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

  1. YaBoiD

    YaBoiD Android Enthusiast
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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

    bernechad Member

    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

    Evo_Pimpin Well-Known Member

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

    Rigmaster Android Expert

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

    pingpongboss Android Enthusiast

    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.
  6. thezlog

    thezlog Member


    Photo from engadget review.
  7. Technically that's just a glass cover, the actual lens is under that.
  8. Bek

    Bek Android Expert

    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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  9. pingpongboss

    pingpongboss Android Enthusiast

    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.
  10. jaime2563

    jaime2563 Newbie

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

    Highland Ranger Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. pingpongboss

    pingpongboss Android Enthusiast

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

    Mikesnap Member

    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.
  14. stoli412

    stoli412 Member

    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.
  15. some.devil

    some.devil Android Enthusiast

    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.
  16. dylan88

    dylan88 Android Expert

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

    Oridus Android Enthusiast

    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.
  18. soco352

    soco352 Newbie

    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.
  19. jkr4577

    jkr4577 Member

    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).
  20. BlackDynamite

    BlackDynamite Android Expert

    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.
  21. WaSTeLaNd

    WaSTeLaNd Android Enthusiast

    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
  22. BlackDynamite

    BlackDynamite Android Expert

    If putting a screen protector on there doesn't hurt the picture quality, then zagg should be including that with their full body protection kits.

    I would think there would be a huge market for little circle screen protectors on ebay, lol. Hopefully someone will start selling them so I can get a few and not worry about this anymore.
  23. jake4321

    jake4321 Lurker

    Yep me too...

    I have had the phone for 2 weeks an just noticed a visible scratch on the lenses. Luckily it does not appear in the photos.

    Not sure how it got scratched? Maybe i placed in on the counter face down? I was trying to be very careful. I just received my rubber skin to protect it, guess it didn't come soon enough.

    I think they should have designed something to protected it, like movable window?
  24. Hunterbeav

    Hunterbeav Android Enthusiast

    Put an over sized battery in it and problem solved lol. I've got one of the 3500mAh batteries in mine and the camera lens is really receded ( like 1/8th inch )
  25. Caloy

    Caloy Android Expert

    Why not just put a case?

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