Best iPhone alternatives for 2019

The phones that give Apple a serious run for its money

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Summary

  • Currently, informed by our comprehensive review process, we believe the all-round best alternative to an iPhone is the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
  • Here at Finder, we review all the major phones released in Australia to compare what they have to offer.
  • If you're not a fan of all things Apple or you're simply looking for a better low-cost alternative, here are the phones you should put at the top of your shopping list.

Best camera: Huawei P30 Pro

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.

Honourable mention: The Nokia 9 Pureview has an exceptional five-camera array at the rear and a strong focus on pro photographers. It's a camera phone that demands a little patience – and familiarity with post-processing is a bit of a plus too – but there's no other phone currently quite like it.

Updated August 20th, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.47
inches

1080 x 2340px

  • Display

    6.47 inches 1080 x 2340
  • Rear camera

    40MP + 20MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,200 mAh
40MP + 20MP + 8MP
4,200
mAh
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5.99
inches
  • Display

    5.99 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    3,320 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 12MP
3,320
mAh
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Best all-round iPhone competitor: Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung and Apple are the Fords and Holdens of the smartphone space, and 2019's Samsung Galaxy S10+ is pretty easily an all-round good option if you're looking to jump ship from Apple or want a device with a good camera, slick user interface and expandable storage.

Honourable mention: Samsung Galaxy Note9
There's no doubting the Galaxy S10+ is Samsung's current flagship phone, but its late 2018 flagship deserves mention here too. The camera is no slouch, it's running the same smooth One UI interface and the battery life is surprisingly better than the S10+.

Updated August 20th, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.4
inches
  • Display

    6.4 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 16MP
  • Battery size

    4,100 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 16MP
4,100
mAh
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6.4
inches
  • Display

    6.4 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
12MP + 12MP
4,000
mAh
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Best money-saving iPhone alternative: Oppo R17 Pro

Oppo R17 Pro

Oppo does more than just about any manufacturer to produce Android devices with an interface that "feels" like iOS. The Oppo R17 Pro combines Oppo's ColorOS, a stylish design and highly flexible camera in a phone that costs less than half that of the Apple iPhone XS Max.

Honourable mention: Google Pixel 3a
Google's lower-cost Pixel does sacrifice a little in straight power terms against many other flagship phones, but it does so with the same great camera as the Pixel 3 series phones and at around half the price. You're guaranteed updates, as well as Pixel-exclusive features first, making it a very solid alternative if you're looking to save a little dough.

Updated August 20th, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.4
inches

1080 x 2340px

  • Display

    6.4 inches 1080 x 2340
  • Rear camera

    20MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    3,700 mAh
20MP + 12MP
3,700
mAh
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5.6
inches

1080 x 2280px

  • Display

    5.6 inches 1080 x 2280
  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    3,000 mAh
12.2MP
3,000
mAh
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Best pure Android Phone: Google Pixel 3/Pixel 3XL

Google Pixel 3

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 3 and Pixel 3XL.

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.

Updated August 20th, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
5.5
inches

1080 x 2160px

  • Display

    5.5 inches 1080 x 2160
  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    2,915 mAh
12.2MP
2,915
mAh
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6.3
inches

1440 x 2960px

  • Display

    6.3 inches 1440 x 2960
  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    3,430 mAh
12.2MP
3,430
mAh
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Best Battery performer: Huawei P30 Pro

Google Pixel 3

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.

Honourable mention: Samsung Galaxy Note9
Huawei's aggressive battery management has seen it top recent power charts, but you shouldn't ignore the Samsung Galaxy Note9, a phone that can easily last into a second day's usage without much trouble at all.

Updated August 20th, 2019
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
6.47
inches

1080 x 2340px

  • Display

    6.47 inches 1080 x 2340
  • Rear camera

    40MP + 20MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,200 mAh
40MP + 20MP + 8MP
4,200
mAh
View details
6.4
inches
  • Display

    6.4 inches
  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
12MP + 12MP
4,000
mAh
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Compare best phone specifications

How we choose the best iPhone alternatives in Australia

Apple only sells phones in the premium flagship space and there's plenty of competition around. Here at Finder, we review every flagship smartphone launched in Australia.

We've taken careful consideration and those reviews in mind when building out our list of 2019's best iPhone alternatives, which we update constantly.

With the premium focus of Apple's iPhone lines, we've given you a choice when it comes to the areas that people use their smartphones most constantly, including photography, battery life, performance and general all-round appeal. Apple only releases a couple of new phones a year, but there are new Android flagships appearing on a monthly basis to compete for your smartphone-buying dollar.


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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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