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Ditch Your iPhone and Get One of These Instead

The iPhone 11 is on everyone’s mind, especially since Lady Gaga shot her most recent video, “Stupid Love,” entirely on a Pro version. Contrary to what Apple might want you to believe, there are phones on the market other than the iPhone. Whether you’re an Apple loyalist or are just looking for something new, why not try one of these instead?

LG Stylo 5

If you want a budget-friendly smartphone that has a lot of the same features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 without the price tag, you can’t go wrong with the LG Stylo 5. It has an included stylus that you can use for drawing, taking notes or whatever strikes your fancy. Like the most recent Galaxy Note, you can use the stylus without ever having to turn on the screen. 

It’s got a 6.2-inch display and a 3,500 mAh battery that will last all day. Both front and rear-facing cameras take great pictures — 13 mp rear and 5 mp front-facing — and comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and 3 GB of ram. The best part is that you can bring this awesome little phone home for $200.

Samsung Galaxy S10

You really can’t have a list of iPhone alternatives without including at least one Samsung model — even if you ignore the features that Apple has allegedly stolen from Samsung. In this case, the best option is going to be the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 8 gigs of RAM, this dynamic entry in the Galaxy family is one phone you won’t want to miss. Surprisingly, its battery is actually slightly smaller than the one offered by the LG Stylo 5, coming in at 3,400 mAh, but it still handles a day’s use easily. 

One thing that really sets this phone apart is the cameras. It’s got two rear-facing cameras — a 12 mp and a 16 mp with an ultrawide lens. It also has a whopping 10 mp selfie camera on the front so you’ll be sure to capture the shot, no matter what you’re snapping pictures of. 

Google Pixel 3a

Google’s Pixel phones have been competing with Apple and Android for their piece of the pie for a while now, but if you want a budget-friendly phone that can run with the big boys, you can’t go wrong with the Pixel 3A. It’s less than $400 and comes with a 5.6-inch display, a 12.2 mp rear-facing camera and an 8 mp selfie camera. Of course, you also have the benefits of Google’s superior image processing software at your fingertips with the Pixel. 

With a 3,000 mAh battery and 4 gigs of RAM, the Pixel 3a will suit basically anyone’s needs. As a bonus, unlike the iPhone, the Pixel 3a still has a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The phone is also available on T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint networks, so you can get hooked up no matter who your carrier is. 

Sony Xperia 10

Sony might not be the biggest name in smartphones, but if you’re using your device to catch up on your favorite shows, the Xperia 10 is going to be your best option. It’s specifically designed for streaming with a 21:9 aspect ratio on its 6.5-inch display. For context, the 21:9 aspect ratio is what filmmakers use as an industry-standard, so you’ll see these movies and shows as they are intended to be seen. It’s capable of streaming all your favorite shows in all their 4k glory.

It’s also got a massive battery that will keep you streaming for much longer than it’s competitors. Sony doesn’t have a large industry presence when it comes to smartphones, but if you’re looking for a mobile device for streaming, this is going to be your best bet. 

What Is Your Favorite?

Which iPhone alternative is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. If you’re looking for a new phone this year, consider giving the iPhone 11 a miss in favor of one of these awesome phones that you can bring home without breaking the bank.

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