If I were to only listen to what everyone said and not witness this camera ring in person on my own phone, I'd believe it was sticking out six full inches. I was pleasantly surprised to see just how LITTLE it sticks out and quite amazed at how thin this phone really is. I'm using a very thin clear case that's still thicker than the camera ring. Even without a case, it's not even a big enough issue to say 'it's not a big deal'... it's just a little tiny ring. People said it would get caught on things, etc. Unless someone is wearing one of those vacuum sealed latex sex suit things, I can't imagine this ring getting caught on anything at all. LOVE the new iPhones!