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Old September 9th, 2010, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm sure the screen is glass, but is it as hard as the DROID? I went to Verizon to get a case (they didn't have the one I wanted), but the guy was pushing for screen protectors (I know it's also a sales thing, I used to work for Verizon.) But are we ok without a screen protector? I guess the Vibrant's screen is Gorilla Glass also. But is the Fascinate?

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All Samsung Galaxy S class phones have Gorilla Glass. While it is very scratch resistant it is NOT scratch proof. Anything harder than the glass will scratch it (such as grains of sand). The Fascinate has a really nice screen. Do you really want to take the chance of scratching it up? If it were me it would have a screen protector as soon as it left to box.
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All Samsung Galaxy S class phones have Gorilla Glass. While it is very scratch resistant it is NOT scratch proof. Anything harder than the glass will scratch it (such as grains of sand). The Fascinate has a really nice screen. Do you really want to take the chance of scratching it up? If it were me it would have a screen protector as soon as it left to box.
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even tho they talk gorilla glass up how many phones suposodly have it and they get all scratched up and plus its your only screen for that phone so i would protect it bt its just me
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I personally would not recommend a screen protector. Been using the Fascinate for over a week and there isn't a single mark on the screen (that includes having a 2 year old son who decides he wants to throw my phone). The only reason I would get a screen protector is to have the anti glare look and the smooth feel the anti glare screens have.
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I haven't used a screen protector on my smartphones for at least 2 years. As soon as I realized how annoying they are on a capacitive screens, I gave them the boot. The stickyness completely ruins swype/gaming/ in my opinion.

I used my Incredible for 4 months w/o a protector and it's scratch free. I used my iPhone 3GS for a year before that and it was scratch free when I sold it.

Bottom line... be careful with your devices and you won't have an issue. And no matter what you do, DO NOT PUT YOUR PHONE FACE DOWN ON ANYTHING! I have to remind my wife of that almost daily.

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Check this video out. It's in Japanese but you'll get the point.

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My Droid 1's Gorrilla glass screen is perfect to this day, and it's always been nekkid. My Fascinate's screen will be bare as well.

But those Verizon reps sure do push their screen protectors.
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Check this video out. It's in Japanese but you'll get the point.

It's Korean, not Japanese...
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It's Korean, not Japanese...
lol... Sorry..
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Screen protectors are always a plus, it adds another layer to screen just incase your phone manages to hit something that's harder than glass then your screen protector (depending on the quality of it) will protect it.
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Screen protectors are always a plus, it adds another layer to screen just incase your phone manages to hit something that's harder than glass then your screen protector (depending on the quality of it) will protect it.
SGPStore.com | Stylish Premium Quality Cases and Screen Protectors for Your iPhone, iPod, iPad, Laptop, Camera, and More!

My friend has one of these on his Captivate. He's tried about five different brands of screen protectors, and these are his favorite by FAR. They don't have one for the Fascinate yet, but I'm sure they will soon. He says that they feel like glass. Super smooth and very strong.

He advises to get the ultra-crystal, not the fingerprint resistant, as there are reports that the anti-fingerprint anti-glare ones actually affect image output.
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I bought the screen protector not because I am afraid of scratches. I worry about dropping food and drink on it.... things like drops of red wine or food sauce. If you have a screen protector, you can simply wipe it off or just replace the protector.
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SGPStore.com | Stylish Premium Quality Cases and Screen Protectors for Your iPhone, iPod, iPad, Laptop, Camera, and More!

My friend has one of these on his Captivate. He's tried about five different brands of screen protectors, and these are his favorite by FAR. They don't have one for the Fascinate yet, but I'm sure they will soon. He says that they feel like glass. Super smooth and very strong.

He advises to get the ultra-crystal, not the fingerprint resistant, as there are reports that the anti-fingerprint anti-glare ones actually affect image output.
Do you have any idea how long it took for the to put the captivate screen protectors out after the phone was released. I really want to get one of these for this Fascinate . I'm not really scared of scratches I am like the other guy thinking about all the other things like spills, etc. That being said too, if you ever go to the beach or on vacation its probably guaranteed that the screen is getting scratched, because you cannot avoid sand there.
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Do you have any idea how long it took for the to put the captivate screen protectors out after the phone was released. I really want to get one of these for this Fascinate . I'm not really scared of scratches I am like the other guy thinking about all the other things like spills, etc. That being said too, if you ever go to the beach or on vacation its probably guaranteed that the screen is getting scratched, because you cannot avoid sand there.
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Do you have any idea how long it took for the to put the captivate screen protectors out after the phone was released. I really want to get one of these for this Fascinate . I'm not really scared of scratches I am like the other guy thinking about all the other things like spills, etc. That being said too, if you ever go to the beach or on vacation its probably guaranteed that the screen is getting scratched, because you cannot avoid sand there.
I hope they get it out sooner or later. I bet if a bunch of us start emailing them requesting it, they might work a little harder/faster since now they know there's real demand, and customers know about them. I want one of these really bad.

I'm tired of the ones you buy in the store. They all add a certain amount of "rubberyness" to the screen. My friend, who is even pickier than I am, says these feel and look just like the glass. And for $14 you get two. That's not bad considering the competition. It's still a lifetime warranty, as well.
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I just added the invisible shield screen protector and I already regret it. The material is so thick and unsmooth. It is so hard to do swype now or scroll on the screen, not to mention it added lines to my screen... Hopefully I can my money back because thats ridiculous..
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Based on things I've read and videos I've seen on Gorilla Glass - I get this impression that it surpasses normal glass for durability.

However, I noticed someone mention that things like sand will still scratch it. Which puts its surface still on-par with glass. Is this an accurate assessment?

I'm afraid to try, but I am curious if normal sand will still scratch it, given its improved strength (or is it just improved durability?)
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On Launch Day I "keyed" the demo model on display for a good 10-15 seconds. Im not talking grazing Im talking sawing. Nothing. Im not getting a screen protector I believe in the gorilla glass
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On Launch Day I "keyed" the demo model on display for a good 10-15 seconds. Im not talking grazing Im talking sawing. Nothing. Im not getting a screen protector I believe in the gorilla glass
Keys aren't as strong as sand, though. Keys won't scratch normal glass either (or they shouldn't).

Sand however, since it is similar in strength to glass, will scratch glass (much like a Diamond generally needs to be cut with a Diamond).

I guess I could take a handful of sand to a Verizon store and try it, but that seems kind of mean...
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Keys aren't as strong as sand, though. Keys won't scratch normal glass either (or they shouldn't).

Sand however, since it is similar in strength to glass, will scratch glass (much like a Diamond generally needs to be cut with a Diamond).

I guess I could take a handful of sand to a Verizon store and try it, but that seems kind of mean...
LOL yeah. All I had was a key, I was fresh outta sand and that would be a tough explanation.
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LOL yeah. All I had was a key, I was fresh outta sand and that would be a tough explanation.
Haha. I'm going to the beach this weekend, I'm honestly pretty tempted to get a small cup of sand or something to take back with me...must...resist...
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That's why I bought the Aquapac pouch (AQUAPAC Waterproof | Official Site | Waterproof cases for camera, iphone, ipod, ipad; Waterproof backpack, drybags) for my Blackberry. When I go do water sport or outdoor activities, I store my phone in the pouch. It protects the phone from water (several feet of water), sand, dust, and sun.

Fortunately, the pouch I bought also fit the Fascinate.

Everyone who treasures his/her phone should buy one.
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LOL yeah. All I had was a key, I was fresh outta sand and that would be a tough explanation.
okay "saps".... this is my very first attempt at the fancy stuff... lol... so... I did what you told me. Looks strange... hmmm...we'll see if it comes out okay in translation. but.... I live on Cape Cod... LOTs and LOTs and then a WHOLE LOTTA more LOT of SAND.. lol.... I can send you some if you want to test out the effect of sand on your phone.. haha. gotta tell ya though... sadly... I'm ready to return it... boo hoo
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okay "saps".... this is my very first attempt at the fancy stuff... lol... so... I did what you told me. Looks strange... hmmm...we'll see if it comes out okay in translation. but.... I live on Cape Cod... LOTs and LOTs and then a WHOLE LOTTA more LOT of SAND.. lol.... I can send you some if you want to test out the effect of sand on your phone.. haha. gotta tell ya though... sadly... I'm ready to return it... boo hoo
Return the sand or the phone ?
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okay "saps".... this is my very first attempt at the fancy stuff... lol... so... I did what you told me. Looks strange... hmmm...we'll see if it comes out okay in translation. but.... I live on Cape Cod... LOTs and LOTs and then a WHOLE LOTTA more LOT of SAND.. lol.... I can send you some if you want to test out the effect of sand on your phone.. haha. gotta tell ya though... sadly... I'm ready to return it... boo hoo
Well ultimately that is your call [no pun intended]. I'm pleased with mine but there is no universal best device. By all means if you don't like return it. I might advise using the full 30 day trial but if you are already certain its not for you, make the move.

Cape Cod huh.... go Sox!
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The guy at the verizon store sold me an anti-glare screen protector and I HATE it. It complete ruins that beautiful screen that sold me on the fascinate in the first place. Whites look like millions of colored speckles. In fact, everything looks speckled. He said that they wouldn't have any screen protectors without anti-glare for awhile. I'm considering going naked...
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The guy at the verizon store sold me an anti-glare screen protector and I HATE it. It complete ruins that beautiful screen that sold me on the fascinate in the first place. Whites look like millions of colored speckles. In fact, everything looks speckled. He said that they wouldn't have any screen protectors without anti-glare for awhile. I'm considering going naked...
Not that I am really a fan of screen protectors, but if this was recently installed you *sometimes* have to wait a few days for the adhesive/film to dry up a little for the colored speckles to go away.

I don't know if this necessarily applies in your case though...
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The guy at the verizon store sold me an anti-glare screen protector and I HATE it. It complete ruins that beautiful screen that sold me on the fascinate in the first place. Whites look like millions of colored speckles. In fact, everything looks speckled. He said that they wouldn't have any screen protectors without anti-glare for awhile. I'm considering going naked...
The glossy black plastic back will scratch substantially easier than the glass on the front. I definitely recommend getting something to protect that.

Like this:

Amazon.com: Black Silicone Case / Skin / Cover for Samsung Fascinate SCH-I500 (Galaxy S): Cell Phones & Service

Or this:

Carbon Fiber Look Protector Case for Samsung Fascinate SCH-i500

Depending on what you want to spend.
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It's always best to err on the side of safety and use protection.

Nobody wants a huge scratch on their phone just because they thought the glass would be strong enough on it's own.
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I was going to use a Zagg protector but after using one a buddy put on his X i found my finger sticking alot on it. I put on one of the anti glare from VZ until i find something better.
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I really fought the screen protector deal....the screen was so beautiful without it.... BUT... the thought of #*@#... looking at that screen and seeing a scratch... got the better of me...... and knowing my habit of sometimes having a phone in my lap... and getting out of the car...and that moment of horror... when the phone hits the pavement face down... not breathing until I pick it up... it's one thing when winter gloves fall out of your lap.. but.. well.... that thing was on...lol. AND... , of course, the Verizon dudes thought I should have a case thing... cha chingggg.... so I got a silicone (black... duh)....but... it lasted about two hours,.... hated it. and now the Galaxy is, as nature intended, not protected... but... wow... it feels gooood.
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I was going to use a Zagg protector but after using one a buddy put on his X i found my finger sticking alot on it. I put on one of the anti glare from VZ until i find something better.
I TOTALLY agree!! On an older phone I had, I got the Zagg... and it was STICKY!!! YUCK!.... that thing was OFF in ten seconds!!...
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If anyone's interested in the Full Body shield from Zagg though, I noticed it just came out today [Link]. Played with the screen-protected DI a coworker has, and yes I think it's too sticky, but might get the Full Body one for the other parts. I really hate how bulky my current case makes it.

Also, thanks to SirKronan for posting that, I'll stalk that site, too. I would love to have a screen protector that's smooth as the glass its covering. (Although when I emailed them about a release date, they just said none are available right now. Thanks, I didn't notice that from the lack of one on your website.)
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Guys, I have sweaty fingers and do you guys have any anti finger print solution?
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I picked up the hard cover that looks like a grenade and has a kickstand. Takes away the need to buy the home dock.
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Just get a nice pair of gloves. Then you can be fashionable, keep the skin oils off the phone, and you'll have the bonus of staying warm as the weather cools off this winter!

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I TOTALLY agree!! On an older phone I had, I got the Zagg... and it was STICKY!!! YUCK!.... that thing was OFF in ten seconds!!...
I just put my Zagg on last night and so far I feel the exact same way! I figured I would give it a couple days to "settle in" and if it still feels like this I will certainly be returning it and probably going without a screen protector.
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I have a screen protector on my captivate from Amzer it doesn't effect swype or how things look as far as I can tell but it did mess with the 4 soft keys on the bottom for example when I try to use the home key it will pull up the search menu instead but that aside I have had no worries with my screen protector i say find one that works for you
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 01:19 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I just put my Zagg on last night and so far I feel the exact same way! I figured I would give it a couple days to "settle in" and if it still feels like this I will certainly be returning it and probably going without a screen protector.
I would LOVE an invisible shield on the back of my Fascinate, especially the "more sticky" part! But definitely not on the screen.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 07:53 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I would LOVE an invisible shield on the back of my Fascinate, especially the "more sticky" part! But definitely not on the screen.
Exactly my thoughts, too. While I wait for another company to come out with them, I ordered a Zagg Max one just for the back/side protection. Probably won't use the screen part, I just love how my finger glides across the screen too much.
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You knows that a pretty good idea, protecting the back and sides and leaving the front as is. Please report back once installed
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The verizon guy had put a standard (non-glare) screen protector on the first phone...but then when I had to return my phone for another one (because of an issue with the first one..) ... I asked the guy to put a screen protector on the new phone for me... and when he handed it to me... i was like ... "ARGH.. what is THAT??" haha... he had put the "anti-glare" on it (they had run out of the clear ones)... and wow... I did NOT LIKE it!! it looked horrible.. I thought it might grow on me.. but... it didn't grow on me in FIVE MINUTES... LMAO... so I took it off when I got in the car!! lol

Soooo... I've decided to throw caution to the wind... and leave it totally unadorned... front and back... MERCY!!! LOL It looks BEAUTIFUL!! so sleek and SO BLACK... YUMMMMM
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The verizon guy had put a standard (non-glare) screen protector on the first phone...but then when I had to return my phone for another one (because of an issue with the first one..) ... I asked the guy to put a screen protector on the new phone for me... and when he handed it to me... i was like ... "ARGH.. what is THAT??" haha... he had put the "anti-glare" on it (they had run out of the clear ones)... and wow... I did NOT LIKE it!! it looked horrible.. I thought it might grow on me.. but... it didn't grow on me in FIVE MINUTES... LMAO... so I took it off when I got in the car!! lol

Soooo... I've decided to throw caution to the wind... and leave it totally unadorned... front and back... MERCY!!! LOL It looks BEAUTIFUL!! so sleek and SO BLACK... YUMMMMM
Yeah I just keep my phone naked as well. As long as you are not careless it should be fine. The back might get scratched but the screen is very durable
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I TOTALLY agree!! On an older phone I had, I got the Zagg... and it was STICKY!!! YUCK!.... that thing was OFF in ten seconds!!...

I've had the Zagg on my past devices and have come to like it. The sticky feeling eventually goes away. I think it took about a week for it to completely settle and cure, but that being said I really like the Fascinate naked to the touch.
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Ten days without a screen protector and all's well. I've all but forgotten about it. I'm just getting less and less worried about it. However, I do smoke and I don't want any part of that cherry to land right on top of my display...
I'll get the 'Realook' ones from Amazon and give those a shot. I'll report back after I see how they perform.
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If you think you do not need a screen protector read my thread about my screen getting cracked and scratched.

Just get one.
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Just installed the Real look screen protector. First impression is that the thing feels great; not sticky or tacky feeling. Covers the ENTIRE screen...great fit.

BUT...the adhesive side is a DUST MAGNET!!! Actually it is like a dust black-hole. They really stress 'de-dusting' your installation environment, and they are not messing around. Every single miniscule spec of dust will show up on this thing.

I love the look and feel of this thing (perfect fit!) but I may need to use the clean room (is that what it's called? I'm not IT) at work to install, because the dust warnings are no joke.
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Just installed the Real look screen protector. First impression is that the thing feels great; not sticky or tacky feeling. Covers the ENTIRE screen...great fit.

BUT...the adhesive side is a DUST MAGNET!!! Actually it is like a dust black-hole. They really stress 'de-dusting' your installation environment, and they are not messing around. Every single miniscule spec of dust will show up on this thing.

I love the look and feel of this thing (perfect fit!) but I may need to use the clean room (is that what it's called? I'm not IT) at work to install, because the dust warnings are no joke.
I believe that's what they're called, yes. And if so, please get a coworker to take pictures of you in full clean-room-suit-getup putting on the screen protector - just picturing that image is hilarious.
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I believe that's what they're called, yes. And if so, please get a coworker to take pictures of you in full clean-room-suit-getup putting on the screen protector - just picturing that image is hilarious.
What'll be hilarious is the discussion I have with the IT department where I try to convince them as to why I need access to the room.

Seriously though it might be just me..I am super OCD about things so I notice every single dust particle. I was complaining about it to my squaw and she said she couldn't see anything. Of course she is the same person who keeps the FACTORY screen guard on her phones until it literally falls off on its own, regardless of air bubbles, dust, fingerprints, etc.
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I also bought those screen protectors and they are horrible. It just covers the screen part and it makes the screen look grainy. I'm looking for a protector that covers the entire front face. I had a droid and I had a great protector that was glass-like, not dull like the one I currently have. I haven't checked the links posted yet, but does anyone have a recommendation for the one I'm looking for?

I would recommend the screen protector, just because of the fact that it might get scratched. If you get a good one, you won't even notice a major difference. I'm also using the clear plastic snap-on case. I really like it. It doesn't make the phone bulky and you can still see the actual phone.
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The debate of whether screen protectors work/are necessary will be ongoing and likely never ending especially for a gorilla glass screen. Some people like them, some people believe they need them. At the end of the day is a personal choice, no real right or wrong answer. I've decided against one for two main reasons. One, I do believe in gorilla glass. Two, I swype these days and every screen add-on will introduce some degree of extra friction when swyping so no go for me.
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