April 28, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Ever since the iPhone 4 debuted, people have lusted for a white version of Apple’s popular phone. If you follow the major tech sites, you’ve probably seen at least two articles on this every week. Congrats to the iOS bunch for finally getting your Great White Buffalo phone, but I can’t help but wonder when the heck a cell phone manufacturer will do the same for an Android phone.
Actually, I recall the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch phones supporting white versions, but none of the major Android releases that are often compared to the iPhone (Motorola Droid X, HTC EVO, etc.) come in all-white editions. Several manufacturers have dipped their brush into the paint can, but few Android phone makers – in the United States, at least – dive in and create a phone that’s white. The closest we’ve come are Oreo phones that are black on the front and white on the back, the latest such example being a Samsung Nexus S.
It’s hard to care too much about color when there’s a new Android phone released every other day, each offering its own unique combination of processor, screen, and form factor. But however trivial or insignificant that may seem, the nerdgasms ignited by a white iPhone should have made someone consider exploring with colors more boldly. Companies have had enough inclination to make a white back for their phones, and HTC’s red accents on the EVO and Droid Incredible were lovely but hidden away. It’s like they all start to think of ways to change things up but get stopped along the way. Maybe there are fears about extra costs or people not wanting to break tradition.
The color trends in the U.S. seem to play it safe when it comes to phones. Why hasn’t someone shown some guts and released a phone that isn’t yet another slab of metal or black plastic? Where’s the milky-white Droid Incredible 2 or the devilish red Droid X?
And if either finally does arrive, would you buy it?