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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My Pioneer AppRadio 4 Anti-Glare Screen Protector Is Still Awesome, 9 Months Later

Back towards the end of last year, I posted about the intense glare problem with glass screens on car head units like the Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120). Bright, sunny days can be your worst enemy if you use a capacitive touchscreen device in your dashboard.

The reason for posting that article was to give users a relatively cheap option to reduce glare on the head unit. The solution was a do-it-yourself anti-glare screen protector, which I cut to perfection to specifically fit the AppRadio 4.

That post has been one of the most popular on this site and several readers have written to me about their experience with the project. In case you missed that post, here is more information and how the screen protector is holding up, 9 months later.

First and foremost, I have to give a shoutout to the company iCarez for making a quality screen protector. I have since purchased their screen protectors for several iPhones, Nexus 5, iPad Air 2 and the first generation iPad, and all those products are of top quality.

I am happy to report that the screen protector I made for my AppRadio 4 still works great. Take a look at this picture I clicked a couple of days ago...

The iCarez anti-glare matte versions are what you should purchase and install on any of your devices. You can install a similar screen protector to the one I have on almost any head unit. You will just need the exact dimensions of the display. For step-by-step instructions on how to go about, read my guide in the previous post.

Resistive touchscreen displays do not face the glare problem as much as capacitive touchscreens. Pioneer's AVH-4100NEX and the Kenwood DDX9702S, which both offer CarPlay and Android Auto, have resistive touchscreens. So you may not need a screen protector on devices like those.

If you've installed an anti-glare screen protector on your head unit, send it to me via Twitter (@AppRadioWorld). I'll be happy to feature it here if you'd like.

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