Those who have NOT used an iPhone screen protector... how's your iP4 screen looking?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MoodyMedStudent, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. MoodyMedStudent macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Let's be honest here: if you haven't used a screen protector for an extended period of time (totalling more than 6 months), did you develop ANY scratches on your screen?

    I've always had a screen protector on my iP4, but have recently got the urge to dump it since I miss how the glass feels.
  2. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    Never used a screen protector- it looks fantastic. No scratches and hardly any smudges.

    Screen protectors are overrated and overpriced.
  3. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    got mine on launch last year, has maybe 2 very small and light scratches that can only be seen when I clean it and at an angle. It has self up MUCH better than my 3g did.
  4. Muro macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2011
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
    Like my back after giving my girlfriend the ride of her life.
  5. jallenclark macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2008
    I have had it since launch and have zero scratches on the screen. I run with it and always keep it in my pants pocket.
  6. fenskezen macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    Never used a screen protector and my screen still looks perfect. I just could not give up the feel of my naked screen.:eek: That said..I am somewhat careful not to put it in a pocket with keys or such things. I really don't baby it, though. That glass is a winner!
  7. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2011
    Just sold both of our iPad 1's and neither had any scratches at all. We never used a screen protector. We were just careful.
  8. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Never used any on any of my iPhones, never got a single scratch.

    Scratches rarely happen if you put your iPhone in an empty pocket. If they ever happened, they would be barely noticeable and would still make your iPhone look better than with those ugly screen protectors, that give you bubbles, worse screen contrast, a worse texture, and are useless against drops, which is what you should fear the most.

    Get a good case with the sides thicker than your iPhone and you should be fine.
  9. hotgrease macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2010
    took my protectors off for about two weeks and had small scratches on back and front, with one large scratch near the home button. maybe i'm more anal than others, but i really don't believe that people can have the phone unprotected in jeans or pants pockets all day long and not get scratches. the scratches don't affect the screen viewing, but they're there for sure.
  10. Muro macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2011
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
    Who minused one me, never has given his grilfriend the ride of her live :)
  11. fenskezen macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    Perhaps you have sandy pockets? No, seriously, I clean mine with a soft cloth daily....that's about it. I have had it since launch and even held up to the light, there are not even any fine scratches. phone does not stay in my pocket all day. Mostly it is on my desk or in my purse in its own place. I guess it is pretty protected for the most part....
  12. jwingfie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2008
    Athens, GA
    No screen protector on my launch day Verizon iP4 and it's still immaculate. It has one microscopic scratch above the front camera but you can only see it in direct sunlight. I always keep my phone in an empty pocket.
  13. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    Looks amazingly well, I only have one tiny unnoticeable scratch :)
  14. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Define your definition of a scratch because it seems like everyone here is confused. If you are talking about hairline scratches in the glass coating then everyone here has at least one. You can't just not have any unless you never touch your device because the coating can scratch just from lint rubbing on it.

    Now if you mean actual hardcore scratches that go into the glass then my front is free of them. Now the back has three nasty scratches that I have no clue as to how they got there.
  15. ATC macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    No screen protector here although I do baby my phone.

    Front: Perfect, absolutely zero scratches.

    Back: A few hairline scratches that are only visible if you look very closely with a light shining on the device.

    For resale, now I kinda wish I had some protection for the back but no biggy.
  16. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
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    I've had a screen protector on the back of my phone since day one but no front protector. I have one hairline scratch on the right side of the slide to unlock area but it's very difficult to see/find. I am soo careful so I have no idea how it got there but having a phone without a screen protector is worth that one tiny scratch.
  17. msb3079 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    collingswood. nj
    Please do not use a screen protector on an iPhone screen. Such a huge gimmick.
  18. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 27, 2008
    Have never used a screen protector in the last four years and had only one crack from a drop onto asphalt.
  19. AnthroMatt macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2011
    Mesa, AZ
    Mine has been without a screen protector for about 3 months now. I do have small scratches, but I also probably do have sandy pockets: I'm an archaeologist in Phoenix. With that in mind, the fact that the screen doesn't have gouges in it by now is quite impressive. You can only see the scratches on my glass when the display is off.
  20. HeezyBear macrumors regular

    May 21, 2010
    I've been rolling with the iPhone since the original and every model after that except the 3G. Never had a screen protector and never had a scratch on the screen. Scratches on the back I can understand, but I don't know what you guys are doing to get all these scratches on the screen itself.
  21. earlycuyler macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2009
    The foothills of Appalachia
    No iP4, but I've had my 3GS since launch day and I have never used a screen protector on the front. The front glass on mine still doesn't have a visible scratch on it (and I would have gotten a new phone if it did as scratches on anything I have to look through drive me insane). I just held it up to a light again to check it. I keep it in an empty pocket (always my left) whenever I am out and about, and I am pretty careful with it.

    I do have a speck candyshell on it and I suspect that helps save the glass from scratches as well. The bumper keeps the glass from coming into contact with a surface when laying on its face.
  22. NYR99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
    I've had it since launch. Never used a screen protector. Still looks 100% brand new.
  23. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    This is what has work for me. Have no second thoughts laying it down front or back.

    I use a one piece Speck case. Same color as pic.

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  24. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

    Jun 5, 2009
    Launch day iPhone, never used a screen protector, screen looks the same as day 1.

    I also had a 3G and 3GS, no screen protector used at all
  25. rsvrfactory macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2011
    Chicago area
    Wow, I've always used a screen protector on my last 3 iPhones. I would expect many scratches without one, but maybe I'm wrong. Is the glass really that scratch resistant? I use one because I want to keep it perfect so when the new model comes out I can easily sell it as a like new iPhone and upgrade without it costing me any money upfront.

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