What color Samsung Galaxy S21 FE should you buy?

Samsung Galaxy S21 Fe Graphite Olive Lavender Official
Samsung Galaxy S21 Fe Graphite Olive Lavender Official (Image credit: Samsung)

The Galaxy S21 FE sits in an interesting spot between last year's S21 series and the Galaxy S22 we expect to arrive in a couple of months. Cheaper than the regular S21 (which has been in short supply) with the same basic specs and a larger 6.4-inch screen, the Galaxy S21 FE will seem like a no-brainer to many buyers. But before you hit the button, we're here to help you answer one question: which Galaxy S21 color should you get?

Vibrant violet Lavender is the best Galaxy S21 FE color

Samsung Galaxy S21 Fe Lavender Lifestyle Cameras Official

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Last year's Galaxy S20 FE came in six lovely colors, including a "Cloud Lavender" that was a little too pink for most folks. This year they've paired down considerably, leaving us only two colors outside the traditional White and "Graphite" black. One of these two colors is luscious and luxurious, and the other... isn't.

Samsung had a green streak from the Galaxy Note 20 all the way up to the Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy S21 FE, but the shade used here — and used on the Galaxy Buds 2 — looks drab, unappealing, and has too much brown in it, resulting in a color that isn't quite green but isn't quite beige. Some people seem to like the color, including some of the Android Central staff, but I'm sorry, it's just plain ugly and impractical, too. The Green S21 FE's will clash with most Galaxy S21 FE cases, any patterned clear case will look terrible, and while current Samsung accessories match it, we don't know how long Olive is sticking around.

Conversely, the Pantone Color of the Year is Very Peri, a purple shade that the Lavender S21 FE meshes with perfectly. Cases like the Caseology Nano Pop have already seized on the synergy, and even if you don't stay in the purple phone accessories, this shade looks great with most blues, some greens, most pinks, and some reds. In short, while the White and Graphite S21 FEs may go with everything, the Lavender S21 FE will look bolder, more elegant, and more fun.

And we all could definitely use some fun right now.

Ara Wagoner

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.