What is the best iPhone 7 color to buy? Apple announced two new iPhone 7 colors this year — Black and Jet Black. Apple also killed off the Space Gray Phone color. Th new colors join Silver, Gold and Rose Gold bringing your total iPhone 7 color choices to five.
We’ll help you decide which iPhone 7 color option you should buy, and which iPhone 6s and iPhone SE colors you should buy as well.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available in five-color options for the first time. Apple still offers the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE in Space Gray, Gold, Rose Gold and Silver.
You can stop into any store selling the iPhone to see the three iPhone 7 color options on an iPhone 6s, and they will look the same as what you hold in your hand but with less distinct antenna lines.
The new Black and Jet Black iPhone 7 colors aren’t available on previous models, so you can’t walk into a store to see them in person just yet.
While the overall iPhone 7 design looks the same, Apple now hides the antenna lines better on three of the iPhone 7 colors. There are also many upgrades to the iPhone 7 like a new force touch home button, no headphone jack, upgraded speakers and it is water resistant so you might not need a case.
In addition to the five iPhone 7 color options there are two main front iPhone 7 color options. There is no option to customize the iPhone 7 color combinations from Apple, so this front color depends on the main color you choose.
iPhone 7 Colors Entertainment
If you plan to use the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus for watching movies and TV shows all the time, the Black and Jet Black iPhone 7 color option is the best option to consider.
These iPhone 7 color options are the only ones with a black front bezel. The black looks a lot like the bezel on your HDTV, which means it creates a nicer looking frame for your content. This allows you to focus on what you are watching more.
There is nothing wrong with the white iPhone 7 front color option found on Gold, Rose Gold and Silver when it comes to watching a movie for a number of users, but it can still prove somewhat distracting. There is a reason you don’t see white HDTVs.
iPhone 7 Colors Style
The Jet Black, Rose Gold and Gold iPhone 7 colors are the most fashionable, or stand out choices.
If you want an iPhone 7 color that screams, look at me or that confirms you are using the new iPhone, you should choose Jet Black. The Jet Black iPhone 7 includes a black Apple logo to complete the stunning design.
Gold and Rose Gold are also a great choice that we see many users pick to use without a case or with a clear case, as it mixes well with a variety of styles and looks.
The safest choice is Silver, as it works well with a multitude of colors and looks. The silver Apple logo also reflects the colors you are wearing.
iPhone 7 Color Options
The iPhone 7 color sample below shows what the new iPhone 7 color options look like next to each other and including the front and back.
iPhone 7 Colors Scratches
While there was a major problem with the black iPhone 5 scratching, this is not much of an issue for the iPhone 6s. If you choose the black iPhone 7, or opt for the tired and true Gold, Silver and Rose Gold, you should be fine. Apple warns that the Jet Black iPhone 7 is more susceptible to scratches.
Apple cautions, “high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.”
We’ve used the Rose Gold iPhone 6s Plus for a year without any real scratches, and haven’t heard from users complaining about the Gold or Silver option. Space Gray is still a solid choice on the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.
Essentially, there is no best iPhone 7 color to buy that is tougher to scratch, but if you don’t want to see scratches you should avoid the iPhone 7 Jet Black color. The light color of the silver iPhone 7 may still give it a small edge compared to the other colors.
iPhone 7 Colors Fading and Wear
One other factor to consider as you choose between the iPhone 7 colors is how it will handle wear or fading.
We have not noticed any fading to the three older iPhone 7 color options as they exist on the iPhone 6s. Gold is still bright, Rose Gold as pink as ever and Silver as shiny as new. This will likely be the case with the iPhone 7 Black and Jet Black options.
One thing that is an issue to consider is wear and discoloration. We observe some discoloration on lighter iPhone 7 color options when users leave them in a case for long periods and expose them to moisture and then heat. This can cause changes to the colors or leave a stain as seen in the image above.
If you regularly clean your iPhone 7 this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you like to buy and just use the iPhone without worrying, keep this in mind.
iPhone 7 Cases
Apple announced a collection of new iPhone 7 cases at the event in a variety of colors. If you plan to use the iPhone 7 in a case, you still need to decide what color looks best with that case. You will see a small portion of the iPhone 7 color show through the back and at the bottom of the case. The front iPhone 7 color is also still important.
You can see how the Apple iPhone 7 cases look above, but it is also important to factor in the number of clear iPhone 7 cases available like the option from Speck below that lets the iPhone 7 color show through.
Which iPhone 7 Color Should I Buy?
At the end of the day the best iPhone 7 color to buy is subjective. You have to choose the iPhone 7 color that fits your style and use best. Here is a helpful breakdown in case you are on the edge.
- Black iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus – You’ll be watching a lot of movies, you don’t like white phone fronts.
- Jet Black iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus – You want a standout iPhone 7 color, a black front and don’t mind the potential for scratches.
- Silver iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus – You want the iPhone 7 color that works with any colors and cases available.
- Gold iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus – You want an iPhone that stands out and you don’t plan on using a case.
- Rose Gold iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus – You want a fashionable iPhone (that is almost pink) that you will use without a case or with a clear case.
The most popular iPhone 6 color choice for nearly 40,000 Gotta Be Mobile readers was Space Gray, with 40% of the vote. Silver is in second with 31% and Gold in last place with 28%.
The most popular iPhone 6s color choice for over 16,000 Gotta Be Mobile readers was Rose Gold with 5,209 votes. Space Gray was the second most popular option with 5,191 votes. Silver was in third and Gold was the least chosen color.