Colorful choices: which color should I buy for the iPhone 5s?


For the first time in the history of the iPhone, customers can choose a color other than just black or white for their iPhone 5s. Now, new iPhone owners can choose from a space gray, gold and silver. The colors are not as bright as the iPhone 5c, which may make it a bit harder to choose between the three. Read on as we walk you through each color option and help you decide.

The discoloration issue

It took Apple a while to get the white color right on the iPhone. Early rumors hinted at Steve Job’s dissatisfaction with the particular tint of white that gave the phone a yellowish hue.

After a delayed launch, Apple admitted that it was having manufacturing problems. When the white iPhone 4 finally launched, some customers claimed their device had a yellowish tint, while most said their handsets start off a crisp, bright white and stayed that way.

That was then and this is now, and now Apple has ironed out most, if not all, the kinks. The white iPhone 4S and the white iPhone 5 have been plagued by minimal discoloration problems and we expect the same trouble-free experience with the iPhone 5s.

The gold iPhone 5s

The gold version is the most profoundly different color option for the iPhone 5s. Some may shake their heads at the bling and the tackiness of the gold color, but admit, many of secretly like. Look at it long enough and it might start to grow on you. The gold version has a matching white front plate and white trim on the back. It’s more or less the white iPhone with a gold accent. Because it’s white, this color may hide scratches better than its black counterpart and it may show dirt and grime more. This color is also unique to the iPhone 5s; every time you pull your phone out of your pocket, it screams to the world “I own an iPhone 5s.”


The silver iPhone 5s

The silver iPhone 5s is the same color as a white iPhone, but now it has a snazzy silver name to complement the gold version. Like the gold version, the silver has a white front plate and white trim on the back. The backplate is a silver colored aluminum that contrasts nicely with the white. Once again because it is a white phone, it’ll likely hide those superficial scratches.


The space gray iPhone 5s

There is little doubt that the space gray version is inspired by the black/slate iPhone 5.  It’s the same, just slightly different. The front has a sold black faceplate, while the back is  grey anodized aluminum with black trim. As shown in this tweet, the space gray is not as dark as the slate iPhone 5. The Two-tone black backing gives it a sleek look. The dark color helps to hide the dirt, but it may show off scratches a bit more than its white brethren. Before you start dissing the black for its scratches, remember that the darker casing is better for media. Folks who enjoy watching movies on their phone. will tell you that the colors in a movie pop when they are surrounded by a dark bezel.



In the end it doesn’t matter what color phone you buy. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses. Just pick the one that catches your eye and move on. If you grow weary of the shade you selected, get a case to mix things up. If you are getting an iPhone 5s, which color are you going to pick?