10 Best Alternatives to the iPhone


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Apple took the mobile world by storm with its release of the iPhone two years ago, causing a cult of fans who wanted to get their own sparkling phone. At this point, many other developers have jumped into the craze and, in some cases, even developing phones more worth looking at than the iPhone.


1. HTC Google Nexus One [$179]
Google and HTC joined forces to bring the Nexus One, which comes complete with a 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP camera and the noteworthy Android 2.1 operating system. Available with T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint, this phone has the iPhone beat six ways from Sunday.

2. Palm Pre [$149]
Surprisingly, a Palm device can successfully compete against the iPhone. Features include a 320×480 touchscreen with a slide-down QWERTY board – an effective alternative to the otherwise uncomfortable onscreen board Apple offers. The Palm Web OS-based phone comes available from Sprint.

3. Motorola Droid [$199]
This is another Android 2.1 phone that was built under Google’s supervision, and it comes with possibly one of the largest screens on a mobile phone, measuring at 3.7 inches and a resolution of 480×854. It comes with the ability to recognize 32 GB of SD storage and has an accelerometer built into it, allowing the screen orientation to change. This phone is available through Verizon.

4. Nokia N97 Mini Driver Edition [$479]
A 3.5 inch touchscreen and SD Card support of up to 16 GB have been built into this gem by Nokia, and it has the Symbian operating system. It is available from the Nokia Store.

5. Samsung Omnia II [$199]
This new release comes with the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system installed onto it, proudly displayed across the full 480×800 touchscreen. Its long list of features include an astounding 6 MP camera, 16 GB internal memory and up to 32 GB external memory by way of an SD card. It is available through Verizon.

6. BlackBerry Bold [$199]
The BlackBerry still holds the reign among capabilities regarding email and instant messaging, complete with a comfortable QWERTY keyboard, the familiar BlackBerry operating system and a BlackBerry-specific app store with many different apps from which to choose. Popular all around the world, the BlackBerry Bold is available through AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

7. HTC Hero [$299]
Another HTC contender comes the Hero, which has many connectivity options, along with a 5 MP camera. While an iPhone cannot display YouTube videos due to the lack of Flash, the Hero is capable of all of this and much more, directly benefiting from Flash inclusion. The Android-based Hero can be purchased through Alltel, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

8. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic [$259]
Nokia finally gets the message about slim phones with this new release. Enjoy the new and improved Nokia OS, a 3.2 inch screen and up to 16 GB of external memory. It is available through the Nokia store.

9. New LG Chocolate [$269]
Always renovating the successful phones, LG has come up with their newest version of their popular Chocolate phone. It contains its own LG operating system, has Bluetooth connectivity and is a slide phone. It can be purchased through the LG store or through Verizon.

10. LG Vu [$249]
This phone is a great alternative to the iPhone, especially since it looks just like one. Also containing the LG operating system, the Vu comes with Mobile TV, a 2 MP camera and a large 3-inch responsive touchscreen. This phone can be purchased through the LG store or through AT&T.

James is a product analyst and writer at an online ink cartridges specialist offering a range of franking machine ink and other supplies to business.

7 thoughts on “10 Best Alternatives to the iPhone”

  1. I guess I became a big Blackberry support because it became the tool of business. I have been given a Blackberry where I work for years, so it is the one I like. I have been thinking about alternatives to it and to the iPhone for my personal use.

    Great post!!


  2. Good information. Right now I just got a Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 inside mail from ebay, and it at present seems that it’s at stock settings for that Verizon Network. I program to make use of this telephone on Metro PCS. I also desire to set Windows Mobile 6.five on right here, but I’m not sure which order I need to do this in. Really should I acquire it to Metro PCS as is and have it activated, and then afterwards flash the ROM with 6.5? Or should I modify the ROM 1st and then acquire it to Metro PCS? I’ve been looking all-around and I’m unable to discover the solution to this.

  3. I have identified my Nokia 5800 XpressMusic cell to become the best all round I have owned. Just wish it had a slide out qwerty keyboard! Anyway, it does not so sufficient is adequate. A whole lot of people whine concerning the camera, it does suck, but it is not that critical to me-I have a great Canon SD950 digital camera if I want pics. I am actually please with how customizable it truly is and all the issues I can do with it. Requirements charging pretty much regular when used a fair bit. Thinking about debranding it. Rogers (Canada) keeps issues quite locked down and also the highest fw I are already in a position to upgrade to is v30 (some thing like that cannot keep in mind the exact variety at the moment). Sounds like v40 has some great attributes I am missing out on.Nicely, glad I discovered this forum, I hope to learn a bunch more about what I can perform with my mobile phone.

  4. Does anyone know which kind of video recordsdata are supported? I keep in mind the Instinct only could dl 3gp utilizing opera mini. I downloaded the twist ap, maybe that’s the problem? How can I watch movies from websites aside from youtube? Which file types? Normally I’m given the option of 3gp or mpeg4. Cannot get either to work. Thank you on your time! Damn I want I used to be eligible for the improve to EVO!

  5. Even as I love a physical keyboard, after handling the Samsung Captivate for roughly quarter-hour, it is exhausting to head back. At the moment I’m debating whether or not to go to Verizon for the Droid X, move to Sprint for the EVO, or stick with AT&T for the Captivate…selections, decisions.

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