1. Dx3me's Avatar
    I'm just wondering, since the camera at the back seems to stick out a bit, doesn't it make it vulnerable to scratches on the lense??
    Many of us have the phone laying flat on its back most of the time, making it lay down on the lense...

    Am I worried too much??
    11-01-2013 07:50 AM
  2. clevin's Avatar
    Slap a screen protector on it.

    @T-Mobile GN3
    11-01-2013 07:55 AM
  3. patruns's Avatar
    Slap a screen protector on it.

    @T-Mobile GN3
    A screen protector on the back of the phone?
    11-01-2013 08:55 AM
  4. clevin's Avatar
    A screen protector on the back of the phone?
    Yep, I always do that, good for resale, especially when the back cover is not replaceable.

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-01-2013 08:59 AM
  5. TonyStarks260's Avatar
    Back screen protectors have a camera cutout


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    11-01-2013 09:06 AM
  6. Dx3me's Avatar
    Ok, but seriously... when put on the back, doesn't it scratch the camera lense?
    Putting a sticker over the lense would give a blurred picture when shooting, so that doesn't really sound like a realistic option.

    - My worries are just, that I would scratch the lense...
    Is this a grounded worry, or does the back involve some sort of minimum plastic border surrounding the lense, to protect it?

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-01-2013 09:10 AM
  7. Jeremy8000's Avatar
    I'm just wondering, since the camera at the back seems to stick out a bit, doesn't it make it vulnerable to scratches on the lense??
    Many of us have the phone laying flat on its back most of the time, making it lay down on the lense...

    Am I worried too much??
    Haven't seen the device yet, but I'd be highly surprised if the lens itself isn't slightly recessed from the frame surrounding it (as with pretty much every other camera).
    MrSlippery519 likes this.
    11-01-2013 10:03 AM
  8. MrSlippery519's Avatar
    Haven't seen the device yet, but I'd be highly surprised if the lens itself isn't slightly recessed from the frame surrounding it (as with pretty much every other camera).
    Came to say the exact same thing. Also keep in mind I would find it hard to image Google would have just randomly made the lens stick out making it susceptible to scratches just for the heck of it.

    If you look at some of the new AndroidCentral pictures it looks like there is a ring around the lens so when the phone sits on its back the lens itself is not in contact with anything.
    11-01-2013 10:23 AM
  9. Shilohcane's Avatar
    Android Centrals has the pictures here. I can see the outside of the lens is raised but it also looks like the glass part of the lens recedes below the outer ring to protect it from scratches...

    Camera sticking out... vulnerable to damage??-n17.jpg

    The lens doesn't stick out far in this shot.

    Camera sticking out... vulnerable to damage??-n12.jpg

    In pictures Android Central: The Nexus 5 (Several Views)
    11-01-2013 10:43 AM
  10. Dx3me's Avatar
    Guess we're save than...
    11-01-2013 10:50 AM
  11. Shilohcane's Avatar
    Here is another view from the Play Store of the side image..


    Camera sticking out... vulnerable to damage??-nexus-5-side-view.jpg
    11-01-2013 11:21 AM
  12. greydarrah's Avatar
    Maybe it pops out a little but when the camera app is started...like a zoom lens on a point and shoot camera, but a much smaller scale. If you're worried about it, put the phone in a case.
    11-01-2013 11:25 AM
  13. Jeremy8000's Avatar
    Other thing to consider is that perhaps they couldn't make the phone any thinner with the camera flush, so rather than having the whole phone a full mm or so thicker they just let that one part extend... Just a random thought - not sure if there's any merit to it as a possibility.
    11-01-2013 12:56 PM
  14. MrSlippery519's Avatar
    Other thing to consider is that perhaps they couldn't make the phone any thinner with the camera flush, so rather than having the whole phone a full mm or so thicker they just let that one part extend... Just a random thought - not sure if there's any merit to it as a possibility.
    I would imagine that is exactly the case, I do not think they set out wanting it to stick out but like you said rather than making the entire phone 1mm thicker they opted for this which I feel was a good move.
    11-01-2013 01:17 PM
  15. CR6's Avatar
    I don't see this as an issue since most people put their phones in a case for protection.

    tap'n
    11-01-2013 01:21 PM
  16. androidfan1x's Avatar
    i have an ipod touch 5 and it has the lens stick out like this too, i've been using it without a case for almost a year, dropped twice, one time was at about 2 feet, the other time i accidentally tossed it to the wall and it landed on its back and still working fine.
    i'm pretty careful but i don't treat my devices like princesses, usually i lay the phone on a table by dropping it at a height of about 3 cm, i never lay it down "gently".
    and like i said i've been using it like that and i do it every day and it's still fine. the camera looks fine and works fine.
    why? it's not because i'm trying to advertise for apple, but because of the material, the lens is made of sapphire which is extremely hard, that's why
    i think that's the same for the nexus 5 too,

    so don't get a case if you don't want to, i personally don't like using case.
    btw this is going to be my first phone, it's time that i need one
    11-01-2013 06:53 PM
  17. planoman's Avatar
    I worry about that also. I always use a case that makes sure the lens is below the case line so I can lay the phone on its back without worrying.
    11-01-2013 08:24 PM
  18. Sergio337's Avatar
    This is the only thing I do not like about this phone. I think it's a horrible design choice. I would've gladly traded a little bit of thickness for not having the camera stick out. It's an eye sore to on the back on the phone (just as the LED ring was for the Nexus 4). Doesn't look good, but whatever.
    To answer the OP, I think when you place the phone down, the circumference of the lens cover is big enough that the center of the lens won't come in direct contact with the surface...I'm planning on using a case anyway, just because I don't like to see that sticking out. It reminds me of my old HTC Droid Incredible, where the camera protruded a lot, had a big lens cover, and it collected dust like crazy which ended up on the lens I'm hoping the N5 won't suffer from that problem.
    11-02-2013 12:03 AM
  19. KrautMcFriend's Avatar
    This doesn't make any sense.

    Screen protector on the back - of a phone? And if you're speaking about a small protector for just the lens, then that, obviously, will detracts from the quality of the picture.
    07-30-2014 12:05 PM
  20. KrautMcFriend's Avatar
    Of course, his post was just silly.
    07-30-2014 12:06 PM
  21. Brian K Haney's Avatar
    I'm on my third Nexus 5. I cracked the camera lens of the first two.
    08-14-2015 01:11 PM

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