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Got scratches. This is definitely NOT Gorilla Glass.General

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  1. fartblossom

    fartblossom Active Member

    I decided to run without a protector and it cost me. I've got a line of small scratches parallel to each other along the line you where you would use your finger to scroll down the screen. :(

    I don't know if I had some sand on my finger one day or what. They aren't deep enough to feel, and if you clean the glass with microfiber they disappear from view. But once the screen gets the slightest bit of fingerprints and oil on it, they show up again.

    I'm debating whether to try to polish it out before I put a protector on. Does anyone know if our screen has any kind of anti-fingerprint coating I might mess up if I do?

  2. stridermt2k

    stridermt2k Well-Known Member

    So because you scratched it it isn't Gorilla Glass? Really? :hmmmm2:.

    Have you tried dampening the microfiber with a tiny bit of warm water and cleaning that area? Maybe it's a residue of some kind?
  3. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Yeah, gorilla glass is not scratch proof unfortunately. I allow my kids to use mine, so screen protector is a must for me. Sorry to hear about that.
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  4. Turbojoe

    Turbojoe Well-Known Member

    The screen protector will most likely mask any scratches you have. Here is a picture of mine after dropping it. The shattered area at the lower right corner is obvious. What you don't see is all the spider cracks running up the entire length of the screen. They're only faintly visible when the unit is off and the screen is completely black. The screen protector is a matte finish anti-glare. I put one on my new N7 before I even turned it on for the first time.


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  5. dportal2006

    dportal2006 Well-Known Member

    My cell phone has gorilla glass and that thing is practically scratch proof. Absolutely no need for a protector. If it is in fact gorilla glass it is not going to get scratch by everyday items like keys and such. It sure as hell not going to get scratched by sand in your fingers. Unfortunately the Nexus 7 is not gorilla glass. I bought the Sopcast cover from Amazon that closes and protects the screen when it is not in use. I like it so far, no need for a screen protector.
  6. binary visions

    binary visions Well-Known Member

    Gorilla glass doesn't mean it won't scratch... and not being gorilla glass doesn't mean that's why it did.
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  7. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Quartz sand is much harder than Gorilla Glass.

    Sand, one of the active ingredients in sandpaper, will easily scratch Gorilla Glass, it's been shown repeatedly.

    OP, sorry for your woes, hope some of the advice here helps.
  8. JanComputerman

    JanComputerman Well-Known Member

    Yeah I caught the charging cable one night and of course flipped my N7 face down on the wood floor... normally not a problem but around here hey spread sand around like it was cheap water on a dry lawn and it gets up stairs on my office floor all the time, so now I have a little scratch right around the Enter key. Not as bad it sliding out of the case and landing on both bottom corners on a concrete floor a couple of weeks go!
  9. dautley

    dautley VIP Member VIP Member

    A very small dab of a good glass top stove cleaner may help to polish the scratch out.
  10. JanComputerman

    JanComputerman Well-Known Member

    You do NOT want to use anything abrasive on the screen ... its a special coating that repells oil.
  11. Lagro

    Lagro Member

    I had a Samsung Galaxy with gorilla glass and it was scratched a lot.
  12. sleezecheeze

    sleezecheeze Well-Known Member

    I pulled the gorilla glass off my old phone, I'll make a video if you guys want, but it will NOT scratch. Screwdrivers, knives, I tried it all and it wouldn't scratch.

    Even bent the tip on one of my knifes.
  13. fartblossom

    fartblossom Active Member

    Thanks guys. Didn't mean to start a Gorilla Glass debate. Since the scratches aren't visible when clean, I will get a protector and see if they stay hidden underneath it. Off to the protector threads.
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  14. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    OP, best luck with that, I will bet that the screen protector will do the trick.

    Thanks, the internet has lots of vids of metal not scratching GG.

    None that I have seen for it standing up to a hard sand, as specified in the first post.


    People that live with and near hard sand know that GG scratches.

    If you have friends in that situation, recommend a good screen protector. :)
  15. blink182

    blink182 Well-Known Member

    i thought this was Corning Glass, same thing just not as resistant.
  16. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Corning is the maker of Gorilla Glass, haven't heard of them making an almost GG, but not sure.

    Others make the same or similar formulation.
  17. blink182

    blink182 Well-Known Member


  18. MSUgEEk

    MSUgEEk Well-Known Member

    Everybody, repeat after me.

    Gorrilla Glass will scratch.

    I just want to smack people upside the head when I hear them telling people not to use screen protectors because GG won't scratch. IT WILL. My OG Droid had it and definitely scratched. GG has improved scratch resistance from other materials as well as shatter resistance, but it is not a super material and not impervious to damage.
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  19. dautley

    dautley VIP Member VIP Member

    My old Ally never got a scratch (at least on the screen) , maybe this is the new improved version? Actually the Kindle Fire doesn't seem as susceptible to scratching as the Nexus 7 either.
  20. pastafarian

    pastafarian P√Ętes avec votre foie Moderator

    My wife's e4gt has gorilla glass and it's all scratched up. She's not particularly hard on her devices either. Treated glass is more scratch and impact resistant than non treated. It's not scratch proof!
  21. PlayfulGod

    PlayfulGod Well-Known Member Developer

    GG will scratch, but not under normal every day use as intended. I have numerous devices with GG and no screen protectors, I actually cant stand em lol. And for the most part none of my devices have scratches on em. My DX, no case, to screen protector, carried in my pocket(s), cat walked all over, dropped, tossed across the room, and not one scratch on it, the screen anyhow, I did manager to scratch the battery cover in a carpet mill. lol
  22. The_Gnome_

    The_Gnome_ Well-Known Member

    I see someone recommended a little glass stove top cleaner to help improve scratches - anyone try this? My 10 month old, learning to pull herself up, managed to knock my N7 around and get a nice scratch on the front and I'd like to correct it as best as possible.
  23. alextop30

    alextop30 Well-Known Member

    Ok here is the deal anything that has an abrasive should not be used on your screen. So NO.

    Scratch is a scratch if you use the oven cleaner it will put scratches all over it. There is pretty much nothing you can do than leave scratch alone.

    Sand is everywhere in this world and it is very hard and will scratch stuff so just take it easy and be glad your gadget still works.
  24. cwrig

    cwrig Well-Known Member

    I dont know where you heard such a thing but it is not true. GG is thinner and harder than typical glass; but it is Not scratch proof (or shatter proof).
  25. PlayfulGod

    PlayfulGod Well-Known Member Developer

    true but the items he listed shouldnt scratch it in normal use. ;)

    now if you go pitching your keys @ your Nexus 7 @ 90mph, then yea most likely going to cause some damage lol.

    I know dropping the N7 on its corner from 4' will shatter the piss out of it tho. ;)

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