“With the release of the iPhone 7, customers have a lot of choice when it comes to purchasing the best iPhone for their personal circumstances,” Jeff Benjamin writes for 9to5Mac. “If you’re in the market for a new iPhone 7, which new iPhone should you consider buying?”

“I’m convinced that the new sweet spot for storage space is the 128GB version of the iPhone. 128GB lends users a high storage ceiling,” Benjamin writes. “Only the most prolific storage users might look into the 256GB models of the iPhone 7. But if money is no issue, it certainly can’t hurt to opt for that much storage.”

“Color is highly subjective, but there are some definite things to consider here as well. Do you want to make it obvious that you have the latest and greatest? If so, then Black and Jet Black are your best options,” Benjamin writes. “Do you use your iPhone naked, i.e. without a case? If so, and you aren’t worried about scratches and micro abrasions, then the Jet Black iPhone is by far the best feeling iPhone from a tactile perspective. I’ve long held the opinion that the plastic iPhone 5c was the best handling iPhone up until this moment in time, but the Jet Black model easily dethrones it.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We chose Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus flagship over iPhone 7 for three reasons: Display size, camera, and battery life. We’re willing to carry something larger in exchange for those three things.

The amount of time spent on iPhone’s exquisite design, in general, and the copious extra effort spent on the Jet Black finish, in particular, means that our 256GB Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus units will be used without cases. Just like Jony Ive’s iPhone.

iPhones are meant to be used. And use creates a certain patina. You don’t buy a leather sofa and immediately encase it in plastic – unless you’re Great Aunt Aunt Edith (who’d never a buy sofa in leather anyway, but you get the point).

If resale value is your main concern or if you’re prone to dropping your iPhone, then use a case (something like this $14.99 Caseology clear case; there’s no need to break the bank). But, of course, as with any full-body case you’re making your iPhone thicker, heavier, and potentially causing it to run hotter, so, if you’re willing to absorb the mere $25 dollar or so difference in resale value between a year old iPhone with normal signs of wear vs. “flawless” (which, serious, have they ever given that designation to you even after having it entombed at all times?) you might want to consider eschewing the case.

We treat our iPhones like the pocketable personal computers they are (no dropping), so we’re willing to take the $25 hit in resale value each year in order to be able to enjoy the craftsmanship of Apple’s industrial design, nude, in all of its glory.