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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?

Do you prefer phones with glass backs to be glossy or matte?

Matte, please! Sony had it right with the Xperia Z5
75.87%
As glossy as possible! I like that shine!
24.13%

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