Best gold-colored smartphones (2015)

Best gold-colored smartphones (2015)
2015 is a pretty good year for folks who have a thing for gold (the color, not the precious metal) and for new smartphones. Several years ago, not many relevant smartphone makers offered gold-colored handsets, but now pretty much everyone does it.

In 2014, we presented a list of the best gold smartphones that were available at the time. Now, when we're already in the fourth quarter of 2015, we have a new list, this time including only golden handsets introduced this year. Not each and every one of them - we're only presenting the finest of what's out there. In chronological order:

Like its predecessor - the One M8 - the HTC One M9 is a 5-inch 1080p metal-made smartphone with Boom Sound speakers and a distinctive design (compared to non-HTC devices). The M9 is powered by Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, also offering 3 GB of RAM, a 20 MP rear camera, 32 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2840 mAh battery. Sure enough, the M9 is not the newest handset around, but the good news is that it can now be bought for under $500 unlocked.

Announced at the same time with the HTC One M9, but released a bit later, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge marked a new design direction for Samsung - one that sacrificed things like removable batteries and expandable storage for a slim metal-and-glass construction. The S6 and S6 edge are also notable for being exclusively powered by Samsung's own Exynos 7 Octa 7420 processor, so there are no Qualcomm-based versions of them. Both the S6 and S6 edge offer 5.1-inch Quad HD screens, with the mention that the screen of the latter is curved on the sides. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have four color variants each, Gold Platinum being one of them.

Huawei's P8 is another slim, metal-made smartphone that's can be bought in gold (among other colors). The P8 is powered by Huawei's octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 930 processor, which may not be on par with other high-end octa-core chipsets, but still gets the job done. Sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the Huawei P8 further features a 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front-facing camera, 3 GB of RAM, microSD card slot, and a 2680 mAh battery.

After the well-received G2 and G3, LG this year introduced the G4, which brings improvements in almost all areas: we've got a better 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a newer processor (Snapdragon 808), a superior 16 MP rear camera, and so on. The G4 is not made out of metal, instead coming with either a leather, or a plastic back cover. The plastic version includes a gold option, while the leather one does not.

ZTE surprised us this summer with the Axon Pro, a premium smartphone made out of metal, packed with high-end features, and sold at a relatively affordable price: $449 (unlocked). Highlights of the Axon Pro include a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a dual 13 MP rear camera, 4 GB of RAM, Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and near stock Android Lollipop.

As its name suggests, the Galaxy S6 edge+ is the bigger brother of the S6 edge. The + version sports a dual-curve 5.7-inch Quad HD display (instead of the 5.1-inch one of the smaller model), and comes with 4 GB of RAM instead of just 3 GB, plus a bigger battery (3000 mAh), Other than that, the S6 edge+ isn't too different from the regular S6 edge, but it's definitely an option to consider if you need an extra-large smartphone with an uncommon design.

Samsung's Galaxy Notes have been the kings of phablets for years, so we were expecting the Note5 to be a top-class device. And it is. While it has about the same size as the Note 4 (thanks to a similar 5.7-inch Quad HD screen), the Note5 comes with a new design (based on the metal-and-glass approach of the Galaxy S6 family) and plenty of improvements: from the Exynos 7 Octa 7420 processor and 4 GB of RAM, to the new S Pen stylus and the new cameras (16 MP on the back, 5 MP on the front).

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus look like last year's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but they bring a slew of enhancements - including 3D Touch, a faster processor, 2 GB of RAM, improved battery life, better cameras with 4K video recording, and a tougher aluminum construction. Overall, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are the best iPhones yet (but that's to be expected with all new iPhone models, isn't it?). Besides the regular gold option (which has been available since the iPhone 5s), the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus also come in rose gold, so now you have two different gold nuances to choose from.

The Xperia Z5 is Sony's newest family of premium water-resistant smartphones, and includes three distinct models: the 4.6-inch Z5 Compact, the 5.2-inch Z5, and the 5.5-inch Z5 Premium. But only the Z5 and Z5 Premium have gold variants. As you may know, both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processors, and come with brand new Sony-made 23 MP rear cameras, among other common features. However, the Z5 Premium is unique, thanks to the fact that its 5.5-inch screen supports 4K (2160 x 3840 pixels) resolutions.



10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Based on my experience with having had the smaller S6 Edge and now I have the Edge+, I actually liked the smaller one better. I would love to have the Gold Note, but so far the only way to get it is to buy the International version, and it doesn't work with Samsung Pay. The only iPhone that looked good in gold was the 5S. With exception of the Rose Gold iPhone, all the phones here are gold. Real Rose Gold depending on the jewler is a reddish/copper/brown - This Rose Gold is very girly and to light -

9. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

even if i am 6s plus the best looking is galaxy note 5

7. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Best looking from these is Z5

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The Gold Z5 Looks So Good.

4. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

What about the pink... I mean rose gold iPhones.

3. gregalex87

Posts: 2; Member since: May 28, 2012

Xperia M5 Gold is also good in Mid Range.

2. waroftunami

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I own a copper coloured z3 and IMO this colour looks better than gold ones!.. All companies should start producing this colour besides gold

12. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I totally agree. I own the Z3 copper too. I returned the black one for this.

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The iPhone looks too ugly to be considered one of the best, IMO. Would agree if it were the iPhone 5/5s. - with a non-gold front, it's more for show-off (those standing behind the phone) than for you to look at...and the gold disappears once in a case. - with thick fugly antenna lines that unappologetically stand out on the back, not much of a pleasure to look at from the back either...

6. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I totally agree. Among these, the Gold s6 edge plus looks the most unique. iPhones are pretty common and generic looking, IMO. I get asked a lot what phone is it, when I use my S6 edge plus in public. Really, samsung got it rightit with the S6 edge/edge plus. iPhone is a an ugly ass huge phone with low res display and thick bezels next to the s6 edge+.

11. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Not for me. The S6 shape is a bit peculiar and irks me somewhat. 1. The One M9 2. The P8 That's it. I wanted to push the iPhone into the third category but the antenna bands just look hilarious for me so sorry Apple.

8. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

iPhones looked like a clown against these beautiful Android devices.

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