Frosted glass back or glossy glass back — what do you prefer?

Frosted glass back or glossy glass back — what do you prefer?
Recent rumors state that the iPhone 11 will continue to have a glass back, but will do away with the fingergrease-collecting gloss and replace it for a matte finish. A "Frosted Glass", the rumor mill says.

We've seen this before. Sony had matte glass on its Xperia Z5 and Google chose to use it on the Pixel 3. The finish makes for a softer touch, a bit of a more slippery experience, but less fingerprint smudging. As interesting as it sounds, it is yet to be widely adopted by manufacturers. It appears that customers kind of like the glossy version better. But do they?

Or, in other words, what finish would you prefer on the rear glass of your phone? Matte or glossy?

Matte or glossy? What type of back do you prefer?

Frosty matte!
Shiny gloss!



1. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Matte is much better. But with people buying case, its makes no sense.

2. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014


3. Guseinguliev

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

The metal back is much better to use without a case.

18. jamesgam7

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

it will lose features and functionality with an all metal uni body if that's where you're going.

4. Basharhd99

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

plastic!!! but for glass I'd prefer matte over glossy


Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 04, 2019

I prefer Metal/kevlar/plastic backs. No I don't want any flashy back, smartphone is not jewellery.

6. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014


7. Vancetastic

Posts: 1569; Member since: May 17, 2017


8. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Ceramic or Kevlar.

9. ijuanp03

Posts: 615; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Suddenly, matte is a thing for PA. Sony, OnePlus, Motorola, Google have used them but since it's Apple's turn, they wanna make a big deal about it


Posts: 442; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Aluminum unibodys are the best.

12. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Polycarbonate plastic is the best material for phone backs.

13. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I actually prefer that faux leather on the back of the black Note 3 battery cover. Felt good to grip without a case. But since I only rock cases on my phone the glossy back.

15. AlienKiss

Posts: 200; Member since: May 21, 2019

My S8+ is blue, yet you cannot see it because I use a clearview case. So colors and what type of glass you have on the back don't matter if you will use a case. Give me the glossy one. :D Who cares about some smudges??! It's not like they affect performance or something.. Frankly I'd prefer if brands would build the phone with rubber parts on the corners or other types of protection (something like the Active series from Samsung, but not that bulky)


Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

those shiny back are prone to fingerprints.

17. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I voted for the hidden option "it doesn't matter to me"!

19. CGBatch

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

Best phone back I ever had was the mesh-like back on the Droid Turbo, idk why more manufacturers don't adopt that.

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