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Old Sep 27, 2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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iPhone 5 screen scratches easier than I thought

A word of caution:

Don't use anything but one of those lint free super soft clothes to clean your screen. I used my white t-shirt to rub off some finger prints and left some nice scratches behind. I'm not sure how a hard key won't scratch it (as seen in some video tests), but cloth will. Nevertheless, be careful.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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It's contaminants in your shirt that you can't see very well, such as grit and maybe sand, not the cloth itself.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 03:52 PM   #3
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It's contaminants in your shirt that you can't see very well, such as grit and maybe sand, not the cloth itself.
LOL, almost spit out my tea on this one. SAND? Did he say "on my way back from the beach, I used my shirt"?

Too funny.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 03:58 PM   #4
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i wipe my phone with alot more than a cotton shirt and the screen has NOT scratched 1 bit.

the sides tho are a different story.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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LOL, almost spit out my tea on this one. SAND? Did he say "on my way back from the beach, I used my shirt"?

Too funny.
This may or may not blow your mind but particles such as sand and grit can easily be blown onto your clothes via wind or if you sat on a park bench or even just ****ing around in your back yard, you don't need to be walking along Venice Beach for it to happen.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 11:04 PM   #6
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LOL, almost spit out my tea on this one. SAND? Did he say "on my way back from the beach, I used my shirt"?

Too funny.
I don't go to beach a lot myself, but I have sand mixed into my clothes from the washing machine in my house. Doesn't take a Genius to figure out sand dwells in a lot of places besides the beach.

Or does it?
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Old Sep 29, 2012, 07:38 AM   #7
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Guy at work came over at the end of the day to show me his iPhone 5 screen. There were small scratches on the right side that went from fledge to about 1/3 of the way towards the middle. I used my nail to check them and they were definitely scratches. He said he hasn't dropped or scraped it across anything and I have no reason not to believe him.

I have used and abused my naked iPhone 4 for two years and never had a scratch on the screen. The steel band and back yes but never the screen.

Maybe he just got a bad phone, but it seems pretty strange for only having it a week.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 01:19 PM   #8
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Guy at work came over at the end of the day to show me his iPhone 5 screen. There were small scratches on the right side that went from fledge to about 1/3 of the way towards the middle. I used my nail to check them and they were definitely scratches. He said he hasn't dropped or scraped it across anything and I have no reason not to believe him.

I have used and abused my naked iPhone 4 for two years and never had a scratch on the screen. The steel band and back yes but never the screen.

Maybe he just got a bad phone, but it seems pretty strange for only having it a week.
I too had an iPhone 4 for 2 years, only had a screen protector on it for maybe 6 months. The glass on the front was tough as nails and I never got any noticeable scratches over that 1.5 years. I got my iPhone 5 on launch day, and last night I noticed two very small "pits" on the screen. I know they weren't there when I received the phone. Because my iPhone 4's display was so tough, I expected the 5's to be equally as touch if not more so, but I guess I'm going to need a screen protector now. Unless I got a defective phone, it seems that the 5's glass is much more delicate than the 4.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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Guy at work came over at the end of the day to show me his iPhone 5 screen. There were small scratches on the right side that went from fledge to about 1/3 of the way towards the middle. I used my nail to check them and they were definitely scratches. He said he hasn't dropped or scraped it across anything and I have no reason not to believe him.

I have used and abused my naked iPhone 4 for two years and never had a scratch on the screen. The steel band and back yes but never the screen.

Maybe he just got a bad phone, but it seems pretty strange for only having it a week.
my iPhone 4s was nekkid for over a year .... Used my TShirt and back pocket every day. iPhone 5? Less than half a month of usage and it's got 2 scratches on the screen. Absolutely terrible. I'm extremely careful with my phones too.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 03:33 PM   #10
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Do any of you with scratched screens wear diamond stud earrings by chance?
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 03:57 PM   #11
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 01:53 AM   #12
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I don't like the feel if screen protectors do their a no no for me.

I use a micro fibre cloth too but on occasion have used my shirt tail to give it a clean too with no scratches left behind.

Maybe the scratch was there before the clean and then you noticed it after removing the smudges !
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 10:58 PM   #13
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LOL, almost spit out my tea on this one. SAND? Did he say "on my way back from the beach, I used my shirt"?

Too funny.
When I change the water in my aquarium I put cotton bath towels on the hardwood floor around it (after sweeping the floor with a broom). One of the first times I did this, when I was done I picked up the towels and wiped some water off the front of the aquarium. Doing that put three scratches in the glass. The towels obviously picked up some grit off the floor.

So... It's easy for me to believe a shirt can scratch the screen of an iPhone, coating or glass. This forum would be better if folks would take each other at face value and open their minds to possibilities they haven't experienced. Besides the fish I have two dogs, a cat, and two kids. By the end of the day all sorts of things can happen if you don't stay in bed.
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Old Nov 14, 2012, 11:44 PM   #14
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Use a screen protector..........save yourself a headache!
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It's possible that you didn't see the scratches under the fingerprints until they were wiped off.
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A word of caution:

Don't use anything but one of those lint free super soft clothes to clean your screen. I used my white t-shirt to rub off some finger prints and left some nice scratches behind. I'm not sure how a hard key won't scratch it (as seen in some video tests), but cloth will. Nevertheless, be careful.
i call bs
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I've wiped my 5 down with denim, cotton, and wool, and it hasn't scratched
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i call bs
Call whatever you want. I'm just trying to help you out.
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O_o Is your shirt made out of sandpaper by chance? This has proven to be a high quality display for me.
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Not normal. Even paper towel shouldn't scratch it. A few members have reported getting a phone with defective oleophobic coating so get it exchanged if it scratches that easily.
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A word of caution:

Don't use anything but one of those lint free super soft clothes to clean your screen. I used my white t-shirt to rub off some finger prints and left some nice scratches behind. I'm not sure how a hard key won't scratch it (as seen in some video tests), but cloth will. Nevertheless, be careful.
I use shirts, paper towels, sheets, and towels on my 5 all the time and have no issues.
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Definitely calling this a case of mistaken culprit. I guarantee there was a grain of sand or something similar on your shirt.
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Definitely calling this a case of mistaken culprit. I guarantee there was a grain of sand or something similar on your shirt.
Grain of sand could also be a mistaken culprit. Defective oleophobic coatings have been reported on past generation iPhones so all the OP needs to do is get it exchanged.
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Grain of sand could also be a mistaken culprit. Defective oleophobic coatings have been reported on past generation iPhones so all the OP needs to do is get it exchanged.
Exchange it is then. If they'll take it back I'll gladly swap it out. It came with one very small scratch on the screen that I was willing to look past. Bot now maybe I'll shoot for the exchange.
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Exchange it is then. If they'll take it back I'll gladly swap it out. It came with one very small scratch on the screen that I was willing to look past. Bot now maybe I'll shoot for the exchange.
Due to still being within the 14 day return policy, I believe they have to accept an exchange.
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