how scratch-resistant is gorilla glass?

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    Can it scratch just from things in your pocket or fingernails etc? Or do you have to drop it and have it scrape on something? I never drop or bang my phone against anything, but I get paranoid about tiny scratches, and I hate protectors because it messes with the look of the screen.
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    I've seen videos of people taking scissors and knives to it and it does nothing. Any dirt or rocks will definitely scratch it though. I keep my D1 free of a case or screen covers and it has zero scratches, have had it for a year and a half too. I am pretty careful with it though.
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    My D1 has hit the asphalt many times resulting in many scratches in the metal trim surrounding the glass. That and no screen protectors for two years and not a single scratch, not even the tiniest. You'd be far more likely to crack the glass, than scratch it, ever.
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    If the thunderbolt really has gorilla glass, it is easy as hell to scratch the screen. You don't have to drop it you just need to put it in your pocket with nothing else in your pocket. I have tons of micro scratches in my screen. It looks horrible :-\
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    Sand and salt will scratch gorilla glass very easily. Believe it or not keys, knives, and other metal items are actually a softer material than gorilla glass and that's why keys won't scratch ur screen easily. So unless you like to play in the sand box alot or smuggle salty French fries in your pocket to the movies, I wouldn't worry about a screen protector. Oh and lets not forget about diamonds. I wouldn't throw your phone in the same pocket u carry diamonds unless u don't care about scratches.

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    Even if you normally do not like screen peotectors you owe it to your Droid to try the skinomi screen protector.

    It is like not having one on at all if you install it perfectly and take time to line it up just right. I love the feel of typing on it. Slicky but tactile enough to keep me from hitting the wrong keys.

    Go buy a skinomi protection screen cover on amazon. Like 4 bucks and slow shipping is free. Lifetime warranty and the new version is just as good as an invisisheild if not better.

    Watch YouTube installation videos as it is a "wet" / "very low moisture" install but extremely worth the knowledge that nothing is touching your screen and when cover gets enough blemishes you just pay shipping for next one.

    Skinomi has best customer service I have ever gotten. They updated the screen cover to fix a proximity sensor issue...and sent me the new one absolutely free when I emailed asking TO PAY for the newer screen protector version! In doing that they got a customer for life!

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    Gorilla Glass does not live up to the hype. I already have a scratch from normal usage. Put a screen protector on it, you will regret it later if you don't. I regret it and now have to live with an annoying scratch

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    From another perspective, I have experienced NO degradation in response on the touch screen when using a screen protector (on my D2), and no degradation is image quality on the screen. So the protector stays on. Lasts many months. IMHO, it's not worth the risk to go without it. BTW, ever read the ads for cellphones on eBay? Many ads contain "no scratches, screen protector on from day one". A screen protector will keep your phone more valuable if you ever want to sell it.
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    Oh, you CAN scratch it, but it is pretty damn hard. I have carried my D1 with no protector in the same pocket as my keys and loose change now for 2 years. I do have 2 scratches on the screen, that most likely got there, when I had bolts or screws in my pockets and I was leaning up against something. The scratches aren't bad and you don't notice them when the screen is on. The biggest advantage to the Gorilla Glass is that is is damn hard to crack...

    Talk to any iPhone user that has dropped their phone on concrete and it is usually cracked the first time. I can't count how many times I have dropped my phone in the driveway or garage and while my metal case is beat to hell, the screen is still intact.
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    A la pizza33, I've already scratched my Bionic's gorilla glass, to my dismay. I do not know how, but it's a circular swirly scratch that is not a big deal, yet I hate it. I had a false sense of security thinking the glass was scratch-proof, and for the first time, did not use a screen protector. I now have a Zagg and an SG Ultra Crystal on the way, and will use whichever I end up applying correctly, that looks and feels good, sans bubbles (I hate putting these things on). I have only myself to blame. I must have put, or had, something in my pocket with my Bionic, and then one day, when I went to use it, I noticed the scratch. Oh well. Live and learn...
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    My exact D1 experience as well.
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    My D1 was beat all to hell. I have butterfingers and I swear I must have dropped my phone over 100 times in the 2 years I owned it. I never used a case on that phone. The paint was scratched up, but there were no cracks in the glass.

    I did have a few scratches on my D1, and I already have a tiny scratch on my bionic screen. Gorilla glass is pretty tough, but it will scratch under the right circumstances, so I would definitely recommend a screen protector.

    I had the skinomi screen protector on my Bionic when I first bought it, but they didn't make a cutout for the proximity sensor and it kept turning my screen off whenever I made a phone call, so I had to uninstall it. Still haven't heard back from skinomi customer service about a replacement.
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    A circular swirly scratch means u probably had a small grain of sand or dirt on your shirt or rag when you cleaned your screen.

    Also, many of the scratches people get especially on Bionic are not on the screen itself. The screen has an anti-glare coating which can scratch off.

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    Thanks Infiniti87, other than removing my entire anti-glare coating, do you have any suggestions for me to remove my circular swirly scratch? I am open to suggestions. Thanks
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    Nope nothing you can really do about it now. Some electronics repair shops are able to fix scratches on the screen but I'm not sure how that works with an anti glare coating. I used to use toothpaste to fix small scratches on old phone screens and CD's but I wouldn't try it with the Bionics anti glare coating.

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    About skinomi screen protector: Go to their site and fill out the form including your Amazon order number. It will happen fast then...got my new upgraded version in no time...for free!

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    Search YouTube for installation video as there is a good/easy way and the "unlearned with tons of bubbles" way.

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    Got my Steinheil (SGP) ultra crystal yesterday, and applied it. My scratches are far less noticeable. Cool. Of course, there's those two dang tiny bubble I cannot get out...I may have to remove and use the second film to get a perfect application.
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    Did you get a redesigned one with additional cutouts for the proximity sensor?
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