Everyone is going nuts for the iPhone 5, but as critics have been quick to point out, the newest iteration of Apple’s mobile device isn’t really bringing anything new to the table as far as features are concerned. Siri is a little bit smarter, the screen is a little bit bigger and there’s a new plug, but that’s about it.
Conversely, many of the iPhone’s Android and Windows competitors are currently offering a very impressive array of technology to consumers who are thinking about switching platforms. These phones may not be as “hip,” but they more than make up for it with features like Near Field Communications to make mobile payments with your credit card and HD touch screens. So if you’re looking for a phone that offers the very best, here are a few non-Apple devices that you should definitely consider this fall.
1) The Samsung Galaxy SIII – The Galaxy SIII (or S3) is the Android OS’s current flagship device. The phone is available on five carriers and comes in 16GB and 32GB versions.
The Galaxy operates on Android 4.0 and has several advantages over the iPhone. Most notably, it supports NFC technology for mobile transactions. Additionally, the SIII has a faster processor than the iPhone 5, boasting a quad-core 1.4GHz chip. Besides that, and a bigger screen, it pretty much matches the iPhone 5 point-for-point in every other category.
2) The Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD – Motorola is looking to build on the success of the wildly popular Droid RAZR this October when it releases its newest device, the Droid RAZR Maxx HD. The Maxx HD will boast a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 32GB of storage and, most notably, a 4.7-inch super-AMOLED HD screen.
To support the power-sucking screen, Motorola has given the Maxx HD an upgraded battery that allows for eight hours of 4G LTE web browsing on a single charge. The phone will be issued with Android 4.0 but will be upgraded to Android 4.1 by the end of the year. It will be available on the Verizon and Alltel networks.
3) HTC Windows Phone 8X – Microsoft is hitting the mobile market hard with its upcoming line of HTC devices. The HTC Windows Phone 8X, its premium phone, should be a refreshing (and brightly colored) alternative for anyone who’s tired of Android and iOS. The phone will have a 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of memory and a Super LCD screen that’s much denser, pixel-wise, than the iPhone’s Retina display.
As part of its HTC Beats package, the phone will have a bunch of goodies for audiophiles and musicians, including the ability to record in stereo and a built-in amplifier to make it sound better when played through speakers or headphones. It will be available this November from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
4) The Nokia Lumia 920 – Nokia’s highly anticipated Windows Phone 8 OS device is being touted as the “the most innovative smart phone in the world.” The Lumia 920 will boast some really cool features.
The biggest two are its 8MP floating-lens camera, which offers unparalleled stability and picture quality, and its ability to wirelessly charge. Just drop the Lumia 920 on any Qi-enabled pad and the phone will fill up on its own. Additionally, the Lumia 920 will support augmented reality through its City Lens app, which is pretty much the coolest thing we’ve ever seen. The phone is expected to drop on multiple networks sometime in November.
The iPhone 5 is great, but if you want to buy a truly advanced phone this fall, look somewhere other than the Apple store. These new Android and Windows phones easily outmatch the iPhone 5 in several major categories, and they offer consumers many features that are absent in Apple’s device. Though the iPhone 5 will surely be the best-selling phone this season, if you’re one of the 45.4% of smart phone owners that doesn’t need to be a part of the “cool crowd,” you won’t go wrong purchasing one of these devices.