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What color Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge should you get: White, gold, silver or black?

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are official and on sale, it's time to decide which color phone will be the next in your pocket. Samsung made an interesting choice this year by not offering all of the same color options for both phones. On the Galaxy S7, you'll be able to pick between white, gold and black.

If you are interested in the Galaxy S7 edge, you'll have the same color choices as the Galaxy S7 with the addition of a silver option. Samsung will only be offering the white variant in select markets internationally, and it won't make its way to the U.S.

Deciding on a new phone can be a difficult process by itself, but then once you add the stress of picking out the color it can be a bit overwhelming. So, which color Galaxy S7 is the right one for you? Let's take a look!

Distraction concerns

Black Galaxy S7 front

With how much we look at our phones everyday, the color of the front of the phone can be more important than the one on the back. Some colors are far more distracting to some than others, and with Samsung's decision to match the front and back color on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge this is something to take into consideration. Television sets all have a black bezel, and that is for a reason. The black bezel doesn't distract your eyes from the content on the screen, and it disappears into the darkness when watching in darker areas.

The same thoughts hold true on mobile phones. Some find the white to be an eye sore, and want a black front. The gold and silver can be great options, but won't disappear into the background as easily for some when viewing content on the screens of their phones. The gold and silver colors in particular are also very reflective, so when you're outdoors you may be looking right at light that's being bounced into your face.

But beyond this, there are other distractions that the color you purchase can bring on. For example, fingerprints. Gold and silver colors will show far more fingerprints than the white one will, thanks to their very reflective backs and how the glass stands out from the color — for some this is a deal breaker. Even if you are stuffing it in a case, the front bezel will still attract and show those fingerprints as you use it daily.

Coolness factor

Galaxy S7 back

One of the best parts about getting a new phone is showing it off to everyone who will listen, bragging about it and showing them just how nice it is. Because of this, the color you opt to purchase can be critical. This time around, Samsung ditched the dark blue in favor of a true black, and has eliminated some of the other color options, like emerald green. None of the Galaxy S7 colors are too far out of the ordinary, but they all offer something a little different.

Gold is always a hit on mobile phones, people seem to love it. Gold phones, gold watches, all things gold, right? But not everyone wants to be that flashy, and instead wants something a bit more stealth, which is where the black comes in handy.

Withstanding wear

Galaxy S7 edge colors

Phones are tools that get used all day, everyday, by most people. With this type of usage comes wear and tear on the phones, and if you are extra tough on your phones you may want to pick a color that will hide some of that a bit easier. Like on cars, dark colors are less forgiving, they tend to show the imperfections a bit more.

Since the colors on all of the phones is actually underneath the glass panel, and not anodized, you are less likely to have to worry about one color holding up worse than another.

Cases are your friend

Samsung Galaxy S7 LED Flip Cover

Odds are that regardless of the color you end up deciding on, the phone will likely end up in a case. Cases are your friend. They can provide additional protection, as well as change the overall look of the phone relatively easily. This doesn't mean you should just pick any color because you can wrap it in a case, because you will still see the color on the front of the phone, and you look at that all the time.

If there is a particular case color that you prefer to use, you may want to pick your phone color based upon what will match that. If you won't be using a case, or even a skin, the color may be a bit more important than if you were. If at any point you start to regret your decision, or wish you made a different one, you can always add a skin to cover the front and back, giving it a whole new look and feel.

Who should get the white Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?

Details are a bit limited on the white Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge right now in terms of availability. Samsung has stated that this will only be available internationally, though never specified in what markets the company would actually make the phone available. Because of this, recommending the white version is hard, even though it's a great option, because we don't actually know if it will be available where you live.

If the white version is available in your market, it is the least likely to show the fingerprints, should hide scratches the best, but could be a bit distracting to have the bright white bezel contrasting with the dark screen.

Who should get the gold Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?

Looking for something a bit flashier, or something that better matches your "all things gold" style preference? If this is the case then the gold is perfect for you. One thing to note is that depending on your lighting conditions, the gold coloring of the phone may appear different. We've seen the phone change from looking quite similar to the silver version to almost a rose gold color depending on the lighting.

Who should get the black Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?

For most, black is the comfortable bet when purchasing a new phone, but comfort is not always bad. Samsung has opted for a true-black version of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, instead of the darker blue model the company offered on the Galaxy S6. As stated above, television sets offer a black bezel for a reason — they want the content on the screen to stand out.

Some things you may want to consider with the black version is fingerprints and scratches. The darker the color, the more likely it is that you will notice scratches and scuffs. If you are going to protect the phone, none of that will really matter, but if you are looking to rock it without a case, this may be a deciding factor.

Who should get the silver Galaxy S7 edge?

If you want the latest and greatest from Samsung, and are interested in just the edge variant, you may want to consider the silver. Because only the edge version will come in silver, you can show off the phone to your friends who went with the Galaxy S7 knowing that they were unable to pick the same color. Additionally, the silver is actually pretty sharp looking, and is a pretty neutral option that would work for just about anyone.

The gold model, along with the silver, are both very reflective. The finish on them is almost mirror-like, so the way the colors appear will change based upon the surroundings. It will also make it tougher to view the screen in direct sunlight.

Still Undecided?

If you still can't make up your mind on a color, head into our amazing forums and join the conversation with the best Android community out there.

When push comes to shove, the color of your phone is only a small thing in comparison to other daily decisions we are faced with. Sure, you will be using it every day, and want it to be something that you like, but don't let it be the cause of stress in your life. Close your eyes, imagine your phone, and trust your instincts. Like we said earlier, if you regret it later just put it in a case or grab a skin, and you're all set. Once you've decided though, let us know which color you went with and why!

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
87 Comments
  • Black isn't distracting and that's why I chose that color option for my S7 edge. Posted via the Android Central App on the S7 edge
  • Actually, it's the opposite of distracting, and is the reason I won't buy one. A white phone is a LOT easier to spot on dark surfaces in my apartment than a black one.
  • Black onyx Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the black one highly recommend not as shiny as the other colors but still elegant. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Once you go black, you're going to need a wheelchair
  • Good one Posted via the Android Central App
  • I already need a nap - tomorrow!
  • Black Posted via the Android Central App
  • In the absence of the emerald green, I recommend the black onyx to everyone. It's gorgeous as hell and you won't feel tired of it (something you WILL feel with the others). Because black is just actually absence of colour.
  • I'd be lured by the silver I think. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not sure why, but everytime I see the silver variant on display in stores, my thoughts keep returning to this image: https://49.media.tumblr.com/dc3b00a9abe49491e0f29ccae9aaacba/tumblr_o0m5...
  • Black s7
  • Are we going to revisit this once Samsung releases a limited edition color in a few months? I hope they dont... but kinda hope they do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Onyx Black for me
  • Already ordered my silver edge. It's time for a change from the last three black phones I've had.
  • I'm curious how you like it.
  • How do u like ur silver ?
  • Honestly... it's a little more "bling" than I prefer, but it is pretty cool. I might try out a black case to cover up the back a bit. I do think the EDGE aspect is not my favorite. Next phone might be flat screen. I just activate the screen too much by accident just holding it.
  • Got the Silver
  • Was considering the black since thats usually my choice but I got silver and I'm glad I did! This thing is absolutely beautiful
  • I'm classy and don't like full attention on my phone so I went with black, it looks premium and very elegant. But I gotta admit the silver and gold edge look pretty amazing. You really can't go wrong with any. White: perfect for a girl, I bet it looks nice in a purse. Posted via the Android Central App
  • .."perfect for a girl. I bet it looks nice in a purse..." HEHE HAHA!!!! You may not have tried to be funny but you almost made me fall out of my chair with that statement. :-) ....though white is actually the best at hiding finger prints and scuffs, I find that it is the worst for viewing content and the worst for distraction. It also hides and diminishes any design form and effect of the phones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I bought the Silver Edge. It's gorgeous. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Silver!! Posted via my Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Gold. Something different. Looks more like copper. A cozy color. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL someone downvoted your opinion. People are douches.
  • Black for me - going to pick it up in the morning. Case is on the way... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Received my silver edge 7 today from verizon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That stealthy stealthy black is just scrumptious. It's one color that doesn't get old and goes with everything. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Silver S7 edge. (If T-Mobile ever gets around to shipping me the damn thing)... 64gig Gold Note5/AC App
  • Gold s7 edge just arrived today! Was going to get the silver but shipping date was the 31st from Verizon so I said go with the gold baby. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Black bezels are truly great in combination with the deep black of a AMOLED screen.
    Same with my previous Lumias. Too bad the bezels aren't really black on my S6, but glad they fixed that on S7.
  • I'm disappointed in not having a white option in the US. I'm also not happy about the smudgy looking, plastic feeling "glass" on the back. I may be returning mine and keeping my S6.
  • Really? The s6 has a smudgy looking glass back as well. So what's the difference?......none. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You obviously don't have an S6.
  • I obviously do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you do, then you don't have an S7 to compare it to. I have them both. The back of the S7 feels like glossy plastic. The back of the S6 feels like a slab of glass. If you rub the back of the s6, you fingers glide with no noise. If you rub the back of the S7, it squeaks like glossy plastic.
  • I have both. What your talking about is subjective. What you think you feel might be what others don't feel. Move on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You obviously don't have both. There is nothing subjective about squeaking and smudging. Stop telling me what to do. Next.
  • The black is really cool and understated, I love how the phone looks like a beautiful polished black pebble. That being said, the first time I saw the silver one I thought..."this looks like the future!" After using it for the last week I still feel that way. I keep it in a thin clear Spigen case and It's gotten a lot of positive compliments from both men and women. It's such a well designed phone; you really can't go wrong!
  • Black Onyx
  • Black Onyx S7 edge, Pure Black ftw!!! Posted via the Android Central App by OnePlus One
  • Wow black is really popular . Was actually my first choice. But after going in best buy and playing with all the colors more then once haha . I've settled on the silver ...I think got until tomorrow morning to nail it down Posted via the Android Central App
  • Black
  • The silver is really sexy. If I didn't have my beige G4 right now, I'd upgrade to a silver GS7. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Silver is the shizzle.
  • Silver looks the best but I went with gold, because in the end I'll probably give it to my wife in 6 months and she wanted gold.
  • white note 4 .. black s6 edge... silver note 5 .... So i went gold s7 edge. But the japan korea s7 edge black has no logo on the front!! That's the sleekest.. You guys should also ask what is the color phone you have now. I think that plays a big part on choosing colors
  • Black because it's actually black this time.
  • Very interesting. Until reading the comments here, I was thinking that the black is the most likely to be in stock, with in my mind, and my preference being silver, then gold, then black being the way people would buy. Clearly I was completely wrong. Interesting. I think its a good reflection of the community here and a bad one on me since I wanted the showy color :-). Still trying to decide though on whether to stick with my Nexus 6P, get a 2nd hand Note 5 (arriving tomorrow and if I decide not to keep it, I'll resell it), or getting a silver Edge. Not good being a gadget nut... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Definitely not gold. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Gold here
  • I am going to get a gold one. I always use cases anyways so it really isn't a issue with me Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got the edge in silver and absolutely love it! It's not too shiny and looks very cool.
  • Can we talk about another phone for a while??? My word. Posted via Turbo
  • We will on around April 8 when the G5 launches, and everyone will get tired of that one too. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You could, oh I don't know, NOT read the Samsung articles if you don't like it that much as opposed to adding to the click count just to complain about it.
  • Black!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • The black and the silver are awesome! Citizens 4 Constitutional Freedom
  • Area Man Passionate Defender of What He Imagines Constitution to Be (The Onion)
  • I purchased the black S7 Edge. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Gold S7.I'm not regretting my decision one bit. It's beautiful, different, and not THAT flashy. Black is boring, time for something new. The only color i want more is Silver, but none in the regular s7.
  • Yeah, I've only ever had a black phone. I wanted something new and the gold looks really good. I think it looks even better if you put the clear-silver case from Samsung. It adds a more noticeable silver edge to the phone while keeping the rest gold.
  • I have the gold platinum and it's gorgeous Posted via the Android Central App
  • Always Black!!!
  • Preordered a gold one but i'll try and switch to black if possible :)
  • I went with silver for my S7 edge and gold for the S7
  • So this is all kinds of BS. For days I have seen reviewers with YouTube videos of silver s7 (not edge) phones and today at Best Buy I played with a Silver S7 (not edge) and now I find I can't buy one? What the hell are they showing them to me for then? I don't want ANY other color and I found the Edge too big and hard to hold so that is out. I am PISSED being teased like this. They shouldn't be demoing a color they do not have. Guess I'm missing out on all the freebies now too all because of the bait and switch. Not happy.
  • Ah I am an idiot. I went back and realized that the video I saw looked silver because of the lighting but was really gold and that I mixed things up at the store with the edge. I am dumb. :) But I am still annoyed that there is no silver S7 for sale. Companies should give customers more choices , not less.
  • this site is truly becoming samsungcentral lol
  • Man, covering a major phone when it's released for a few weeks? CRAZY!
  • i spent way too much time deciding between black and silver, then silver was out of stock, so the decision was really made for me
  • That's the stage I'm in now. Laboring over black or silver. For days and days.
  • If you do want that snow white, just save up and buy it. I want to see what the duel sim will offer.
  • I wish one of these companies would put out a clear/skeleton version. I'd love to see that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Silver
  • I would choose black one.
  • Gold Posted via the Android Central App
  • What color Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge should you get:? A BlackBerry Priv.
  • In canada only choice is balck. Otherwise i really wanted in silver
  • I meant to say black. Sorry for typo
  • The colors are seriously misrepresented in virtually every photo and video I've seen. Perhaps because I'm viewing them from the rich Note 5 screen. But I walked into Best Buy to see them in person before deciding which one to pre-order and it took me about a minute of holding the silver one before I realized I was actually holding the gold. The gold version looks gaudy in the photos - like you would need matching hoop earrings and press-on nails to carry it. It's actually more of a soothing copper color. And the silver isn't nearly as striking as the photos and videos. It's actually a bit dull. The black actually looks kind of cheap in person to me. I can't pinpoint why. Almost looks plastic. The bluish-black Note 5 is really beautiful. My only issue with the non-black front is that the top and bottom bezels are leave very noticable smudge marks every time you hit one of the bottom buttons or swipe down from the top. I walked in expecting to pre-order the silver Edge. But after looking at all the different models and manhandling them, I walked out sold of the regular S7 in gold. The Edge was actually a bit awkward holding it and I did not expect that. It is more narrow than the Note 5 and my big ole man hands wrap around it and end up having to hold the curved screen for one handed use. I like the more narrow phone in theory, but with how tall, light, and narrow it is across, trying to use it with one hand felt like some uncomfortable balancing act. I'm excited to have a 3000mah battery with a 5.1 screen. My Note 5 gets amazing battery life, so in theory, the S7 should be even better. Got my 200gb SD card and Spigen Liquid Crystal case already sitting here waiting :D
  • SILVER! Posted via the Android Central App
  • i really love the white one
  • and black also works for me
  • Does anyone know where I can buy the s7 edge white that will work in the UK? :/
  • I have the pink gold one and I love it. I actually can't stop looking at it. It is not really pink either. I originally wanted the gold one but when I saw it I was a bit disappointed. The silver one looks better then the gold I think.