Poll results: Gold-colored smartphones - hot or not?

Earlier this month, we ran a poll asking you to share your opinion regarding gold-colored smartphones - since most major handset makers seem to love them lately. We received a total of 4,346 votes, and the conclusion is that golden smartphones are not as hot as manufacturers apparently believe they are. Well, at least not for our readers.

Only 18.72% of those who voted (792 users) truly dig gold-colored smartphones. Almost half of all voters (47.33%, meaning 2,057 users) said that they might like them, but in the end it all depends on the actual design of a handset - because some devices can look good in gold, while others would be just gaudy. Finally, there are 1,497 voters (34.45%) who definitely won’t be buying any golden smartphone anytime soon. Or ever.

If you didn’t have the chance to vote while the poll was still active, you can certainly share your thoughts about gold-colored smartphones in the comments below.

P.S.: just in case there’s someone out there who doesn’t recognize the four smartphones pictured above, these are: LG G2, HTC One M8, Apple iPhone 5s, and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Gold-colored smartphones - do you like them?

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



45. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yuck to all of them.

44. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

I'm not one of the 18%, but I'll go out on a limb and say that 18% represents a niche of the market that's worth catering to.

43. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Gold colored plastic is just silly. Gold mixed with another color just looks like bad design. All gold on metal looks nice. But really if gold is what you want then nothing is better than real gold rather than gold color.

37. rayman173

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Gold looks good on the premium built devices (a.k.a the Iphone and the HTC One M8)

40. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, gold looks tacky on all devices. Gold is OK as an accent color, but when there is a lot of gold it just makes the owner look attention starved.

36. azers07

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

I would vote to replace gold version with cyan =)

34. JC557

Posts: 1927; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I'm more in the maybe camp. In person the HTC One M8 and iPhone 5s in gold looks quite nice and pretty classy, the pics make them look brighter than they really are(stupid marketing tricks really). Then again it's not fully gold but kinda like champagne gold which looks better than the fully solid gold color. It's also the anodized aluminum that helps make the gold a little better looking. I think the iPhone 5s in gold has the best color combo (in person) with the HTC One M8 in second. Still I prefer my gun metal gray M8.

32. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

If its done right then yes, they look great. The 5S looks great because its so subtle, the other 3 are way to over the top and therefore look nothing but garrish...

31. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

iPhone 5S is the best looking gold phone because it's not fully gold Color and half of it is white.

30. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The galaxy s5 looks horrendous in gold because it looks like a cheap plastic gold like jewellery from a cheap discount store. The gold Iphone certainly is the best looking of the gold handsets and with teenage girls being a huge portion of apples buyer base the colour has proven popular with them

29. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Iphone 5s looks best in champagne gold. All gold is just pain for eyes and invitation for thieves. But still only black phones for me. White phones only if the front bezels are black like lumias, xperia NXT or nexus 5.

25. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

iPhone 5S was gorgeous, to me they are more like fashion icon. I love android smartphone even more because of wide selection smartphone for various user needs and htc one m8 in gold wasn't really bad either.

23. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Somehow the GS5 looks quite nice. It doesn't have that band aid colour...band aid colour is more skin tone where this is like champagne gold so definitely a huge fan of the colour

26. maherk

Posts: 7101; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The whole band aid thing started with a photoshopped picture of the S5. The gold color on the S5 looks NOTHING like the one on a band aid, and anyone who believes so surely didn't see the gold version in front of him neither did they ever used a band aid.

21. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I like android but I'm not too biased. To be honest, apple pulled off the gold color the best. It's the only phone that uses gold to look elegant instead of appearing as dull old yellow color.

19. Furbal unregistered

I -do- not like the iPhone, but the rest look terrible in gold and I own a g2 and a s5...

15. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I personally like phones to be black with red accents or vice versa. (I.E. HTC Droid DNA)

8. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I'm not a fan of it but from the ones shown above, the HTC looks the best. Commenter said it best on the original article, black with a gold trim would look the best. I'd buy that before any of the options above.

13. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

remember Xperia Ray for me that was the best gold color option for that time... at least at the back only..

14. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Matches the black front, top, and bottom better.

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Woo! Shoutout to me!

42. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Lol. What can I say, you nailed it.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

iphone 5s looks great with the gold side edges and logo. the rest is just golden brown..

38. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They all look tacky.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The S5 in gold color looks horrible.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yeah, the S5 and G2 look ugly and unnatural. Definitely the best looking gold smartphone is the iPhone 5S.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Agreed. But gold colored phones are a bit overhyped imo.

18. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

I think metal finish devices would suit gold better than plastic grade

10. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Band aid :P

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Exactly lol. :P

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