10 Android Smartphone Alternatives to the Apple iPhone 6

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-09-22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Android Smartphone Alternatives to the Apple iPhone 6
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    10 Android Smartphone Alternatives to the Apple iPhone 6

    By Don Reisinger
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    There Is Always the Android Favorite, the Samsung Galaxy S5
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    There Is Always the Android Favorite, the Samsung Galaxy S5

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is easily one of the most popular iPhone alternatives in this roundup. The device, which launched earlier this year, comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and runs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a clock speed of 2.5GHz. The handset features a 5.1-inch screen and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera. It's a top-notch alternative to any iPhone.
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    Sony Xperia Z2 Gets High Marks
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    Sony Xperia Z2 Gets High Marks

    Sony's Xperia Z2 comes with an outstanding design that puts it on equal footing with just about any other product on the market. The device has a 5.2-inch full HD display and can last 19 hours on a single charge. Like the Galaxy S5, the Z2 runs Android 4.4, but boosts its rear-facing camera to 20.7 megapixels. The Z2 is Sony's flagship smartphone, and one can easily see why given its impressive specs.
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    LG G3 Delivers High-End Features
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    LG G3 Delivers High-End Features

    Although LG doesn't have the kind of market share it had hoped to secure over the last couple of years, the company's G3 flagship is widely viewed as one of the best on the market. The device boasts Android 4.4 and comes with the same 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chip found in the Galaxy S5. LG's device, however, comes with a 5.5-inch screen size and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. In some third-party tests, its battery life lasts longer than a day on a single charge. Not bad.
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    HTC Perseveres in Mobile Market With HTC One M8
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    HTC Perseveres in Mobile Market With HTC One M8

    HTC has been down on its luck the last couple of years, due in large part to its inability to capture the attention of the average consumer with its flagship devices. However, the HTC One M8 has bucked that trend, thanks to its strong design. The device has a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and runs on Android 4.4. Compared with some of its competitors, its screen size is small but still generous at 5 inches.
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    Samsung Makes the Galaxy Alpha Thin, Elegant
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    Samsung Makes the Galaxy Alpha Thin, Elegant

    The feature that arguably stands out more than any other in the Galaxy Alpha is its metal chassis. Samsung achieved a thin and elegant design for the Alpha with its 7mm thickness and metal case. In addition to design, the Galaxy Alpha comes with a 4.7-inch display and 32GB of onboard storage. The device runs Android 4.4 on Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa 5430 processor and has a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera.
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    Motorola Mobility Gets It Right With Motorola Moto X
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    Motorola Mobility Gets It Right With Motorola Moto X

    Motorola Mobility's Moto X is all about customizability. While its standard design is appealing to some, Motorola attempts to improve upon that by allowing users to fully customize the design of the device before they buy. It's a feature that has caught on among many consumers. Internally, the Moto X is no slouch, either. The Android 4.4 smartphone has a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and up to 32GB of onboard storage. The smartphone also includes a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5.2-inch display that packs 423 pixels into every inch. Like the iPhone 6, the device supports near-field communication for mobile purchasing.
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    Motorola Moto G Appeals to Budget Shoppers
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    Motorola Moto G Appeals to Budget Shoppers

    The Motorola Moto G is by no means the most powerful device in this roundup, but it is designed to hit the mark among people who want to save a little cash, rather than drop hundreds on a new iPhone or Android device. The smartphone comes with a respectable 5-inch screen and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. It also offers a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. Like the Moto X, the Moto G can be heavily customized when consumers choose different cases.
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    Google Nexus 5 Appeals to Android Purists
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    Google Nexus 5 Appeals to Android Purists

    Most of the devices included in this roundup are running Android but have a vendor-specific skin placed atop the operating system to provide a differentiated experience. The Google Nexus 5, however, ditches all of that for a standard build of Android. The device also comes with a 5-inch screen, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It's not a bad option for those who want the pure Android experience.
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    Amazon Fire Phone Takes a Different Path With Android
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    Amazon Fire Phone Takes a Different Path With Android

    The Amazon Fire Phone arguably provides the biggest difference in software experience compared with other Android phones. The device, which has a 4.7-inch display and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, comes loaded with Amazon's own software, including access to its Appstore, Prime Instant Video and more. The handset also comes with a feature called Firefly that can snap images of everything from phone numbers to bar codes, and immediately provide actionable options to customers based on what was captured. Just don't expect a standard Android experience with the Fire Phone or full compatibility with all Android apps on the market.
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Challenges iPhone 6 Plus
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    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Challenges iPhone 6 Plus

    Samsung makes the list again with the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. That device, which is slated to hit U.S. store shelves in October, is the company's top-of-the-line offering, boasting a 5.7-inch screen, an enhanced S Pen stylus for interacting with the operating system and a quad-HD display featuring a 2,560-by-1,440 resolution. It's the device Samsung is pitting against the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, and based on its specs, it's easy to see why the company wants to make that comparison.
 

Apple might not have the most mobile market share or sell the most units, but it can get more attention than any other mobile device maker. Year after year, it's able to build anticipation for its latest products to a fever pitch. That has become abundantly apparent in the wake of the iPhone 6 launch. While there are still countless devices available that might in one way or another top the iPhone 6 in terms of features or price, it's Apple's product that generates the most hype. But now that the iPhone 6 is shipping, consumers who aren't already totally committed to Apple's products will go back to calmly considering in the clear light of day which product offers the best deal—the iPhone or one of the many handsets that run Android. This eWEEK slide show looks at 10 Android smartphones ranging from lower-cost units to the top-of-the-line flagship models that might prove to be suitable alternatives to the iPhone. From the Samsung Galaxy S5 to the Amazon Fire Phone, there are Android handsets that can suit any mobile phone buyer's needs.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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