iPhone XR More scratchable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Oliwatts, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Oliwatts macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2015
    Hi everyone.

    Anyone else noticing that the iPhone XR screen is more susceptible to scratches than previous phones?

    I have owned every version of the iPhone since 2007. Always used them with no case and no screen protector. Never once scratched the screen.

    iPhone XR screen now has two very deep scratches within three months of ownership. No drops and no diamonds in my pockets.

    Just wondered what others experiences have been?
  2. scubatopy macrumors newbie


    Nov 15, 2018
    Apologize, how could it be 3 months of ownership given it was sold just since October 27th ? Are you sure you refer to XR ? Or do you mean 3 weeks ?
  3. fred98tj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2017
    Central Luzon, Philippines
    You know, every forum (phone) that I read I see the same thing every time a new phone is released (doesn’t matter who makes it, Apple, Samsung, LG, etc) does this new phones screen scratch easier than the previous model.
    Answer is, no. The glass is the same hardness.
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Agreed, posts like this happen every time a phone is introduced. Many start with “screen scratched in only two days”.
  5. Oliwatts thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2015
    Wow. Thanks for the considered and balanced replies everyone!
  6. PeteS1963 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2014
    I’ve had an XR since launch day. My wife also has one. I don’t like screen protectors and haven’t used one. I also work outside so more likely than most to get grit on my screen.

    Absolutely no issues with screen scratches on our two phones. Not even micro-scratches. This isn’t surprising as the screen is glass and as such has the same hardness/scratch resistance as all other glass screen phones.
  7. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    I don’t see any reason not to use a screen protector anymore. They are so thin they don’t make any difference in feel or responsiveness. It at least makes the phone look the same, especially if you get a full screen cover (does not affect Face ID) and you have peace of mind.
  8. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    Yea Apple definitely made the Xr screen more scratchable than previous phones for sure.
  9. PeteS1963 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2014
    It’s a personal thing. I just don’t like them. I’ve had iPhones since the iPhone 4. Never had an issue with scratches. For me they are a waste of money.
  10. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Agreed that it is a personal
    Thing. However I used my iPhone X previously without one, just a case, and it got so many light scratches. It almost ruined the excitement for me because whenever I looked at the screen, especially in direct sunlight, the scratches would stick out like a swollen thumb.

    Had one on my iPhone XS Max since day one, and this particular screen protector is a LOT more resistant to scratches than the gorilla glass used on the iPhones. I do enjoy that peace of mind, as it makes me feel comfortable getting my phone out wherever I am.
  11. Otflyer macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2017
    SF Bay Area
  12. PeteS1963 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2014
    I eventually get micro scratches but in reality I don’t notice them. Sure, if I go into a dark room and shine a torch at the screen I can see them. But that seems a rather sad activity and personally I have better things to do :)

    For me screen protectors ruin the look and use of the phone. I always sell my old phones. Never had an issue with price or complaints from buyers.
  13. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    More recent versions of gorilla glass have traded being slightly less scratch resistant for more shatter proof, so it's not just the XR, not even just on iPhones, it's a trend across the industry that a lot of phone reviews have picked up on.
  14. tromboneaholic Suspended


    Jun 9, 2004
    Clearwater, FL
    I’ve been using my iPhone X for a year without a case or screen protector because I like how the phone feels and I don’t like the edges showing on the screen protectors. No scratches.

    However, I do use a wallet pouch that I slide my phone into when I put it in my pocket. The wallet pouch has room for my ID and 3 or 4 credit cards, so it’s really convenient. I keep it in my front pocket, and I don’t miss sitting on my wallet at all.
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It’s the Oleophobic coating that scratches, which scratches can actually fade as the Oleophobic coating wears off. If you can feel the scratch with your fingernail, the scratch is deep enough where it’s permanent in the display.

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