Will Oleophobic iPhone 3GS Screen get damaged from a screen protector?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by jmeray, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. jmeray macrumors member

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    I've been lurking around, posting a few things about thoughts on cases & protectors as i'm trying to figure which one to get.
    I have posted a thought on oleo screens in other threads but thought i would create its own thread to see if anyone with some knowledge about them, could chime in.

    Since the 3GS has an Oleophobic screen, if we put a screen protector on it, i would think it would be ok. However, when you take it OFF.... will it damage the Oleo finish, almost peeling the finish off the glass in some manner? I am not familiar enough with that finish to know. Anyone know? I'd hate to pull my protector off, and see a damaged glass screen. :(
     
  2. map1978 macrumors 68020

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    the good screen protectors are static cling on. There shouldn't be any problems at all.
     
  3. jmeray thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree... they "Shouldnt" however, i'm just wondering if anyone knows for sure (inside scoop on reading the "Care for your screen" section of the 3GS documentation) so that i will have 100% faith in applying a good screen protector like the Power Support Anti Glare.
    I'll just have to wait until someone gets an early view of the doc, or i get my 3GS and read the doc myself.

    I appreciate the response. tks
     
  4. bcavanau macrumors member

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    I sent an email to PowerSupport USA (www.powersupportusa.com) and asked them if they knew about the new coating, and if there was any issue with thier protectors.

    The response I got was that there was no issue using their screen protectors on the new 3G S.

    I can post their email later from home if you want.

    I picked up the Anti-Glare based on their response.
     
  5. edtorious macrumors 65816

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    but why would you still need the protector with the new oleo screen:confused:
     
  6. ki2594 macrumors 6502a

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    because the screen can still scratch, though idk if i want to use a screen shield now. I'm so confused. I have 2 screen shields that i can use, but idk.
     
  7. edtorious macrumors 65816

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    I have yet to see somebody's Iphone 3g screen got scratched up pretty badly. Mine is naked ever since launch day and still no scratch on my screen, I always put it on my pocket along with keys and coins that you might think will scratch it up but nada although on the back I do have scuff marks and few scratches. I've seen screens where it broke but because they drop the iphone, but I guess you could say that protector could help in lessening the damage on the screen in case you accidentally drop it. I just don't like the feeling of a 'condom' :D on my iphone :p
     
  8. V4705 macrumors 6502

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    the powersupport antiglare doing much better job of reducing fingerprints.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. dannyar macrumors 6502

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    Wait so the screen is already anti glare? I picked up a pack of crystal power supports. I sure hope the screen doesnt have that grainy look.
     
  10. closdubois macrumors newbie

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    I just went to the apple store to pick up a couple packs of the power support crystal film sets... one of the 'geniuses' told me it might not cling onto the 3gs screen..

    i bought it anyway :D
     
  11. V4705 macrumors 6502

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    no, its not anti-glare, its the same plastic\glass but with thin coating to reduce "oiliness".


    "it might" = "i dont know"
     
  12. nateharr macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't dare risk it. My iPod touch 2G screen got scratched badly. I'm putting an InvisibleShield on my 3GS the second I get it. I'll activate later once the server is back up from the crash.
     
  13. closdubois macrumors newbie

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    anyone tried putting crystal film on the 3GS ??
     
  14. ahcl20 macrumors member

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    I asked at my local Apple Store today when I bought the 3GS. There were 2 'Geniuses' and said they never used screen protectors. Both showed me their phones and one of them still had the original iPhone, without a case or anything, and true to their word the screen is brand new.

    I used the PS crystal film for my previous phones but I think I might have a bit more faith in the new screen coating this time around!
     
  15. dread macrumors 6502a

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    I got a huge scratch in my 2g screen and don't even know how it happened. It made the pixels discolored it was so deep. Luckily the phone had another problem and apple replaced it. Still don't have a screen protector and no major scratches yet but, I think I will get a screen protector for my 3gs
     
  16. metanoia macrumors member

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    Get a screen protector. My 3GS is already scratched. :( I think the oleiphobic coating makes it easier to scratch.
     
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  18. tahoeroscoe macrumors regular

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    thats what i was afraid of. Glass by itself is pretty damn hard to scratch=super durable 2g & 3g screen. IDK why apple would put a coating on the screen.. great idea....now you can't notice any fingerprints on my 3gs screen because its scratched to hell! :mad:
     
  19. metanoia macrumors member

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    The funny thing is my original iPhone was the most "hardy" of the 3, I took scissors to it to demonstrate how scratchable it was and it didn't leave a mark! (The Apple geniuses demonstrated the same with their phones).

    My 3G had some minor hairline scratches, and the 3GS, 3 days later... a deep prism-inducing scratch.

    I guess they don't build 'em like they used to.
     
  20. goughbradley macrumors newbie

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    Crystal Film slides around

    I just tried putting a crystal film cover on my iPhone 3GS. It does OK, but it does slide around a bit. Can be frustrating. I'm still looking for the best screen cover. Does anyone know if the a sticky cover like the bodyguardz of invisible shield will peel the coating off?
     
  21. Kadman macrumors 65816

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    Slides around!?!? Did you separate the film from the backing before applying? I have the Crystal Film on my 3GS and it's impossible for it to slide around. You can't even get a corner to peel up without using tape to grip the corner. Something's up with your particular install.
     
  22. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68000

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    +1

    you also can't even tell it's installed unless you really look for it
     
  23. serialtoon macrumors 6502a

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    I think you guys worry too much about something so minor. Put a screen protector on and call it a day.
     
  24. goughbradley macrumors newbie

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    It does slide around

    I had one on my 3G all last year and it never moved - and looked great. I thought it would work as well on my 3GS but the screen on the 3GS is so slick, almost greasy - without being greasy - that it moves around when pushed. It is applied correctly, it just moves around slightly on the 3GS. It's not terribly easy to move around, but at the end of the day I have to adjust it's position because it's inevitably slid and is slightly hanging over the edge of the phone. It's useable, just annoying. I'm looking for another solution.
     
  25. psywzrd macrumors 68030

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    I can't understand this at all. Did you apply some kind of liquid to the screen or the screen protector before you installed it?
     

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