iPhone XS Micro scratches on screen

Guda.FL

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Anyone else seeing many small hair line tyle scratches on their Xs device?

I dont face it sceen down anytime and take care if my phones but as i start cleaning it with microcloth i see tons of scratches on the panel.

As i recall have not seen this on my previous lcd devices.
 

BugeyeSTI

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Anyone else seeing many small hair line tyle scratches on their Xs device?

I dont face it sceen down anytime and take care if my phones but as i start cleaning it with microcloth i see tons of scratches on the panel.

As i recall have not seen this on my previous lcd devices.
You mean scratches that can’t be seen unless you use direct bright light and turn the screen at all angles until they are visible. If yes, they are micro-scratches in the coating on the screen and not in the glass..
 

upandown

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Microfiber cloths aren’t magic and can scratch just like anything else. Especially with user error such as placing it on any surface and picking up particles with it. The cloth has to stay as clean as you want the phone to be.

With that said, it’s impossible to keep it imperfectionless. Life has marks and scratches.
 
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OLDGUYWITHAHIFI

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You mean scratches that can’t be seen unless you use direct bright light and turn the screen at all angles until they are visible. If yes, they are micro-scratches in the coating on the screen and not in the glass..
This seems to be a reoccurring theme. I think that Apple should post a disclosure warning that shining a bright light at your phone or device and looking at it from various angles will cause scratches.
 

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Anyone else seeing many small hair line tyle scratches on their Xs device?

I dont face it sceen down anytime and take care if my phones but as i start cleaning it with microcloth i see tons of scratches on the panel.

As i recall have not seen this on my previous lcd devices.
I’m not sure what it is, but many have said the iPhone X/XS scratches easier than previous displays. (Perhaps Apple changed something with the Oleophobic coating.) If you start to see scratches, I would use a screen protector, it will conceal the scratches and protect it for future use.
 
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PBz

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I'll take the trade off of micro scratches, versus having a screen protector.

Can't stand'em.
Agree 100%.
I’ve been able to avoid any significant micro-scratches by using a clean microfiber cloth & if my screen looks dusty I will blow the dust off before wiping it clean. I also occasionally wash the screen with water.
 
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I'll take the trade off of micro scratches, versus having a screen protector.

Can't stand'em.
That’s how I used to feel until I finally got a good screen protector. One that I honestly can’t tell it’s on, both look and feel. Every time I show my XS to someone they’re in disbelief that there’s a glass screen protector on.
 

PBz

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That’s how I used to feel until I finally got a good screen protector. One that I honestly can’t tell it’s on, both look and feel. Every time I show my XS to someone they’re in disbelief that there’s a glass screen protector on.
I’ve tried so many. I used to test them. My eyes can spot the added depth almost immediately. Can’t stand it. I also don’t believe they work. They will crack before display cracks either way so people become convinced they saved the screen.. when it was just statistics.
 
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Wide opeN

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That’s how I used to feel until I finally got a good screen protector. One that I honestly can’t tell it’s on, both look and feel. Every time I show my XS to someone they’re in disbelief that there’s a glass screen protector on.
Pics!?
 

PBz

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I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever cracked a display. Dropped phone many times. If I have in 10+ years it’s ohm you been once. I can’t remember ever cracking one.
 

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I’m not sure what it is, but many have said the iPhone X/XS scratches easier than previous displays. (Perhaps Apple changed something with the Oleophobic coating.) If you start to see scratches, I would use a screen protector, it will conceal the scratches and protect it for future use.
I just picked up an iPhone X and I slid it into pocket that had a jagged piece of foil in it. It wasn't sharp, but pointy enough that I'm not surprised that I got a scratch in my brand new phone. On the other hand, I've probably done worse with my previous iPhones and I never used a screen protector. The iPhone 7 I handed off to my wife when I got my iPhone X didn't have any noticeable scratches in it.

I'm looking at a very small sample size of one, but I would definitely believe that the screen is softer than previous editions. I'm still not putting a screen protector on, but if it gets more visible scratches, I might consider it.

Microscratches, eeeehhh. If they don't get in the way, I really don't care. I typically hang onto my devices for so long that resale value is academic and I can't stand having to treat my phone like it's jewelry. I just don't have time for that.
 
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PBz

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I’m sure I’ll get blasted but I think the OLED screens get /show these micro-scratches more easily. My wife has had many LCD iPhones and she gets the scratches. But her X after a few months looked like a war zone. She recently had it replaced and already has a few small micro-scratches. She doesn’t care. No screen protector either.
 
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I’ve tried so many. I used to test them. My eyes can spot the added depth almost immediately. Can’t stand it. I also don’t believe they work. They will crack before display cracks either way so people become convinced they saved the screen.. when it was just statistics.
Fair enough. I've had my fair share of crappy screen protectors, both regular and tempered glass, and I definitely prefer no screen protector to a crappy one or a poorly applied/aligned one. This Spigen tempered glass on my XS has changed my mind though. It feels smooth, responsive and visibly I can't tell any difference in the screen with it on or off. It covers the entire face including the notch so I was worried that it would impact faceID performance, but it hasn't at all.

Pictures don't do it justice but here's a couple:

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Anyone else seeing many small hair line tyle scratches on their Xs device?

I dont face it sceen down anytime and take care if my phones but as i start cleaning it with microcloth i see tons of scratches on the panel.

As i recall have not seen this on my previous lcd devices.
Nothing that I could see in the naked eye when using my iPhone on the screen. However, if I really try to look in the sun reflection, it’s a mess lol. But I don’t care anymore like I used to. I used to baby my phone at first.

I have apple care , I’ll replace it eventually. I already dropped it and has a small crack on the back barely noticeable. I’ll replace it once it gets more abused lol.
 

AppleHaterLover

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Nothing that I could see in the naked eye when using my iPhone on the screen. However, if I really try to look in the sun reflection, it’s a mess lol. But I don’t care anymore like I used to. I used to baby my phone at first.

I have apple care , I’ll replace it eventually. I already dropped it and has a small crack on the back barely noticeable. I’ll replace it once it gets more abused lol.
Apple has a hit-or-miss policy that hairline cracks with no signs of impact can mean a replacement under warranty.
 

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I just picked up an iPhone X and I slid it into pocket that had a jagged piece of foil in it. It wasn't sharp, but pointy enough that I'm not surprised that I got a scratch in my brand new phone. On the other hand, I've probably done worse with my previous iPhones and I never used a screen protector. The iPhone 7 I handed off to my wife when I got my iPhone X didn't have any noticeable scratches in it.

I'm looking at a very small sample size of one, but I would definitely believe that the screen is softer than previous editions. I'm still not putting a screen protector on, but if it gets more visible scratches, I might consider it.

Microscratches, eeeehhh. If they don't get in the way, I really don't care. I typically hang onto my devices for so long that resale value is academic and I can't stand having to treat my phone like it's jewelry. I just don't have time for that.
I remember when the iPhone X launched in 2017, there were some really ‘Peeved off’ members discussing how easily the iPhone X display scratches. I think what was happening, is that the Oleophobic coating was showing scratches, (Which I don’t know if Apple changed the formula), but others were complaining that there are other displays never scratches like This. But then again, we don’t know how everybody handles their phones, what’s in their pockets that could cause the scratching, etc.
 
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PBz

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I remember when the iPhone X launched in 2017, there were some really ‘Peeved off’ members discussing how easily the iPhone X display scratches. I think what was happening, is that the Oleophobic coating was showing scratches, (Which I don’t know if Apple changed the formula), but others were complaining that there are other displays never scratches like This. But then again, we don’t know how everybody handles their phones, what’s in their pockets that could cause the scratching, etc.
My wife and I have had a lot of iPhones. It’s just a sample of 2 but her X is definitely more prone to the oleophobic ‘scratches’.
 

appleguy123

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It seems like every time a new phone is introduced, people claim the screen is much softer and scratches more easily.
I feel like it’s probably true because scratch resistance and shatter resistance are usually contrasting properties and smartphone makers are trying to optimize the balance.

I haven’t altered my use at all between X and XS and my XS had more scratches in a month than my X had in a year.
 
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Nhwhazup

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That’s how I used to feel until I finally got a good screen protector. One that I honestly can’t tell it’s on, both look and feel. Every time I show my XS to someone they’re in disbelief that there’s a glass screen protector on.
I’m a stickler for a good protector and dustless installation. I like the edge to edge ones.
 

Otflyer

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I just picked up an iPhone X and I slid it into pocket that had a jagged piece of foil in it. It wasn't sharp, but pointy enough that I'm not surprised that I got a scratch in my brand new phone. On the other hand, I've probably done worse with my previous iPhones and I never used a screen protector. The iPhone 7 I handed off to my wife when I got my iPhone X didn't have any noticeable scratches in it.

I'm looking at a very small sample size of one, but I would definitely believe that the screen is softer than previous editions. I'm still not putting a screen protector on, but if it gets more visible scratches, I might consider it.

Microscratches, eeeehhh. If they don't get in the way, I really don't care. I typically hang onto my devices for so long that resale value is academic and I can't stand having to treat my phone like it's jewelry. I just don't have time for that.
Again, the scratch is probably in the screen coating not in the glass.
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I remember when the iPhone X launched in 2017, there were some really ‘Peeved off’ members discussing how easily the iPhone X display scratches. I think what was happening, is that the Oleophobic coating was showing scratches, (Which I don’t know if Apple changed the formula), but others were complaining that there are other displays never scratches like This. But then again, we don’t know how everybody handles their phones, what’s in their pockets that could cause the scratching, etc.
Right, it varies with individual user. Can’t apply one users experience universally.
 

BLBL

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I noticed ever since staring from iPhone 7 that screen is scratching easily. I think scratching occurs only on top coating and it scratch even from wiping it with microfibre cloth. When I got my 7 and I was peeling of the factory protection film I noticed slight scratch on the coating and I tried to wipe it with microfibre cloth to see if it was just some dirt that would come off but I realized it was just getting more slight hairline scratches from wiping it. Because of this I always install screen protector right after I peel off the factory protection film and try to touch the screen as little as possible. I noticed there is really no residue from peeling off the factory film and basically I do no need to touch the screen any more than just wipe off possible dust that manages to land on the display until I get screen protector aligned.

On the other hand my AW3 seem very resistant to such scratching. It had 3D glass protector on it for over maybe 8 months and when I finally managed to break it and have been unable to find another as good I've been using it for maybe 3 months naked and there is no scratches (not even hairline) at all.
 

Wide opeN

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The newer iPhone's definitely the last few generations scratch much more easily than let's say like before iPhone 5s and before.