudges on my shield which can be remove with water but it's annoying when you want to show you ipad to someone or show something on screen. I plan to use my ipad to take some notes during class at university. I also bought the bluetooth keyboard which works really well and is a good combination when writing long messages.

  • lumberjak

    I had the ZAGG full body at first and didn't mind it, easy to clean with some screen cleaner if fingerprinty. However after I got the Apple iPad case I found with the combination it became very difficult to insert into the Apple case without fuss, the shields made the Pad to tacky to slide in and out and the extra thickness didn't help.

    I ended up warrantying the shields a bit later (they were messed a bit when I first got them) and when I removed the iPad from the case I noticed my shields were stained blue on the corners….weird. Since then I have received my new shields and I have yet to use them. I am sticking with the iPad case only for now and maybe in the future will apply the front only…

  • djepsilon

    Well your setup WAS the same plan I had… I got it in a case on day 1, but didn't get around to buying a shield for the front. Now I have a large scratch right in the middle of the screen!!! GAH!

    Needless to say, I won't let this happen to my precious iPhone 4….

  • Glen8

    I'm using a gorgeous but very expensive leather folio-style case from Piel Frama:http://www.pielframa.com/ipad-magnetic-cases.htm. It is beautifully made, with the cutouts for ports etc. very precise, and it works well as a prop for the iPad in both landscape and portrait mode. I did not buy a Zagg InvisibleShield, but instead bought a Power Support anti-glare film, which I ordered online from Power Support. It only arrived yesterday and I haven't put it on yet, so can't comment on either the ease (or not) of installation and its effectiveness for protecting from scratches, dust and dirt. I too LOVE my iPad and use it every day.

  • I've been using this exact combo since day 1–and it's been fantastic. Although, the iPad Case did stain the invisibleSHIELD blue though. No worry, as ZAGG will send free replacements!

  • nbrunner

    I tried the combination and was disappointed with it. It only took a couple of days for the case to stain the shield, especially in the back. There was blue dye over the back shield and around the edges on the front. I returned the case and received a free replacement shield from Zagg. I now the ZooGue case along with my replacement shield and am quite happy. The Zoogue is a much better case and can be adjusted to more positions.


  • Speedy1701

    Same setup here as well, except I only shielded the front.
    I haven't needed to remove the iPad from the case after installing the shield, so I'm hoping there are no blue stains on the the (unshielded) back-side.

    On another note, I didn't like using the Apple case in it's “stand” configuration … I can see how it can eventually warp the case so the cover does not remain flat. I decided to get the Griffen A-stand … shiny, metallic, simple!

  • Katadare

    Similar set up.
    I used the invisible shield only on the front and I put in it an incase leather case.
    It's working pretty good. Makes it look professional and feel protected.
    Only downside is that the incase case, doesn't stand very well.
    But the textbook holder that I have works great.