Personally I don’t worry all that much about my iPad screen getting a bit scratched over its lifetime. I think it gives the whole thing some character. You’d also be surprised at how good the latest glass they use for screens has become; I have an article elsewhere on the site that talks about what makes one brand of this glass, Corning Gorilla Glass, so special.
Still, if you are 100% determined to keep your device’s screen pristine or you are very concerned about impact damage to the screen, a good screen protector may be just the thing to calm your nerves.
Screen protectors have also come a long way in the past few years. You can now get products that also take advantage of specialized manufacturing methods such as those that produce Gorilla glass and are now easier to install than ever. If you can follow instructions well and aren’t too clumsy, that is.
To be honest, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between one protector and the next and if you are lucky you will never be in a position to find out if you bought a good one or not. But here I’ve paid special attention to people who have had accidents and how each product apparently held up.
I’ve chosen products based on how popular they are and have put the ones that I think are the best first. The rest are in no particular order.