Matte Black better than Jet Black (My opinion only)

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  1. cubsnlinux macrumors newbie

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    I have a regular black 7+ and went to the Apple Store to checkout the Jet Black iPhone. They have a JB 7 on display. The front side of both JB and Black phones look exactly identical in finish. The back side is where things get interesting. The JB iPhone feels awesome to grip and hold but it is a finger print magnet. The Apple Store employees were constantly wiping it with a microfiber cloth. I tried to wipe off the finger prints by rubbing it on my shirt but they were stubborn. It looks absolutely dirty with those prints as they show very easily with all the light reflecting off of its surface. There were no scratch marks on the JB display model but I can imagine that any scratches will show very easily than on the regular Black version.

    I have an option to pickup a JB 7+ next week but I decided to pass and keep my regular Black 7+.
     
  2. noobinator macrumors 601

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    Here's my Hierarchy: New/nice and or clean jet black > Matt black > Jet black > the rest
     
  3. cubsnlinux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Agreed. A super clean Jet Black phone is the nicest looking of the lot. But it only looks good in pictures and in display. For day to day use the regular Black model is the way to go.
     
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  6. sekazi macrumors 6502

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    I like the contrast of a really dark black and blue so I went Jet Black and Sea Blue.
     
  7. big samm macrumors 65816

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    I went with matte black and couldn't be happier!!
     
  8. bnekic macrumors 6502a

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    Happy I went with black as well, jet black gets smudged up in seconds and after a few days already has little scratches.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Why do matte Black owners keep starting threads like this but not the JB owners?
     
  10. MikeKlump macrumors member

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    Honestly I think the JB looks much nicer and the fact that it has so much better grip also seems great. I would prefer to have the JB but just me personally knowing myself I know that any tiny little scratch on the back would drive me nuts. I use a case regardless but when taking my old iPhone 6s out of it's case every now and then I would admire the device and if I had the JB any little scratch that I know would always be there would drive me nuts. I am very happy with my Matte Black 7 Plus at the moment.

    I can't really fault anyone for getting the JB though. I think it's a really great looking device and I've been seeing a billboard off the 405N here in LA lately that has been making me question my decision daily lol.
     
  11. phobos512 macrumors regular

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    I'm doing the same. Has your case shipped yet? My case was due to be delivered first but my phone should be here Thursday/Friday and my case has seen no movement yet (it's due for delivery this week but stuck on Processing still).
     
  12. sekazi macrumors 6502

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    Not yet. It says 9-20 to 9-27 and still in processing. I was surprised it sold so fast. If my iPhone ends up shipping sooner like others have I will end up having to go to the Apple store and picking up hopefully a silicone or a leather case if they even have one of those.
     
  13. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    Apple used both blacks in their slick new ads. Advertising the most difficult models to order. Good job Apple.
     
  14. cubsnlinux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Because Apple has put the main focus on JB and with equal money JB seems to be the no brainer for someone looking to purchase a black 7. But for folks like me it doesn't appear so. If Apple instead promoted the matte black version then you would'nt have seen all these threads.
     
  15. ncx5 macrumors newbie

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    Long time lurker... ordered 7+ MB 256.

    Lol, no need to wait for Jet Black:
     
  16. Chronus macrumors regular

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    JB owners are content with their choice but the matte black brigade need reassurance and to justify their choice of matte black because of their fear of fingerprints and on a mobile phone.
     
  17. cubsnlinux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If you are putting a case then both models will look exactly the same. Like I said the difference is only on the back. So you will get the same contrast with both.
     
  18. phobos512 macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same date group as you (Plus case). I ordered a couple different cheap cases off Amazon just to try out some different ones before the phone was even available for preorder just in case the Apple case didn't show up (and I already received all of them). Looking more like that was a good idea.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 19, 2016 ---
    That is true (save for the bit around the camera that will still be exposed). However, JB is the only one that indicates it's a little more exclusive since it's only on the non-32GB phones. That was my sole reason for getting it. It'll go into a case directly out of the box, and it will stay pristine, just like every other phone I've ever owned. And in the end maybe I'll sell it for more than I paid for it, just like my 6S Plus. And maybe not. But it's all good either way :)
     
  19. noobinator macrumors 601

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    Dear Jet Black Owners,

    I love you. Please don't let the other Matte Black owners speak for us all. I wish to live in peace and harmony with you!

    -Matte Black owner
     
  20. JayLenochiniMac, Sep 19, 2016
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    So matte Black owners are suffering a serious case of inferiority complex?

    Really, they're advertising the JB because it looks most different from the current lineup, really no different from Rose Gold, Gold, Black and Slate, White iPhone 3G/4, etc. at their debuts. It's nothing more than marketing.
     
  21. sekazi macrumors 6502

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    http://i.imgur.com/9HPlcoA.jpg vs http://i.imgur.com/A1uJqK8.jpg + The bottom of the phone will be jet black.
     
  22. woozor1 macrumors regular

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    everyone go for matt black and cancel your JB orders so my JB+ arrives faster :D
     
  23. cinder macrumors member

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    I think I've figured it out

    I ordered a Jet Black, supposedly delivered around Oct 4-10.
    But then it shipped over the weekend and is due Thursday.
    (Apple seem to be experts at shifting production mid-stream and redirecting to demand. It's insane.)

    But during that time I spent more time with the JB in person at the store and realized how much it bugged me that fingerprints were all over it - and 'micro abrasions'. That, at the fact that the normal Black looks WAY darker in person compared to the product shots. The product shots look like they're designed to make the JB look blacker.

    But then I felt a twinge of 'fear' because then I wouldn't have the 'coolest' and rarest color. I'm being honest here. This is a really, stupid, stilly 'fear' — but a fear nonetheless.

    So, I just decided to put aside my fear of not being the most intense Apple Fanatic and reserved a Black at midnight at my local store and picked to up today.
    I'll return the JB and helpfully some wondrous person will enjoy and appreciate it more than I.

    Really happy for JB lovers and I hope they're satisfied.
    May your phone be eternally protected from smears and little baby scratches.
     
  24. Zorn macrumors 6502a

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    Because they are trying very hard to reassure themselves that they made the right decision by settling on matte black rather than waiting for jet black to become available.
     
  25. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    They need reassurance after picking the inferior color ;)
     

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