10 Smartphones, Tablets to Buy This Summer If iPhone 5S Is a No-Show

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-07-18 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apple is planning to launch the iPhone 5S at some point this year, and until recently, that date was expected to be sometime this summer or early fall. But a recent report out of Taiwan suggested that the company is planning to include a larger screen in the iPhone 5S, which has prompted Apple to push back the handset's launch to the end of the year. Granted, it's not a big jump. The iPhone 5S reportedly will come with a 4.3-inch screen, compared with a 4-inch version, according to reports. But even the word of a delay was enough to send Apple fans into a tizzy. But before those Apple fans become too concerned and wonder how they'll get through the summer and fall without their annual iPhone purchase, perhaps they should look around the current mobile space and realize that several devices, including earlier iPhone models available right now or hitting the market soon, are worthy of their hard-earned cash. As nice as the iPhone is, plenty of products are available today that consumers and enterprise users should buy. In the following slides, we'll take a look at those products and find out which devices could replace the iPhone 5S purchase so many people were hoping to make this summer or fall.

 
 
 
  • 10 Smartphones, Tablets to Buy This Summer If iPhone 5S Is a No-Show

    By Don Reisinger
    00_10 Smartphones, Tablets to Buy This Summer If iPhone 5S Is a No-Show
  • Samsung Galaxy S4: The Smartphone the iPhone 5S Wishes It Could Be

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the Android market's best smartphone, featuring a 5-inch screen, a quad-core processor, ample storage and a great design. The Galaxy S4 is essentially the product that Apple wishes its iPhone 5S would be, and that alone makes it a worthy contender.
    01_Samsung Galaxy S4: The Smartphone the iPhone 5S Wishes It Could Be
  • Apple iPhone 5 Is Still a Solid Smartphone

    If Apple fans just can't get enough of the iPhone, why not ditch plans for the iPhone 5S and go with the iPhone 5? Granted, the iPhone 5S will come with updated specs, but as history has shown, any iPhone with an "S" at the end really isn't that big of an upgrade anyway.
    02_Apple iPhone 5 Is Still a Solid Smartphone
  • Apple iPhone 4S Is Dated But Still Effective

    The iPhone 4S is admittedly outdated compared with the latest smartphone models. But that doesn't mean it should be left off this list. At $99 with a two-year commitment, the device is one of the most affordable smartphones on the market. And since it can still work with all of the apps users want, it's worth considering.
    03_Apple iPhone 4S Is Dated But Still Effective
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Serves as the 'Phablet' Option

    Samsung's Galaxy Note is another worthy contender to the long-rumored iPhone 5S. The device comes with a nice, big screen, but perhaps most importantly, works with a stylus, allowing fans of the "phablet" design to have the best of both smartphones and tablets. The Galaxy Note is a great device.
    04_Samsung Galaxy Note Serves as the 'Phablet' Option
  • HTC One Is an Effective Alternative Even to the Galaxy S4

    The HTC One is one of the more high-powered Android handsets on the market. The device features a quad-core processor and a big, 4.8-inch screen. Plus, it's running the latest Android flavor, Jelly Bean, meaning it'll work with any and all apps available on that operating system. The HTC One is a fine alternative to the Galaxy S4.
    05_HTC One Is an Effective Alternative Even to the Galaxy S4
  • Nokia Lumia 1020 Is Solid Windows Phone Handset

    Nokia recently announced the Lumia 1020, and the device quickly established itself as a fantastic alternative to the iPhone and any Android device. To achieve that, Nokia bundled a 41-megapixel camera into the Windows Phone handset, making it the best photo-snapping smartphone on the market. If photos matter to would-be iPhone 5S customers, choosing the Lumia 1020 might not be a bad idea.
    06_Nokia Lumia 1020 Is Solid Windows Phone Handset
  • LG's Upcoming Optimus Unit to Challenge Even the Galaxy S4

    LG has announced plans to hold a special event in a few weeks to unveil the next device in its flagship Optimus line. All signs point to the device coming with a 5-inch screen, the latest quad-core Snapdragon processor and a design that will blow customers away. Look for the Optimus to possibly unseat the Galaxy S4 as this summer's best Android handset.
    07_LG's Upcoming Optimus Unit to Challenge Even the Galaxy S4
  • Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Still a Strong Design

    The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx might not be the newest device in this roundup, but it's still a worthy Android contender. The device comes with a stellar design, and because it's from Motorola, Google is keeping a close eye on it to ensure it's properly updated. Is the Razr Maxx the best Android handset in this list? No. But it's still worth considering.
    08_Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Still a Strong Design
  • Apple iPad Mini Serves as Tablet Alternative

    Current iPhone owners hoping to get their hands on an iPhone 5S this summer should stop looking for a new smartphone and wait. In the meantime, investing in the iPad Mini, which delivers a great design, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networking and access to all of the apps they care about, isn't such a bad idea. For current iPhone owners, waiting on the next handset and getting a small iPad now doesn't seem like such a bad idea.
    09_Apple iPad Mini Serves as Tablet Alternative
  • Apple iPad Remains the Best Full-Size Tablet

    Considering that, it also wouldn't be a bad idea if customers consider investing in the larger iPad. That device likely won't be updated for several months, leaving customers with the option to get their hands on it now and replace a lightweight notebook or outdated PC. The iPad might not appear to be an iPhone 5S competitor, but when it comes to Apple fans, buying anything to satiate their desire for a new handset is worth it.
    10_Apple iPad Remains the Best Full-Size Tablet
 
 
 
 
 
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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