The Best Alternatives to the iPhone

Avator By Lauren Noakes
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Published 10th January 2019
Last modified 9th May 2022
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The three newest iPhone prices range from between £749-£1449, which for many people falls way outside the budget of what they are willing to spend on a mobile phone. Today, we’re giving you alternative smartphone options that offer the same or similar specs and give you much more bang for your buck!

We’ve taken the cheapest out of the three iPhones, the XR, and compared the spec and price to other Android phones available on the market.

iPhone XR spec:

iOS 12
Screen size
1792 x 828
A12 Bionic
Rear camera
Front camera

OnePlus 6t

First up, is the cheapest of the 4 options, coming in at just £499.

This impressive device has 3,000 mAh battery life, which is less than the XR, but its core processor is Snapdragon 845, arguably the most powerful alternative processor to the A12 Bionic. It also boasts Android 9, the latest and greatest update of the Android operating system. The 6t is slightly bigger with a screen size of 6.41-inch and has a fantastic rear and front camera that truly rivals the XR.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 was the 2018 flagship offering from Apple's greatest competitor, Samsung.

Operating with Android 8 and a Snapgragon 845 core processor, the Galaxy S9 is not only powerful, but it has a very similar camera setup (12MP rear and 8MP front) to the XR. Its 5.8-inch screen is slightly smaller, but is super high-res. At normal price, there is not a great difference between the two devices, however at the moment, you can get the S9 for £150 cheaper.

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro has the same screen size (6.1-inches) as the XR and is super high-quality.

Its Kirin 970 processor is less powerful than Apple’s A12 chip, however the 4,000 mAh battery capacity is fantastic. The area in which the P20 Prop really outshines the XR is the camera – a triple-lens rear and 24MP front camera no less. With an RRP of £799, it is not the cheapest alternative, however right now you can get it for £599. If a brilliant camera and a premium feel is what you are looking for, the P20 Pro could be for you.

LG G7 ThinQ

Another smartphone that has a 6.1-inch screen, sharp display and sleek design is the LG G7 ThinQ.

This smartphone is powered with Snapdragon 845 and has a strong camera setup. While the battery life is not the longest out of the 4 options, it is still a strong contender considering its mid-range price tag.

Comparison Table

Below is full spec comparison that includes storage, resolution and more:

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