Can't decide between black or jet black?

Latinking25

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I'm getting an iPhone 7 Plus next week but I still can't decide between the matte or jet black. I really want the jet black but I feel like knowing me I'm going to scratch it easily. For those who have either one, are you happy with the decision?
 
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Deacon-Blues

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I just bought a jet black Plus on Friday. Some people have experienced flaking with the matte black, that was a concern. But mostly, I just really liked the glossy jet black. The first thing I did was put it in a leather Apple case, so I can't say it would have made a difference either way.
 

Relentless Power

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I just bought a jet black Plus on Friday. Some people have experienced flaking with the matte black, that was a concern. But mostly, I just really liked the glossy jet black. The first thing I did was put it in a leather Apple case, so I can't say it would have made a difference either way.
The Jet Black also has an amazing grip like texture. I like that over the brushed aluminum on the iPhones, which can be slick in the hand.

The Matte Black flaking is a manufacturing issue with the anodizing process with the 7000 aluminum. MacRumors posted an article on this last week and there is a thread on this is as well.
 

Tsuchiya

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Are you going to keep it in a case either way? If so, get whatever. I chose the jet black because I personally like how the colour shines through where the case doesn't cover it.

If not, can you live with micro scratches? Are you OK with the phone looking smudged up all the time? If not, get the black.
 

seadragon

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I really like my Jet Black. I do keep it in an Apple black silicone case for better grip and to allow it to sit flat when placed on a table screen up. However, I really don't care about scratches at all. In fact, I actually like the worn in and used look. Strange but true.
 
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maflynn

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I don't have an iPhone 7, but given the reports of how easily the jet black scratches, would make me wary of getting that
 

profmatt

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Sounds like someone needs to stand up for the matte black!

Initially I wasn't happy with it because it wasn't the jet black and I "knew" that one was "better". I am such a sucker for marketing.

But then I suddenly fell in love with it. All you're "missing out" on is the back. When do you ever look at the back? I like the matte/shiny contrast. It looks as good today as it was the day I bought it. Zero scratches. Zero flaking. No fingerprint smears. No micro-scratches.

And I can place it on the fingers of my open hand and tip it up to about 80-degrees and it sticks to me like glue.

Plus it's available in the 32GB model which works brilliantly for me.
 

Relentless Power

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Sounds like someone needs to stand up for the matte black!

Initially I wasn't happy with it because it wasn't the jet black and I "knew" that one was "better". I am such a sucker for marketing.

But then I suddenly fell in love with it. All you're "missing out" on is the back. When do you ever look at the back? I like the matte/shiny contrast. It looks as good today as it was the day I bought it. Zero scratches. Zero flaking. No fingerprint smears. No micro-scratches.

And I can place it on the fingers of my open hand and tip it up to about 80-degrees and it sticks to me like glue.

Plus it's available in the 32GB model which works brilliantly for me.
Aside from how easily the jet black color scratches, I certainly didn't need 128 or 256GB of memory. That was the other turn off for me. I opted for just a 32 gig model, which is more than enough for my needs. If the jet black had been in the lower storage tier, I likely would have purchased that color.

But agreed, Matte black will likely be my next color purchase. I think the 7000 series anodized aluminum stands up really well to scratches and abrasions.
 

nutriousmitten

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Would like to use the phone naked. I prefer the matte, but its certainly more slippery than Jet. And yes, 32gb may be all I require so there's a cost savings too. So I could get matte 32gb plus basic grippy case (if so desired) for less than a 128gb Jet.

Only concern (albeit probably minor) with Jet is the microscratches for the likely re-sale in the fall/within the next year, when I justify spending on the Iphone 8.
 

MsRandall

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I have the Jet Black - I am happy with it

I bought 4 iPhone 7 pluses - 1 gold (son), 2 Matte black (husband and son) and 1 Jet Black (all mine).
 
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Shadowbech

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I went from having a Black iPhone 7 Plus to Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus. No regrets. Had the Jet Black since October and still no micro-abrasions or scratches on it at all. Even if I shine bright light to it. I don't see any. I do take it off the once in a while to admire it's shininess. Brings me back memory of having the 3G and 3GS.

Ultimately, it is your choice but if you can't decide then buy one, test it for 2 weeks, then return and exchange for the other color. Then decide from there.
 
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Septembersrain

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I like my jet black. Yeah, it does scratch easily. However, to me it's totally worth it. I love the color. My car is black, most of my clothes are black, etc. Really, just go with the one you like the look and feel of. That way you won't have regrets.
 

eoblaed

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Got my Matte Black Plus size on launch weekend. Zero flaking here, and I loooove the look of it. Zero regrets.
 

bigscotal

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Got my matte black on launch day, and still delighted with my choice. For me, personally, I feel that the brushed aluminium look is actually more premium looking than the jet, even though the jet is marketed as the top of the range. Kind of more grown up looking IMO, as it doesn't look "plasticky".

I put a Best Skin Ever on it when I got it, and popped it in a clear Spigen case, and looks great. :)
 
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rattler

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I got the jet black a couple months ago and I really wish I got the matte. I keep it in a case most of the time but I'll use it naked from time to time cause it looks so nice but even from doing that a couple times, the back has gotten scratched to hell. So now I keep a case on it 24/7.
 

profmatt

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I keep it in a case most of the time but I'll use it naked from time to time cause it looks so nice but even from doing that a couple times, the back has gotten scratched to hell. So now I keep a case on it 24/7.
This seems to me to be the problem with the jet black. It seems pointless to have a jet black in a case. You have a beautiful thing and you're covering it up.

My matte black is all naked all the time and there's not a mark on it.
 
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ZeroGauge

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I love both I have a JB 7+ and a Matte Black 7 for work. The JB barely shows up any of the scratches I can't see any unless I'm looking for them in good lighting.
 
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