This Jet Black iPhone 7 scratch test shows what regular use can do to Apple's new glossy surface

This Jet Black iPhone 7 scratch test shows what regular use can do to Apple's new glossy surface
As of yesterday, September 16, Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available to buy in the US and many other markets around the world. However, if you want a jet black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you won't be able to get one anytime soon, because stocks are sold out (and new orders won't ship before October - November). Still, if you do plan to get an iPhone 7 in this shiny new color, you should definitely watch the scratch test below first.

Performed by Cnet, the test confirms what Apple itself said when it unveiled the jet black iPhone: the "high shine" of the handset "may show fine micro-abrasions with use." For the sake of comparison, the jet black iPhone 7 is pitted against a silver iPhone 6s Plus - which, while it's obviously not scratch-proof, fares much better than the newer device.

It seems that the glossy surface of the jet black iPhone 7 will easily suffer damage from everyday use (unless you protect it with a case, or you don't really plan to use the phone that much). If you do want a dark iPhone 7, perhaps you should consider getting the mate black model, since this isn't as scratch-prone as the jet black version.

source: Cnet

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iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Brah brah brah.........That is all.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

So, you're basically paying more for the base jet black model to get an easier to damage device...makes iSense.

4. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Jet Black is same price as others just it don't have 32GB edition.

14. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

which means that for the base jet black model, you have to pay more than the base other color models

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

But that also means you are getting 96gb more base storage on a jet black model versus a normal one.

25. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Well these devices are for naive pathetically ifans, so they will go for it..

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I wouldn't say that. Jet Black is just another color option one can choose if you go for more storage than standard 32GB without any extra charge. Your statement would be true if Apple was asking for an extra price adder only for the color.

10. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They essentially are by limiting said color option to only the higher priced storage categories. If you want the shiny model you MUST pay for more storage even if you don't want or need it.

15. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

This exactly.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Blind fanboy.

5. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I don't get why ppl think youre paying more! Matte black was and is better though.

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's real simple, this is not the phone to use without a case. If you do, you will definitely need a clear skin or regular skin to protect the back. I'm a case person. Naked phones are not my thing. It's just to easy to scuff or scratch any color with the slightest drop on cement or hard surface. If your spending $700 to a grand on these things, you need to protect that investment. It helps so much when you sell it as well.

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Putting ANY case on the glosdy iPhone completely negates the point of buying the glossy iPhone. Covering up such an expensive device is like buying a La Ferrari and driving around in it with a car cover. Rather pointless.

13. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Paying over a thousand dollars for a phone that you have to cover cause the damn thing will scratch off with a fart, rather pointless, they need to give what people are paying for and one of those things is the LOOK of that product; but of course you can't argue that with silly folks.

16. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Your glossy black iPhone is just as good as any other iPhone out there. It's not a ferrari...don't compare an iPhone to something that exotic. At best the iPhone is a BMW. I'd say it's more like a Toyota Camry, or Honda Accord. Everyone has one, most of them are owned by stay at home moms, and owning one doesn't make you special.

7. Mobilephile

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

A case to a phone is what vinyl is to a couch

19. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Clear case shouldn't be an option to this jet black. Believe me, I've seen glossy back phones that look ugly on clear case. For me, apple suggesting a case on this one means that they're not confident with their product's materials.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it isnt what it means. It just means they used chemicsllybtreated paint to get that finish and that finish is not protected so you need too. Thats all. All phones not made of plastic need cases. This is what you all asked for. You all asked for cheaper materials that feel expensive and look expensive. Unless you pit dye due in the mixture of metal, the only want to get colors is painting. And painting without protection is an issue. Cars only have clear coat. It dowsnt offer protection from anything beyond liquids.

8. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

this is expected. thats why im getting the "matte" black! pre ordered and now im patiently waiting for it. my first iphone.

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Unless you baby your phone, made by any of the flagship OEMs, you will pick up scratches. Glass, metal, or plastic, it's all the same. My 6S Plus had scratches when I sold it, my OPT is sitting in a box with scratches and a broken camera lens, and my S7 Edge has scratches on the front and back. Only one of the three was ever dropped (OPT), and none have been mistreated.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You don't buy condoms for your phone? I always get at least the plastic protectors unless i get a case. I hate cases. So I get full body clear armour.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

To add. Been using Note 7 since day o e with no protection. Not a single Mark other than prints. U must be to rough on phones

12. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

They just put a coat of paint on that ugly thing lol

18. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think it's like lg g5's color coating process but glossy. Jerry rig everything made a huge razor line on it and you can clearly see that it's a very thick coat. I think xperia xz's metal alloy is the best phone metal back for 2016.

17. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Haha just when you took a phone full of bezels and you now have to put a case on it, what a super ugly bulky phone

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So all the people who. Racked on the Note 7 being each to scuff or scratch. Apple warned you they made a phone that can scuff easy. Having said that, the gloss is nothing more than chemically treated paint. If rhr phone was black underneath, it probably woildnt look as bad. That looked like the silver phone is under the black and they simply wiped off the paint. How were thebifans sayinv it for the past week, this shouldn't be happening to a $800 phone. Wow you MUST buy a case cor sure. I've been using the Note 7 for a coiple weeks with no case no screen protector...nothing. no scartch no scuff. Just greasy fingerprints!

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

more like "shiny plastic"

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