Apple’s latest and the most sophisticated iPhone, the iPhone X ( Call it ‘X’ instead of ’10’ and the iNazis will kill you 😛 ) has a lot going for it since its launch. Well, if you don’t like the iPhone X, don’t worry you are not alone.
Personally I feel that iPhone X is nothing but an old gift in a new wrapper. Even many of the Apple’s die hard fans agree that iPhone X is over priced for what it is offering.
While the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are less expensive, they’re also less exciting. Most of the changes that are made in the iPhone 8 and 8 plus are under the hood and some software tweaks, with basically the same industrial design iPhones have had for the past three years.
So, if you’ve been thinking of jumping to Android from iOS, this is a good year to do it. The world of android is so vast, it can be tough to tell what’s actually worth your time.
That’s why we at ReviewDeeper took some time off to select some of the best Android phones that can be an ample alternative to the iPhone. These are our top picks for iPhone alternatives.
Best iPhone X Alternatives For Android Phone Users
The most obvious of these is the Google Pixel. At press time, the Pixel is about a month away from its first birthday, meaning its two replacements are weeks away from hitting shelves. But if the Pixel 2 follows the template of the existing ones, it’s definitely gonna stay on this list. That template include software directly supported by Google, with Android updates guaranteed until October of 2018, and security updates through October 2019. More importantly, it means an interface totally devoid of manufacturer muck and carrier cruft.
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The Pixel launcher contains only a few enhancement compared to stock Android, and those make the experience better, instead of getting in the way. I’m not as big a fan of the Pixels dulls hardware. But if you’re coming from an iPhone, those curved corners and that minimal adornment will probably suit you just find. As a bonus, you’ll be getting one of the best cameras you can find on an Android phone, with video stabilization that’s almost too good. The Pixel is still listed at $649 on the Google Store, but expect that price to come down with the launch of the sequel.
Our next pick is bound to create some controversies, because it’s a phone we couldn’t really recommend to anyone when we reviewed it. The Essential phone launched later than promised with half-finished software, and a camera system that, to put it charitably… Well, you can’t put it charitably. It as bad. You think those shortcomings would entitle switchers to a discount, but you’d be wrong. At $699, the Essential phone costs exactly what an iPhone 8 does. So, what’s it doing on this list? Well, not everyone buys phones for the same reasons.
For many folks, smartphones today are what cars were 20 years ago, an opportunity to express their own sense of style through their most used possession. Essential is on this list for all the people who bought iPhones because of their iconic minimalist design. With a ceramic backplate and titanium gunnels, this phone is likely more drop and scratch resistant than Apple’s latest. And the distinctive widow’s peak at the top of the display is smaller and less obtrusive than the iPhone X’s big notch.
On top of that, you’ve got a similarly simplistic stock Android experience with little, if any, bloatware. Honestly, it’s almost too stark. If you take a lot of pictures, I still can’t recommend it, despite the several updates that have landed since release. But if your main priority is fit and finish, and money is no object, this is a much classier choice than, say, a Vertu would have been.
One Plus 5
If you walk the line between physical refinement and tastefully tweaked software, you’ll arrive at what I think is the most balanced choice for iPhone switchers in 2017, the OnePlus 5. This is the latest in a long line of excellent Android phones that few in the US have ever heard of, mainly because they’re not sold by carriers. But there are two main reasons OnePlus is worth your time. Software and price. The former is called Oxygen OS, and it’s very close to stock Android. And stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the modifications OnePlus has made give you more control over the look and feel, while still avoiding the trap of gunking up the works and slowing everything down. The dual camera system doesn’t live up to the big promises OnePlus made, but it’s still more than fine for everyday photographers.
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And while the chassis is on the generic side, it’s certainly not ugly, and it feels good in the hand. If that sounds like a lot of seesawing back and forth, yep, it sure is. And you’ll learn to live with that when you’re saving hundreds of dollars. The OnePlus 5 is the most affordable smartphone on this list, with a starting price of $479. Of course you can find cheaper Android phones out there, much cheaper ones. But with maybe one or two exceptions, I think the OnePlus 5 is as low as you can get without starting to make the kind of performance and capability sacrifices that would turn off an iPhone switcher.