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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by YaBoiD, May 25, 2010.

  1. YaBoiD

    YaBoiD Well-Known Member
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    From what I've read/seen, when the EvO is rested screen up, the camera lens kind of elevates it because it protrudes & I'm worried the lens would be scratched over time. I wouldn't mind the design if the lens was made out of gorilla glass like the DroidINc. I'm not sure if the EvO uses gorilla glass on the front screen but the least they could do is use it with the camera lens. Anyone know?
     

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  2. bernechad

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    I'm not sure what the lens is made out of, but I've thought about this before.

    I think I'm gonna get an extra zagg/phantom skinz/whatever and cut a circular piece out to cover the lens. I don't know how well it will work or if it will cause any degradation in the picture quality, but it's worth a shot.
     
  3. Evo_Pimpin

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    This was one of the issues that worries me too. I was hopping a case would come out that would fix this issue.
     
  4. Covert_Death

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    it rests on the camera ring, you won't scratch the lens but maybe the red ring over time
     
  5. Rigmaster

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    Would have been so easy to just put on one of those little retracting lens covers .....
     
  6. pingpongboss

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    The camera lens is flush with the metal ring. If it's recessed it's too small for my eyes to see. So the Evo is in fact lying on the lens.
     
  7. Covert_Death

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    not its not, its at an angle so it touches the ring and not the lense. the lense and ring extrude from the surface, so the bottom of the phone is fine and the top rests on the bottom edge of the ring around the lense, not on the actual lense itself it is probably VERY close but since the lense protrudes it has to be this way unless the lense is angled downward which i find unlikely
     
  8. thezlog

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    Photo from engadget review.
     
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    Technically that's just a glass cover, the actual lens is under that.
     
  10. Covert_Death

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    from that photo it looks like the lense is safe-ish, unless you have a grain of sand under there then it might hit lol
     
  11. Bek

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    To clarify, there's a glass cover that protects the actual camera lens. So there is a risk that this glass cover could get scratched. That is flush with the red, metallic ring.
     
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  12. pingpongboss

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    The lens is angled downwards...

    If they didn't angle it, then the phone wouldn't rest flat on the table. It would roll around due to the circular metal rim.
     
  13. Covert_Death

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    well thats just freakin ******ed ....
     
  14. jaime2563

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    just put a hard or silicone case on it. Problem solved.
     
  15. Highland Ranger

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    DP review has something about scratched lenses, in fact I believe the thread actually shows pictures taken through a cracked lens.

    Now this lense is much smaller, different focal length etc, but I would think short of making it opaque by rubbing with sandpaper you'd be ok for the usable life of the phone.
     
  16. pingpongboss

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    I'm sure if the Evo's lens gets scratched, a little buffing with toothpaste would fix it right away
     
  17. Mikesnap

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    Lol really? I've never heard of this before, although im not the must educated person when it comes to tricks and tips with the new super phones.
     
  18. stoli412

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    It seems to me that they'd take this into consideration when designing the phone. HTC isn't exactly new to this business. I'm sure they've tested it and it's fine and/or they're using some sort of scratch-resistant glass.
     
  19. some.devil

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    I just did this. The Zagg shield was on clearance for $199 at BB. I cut out a small circle using the cap of a fine point Sharpie. So far it's perfect and didn't affect picture quality that I could notice.
     
  20. dylan88

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    clearance for $199? ill have to look into that steal of a price ;):p
     
  21. Oridus

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    My device doesn't rest on the lens. However I am also using the Seidio Innocase II.

    Sent from my HTC Evo 4G using Tapatalk.
     
  22. soco352

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    Not that its the same phone but I had my incredible since launch day and it too sits on the red ring. Now I always lay it down that way and have yet to see any scratch. I don't think its going to be a problem, personally...just my 2 cents.
     
  23. jkr4577

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    Exactly. Here is an article discussing the minor effect scratches have on lenses, (think its what Highland Ranger is referring to)

    LensRentals.com - Front Element Scratches

    I agree with wanting to protect your equipment but I think all the hubbub over a potential scratched lens on a camera phone is way overstated. Personally I'm more concerned about the front cam since i would be using it for vid conferencing. Any serious photography Ill use my real camera (dslr).
     
  24. BlackDynamite

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    My camera lens already has a little scratch on it. I have since started using the kickstand whenever I sit my Evo down.

    It does rest on the glass (not the little metal ring). When I run my finger across it, I can't feel any bump where the metal starts from the glass.
     
  25. WaSTeLaNd

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    Ive actully done this with my wifes hd2 you can pick up a pack of 8 good screen protectors from walmart for like 8 bucks if you take the time to put it on there right no flaws should come up
     
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