The search for the perfect shade of blue: a selection of some great blue phones from the past and present


When it comes to selling phones, color is important. Just ask Apple who is enjoying booming iPhone 7 sales of two particular models: black and jet black, both almost impossible to find within the first two months of sale of the device.

There is one color option these days that seems to be getting more and more popular: blue.

Blue phones are by no means new: we’ve had blue phones in the era of dumbphones some 10 and even 15 years ago (in fact, my first phone was a basic Motorola phone that I can’t even recall the name of, and it had a blue back). Some of the more popular Motor Razr phones were also blue, but a ton of others as well.

It’s interesting, though, that there is a renaissance, a search for the perfect blue: from the bold, neon-like blue on the new Google Pixel to the reflective and playful blue variations in phones like the HTC U Ultra and Honor 8, and then also the new specially composited blue metal on devices like the Huawei P9 and the Sony Xperia XZ. Take a look at this stunning variety of blue phones that you can buy right now and let us know: do you have a favorite?

HTC U Ultra

Year: 2017


To stand out of the crowd, the HTC U Ultra sports a "Liquid Surface", an all-glass design with highly reflective surfaces. The interesting and peculiar thing about it is that the of paint is applied under the glass layer that gives it a distinct look, all while preserving the vivid color. While the blue color option is the signature one for the series, the HTC U Ultra is offered in other colors as well: pink, white, and what appears to be a very dark shade of green.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge "Coral Blue"

Year: 2016


Samsung made a big deal out of its Coral Blue shade that it released for both the Galaxy Note 7 (now discontinued) and the Galaxy S7 Edge. And for a good reason: the subtle, slightly pale shade of blue flows over to the front of the phone, completely encircling the phone. And it definitely stands out. A lot of people were excited to get this flagship phone with this new shade. Interestingly, the subtle blue shade that Samsung uses is actually different from the mostly darker shades of blue that other phone makers often prefer.

Google Pixel "Really Blue"

Year: 2016


If you are looking for the most shocking blue color in a phone, the Google Pixel is definitely at the top ranks. Its "Really Blue" color is an inky, overly vivid tone that contrasts strangely with the white front of the phone. This definitely makes the phone noticed and we have heard people either love it or hate it, but it's rarely in-between.

Huawei P9

Year: 2016


The Huawei P9 is probably the best phone of 2016 that the America never heard of. Meanwhile, Huawei grew to become the world's third-largest phone maker and updated its P9 flagship with two new colors in the fall: the stunning blue and red. Both look amazing, with a brushed metal finish showing underneath the protective layer on the back, and making for a stunning look.

Sony Xperia XZ

Year: 2016


Sony brought an improved, evolved design this year with the Xperia XZ. The phone has a back made out of a special aluminum alloy that Sony calls 'Alkaleido'. In real life, it’s a shiny metal finish with a very smooth coating that actually makes it feel a bit like glass or glossy plastic. Its slightly colder temperature and darker character makes it one of the moodier blue phones out there. And it looks really good when it’s clean, but as all glossy surfaces, it's good at catching fingerprints and is getting smudged easily.

Honor 8

Year: 2016


Honor, a Huawei offshoot that sells phone online only and because of this is able to undercut the competition in terms of price, really scored a winner in 2016 with the Honor 8. The phone was a true design master-piece, employing a complicated new finishing process and a beautifully polished glass frame, with a just-right, 5.2-inch form factor and fit. The blue underneath it reflects light in an extremely strange manner, creating peculiar reflections that you can gaze at with awe.

The Galaxy S6 was one of the first phones that predicted the flurry of blue phones that would hit the market in 2016. Winners get noticed and the Galaxy S6 was certainly one: probably its popularity and the popularity of its new glass design and trendy blue color inspired many other phone makers to go on a similar route.

Apple iPhone 5C

Year: 2013


Speaking about design and color would not be full if we did not mention Apple. Apple scored its own 'very blue' phone with the all-plastic iPhone 5C. Its toy-like look and weird case made it a strange combination, and it is now perceived as one of the less popular iPhones. Still, the light, creamy blue shade that Apple chose for it definitely turned some heads and inspired other phone makers to look in the direction of color in smartphones with serious intentions.

HTC One

Year: 2013


HTC, the early metal design pioneer in the smartphone world, was at it early: the metal blue version of the HTC One (M7, the original) was sold in fairly limited quantities compared to the mainstream grey version, but it had a peculiar charm to it. The brushed metal finish, the impressive blue color, all make the One an early trend-setter in design.

Samsung Galaxy S III Pebble Blue

Year: 2012


We're not going to go in the dark days of phones when there are many more blue phones to be found. However, we will end this with the 2012 Samsung Galaxy S III. An early revolution in design, the 4.8-inch flagship phone was not only among the thinnest phones out there at the time, it also carried a modern, pebble-like shape with rounded edges and was probably the first popular Android phone to add some color in a market dominated by black and grey.

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29 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You could have used a MUCH better s7 pic than that. It doesn't show just how nice that blue is against the bronzey gold frame

2. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Apple invented all the colors. And still innovate there. That's what Apple do. Cause this the most important.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lumia had blues before it was cool but no one will care because its WP.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

S7 and the HTC One are my favorites

5. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

S7 edge

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Note 7 in "Coral" blue for me. WHen it was first announced, I was thinking it was too "girly" of a color, and the way it showed on the stage, it didn't look cool to me. So I had it in my head, I was only going to get black or gold. But once i saw the Note 7 in the blue in person, I was like, I gotta have that. Even though the S7 Edge now has the same color option, when I hold the Note 7 side by side with my wife's new S7 Edge, it just doesn't feel or look the same. Anyone who claims the Note 7 is just the S7 Edge with a pen, is a dumbass. The Note is definitely the better of the 2. I just can't bring myself to by the S7 edge for me. With exception fo the Note 4/5, every Note I've had has been awesome. The 2 and 3 especially.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Sony Xperia XZ is the most beautiful.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I'm pretty sure not a single OEM decided to go with a blue phone purely because of the iPhone 5C, seeing as blue phones were around long before the 5C...but you guys over at PA can keep telling yourselves whatever you'd like to believe.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL yeah, seeing how the s3 was blue before the 5c

24. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

S3 Pebble blue was not really like blue, more like metallic gray.

9. S4NDY

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Hope Huawei p10 comes blue color option. :)

10. ushoda

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

https://www.prlog.org/10864923-n8-blue.jpg the metallic blue from the N8

11. ushoda

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

12. ushoda

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

13. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

16. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL I had that one

15. ahmadkun

Posts: 586; Member since: May 02, 2016

Nokia 3310 " really really blue " year : 1917 http://i.huffpost.com/gen/3371794/images/o-NOKIA-3310-facebook.jpg

17. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

S6 wasn't the first shinny blue, S5 got shinny blue too.

18. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

Next time, when I buy a smartphone, I always pick the one color that I like most. Blue.

19. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

After S3, Samsung release blue color option for every Galaxy S model. S4 has shinny red and blue

20. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Coral Blue hands down. the HTC one next in line. I have no clue what google was thinking...

21. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Lumia Cyan...the besy blue

22. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I've always loved Samsung's variations on the 'sapphire' theme. Even if I'm not a fan of the glass-backed design the blue shimmer on my Sapphire Black S6e is really nice to look at. I found the black S7s really bland after using an S3 and S6 with interesting colours.

23. SailfishOS

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

No nokias? Come one phonearena...

25. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

"creamy blue shade that Apple chose for it definitely turned some heads and inspired other phone makers to look in the direction of color in smartphones with serious intentions" LOL...#iphonearena

26. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Galaxy Note 5 Black Sapphire?

27. tommy_vercetti

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

IMO, nothing beats the blue on Nokia N8 & N9

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Funny how you skipped many blue phones. The S5 has a "shimmering" blue. http://cdn.gsmarena.com/vv/newsimg/14/08/s5-blue-best-buy/gsmarena_001.jpg The S4 also vame in blue http://www.pageplusvaldosta.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/galaxy-s4-blue.jpg Blue Lumia http://nokiamobileblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/blue-lumia-900.jpg I mean, you didnt hunt very hard, did you PA. Anyways, the best looking options were the Honor 8, S7 Edge and the Note 7 which was not mentioned. Those are the best looking blue phones as far as hue and design to boot with it. The full Blue Galaxy S5 vs the one they started with which was just blue on the back is also a nice looking phone. The Blue S3/S4 were ok, but the phone design itself was lame.

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