10 Best iPhone Alternatives in Features and Price in 2010By soumitra, Gaea News Network
Friday, February 19, 2010
Since its introduction, iPhone has changed the perception of smartphones from a device-for-geeks to an all-in-one device that can be used by anyone for surfing web, checking e-mails, taking pictures, videos and sharing them online, listening to music, playing games, watching videos and of course, making a call. After the first iPhone was introduced for the common people, it was not the perfect device, the camera was crappy and there was not that common copy-paste function that everyone is used to do. But over the years, it evolved itself to be a device with almost every functionality that you expect from a phone. Besides that, there is the hugely popular Apple App Store where you can find an App to meet every need. These are the main reasons why iPhone has created a market for itself.ARTICLE CONTINUED BELOW
But still, it has its limitations too. The iPhone is only available on AT&T network and those who trust Verizon or who are on T-mobile can’t get iPhone. The iPhone can’t be used for true multitasking and the app availability is also limited to only the Apple App Store. This is why many attempts have been made to build a device that would be even more powerful than the iPhone sans its limitations. These phones come with overwhelming features which if compared to iPhone can make iPhone run for its money. Here are some of the best alternatives to iPhone that are now available. We have considered both features and prices of these devices to organize them into a top 10 list.
1. HTC Google Nexus One
The Nexus One phone manufactured by HTC under the supervision of Google is perhaps the best alternative to the iPhone. The phone is released in January, 2010 and has all the latest features like high resolution 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 480 X 800 pixels resolution, 5MP Camera and many more. It has a superfast 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 processor which makes multitasking a breeze on this device. The device runs on the Android v 2.1 which is also the latest version of the challenging mobile OS from Google.
2. Palm Pre
The Palm Pre was released in October 2009 but it did not gain much attention like its other brothers. The display of the device is similar to the iPhone with its 320 X 480 pixels resolution TFT touchscreen showing 16M colors. Apart from that it also has a slide down QWERTY keyboard that can take on the uneasy virtual keyboard of the iPhone. The Palm Web OS is very user friendly and does not have the limitations of multitasking of iPhone OS. Other features of connectivity or hardware are almost same as iPhone.
3. Motorola Droid
The Motorola Droid a.k.a. Motorola Droid in Europe is a mobile phone from the factory of Motorola and built under the instructions from Google. Before its release, many assumed it to be the next iPhone killer but after it launched in the November of 2009, it failed to achieve the success that it was after. But, nevertheless, it is a very good phone with a huge 3.7 inchc 480 X 854 pixels capacitive touchscreen which is perhaps the highest resolution for a mobile phone I’ve seen so far. Apart from having the huge touchscreen that supports multitouch and accelerometer to auto rotate the display to portrait or landscape mode according to its orientation, it does not miss out on the keyboard part either. It has a nice slide out QWERTY keyboard and there are other features like 5MP Camera and micro SD Card Support upto 32GB.
4. Nokia N97
This is a blockbuster phone from Nokia specially made to fight with the smartphones like iPhone. This flagship device from Nokia shows how keen they are to get a grab in the smartphone market where they are still a weak competitor compared to others. It has a better display than the iPhone with its 3.5 inches 360 X 640 pixels TFT resistive touchscreen and also has a nice angled slide out keyboard which gives it a nice ergonomics to type on the keyboard while looking at the display. The device has a mammoth 32 GB internal storage along with a micro SD Card Slot that can take up to 16GB memory cards. The camera on the device is also a stunner with 5MP resolution and Carl Zeiss Optics.
5. Samsung Omnia
The consumer electronics giant really has some good models under its hood. Omnia is surely one of them. There are several versions of Omnia available and you can choose one of them depending on your budget and the features or specifications you want. In fact, there is a touchcreen mobile available from Samsung whatever your budget is. And in that budget, you can be sure that you are going to get the best deal if features are the only parameters for you to choose a mobile phone.
6. BlackBerry Bold
When it comes to email and messaging capabilities, BlackBerry is still second to none. This is the only reason why many Business users are still stuck to their Blackberries and would not go to any other mobile phone. If email is your first priority, BlackBerry should be your only choice. Among the several models of Blackberries released so far, I think that BlackBerry Bold is the best looking one and does not miss any important feature either.
7. Sony Ericsson Xperia X2
This is Sony Ericsson’s attempt to grab the high end smartphone market. Built with latest features like 8MP camera and high resolution display, the Xperia X2 is an elegant phone with a slide out QWERTY keypad. It runs on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional but the device has failed to grab attention like all other Windows Mobile Phones.
8. LG Arena
If you want a really feature studded mobile phone with good multimedia capabilities, the LG Arena is built for you. The 480 X 800 pixel high resolution display coupled with every other necessary feature will make you proud without digging a hole in your pocket.
9. HTC Hero
This is another contender from the house of HTC. It has all the latest features like 5MP camera every other connectivity options that you want. It supports Flash and you can view YouTube videos within a webpage which even the iPhone can’t. If you want a good alternative of iPhone that is very much like iPhone, HTC Hero should be your choice.
10. Nokia 5800 Xpress Music
If you are a music fanatic and also want a decent touchscreen phone that will have all the latest features, the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music will be the best option to meet your needs without costing you an arm or a leg.