Update: Okay, I was rereading this article and noticed that it contains a lot of fluff. For those who simply wish to know why it’s not necessary to have a screen guard on a Kindle Paperwhite, here are the reasons;
- Most of the screen guards that are out there will introduce glare onto the Paperwhite screen.
- Screen guards are difficult to put on and you are bound to have air bubbles, thus diminishing the reading experience.
- The Kindle Paperwhite’s screen does not scratch easily. The only thing that you need to protect it is a case for the Paperwhite.
- The Paperwhite is all about the e-ink screen that makes reading such a joy. You do not want to spoil this by installing a poorly designed screen protector.
Do you need a screen protector for the Kindle Paperwhite?
No, you don’t need a screen protector for the Kindle Paperwhite! And here is a narration of how I discovered this;
Today, the case that I bought for my Kindle Paperwhite finally arrived. I do have to say that I was happily surprised, because I had expected shipment to take a month or so. It was only when the case arrived that I noticed that the item had shipped from Belgium, instead of China as expected. Okay, so maybe I had not bothered checking where the seller was based.
Kindle Paperwhite Screen Guards
Anyway, along with the case, I had also ordered Screen Guards for my new Kindle Paperwhite. Indeed, I had ordered two screen guards from the same seller. An advantage of doing this is that your packages arrive at the same time.
The first thing that I did when I received my package was apply one of the screen guards onto the screen. Doing so, as you will realize should you ever try it, is surprisingly difficult. For one reason or the other, I can never quite get rid of all those pesky air bubble.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first application of the screen protector onto the Kindle Paperwhite turned out to be a complete failure. There were so many air bubbles that I had to remove the thing and try again.
By the time I was done with the first screen protector, it had become so smidgen with fingerprints and lint that I was left with no option but to remove it with the disdain that it deserved.
The Second Kindle Paperwhite Screen Guard
At this point, I have to say, I was not really worried, because I had that other screen protector for my Kindle Paperwhite. After a few minutes of contemplation, I decided to take the plunge and apply the backup screen-guard.
The process was only less messy than the first instance, however. A major challenge in this regard was that the second screen protector appeared to be slightly larger than the screen. No matter how much I tried, I could never appear to be able to apply it onto the screen.
After going at it for about 20 minutes, I finally gave up and removed the screen guard. Like the first one, it had, by that time, become smidgen with fingerprints and dirt.
The Saving Grace
Having given up on the Screen Protectors for my Kindle Paperwhite, I decided to turn to the case. Imagine my surprise therefore, when I discovered that there was another screen protector attached to the case! This one was different and appeared to have been manufactured by a different manufacturer.
Resuming the Struggle
Now that I had another screen guard for the Kindle Paperwhite, I decided to resume my attempts to fit one onto the device. I do have to say, after two failed attempts, I now had a clear idea of what I was supposed to do.
It wasn’t surprising, therefore, that I succeeded in applying this latest screen guard onto the Paperwhite. There were only two or three barely visible air bubbles on the screen by the time that I was done.
Fitting the Case onto the Paperwhite
Even I couldn’t botch the simple process of putting the Paperwhite into its case. The thing is beautiful, by the way. A great thing about it is that it comes with the functionality that allows the Paperwhite to be woken up by the simple process of flipping the lid open.
What I like about this is that I don’t have to press the power button each time that I need to wake up the device. I always have a morbid fear that I am going to break the power button on my devices and that will be the end of me.
Using the Kindle with a Screen Protector
It was fairly night by the time I was done applying the screen protector onto the Kindle Paperwhite. I then browsed through a few pages before calling it quits. Everything appeared to be in order, save for the fact that the texture of the screen had changed as a result of the protector.
Where previously it had a rough feel to it, the screen guard makes the Kindle Paperwhite’s screen feel rather smooth. I like it rough, but the change was not reason enough for me to immediately dump the protector.
Why the Kindle Paperwhite does not need a Screen Guard
The following day, I tried reading a book on the Kindle Paperwhite. That was when things really began to get serious. You see, I had a sudden realization that a screen protector negates all the advantages of reading books on the Paperwhite.
Suddenly, I had glare on my screen and it was like i was reading books on my tablet. After squinting through a few pages, I disdainfully removed the screen protector before throwing it into the bin. As soon as I did that, the glare disappeared.
I suppose that are some anti-glare screen guards out there, but I am rather skeptical. The truth of the matter is that the Kindle Paperwhite is not supposed to have a screen protector. The screen is specifically designed to be non reflective and introducing a screen guard negates all the advantages that you get from this.You really do not need a Screen Guard on a Kindle Paperwhite!