We've all heard about the white back, but what about the black?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by domcole, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. domcole macrumors regular

    May 17, 2008
    Hi everyone.

    I've heard quite a few people comment on the white backing being better because in most lights it hides the fingerprint smudges better than the black one does.

    1/ Do you're fingerprints wipe off easily on the iPhone?

    2/ Does it scratch easily?

    3/ I really am looking forward to the new line of cases Incase are bringing out, the 'slider' for the first generation iPhone was pretty good I heard, does anyone know when the new line is out?

    Any help would be appreciated
  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    The black back seems to pull fingerprints from thin air! It is incredibly prone to picking up finger marks and almost as soon as you pick it up, it's covered in marks.
    I've not noticed any scratches but I've been very, very careful with it.
    The marks do wipe off quite easily except for the new marks you put on it when you hold it to clean the original ones off!

    I've never bothered with cases before but it was driving me up the wall so I bought a Griffin Elan Form case which is fantastic (see this thread for some more info and pics)
  3. BobboZR2 macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2008
    It almost seems as if the back plastic is covered in clear coat. As one poster described, it seems to be made of the same plastic as the home button and feels the same way.
  4. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    The black is horrible with fingerprints. I'm very careful, clean hands, etc. but there's just no hope. You could wash your hands, dry them with a lint free cloth, and carefully hold the phone and it would look just as if you got up from the table at grandma's house after eating greasy fried chicken and rubbed your hands on the back of the phone. No winning here. I probably just should have gotten the white!
  5. macintosh.apple macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    it picks up fingerprints but i think it looks much better than white.
  6. robbents99 macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2001
    Directly under the sun....now.
    Got the 16gig black, as everyone has already mentioned fingerprints all over the screen. I liked it a lot more than the white.
  7. MattyK macrumors 6502a


    Once you break your back, you can never go back (to walking)
    oh right.
    Once you go black, you can never go back.
    So thats why im getting white! so I don't become a chocolate faced hustler.
    Word. Keep it fresh, homie.
  8. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008

    but it wipes off easily.

    cant say too much about the durability about the back though. i keep it on that little cloth they give you while its sitting on my desk. any other time i have it in my holster which has velvet lining
  9. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    OMG, you should see the display black models covered in fingerprints. Im going white for sure.
  10. Amblinman macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    To each his own and all of that but I never understood the obsession with fingerprint smudges. I just don't care. It's a phone, I'm supposed to hold it, not stare at the back of it. Besides, I like the way the new backs look and I'm not going to cover it with some ugly shell.
  11. albeli macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2008
    Fingerprint magnet. No worse than the touchscreen, though.
  12. pauld macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2003
    Tokyo (London for the holidays!)
    I got black and I really don't notice any fingerprints, at least not anything worth mentioning.
  13. Jshwon macrumors 6502


    Nov 2, 2007
    finger prints are in abundance but wipe away nicely. I think the plastic back will be more durable than the first gen phone. To me it seems to be made of the same plastic of the mighty mouse. And that dosent scratch at all.
  14. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    Are you guys eating chips, then using the phone?

    Joking. But seriously, I don't have that bad a problem with finger prints on my black phone. I'm sure everyone produces different amounts of skin oils. I mean yes I can see finger prints, but one swipe down the phone with my hand and it looks good to go. Not to mention, now my case is in a silicon case so now I can eat chips and use my phone.

  15. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    I hear you, but I don't think that comparison is fair. That finish on your mouse is always "face up" and it touched only by your skin. A phone can go in pockets with other things, be set "finish side down" on tables, etc and at the very least, be slid repeatedly in and out of a carrying case of some type. Much greater chance to come in contact with abrasive surfaces than the mouse.
  16. heyp macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2008
    i ordered the black from att but after seeing the white one at apple, i'm having second thoughts... you don't really see the smudges on the white like the black... if only they would have just put a matte finish on it, oh well
  17. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    LOL, you think the one with the white back will show less fingerprints on the screen?
  18. firstapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    A matte finish on it... Ever seen a black MacBook? I had one and it had a matte finish on it and let me tell you, even worse fingerprint/grease magnet.
  19. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Surely it depends.
    None of my black matte stuff show any fingerprints at all. Samsung phone(s), Socket Mobile PDA, different card readers, Senny HD25-1s, and so on – no fingerprints.

    On the other hand, my red Tivoli Audio "Songbook" is a bitch when it comes to fingerprints: It's all over the place –*but then again, it's the same rubbery covering as the one on the blackbook.
  20. Sphyrna macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2008
    Eh, I don't think the black looks so bad. Yea it gets smudged easily, but I found unless I'm holding it in just the right light they aren't really noticeable.
  21. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    All of you are OCD:D

    It's a phone. It's meant to be used, not stared at.

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