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Comparing 5 of the best iPhone/Galaxy smartphone alternatives(

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:32 pm
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At a glance, the smartphone market looks dominated by Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy. If you don't want to buy into the big players' ecosystems, there are alternative flagships from decent brands, which usually offer similar specs. Here New Atlas rounds up the specs and features of five of the best alternative phones: Sony Xperia XZ2, LG G7 ThinQ, HTC U12+, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and OnePlus 6.

Note that this list is by no means exhaustive – there are plenty of other worthy flagships from different companies, as well as other phones from the brands we've included here. But many models aren't readily available in the US, so for simplicity's sake we've picked out our five favorites that are easy for North American customers to get their hands on.


These five phones are all roughly similar in height and width, and are within the realm of most of the market nowadays. The U12+ is thicker than most, but even that is topped by the Sony Xperia XZ2, which dwarfs every other phone we've seen this year at 11.1 mm thick.


The Xperia is also the heaviest phone of the lot, tipping the scales at almost 200 g. Again, the rest all fall within the usual range of modern smartphones.


Although these companies like to give their finishes fancy-sounding names, blacks, grays and blues abound. Sony has a splash of green or pink on offer, LG and HTC throw in some red varieties, Huawei has an understated brown and OnePlus an elegant white model.


The days of metal backings seem to be fading, as all five manufacturers have opted for glass front and back, ringed in aluminum.

Water resistance

Phones and other electronic devices are given an Ingress Protection (IP) rating based on how well they keep out dust and liquid. The Mate 10 Pro's IP67 rating means it's completely dust-tight, and can survive submersion in water to a depth of 1 m (3.3 ft) for up to 30 minutes, while IP68 (as awarded to the Xperia, G7 and U12+) increases that depth to 1.5 m (4.9 ft).

The OnePlus 6 hasn't been given an official IP rating, but the company is happy to brag that the new phone is water resistant – at least to splashes and quick, shallow dunks. As usual, we'd caution against deliberately testing any of them, but still it's nice to have a little peace of mind that spilling a drink on them isn't the end of the world.

Display size

The line between phone and tablet is increasingly blurring, with the 6-in mark now seeming normal for a phone. All of these models hover around that figure, although the Xperia XZ2 brings up the rear at 5.7 in.

Screen-to-body ratio

Along with its smaller screen, the Sony phone has the largest black bars above and below its display. The G7 ThinQ and OnePlus 6 both have "notches" at the top, which have proven relatively divisive in the last year or so, which may be why LG gives users the option to set the display to start below the notch. The black bars that creates on either side of the notch can show notification icons, signal strength and battery life.

Display resolution

The G7 ThinQ boasts the best resolution by a pretty good margin, but none of these phones are slouches in that department regardless.

Display type

The Xperia and G7 are built with IPS LCD screens, while the Mate 10 Pro and OnePlus 6 use AMOLED. The two technologies use different lighting mechanisms, and since they each have their pros and cons, it's hard to say which is "better." IPS LCD screens are generally thought to produce more natural colors and sharper images, while AMOLED screens can be brighter and provide better contrast.

The HTC U12+, meanwhile, uses a different form of the former tech called Super LCD, which essentially means it doesn't have the usual air gap between the glass and the display. That should help reduce glare.


Fingerprint sensors are basically standard on phones now. The OnePlus 6 also throws in a facial recognition unlock system.


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Re: Comparing 5 of the best iPhone/Galaxy smartphone alternatives(

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:17 pm
by Baal Veer
very nice