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What iPhone SE Color Should I Get?

What is the best iPhone SE color to buy? That’s a common question from buyers who are looking at upgrading to the new 4-inch iPhone. Apple announced four color options for the iPhone SE and there are a few things to consider before you choose which iPhone SE color to get.

Keep in mind that if you have a favorite color or one that you are immediately drawn to you should probably just buy that iPhone SE color instead of debating the merits of the other options.

The iPhone SE is available in Space Gray, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. This matches the iPhone 6s, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and MacBook. If you plant to buy the cheaper Apple Watch you may want to match colors.

Which iPhone SE color to get in 2016.
Which iPhone SE color to get in 2016.

If you are trying to decide which iPhone SE color to get you can stop into any store selling the current iPhones and look at the colors to see what you want.

Users upgrading from the iPhone 4s or iPhone 5s will see new color options and Apple fixed the scratching issue with the iPhone 5s, so you can safely choose color options.

Here is a fast look at the things you need to consider when you pick your iPhone SE color.

iPhone SE Colors for Entertainment

If you plan to watch a lot of movies and videos on your iPhone SE then you may want to buy the Space Gray iPhone SE.

Space Gray is the iPhone SE color if you like to watch videos.
Space Gray is the iPhone SE color if you like to watch videos.

This is the only one with a black bezel on the front. Take a look at the screen on your laptop, TV or monitor and the odds are good that the edge of the screen is black.

This focuses your attention on the screen and avoids distractions that can come from the lighter edges around a screen.

iPhone SE Colors for Style

Pick an iPhone SE color that matches your style.
Pick an iPhone SE color that matches your style.

When it comes to choosing which iPhone SE color to get, style is the biggest thing to consider.

If you want to use the iPhone SE to coordinate with your personal style and your Apple Watch there are some things to consider.

The Rose Gold and Gold iPhone SE colors definitely stand out, and can coordinate with jewelry and outfits well.

If you want a blank slate, look at the Silver iPhone SE. With a white front and a silver back it looks nice with anything you wear or carry.

iPhone SE Color Options

You can see the iPhone SE color options below, which show off the new colors you can choose. If you are new to the iPhone you can see what the colors look like.

iPhone SE Colors: Scratching, Wear & Fading

How will the iPhone SE color you pick wear over time? We used to see problems with the iPhone 5 scratching, especially the black model.

Make sure you clean your iPhone SE.
Make sure you clean your iPhone SE.

Apple fixed this with the move to Space Gray and so far the other iPhone colors are holding up well over time. We don’t see any fading on the Rose Gold and Gold iPhone models we review.

One thing that you need to keep in mind is that the Gold and Rose Gold iPhone Se colors can show discoloration more if you don’t care for your iPhone. If you leave the iPhone SE in a case while you work out or listen to music in the shower you need to take it out of the case and clean it every now and then or it can get discolored like in the photo above.

iPhone SE Cases

Keep in mind that many iPhone owners put the new iPhone in a case before they leave the store. That means you may not see more than the front of the iPhone and a small part near the camera.

Think of how your iPhone SE color matches cases and accessories.
Think of how your iPhone SE color matches cases and accessories.

If you plan to use an iPhone SE case you should consider how it will look with the color and style of case you plan to buy.

There are clear iPhone SE cases that allow you to add protection and still show off the color of your new iPhone.

Which iPhone SE Color Should I Get?

Pick what iPhone SE color to get.
Pick what iPhone SE color to get.

Ultimately you need to pick the iPhone SE color that you like best. The biggest consideration is the front bezel and how it will work with your style of favorite colors. Here’s a short summary of what to consider.

  • Space Gray iPhone SE – You’ll be watching a lot of movies, you don’t like white phone fronts.
  • Silver iPhone SE – You want the iPhone SE color that works with any colors and cases available.
  • Gold iPhone SE – You want an iPhone that stands out and you don’t plan on using a case.
  • Rose Gold SE – You want an iPhone that is clearly the new iPhone SE, not an iPhone 5s, and that you will use without a case or with a clear case. 

When we asked 13,000 readers which iPhone color they would buy, the most chosen color was Rose Gold. Space Gray is the second most chosen option by our readers.

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  2. Justin Min

    03/28/2016 at 10:05 pm

    black or space grey??

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  4. Maisie

    08/01/2016 at 3:14 pm

    I’m torn between Rose Gold and Silver ???🤔 I want it to clearly be the SE yet I love the silver and white design.

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  5. Sarah

    09/07/2016 at 5:41 am

    I’ll go for space gray. I considered gold before but the problem is the front bezel. I dont like white fronts. Only if the gold came with black replacing the white, it would’ve looked badass!

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  6. minecraftian

    10/08/2016 at 3:25 am

    I’m a gamers i like space gray but rose gold is a new colour and its really stand out.. which colour is really suits it…hmmm…

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  7. Hannan

    10/14/2016 at 9:16 am

    Space Grey iPhone SE all the way. Matches well with any outfit & goes pretty well with space grey Apple Watch & iPads

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  8. Isabelle

    02/11/2017 at 5:05 am

    Gold all the way. I usually like rose gold but it doesn’t look right with the design of the iPhone SE, however, I still want a bright colour and gold is my second favourite. I might use a glitter case or a plain case with a popsocket to make it look even better. Can’t wait to get my new phone!

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  9. j_teel

    04/12/2017 at 9:11 pm

  10. Fendi

    04/16/2017 at 7:13 am

    Rose gold all the way . I love white fronts and it goes with girly cases it is btter than iphone 5s :D PS: it is the best oh mama mia!!!:p:*:D:)

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  11. Isabella

    04/16/2017 at 10:03 am

    Space gray all the way i love black fronts

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