It would seem that the Samsung S3 has stolen the show for being the top Android contender against the iPhone 5. It’s fair enough; the phone is a remarkable triumph in the smartphone market. Before you Google ‘sell my stuff for cash’, though, there are other alternatives to investigate.
It’s not the only Android handset out there. There are plenty of others worth their salt that are being overlooked. While this isn’t a fully exhaustive list of all of them, we’ve listed a few of the more noteworthy alternatives to the Samsung S3 and the iPhone 5.
HTC One X+
This is probably the best HTC phone so far. Answering to all the well-deserved criticisms to all its previous incarnations, the new HTC promises better battery life and better looks than older models.
Although it seems quite bulky, the body is made of polycarbonate, so it’s deceptively light. The screen matches the iPhone 4S’s definition. Also, it’s got a quadcore processor, putting it up there with the Samsung S3 instantly, in terms of processing power.
The camera’s up to speed too, packing in 8 MP with plenty of after-photo/video app options. Most importantly, the battery will last around 12 hours, which is much, much more than previous models. You’ll definitely be Googling ‘Sell HTC Desire HD’ in no time.
LG Nexus 4
Google cancelled the launch for the new LG smartphone in New York before the hurricane; nevertheless, this phone is going to be causing a stir all by itself when it finally gets released.
With a 4.7 inch touchscreen, impressive resolution and a whopping 1.5 GHz quadcore processor and 2 GB of RAM, it will be the first smartphone to ship with Google’s Android 4.2 Jellybean operating system.
Motorola Razr i
Motorola’s entry to the smartphone race seems like a rival to be reckoned with for the S3. It’s rugged, with a rubber surface on the back and the front has Gorilla Glass screen, making it resistant to knocks and scratches.
The screen is bigger than the iPhone 5, and it has a 2 GHz Intel Atom processor. This may seem odd, going for a single core processor rather than a double or even quadcore; however, reviews have indicated that the processor stands up against rivals.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The thing that really stands out about this phone is its size. Some would be put off by its bulk, which is quite considerable. If you can look past this, the Nexus does have some redeeming features.
Overall picture resolution is stunning; the shutter speeds on the camera are solid; and with its dual-core processor, the phone runs smoothly and is very responsive. Overall, if you can look past its 5 MP camera and its obtrusively large size, it’s a powerful phone that can yield impressive results.