Yeah, pink and purple are chief among girly stereotypes. They are often used to poor effect. The legendary example of the Bic For Her pens will resonate for years. But you know what, let’s not a few marketing-challenged corporations screw up what are, at the end of the day, a couple of pretty sweet colors.
In fact, there’s one area where there remains a lamentable paucity of pink and purple – the smartphone game. How is one to get a pink or purple phone without cheating and using a case? And no, those ancient pre-smartphone era Nokia flip phones do not count. We’re trying to be stylish here, and those aren’t retro yet.
Good news is, they do exist. They’re just really hard to find. Like unicorns! More importantly, these phones are ‘girly’ in the best way – they’re actually pretty solid smartphones.
Well, there’s the moon violet LG G3, but funny enough, it’s the burgundy red version that looks more like it hits the pink/purple sweet spot. Regardless of which one you like, the LG G3 certainly can’t be accused of skimping on specs – with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display, previously unheard of for smartphones, and a cut-rate quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3 GB of RAM, this phone probably takes top spot in the spec arms race right now.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
The pint-sized version of Last Year’s Big Thing is a 4.3” smartphone with mid-range specs, including a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. It’s also available in both pink and purple, but you’ll have to be in the right place with the right carrier to get one. If you’re in the United States, you can grab a Galaxy S4 Mini in Valentine Pink from AT&T.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Not interested in compromise when it comes to your pink phones? You can get Samsung’s Current Big Thing in not one, but two shades of pink – if you live in Japan, anyway. Why does Japan get the soft metallic rose and warm shiny gold models? Because cherry blossoms, Hello Kitty, and the demands of Japanese women shopping for phones. Why does that mean no one else can have a pink S5? I don’t know.
Huawei Ascend P6
The Huawei Ascend P6 is Huawei’s flagship smartphone, and comes in pink. You can get it – well, you can get it in pretty much every smartphone market except for the United States. That’s probably because there’s no LTE version, and probably even more so because of a bunch of political reasons that are very important, very contentious, and, most of all, very boring.
Sony Xperia Z
Available in purple! Seriously, why is this so difficult? The Xperia Z is renowned for being waterproof, even as other smartphones slowly begin to encroach on that turf. Fortunately, the Xperia Z is a perfectly viable flagship phone in its own right, with a 1080p display and Sony’s top-notch camera tech.
HTC One Butterfly S Hello Kitty Edition
Did we save the best for last? Oh, you bet we did. The HTC Butterfly S Hello Kitty Edition is self-explanatory in its awesomeness. HTC’s 5” phone has a 1080p display, and enjoys HTC’s pretty solid suite of camera software. But whatever, there’s Hello Kitty on the back, and that’s what matters. But, as with so many of the stylin’ phones on this list, this one won’t be seen stateside, either. You’ll only find it in HTC’s native Taiwan.