Shiny or matte: how do you like your phone's surface?

Shiny or matte: how do you like your phone's surface?
Using glass and metal as main design components is nothing new in the smartphone world – the iPhone 4 did it way back in 2010, Sony's Xperia Z line had it for ages, and so on. The drawbacks and benefits of a glass back are pretty clear — we have a very shiny, eye-catching material, however, it quickly becomes ugly when it picks up our fingerprints and needs constant care to stay clean.

With companies coming up with various finishes and ways to make light reflect off of a phone's paint job, it looks like the shiny surface isn't going away. Ergo, we guess that customers are far from tired of the fingerprint magnets.

But we thought we'd ask you — our readers — on your thoughts about shiny vs matte and what type of material you like to feel in your hand.

Smooth and shiny or matte and metallic - what do you prefer?

I love a glass (/shiny) back and don't mind wiping it often to keep it looking good
I put a case over my shiny phone - problem solved!
I don't care much either way. Might wipe it from time to time just to look at it for a sec
I prefer a matte finish, period



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

shiny.... (plus scratch-resistant and not slippery)

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Mate ftw.. Although the iphone jetblacks got me reconsidering my lifes decisions. Lol

32. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I actually prefer the matte black version

22. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Funny how hard the writter try to make us like shiny ( 3 shiny versus 1 non shinny )

33. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Shiny if it can resist fingerprints and scratches but that would be a pretty costly process and not permanent as it can be worn away with time. As for not slippery the jet black iPhone 7 offers more grip than the matte version so it shouldn't be an issue unless your hands are wet.

2. Ray.S

Posts: 463; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Glossy all the way.

21. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Coz I already know you are commenting from your JET Black iPhone 7....

3. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

There is an option to have glass and matte finish. Xperia Z5 had no issues with fingerprints.

13. Carbonatedcheeze

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 16, 2016


27. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Curious but does it scratch rather easily? I'd imagine frosted finish on slippery surface would be scratch prone. It does look nice tho.


Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Matt any day, less scraches and good for long time

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Won't lie the Xperia lineup looks nice, but matte is a bit more practical for me... Also, cases.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yes. Why wasn't this an option? Matte with a case.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Because they want you to vote for shiny lol

6. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

matte finish ftw!

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't like cases on my phones, also there's no point in glossy surfaces if you're going to hide them under a case. I'll take matte finish, unless there's a new type of shiny surface that doesn't show smudge, fingerprints and doesn't scratch easy.

30. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Pretty hard to scratch a Galaxy S6.

8. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Pitch black matte darkness pls.

9. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Glass,with CLEAR case.

10. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

shiny, because matte is mostly plastic phone.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I want an infinite black color like holding a piece of the void (if this thing exists lol).

12. surethom

Posts: 1731; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Matte the way the only way shiny is good is if it has a coating on top to stop finger prints. Are u listening Samsung.

14. libra89

Posts: 2318; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't care much, unless that means it becomes as slippery as the Honor 8 lol.

16. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Case goes over mine so it really doesn't matter.

18. SaRPeR

Posts: 152; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

What happened to people that say glossy paintjob looks cheap and looks like a toy when Samsung launched Galaxy S3 and S4 ?

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Because for them glossy glass look better i guess lol

19. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

The fact that this even an Article is disgusting. Who the F cares. You have a really nice phone that does a lot. Who cares about the texture. There are people that can barely get by and this article?!

20. libra89

Posts: 2318; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just because it isn't important to you doesn't mean that it isn't to someone else. I don't know about you, but if/when I'm spending a lot of money on something for myself, aesthetics matter.

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well aesthetics is secondary to been really fonctional and stable.

26. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I prefer metal for the feel. But really bringing up fingerprint marks as a point against one or the other isn't very logical. Last I checked, all phones are glass front. So u can't stand smudges on the back but ok with them on front? Ur still wiping regardless. Or am I wrong?

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