Do iPhone 4 and 4s screens really scratch that easily?

hunterheath33

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My Friend has an iPhone 4 and he screen scratched by just his keys in his pocket. It's just a light scratch but the display iPhones at apple and Verizon have been touched by many people and have no scratches. So my question is: does your iPhone screen scratch easily without a screen protector?
 

siurpeeman

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Dec 2, 2006
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not easily. i would think it to be more likely to shatter than to scratch. in the year plus that i've had my iphone 4, the screen has only picked up one decently sized scratch, and that was from a drop onto concrete (lucky it wasn't worse). no screen protector.
 

forcetactic

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Jul 30, 2010
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As long as you don't put anything else in the pocket, it shouldn't scratch too easily. I've kept my 4S naked in my pocket since release and it has 3 tiny scratches on it
 

james92se

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Jun 21, 2010
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I always hear about people complain about iPhones screens being "easy" to scratch.

Surely the newer iPhones would be LESS susceptible to scratching, no?

My newer iPhones I've always had screen protectors since day 1 so I've never had a scratch on my 3G, 4, or 4S. But I ask because my original iPhone has been screen-protector-less since day 1 (5+ years old now), and has no scratches at all, and I still use it (full-time right now since I'm selling my 4S) :confused:
 

bandofbrothers

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My iphone 4s is pushed into a hard leather slip when in my pocket which goes some to protect it from surface scratches.

I prefer not to have screen shields due to the feel and look of them.
 

boomhower

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Oct 21, 2011
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No they do not scratch easily. IMHO, putting a smartphone in the same pocket as car keys is not scratching easily and is a stupid decision. I keep my phone in a pocket by itself. It's done the usual, slid around the car, survived drops, fumbles, etc. For me screen protectors screw up the nice screen to much. My wife has been carrying her's in her purse by just tossing it in with everything else for the last year and a half. Neither have any scratches.
 

Mr Hill

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Apr 28, 2012
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They're very scratch resistant. I stopped using screen protectors when the invisible shield peeled off my iPhone 4 back in 2010. They can still scratch though. I managed to get a fine hairline scratch on my 4 and couldn't figure how or when it happened.

Never had a screen protector on my 4S though and it still looks brand new.
 

CalmEnvy

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Feb 9, 2008
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Yes, well mine it seems. I'd have to say that I have 5-7 scratches on the front and at least 10 scratches on the back. Kinda sucks because I love my iPhone 4 but hate having cases. Haven't dropped it or anything, just goes in my pocket.
 

aliensarecool

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Feb 25, 2012
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Ive used nothing but bumpers since launch. They keep both sides off surfsces and I have 0 scratches. Also ive dropped it quite a few times and no cracks
 

chambone

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Dec 24, 2011
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No it doesn't scratch easily. It's made of glass, which is very hard stuff. Just don't put it in a pocket with keys or coins. Problem solved.
 

Tom G.

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Jun 16, 2009
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I'm in the "Doesn't scratch easily" camp. I've had various iPhones since the iPhone 3 and have rarely used a screen protector, but always use a case of some type.

I've not yet had a scratch on my screen, and have always gotten good money when I sold one.

It is glass and can scratch but it is tough to do.
 

teamjaycub

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Oct 22, 2011
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I'm in the "Doesn't scratch easily" camp. I've had various iPhones since the iPhone 3 and have rarely used a screen protector, but always use a case of some type.

I've not yet had a scratch on my screen, and have always gotten good money when I sold one.

It is glass and can scratch but it is tough to do.
The iPhone 3?


The third iPhone is the iPhone 3GS.
It is never referred to this, why not just say 3GS?
 

Drunken Master

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Jul 19, 2011
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Hairline scratches yes, and those are annoying and distracting.

I got some hairline scratches on my 4S only a few days after buying it and have used screen protectors since. I tried the Zagg screen protectors but found they were way too thick and killed the experience (sounds like I'm talking about condoms, :p).

Honestly, the cheapest, thinnest screen protectors at the mall have always worked for me and are not very noticeable to the touch.
 

SpyderBite

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Oct 4, 2011
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I've never used a screen protector on either of my iPhones (4 & 4s), always carry it in my back pocket and not a single scratch.
 

NM08SRT8

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Jan 18, 2010
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Guarantee all the nay-sayers who "don't have scratches", have hairline scratches.. Go stand in the sun and angle your phone to glare at you, while the display is off..
 

SpyderBite

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Guarantee all the nay-sayers who "don't have scratches", have hairline scratches.. Go stand in the sun and angle your phone to glare at you, while the display is off..
Done that. Nothing but a couple of finger prints. Took a key to my screen more than a few times just to show people how unnecessary a screen protector really was. Unless of course it was for anti glare. And even then you're sacrificing up to 30% touch sensitivity depending on the material of the screen protector.