Is the iPhone 4 Screen Scratch-Resistant?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Pushkar, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Pushkar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    SW London, UK
    I've seen countless threads over the past few days and drops and smashes, but I was wondering how the Screen fared up. I remember from the last few years that my iPhone 3G held up well in the screen, but back was always scratched and broken (partly down to the plastic).

    I'm currently using a protector for the front and back and I was thinking of getting rid of the front, is it scratch resistant as the past few iPhones or is it not as strong as we think it is?

    Obviously I wouldn't want to deliberately put keys or anything like that in, but generally is it like previous gen iPhones?
  2. lorenwade macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2008
  3. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    And you know this because you already have your white iPhone 4?
  4. br0adband macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    Steve Jobs stated the glass is "20x stiffer and 30x stronger than plastic."

    He didn't mention what specific kind of plastic they were comparing it to, nor did they compare it with the iPhone 3GS which is what people expected them to do so...

    It's hit-or-miss at this point. One hopes that since this is the latest and greatest technology Apple can muster up, it should be able to offer either the same level of resistance as the glass on the iPhone 3GS - the previous generation model - or better.

    Take that info however you want...
  5. thetonyclifton macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2006
    Belfast - UK
    Seems OK - if you go by the posts around here - it seems to smash easier but scratch less but that is anecdotal and nothing can be trusted just after the launch of a high profile product.

    I always use a screen protector - there are companies out there making great and almost invisible screen protectors - I just give myself peace of mind.
  6. coelacanth macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004

    And often cases, it's the oleophobic coating that gets scratched, not the actual glass.
  7. Pushkar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    SW London, UK
    Thanks for the very quick responses, I'll keep the Protector on there for now, but the screen is so nice - I don't really want to. But as an expensive device i'll keep it on for now.

    Thanks again! :D
  8. icecavern macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2005
    Reading, UK
    I never scratched my 3G screen, my 4 already has scratches on it. I personally think it's less scratch resistant than the 3G.

  9. lorenwade macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2008
    1) You don't need an iPhone 4 to figure it out.

    2) You assume that I don't have nor have access to use an iPhone 4.

    3) You really had to point the out? Hahaha!


    Precisely why getting a good screen protector is worth your money.
  10. spark12345 macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2010

    The screen is well scratch resistant...................


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  11. analytical44 macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2008
    For what it's worth, I had my 3G s for a year without a screen protector and never got a scratch on the screen. I've had my 4 for a week and discovered my first scratch two days ago. 3G s went in my pocket with keys, change, slim clip, etc after the "babying" phase which lasted my typical 3 months or so. My 4 hasn't had any company in my pocket yet. Obviously i did something to scratch it but i have no idea what. Guess my point is that it seems like the 4 is more scratch prone. Granted, this is based only on my experience, but it's based on something nonetheless.
  12. coelacanth macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    3G and the original iPhone were most scratch resistant because they didn't have oleophobic coating that's quite "soft." typically these kinds of extra coatings will come back and bites you when it comes down to scratches although coatings often give other benefits.

    Many expensive sports watches with sapphire crystal glass have additional coatings on top and the gets scratched while the the actual crystal is quite hard and scratch resistant. I have a watch with sapphire glass but no special coating. That watch gets the beating all the time but I see no marks on the crystal whatsoever.

    So it's either The benefit from special coating (finger print resistance on iPhone) or no markings on the soft coating. Unfortunately Apple has chosen the former.
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The glass is resistant, but the oleophobic coating is not.
  14. kwamayze macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2011

    He said the 3GS and the 3GS has oleophobic coating but definetly more scratch resistant

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