In Pictures: 10 best alternatives to the iPhone 5S

Just in case you were underwhelmed by the new Apple smartphones.

Sony Xperia Z1 The Xperia Z1, however, is an alpha phone and then some – even bigger than the HTC Ones and Galaxy S4s of the world, it boasts a 20 megapixel camera, state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and ringtones recorded by the freaking Vienna Boys’ Choir. Oh, and it’s essentially waterproof.

AVAILABILITY: Supposedly by the end of September, though exact pricing and carrier availability have not been forthcoming – which is a little ominous given Sony’s track record.

WHY IT’S BETTER: Bigger and better are likely to be enough for some people, and the water-resistance could be a draw for the clumsy.

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