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Results: shiny or matte – how do you prefer the glass on a phone's back?

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Results: shiny or matte – how do you prefer the glass on a phone's back?

In recent years, shiny phones have picked up the pace quite a bit. Since wireless charging is becoming more of a regular feature, manufacturers are limited in their choice of material for a phone's body — it can't be metal, so they're stuck between toy-feeling plastic and premium-looking glass.

And sure, with a nice, deeply reflective finish underneath, devices with a glass back look lovely! Until you touch them, that is — finger smudges build up on that glass surface like there's no tomorrow and enjoying your beautiful phone requires you to wipe it up a few times a day.

Sony did try a different approach back with the Xperia Z5 — it had the so-called “frosted glass” finish on its back. It was still a glass panel, but it was matte, meaning no fingerprints! But that hasn't really picked up. Sure, it doesn't allow a manufacturer to stick a super-shiny color underneath, but at least you don't need to carry a wiping cloth with you at all times.

We thought we'd ask you — when talking glass back exclusively, do you prefer shiny or matte?

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Do you prefer phones with glass backs to be glossy or matte?
Matte, please! Sony had it right with the Xperia Z5 75.87% (1028 votes) (1028 votes)
As glossy as possible! I like that shine! 24.13% (327 votes) (327 votes)

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posted on 19 Jun 2017, 09:34

1. Myphoneisonfire (Posts: 355; Member since: 05 Sep 2016)


Matte... like the one on the HTC U11.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 09:58 2

2. Master_Oogway (Posts: 82; Member since: 06 Oct 2016)


I would prefer frosted glass like Xperia Z5... That looked super cool in person..

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 10:02

3. surethom (Posts: 954; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Matte every time, Shiny makes a phone look cheap & is a finger print magnet so looks horrible within seconds.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 11:48 1

4. AnnDroid (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Metal or plastic. I really don't want to have to worry about the front AND the back of my phone.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 14:03

5. Ticklemyfancy (Posts: 206; Member since: 09 Oct 2016)


How about no glass at all?

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 00:33

6. aman5mathur (Posts: 218; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Shiney if it's done right like honor 8.....Matte otherwise.

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