Jet Black Scratches Easier: Actually, Not Really

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  1. tinyman392

    tinyman392 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I originally wasn't planning to post anything after the headphone jack thing... But this popped up and it just seemed insanely misinformed or heavily click-bait.

    OK, a lot of blog posts have me a little ticked off right now with their, "Apple says that the jet black finish will scratch easier than the other phones." I'm not sure if it was just one blogger not understanding the statement, or the chemistry, and everyone else just copying it or everyone doesn't understand the post. Apple said nothing about scratching easier. They actually used the verbiage, "equally as hard" but also stated that it'll show micro-abrasions easier. This is two fold.

    Scratch Resistance

    Let's start with the scratch resistance thing. Both, no, all the phones are equally as scratch resistant. They all use the same material, anodized aluminum. This material can also be referred to as aluminum oxide in the chemistry world, but we better know it as sapphire (non-crystalize, and non-fancy type). They both have the same hardness and actually a higher hardness than Gorilla Glass. To be honest, there aren't too many things that exist that will scratch this, but they exist. With that said, if an object scratches one, it'll scratch the others as well.

    Polished vs Matte

    What Apple is actually saying is that the jet black finish is polished. Any scratch, no matter how minute (even micro, hairline scratches) will be visible on any polished surface. Many matted (like traditional anodized aluminum) surfaces won't show these scratches as they are masked. It's like looking at a scratch on frosted glass and a scratch on crystal-clear glass. You'll have an easier time finding that scratch on the clear glass simply because you don't have the frost trying to mask anything.

    Will You Like It?

    This is really the million dollar question. No one has had the opportunity to pick up the phone and see how scratch resistant it is. No one has had the opportunity to see what a scratch on its surface even looks like. However, we do have a similar analog to it. No, it's not as glossy, but it will give you an idea of how often you'll see scratches and how they will appear. It's the Apple logo on the back of the device (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad). If you look closely, yours has probably scratched, at least once (probably multiple times). This is what the scratches will look like and how often they'll appear (per Apple-logo unit area). If you can live with that, awesome! You might enjoy the jet black! If you can't, may I suggest the black that is reminiscent of the DarthPods of the iPod Touch 1G days (remember those?)? *Queue empire theme now*
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    iPhone 7 Plus' jet black and matte black are both new color.
    How to choose between Jet black or Matte black?

    Conclusion about Jet Black's flaw about Fingerprint magnet&smudges, Slippery, Easy to show scratches, etc
    In some aspects it was more easy results compared to matte black. And it was cool:DDD:cool:

    The reason to choose matte might be more rough on the surface, look more formal.

    No hard answer, depends on what you like.
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  3. tinyman392

    tinyman392 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The jet black is most definitely not slippery, it's actually quite the opposite. The scratches and finger prints are the issue, the fingerprints can be wiped off, the scratches are another thing though.