The Apple iPhone has been an iconic (and wildly popular) piece of technology since it was launched in 2007 but now, more than a decade later, things are looking a little shakier.
Diehard Apple fans rode the wave as controversial changes were made (replacing the normal headphone jack, for example) but some recent issues, such as the company admitting that they have been using software to deliberately slow down older phones, are causing the devices to lose some of their luster. And Apple phones are typically more expensive than other cell phones.
If you’re in the market for something new, the good news is that there are plenty of cell phone options.
Samsung Galaxy 8
While the popularity of other Android-based phones is rising, if someone isn’t using an iPhone, they are most often carrying a Galaxy. The device features a sleek design, incredible display, excellent battery life, and a crisp selfie cam.
Some drawbacks: the Galaxy’s virtual assistant feature, Bixby, is still in beta, the fingerprint sensor is in a weird spot, and there are no dual cameras for optical zoom.
Google Pixel 2
Users looking for a unique, efficient design will love the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. There are no dual-lens cameras or edge-to-edge screens, instead, the focus is on making the device as “smart” as possible.
Those who rely on Google products (Gmail, Google Calendar, etc…) will love the seamless integration along with the Google Assistant. Unfortunately, you can only get this phone through Verizon or if it’s unlocked.
It may not be the most recognizable name but the OnePlus 5T scores high marks with users and reviewers alike. The design and software work seamlessly together and it features an impressive screen. Some people say it’s almost too good to be true.
There are some negatives, however: it doesn’t offer true water resistance, it cannot be charged wirelessly, there is no microSD slot or stereo speakers. It’s a fair tradeoff, however, for getting a great phone at a fraction of the cost.
Moto G5 Plus
Featuring a mostly metal design, fingerprint sense, bright screen, and incredible battery life, the Moto G5 is a good option for users on all major carriers.
A potential drawback is that it does not include a USB Type-C port, and the display is smaller than other budget phones. But, with top-notch performance, gesture controls, and a price tag under $300, it’s a steal!
Asus ZenFone 3
The ZenFone is a great option for people who want something a little more affordable without sacrificing performance. This phone has an AMOLED display with dual rear cameras, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, an upscale design, and a ridiculously long battery life.
The downsides? Reviews suggest that this phone can feel a bit clunky, which is probably because it’s still running Android 6. Besides that, people seem happy to pay less for a device that works well.
Regardless of what phone is in your pocket, what we’re seeing now is a bit of a revolution among smartphone consumers. They want to feel like they can trust the design of their devices as well as the updates they are expected to install. It’s no surprise, then, that Apple users are looking for options.
Are you ditching your iPhone? Leave me a comment and let me know why, and what you plan to replace it with.