Best iPhone 5 alternatives

Don't want an Apple iPhone 5? Here's the best smartphones you can buy instead!

Are you sick of the Apple hype? Don't want an iPhone 5 and looking for something different?

If you're not planning to buy an iPhone 5 but are in the market for a new smartphone, you'll be happy to know that there are plenty of valid alternatives.

Choices include Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II, the HTC One, the Sony Xperia Z, and the Nokia Lumia 920, just to name just a few.

Click through on each phone below to read our comprehensive review or preview of these iPhone 5 alternatives.

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HTC Windows Phone 8X

The Windows Phone 8X by HTC is one of the most attractive smartphones we've reviewed this year. It offers excellent performance thanks to the slick Windows Phone OS and has a great display. However, the 8X is let down by a lack of expandable memory, some odd design ergonomics and the Windows Phone third-party app ecosystem.

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  • 16th Nov., 2012
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • HTC
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  • Pros:
  • Fresh and attractive design
  • Excellent screen
  • Slick and fast performance
  • Cons:
  • Limited internal memory & no card slot
  • Poor ergonomics due to long shape
  • Limited Windows Phone app ecosystem

Comments

Greg

1

Um.... whats wrong with a 2100mAh battery ? Also the removable battery and microSD card are definitely "must haves" and are one of the main deal breakers for me as I would otherwise have chosen the HTC One XL instead. If HTC can get a 4G phone like the One XL on the market before Christmas with removable battery and microSD card then I will buy it otherwise the Samsung is the phone to have. Have a HTC Desire and very happy with it so I would prefer the HTC Sense interface that's all.

Greg

2

Aaargh....unless something has changed dramatically why would anyone experiment with a Windows Phone ? Bad, bad memories of Windows Mobile 5, 6 and 6.1 operating system

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