As you know I’m still on the 11 Pro and currently have no plans to make the shift to the 12 series but the one thing that has me looking over at them is the in hand feel. I’ve seen lots of different opinions on this and based on my experience of using the X and 11 Pro case-less I’m thinking the 12 or Mini might be the sweet spot for me. The more grippy glossy back and aluminium sides might be the way to go if you want to use the phone without a case.
I find the 11 Pro ok without one but the matte back isn’t that grippy although it does sit better on surfaces.
The best in hand feeling iPhone for me was the iPhone 7 in jet black, followed by the 5C.
I like to think that the majority of people who work at Apple use their iPhone without a case and pay attention to that in hand feel for those of us that really dislike both the look and feel of a case on a device you’re using hours a day. I long for a modern iPhone in either jet black style aluminium finish or plastic but we both know that’s never going to happen. I dislike glass backs and metal sides but aside from switching to a Pixel 5 I don’t have any options.
Do you use a case?