by Ishraaq Shams
The iPhone 6 was released last Friday and people all over the world rushed to stores to get this new product. In fact, the number of pre-orders skyrocketed within the first 24 hours with a record-breaking total of 4 million units on the first day. But, we are so caught up with Apple that we seem to forget considering other smartphones.
Here are a few alternatives, in no particular order.
- Samsung Galaxy S5: The biggest draw of Samsung’s latest 5.1 in flagship is it’s water and dust repellent-ness. This durable phone can take a dip in a pool without any water problems, making pushing people in the pool fun again! Other than that, the S5 has a longer battery life, Android over iOS 8, and a larger screen size than the iPhone 6.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Coming out in the end of October, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a good 5.7 in alternative to the iPhone 6+. Samsung’s latest phablet features a quad-HD display, a gigantic battery, and your own personal stylus for all your on-the-go doodling needs.
- Sony Xperia Z3: Sony’s flagship is a good alternative if you are looking for phenomenal build quality. It is one of the most durable phones in 2014. Also water-resistant, you can take pictures in fresh water for up to 30 minutes. For all you gamers out there: being the only PS4 remote play, the Xperia Z3 can be connected to a PS4 controller over Wi-Fi, so you can play your favorite PS4 games anywhere in your home. The Sony Xperia Z3 also has the longest battery life of all the phablets out there. Sony still hasn’t announces the release date in the US yet, but it is definitely coming out this fall.
- HTC One (M8): The new HTC One, which came out a few months ago, has a ‘duo’ rear camera, which allows you to adjust the focus even after the picture is taken. From the last HTC model, the new Dual front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers are 25% louder than the last model , giving a clearer and richer audio, and makes an audio soundstage.
- Google Nexus 5: On my last article, I compared the features of the iPhone 6 to the features of the 2012 Nexus 4, and it seems like a phone approximately two years old is better than the new iPhone. But last year, the successor of the Nexus 4, the Google Nexus 5, was released with more improvements, such as a bigger screen size of 5.0 inches and a better battery life, and especially wireless charging.
- Apple iPhone 5s: Many people think that since the iPhone 6 already came out in stores, there is no point of buying the 5s anymore. That’s not true at all! Even though there were a few improvements added onto the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5s still remains as an excellent option. For those people who think the new phone is way too big, the iPhone 5s has only a 4-inch screen, which is easier to fit in tight pockets.
- Motorola Moto X (2014): In an upgrade to the highly rated Moto X, Motorola brings a better build quality to a larger, 5.2in, display. Even though the iPhone 6 has a better camera than the Moto X, this highly customizable Android phone comes with neat software additions. There is Always-On voice recognition and a feature where you can wave your hand over the phone and it will show you your new notifications. Furthermore, you can customize the design of the Moto X before you order it online and it costs significantly lower than the iPhone 6.
Ironically, even when some of these phones are equally as good as or even better than the iPhone 6 are cheaper, the iPhone still received more attention than any other smartphone. I mentioned on my last article that the reason that the iPhone has been getting more attention is because of the simplicity and the design of the apps. So before you go buy your next phone, try considering other options that might be more beneficial than the one you were originally going to buy.