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

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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?

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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 16 Jun 2017, 09:16 2

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


Matte... exactly like the HTC U11.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:21 2

5. paul.k (Posts: 197; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)


http://img.cinemablend.com/filter:scale/quill/7/a/7/3/d/4/7a73d447dc173ca1e928a127fb132ce792603c58.jpg?mw=600

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:36

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


Haha !

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:29 4

8. Bankz (Posts: 2015; Member since: 08 Apr 2016)


I always prefer Metal to be matte and glass to be shiny.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 14:41 2

21. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 845; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


As long as I have a good case to put on the phone, I'm set. I don't look at the back of my phone

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 14:25

19. Cat97 (Posts: 326; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


The HTC 11 has a shiny ghetto glass back...

posted on 17 Jun 2017, 02:28

26. andynaija (Posts: 982; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Ghetto....

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:17 9

2. torr310 (Posts: 1084; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Anything isn't fragile would be the best for phones.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:19 1

3. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 516; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


Well considering the case covers it, the finish doesn't bother me.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:19 5

4. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


shiny or matte?
I prefer the one with samsung logo..

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:26 3

6. danny_a2005 (Posts: 268; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


hahahahahaha, -_- you are su funny, NOT

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 09:28 8

7. det_bradlee (Posts: 98; Member since: 08 Jun 2015)


How about a third option: DONT F@CKING PUT GLASS ALL OVER A PHONE!

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:41 1

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


One phone made out of granite for Dr Bradlee please.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:42 2

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


How cool would it be for a phone to be made out of marble or granite or some stone.

posted on 18 Jun 2017, 11:29

28. Mixkhata1 (Posts: 141; Member since: 26 Feb 2017)


This^

posted on 18 Jun 2017, 11:29

29. Mixkhata1 (Posts: 141; Member since: 26 Feb 2017)


Only metal please!

posted on 18 Jun 2017, 19:53

31. Klinton (Posts: 791; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


'Only metal please!'

NOT!
The whole metal sealed phone is terrible idea.
If you drop and break the back of the sandwich glass phone, you can replace the back and you have new-like phone again.
If you drop and even only dent a metal phone back, that's forever to have fugly phone.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:03 6

10. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Matte. Fingerprints drive me nuts.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 10:31

11. Lumberjack (Posts: 192; Member since: 04 May 2017)


I do not like matte.
The back of white z5 was light gray. Black had dark gray back.
Regular glass if it is white is enough to hide fingerprints and scratches.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 11:09

14. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Matt or gloss, I don't really care since I always keep a case on.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 11:15 1

15. cmdacos (Posts: 651; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Where's the 'i don't care' option? As long as it's not metal.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 11:39 4

16. Marslander (Posts: 140; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


You can put me in the column of not wanting damned glass on the back of my phone.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 12:37 1

17. Anchor (Posts: 72; Member since: 16 Jun 2017)


How about a G4-ish leather back

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 12:59

18. boriqua2000 (Posts: 131; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)


I don't care how the back is as long as it's removable

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 14:27

20. Cat97 (Posts: 326; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


I prefer Blackberry KEYone soft-touch textured plastic back. It looks great and is much more durable than the stupid glass backs.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 14:44 1

22. civicsr2cool (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Oct 2016)


Matte glass offers ZERO grip, at least smooth offers grip when its not oily.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 18:07

23. omnitech (Posts: 900; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Anything that looks good and does not hinder ergonomics or performance works for me.

posted on 16 Jun 2017, 19:58

24. willywanta (Posts: 421; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


I like both matte and glossy finish. But the htc-like gloss, it is ridiculous.

posted on 17 Jun 2017, 00:22 1

25. Pabliell (Posts: 84; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


I hate glass on the back. But if all manufacturers went full retard and made back panels only with glass, then matte. Hate having all the smudges and fingerprints visible.

Where are the good times, when manufacturers tried different materials... Leather, kevlar, nylon, even good old plastic... sigh...

posted on 18 Jun 2017, 11:31

30. Mixkhata1 (Posts: 141; Member since: 26 Feb 2017)


I suddenly miss plastic.

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