Another poll about colors? Yep. Our own Liam Spradlin mocked up what a white Nexus 5 might look like after some pretty likely bogus images of such a device appeared on the web late last week. Here's a more realistic representation of what each will probably look like.

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White phones do tend to get a bit dingy and yellowed / grayed over time, but there's something about the N5 whited-out that really appeals to me. Anyway, make your vote in the poll below.

Nexus 5 - white or black?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Euan Tan

    why not both :)

  • Chris

    You should throw a white on black option in there. Black back plate with a white front would be decent...

    • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

      And white on black will be the real option actually, as always.

      • Chris

        Makes sense. I could see the white on the back becoming noticeably dirty from the palm of your hands.

        • ddpacino

          Then you'd have much worse problems if that was the case. Don't touch your face, rub your eye, put your fingers in/around your mouth, touch food, etc. Wash those hands more often.

          • jordanjay29

            You're talking to tech geeks, right? I don't know where you get this 'good hygiene' routine thing from.

        • hp420

          use a wipe or a wet paper towel with a drop of dish soap...problem solved!! it's a very well known fact that cell phones are dirtier than a toilet seat, so you should already be doing this anyway!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's a hypothetical. The poll is based on the alternating GIF.

      • jonathan3579

        IF it was based solely on the GIF, then I'd take white but only if it was based on that.

    • First Time
      • Alex Boro

        I like it...

        • New_Guy


      • Gabernasher

        He said white on front with black on back. So I don't think he meant like that.

        • GigiAUT

          Although, after seeing that picture, I think a brushed Aluminium back or a back like the HTC One would look great.

      • MafiaMM

        If the phone was like that, it would be perfect

  • Edward Germanotta

    I thing you mean Black or white...

  • Rice30

    White girls like blacks...

    • giant22000

      Well, since we are throwing race into the mix here, are you talking about white girls with low self-esteem?

      I hate it when it comes down to race... It sucks for everyone involved, white, black, brown, yellow, orange or purple!

      • andy_o

        white girls with low self-esteem

        I hate it when it comes down to race

        And yet, somehow you managed to make it even more racist.

      • NinoBr0wn

        That wasn't even good enough to be ironic. You're just a blatant fuckin idiot.

      • hp420

        you forgot about the grays....how racist!! lol

  • Jeff Soohoon Yu

    If there's a white option, pretty sure it'll look better than that mockup. Wishing for black front and white back

    • ddpacino

      That's not white... That's Mulatto. And I hate that "white" option when OEMs release it.

      Really, what's the point of only have a white back when I'm still looking at a black face to the device..?! Not to mention when/if you put a case on the thing. Might as well get all black.

  • Droid Hook

    Has to be Black because its not going to be completely White. The worst part of the phone to have White is the back cause you set it down and thats the first thing that gets dirty.

  • KoRRo

    from the latest AP article about this white nesus 5.
    "So what we have above is essentially a render with inverted colors (save
    for the cameras, flash, and display), and slight tone adjustments. To
    demonstrate just how straight-forward this process is, here's a quick

  • Alex Boro

    Problem solved.

  • hope

    I would love it in metal not the color but metal body.

  • senor_heisenberg

    All black everything.

    • David Hart


    • Yam Borodetsky

      Dat pic...

  • csgabor

    In theory I usually don't want anything but black, but as of late, I end up with white ones anyways (S2, my second Galaxy Nexus (first one was shattered) and the second N4 (first one was stolen) and I've thought I'll hate them, but I ended up liking them more then the black ones.

    • Yam Borodetsky

      You forgot to close the parentheses.

  • Wyatt Neal

    I think you're also forgetting to ask .. 16GB or 32GB? Because we know they'll have another more disproportionally expensive one with more memory ... that I'm probably going to buy even though I'm going to feel raped by the price for an extra few GBs.

    • csgabor

      It all depends, if you're an avid gamer and music fan who wants his stuff on the phone, then you should choose the 32gb option. I have loads of music on (granted in mono), hardly any games apart from words with friends so I don't need more than 16.

      • Elliot Kotis

        Or....uses google's storage.

    • Kendozaaa

      why do you think it'll be disproportionally expensive? the N4 32gb was 50 bucks extra.

  • Joshua

    There's something I find very classy about the screen blending in to the body of midnight black phone. Black all the way.

    • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

      Agreed. If it does come available in white, I hope it's with a black front like the white Nexus 4.

      • ltredbeard

        I can't say I agree with that. I'd either want all black or all white.

        • Roh_Mish


          • ltredbeard

            Just personal preference. I haven't been impressed with the two tone looks from the past.

        • mauswe

          This! I want my phone all white.
          *edit* AAaa the Memories of my white HTC Hero */edit*

      • Brian P.

        Black front really? Just goes to show we all have our preferences. I don't normally go with white devices but I have to say the all white mock up looks so freakin elegant and classy! I would really consider that if it were an option. IMO the front panel should be the same color as the rest of the phone!

        • jerky

          I don't mind black front, but the black sides look weird IMO. White sides and black front is a nod from me though all white wouldn't be bad either

    • Maxim∑

      Yeah the screen just fades into the black void seamlessly merging inwards so majestically so classy -.-

      Looks great but "midnight" black it's just black

      • Joshua

        I said it that way because every manufacturer has a different word attached to the color. Many call a color "black" when it really isn't. I wanted to be explicitly clear about it.

        • Maxim∑

          I know just joking. I agree it's a better description

    • RSerda

      like they say bro.. "once you go black.. you don't go back!"

  • not a spark

    The black one runs faster...

    • NinoBr0wn

      Oh. I get it.

    • Nicholas Ng

      i see wat u did there :P

    • Nelson007

      Your wife likes the black one also and it last longer in bed.

      • not a spark

        Well then I guess ill be buying one for her too ;)

  • Jeremy626

    they've all been black. so I want white

    • D4niel

      You mean, other than the white Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4?

      • Andrew

        and the Nexus one which was neither... But i agree. I kinda want to try a white phone.

  • impure

    White, but only if the back is white too and it doesn't look like a tampon.

    • ddpacino

      If the front is white also, you mean?


    You lost.

    • Chris Hutchinson


  • Rob

    I voted for black, but color considerations aside, I'll have to get a hands-on test before purchasing this or any other phone for that matter. I've owned everything from a Motorola StarTAC and RAZR (flip version) to Blackberry, then EVO 4G and now my current android the Galaxy Nexus. I've held the Moto X and it feels very right in the hand. Hoping for a chance to check out the Nexus 5 in the flesh very soon. :)

  • Tenki

    Why not a black and yellow. Would look great i guess

  • jonathan3579

    Normally, I'd go for the white but when it comes down to panda/Oreo vs ninja black... Well, ninja it is!

  • http://toastedpastillas.com/ Toasted Pastillas

    i got dirty hands, i need black. :P

  • david coffey

    I really do like the white, but if it's the same finish as the 2013 Nexus 7, I'm a little worried it might hold the dirt and grime in a bit and shit stain the phone.

  • Youri

    Don't think it matters, a Case will cover the back anyways

    • NinoBr0wn

      Not one with a clear back.

    • Gerjannn

      Last time I used a cover I had a Desire HD.. Over 2 years ago

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    Anyone else find the white one reminiscent of the Dell Streak? Damn, how I loved that phone.

    • aSquard

      Loved my Dell Streak, but had the black one (since it was released first) - REALLY wanted a white one though

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        I actually got the white one by accident because the black one was out of stock. Best looking thing ever.

  • Zach B.

    All white, or nothing. If I wanted black on my phone, I'd buy the black variant! Why do companies constantly insist on this half and half thing?!

    • Yam Borodetsky

      Gets me every single time...

    • Nexman

      Totaly agree!

  • deltatux

    I like my device with dark colours because I like darker colours and the fact that dirt doesn't seem as obvious.

  • Crispin Swickard

    When a good amount of people tend to use cases just having the back be another color than black seems silly since it will end up what ever color the case is. Unless its a white case anyway.


  • Dee

    Same, all black or all white.

  • KONG!


  • A Black UI is the best UI

    Black, the white one looks ugly.

  • mattj78

    I'd like the all white one that fake one we saw on the weekend. I thought that was gorgeous.

  • Miah

    Why not brown? Racists.

  • Zyre

    If they wan't to make a white version. Then also make the front white because this is just plain bad.

  • abobobilly

    Separating White from Black. YOU RACIST?


    But seriously, its rather subjective so doesn't make any sense to ask.

    • MSfan2

      If it wasn't subjective he wouldn't need to ask.

  • FNRG

    if white was totally white even on the screen side. It would be cool!

  • mLogician

    Both. One for me one for my wife.

  • Robb Nunya

    Not really that important. I'm gonna put it in a case anyway.

  • Nick V

    Unless you are going to continue to wash your hands, and the phone every couple of minutes, I am going with the black version of the Nexus 5. That white will get so dirty and dingy so quickly...

  • Nicholas Ng

    I love the white nexus!!! It looks awesome in my opinion. :)

  • turdbogls

    what if that back plat is easily replaceable.....and google offers different color back plates. THIS would be awesome.

  • aSquard

    If the White is soft touch too (I highly doubt it) then Black it is because that soft touch will yellow/brown over usage. However if the White is hard plastic (preferably with a little pearl mixed in) - definitely going for the frosty one. My White Nexus 4 still looks amazing

  • tdurden64111

    You white? Then you Ben Affleck.

  • Laborin_HK

    White because OREOS

  • Adam Watts

    I'm not usually interested in white phones, but there is something about this one that might make me pick it up in white.

  • Jonathan Koren

    I think the correct answer to this poll is "Yes".

  • black

    Why is it that every time I vote on this website, I get a "0" result? I have to refresh the page and click view results to see the results.

  • wefwef

    ugly nexus 5