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  1. HaleR93

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    Hi Everyone,
    bit of a strange one here I currently have a Samsung Galaxy A3 which claims to Have gorilla glass 4 which is supposedly scratch resistant well within 2 weeks of owning the phone I somehow managed to get a tiny scratch on the bottom of the screen which frustrated me quite a lot ( mainly because it was new) but also because it was supposed to be scratch resistant and I had no idea how it had happend, so after this I decided to invest in a glass screen protector at £7 however today I have discovered a small chip just on the left edge of the protector (the phone is now 7 months old) I was just wondering is this acceptable damage to the phone. I was planning to keep this phone for up to 3 years as opposed to 2 years like I have been doing however my worry now is that the phone will not be durable enough to last how long I want it too. In addition to this have any of your phones accidentally been damaged or not lived up to expectations design wise am I just being overly fussy trying to keep it in pristine condition ( I don't intend to sell it on after I have finished with it) or am I right to have these concerns? TIA
     

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    dunno how you handle your phone, but I have had five of them, and never used a protector until the Note 4 that I use now, which came with one on it.

    I have never scratched or broken a screen. I have always used a military grade rubber case that protects the edges, and even if face down provided if dropped, it hits a flat surface...

    Drop it into a pile of gravel and all bets are off.

    I also have a neck strap tied to the rubber case, and the phone stays in my shirt pocket, the strap around my neck if I am out of the house and the phone is not in use.

    maybe that is more than you are willing to put up with, but it works for me, and has done so as long as smartphones have been in existence.

    I never, ever, put a phone in my jeans pockets. That is just inviting disaster....
     
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    Never used a protector on my Note 2 as well, with Gorilla Glass 2. No scratches. Thing is, Gorilla is scratch RESIST. Not PROOF. Which means it CAN be scratched if enough force is used. If your protector got nicked as well, I'll be more concerned on how you have been handling your phone as opposed to the phone not living up to expectations.
     
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    That made me think of something I posted a couple of days ago here...
    http://androidforums.com/threads/what-android-phones-have-you-had-previously.1016343/
    Although to be fair it wasn't Levi Strauss or K-Boxing Menswear that killed the knock-off Galaxy Note 2, that died of poor quality. And jeans pockets busted a Nokia N95 screen as well.
     
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    I always had my phones in my pant pockets. Although they're separate from anything else (they live alone in the left front pocket lol). None got broke from it yet.
     
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    Bumper case and pouch that clips on belt. Never used screen protectors.
     
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    The key is that as has been said, scratch resistant isn't scratch proof. I keep my phone in a pocket of its own and have no scratches after 3 years, but wouldn't assume I could keep it in the same pocket as my keys or Swiss Army knife and that the screen would remain unscratched indefinitely.
     
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    Gorilla Glass (and similar surface treatments) merely increase the 'hardness' of the glass. If it comes into contact with something 'harder' e.g. a grain of sand, a metal filing etc then it will still scratch.

    Kind of like a "bullet-proof vest"... it may stop 5.56mm rounds but isn't going to do any good against a 50-cal M82 using AP rounds. :)
     
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    I was in a local phone repair place yesterday, and what I saw made me think of this thread again, and about protecting my phone.
    IMG_20160420_064937.jpg
    Gorilla® Glass :thumbsupdroid:
     
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    hmmm, some of those might be almost usable yet :D

    Until I acquired my Note 4, none of my phones have had a face protector on them.
    but all of them have had a military grade heavy rubber case on them...

    so far, knock knock, no broken screens. :)
     
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