Looking for an iPhone alternative with a lower price-tag? We’ve got all the information you’ll need below:
iPhone users are a loyal bunch, and the prospect of breaking an Apple addiction for an Android phone can be daunting, especially for iPhone veterans. Good news is, there are a lot of great - not to mention, cheaper - alternatives out there.
What is better iPhone or Android?
Both iPhone and Android phones offer some seriously impressive specs and features and, to be frank, the one to use really comes down to preference.
For example, iPhones are extremely simple to use - more so than most Android phones. But for app junkies, Google Store has a lot more to offer than Apple, including many apps only available on an Android device. Then, there's price; most Android handsets are cheaper than iPhones, despite having very similar specs and features. This is why a lot of iOS users make the switch.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best smartphones around - minus the Apple price tag.
You’ve likely never heard of OnePlus, but when it comes to making premium smartphones, the company certainly gives Apple a run for its money. And the One Plus 6 is its best smartphone yet.
For starters, it’s a lot cheaper than newer iPhones - though with an impressive 6.28inch AMOLED display, powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 8 GB of RAM, it’s far from second best.
In terms of juice, the One Plus 6 boasts a hefty 3300mAh battery - bigger than the iPhone X - and should, in theory, last the whole day. As for design, the notch on the One Plus 6 is larger than the iPhone X, but both look pretty similar.
It’s not too shabby on the camera-front, either; the One Plus 6 sports a dual 16-megapixel snapper at the back and a 20 megapixel (MP) for portrait mode. Although you’ll find more impressive cameras on the iPhone XS or the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, there’s enough here to make for some detailed and clear pictures.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
If you’re looking for an Android phone with enough razzmatazz to rival the iPhone XS Max, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Boasting a 6.4 end-to-end display, not only is Note 9 bigger than the XS Max, it’s also cheaper - a little cheaper, anyway.
Both front and back cameras on the phone are 12MP with auto-focus, and the new intelligent camera feature delivers stunning, crystal-clear pictures. It also sports a seriously large, 4,000mAh battery that, according to Samsung, will last twenty-four-hours.
More impressive, however, is the fact the Note 9 offers up to a whopping 512GB worth of storage, curbing the need to delete pictures and apps on a regular basis.
The downside is that the Galaxy Note 9 is far from the cheapest handset on the list. But the good news is, there are ways to spread the cost, such as taking out a contract deal, or SIM-only plan.
Google Pixel 2
In our minds, if you’re looking for a cheap alternative to the iPhone 8, but don’t want to compromise any key specs or features, the Google Pixel 2 might just be the phone for you. First off, it looks great - it has a body made entirely of aluminium and comes in three different colours: Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue.
Under the hood, the Pixel 2 contains a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and a decent 64GB of storage.
In short, the Google Pixel 2 is a great choice if you’re an iPhone user looking to switch to Android, and the best part is, you can pick one up for far less.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
In an age when phones are increasing in size year on year, those looking for smaller options with all the power of their larger counterparts are running out of options. For those people, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the perfect choice.
This dinky little thing sports a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, along with 4GB of RAM and a respectable 2870mAh battery to boot.
You can pick one up in four different colours - Black, White Silver, Coral Pink and Moss Green - and although it’s not as easy on the eye as an iPhone, what’s going on under the hood more than makes up for it. Plus, it’s considerably cheaper than a newer iPhone, and a good deal brings the price down even more.
LG is perhaps best known for making televisions, but in 2009 it launched its first Android smartphone, and its G range has turned it into a popular and critically acclaimed smartphone brand. One of its most powerful Android phones, is the LG V30.
Under the 6in touch-screen display and metal glass body, lies a 3300mAh battery and a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor capable of producing a hefty 4GB of RAM. Camera-wise, the LG V30 is pretty impressive, with a dual 16MP and 13MP set-up and HDR panorama for the best features. As well as all of these great specs and features, the V30 also has a glass back for wireless charging.
In short, this phone is a great Apple alternative, and even more impressive is the amount of money you’ll save over an iPhone.
During the mid-2000s, Nokia fell behind the curve to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy range. They went from everyone’s favourite phone manufacturer, to a brand people talk about in the same vein as Saga.
Then, in 2017, Nokia made waves with a new flagship handset; the Nokia 8. Sporting a 13MP camera at the back and a 13MP at the front, the camera is more than capable of producing some seriously sharp images.
Design-wise, the aluminium body, sleek glass front and curved edges are pleasing on the eye, and the 3050mAh battery should last all day. Under-the-hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 - typical in a flagship handset - as well as 4GB of Ram and 64GB of storage.