2Samsung Galaxy S 4
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is the device Android customers buy if they want everything they can’t have in an iPhone. The Galaxy S 4 comes with a 5-inch display, near-field communication (NFC), more pixel density and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. In many ways, the Galaxy S 4 is a better product than the iPhone. And that’s probably why it’s selling exceptionally well in the Android space.
3Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a popular option for those seeking a phablet with stylus functionality. The device features the popular Samsung TouchWiz software and includes many of the features the iPhone won’t offer, including near-field communication. Samsung reportedly is working on a new Galaxy Note 3 it’s calling Neo that could be announced soon. The high-end hardware, combined with Samsung’s software and stylus support, makes the Galaxy Note 3 a worthy competitor to any Apple iPhone.
4Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
The Kindle Fire HDX tablet comes in two flavors—a 7-inch model and an 8.9-inch version. In either case, the devices are outstanding alternatives to the iPad. They both come with high-end displays, and Amazon’s built-in services, like Prime Instant Video, are outstanding. But perhaps the very best thing about the HDX line is that it starts at just $229, making it affordable and popular among consumers.
5Google Nexus 10
6Google Nexus 7
If the Nexus 10 is a solid competitor to the iPad Air, the Nexus 7 is a worthy alternative to the iPad Mini. The device features a 7-inch display and is even more lightweight than its bigger brother. Like the iPad Mini, the Nexus 7 comes in the customer’s choice of WiFi-only or WiFi and LTE. It’s also surprisingly powerful, thanks to its quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.
The Microsoft Surface might not be the most popular tablet on store shelves, due in large part to its Windows 8 software, but it’s still a fine device for those who want to be more productive while on the go. After all, the Surface Pro comes with a full Windows installation and supports the software people are accustomed to using in the office. Surface is perhaps Microsoft’s answer to the iPad in the enterprise.
8Motorola Droid Maxx
Looking for a high-end smartphone to replace the iPhone 5S? The Motorola Droid Maxx is arguably one of the best available options. The device, which runs Android 4.4, comes with up to 48 hours of battery life and wireless charging. Add all of that to its starting price of $199 with a two-year contract and 50GB of free cloud-based storage on Google Drive, and you a viable alternative to the iPhone.
9Pick an Ultrabook
Devices such as Apple’s MacBook Air are becoming computer replacements for mobile workers. That’s precisely why Ultrabooks pose a challenge to what is an important product category for Apple. The devices are extremely thin, have high-powered CPUs and can run full versions of Windows. They’re nice replacements to both iPads and MacBook Airs, and since many of them are nearly identical in terms of specs, the entire category should be considered a threat to Apple.
Like Ultrabooks, Chromebooks are similar in their size, functionality and software. And although no single Chromebook is seeing sales skyrocket, collectively the form factor is doing well. The educational market has been especially pleased with Chromebooks, finding that Chrome OS is a good companion for teaching students. If that continues, Apple could have some trouble getting MacBooks into the education industry.
HTC’s One smartphone has been the focus of patent litigation in courts around the world, but the device is still one of the best on the market. The HTC One comes with a fine, lightweight design and a perfectly sized 4.7-inch screen. Plus, its Beats audio integration is a welcome addition. Overall, the HTC One is one of the better smartphones competing right now against Apple’s iPhone.