iPhone XS Using iPhone without case, would it scratch/scuff the camera?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blackbirdz, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. blackbirdz macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2012
    iPhone Xr/Xs/Max - all have protruding camera. If you don't use a casing at all and you often pick up the phone and put it back on the flat table, the phone would sometimes move a bit here there on the table because my workbook bump the phone - question is: will the camera lens eventually get scratch, scuffs, not crystal clear anymore due to friction with the table surface? It's like the lens is rubbing the table. Let me know your thought, I personally don't like case.
  2. powerocool macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
    Used my X for an entire year, lens is pristine. Some micro scratches on the back glass, especially diagonally across from the lens, not too noticeable. Some small scratches on the stainless steel (silver version), these are easily polished off with cape cod cloth.
  3. Starship67 Suspended


    Oct 28, 2017
    It’s a sapphire glass lens cover highly scratch resistant.
  4. Macshroomer macrumors 65816


    Dec 6, 2009
    It’s not as durable as you would want.

    Tonight my wife discovered a deep scratch that runs right through the wide angle camera on her otherwise mint new XS. Now every time she points it at a light source it flares in the shape of the scratch badly.

    I’m dreading finding out how much this fix is going to cost. We both use clear TPU type cases by the way, I am upgrading to a leather one to give a bit more separation for the camera.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It’s actually a sapphire coating, its not a full sapphire composition, but it is very scratch resistant, and it’s very rare to see those who have scratched such a small area on the iPhone.
  6. naturalguy macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2018
    I think it's crazy not to use a case, these are glass phones
  7. draa macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2008
    I‘ve been using my 7+ without a case for almost 2 years and got no scratches on the cam although I have a lot of micro scratches on the back of the phone.
  8. Seth Matthews macrumors 6502

    Seth Matthews

    Jun 1, 2015
    The Ether
    I can't say it won't happen, but used my X all of last year naked and no scratches or scuffs anywhere including the camera, and I am using my Max naked and nothing so far. Just be mindful.
  9. Ahiqar macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Fox Cities, WI
  10. PBz macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2005
    PVB, Florida
    Be smart. Marble & other hard materials like cement will scratch the phone/camera. Ironically, I’ve seen ‘pro’ reviewers place naked phones on both.
  11. draa macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2008
    True but on the other side: I never HAD to put my phone on surfaces like that the last 2 years.
  12. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Remember the iPhone 4 and 4s?

    Yeah, they had glass backs before these new phones. You may think it's crazy, but people who don't use cases and had the 4 and 4s way back in 2010-2011 already know how to handle phones with glass backs. It's not like it's a new experience for them.
  13. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I just posted this in another thread on the same topic but hey, why not.

    The steel bezel surrounding my lens cover has taken the damage while the cover itself is flawless. The two nicks circled are significant enough to catch a fingernail.

  14. naturalguy macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2018
    All it takes is one drop.......
  15. chanerz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2010
    Just put your phone in a different pocket. Don’t put phone and keys/change at the same pocket.

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