Published 5:53 PM EDT Sep 11, 2019
A new state-of-the-art iPhone for $699? That sounded pretty exciting to many people when Apple announced the iPhone 11.
But what if you prefer the Android operating system, which is dominant worldwide, and live in a non-Apple world?
We’ve got some ideas for you.
•OnePlus 7 Pro: Chinese company OnePlus doesn’t stage mega-watched sales presentations to introduce products, but feature for feature, this outperforms the two-lens $699 iPhone 11 in every way. Start with price, $669; add double the storage of the iPhone 11 (128 gigabytes to 64 GB); a dedicated pop-up selfie cam, offering higher resolution group photos; and three main cameras, a super wide (17 mm), normal (25mm) and 3X telephoto (73mm). By comparison, the two lenses of the iPhone are at 28mm and 52mm.
•Google Pixel 3A: This will set you back $399, or $300 less than the latest iPhone, and though it’s not feature-rich like the OnePlus, it may have the features you care about. Start with Google’s one-lens camera, which has been acclaimed for the ability to shoot in ultra-low light. Apple says it will match Night Sight in the new iPhones with a feature it calls Night Mode. Then there’s faster charging (Google says in 15 minutes), a promised 30-hour battery and unlimited storage of photos and videos in high resolution, on the Google Photos app. Apple offers 5 GB of free storage for iPhone users before moving them to a payment plan, which starts at $2.99 monthly.
•Samsung Galaxy S10E: The lowest-priced 2019 Galaxy phone starts at $749, although Best Buy will sell it to you for $699 if you activate the phone there. Like the iPhone 11, the S10E has a dual-camera lens, although the lenses are for wide-angle and ultra-wide. You’ll get double the storage (128 GB) than on the iPhone 11.
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•Alcatel 1S: It will never win any feature awards, but at $97.97, it’s a steal. The phone has a 5.5-inch screen, 32 GB of storage and one camera lens.
•LG V35 ThinQ: The cost is $399 on Amazon (where it’s a company exclusive), and features include a dual-lens camera and 64 GB of storage (with expandable memory). It’s preprogrammed to talk to Alexa as the “Siri of the phone” to answer queries and such.
If you’re determined to nab a new iPhone, remember that Apple just slashed the prices of older models.
The XR, which was $750, is $599, and the iPhone 8, first released in 2017, is $449, the lowest-priced iPhone in the lineup.
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