Results: poll says we rarely get to enjoy our glass phones


So, flagships nowadays will very often have glass backs. One reason for that is the wireless charging feature, which is slowly becoming a standard. The second is simply for the bling.

Every smartphone fan has their opinion on glass backs, but we think it's fair to say that the community has a love-hate relationship with the material. It looks great, it feels luxurious but gathers grease faster than a burger restaurant's kitchen tiles. Some don't mind as they use the device with a case anyway. Others will slap a “skin” on the phone and forget about the glass back. There are those that still love to use their phone “naked” and will vigorously wipe their fingerprints off its back a few times a day to keep it looking pristine.

We thought we'd ask you — how do you care for your glossy device's back? Here's how that poll went:

How do you care for your phone's glass back?

I mostly use mine with a case, so...
57.75%
I slapped a skin on that slippery snake!
9.52%
I use mine "naked" and wipe it often to keep it clean
10.27%
I use mine "naked" and don't care about finger smudges
8.07%
I don't have a glass-backed phone and would rather never buy one
14.39%

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20 Comments

1. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

So actually 18% of people like glass backs. 67% don't like glass, but don't mind having a phone with glass back, they use other types of protection. And more than 14% hate glass backed phones and don't want to buy one. Yet most of the manufacturers build glass sandwiches. That's stupid.

7. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I like the glass back, but I'd still protect it for practical reasons

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Most manufacturers use glass because it allows for better antenna reception and wirelesd charging

14. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Plastic, carbon fiber, nylon, wood, leather. All of them allow wireless charging and don't block signal. None of them were used this year on flagships. Using glass is just simpler. Meaning manufacturers got lazy, instead of innovative.

18. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

1. Plastic does not feel premium 2. Carbon fibre has yield and consistency issues. Also flexes a lot. 3. Nylon builds static electricity and would be dusty 4. Wood...yeah no, you like flexibility, dampness and rot? Also it's thick. 5. Leather cracks scruffs and rots. PU leather? Well that just looks crap after a year or two. Glass is used because it is simply one of the best materials to use.

20. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

And glass breaks on drop. Wonder how does it feel premium when it cuts your hands... And if you say that plastic doesn't feel premium, then you should take Galaxy Note 4, or LG V10 in your hand. Leather is also great, LG G4 proved it. Wood is not thick. Motorola used it back in the days in Moto X Style. Looked good, felt good and can easily survive 2 years of use. Another "and", flexible back is actually a good thing, cause it can disperse the energy of a drop without breaking. Metal frame is what should make a phone sturdy and not bendable.

19. Avieshek unregistered

The Essential Phone uses Ceramic+Titanium. So, similarly does the Xaiomi Mi Mix. More premium yet practical than iPhone's Chinese glass commonly used by Vivo.

2. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Clear case, then you can see your glass phone.

3. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I buy my phones based on specs, not build materials, I'm indifferent about glass or plastic or metal. Its whats on the inside that counts. I'm gonna put a case on it regardless.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

True I always keep a case on and screen protectors , even when phones were plastic. Keeps them like new for when you sale or trade it in.

5. DFranch

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Ironically, back when phones were plastic and didn't break when you looked at it wrong I never used a case (lumia 920 = tank). It wasn't until I got the Galaxy S7 Edge that I put a case on it (it's so slippery without one). I use a minimal clear case, but it isn't nearly as good looking as it is naked. So, plastic phones get no case, glass phones get an ugly plastic case. Kind of makes you wonder what is the point of making sexy metal and glass phones when you're just going to put an ugly plastic case on it.

6. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

There are lots of case options out there that look really good. Spigen makes a lot of really nice looking cases. For the S8 they even made some that match the exact color of your phone.

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I like Urban Armor Gear cases, but Spigen makes some sleek ones too, especially with the Kickstand

15. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, I love spigen case's. I went with a clear speck case this time on my note 8 and I regret it. I hate it, it's very slippery.

10. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Love those days when Phones came with Kevlar back. Good enough protection even without case, grippy, not so ugly, etc. Glass back phones $ux...

11. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I don't like cases but with a glass back its a must. So I try to avoid them in favor of metal back or even plastic.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Good solution was the frosty glass back of the regular Sony Xperia Z5. It looked extremely qualitative and it didn't pick up grease so easily. Don't know why it was just an one off. I remember that there were some reports of it being very fragile. Maybe this treatment is not compatible with Gorilla Glass. Who knows?

13. ebilcake

Posts: 1229; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Makes no difference if it's glass, metal or even plastic, either way it can scratch so a case is a must. Bit of a pointless question really.

16. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

When I use my blue coral S7 Edge, sometimes I use it without a case to show off that gorgeous color, but I always have a microfiber cloth to wipe off fingerprints, but only a few times a day, because it really doesn't show fingerprints too much. Now, my Midnight Black Note8....I went case-less for a day, and will never make that mistake again. It shows fingerprints like crazy, and I did not enjoy wiping it down several times an hour. My OCD is pretty bad, so I was going insane seeing the amount of fingerprints left behind after only a few minutes of handling it, even when my hands were freshly washed of any sort of food oils/whatever. Shame that Samsung didn't offer the Deep Sea Blue color option in the States; it's absolutely beautiful and I hear that it shows fingerprints a lot less easily than the Midnight Black Note8. Glass is beautiful, but certain colors just do not fly without a case, unless you don't mind a horrid looking grungy oily messy rear glass panel, or don't mind wiping your phone down several times an hour.

17. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I prefer the leather phones! it will be nice look but i think they can do it with water resistant

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