Alternatives to Apple
Alternatives to Apple
Alternatives to the iPhone 6s
Not sold on Apple’s latest iPhone 6s? There are some compelling alternatives. If budget alone is driving your choice, though, you can still have an iPhone and save money by buying an earlier version, including the iPhone 6. Apple and cellular service providers typically cut prices of older iPhones as each new version is released. Owners of those phones also sell their used devices on sites like eBay at significant discounts. Other choices include handsets running Google’s Android or Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. Here are some top alternatives to the iPhone 6s.
The most popular alternative to the iPhone, Samsung’s latest version is offered as the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Both ship with Android Lollipop, the latest version of the Android OS; a 2.1 GHz processor; 3 GB of RAM; 32 GB of storage; and 5 MP front- and 16MP rear-facing cameras. The Edge version features a display along its edge, which alerts users to incoming calls and displays essential information without activating the full screen.
A sleek design and the option of a leather back make this a stylish, full-featured smartphone. It has a 1.8 GHz six-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch HD display. The cameras include an 8 MP front-facing camera and 16 MP rear-facing camera with an f/1.8 lens, 4K video recording, and optical image stabilization.
HTC One M9
The newest version of the One ships with an eight-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage, expandable to 2 TB with micro SD cards. The HD screen measures five inches, and it has a 20 MP main camera with an f/2.2 lens for capturing stills and 4K video. If damaged, the phone can be replaced for free during the first 12 months of ownership.
Lumia 640 XL
Those who want the Windows experience on their smartphone should start with this latest model. Key features include a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a 5.7-inch display, and a 13MP rear-facing camera. Also includes 30 GB of OneDrive online storage of data and photos. Upgrade to Windows 10 for smartphones when released.
Alternatives to the iPad Pro
Apple’s big-screen version of the iPad makes it a more viable primary PC and pits it against an established class of hybrid tablets/mobile PCs. But here are three possible alternatives if you’re looking for options.
Surface Pro 3
Promoted as the tablet that can replace a laptop, the basic configuration of this Windows tablet has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage. The multitouch screen measures 12 inches, and it has 5 MP front- and rear-facing cameras. Includes foldable keyboard stand and the Surface Pen input device.
Price: $799 for basic configuration
Dell XPS 12
This Windows hybrid ultrabook has an innovative case design that easily switches between notebook and tablet modes. Basic configuration ships with a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal flash storage, a 12.5-inch touchscreen display, and a built-in keyboard.
ThinkPad Yoga 12
The case of this Windows 10 ultrabook allows users to work in four different ways, including tablet and notebook modes. This configuration ships with a 2 GHz dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, a full-sized keyboard, and a 12.5-inch multi-touch display.