The rapid evolution of technology has boosted an already highly competitive nature of every human being. We all want to be the smartest, the prettiest, the sexiest, the most successful, and, in addition, today we all want to have the best (smartest) mobile phones.
Now, when long-awaited iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 are out, the game is on. But, unfortunately, not all of us can be the wealthiest, and these prodigal devices have an enormous price. Maybe new iPhone is nearly perfect, but most of us aren’t ready (or able, to be honest) to pay 1000 bucks for that perfection.
Of course, there is always an option to pay for your must-have device through monthly installments, but the recent increase in the purchase of outright mobiles in Australia has shown that people are finally coming to their senses when it comes to this pretty questionable method. When you add the suspicion that Apple has been purposely slowing down older models maybe it’s really the time to consider some alternatives.
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Going for an alternative doesn’t mean you have to give up on the latest features such as OLED screens, better CPU, more RAM, or dual rear cameras. As we already said, we live in a highly competitive world, and iPhone or Samsung wouldn’t need to make new models if the competitors weren’t on their heels. In this competitive ring, there are other heavy-weights in top shape.
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1. No Knockout
One device that will definitely not let you down by lying lifeless on the floor is OnePlus 5T due to its capability to charge incredibly fast – with the 59 percent of battery life in just 30 minutes it is without question the fastest-charging smartphone out there.
This doesn’t mean he’ll just bounce around and evade the punches – a Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM (you can upgrade to 8GB for just an extra 50 bucks) makes it equally powerful and fast as other (even more expensive) Android phones, enabling it to handle every task thrown at it.
Thanks to the 6-inch display which is bezel-free it’s a real beauty, and for the half of price of the iPhone, you’ll get latest most advanced features, including face recognition and dual-lens camera.
2. Dream Team
We all know that no champion has claimed the title without the great team behind his back, and Pixel 2 XL has a veteran by his side – the all-present father Google.
This dream team is not only breathtaking with its incredibly stylish design (slimmer bezels have done a great job in complementing its sharp OLED 6-inch screen) but its snappy performance has easily topped other favorites such as Galaxy S8 and its capabilities for augmented reality have taken care of the well-known signature move.
Although it can’t brag with dual cameras, his lone cameras are quite big guns – photos shot with the rear 12-megapixel camera are par excellence, and the 8-megapixel front one brings the new definition of selfies. Not to mention computational photography that allows it to use Portrait Mode effects with ease. But where this team really shows its strength is the Google Assistant which can be summoned by simply squeezing the sides and which makes the iPhone’s Siri look quite uninformed.
It comes for a little spicy price of 849 bucks, but you’re paying for the whole team.
3. Eyes Everywhere
In this modern era the biggest wealth any man can have lies in information and if you want to stay on top nothing can pass under your radar.
That’s why the first choice of any media producer is always the LG V30 that sees everything through its vibrant OLED 6-inch display.
Its superb dual rear cameras can capture wide-angle shots and its 30 frames per second video capture in impressive 4K comes with an equally impressive suite of effects that guarantee highly cinematic video clips. But this baby also hears everything – with its quad digital-to-analog converter saying that the audio is excellent would be an understatement.
For a starting price of 800 bucks, you won’t get just eyes and ears but also a stylish slim body. Due to its constant watchful eyes battery life is not that impressive, but when it’s charged and ready there isn’t a thing that could hide from its trained sensors.
4. From China With Love
If you want a champion that looks a lot like iPhone but costs five times less Xiaomi Mi A1 is your phone.
We know that incredibly low prices of China products often cause suspicion about the quality, but we’re talking about a very reputable trademark that has rescued Google’s Android One program from its difficult position. This model presents a renewed effort to spread the ‛pure’ Android throughout the world.
Snapdragon 625 processor is reinforced with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 64-gigabyte storage space, crowned with a dual 12-megapixel camera accompanied with a LED flash. His ‛face’ is a gorgeous full HD LCD 5.5-inch screen, while the bottom bezel contains illuminated Home, Back, and Menu Android commands.
If you’d think nothing more could fit onto a single device you should take a look at the rear side where a very reliable and super-fast fingerprint scanner awaits for your touch. Such a number of features for such a low price shows that this model was made with love, to be loved.
5. The Core Talent
No one is born a champion. Every fighter needs time to evolve its skills, but the most important thing is the core talent. Predisposition for mandatory skills is something you’re born with, and the Essential phone has definitely claimed these by ‛birth’.
An additional price cut of 200 bucks has made this beauty of ceramic and titanium one of the greatest alternatives to pricey Samsung and Apple flagships. Its exquisite body is accompanied by a gorgeous 5.7-inch LCD screen that goes from edge to edge. It’s true that its rear 13-megapixel dual cameras didn’t have satisfactory performance, but a software update has taken care of that.
The best thing about this device is its ability to develop its talents – thanks to its modular design you’re allowed to attach various accessories (a 360-degree camera, for example) and stretch its powers even further.
6. Bang For Your Bucks
While the boxing ring has served us as a pretty handy metaphor, in case of Moto G5S Plus the ‛bang’ is quite literal. It is almost unbelievable that for a price under 300 bucks you can get things that this mid-range phone is packed with.
First, you won’t be able to take eyes from its premium design and then you’ll be blown away by its fast and lively performance. After you realize that the battery lasts for nearly 12 hours despite its super-bright LCD 5.5-inch screen you’ll get the feeling that someone must have placed the wrong price tag.
But the biggest bang will come after you take the first photo – its dual 13-megapixel cameras can capture incredible and sharp details even in low light and with shallow depth of field.
As you could see, there are some quite able-bodied devices out there that are not under the flagship of Apple or Samsung. Don’t just follow the hype – always check other model’s performances before you place your final bet.
Some photos credits due to GSMArena.com