Other Oleophobic coating, How easily can it be scratched.

MichaelColley

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Hit my fingernail on the screen pretty hard while trying to pick up my phone. I became curious as to whether or not my fingernail could scratch the oleophobic coating...

Is it so thin to create scratches in the film? or can I expect it to be stronger than a scratch from my finger nails?
 

BugeyeSTI

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Hit my fingernail on the screen pretty hard while trying to pick up my phone. I became curious as to whether or not my fingernail could scratch the oleophobic coating...

Is it so thin to create scratches in the film? or can I expect it to be stronger than a scratch from my finger nails?
If you have a bit of dirt on your finger, then rub it around the screen that’s enough to cause micro scratches. I doubt a finger nail would do it
 

Relentless Power

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Hit my fingernail on the screen pretty hard while trying to pick up my phone. I became curious as to whether or not my fingernail could scratch the oleophobic coating...

Is it so thin to create scratches in the film? or can I expect it to be stronger than a scratch from my finger nails?
Keep in mind, the oleophobic coating is more in line of actually adding protection for smudges and fingerprints, then it is against actual scratches. It’s naturally organic, so it will dissipate over the course of time with usage. If you do scratch the coating, depending on the severity, you likely also scratched the display, which is usually a very fine scratch that you can see under certain lighting.
 

LaynieGorilla

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Mines already has scratches in it and I received nine Monday. Not sure if they came from my earrings when I hit the phone to my ear or front when I my phone slid out my lap to under the steering wheel. Seems like the screen scratches pretty easy compared to older phones to me.
 

HEK

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Mines already has scratches in it and I received nine Monday. Not sure if they came from my earrings when I hit the phone to my ear or front when I my phone slid out my lap to under the steering wheel. Seems like the screen scratches pretty easy compared to older phones to me.
Gold earrings are softer than the glass but diamonds are hardest substance and will scratch the you know what out of the glass screen.
 

Donnation

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Mines already has scratches in it and I received nine Monday. Not sure if they came from my earrings when I hit the phone to my ear or front when I my phone slid out my lap to under the steering wheel. Seems like the screen scratches pretty easy compared to older phones to me.
Every year the exact same comments are made. "I think this model scratches more easily than last years."

They are glass, and they will scratch. If you don't mind the micro-scratches then don't get a screen protector. If they bother you I recommend getting one.
 

MichaelColley

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Keep in mind, the oleophobic coating is more in line of actually adding protection for smudges and fingerprints, then it is against actual scratches. It’s naturally organic, so it will dissipate over the course of time with usage. If you do scratch the coating, depending on the severity, you likely also scratched the display, which is usually a very fine scratch that you can see under certain lighting.
well for one I have a screen protector. The man at the mall who installed it was the one who took off the plastic from the iphone. So technically I have never touched the display on my iPhone. When I picked it up my nail caught in the portion between the screen protector and the stainless steel.

Fingernails have a mohs hardness of 2.5 where glass has a hardness of I think 5.5 or 6.5. My fingernail could never scratch the screen. Im more worried about the oleophobic coating.
 

DaveOP

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well for one I have a screen protector. The man at the mall who installed it was the one who took off the plastic from the iphone. So technically I have never touched the display on my iPhone. When I picked it up my nail caught in the portion between the screen protector and the stainless steel.

Fingernails have a mohs hardness of 2.5 where glass has a hardness of I think 5.5 or 6.5. My fingernail could never scratch the screen. Im more worried about the oleophobic coating.
I've always been VERY against screen protectors, but my iPhone X had a bunch of noticeable scratches after a year. They were only apparent from a certain angle, which leads me to believe they were in some type of coating, but quite annoying when visible. I put tempered glass on the XS Max before even touching the screen myself this year.
 

LaynieGorilla

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Every year the exact same comments are made. "I think this model scratches more easily than last years."

They are glass, and they will scratch. If you don't mind the micro-scratches then don't get a screen protector. If they bother you I recommend getting one.
Yea, I was just replying to the thread. I actually don’t care if it has scratches, I stopped buying screen protectors years ago. The scratches don’t make or break the phone experience me, especially when it makes for a better experience without the screen protector. It did seem to scratch easier than usual, though.
 
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