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    Lens scratches?
    I read a recent complaint thread about lens which unfortunately was closed, so I made a new thread.

    I haven't thought about the lens' durability until I read the thread and that got me worried. I can tell s/he was teasing the phone, but I'm still conscious about it when carrying the phone. I only put a screen protector and it doesn't cover the lens. Now the obvious question is: how does the lens hold up against scratches and cracks without protection? If the lens' glass is the same as previous generations, your experience with them would be nice to hear as well.

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    I have owned the original iPhone (with no case) for nine months and the 3G for close to two years (with an in-case slider) and never had a problem with the camera lens. The in-case slider has a recessed camera hole so that might have helped some and there are third party cases out now for the iPhone 4 that offer recessed camera holes.

    If you want to use the phone without a case you can take a cheap screen protector and cut out a small square (or circle if you are precise) to cover just the lens. Or utilize front and back screen protectors and overlay the back protector on top of a manually cut square (or circular) cutout just for the lens. All back protectors and cases will have cutouts for the camera and flash so you'll have to make your own if you want to cover up the camera lens for some protection.

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    Yeah my 3g and 3gs never had any lens scratches, nor my mom's 3g or girlfriends 3gs. iPhone 4 had them in a matter of days. I believe the lens on the 3 series is glass and the 4 is cheap plastic.

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    The Apple genius sent my iPhone in for repair on Thursday and I received my new replacement iPhone Fedex Saturday delivery! Lens is perfect of course, pictures look wonderful again (as wonderful as 2MP can get).

    Now the challenge is to get the new lens to stay 'perfect'.
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    You can usually bet that if a thread was closed like that, it was do to the person being a troll, in which case, their "claims" are usually pretty suspect and shouldn't be trusted.
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    Schweb.

    Do you have an iPhone 4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonoluminescent View Post
    Yeah my 3g and 3gs never had any lens scratches, nor my mom's 3g or girlfriends 3gs. iPhone 4 had them in a matter of days. I believe the lens on the 3 series is glass and the 4 is cheap plastic.
    The back of the iPhone 4 is glass, not plastic.

    Apple - iPhone 4 - Design of the display, A4 processor, and more

    Quote Originally Posted by sonoluminescent View Post
    Schweb.

    Do you have an iPhone 4?
    Yes, I've had it since launch day.

    If you're iPhone 4 is made of plastic, are you sure you have one?
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    The LENS. not the whole back.

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    I find it strange that just the lens is getting scratched and not the rest of the back of the phone.

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    Face palm. I don't find it strange, seeing as it is plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    I find it strange that just the lens is getting scratched and not the rest of the back of the phone.
    Well I also wonder what's happening to that particular phone because it's not like there's a lot of people complaining about this.
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    Face palm. I don't find it strange, seeing as it is plastic.
    How do you know it's plastic?
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    Face Palm?

    The camera lens is recessed a bit. Sure looks like it in the pics.

    Also would you take say an expensive Canon or Nikon camera and rub keys on the lens?

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    WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!? I didn't rub keys on anything. The phone stays in my left pocket, by itself.

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