Gold-colored smartphones - hot or not?

You may have noticed that major smartphone makers recently started to release golden versions of their flagship handsets. Not golden as in plated in gold (although some of these exist as well), but just colored in various hues of gold. As you probably know, we have a gold iPhone 5S, a gold LG G2, a gold HTC One M8, and a gold Samsung Galaxy S5, among others. And let’s not forget that the unannounced LG G3 seemingly has a gold variant, too.

In the past, high-end smartphones colored in gold were pretty rare. But something happened lately that determined companies to include gold among the color options of the handsets mentioned above (and not only). Of course, it is true that this color gives the impression of luxury. But you know how the old saying goes: all that glitters is not gold. So that's pretty much a false impression after all.

Is this just a temporary trend that will fade away soon? We don’t know. But we’re curious to find out how many of our readers really dig the gold color when it comes to smartphones. This being said, cast your votes in the poll below, and leave your comments (if you have any) after that.

Gold-colored smartphones - do you like them?

Yes. They have a "je ne sais quoi" that attracts me.
18.22%
Maybe, but it depends on the design of the smartphone.
47.33%
No. No, no, no.
34.45%

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97 Comments

97. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Silver and Black is the best design for me

96. royrrs

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

only the iphone 5s

94. ItsJustAC

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

I think its a great colour for metallic looking phones. I haven't owned a device with a gold option myself, but I think a number of devices look good with it.

92. Trex95

Posts: 2397; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

88. Sadiq

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Na (y) Pushto :p

87. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Band-aid edition!!!!!!

81. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Nu -in romanian.

79. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

A golden iphone 5s looks great, GS5 I'd prefer electric blue, htc one looks great in gold, and umm lg g2 well I'd rather get a white version or maybe black...

78. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Gold IPhone and HTC one m7 or m8- hot! The rest not!. But I still prefer red and black combination of colors on phone..esp the type of red HTC uses on m7!

76. magnum44 unregistered

Frankly if l am in the market now to buy any of these 3 devices shown in the picture, l'll go for the gold-colour version of all of them (if available) ... not because of taste but because of the novelty factor. However, any devices made of REAL GOLD would be as hideous as gold Rolexes and jewellery when worn by some men.

75. Jaeel

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

I associate gold with things that should last for decades, seeing it on smartphones makes me twitch. So out of place.

71. clevercarlos

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I have the gold 5s! Personally I wanted the silver one but since I got it the day it came out, they had very little options to choose from. After having it for a while I'm glad I got stuck with the gold one. It has grown on me lol

70. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Sony knows purple is the new gold.

66. hazman_pds

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

The gold-colour is beautiful on aluminum phones but ugly on polycarbonate backplates

65. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Only black phones. White phones are okay only if the front bezels are black. Eg. Nexus 5

64. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I wouldn't even wear a gold necklace or watch, let alone a phone. Maybe white gold

58. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

It depends on the design of the phone. The HTC One M8 and iPhone 5s in gold is sexy and the Galaxy S5 in gold is ugly and looks like a band-aid.

57. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Gold is an okay color for gold rings and jewelry, but not for cars, mobile phones, or anything else that isn't jewelry. It's just too outlandish looking, and makes a person look like they think they are rich or higher-class than a normal everyday person. So, I would never go with a gold phone, ever. As for everyone else, that's up to them to figure out for themselves.

56. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I see my phones as a piece of technology, not a piece of jewelry so gold is just too gaudy for me. Right now the gunmetal M8 is probably the best looking phone on the market, maybe tied with the Z2.

55. newbey123

Posts: 707; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Depends on the phone design. The HTC and Apple look pretty nice in gold. The gold sammy just makes the bad design look worse.

54. maxmppower unregistered

Gives it a cool look if you ask me.

53. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

The subtlety of gold color and design on iPhone 5s makes it better than the two on above photo.

51. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

I want Hot Rod Red Xperia Z2.

48. jinxtabator

Posts: 20; Member since: May 19, 2013

can't blame them for catering to important markets where bling is still king- but would also like to see more colour choice for those countries whose palate has moved on (hope the moto x has started something)

47. MobileNico

Posts: 96; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Moto X with Walnut or Ebony wood back and a gold trim is gorgeous. All gold is just too gawdy.

46. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Whether it's a tooth, a chain and medallion laying among the matted hair on the chest of some guy with his shirt unbuttoned to the waist, or a smartphone, gold is gaudy.

39. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

iPhone 5s and ntc one are great in gold, but the gs5 is like a hansaplasthttp://www.galsnguys.gr/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/3.jpg

36. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Tacky.

33. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Tbh apple did it really nice. its a perfect blend on the iphone 5s :p. Going only gold is horrible..

26. OmarKS

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Only the gold iphone5s looks stunning. Then HTC One phones too. So it actually depends on design. Gold samsung flagships looks so boring & funny, really.

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