anyone notice the iP4 screen gets "dirtier" and "smudgier" than the 3GS screen?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by appleg33k, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. appleg33k macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    exactly what the title says. with my old 3GS, when i used to slip it into my pocket and pull it out, the screen would usually just clean it self pretty well by rubbing up against my pocket. i can't say the same for the iP4. it always looks smudged all over the screen, even after pulling it out of my pocket. also, cleaning it with a micro fiber cloth takes more effort than it did with the 3GS. any others noticed this?
  2. jwwpua macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2008
  3. falconeight Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
  4. maddux2005 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
  5. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I have noticed mine is a dust magnet, every time I pull it out of my pocet there is dust all over it, and I know my pocket has fuzzies but man this screen just attracts dust.
  6. LordOBoogie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    No. It is less dirty than my 3GS, if anything.
  7. MisterDisney macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    This is my first time with the oleophobic coating. When you rub your finger is it supposed to not have a smudge at all? Or is it supposed to disappear after awhile? I’m wondering what’s normal.
  9. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    Never heard that the iPhone 4 is using a coating on the screen like the 3GS did. Correct me if I am wrong, but it does not appear to have one.
  10. iPhoneHome macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2007
    I would say it's much much less. It's actually quite amazing. I do noticed that the back ends up being a little more "smudgier" than the front...but not a problem at all.
  11. dwella1 macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2009
  12. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    Mine stays clean. Do you think it has anything to do with the screen itself being darker/blacker than previous screens so it's easier to see dust on the glass?
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    My iP4 is exactly the same as 3GS, but then again the oleophobic coating was still intact on my year-old 3GS.

    Neither is correct. Smudges/grease/fingerprints are supposed to wipe off easier. Wearing it naked in the pants pocket makes it pretty much self-cleaning, but if you use a bumper or case you'll definitely get smudges/fingerprints (although to a lesser extent) because the screen won't have much chance to come into contact with anything to wipe off whatever is on it.

    It does have fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front and back.
  14. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
    That's what I was looking for. Couldn't find it. Thanks.

    On that note, my phone seems to be much easier to keep clean, not that I care. Plus the screen isn't that crappy yellow my 3GS was. God that was horrible. :mad:
  15. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Any chance you've worn down the oleophobic coating due to excessive use of the screen?
  16. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

    Jun 19, 2010
    My iPhone 4 gets "dirtier" because I'm so OCD about keeping it spotless. On my 3G I really didn't mind a smudge or 2.

    I must confess the iPhone has made me an obsessive hand washer. Softsoap is now my best friend. If only they had a soap that prevented your hands from producing moisture then we'd be in business. :)
  17. KameronBriggs macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    Somewhere Sunny, California
  18. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2010
  19. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Either way it's still not a solution. I have to wipe many times per day.
  20. Steve Jobs=God macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2007
    I'm seeing a lot more smudging on my iPhone 4 then on my 3GS, even mroe so then on my 2G and that didn't even have a oleophobic coating! i am using it a little more but nowhere near enought to warrent this amoutn of smudging
  21. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
  22. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030


    Jun 23, 2010


    You are wrong.
  23. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Those of you saying "it's much better."

    A phone or laptop with new battery is going to last a lot longer than an equivalent model with older battery. Likewise, please consider whether you're comparing a 3GS with worn oleophobic screen (especially if you use it extensively) with the new oleophobic coating on an iP4. It's not a valid comparison.

    If it's a lot worse for you, perhaps the oleophobic coating wasn't applied correctly on yours. The oleophobic coating isn't immune to manufacturing defects so there's certainly bound to be a batch with such a defect and you should obtain a replacement if this is the case.

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