What color Pixel 4 should I buy?

Google Pixel 4 XL
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The Google Pixel 4 is here. It's packing an impressive camera, more RAM than ever before, and there's no notch in sight. Hooray! This year's Pixel is offered in three different colors, including Oh So Orange, Clearly White, and Just Black. All of them look great, but if you ask us, there's one that stands out above the rest. Need help deciding which color is right for you? Let's take a closer look at all of them.

The Oh So Orange Pixel 4 looks oh so good


We don't think any of the Pixel 4's color options are "bad" by any means, but Oh So Orange stands out as our clear favorite. This is the most vibrant and visually-interesting color you can get for the phone, and it's quite a bit different from the Pixel 3 and 3a's Not Pink and Purple-ish colorways that were considerably more subdued.

The orange back of Oh So Orange looks incredible, offering a hue that's warm and colorful without being overly punchy or intense. It's paired with an orange power button to tie the whole package together, and the black camera hump, black frame, and black bezel around the display offer a good contrast to the vibrant orange.

There is a pretty big downside to all of this greatness, however.

Oh So Orange is a "limited edition" color for the Pixel 4, meaning that once it's gone, it's gone for good. As such, if you want this color for yourself, you better place your order sooner rather than later.

Google's panda design is back with Clearly White


If Oh So Orange is a bit too intense for your personal preference, the next color we'd recommend checking out is Clearly White.

Clearly White ditches the orange backside for a stark white one, giving the Pixel 4 a sense of minimalism. The rear camera hump stands out the most on the Clearly White Pixel 4, and while it does offer a nice contrast, it may be too garish for some potential buyers. Plus, there's an orange power button to add a little pop of color!

What we especially like about the Clearly White Pixel 4 is that it has a black frame to go along with the white back. This design choice harkens back to the panda/stormtrooper color for the Pixel 2 XL back in 2017, and it's a small design decision that ends up creating for a really outstanding package.

Just Black is boring, and that's OK

Rounding out the trio of Pixel 4 colors, we have Just Black. As the name suggests, Just Black is, well, just black.

Everything about this version of the Pixel 4 is covered in a black paint job — the back glass, frame, rear camera, display bezel, and even the power button. It's incredibly stealthy and is by far the sleekest Pixel 4 being offered.

Some people might consider the Just Black Pixel 4 to be "boring", but others are bound to love its simplistic nature. If you're someone that wants your gadgets to fade into the background rather than sticking out for the world to see, Just Black makes the most sense out of everything that's offered.

This is also the only Pixel 4 color that has a shimmery glass back, whereas Oh So Orange and Clearly White has a matte finish.

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.