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djr7572

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iPhone 11 question ... and this will likely sound stupid ...

Given the design of the camera lenses on the back, is it safe to set your phone down on that side without a case? Are the lens surfaces protected at all by the outer rings, or are the lens surfaces literally sitting on whatever surface you set the phone down on?
 

revmacian

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iPhone 11 question ... and this will likely sound stupid ...

Given the design of the camera lenses on the back, is it safe to set your phone down on that side without a case? Are the lens surfaces protected at all by the outer rings, or are the lens surfaces literally sitting on whatever surface you set the phone down on?
It depends on the surface. On a wood table or grass or a sofa.. I just sit it down on the camera. With something like concrete then I will put the phone in my pocket or find something softer. I’ve never liked cases and haven’t been using a case since I got my 4S years ago.
 

akash.nu

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It depends on the surface. On a wood table or grass or a sofa.. I just sit it down on the camera. With something like concrete then I will put the phone in my pocket or find something softer. I’ve never liked cases and haven’t been using a case since I got my 4S years ago.

Yep same here. Just being mindful helps.
 
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Tofupunch

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when I'm at home setting it down on my desk or kitchen counter, I carefully put it down. If I'm out at a restaurant or out and about, since I typically take both my wallet and phone out of my pockets, I just place the lens portion of the phone on my wallet. I do have a case but it's a super slim case and the lip protection on the lens portion is minimal.
 

djr7572

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It depends on the surface. On a wood table or grass or a sofa.. I just sit it down on the camera. With something like concrete then I will put the phone in my pocket or find something softer. I’ve never liked cases and haven’t been using a case since I got my 4S years ago.

Makes sense. But just to confirm, those lenses are NOT immune to scratching and damage (?). I ask this because I think most people tend to forget about the camera lenses! I think most people get caught up worrying more about the front screen

But I’d like to go case-less ... that’s why I asked. Like you said, though, you do have to pay attention to the surface you’re setting it down on (common sense).

I’m currently using the Apple Clear Case, and I find that my phone is more slippery with this case on than without (oddly enough).
 

revmacian

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Makes sense. But just to confirm, those lenses are NOT immune to scratching and damage (?). I ask this because I think most people tend to forget about the camera lenses! I think most people get caught up worrying more about the front screen

But I’d like to go case-less ... that’s why I asked. Like you said, though, you do have to pay attention to the surface you’re setting it down on (common sense).

I’m currently using the Apple Clear Case, and I find that my phone is more slippery with this case on than without (oddly enough).
I just checked all three of my devices and I don’t see any kind of scratch or blemish on the cameras or front screen. The camera lenses are not immune, no, but if you’re careful with it I don’t think there’s anything to worry about.
 

coffeeplease

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I just place it down carefully and be mindful of where I am putting it. On my desk, I usually out it on a notebook or something instead of directly on the surface. Not sure if that makes a difference anyways.
 

Mr.Blacky

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The camera lenses have a sapphire coating, so they don't scratch that easily. Never used a case and put my iPhone on different surfaces and nit a single tiny scratch on the camera lens (at least, since Apple is using the sapphire)
 
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Nolander07

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I thought the lenses of the camera were coated with sapphire glass (or equivalent) so scratches are very unlikely.

I guess I posted this at the same time as Mr.Blacky
 
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akash.nu

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The camera lenses have a sapphire coating, so they don't scratch that easily. Never used a case and put my iPhone on different surfaces and nit a single tiny scratch on the camera lens (at least, since Apple is using the sapphire)

I thought the lenses of the camera were coated with sapphire glass (or equivalent) so scratches are very unlikely.

I guess I posted this at the same time as Mr.Blacky

It’s not exactly sapphire. It’s some sort of blend.
 
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revmacian

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The camera lenses have a sapphire coating, so they don't scratch that easily. Never used a case and put my iPhone on different surfaces and nit a single tiny scratch on the camera lens (at least, since Apple is using the sapphire)
I thought the glass on the iPhone XR was ion-X rather than sapphire. Doesn’t really matter what it’s made of, materials are no excuse to treat my device with anything but the highest care.
 
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Mr.Blacky

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It’s not exactly sapphire. It’s some sort of blend.
Yeah, but ma phones always had a good amount of small hairline scratches on the back after time, while the camera lenses didn't even have a single tiny one, so...?‍♂️
 

akash.nu

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Yeah, but ma phones always had a good amount of small hairline scratches on the back after time, while the camera lenses didn't even have a single tiny one, so...

The camera doesn’t really rest flat on the surface, probably that’s the reason it never got scratched. I’ve never scratched either the back or the front of my phones without any case or screen protectors. Probably the way one handles the device.
 
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Mr.Blacky

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The camera doesn’t really rest flat on the surface, probably that’s the reason it never got scratched. I’ve never scratched either the back or the front of my phones without any case or screen protectors. Probably the way one handles the device.
No, they never got scratched, because they are pretty scratch resistant under normal circumstances.
 

jimmy_uk

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This is why I like a slip case. Not only does in protect from scratches when in a pocket it also acts as a cushion to place the phone on a surface.
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The Camera lens covers are sapphire crystal. No mix no hybrid. Sapphire crystal. At least according to the tech specs on Apple.com.
I thought when tested this was found to not be pure sapphire?
 

akash.nu

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This is why I like a slip case. Not only does in protect from scratches when in a pocket it also acts as a cushion to place the phone on a surface.
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I thought when tested this was found to not be pure sapphire?

Yep I’m a supporter of such cases as well.
 

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I've never used any of my iPhones without cases - I'm currently in my second year with my iPhone XS (didn't upgrade to the 11) and often wondered if I should go caseless. Whenever I remove the phone from the case, it is beautiful but it the glass back is just a fingerprint magnet!!! How do you guys manage to go without cases bearing mind how many fingerprints the naked iPhone is prone too...?!!!!
 

akash.nu

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I've never used any of my iPhones without cases - I'm currently in my second year with my iPhone XS (didn't upgrade to the 11) and often wondered if I should go caseless. Whenever I remove the phone from the case, it is beautiful but it the glass back is just a fingerprint magnet!!! How do you guys manage to go without cases bearing mind how many fingerprints the naked iPhone is prone too...?!!!!

I wipe it down on my jeans.
 

Ralfi

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I think most people get caught up worrying more about the front screen
I don’t know about that either - look at all the reviewers who place their phone upside down in their videos. Always makes me cringe.

It’s why my (minimalist) case has to have a front & black lip to protect all glass surfaces.

The Camera lens covers are sapphire crystal. No mix no hybrid. Sapphire crystal. At least according to the tech specs on Apple.com.
I thought Jerry Rig Everything exposes iPhones to have a sapphire mix & not pure sapphire on the iPhone camera lens? At least on prior iPhones (not sure of the 11).
 
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Gitica23

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Camera lens are not from Sapphire crystal!! It scratches at level 6, not at level 9, Mohs scale.
 

Coffee50

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Does anyone know if the Apple silicone case has a lip on the back (in referencing to sitting the phone down camera side down)
 
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