Best iPhone alternatives in Australia for 2021
The phones that give Apple a serious run for its money.
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The best iPhone alternatives for 2021
- Best all-round iPhone competitor: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Best camera: Huawei P30 Pro
- Best money-saving iPhone alternative: Nubia Z20
- Best pure Android phone: Google Pixel 4
- Best Battery performer: Huawei P30 Pro
How did we pick this list?
Finder's team of experts have tested and reviewed every phone on this list. For each phone, we consider the design, cameras, performance, battery life and overall value for money.
Our editorial team selected the phones on this list based on their overall quality and value compared to other phones on the market. The selection and order is not based on review scores. More detail on methodology below.
Best all-round iPhone competitor: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Honourable mention: Samsung Galaxy Note10+
There's no doubting the Galaxy S20 Ultra is Samsung's current flagship phone, but its late 2019 offering deserves mention here too. The camera is no slouch, it's running the same smooth One UI interface and is a good $400 cheaper.
Best camera: Huawei P30 Pro
Apple makes photography easy on the iPhone, but it's been resting on a two-camera solution for a few years now. If you want a phone with considerably more photography muscle, especially in low light, then the Huawei P30 Pro should be at the top of your shopping list. Although the P30 Pro has been superseded by the P40 Pro, it remains the superior model due to having Google apps onboard. (By contrast, the Huawei P40 Pro's app selection is woefully incomplete and confusing.) It's also significantly cheaper with a street price under $1200. Read the full review.Buy at Amazon
Honourable mention: Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 features a triple camera array at the rear, arranged horizontally. (A 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens, 12MP f/1.5 wide angle lens and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide 123 degree angle lens.) The variable aperture primary lens also makes a decent effort of low light photography. Read the full review.
Best money-saving iPhone alternative: Nubia Z20
RRP: US $549
Nubia is a little known Chinese phone maker that originally started as a subsidiary of the much larger ZTE. While not as famous as Huaweri or Oppo, that shouldn't stop you from considering the Nubia Z20. It's powerful, well designed and costs under $1000. It's also the only midrange phone on the market to come with a dual screen. Read the full review.Buy at eBay
Honourable mention: Google Pixel 3
Google's Pixel 3 range launched all the way back in 2018. Despite this, it remains a good option for shoppers on a budget thanks to its fast performance and powerful camera. It's also significantly cheaper than at launch, with a street price of around $700. Read the full review.
Best pure Android Phone: Google Pixel 4 XL
If you're looking for iPhone alternatives because you're simply not a big fan of anything made by Apple and you favour a clean and configurable phone, you can't look past Google's own Pixel 4 range. You get an iOS-like upgrade path with annual Android updates delivered to your phone first, a low-light camera that leaves the iPhone XS way behind and the freedom to do it your way. Read the full review.Buy at eBay
Honourable mention: Google Pixel 3
Google's Pixel 3 is missing a few features found on the Pixel 4 XL but it remains a solid Android phone in all areas. You're guaranteed Android OS updates, as well as Pixel-exclusive features first, making it a strong alternative if you're looking to save a little dough. Read the full review.
Best Battery performer: Huawei P30 Pro
Battery life has long been a weak point for any iPhone and there are plenty of alternative options in the Android space that run like a rather well-known battery-spruiking bunny. The Huawei P30's 4,200mAh battery remains one of the best in class, setting a new high water mark for long-lasting performance. You will easily get quite two full days of usage between charges, with the potential for even more if you're a lighter user. Read the full review.Buy at AmazonBuy at eBay
Honourable mention: Samsung Galaxy Note10+
Huawei's aggressive battery management has seen it top recent power charts, but you shouldn't ignore the Samsung Galaxy Note10+, a phone that can easily last into a second day's usage without much trouble at all. Read the full review.
Compare phone specifications
In the table below, you will find the chief specs for every phone mentioned in this list. See how the compare side by side.
Glossary: Key smartphone terms to consider
|Display||AMOLED displays don't need a backlight and screen pixels are actually turned off to produce blacks, which can save energy. Super AMOLED has improved visibility in direct sunlight. LCD displays use a backlight, which reduces contrast. An IPS LCD display has truer colour reproduction and looks better when you view the screen at an angle.|
|OS||This is the operating system. Apple's iOS works seamlessly with the App Store for a dynamic and engaging mobile phone experience. Android is an open source platform created by Google, meaning anyone can play around with it. All the phones on our list use the Android OS except the Apple iPhones.|
|RAM||RAM is your phone's short-term memory. When you use an app, instead of writing data to your phone's internal storage or SD card (long-term memory), the data is stored in the device's RAM so it can be recalled quickly and easily when it's needed. The more RAM the better. Apple's iPhones have far less RAM than Android smartphones. When the RAM reaches capacity on an Android phone, RAM is recycled through a memory-heavy process called garbage collection. Apple does it differently and is able to run just as smoothly with half the RAM of most Android mobile phones.|
|Megapixels||MP is short for megapixels and is generally accepted as a guide for image quality. More megapixels doesn't mean a better-looking photo. Megapixels are about the maximum size of the image in relation to image quality. The more megapixels, the larger you can blow up your picture without it becoming distorted.|
|Sensor size||Too many megapixels for a small image sensor will ruin the image quality.|
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