Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is arguably the best smartphone in the world, perhaps even better than Apple's iPhone. The device comes with a 4.8-inch screen, a modified (and enhanced) version of Android, and more processing power than the iPhone 5. There's a reason it's the top-selling Android handset on the market.
Google Nexus 4
Google's Nexus 4 might not be the Galaxy S III, but it's a worthy alternative to the iPhone. The device comes with a 4.7-inch screen and Gorilla Glass 2, which reduces chances of shattering the glass screen. Plus, its 9.1mm-thick body makes it an easy fit in any pocket or purse.
Nokia Lumia 920
Although Android is the best alternative to iOS, Windows Phone 8 is now in the market and the Nokia Lumia 920 takes advantage of that. The Nokia Lumia 920 is arguably the only worthwhile Windows Phone-based alternative to the iPhone, thanks to its 4.5-inch screen and PureView camera that easily trumps Apple's. Plus, it's only costs $69.99.
HTC One X+
The HTC One X+ is that company's flagship smartphone. The device comes with a quad-core processor, the latest Android flavor, and up to 64GB of storage, ensuring ample space for movie and television lovers. The One X+ lacks an SD card slot, but its high-end camera makes it a top competitor to the iPhone.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is the most expensive smartphone in this roundup, costing $299.99 with a two-year contract. However, for that price, customers are getting up to 32 hours of battery life on a single charge, a 4.7-inch HD display, 4G LTE connectivity, and near-field communication support. In other words, it's a full-featured alternative to the iPhone 5.
Google Nexus 10
On the tablet side, it's hard to find much wrong with Google's Nexus 10. As the name suggests, the tablet comes with a 10.1-inch screen and offers up to 32GB of internal storage. The tablet also comes with dual-side, near-field communication, allowing users to wirelessly transfer information from either side of the slate. As long as users don't need a constant connection to the Web, since it's a WiFi-only device, the Nexus 10 is a fine option.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is arguably the best iPad alternative on the market. The device comes with a 10.1-inch screen, and users will find a stylus in the box to write text and access applications on the touch-screen. The Galaxy Note 10.1 also comes with the Premium Suite Upgrade from Samsung, offering a wide array of software extras that folks won't find in iOS.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9's best feature might just be its price. The WiFi-only model retails for only $299, making it notably cheaper than the full-size iPad's $499 starting price. The 4G LTE model of the Kindle Fire HD goes for $499. Add that to a nice design, up to 64GB of storage, and access to Amazon's nice selection of services and you'll find yourself a winner.
The Microsoft Surface tablet is by no means perfect. However, it's the only worthwhile purchase right now for customers hoping to run a modified Windows 8, called Windows RT. The device comes with a great magnesium design, and features the tile-based design found in Windows 8. Plus, its cover doubles as a keyboard, topping Apple's Smart Cover design.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is the only tablet in this roundup that can deliver both tablet and laptop-like functionality to customers. It does so with a hinge, attached at the end of its screen, that allows users to dock it with a physical keyboard. The device runs Android, giving it another reason to outpace the iPad.