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It is a known issue. Huge thread (http://goo.gl/Ll7b49). I spoke with HTC and they wanted me to send my device or use the HTC Advantage. I chose send it in but then I read the thread in AndroidCentral and used toothpaste with a Q tip and that has fixed my issue.
Exactly! People complaining must be their first HTC device here. This has been an issue for like 4yrs now on HTC devices and since the simple trick is toothpaste and a Q tip. Rub it in, clean it off, simple. Like waxing a car almost. Even my old iPhone 4 has this issue so I'd say it's almost an issue with any phone over time. Obviously this coating HTC used makes the issue happen sooner than later as this phone hasn't been out long.

Common sense though for me if I'm going to take an important picture I first wipe the lens with my shirt to be sure. Or maybe it's the OCD? Haha.
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Just get a magic eraser and wet it with windex.. Rub the lens for a minute or so and it's clear!
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Glad I found this. The camera is better but not very good for taking pictures if like let's say the moon or lights. Very blurry and glarry. The camera is definitely the biggest and only downfall in my opinion.

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No case, no scratches either.
When I put the phone down on an unknown surface, I swipe away any dust first.
 
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Default Got it guys!!!!!!!!!

I noticed my M8 had some scratches also on the main Lens, and I read the thread in android central , and turns out the scratches on the lens are not scratches! The lens is coated! Just use a Colorox wipe and a toothbush and BAMM! no scratches! Your Welcome! Laters!

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I noticed my M8 had some scratches also on the main Lens, and I read the thread in android central , and turns out the scratches on the lens are not scratches! The lens is coated! Just use a Colorox wipe and a toothbush and BAMM! no scratches! Your Welcome! Laters!
 
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Wanted to verify that the original Mr clean magic eraser with water (not windex) worked fantastic. Used it on every lens, even the front one, even though my main lens was the only scratched one. Made all the blurring in my photos go away completely and didn't harm the glass at all.

I'd pick this over using toothpaste, works faster, has no abrasive material, and no chemicals. I put a camera protector on it immediately after cleaning it. Very pleased with the results.





Not the same time of day, but you can notice the edges of the photograph aren't blurry at all in the night photo. I think the flash makes imperfections more obvious anyway. My front facing camera was way worse than that, but now it's crystal clear.
 
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I'd pick this over using toothpaste, works faster, has no abrasive material, and no chemicals. I put a camera protector on it immediately after cleaning it. Very pleased with the results.
I don't want to be pedantic however a "Magic Eraser" is nothing but an abrasive material. It's melamine foam which when solidified in to the sponge like form because nearly as hard as glass. The micro-structure is so fine that it acts like an incredibly high grit sandpaper. When you rub the camera lens you are simply polishing the scratches away (removing a thin layer of the lens thickness).

The front glass of the phone is harder than the melamine so you won't remove any scratches from that surface (but you may remove any coatings).
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I don't want to be pedantic however a "Magic Eraser" is nothing but an abrasive material. It's melamine foam which when solidified in to the sponge like form because nearly as hard as glass. The micro-structure is so fine that it acts like an incredibly high grit sandpaper. When you rub the camera lens you are simply polishing the scratches away (removing a thin layer of the lens thickness).

The front glass of the phone is harder than the melamine so you won't remove any scratches from that surface (but you may remove any coatings).
Wow, great information. That makes really good sense actually.

Learn something new everyday. That would explain how it works, to me I guess it just felt really soft so I didn't really think of it as an abrasive.

I didn't use it on the front glass, just the camera lens. I don't want to lose any coating on the touch screen.
 
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Awesome.. thanks for this fix! I should have searched for this sooner.....
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Toothpaste and QTip worked for me.

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