Even if you've decided to pick up a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, it's always going to have to be followed by a choice on colors. After you buy the phone there's no going back to get a new color, and while a case can add a bit of flair later on you can't get around your initial decision.

Let's take a look at all four glorious colors of these phones together, then quickly break down the characteristics and availability of each.

Galaxy S7 edge colors

Galaxy S7 edge colors

Galaxy S7 edge colors

Galaxy S7 edge colors

Black

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Black is easily the sleekest color of the bunch. Not only is it dramatically less reflective than the other colors, Samsung has also dropped some of the shiny trim around the home button and camera pod to accompany it. If you were a fan of the deep blue of last year's Galaxy phones, you'll love this one. You can get both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in black.

Gold

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Gold is just the new thing to do — you can find it as a color option from most manufacturers nowadays. But nobody's gold stands out like Samsung's gold. It's even flashier and more reflective than previous gold phones from Samsung, and if that speaks to you then go for it — just don't say we didn't warn you. You can get both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in the gold color.

Silver

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The silver color is a bit more reflective than last year's, but still isn't quite as ostentatious as the gold variant. That being said, in the right light the gold and silver can almost look identical. It's flashy, it's bright and it almost acts like a mirror when it's cleaned up. Silver is exclusively available for the Galaxy S7 edge.

White

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Ah yes, it's fitting that the white version of the phone is a bit of a unicorn. When the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge launch in the U.S., white won't be a color option. We know that it will only be available internationally (at launch, anyway — who knows if that could change), but even then we don't know details on just which countries and which of the two models will offer the color. But if it is available where you're looking to buy, you'll find it to be nearly identical to the white of last year.