So I made a decision to do a short take a look at myself, by making a customized 9to5Google-branded Pixel three XL.
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In short, I discovered on this fast take a look at — which consisted of drawing on the again of my Pixel three XL — that it’s most likely not any extra scratch susceptible than some other glass-backed cellphone. Even drawing on the again of the cellphone with a pair of keys I used to be capable of rapidly wipe off the marks. That’s as a result of it appears to me that these are primarily marks on high of the glass, not scratches into it.
Positive, a few of what was witnessed on the occasion could also be true scratching of the again, however I believe what we’re primarily seeing right here is one thing one 9to5Google reader — who occurs to work in development — explained in our comments section.
So, if the frosted portion of the backs are literally etched glass (normally acid etched), then I utterly perceive why that is taking place (scratching). It’s as a result of the floor turns into abrasive do to the etching and it’s truly sanding the surfaces of no matter you might be rubbing in opposition to it. The slight residue then fills the pores on the cellphone again and make it seem to be a whole lot of harm has occurred. No less than that is what occurs with frosted glass that we cope with in development… It’s a bit tougher to maintain clear, however typically resilient and possibly feels good. And doubtless, hopefully, doesn’t even have a coating in any respect… I wish to deal with the white and black ones earlier than ordering, to see in the event that they present the “scratches” otherwise.
I can verify, the again does really feel very good to the contact. Extra on that in our full assessment.
All this mentioned, after all it’s nonetheless a glass again on the finish of the day. And any glass-backed cellphone, like an iPhone X or a Samsung Galaxy Observe 9, goes to choose up scratches fairly simply — all you want is one thing a bit tougher than glass, like a stray grain of sand in your pocket. However I believe it’s fairly clearly busted that the Pixel three XL is any extra scratch susceptible than most telephones.
One other factor price noting right here: This doesn’t actually apply to the white Google Pixel three and three XL in any respect in my testing, since you possibly can’t even see these marks. So should you’re paranoid about this and need to keep away from the possibility of seen scratches altogether, these could be your greatest wager. I attempted to attract the 9to5Google moniker on the white mannequin and had no success getting it to indicate up on digicam. I don’t have a Not Pink mannequin to check with, however I presume that it’s not very noticeable on that one both.