Apple's latest iPhones continue to push the boundaries of performance, features, and design just as the original iPhone did back in 2007.
However, unlike the original iPhone, today's releases are no longer the only smartphone option on the market.
If you're looking for all of the style, performance, and dependability of an iPhone without the Apple brand, consider this list of options we feel are awesome alternatives to the popular iPhone models available today.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for 2019.
Pros: Stunning AMOLED display, plenty of power, all-day battery, premium design, great camera, the latest
version of Android
If you're looking for the best of Android in a phone that slips comfortably into your pocket, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the obvious choice.
Featuring a build quality that rivals Apple's iPhone series with the latest tech and specs and a display that rivals the best of Apple, it's as close as Android gets to the Apple experience.
Of course, it's also priced closer to the Apple experience as well. So if you're looking to switch for savings, this probably isn't the right pick.
It's also not the best option if you're looking for a phone that can last for days on a charge. But then neither are Apple's phones.
What Others are Saying...
Reviewers loved most everything about the S10.
The Guardian says, "If you’re looking for a great phone that’s on the smaller side of the gigantic-phone revolution, there aren’t many better than the Galaxy S10."
GottaBeMobile says, "If you want one of the best Android phones you can buy without breaking the bank the Galaxy S10 is a great buy."
Deccan Chronicle says, "As of now, the Galaxy S10 handsets are the ones to beat and if you opt for this model you get an immersive screen, a decent battery life, great cameras and most importantly bragging rights because you will have one of the best devices the world has to offer this year."
If you're looking for the absolute best specs in an ultra-polished design with tons of accessories and first-class support, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the phone most likely to give you the Apple experience on the Android market.
Pros: Spacious display, S-pen support, a capable camera, stereo speakers, all-day battery, top-tier specs
Cons: Fingerprint magnet, price
Featuring one of the largest screens available on Android and the premium design for which Samsung has built their smartphone empire, the Note 9 is as close as you can get to the iPhone Xs Max on the Android Market.
However, it also brings one unique feature to the table even the iPhone Xs Max can't touch -- the S-Pen. This active Bluetooth stylus allows you to take notes, draw, and perform other tasks with a level of precision fingers or traditional capacitive styluses can't provide.
Combine this with industry-leading specs, a great camera, and all-day battery life and you have an excellent option for those looking for a large Android phone with a bit of the Apple experience.
And you get to keep your 3.5mm headphone jack...
What Others are Saying...
The Note series has a strong following and the Note 9 is no exception.
BGR calls the phone a "beast of a device."
G Style Magazine says, "Its handled everything extremely well and been my go-to for a smartphone..."
TechPP says, "It does everything that you would expect a high-end flagship to do. Plus it offers something that none does: a stylus, and not just any stylus, but a very intelligent stylus. Throw in very good cameras, DeX functionality, that magnificent display and you can see why we think that Note 9 remains one of the most Note-able devices out there."
Loved for its handy S-Pen, the Galaxy Note 9 is the best large-format Android phone available. From the screen and software to the design, it's a great alternative to Apple's larger iPhone Xs Max.
Pros: Compact design, outstanding camera, fast updates, pure Android experience, excellent screen
Cons: So-so battery life, no expandable storage, screen not so bright
Offering one of the best mobile cameras available, the Google Pixel 3 packs a ton of features and power into a pocket-friendly package.
The phone's design can go toe-to-toe with the best on the market with a premium glass and metal design and a two-tone rear panel.
But the best part is guaranteed updates as soon as they're available direct from Google. This matches the Apple software experience closer than most other Android phones which could take months to see updates -- if ever.
If you're looking for something even more budget-friendly, the Google Pixel 3a offers many of the same perks with slightly slower performance and a plastic chassis.
What Others are Saying...
Google continues to impress with each Pixel release.
TechAU says, "What Google created with the 3rd generation of the Pixel is an incredibly well refined, still playful and very capable phone. The Pixel 3 is a bloody great phone and one that is worthy of its price tag."
TechPP says, "... If you’re looking for a premium experience, I can assure you the Pixel 3 won’t let you down."
Techaeris says, "If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, the Google Pixel 3 is a fantastic device..."
Pairing respectable features with a capable camera and upscale design, the Google Pixel 3 is as pocket-friendly as it is powerful.
Pros: Affordable price, bright display, 3.5mm headphone jack, fast-charging, Moto Actions gesture controls,
snappy day-to-day performance, good battery life
Cons: So-so cameras, easy-to-block speaker
If you're looking at replacements for one of the older iPhone models, there's a good chance you're looking for something a bit more affordable than the newest options in Apple's lineup.
The Moto G7 is currently one of the best budget-friendly Android options on the market. It includes many of the top-tier features -- such as a fingerprint sensor, fast charging, USB Type-C, a dual camera, and the latest version of Android -- at a price which won't break the bank.
It's also a solid phone despite its budget price. The glass and metal design feels upscale and the display is more than detailed enough for watching movies, reading emails, or scrolling through social media.
The phone might not be the most powerful Android phone of 2019, but it's more than enough for daily use and will even play games without too much struggle -- just don't expect to use the highest settings.
What Others are Saying...
Reviewers have had a lot of love for the Moto G7 since its release in early 2019.
Mobile Syrup says, "The Moto G7 is a good phone for those who want a device that can last the entire day, offer a smooth experience and is easy to use. It's also quite affordable and cleverly disguised as a premium device."
Ausdroid says, "Day to day the G7 will meet and exceed the needs of an 'average user' and have power to spare. The screen is right up there with some of the top range devices on the market and when you take into account the dollars it’s not just great value, it is a genuinely solid and reliable device..."
TechnoBuffalo says, "Its combination of hardware, software and price make it an instant must-buy in the mid-range market."
While not without a few sacrifices -- mostly camera quality -- the Moto G7 offers one of the most compelling Android experiences available in the mid-tier phone market.
1. Which is Better: iPhone or Android?
There isn't a straightforward answer here. It's mostly up to what you prefer.
Android offers more customization options and has a much wider range of devices from which to choose. But with that comes some downsides -- mainly that software customizations aren't always a good thing and software updates tend to roll in much slower for Android phones than iPhones.
On the other side, iPhones offer a consistent experience across phone models, rapid software updates, and excellent integration with other Apple products. But on the price front, Android phones are available for much lower prices than iPhones. You also cannot customize the software or interface much.
In general, we'd recommend iPhones for those looking for an easy-to-use device with exceptional quality while Android suits power users and the budget-minded better.
Related Guide: Android vs. iPhone: Which Is Best for You?
2. Are Android Phones as Secure as iPhones?
However, while some Android models offer facial recognition, none have the level of security you'll find in FaceID.
In terms of apps, Apple's store is more strict about screening apps before they are available to download.
However, if you're only looking for commonly used apps -- such as social media, photo editing, email, or media streaming -- there is little to worry about on either store.
3. Which Phones Have Better Cameras?
In the early days of smartphones, Apple was the undisputed king of camera quality.
These days, it's a bit more complicated...
At the upper end of Android's lineup, cameras can meet and even sometimes exceed the quality of Apple's best. Both the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Google Pixel 3 are excellent Android camera phone options.
However, Android phones in the mid-tier prices and below likely won't keep up with Apple's image capturing prowess.
4. Who Has Better Apps: iPhone or Android?
In terms of popular apps -- such as social media and streaming media apps -- both will suit your needs with no problem. Virtually every major brand or platform out there with an app has a version for both stores.
However, if you're looking for premium apps -- be it for work or play -- Apple currently rules here with some nice exclusives.
It's important to consider if you have other devices as well though. If you already have an Android tablet or iPad, matching your phone's operating system to your tablet means you won't have to repurchase apps from another store to enjoy them on both devices.
5. Who Has Better Support?
This will depend somewhat on the brand of phone you buy and where you buy it.
At the top end of the price range, you'll likely find phone, chat, and email support to be comparable.
However, as you start looking at budget Android phones or lesser-known brands, support is less reliable -- if available at all.
Apple also has the benefit of the Apple Store. So if you'd prefer to have a retail location you can visit when you need help or have a question, Apple likely wins hands-down.
With many Android phones, the closest support option you'll find is your carrier store. But since they don't make the phone or its software, the level of expertise available there is likely lower than you'd find at an Apple store with an iPhone.
6. Which Phones Hold Their Value Better?
If you upgrade your phone often, trading in or selling your used phone is a simple way to help reduce the costs of upgrading.
In most cases, iPhones hold their value better -- both for trade-ins or selling it yourself. This is especially true for older models. Most Android phones see a sharp decline in price after the next generation releases.
Furthermore, some budget-focused Android phones simply don't resell well at all.
Apple is the clear winner in this category.
7. Do Android Phones Have Features Like iMessage or Facetime?
Yes and no.
Google's Messages app now allows you to use it from your web browser. So you can access your SMS and MMS messages from just about anywhere. However, unlike iMessages, they're not encrypted. So if you're worried about privacy, you'll need to find a third-party app like Telegram or Signal.
Related Guide: The Best Encrypted, Secure Messaging Apps
On the video call front, there are plenty of options. Google has multiple official options from which to choose. Currently, the two biggest are Google Hangouts and Google Duo. Both offer high-quality video calls between multiple people using Wi-Fi or mobile data.
- Best iPhone XS Alternative: Samsung Galaxy S10
- Best iPhone Xs Max Alternative: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Best iPhone Xr Alternative: Google Pixel 3
- Best iPhone 7 or 8 Alternative: Moto G7
Still Not Sure?
Whether you already own an iPhone and you're looking to make the switch to Android or you're shopping for your first smartphone, these picks make excellent alternatives to popular iPhone models.
But with the vast range of Android phones available on the market, there's a good chance you could find similar results with other models. Our roundup of the best budget Android phones offers a range of alternatives for older iPhone models.
You can also use our phone comparison tool to easily compare any Android phone to the iPhone model of your choosing.
If you're still not sure if Android is a good fit for your needs on the software and features levels, our
Android phone vs iPhone comparison guide covers common
considerations and offers an extensive list of pros and cons to provide more information and help you make the best
decision for your budget and preferences.
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Top Ten iPhone Killers: Circa 2006
After the original iPhone came out, we published a list of the Top 10 "iPhone Killers". Our picks from that time are below.
It was more beautiful than we had ever imagined and at that time we were pretty convinced that the iPhone is as revolutionary as revolutionary devices go.
There's been a lot of back-tracking since then.
Is this just the unbearable waiting talking or is there cause for doubting the iPhone's success?
Following are devices that may mean iPhone's failure in order of their likelihood of stealing iPhone's thunder.
1. Nokia N95
The N95, the most powerful handset yet to be released, is equipped with a full-load of pretty nasty features like its fully-integrated GPS, 5 MP camera, HSDPA connection speed, including all the multimedia entertainment support today's mobile crowd will likely need. Even without iPhone's multi-touch technology, the N95 has a user interface that is too hot to ignore right now with iPhone still months away. With Nokia's market leadership in place to help sell this juicy handset, the N95 is iPhone's biggest threat. Recently Nokia announced an agreement with YouTube that will definitely make the yummy N95 that much easier to swallow.
2. Samsung F700
Slim, touch-screen and HSDPA capable. The only weakness of this device is the Flash user interface. But this Samsung could easily turn around once they show us how the touch-screen actually works, if it does work like we imagine a Flash UI could work.
3. Sony Ericsson SO903iTV Bravia Phone
Soon to be released in Japan. Ask the Japanese how good this TV phone is then tell them how the iPhone compares to it and you will see a smile so smug you won't need him to put it in words. This new Bravia Phone is not number one for only one reason: the Japanese doesn't think releasing it to the U.S. is worth their while. But who knows.
4. Meizu M8
Meizu who? You might laugh at this Chinese manufacturer but they have produced the closest iPhone lookalike, and it's smaller.
5. LG Prada Phone
The most hyped iPhone rival, it boasts inferior touch-screen controls and UI compared to the iPhone, but not too inferior to make it a non-threat. Released months earlier than iPhone, it costs 200 dollars more, which goes against the LG Prada in a major way. Other specs of the LG Prada are no iPhone beater either.
6. Sony Ericsson W880 Walkman Phone
The yet to be released slim phone is hard to resist. SE's Walkman Phones are the iPod's biggest threat. The slim W880 comes with a 1GB Memory Stick Micro which is the current hippest way to extend your phone's memory. The iPhone, famously, doesn't have memory extension. All music and videos will have to be saved in its non-disposable mini hard disk.
7. Nokia E90 Communicator
Two fabulous screens including a 800 x 352 pixel screen inside, a QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi and 3.2 MP camera will make it very difficult for consumers to resist spending their iPhone savings before June. It's also the most good-looking Communicator ever built by Nokia and the terrific external display helps.
8. Nokia N99
This future addition to the Nseries is a fully loaded with 16GB of Flash memory with additional 4GB via miniSD. WiFi, GPS, 8MP camera and a 3.2 screen with 16:9 aspect ratio.
9. Neonode N2
Obsessed with touch screen, why not try a device smaller than the iPhone. It uses Windows CE, which will probably be a more stable OS than say Windows Mobile or OS X.
10. Xun Chi 138
Yes, the Chinese are coming. The Xun Chi is the smallest touch screen phone in the world and it
reads recognizes handwritten Chinese characters. and it's cheap you can buy Xun Chis in bulk.