iphone 7 matte black durability

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  1. coachbrady79 macrumors member

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    i have always had white iphones i am thinking about getting the matte black those of you with the matte black how is it holding up, also how does it look with a screen protector on it , any thoughts would be great!
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    The Matte Black uses the same 7000 Series Anodized Aluminum as the Sport Apple Watch. Basically, it holds up fairly well with scratches and bending. There are quite a few of durability video tests depicting this.
     
  3. Applefan4515 Suspended

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    My experiences is that the finish nicks pretty easily. Could just be because of how dark it is, and the silver 6s plus nicked just as easy, and so did the space grey 6 plus, but didn't show as much due to them not being as dark.
     
  4. RichR67 macrumors newbie

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    I have had mine since launch day and I use a case off and on and i have to say mine is still flawless
     
  5. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    I've heard people who are using it caseless develop some wear on the back because of constantly setting the phone down. Just normal wear and tear. I'd imagine it'll hold up better than the jet black.
     
  6. ajay96 macrumors 6502

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    I've used it without a case for a couple of weeks until my case came in the mail. Still no scratches on it. It's durable, but it will nick I assume.
     
  7. borgsauce macrumors regular

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    Was wondering the same since I've been tempted to use it without a case. As for screen protection you really down either getting an Edge2edge or ones that only cover the flat portion of the screen. I had an e2e that fitted perfectly but they're incompatible with many cases especially those with raised lip around the bezel area and the regular ones make the front look ugly.
     
  8. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    I've had mine since launch and always caseless. No scratches on back or anywhere else from wear and tear. However, I do have a nick on the side from dropping once. The silver colored aluminum does show on a nick. Not big enough to worry about. No other wear on the phone besides that.

    I have a glass screen protector that doesn't reach the curves. Looks pretty good. I have seen the ones that go past the curves and they do look nicer for sure, just not nice enough for me to change my protector that is still unblemished.
     
  9. Sunny1990, Jan 8, 2017
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    I am using matt black iPhone 7 with a case from almost three months now and device is holdingup pretty well.
    The case i use
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    I suggest you to usage a case if you are really concerned about dings and scratches
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    With a screen protector
     
  10. coachbrady79 thread starter macrumors member

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    what screen protector do you use?
     
  11. Sunny1990 Suspended

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    It's a non branded selling on amazon for $4 to $5 bucks
     
  12. coachbrady79 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok thanks
     
  13. faded03cobra macrumors regular

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    Had mine since launch and mine is perfect still. If going without a case you can expect normal wear. I use a apple silicone and 3D screen protector and have no issues.
     
  14. manishans macrumors member

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    Hi! whats the back cover you are using? Could you give me the link?
     
  15. Sunny1990 Suspended

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    Spigen liquid armor black case for iPhone 7 search amazon
     
  16. Septembersrain Contributor

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    So would you say it's on par with the scratch visibility of the darker iPhone 5?
     
  17. deano1972 macrumors 6502a

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    My replacement Matt black 7 is just under a month old now with no marks on it at all. No screen protector, but it does have a soft clear tpu back cover that cost £5 from amazon.
     
  18. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    You talking without a case?

    Even with a case it's flawless while I thought my space grey got s few marks here and there even with a case.

    Tried using matte black without a case but I just can't.
     
  19. Applefan4515 Suspended

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    More noticeable. Or rather more easily damaged. The finish that is.
     
  20. Septembersrain Contributor

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    That's no good. I know how frustrated people were with the 5. I'm waiting to see how many people freak out about the JB in the long run. At least Apple warned us.
     
  21. abullah macrumors newbie

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    does iphone 7's matt black color really chips off?
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  22. Zaino macrumors member

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    Yes. It's a shame and i have a case on my mine. My back is full of blots !
     
  23. simonmet macrumors 65816

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    I have a deep nick on mine exposing silver Al near the lightning port where it's exposed by the Apple leather case. Probably caused by keys or something.

    Next time I'm buying a Nomad case.
     
  24. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    The edge to edge variant from ThanoTech is the best of both worlds. It's edge to edge but not 3D edge, so it's compatible with most cases.
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    Are you referring to the durability of the black aluminum or the black bezel? Your title & post are unclear.
     
  25. jc0187 macrumors member

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    My 7 is doing the same thing my 6s did. Bending. I believe the bending is caused by putting it in and taking it out of the case. I use a Siedio Convert case. Unfortunately, the phone is a real pain to remove/install from that case, BUT, it does provide the protection I need from drops and what not.
     

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