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Old July 19th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default EVO screen durability

how durable are the evos?

Im not the nicest person to my phone and am not getting an iphone because I fear I will break the screen.

What sort of warranty can I pick up to help my clumsiness?

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You can get the $7 per month Sprint warranty/insurance. Read the conditions online at Sprint.com.
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Sprints insurance (TEP) is the way to go. It covers Everything, unlike most the "insurance" plans the stores (like BB or TheShack) will try to sell you.
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Get the Seidio case from Amazon. It rocks!
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Get the Seidio case from Amazon. It rocks!
You are correct. I got the version that Best Buy sells. That case has been worth every penny. I am normally pretty good with my phones, but lately not so good. The Seidio case has saved my Evo from sure damage. Rock-On Seidio!
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You are talking to the most clumsy person. I've dropped my Evo once so far and it withstood. I'm going on well over a month now with it and breakage.

I also vote for getting a Seido Active Case from Amazon. It is very protective. Protects the protruding camera lens and the screen. Also hooked up with BB black tie insurance.

I'm protected on all levels.
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i'm most worried about the screen cracking. seen several of those on the forum
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Don't abuse it and it won't crack. TBH, some people are much too clumsy and shouldn't use a smart phone at all.
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how durable are the evos?

Im not the nicest person to my phone and am not getting an iphone because I fear I will break the screen.

What sort of warranty can I pick up to help my clumsiness?
Dropped it this weekend and it didn't seem to hurt it. It landed on upper right corner. I have this Seidio case.

Seidio Innocase II Surface for Sprint HTC Evo 4G - Android Hard Cases - Android Central Store
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Dropped my 5 times now, with out case, no problems. Not even scratches.
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i dropped it once no problem....
then i left it on the roof of my car and drove off lol.. lets just say there is more than a hairline fracture lol. looks like a spider web

had it on the roof cause i was trying to get better reception for a txt message i was expecting. normally im not that careless. then someone started talking to me and i got in the car and left. about 2 minutes later i heard BOOM turning a corner.. "OH SHIT!"

so that seido active is the most protective case on the market? i do some active sports and need the best. one that can handle being flung off a car at 25mph would be nice too but i doubt they make one of those lol
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Get the Seidio case from Amazon. It rocks!
+ (whatever number it's up to now) Innocase II, tight fit, lowest profile, protects camera. And multitude of colors.
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Dropped my 5 times now, with out case, no problems. Not even scratches.
Dropping it on pillows doesn't count...
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Default How durable is the screen and the phone from falls?

I will be buying the Evo 4G very soon, and I'm coming from an Android phone on T-mobile.

However, when I did a google search to find out how durable the screen was, I found a lot of articles/posts from last June about the screen cracking very easily.

I would like to know if HTC/Sprint has fixed this problem, and overall, how durable is the Evo 4G from falls when compared to other phones.
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If you drop the phone, the screen can break

Its no different than any other phone on the market.

Don't drop your phone

Mine has had some mild mishaps on tile and concrete and hasn't broken. I consider that luck.
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I've read stories of them breaking from a fall of a few inches. Then I've also read stories of them surviving a fall of a few feet. Just depends on the angle it hits and more importantly what it hits.
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I will be buying the Evo 4G very soon, and I'm coming from an Android phone on T-mobile.

However, when I did a google search to find out how durable the screen was, I found a lot of articles/posts from last June about the screen cracking very easily.

I would like to know if HTC/Sprint has fixed this problem, and overall, how durable is the Evo 4G from falls when compared to other phones.
I suggest you purchase a nice case from Seidio before stepping foot out the door. I think my phone has dropped three times since last year. Once from about 2 feet and the other drops were to floor of the truck because the phone came out of my cell phone holder by messing with it.

I had the Innocase II from Seidio, then I cracked it by putting it in the holder so I decided to order another one and the Innocase Active. I love the Innocase Active. Also, I have an Innocase II in pearl white. Looks awesome on the EVO.
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siedo cases have caused my phones more harm than what they prevented

just my .02 cents
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siedo cases have caused my phones more harm than what they prevented

just my .02 cents
Specifically?
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significant scratches all over the sides. (specifically the innocase i think it is called)

not to mention the way they clip together wears out over a few months

I've owned v1 and v2
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significant scratches all over the sides. (specifically the innocase i think it is called)

not to mention the way they clip together wears out over a few months

I've owned v1 and v2
You are talking about Innocase I that scratches up the phone. I do not have Innocase I, I have Innocase II and I don't have a single scratch on my phone. Wow, how did my clip not wear out and my phone was in Afghanistan from September through March and I purchased my phone on launch day? I hope you didn't buy ebay knock offs of the Innocase. If you actually did purchase your Innocase II from Seidio, you should have gone with the active version. I utilize the Innocase Active for everyday use. I slap on the Innocase II for my night out on the town or dressing up. Hence Innocase Active's name.
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Just posting my experience Guy. Glad yours is surviving.

I bought my original at launch and the second was given in exchange within 2 months ....I do alot more with my phone than most...none of that includes Afghanistan but does include alot of on off for battery pulls etc.

So no....I can't suggest it.
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Just posting my experience Guy. Glad yours is surviving.

I bought my original at launch and the second was given in exchange within 2 months ....I do alot more with my phone than most...none of that includes Afghanistan but does include alot of on off for battery pulls etc.

So no....I can't suggest it.
I don't think the Innocase I was made for constantly taking the case on/off everyday. I took the case off the Innocase II at least 15-20 times. Innocase Active would have suited your needs much better in my opinion.
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I use the Innocase Rugged without the holster. I am very active, ride my motorcycle year round and am hard on phones. This case has the Active 2 case inside a rubber cover with a hard plastic exoskeleton over that. 3 cases. Can't beat that level of protection.

http://androidforums.com/htc-evo-4g/120589-review-seidio-innocase-rugged.html
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With prices between $25-35, do you guys think it's really worth it?

With TEP, it's a $50 deductible (or at least it was, someone pls correct me if it's gone up for these 4g smartphones).

If I can get a new phone for $50, why spend $30 on a case when the screen can STILL break if i drop it on the street? It'll prevent scratches to the plastic, but who cares if your plastic is brand-new when no one sees it under the case?

EDIT: I know many of you have rooted your phones, spent hours of time getting them how you want, etc, so I know you dont want to go through all that with a new device. But assuming you're a "typical" user and could just data xfer most all your stuff from old cracked phone to new, am I out of line here?
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meh..it takes 20 minutes to root and set up a new device ...I've done it 6 or 7 times.

I kinda feel the same way. (Keep in mind that until recently everyone had the deductible at $100)


I bought a hip pouch and put the phone in it and try not to drop it.
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I don't understand why people shell out the cash and don't want to protect the thing with a reputable protector. Theoretically, the case should absorb the force of the impact, thereby protecting your phone. Due to the size of the EVO its hard for this phone to go flying out of my hand, but my EVO is always in the Seidio holster on my hip. I think using a holster minimizes the chances of dropping a phone opposed to hand carrying your device.
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Dropping it on pillows doesn't count...
Dropped my phone so many times without a case still going strong.
i also left it out side all night on the ground under a rock by the fire. recently dropped it from 7 ft on the edge bounced on the edge 3 times. Ive dropped flat on the back drop it at least once a day.
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I shelled out the money and don't use them....as a matter of fact I have spent well over $300 on various accessories .....some I like others not so much

You both have sound theories....in the end its preference.
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I would go out on a limb and say Type A folks use cases and they are more detail oriented. They are more likely to notice scratches, so they will typically have a case on their phone.
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in the end its preference.
So true

Also for me $200 is big investment on a phone, so natural instinct is to protect and along with that might as well personalize with a colorful case.
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I would go out on a limb and say Type A folks use cases and they are more detail oriented. They are more likely to notice scratches, so they will typically have a case on their phone.
I think you're right. And I'm definitely *not* a Type A personality, my Gmail inbox has like 13000 unread messages and I haven't had a car wash in 3 years.

The phone could cost $1000 and I still wouldnt care because that's why I'm paying Sprint $7/month for TEP. To have both TEP and spend $50 on a case and screen protector is a bit overkill, so I have to assume those of you with $150 worth of cases are not paying for TEP. Just different methods of "protecting" your investment, thats all.
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With prices between $25-35, do you guys think it's really worth it?

With TEP, it's a $50 deductible (or at least it was, someone pls correct me if it's gone up for these 4g smartphones).

If I can get a new phone for $50, why spend $30 on a case when the screen can STILL break if i drop it on the street? It'll prevent scratches to the plastic, but who cares if your plastic is brand-new when no one sees it under the case?
1) Because I don't like my phone all scratched up. Type A
2) Because a replacement is a refurb.
3) Because I want to
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I would go out on a limb and say Type A folks use cases and they are more detail oriented. They are more likely to notice scratches, so they will typically have a case on their phone.
haha..you have no idea how OCD I am ...but I had a bad experience with cases.


I'll put it this way...this leather pouch is lined with felt... my phone gets wiped with an eyeglass cleaning cloth every time it exits the pouch, and every time it goes back in

and a replacement doesn't have to be a refurb...that's what they offer you
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Mr. ED... wow.. you are OCD... LOL


mine gets a wipe... when I see some smuggles with the screen on.. . i wipe it across my shirt or jeans and push it back into my pockets.
and it is in perfect condition.. white a thin rubber case.
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I don't understand why people shell out the cash and don't want to protect the thing with a reputable protector. Theoretically, the case should absorb the force of the impact, thereby protecting your phone. Due to the size of the EVO its hard for this phone to go flying out of my hand, but my EVO is always in the Seidio holster on my hip. I think using a holster minimizes the chances of dropping a phone opposed to hand carrying your device.
I hope you are married because the holster also minimizes your chance of getting laid.

I use a cheap $3 case and I have dropped phone sooo many times with no ill effect. The screen is not that scratch resistant. After watching "scratch tests" on youtube where people scratch the screen with knives/keys etc I decided to go without my crappy zagg screen protector. Then a rivit on my jeans put 3 super small scratches right next to each other but it's no big deal. I'll upgrade to the next big thing soon and this will be my backup.
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I hope you are married because the holster also minimizes your chance of getting laid.
haha..no issues there at all. 33..happily married and taken care of regularly, a 9 yr old son and 4 girlfriends

shhhhh don't tell anybody about the 9yr old son
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LOL

So...Phantom Skinz ultra clear vs Steinheil ultra crystal?

And do the screens on the EVO scratch easily? The newer models? The screen on my sammy Moment never scratched, probably the only strong point on that thing.
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haha..no issues there at all. 33..happily married and taken care of regularly, a 9 yr old son and 4 girlfriends

shhhhh don't tell anybody about the 9yr old son
Wait if you're happily married why do have 4 girlfriends...

Oh I think I just answered the question. You are happily married because you have 4 gfs haha
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yeah!!!! married and 4 gfs... i would be happy too.. but broke!
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I hope you are married because the holster also minimizes your chance of getting laid.

I use a cheap $3 case and I have dropped phone sooo many times with no ill effect. The screen is not that scratch resistant. After watching "scratch tests" on youtube where people scratch the screen with knives/keys etc I decided to go without my crappy zagg screen protector. Then a rivit on my jeans put 3 super small scratches right next to each other but it's no big deal. I'll upgrade to the next big thing soon and this will be my backup.
I wear a flightsuit everyday. The holster actually protects the screen of my phone because the phone sits with the screen facing the felt of the holster. As I'm getting in/out of the plane the phone can move around in my right leg pocket or hit stuff in the plane and I don't have to worry about the phone breaking. Since I fly.....its like Top Gun with the ladies my friend. But I have a girlfriend and the EVO w/holster screams that you have a great job to the ladies.....LOL. I stand out even more than the other guys.
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Damn... I guess a flight suit might make me a lil more pimp when I'm climbing in my rented 150...
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I have dropped my EVO a couple times and never scratched the screen... the last time I dropped it on asphalt, and it dinged up the plastic around the outside, but the glass was unscathed....
I have the Black Tie protection from Best Buy, and used it a couple times with my old Palm Pre. No deductable, but the downside was that I had to use whatever loaner phone they had available for a week or two while they fixed my old phone.
So now I have a cheap $3 cover that hides the few dings on the sides and will just rely on BB to take care of anything more than that.
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The screen can and will scratch under the right circumstances. Get a $6 6 pack of PET protectors on ebay
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i personally hate screen protectors..

i used to think they were a must have. but once i realized what "glass" characteristics are.. and that the hero was gorilla glass...
and I hated the one little bubble in the corner.

i took it off... and wow..
so clear
so smooth
so clean
so responsive
so clear...(yeah i said that twice)

never had a screen protector for my EVO.

both my Hero and EVO screen is still .. so.....

ps.. i gave my hero to my 7yr old daughter... and still so...
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I have had at least one scratch on all six of my evos screens....even making sure they are protected 90% of the time.


The PET protectors are super clear, super slick and if they bubble...they were put on wrong. I can't even tell they are on the phone but I know what you mean..the feel of the glass is super awesomes
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I work on a construction site for 90% of my job. I install voice/data cables, and typically am on the job around the same time that the drywall guys are finish sanding. I've dropped the phone once from hand level to the concrete floor, no damage that I could see once I put all the pieces back together (battery door, and battery came apart from main unit).

My phone lives in my right front pants pocket, with the screen towards my leg. I tend to not take the phone out while doing tasks that would cause it to get hurt, and I try to get my hands at least fairly clean before touching it. I have answered it and been on a conference call at the top of a 12' ladder though. So far I've had the EVO about 4 weeks now. It replaced my Blackberry Bold 9000 (the one with the older trackball). I had to replace the trackball about every 6mo or so due to it getting gummed up with drywall dust. I'm hoping that the touchscreen eliminates some of that problem. I'm already in the habit of removing all pieces/parts from the phone that easily can be removed, and blowing them out with compressed air on a regular basis. The screen gets wiped down with a micro-fiber a couple times a day (usually breakfast, lunch, and nighttime). So far no scratches, dings, or dents.

I'll be sure to report back if something does happen to it. The company has offered to pay for an OtterBox for it, just not sure I want that big of a box/cover/case riding around in my pocket all day.
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I work on a construction site for 90% of my job. I install voice/data cables, and typically am on the job around the same time that the drywall guys are finish sanding. I've dropped the phone once from hand level to the concrete floor, no damage that I could see once I put all the pieces back together (battery door, and battery came apart from main unit).

My phone lives in my right front pants pocket, with the screen towards my leg. I tend to not take the phone out while doing tasks that would cause it to get hurt, and I try to get my hands at least fairly clean before touching it. I have answered it and been on a conference call at the top of a 12' ladder though. So far I've had the EVO about 4 weeks now. It replaced my Blackberry Bold 9000 (the one with the older trackball). I had to replace the trackball about every 6mo or so due to it getting gummed up with drywall dust. I'm hoping that the touchscreen eliminates some of that problem. I'm already in the habit of removing all pieces/parts from the phone that easily can be removed, and blowing them out with compressed air on a regular basis. The screen gets wiped down with a micro-fiber a couple times a day (usually breakfast, lunch, and nighttime). So far no scratches, dings, or dents.

I'll be sure to report back if something does happen to it. The company has offered to pay for an OtterBox for it, just not sure I want that big of a box/cover/case riding around in my pocket all day.
welcome to the forum.

in your environment.. i would get the otter box... for work.
and it is free.

when you resale the phone.. the otter box will help to keep the plastic parts looking new.. and the box will add value.
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If a laptop can break from a drop so can the EVO. The EVO is a laptop in your pocket.
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Our little boy dropped my wife's EVO on the sidewalk last night and the screen shattered like it had been hit with an armor piercing round.
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