Top 10 iPhone Alternatives

Apple’s iPhone 5s is one of the best smartphones in the world, but it has some drawbacks. Its 4-inch display, though bright, is significantly smaller than the 5 to 5.5-inch screens found on today’s leading Android handsets. And while its interface is slick and easy to use, it’s not nearly as customizable as Android, or as unique as Microsoft’s Windows Phone. If you’re looking for something different than Apple’s smartphone, these are the handsets for you.

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. Jay Says:

    Alternatives? This are wayyyy superior than the Iphone 4. You also forgot the Xperia Arc also superior than iphone

  2. Malcolm Boynton Says:


    I recieved a link in my feeds to this article. I was interested in seeing the eight phones. A Sony laptop commercial came up when your page opened. That’s acceptable, I realize everything’s not free. But when it reappeared each time I selected the next phone, I felt increasingly angry and frustrated. I didn’t look at the last five phones. I won’t return. All the ad did was make me feel like boycotting Sony.


  3. Dean Says:

    I agree with the previous poster. I have pop-up blocker turned on for a reason. What ever new-fangled java plug-in still allows you to put pop-ups on my screen just adds frustration to the website visit. What makes you people think I want your pop-up cr@p after having turned it off. Not only that I had another pop-up after closing the laptop splash screen BOTH TIMES!! I really don’t care much about the other 8 phones I didn’t get to see, I guess I’ll just have to suffer in the glorious wait for my, very late, att iPhone 4s instead of looking at these alternatives.

  4. nathan halpin Says:


  5. Gary Says:

    Bye, bye! SEE YA! STUPID SONY popup…… REALLY guys – ya gotta be smarter than that…………..

  6. frankk Says:

    It is not fair to critisize ads, every one needs to make money. With Sony ad you also have option to skip the ad. Once skipped ad does not appear again.

  7. GrandEee Says:

    My misgivings about anything Apple is the abject devout Apple culties and their evangelical approach. It may even be a better product, may be something I want, but since I can never trust any info about the iPhone, it’s hard for a buyer to judge. I’m going to keep looking, and if I find objective evidence that iPhone really is all that and lunch (which the ever-hyped Mac computer is definitely NOT) I may get one. Until then, I’ll wait until I know what I’m buying.

  8. Don Says:

    All you have to do is opt out of the ads. It may not stop all of them but a majority of them.

  9. Seeker Lazarus Says:

    I don’t see any ads, I’m running firefox with adblock plus (free app) and I almost never see any ads.

  10. elvis Says:

    Having owned a an IPOD touch but hating apple I bought a Samsung Android phone. BIG MISTAKE, it vibrates as apps are about to close themselves, IT HAS NO VISUAL VOICE Mail and mediocre battery. Sure it’s far more customizable than an IOS device but who cares.

    I am just praying for an early upgrade offer so I can switch to APPLE>

  11. Android Vs Iphone Says:

    fu*k both android n iphone…both sucks..i dont have any of them and i know both sucks badly

  12. CONFUSED & FEDUP! Says:

    I agree with GrandEee! I can not make sense of any reviews. My husband has the iphone and loves it. He got me the 4s for Christmas… I do not see what all the hype is about, I have had it freeze up 3 different occassions and even had to do a factory reset twice. AND… I am disappointed in the fact that Apple and Adobe have not been able to work out some kind of deal allowing Apple permissions. I LIKE Adobe.

    This is coming from someone who held onto a Samsung ~SOLSTICE for two years after I was due for an upgrade because I wanted to know what I was getting before I upgraded. Now, I want to take the Iphone back and get another BUT…. my second choice being the Galaxy S II, I am reserved about switching because of the negative reviews I have read about IT. I havent heard very much about the Windows 7 phone, to add. Does that mean there is no comparison ~in a good way or a bad?

    Thinking I should just resolve myself to the fact that no matter wat I get…. I am NOT going to be happy.

  13. adam Says:

    I’m viewing this from my phone so I didn’t get any ad popup but I wouldn’t run off crying like some of these babies.. Ugh the world is filled with weak people nowadays. That being said, the iphone is great if you don’t mind the limitations apple sets on you. Personally, when I pay 600$ for a phone, I should be able to do whatever the hell I want with it and set it up in a way I find quick to use. Everything in Android is customizable. You don’t like the keyboard? Get a new one. Don’t like the ui? Get a new one. You can play more video and sound files without worrying about conversion. My phone is more like a mini laptop than just a phone and for that Android, I salute you. And yes, I used an iphone for a while, and for what you pay for these phones, I’d rather not have apple sitting on my shoulder telling me what my phone is for. I’ll use it the way I see fit.

  14. Traci Says:

    I’ve had BlackBerry’s for several years and I recently switched to a Motorola Android Bionic and I returned it a week later. I guess the biggest thing is that it depends on what you’re used to in a phone. I love the fact that I can program my BB to turn on and off automatically. I also have an app that automatically changes the profile so I don’t have my phone ringing loudly in the middle of church. My biggest problem with the Android was that after a few days, I couldn’t use the voice commands in my car. I would tell it to “call home” and it found every entry in my phone that had the word “home” EXCEPT my actual home number. I keep looking at reviews of the Androids and Iphones and everyone has a different opinion. It seems that you either love them or hate them. There should be a way to actually see what the capabilities of the phones are BEFORE you purchase so you don’t get “stuck” with something that you’re not satisfied with. Most companies have “non-working” displays and you have to purchase (with a “restocking fee”) and bring it back within a very short period of time if you’re not happy. Not very “customer friendly” if you ask me.

  15. fancy ladies Says:

    i like sumsang i9100 Galaxy S II,Available. Released 2011, April.Very Thin

  16. Mara Lynn Says:

    Ok so on a lot of pages on this website, it quotes ” iPhone 4s beats android, as long as you can deal with 3G”, but I
    Updated my iPhone 4s and when I updated it, it gave me 4G. So that is definitely something they need to update on this website because that is major plus. I’ve also posted pictures on Facebook and instagram That I took with my phone, and people have said on those websites that the pictures look professional. Siri is just amazing! It can help your on many ways but I have a lot of fun just talking to it because apple got very creative and siri will respond to just about any question you ask, whether it’s goofy or not. Another wonderful thing about the iPhone is how easy it is set up! Every thing is just right there and the app store is loaded! Apple really put a lot into this phone and it’s a great product And I highly recommend it!!

  17. Shelley Says:

    You forgot the HTC Titan. Awesome phone, spectacular OS.

  18. Mark Says:

    Wow – someone found an app for the Blackberry!

  19. Sere Says:

    My Android Xpheria ion is all I need, love all the voice apps, along with the other apps, plenty for me, who can use it all in a life time!

  20. Cory Says:

    If you’re getting a popup multiple times, you probably have cookies disabled. Most sites don’t function well with cookies disabled, not just

  21. ricky sanowara Says:

    i know for a fact that most of my friends switch iDevices for Androids and not the other way around
    in my country where iDevices are considered a luxury item, because of the high pricetag, i may only afford one device that i can rely at a reasonable price
    so theres that; call me cheap. . poor or whatever

    now back to my rich friends. . why do they use androids when they can afford iThingy?
    Im not telling you that android devices are better and stuff. . shit. . i never have any iDevice. . i cant afford them

    its just the fact that when you have to choose. . you need to prioritize things

    my Galaxy note give me a near tablet size and a phone portability
    the onky thing i afford to buy and hopefully the only thing i need

  22. Nerd Says:

    Commenters should learn to use adblock

  23. Jamie Says:

    I had two iphones and frankly I didn’t think all that much of them. They had lots of apps and worked ok but as a phone they stink. The 3g and the 4s only work well with other Apple products and that is why I switched
    I bought a LG smart TV and a Blackberry PlayBook and I wanted a phone that works well with them. I bought the PlayBook because the 32 Gb version was $150 and it’s a steal at that price. It works so well I knew I had to have the Z10. What a great phone. Yes it has fewer apps but the UI is amazing, keyboard is way better than an Iphone, call quality is top notch and the HUB is the best in the industry for getting and responding to messages. Do your selves a favor, get a PlayBook cheap and get a new Blackberry

  24. Phil T Says:

    4/7/2013 The Picture LaptopMag has for the HTC One is the HTC One X. Big difference.

  25. Craig Says:

    Alternatives? iPhone is slows becoming the phone of the past! BB 10 is the phone to have…

  26. amylee Says:

    I notice that one phone called Orient N9500 form OrientDeal com.I suppose it is the alternative of Galaxy S4,I wanna buy it.for it is too cheap.but I don’t know something about it.anyone who can tell me something about it?

  27. Purist Says:

    Now give me alternatives to IOS and Android… I don’t want either of those operating systems that are tied to give out my phone number to big companies so I can properly use the smartphone with apps.

  28. HTC enthusias Says:

    Hey just a heads up on your post, for the HTC one you used a picture for the HTC one X which i don’t want to annoy you but is a completely different phone despite the names.

  29. BRASS Says:

    I have Samsung TV, refrigerator, washer & dryer but I go with iPhone because:

    - I’m a guy and the iPhone is smaller, smaller is better for pocket carriers.
    - I have an Apple iMac, Macbook & Apple TV so iPhone offers compatibility & inter-operability.
    - I’m a competitive shooter, reloader, etc. & iPhone offers more specialized/related apps.
    - Longer battery life
    - I rarely text, so keyboard size is unimportant.
    - Better camera for face recognition.
    - Already familiar w/Apple conventions, would have to learn Android for Samsung. Never liked windows — skipped from DOS to Mac early on.

    Big deciders for me (only) — not a religious experience:

    Smaller size a big plus and compatibility/familiarity.

  30. Carlos Says:

    Yea i agree I hate pop ups but I opened this review from an I phone running safari and didn’t get a single pop up. They forgot to do that comparison. I think it’s very important not to overlook browsing capabilities when reviewing phones who’s main feature is connectivity to the internet

  31. Jon Says:

    The photo of the HTC One is wrong, it looks more like the HTC One X, last year’s flagship model.

  32. Geoff Smith Says:

    I prefer the iPhone because if I have a question I can go into my local Sony store and get an immediate answer. Ditto with a repair.

  33. Ben Says:

    All of these ‘alternatives’ are significantly larger than an iPhone, so this comparison is rather narrow in its scope.

    Still looking for something to replace a Sony Xperia P, bought 2 years ago for having a decent spec and screen but in a pocketable, handleable form.

    HTC’s ONE Mini seems the closest. Could be worth adding it to your feature for those interested in form and function, not just performance and features.

  34. SreeRaj Sadanand Says:

    So What You Are Trying To Say Is that, an S5 or Nexus 5 is an iPhone Alternative? Why don’t you say it the other way? iPhone is a close alternative to S5.

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