Gorilla Glass on Epic different than iPhone 4?
I went into my local Sprint Store today in order to purchase a spare battery and the salesperson was really pushing me to purchase a screen protector as well. I let out a hearty chuckle, then politely informed him that I wouldn't be needing a screen protector because my Epic 4G has gorilla glass. He then told me that the Epic 4G screen is still prone to scratching and that I should really consider purchasing a screen protector. I informed him about the various youtube videos demonstrating the seeming indestructibility of the gorilla glass, then went on my way.
Still, it got me to thinking: was this salesperson being honest about scratches on the Epic 4G screen? Also, a number of you have been discussing various screen protectors for your phones. Do you know something I don't know? I went with Phantom Skinz for my Palm Pre, but haven't felt the need to look into a skin for the Epic.
- 09-08-2010, 09:47 PM #2
That's another thing: the screen protectors sold at Sprint stores are NOT inexpensive relative to the other (and perhaps superior) ones you can find from online retailers. I got 2 sets of Phantom Skinz for 5 bucks, and even the more expensive (and thicker) Invisible Shield I purchased for 10 bucks, shipping included. I assumed the Sprint store employee would stop his spiel at the mention of the word "gorilla glass," but no, he just kept on going. I think what we have here are salespeople who are clueless about their product.
Shocking, I know.
- 09-08-2010, 10:05 PM #4
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- 09-08-2010, 10:34 PM #6
I wasn't going to buy a screen protector for my phone for the exact reason that you stated - its made with gorilla glass - but just today I took my phone out of my pocket and there was a small but surprisingly noticeable scratch on the center of the screen. I have no idea how it happened since I keep it in a pocket separate from everything else but needless to say I am pretty upset about it. I am really happy with my phone and haven't noticed most of the problems people are complaining about except my phone will randomly stop recognizing the SD card. This isn't a big deal but now I am considering returning the phone using that as an excuse so I can get a screen without any scratches (although I don't want to get a phone with the dreaded GPS issues people are talking about). Petty, I know, but I did just pay $350 for it. :o
So I just ordered a screen protector from Phantom Skinz a couple hours ago to keep this from happening again. Use the coupon code - summersale2010 - for 30% off your order.
- 09-08-2010, 10:35 PM #7
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- 09-09-2010, 06:57 AM #10
FYI - coming from the Captivate forum to see what is going on with the Epic. Everything that we have found indicates that Gorilla Glass is only available on the international version of the Galaxy S phone - not the US carrier versions. The Corning press releases specifically say the Galaxy S Premium Smartphone (no "s" after smartphone) have the Gorilla Glass. There have been several posts at the Captivate forum about other people getting scratches on their phones. Corning Supplies Gorilla® Glass for Samsung Galaxy S Premium Smartphone
There is still a debate about this and several people have emailed Samsung about the availability of Gorilla Glass on the US versions and the replies have been confusing and vague. It is possible that the US versions have it, but no one with authority is saying yes or no.
- 09-09-2010, 07:27 AM #11
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Re: Gorilla Glass on Epic different than iPhone 4?
This really makes me angry. I specifically pushed my user into an epic over an evo because he treats phones like a chimp.
He spent $499 full retail.
I spent as ton of time training this former blackberry user only 2 months into a new blackberry sprint contact.
It is a nice phone, and I have enjoyed learning about all the differences between my evo and his epic, but I am angry if the term"premium" is meant to mean non u.s.
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- 09-09-2010, 08:28 AM #12
Check this story out.. We have 2 Epics in our home and Sunday I was explaining to her and her friend the goodness of her epic4g. when i got to the screen and said that it had gorilla glass and you don't have to worry about scratches, my wife laughed and said "HA! I got 2 scratches on it already on the screen and its just been in my pocketbook" I was baffled and asked to see the phone and behold 2 minor scratches were there. Now we have a running joke of when we see things fall of get scratched we scream "Gorilla Glass?" and chuckle.
- 09-09-2010, 08:50 AM #13
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- 09-09-2010, 10:34 AM #17
As for the gorilla glass we will have to find out for sure as I have had my phone in with my keys and no scratches as of yet. No I didnt do it on purpose I was tailgating and the beer was flowing pretty good.
- 09-09-2010, 10:44 AM #18
And again, the original complaint was about Gorilla Glass and the rep didn't know. And the fact remains there's no confirmation anywhere that the US version of the Galaxy S phones have Gorilla glass.
Both are poor examples of "clueless reps".
- 09-09-2010, 11:15 AM #19
Each purchase comes with two skins and a lifetime warranty where they will send you more if you send an used one back and explain why you need a new one.
Use the code summersale2010 and you will get an extra 30% which means two skins for about $6.50 which is a pretty good deal considering I like phantom skinz much better than invisishield or any other product out there.
- 09-09-2010, 11:43 AM #20
If your job is to support, recommend and consult people on wireless technology then you should be knowledgeable about it and not knowing a common issue like task killer issues, shows poor skills in your field and a lack of initiative in learning your job. I have met many reputable and well informed sprint reps, hence why Im still a customer. But I have also run into many who seem like they just dont care and spout off misinformation. Its wrong and it is also screwing the lamen when they walk in to get information.
- 09-09-2010, 11:53 AM #21
- 09-09-2010, 12:17 PM #22
Honestly I look at it this way, if services like qik and such are bothering you and you dont use the app (and its not an essential service) then remove the apk. Problem solved. Honestly with this phones hardware I notice zero slow downs with just using the built in task manager. Now if we could just work on the battery life and tv out...
- 09-09-2010, 12:47 PM #23
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I just called Samsung, they said call your carrier because the carrier can get the phone with or without.
I called sprint, spoke to sales, and to advanced tech support. They never heard of it.
Since it was already over price point, I can't imaging sprint adding cost to the epic by including this option.
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