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Best iPhone alternatives in Australia for 2022

The best phones that challenge Apple on performance, value and price.

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The best iPhone alternatives for 2022

  1. All-round iPhone competitor: Google Pixel 6 Pro
  2. Best camera: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
  3. Best money-saving iPhone alternative: Motorola Edge 20
  4. Best pure Android phone: Google Pixel 6
  5. Best battery performer: ASUS ROG Phone 3

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.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Best all-round iPhone competitor

Google Pixel 6 Pro
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Great cameras
  • 120Hz display
  • 5G mmWave ready

Cons

  • Slippery glass back and camera bar
  • Tensor isn't quite as powerful as Google's claims… yet
  • Huge in the hand with odd power/volume button arrangement

Why we chose it

It feels like a natural fit that the best competitor phone to the Apple iPhone would come directly from Google. The reality here, though, is that Google's own Pixel phones have struggled to be the best of Android… until now. The Pixel 6 Pro does it all, with a large and pleasing display that's also surprisingly tough.

Combine that with smart cameras that work well for portrait, landscape and some of Google's own AI magic and you're looking at a camera phone that can go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and in many ways best it.

Google's own Tensor processor didn't quite live up to the hype in our tests, but the idea of an AI-led processor is that Google can eke out extra performance down the track with it – and it's certainly nippy enough for a flagship handset anyway. The final icing on the cake here is Google's incredibly competitive pricing, hundreds of dollars cheaper than the entry level iPhone 13 Pro Max or iPhone 13 Pro.

Head here for Finder's review of the Google Pixel 6 Pro.


Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Best Android Camera Phone

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Superb 120Hz display
  • Great camera array
  • S-Pen Compatibility

Cons

  • S-Pen/Charger/Headphones aren't included
  • Galaxy S22 isn't that far away
  • Exynos version slower than US Snapdragon model

Why we chose it

It's a very close race between Samsung's standard flagship and Google's impressive Pixel 6 Pro. We'll give the slight edge to Samsung here, because the inclusion of a full 108MP standard sensor gives it a lot more scope for cropping and zooming, over and above what the Pixel 6 Pro can manage.

Samsung also manages a great job of appealing to both pro shooters with lots of customisation, while also making it easy for novices to capture some really eye popping photos in its "Single Take" mode.

Head here for Finder's review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.


Motorola Edge 20

Best money-saving iPhone alternative

Motorola Edge 20
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • 108MP primary sensor shoots and crops well
  • Good triple-lens camera
  • 144Hz display

Cons

  • Average battery life
  • No storage expansion
  • 144Hz is overkill in many situations

Why we chose it

Motorola has, for years now, delivered some solid affordable phones, but few of them were great. The Motorola Edge 20 hits an absolute sweet spot of affordability, nice thin design and quality performance, alongside a display that can refresh at up to 144Hz for silky-smooth scrolling.

Technically, it's the middle child of the Edge family, but we'd pick the Edge 20 over the Edge 20 Pro, and pay that little bit extra over the Edge 20 Fusion for the Motorola Edge 20 every time.

Head here for Finder's review of the Motorola Edge 20.


Google Pixel 6

Best pure Android phone

Google Pixel 6
Image: Tegan Jones/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Great price
  • Good camera
  • Android OS upgrades

Cons

  • Pixel 6 Pro isn’t that much more expensive
  • Lacks telephoto lens
  • Slippery

Why we chose it

It should come as no surprise that the best pure Android phone would come from the company that makes the Android operating system. The advantages of the Pixel 6 and its pure Android approach are twofold. Firstly, you get full Android updates guaranteed for 3 years, and you get them before any other handset on the market.

Secondly, pure Android is almost endlessly customisable, so you can really make your Pixel 6 work and look the way you want it to, not the way the manufacturer's launcher or pre-installed apps insist you have to. The Pixel 6 also benefits from the same aggressive pricing as its bigger Pixel 6 Pro sibling, as well as the future improvement possibilities of Google's Tensor system on a chip.

Head here for Finder's review of the Google Pixel 6.


ASUS ROG Phone III

Best battery performer

ASUS ROG Phone III
Image: Alex Kidman/Finder

Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Amazing battery life
  • 144Hz display
  • Overclockable
  • Air Triggers are superb for gaming

Cons

  • Ordinary cameras for a premium phone
  • Huge, heavy and sometimes hot
  • Headphone jack is on fan accessory
  • No water resistance or wireless charging

Why we chose it

It might seem like a foregone conclusion that the ASUS ROG Phone 3 would win out on battery. With a 6,000mAh battery, it's got more power than any other phone by a clear 1,000mAh margin. However, it's not just the size of its battery but what it can do with it, topping our battery test charts in real-world usage scenarios too. The ROG Phone 3 is a niche handset, primarily aimed at mobile phone gamers, but if you're after a phone with lots of endurance, it's the one to buy.

Head here for Finder's full ASUS ROG Phone 3 review.


Compare phone specifications

In the table below, you will find the chief specs for every phone mentioned in this list. See how they compare side by side.

1 - 8 of 8
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
6.5
inches

1242 x 2688

  • Display

    6.5 inches

    1242 x 2688

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 12MP
4,000
mAh
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
6.9
inches

1440 x 3200

  • Display

    6.9 inches

    1440 x 3200

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 108MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    5,000 mAh
48MP + 108MP + 12MP
5,000
mAh
View details
Samsung Galaxy Note10+
6.8
inches

1440 x 3040

  • Display

    6.8 inches

    1440 x 3040

  • Rear camera

    16MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,300 mAh
16MP + 12MP + 12MP
4,300
mAh
View details
Huawei P30 Pro
6.47
inches

1080 x 2340

  • 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
Samsung Galaxy S10
6.1
inches

1440 x 3040

  • Display

    6.1 inches

    1440 x 3040

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 16MP
  • Battery size

    3,400 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 16MP
3,400
mAh
View details
Nubia Z20
6.42
inches

1080 x 2340

  • Display

    6.42 inches

    1080 x 2340

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 16MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
48MP + 16MP + 8MP
4,000
mAh
View details
Google Pixel 3
5.5
inches

1080 x 2160

  • Display

    5.5 inches

    1080 x 2160

  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    2,915 mAh
12.2MP
2,915
mAh
View details
Google Pixel 4 XL
6.3
inches

1440 x 3040

  • Display

    6.3 inches

    1440 x 3040

  • Rear camera

    12.2MP + 16MP
  • Battery size

    3,700 mAh
12.2MP + 16MP
3,700
mAh
View details
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Glossary: Key smartphone terms to consider

DisplayAMOLED 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.
OSThis 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.
RAMRAM 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.
MegapixelsMP 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 sizeToo many megapixels for a small image sensor will ruin the image quality.

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Methodology

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Mobile phones reviewed
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Hours spent testing
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  • Our editorial team has a combined 60+ years of experience writing about tech and reviewing the latest devices.
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