iPhone 7 Jet Black vs Black: what's the difference


With the new iPhone 7 family, Apple has reworked the design of the antenna lines a bit, made the camera hump somewhat more prominent, and removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack. But what is easily the biggest change with regards to aesthetics are the two new exterior colors: Jet Black and Black.

You can think of Black as a much darker, blacker Space Gray. It's still the same matte metal finish that we've had on the last few iPhone iterations. Jet Black, on the other hand, is totally different: a high-gloss black aluminum finish, which happens to bring a bunch of noteworthy characteristics with it.

If you find yourself torn between the two black options, that's totally understandable – they both look rad. Still, we'll try to go through and analyze all the meaningful differences between the two, so you could eventually make the better choice for you. Here goes!

USER EXPERIENCE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN JET BLACK AND BLACK


1. Getting the obvious out of the way first: Jet Black is a glossy, reflective finish. Black is matte, with less intensive, diffused reflections;

2. Jet Black looks blacker. Black is also quite dark, but it like a very dark gray;

3. Jet Black gets fingerprints and smudges; Black stays cleaner;

4. Jet Black will not feel slippery in your hand; Black will;

5. Over time, Jet Black may accumulate micro scratches from normal usage; Black should be able to withstand those much better;
 
6. Jet Black and Black should be equally tough;

7. Jet Black may cost you more, as it'll only be available with 128 GB and 256 GB models; Black will be an option with all storage capacities.

Have we missed to point out an important distinction between the two? Let us know in the comments!


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  • 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)

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48 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They're pretty much disadvantages of Jet Black...and how much more does it cost than just black?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The matte looks better to me. Like the black onyx Note 7, it's a little too shiny. Apple came with a great upgrade, 2017 should be killer.

8. Unordinary unregistered

Especially that Apple Watch 2 speaker! The innovation in that is amazing. Its waterproof by regurgitating friggen water lmao'! Love it

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You picking one up?

42. alanaldo

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

isheep .... most common smart watches today are waterproof already,,,, but to common apple dumb@sses dont realize this till apple releases it on their isheep devices

45. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

What does that tell you about a company that only has 17% of worldwide smartphone market share? I'll save you the hassel... No one important cares about anything but Apple. How can you call someone a "dumb@ss" for buying an Apple device? Sounds like you seriously need to get laid.

48. alanaldo

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

dumbass because iphone and apple suck but in your lovely virgin world you donot have a clue

41. alanaldo

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Came with a great update? by doing what ? adding a shinier black color ?you call that a killer upgrade, what a loser ...lol!

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

honestly if it wasnt jet black i dont see a single reason to get this

4. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I predicted 54 articles about i7 in two days. Getting close. Black is king of the smudge.

5. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Jet black was copied from Note 3.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who f****n cares

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL got that troll good.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Trolls can't resist.

32. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

Who are you "GOD"......? That from my point of view , you are the justice provider with no hate and dislike. Really lmao.

34. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Your comment makes less sense than Trump's candidacy for president.

31. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

So if I copied what you do and Wear, you wouldn't care? If I copied and stole your idears, you wouldn't care? I've course you f????n care.

37. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

then go tell samsung to sue apple.. lmao.. goodluck

39. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Well! then, to you and other Apple fans, stop trolling about any Android OEM in the future...in the very rare circumstances these days(as Apple is catching up with android from past 4-5 yrs), if you think that you saw this feature in Apple before, answer yourself the same thing :- "Who f**kin cares" This world will be the best place to live, with all the flame wars being in a state of RIP.

46. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Why are you on an Apple post questioning people about flame wars? Stay in your own lane, you can't afford to buy an Apple device and quite frankly we don't wan't Apple to drop the price so that the poor can afford one. If you can't afford a premium device there's nothing wrong with buying an Android.

47. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Epic Lol! I can buy not 1 but more than 30 iPhones just on Credit without taking even a single penny off my account, if I start taking money from account, I can buy those number of phones that will be sold by Apple at a country side place. That is not the matter here. The reason I questioned about flame wars is because it is the proud iPhone owners who claim about innovation apple does all the time(which again as I said in the last post hasnt been done at all in the past 4-5 yrs. May be the first gen iPhone had innovation but it took lot of clues from Nokia Symbian60 OS - It is only because of the feather touch sensitivity in the Capacitive touch screens that entered the market newly at that time that iPhone gained the popularity, if it were still the resistive screens during that time, it would have bitten the dust just like Nokia), and when another guy questioned about apple copying the colour, it is "Who f**kin cares" So, in future, Don't say apple innovates. Just tell urself "Who f**kin cares"

14. Rafishant

Posts: 396; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

It actually resembles the iPhone 3G glossy black.

35. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Now that you mention it, it really does take me back to the days when everyone had the 3G/3GS.

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I would say jet black was copied from iPhone 3G/3GS. The note is a copy of the iPhone 6/6plus with a splash of iPhone 4//4s. The bottom line is that you can only do so much with a thin slab. It's been 10 years bro!

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Yep one was plastic - the other aluminum. Same! /s

40. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Is your first phone was note 3?

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

There's something about this that's so black, it's like how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Lol okay...

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I call it the black hole swallowing Galaxies.

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you really want black, you may want a phone in vanta black

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