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iPhone 7 in Jet Black: MUCH Better Grip in the Hand + SIM-Free iPhone 7 Now Available

Apple is now selling SIM-free iPhone 7 models that work with any carrier. Background.

I had now desire for the Jet Black finish, but now it’s the only model I will consider—see discussion below.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus available SIM-free for any carrier

Finish and grip

(!) Grippy or not, I drop my iPhone 6s Plus regularly; see NewerTech NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus (saved my iPhone 6s Plus several times).

Reader Serko A had written me about a week ago stating that the iPhone 7 in Jet Black was “really grippy”. I did not really understand how this could be, so I visited an Apple retail store and compared the Jet Black model to all the other finishes.

Indeed, the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus in Jet Black has much more friction to the hand than the other finishes—rather counterintuitive given its ultra-shiny finish. I had not considered the Jet Black model, but I found the difference so compelling that this is the only finish I will consider now. Why? Because I think the risk of dropping the phone is greatly reduced versus the finish of other models.

The only problem is availability, which is terrible.

iPhone 7 Plus Availability as of 13 Oct 2016

John W writes:

I’ve had my iPhone 7 Plus, Jet Black, for some weeks now and solidly agree about the improved grip of this finish. I’m picky about grip security, as there are many times where I have exclusively one hand available, e.g. on a crowded metro bus. This is the first iPhone since the 3G that I’ve felt comfortable using without a case. No problems with scratches thus far, but I expect it will acquire some mild patina of wear over time.

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