Here at Finder, we review all the major phones released in Australia to compare what they have to offer.
Apple's iPhone lines have been insanely popular here in Australia ever since Apple essentially created the smartphone market more than a decade ago.
But 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.
Meet the author
Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades.
Info last updated 13 May 2019.
- Phones added
- Our inaugural best iPhone alternative list.
13 May 2019
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.|