What iPhone 6 Color to Buy: Gold, Silver or Gray?

While watching the iPhone 6 pre-orders start arriving, and the iPhone 6 release date this week, one question keeps coming up — “Which iPhone 6 color should I buy?”

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available in three colors; gold, space gray and silver. These are the same iPhone colors Apple offered on the iPhone 5s so if you want to check them out in person you can go to a local carrier and see what the different iPhone 6 colors look like.


The new iPhone 6 design ditches the glass panels and instead has small antenna marks on the back that may convince you to change the iPhone 6 color you want for this year.

We're here to help you pick an Phone 6 color option.

We’re here to help you pick an Phone 6 color option.

The main iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus colors are gold, space gray and silver, but there is a black front and a white front. You cannot customize the iPhone 6 color combinations, though. Gold and Silver iPhone 6 colors include a white front and the space gray iPhone 6 includes a black front.


iPhone 6 Colors Entertainment & Style

If you plan to buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to watch a lot of movies and TV shows you may want to purchase the space gray iPhone 6 color. The front of the space gray iPhone 6 is black, just like your HDTV and the bezel around your laptop monitor. This helps deliver a more immersive viewing experience when watching movies on a larger screen. A white bezel won’t destroy the experience, but if you aren’t used to it, the difference could be a small distraction.


A black bezel is key for entertainment focused users.

A black bezel is key for entertainment focused users.

Silver is one of the go-to iPhone 6 colors, replacing the white iPhone color Apple used to sell. When in doubt, silver is the most neutral color. It looks great in most cases, and if style matters it will fit in well with almost any color combination you are wearing.

Read: iPhone 6 Carrier Comparison

The Gold iPhone 6 is for owners that want to stand out. This is not the only gold smartphone, but when someone takes a gold iPhone out in public it stands out more than any other color. If you want attention, go for the gold iPhone 6 color option.


iPhone 6 Color Options

Check out the iPhone 6 color gallery below to see what the new iPhone colors look like on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 Color Scratches

The black iPhone 5 showed scratches and small marks incredibly easily, which is one reason some users switched to the silver iPhone 5s. Thankfully Apple’s switch to space gray on the iPhone 5s fixed this easy to damage finish.

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Lighter iPhone 6 colors make it harder to see scratches.

There is still a benefit to choosing the silver iPhone 6 over space grey if you routinely miss the cable connection when charging your iPhone. After a year of using the lightning adapter the bottom edge of one iPhone 5s we use is scratched quite a bit, but you cannot tell unless you look closely because of the silver finish.

As long as Apple did not change the finish significantly for the new iPhone 6 design, you should be pretty safe picking any of the iPhone 6 colors.


iPhone 6 Color Fading & Wear

Another concern about the silver and gold iPhone 6 is that the colors will fade over time or the white finish will tarnish and start to yellow. As long as you don’t plan to smoke while talking on the iPhone 6 all day the white iPhone front panels Apple uses stand up to discoloration well.

Read: Top iPhone 6 Warranty Options

On the lighter color iPhone 6 backs you may see some odd markings or colors if you keep the iPhone in a case and use it while working out or in humid environments. These are harder to see on a space gray iPhone, but we’ve handled a gold iPhone with discoloration from moisture and sweat rubbing against the metal, as you can see in the photo below.

A gold iPhone 6 can show some odd wear if you don't keep it clean.

A gold iPhone 6 can show some odd wear if you don’t keep it clean.


This is an extreme case of wear and discoloration on the gold iPhone, so don’t let this sway you too much, but if you go with one of these colors make sure you keep it clean.

Space gray iPhone colors also stand up to the test of time, but it can show fingerprints and grime more than the lighter iPhone colors.

Overall the key to living happily with any iPhone 6 color choice is to make sure the iPhone 6 is kept clean by wiping down grime and avoiding exposure to elements on a regular basis.

iPhone 6 Cases

If you plan to use an iPhone 6 case, the color is not as important, but you still need to consider the front color. You can see what the iPhone 6 colors look like in the official iPhone 6 cases to get a better idea what the white or black front looks like next to your favorite color.

Some cases cover up the iPhone 6 color completely, like an OtterBox, so if you plan to go for a full protection case the color you pick is less important than ever.

Which iPhone 6 Color Should I Buy?

Ultimately it’s all personal preference, but if you need a little more help picking an iPhone 6 color here’s the bottom line:

  • Space Gray iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus – You’ll be watching a lot of movies, you don’t like white phone fronts.
  • Silver iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus – You want the iPhone 6 color that works with any colors and cases available.
  • Gold iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus – You want an iPhone that stands out and you don’t plan on using a case.

Let us know which iPhone 6 color you chose in the poll below.

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