iPhone X iPhone X in jeans pocket, will screen have micro scratches?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GadgetGeek407, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    I feel like Apple every year says best glass and scratch resistant, I constantly keep my phone in my back jeans pocket and every year I end up getting light scratches on the screen which can be seen under light. I have yet to remove the factory plastic and feel I am not getting the full joy of front camera....will this probably scratch over time as well? Should I go protector less on the front Glass?
  2. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    Just put your phone in a ziplock bag and you'll be okay.
  3. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I've never used a screen protector and I've been carrying iPhones in my jean pockets for several years. I've never noticed any scratches. Just relax and enjoy your phone.
  4. noteple, Nov 6, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017

    noteple macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2011
    Only if you carry Micro Scratchers In The Same Pocket
    I Try and put my carbide bits, car keys, and loose diamonds in my other pocket
  5. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    I suppose if there is any type of dirt particles or sand in the pocket the screen may get micro scratches..
  6. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
  7. rgarjr, Nov 6, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2017

    rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Just make sure your pocket is clean and it should be ok. Do people usually put their phones in the rear pockets or sides?
  8. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Front pocket or side for me. Never back..
  9. gtg465x macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2016
    No joke, for the first couple months of owning a new phone, I occasionally turn my pant pocket inside out and lint roll it after the pants have been washed. Phone gets less linty and also gives me peace of mind that there is no sand or dirt in there to scratch the screen. Once the phone has lost its newness, I usually get lazy and stop doing it though. iPhone 7 Plus has about 5 small micro scratches after 13 months, only noticeable in reflection of bright light with the screen off. Not bad.
  10. PrettyWings macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2016
    Use tempered glass and it's no problem.
  11. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Yeah the OCD and baby'ing the new shiny device is crazy the first few weeks. Then it subsides with time.
  12. JTravers macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2010
    I use tempered glass always. But with this phone's display, you miss out on how close the pixels are to the glass if you use a glass screen protector. Makes it a tough choice to use one.
  13. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    The X seems to be better than my 7 Plus in this regard
  14. nasa25 macrumors 65816

    Apr 11, 2010
    get out of the back pocket habit.

    I got into that habit with my iPhone 7...almost sat on the phone one time and that caused a nice permanent pressure spot (bluish spot visible on white backgrounds) in the middle of the screen. Had to sell my phone for $100 less due to that flaw.
  15. Kent01 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2015
    The only thing i'm seeing is quite a few scratches on the stainless steel band. I don't use a case or screen protector and do not plan on doing so, since this phone is a beauty. If I look really hard, under the right angles, I do have a very small scratch on the top left corner.

    Coming from a 7+, I was never able to put that phone in my front pockets (30 inch waist) and always had to put it in the rear pocket. That screen ended up with quite a few micro scratches that were very noticeable under the right angle and light.
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  17. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    If you put your phone in your back pocket, you're going to have consistent rubbing against the display where it can scratch the oleophobic coating. If you are this concerned, then I would consider a screen protector of some sort.
  18. iTom17 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2013
    Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    I always put my iPhone in my pocket with the display facing my leg. Basically covers the screen, which actually is very good for my peace of mind. Because there's many times where someone bumps into me against my leg, and then I'm kinda afraid something happened to my iPhone. :oops:

    Since I've been putting my iPhone in my pocket with the screen facing my leg that fear has gone. Will do the same with my iPhone X when I receive it of course. :p

    EDIT: Btw, I don't put anything else in the same pocket as my iPhone is. I always put my keys and wallet in my other pocket.
  19. Seth Matthews macrumors 6502

    Seth Matthews

    Jun 1, 2015
    The Ether
    I have used my back pocket for all of my iPhones and my screens never developed any scratches. Jesus, what do you guys have in your pockets?
  20. Patrick G macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2014
    Exactly this.
  21. sean000, Nov 7, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017

    sean000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    Just be careful about what else is in your pocket with your phone, and I agree with advice to keep the display facing your leg. I've used a case since the iPhone 4, but I never used a screen protector until the iPhone 6. I plan to get both a case and a screen protector for the X as well based on two experiences:
    • I once got a scratch on my iPhone 5 display because I had it in my jacket pocket along with a safety pin that I had in my pocket for reasons I don't remember. The safety pin came open and was rubbing against my phone screen for awhile until I noticed what was happening. It chiseled a deep but short scratch into the display. This was a freak thing though... I almost never carry safety pins or other sharp objects. Keys and small multi-tools perhaps, but those don't usually scratch screens.
    • I decided to try a good quality glass screen protector on my iPhone 6, and I liked it just fine... it didn't bother me like I thought it would. I used it for well over a year without getting a scratch on the screen protector, and then one day I dropped my phone on a concrete driveway that had lots of pebbles embedded in the concrete. The screen protector was shattered, but the actual iPhone display was fine. It's possible that the iPhone display would have survived without the screen protector, but I'm glad I had it protected.
    The iPhone X might be more scratch resistant than drop resistant. It is not doing well in drop tests so far, so I would consider one of two options: Get a thin but protective case and a good glass screen protector, or buy AppleCare + and don't put it in any pockets with safety pins :)
    --- Post Merged, Nov 7, 2017 ---
    I've also had the issue where the lint from a jeans pocket gets jammed up inside the aux port so the headphones don't work. It doesn't seem to be as much of an issue with the lightning port. Maybe that's why Apple got rid of the headphone jack :D
  22. MacQork macrumors regular


    Feb 21, 2017
    This is way too real for me. Ran into one of those stainless steel kitchen counters (used in professional kitchens) during my waiting job, got a nice dent in the back of my 5s lol... gives it character
  23. HEK macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2013
    US Eastern time zone
    If you have any sand in pocket yes screen will scratch. Sand is mostly quartz and harder than glass.

    Clean out pocket, regularly turn inside out. Use pouch. Get glass screen protector. That scratches you can easily replace it.
  24. marmiteturkey macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2005
    Simple answer is yes, it is surprisingly easy to scratch the screen in your pocket. May not happen; but it has to me in the past, due to grit.
  25. NoBoMac Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Also happens to the Lightning port: lint got in it, making it difficult to plug in the charger. And the more you press on the connector, the more the lint gets impacted and difficult to get the connector in (good idea to blow some canned air into the port every now and then).

    Aside from sand, coins, maybe rivets in the jeans pockets, can't see how the rear pocket will scratch up the phone, as denim is just cotton, cotton thread for details/seams. That said, like others, one pocket (front left) is dedicated to phone usage, nothing else goes into it. Have not had any scratches over the years.

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