If you’re not excited for the next iPhone, you’re not alone. The iPhone X is pretty neat, but if I weren't a reviewer, it's doubtful I'd plunk down $999 for the privilege of owning one. While the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are less expensive, they’re also less exciting, with basically the same industrial design Apple's been using since 2012. So if you’ve been toying with the idea of jumping to Android, this is a good year to do it – but the world of Android is so vast, it can be tough to tell what’s actually worth your time. Fortunately, that's why I'm here. I'm MrMobile and these are my top picks for iPhone alternatives in 2017. Beware, though: if you're here for just another rundown of Samsung Galaxy shoutouts, you're in the wrong place. About half of these picks are not what you might call "popular" – and they're pretty US-focused to boot. So dive on in to the Best iPhone Alternatives of 2017, and drop your own suggestions in the comments!
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MrMobile's Best iPhone Alternatives 2017 video was produced following extended review sessions with the Google Pixel, OnePlus 5, Essential Phone and Sony XZ Premium, as well as limited hands-on time with the Sony Xperia XZ1 & XZ1 Compact at IFA 2017. MrMobile has yet to go hands-on with either the iPhone X or iPhone 8/8S. All conclusions are preliminary pending a full iPhone X Review (coming soon!)
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HEY Y'ALL. If you're about to leave a comment complaining that your favorite phone isn't included, you're utterly missing the point of this post. This is a list of phones specifically tailored to iPhone switchers. Not even my own daily carries (BlackBerry KEYone and LG V30) are on it – because they're not ideal for iPhone expats. If you're not thinking of trading your iPhone in for an Android, this video isn't for you! Go enjoy your phone! I promise, its feelings have not been hurt by its exclusion from this list.
MrMobile [Michael Fisher] The real reason one prefers an iPhone over anything else - is the operating system (and Apple's ecosystem).
The only phone I know of whose OS not only compares to, but visually even exceeds (out-Apples) iOS - is the Smartisan OS. Its UI / UX alone, to Me, suffices to trigger a procurement urge much greater than any Android OS smartphone ever has. If Forestall wasn't fired by the idiot Cook, that's how the iOS would look now: quite dazzling, really!
For everything but IP6x certification and Apple's ecosystem, the Smartisan Nut series are excellent and have the best OS of any phone today, including iOS. I say "including iOS", because the Smartisan OS' GUI is more beautiful than even iOS'.
Additionally, the Smartisan Nut 2 Pro is among the tiny handful of Android phones that come with 256GB on-board storage.
Other worthy affordable alternatives are the Xiaomi Mi -series smartphones, Elephone's best (the U Pro, S8 Pro), the Oppo R15 Pro, the Oppo F8, the Umidigi Z2 Pro, the Vivo Apex, Meizu 15 Deluxe, Meizu Pro 7 and a few others.
Unfortunately, none of the devices mentioned have waterproofing. A bloody shame.
Always been a strong Apple fan until 2 years ago. Pissed off with ridiculous battery pussyfooting. Insulting iOS updates. And scam innovation. Plus globalists are taking all our data from popular OS.
Time to find a new phone. Shame.
why put the oneplus? apple fans only buy the most expensive shit, cus they think its premium. there's no point in recommending a value/budget king to someone switching from an iphone, theyll probably dismiss it as cheap and inferior.
Bought two OnePlus 5 phones. Both locked in bootloop after software update. No root, just updated stock os via OTA and support just flashed the same firmware, gave it back and the phone got stuck in bootloop again 😂 My earlier OnePlus 3 is in the same condition, stuck in a bootloop after update to Oreo 😂
The OnePlus 5T is a beast and anyone who picks one up and plays with it for a little while would understand why these phones are loved by anyone who owns one. Plus dash charge is the ultimate quick charge convenience.
+MrMobile [Michael Fisher] There is one thing that a lot of "older" people don't even like about the iPhone that wasn't addressed in this video: Software updates. My Mom LOVES her iPad when compared to her Android phone, except that she has to update both when it asks her to. Most "older" iPhone users want a "locked down" and "whatever Apple gives you is what you get" experience from the iPhone/iPad... They don't customize their phones or they don't want/need widgets or they like the ability to go to an Apple Store for anything they need with the phone. The only other phone that comes close is a Galaxy where you can "lock it down" and should you need anything, a Best Buy with Samsung shop is always near. That wasn't discussed in this video. As a result, I have a hard time recommending ANY Android to iPhone people who specifically don't need one, except that they NEED one due to price. If $ was NO object, then i'd say not to switch unless the person wants something "different" and was eyeing a Galaxy or LG or Moto Z. If $ is an object, then the Moto G5/ X4 OR a One+ 5 are good. That being said, I still won't recommend anything Android to someone especially one who preorders the newest iPhone (even if they want a change). But wait, iMessages is a big draw for iPhone people. If you need an alternative to a new iPhone and use iMessages, you are screwed.
the Oneplus phones have 1 practical benefit which amazingly never seems to get implemented on other smartphones outside of the iPhone, which is the physical switch that can be used to silence the phones notifications.
So, you make a video about iPhone alternatives, yet fail to mention the Xiaomi Mix 2? That basically IS an iPhone running Android.
- MIUI9 acts and looks like iOS
- It’s cheaper than the OP5, just as fast, looks better and has smaller bezels
- It has flagships specs and design for $450,-
If want the Android equivalent of an iPhone, there really isn’t any competition: it’s the Xiaomi.
I like the iphone X and apple products but apple has gotten too smug and is slowly lagging behind the competition and have alot of missing feature that I could use as a small business owner, I have an android alongside my iphone 6s for now but I want to get a note 8 kinda, I love the razer phone but it is not supported on my network and Im always jumping arround providers so I prefer something compatible with everything, I have already used my 6s between 3 carriers. My android doesnt even have celular cause I refuse to pay for verison service
I have the Sony xz premium and love it love the design display and the proformce every thing about it is good frist time owning Sony and now it's my favorite phone brand I'm not being buyest but man I'm stoked how not many people don't think sony they are brilliant
This video is exactly why I haven’t been able to switch away from iPhones. Ecosystem and investment aside, most of these phones make good switch phones as phones with a particular feature similar to the iPhone. But unless you could cram all those phones together it just doesn’t compare for me. I don’t care if my iPhone is great at anything, because it’s good at pretty much everything.
Woah woah wait a minute. I’ve seriously been thinking of getting an android phone as a second device. But updates on Google’s own phone is only promised updates for a year and security updates for a year after that?! How is that an iPhone switcher phone. My iPhones get full os updates for 4-5 years
The article from android central is a shitty clickbait and no one should ever suggest it. It basically states "Here's the reason why sony disables fingerprint sensors, but we don't really know it so we will just write a shitty article to waste people's time".
What about the other Brand X for an honorable mention - As of today, 12-03-2017 - The Essential Phone:
1. The software is buttery smooth at this time due to updates;
2. What is the lousy Rap about the Earphone jack? The adapter combo DAC that comes with the USB C adapter is an outstanding, flexible, and impressive sounding accessory. Just think of it as a 3in. Extension of your cord and leave it plugged into your earbuds and take care of it, so as it will not get lost.
One more thing, you know if you use a male to male extension wire you can play your Spotify Music at extreme quality levels and be the "Head In" for a 1,000 watt home stereo system. Try that and see how it sounds. There is a Hugh difference in the listening experience. The wire cost you a couple of bucks to try out.
3. Due to recent updates on the camera's software, the camera now provides an upper-end point and shoot experience at this time. I recommend one install the free Adobe Express App as it integrates "Seamlessly" into the stock software during the post editing phase to finish polishing up your pics if you want too.
4. Please Stop a minute and see the forest for the trees. This phone could be the last phone you ever purchase as for the most part it future proof. This phone OS is wide open and its a real Sleeper of a Phone. Within a few months, it's owners at that time will pull up next to a stop light and Samsungs and Apple high rollers will make lite of it one too many times. When the stop light goes Green, The Essential Phone, by that time, will have morphed into a Hot Rod Sleeper device that will blow the doors of the 700 to 1,000 multi-billion dollar Corporate phones leaving them in amazement. How will it be able to do this you may ask?
5. The essential open source community will make this happen. There are signs of it already. Example, Android O already installable on this phone by its Geek leading edge initial following and Andy quietly let it happen on the sidelines.
6. You are kind of right saying this phone is not for folks that just want to use it ideally out of the box.
7. This phone is best served for the mid-level to an advanced crowd that loves the fact that They have "Power in the hands of the Few!
8. Take a leap of faith save some bucks and jump on Andy's Essential Phone Train so you won't be left at the station.
Thumbs up on the Xperia mention. A few years ago when I switched away from iPhone for a while, I got a Z2 and it was an excellent device and I’d say most closely embodies the spirit of the iPhone, in the Android world.
The design is simple yet iconic and elegant, like an iPhone. It’s built very solid, like an iPhone, and it has great cameras, like an iPhone. It’s also not full of bloatware and the Sony Launcher is minimalistic while providing just the right type of extras.
I’m back on the iPhone now, but if you are switching away from it, put Sony at the top of your list.
One plus good phone so is the pixel rest are muck. To many good phones out there likes of the new razer, cheaper xiaomi mi 6 an mi mix great phone to. then Huawei make great phones. Sony get way to hot glitchy to. LG make great phones. HTC there new phones that came out this year are good but pre that they get hot to hot like Sony.
* Huawei P10 Plus because it has a similar design to the Apple iPhone and with better storage and also better photography than iPhone.
* Huawei Mate 10 Pro, because it's the iPhone Killer.
* LG G6, due to the specifications and that amazing screen OMG!
And an Honor Mention to the LG V30, because it's another iPhone Killer and have amazing cameras.
At last but not least, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
No bezels on the ceramic body and MIUI is one of the best features it has and it's Amazing how it runs over Android.
Greetings from Mexico City Mexico.
Y'all complainin' about the price of the iPhone X. Meanwhile, a base model X here in the Philippines would set you back the equivalent of over $1,300. Not saying the X is cheap by any means, but it sure is ridiculously expensive here.
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