What Are The Alternatives To The iPhone 4?

The iPhone 4 is the latest version of the hugely successful smart phones from Apple, but what are the alternatives? Read this article to learn more.

iPhone4Let’s start by looking at the iPhone 4. It is very quick and intuitive to use, has a great screen, a huge array of apps, and a sexy design. Great for multi media with excellent sound quality for your music, top quality image quality for your photos and movies and excellent integration between it and other Apple devices. It is a desirable must have gadget that is good to use and own.

The iPhone 4 is also the most expensive smart phone, cannot use Flash, is proprietary and thereby highly locked in to Apple’s way of doing things, and it also has not had a good start with the reception issues. Quite a few users also prefer the iPhone 3 shape as it fits more snuggly into the hand.

The Androids descend

Apple operating systems have always been very closely aligned to function and therefore score high on usability and also reliability. The iOS in the iPhone 4 is no exception, howvere the Google Android operating system is giving the Apple operating system a real run for its money.

The operating system is what gives the smart phone its functionality. Great features such as pinching and expanding the screen image, automatically switching from portrait to landscape, navigating quickly and easily between apps, having an easy to use keyboard and a powerful contacts management system all rely on the operating system.

If these features sound like the iPhone, then you’d be right, but they are also features of the open source Android operating system from Google that powers an increasing number of competitive smart phones.

In other words, you do not need to buy an iPhone to benefit from the great iPhone like features! There are plenty of other cheaper smart phones available, such as the excellent HTC Desire that work in almost exactly the same way and are fast and intuitive to use.

It’s all in the screen quality

Smart phone screen technology has advanced at a huge pace. The iPhone 4 screen is staggeringly good. In fact many commentators believe that it has a higher resolution than our eyes can perceive.

There is no doubt that the iPhone 4 screen is currently the best available, but other smart phones actually do come very close.

The new Samsung Galaxy S has a 4″ AMOLED screen which is not only bigger than the iPhone 4 display, but comes very close indeed to the display quality of its Apple competitor. Does the difference between them matter in everyday use? This reviewer doesn’t think so.

If you browse the Internet frequently with your smart phone then the larger display on the Smasung is actually more use to you than the technically better, but smaller iPhone 4. The Samsung is cheaper too.

Apps everywhere

It is the apps that turn your smart phone into a highly portable cornerstone for your life. Manage this, play that, read an eBook, download music, connect to all manner of information sources, join in, build relationships – and that is just scratching the surface of how apps can extend your smart phone.

Apps for the iPhone far outnumber those for the Android operating system, but developers have been very busy building new apps for the Android smart phones, particularly as phones from HTC and Samsung have started to succeed very well in the market. If it is popular on the iPhone, then an app is very likely to be available for the Android phones too.

The number of Android based apps is catching up with those for the iPhone, although it is unquestionable that this is an area where the iPhone does have superiority, particularly if you have very niche interests.

There are good alternatives to the iPhone 4

If you love Apple products and really want an iPhone, then fine, nothing else will do. Go and buy an iPhone 4, or even an iPhone 3GS (which is actually a wise move).

However if you want a smart phone that is just as good, or even better, and which will be cheaper too, then consider the Samsung Galaxy S or HTC Desire. They are also in stock with almost all suppliers.

Look at these comparative prices, correct as at 23 November 2010:

Network Contract Length Phone Cost Monthly Cost No of Minutes No of Texts Data Allowance Total Cost
SAMSUNG GALAXY S
O2 18 £49 £40 600 Unlimited 500MB £769.00 Information about O2 Samsung Galaxy S 4 tariffs
O2 24 £49 £35 600 Unlimited 500MB £889.00 Information about O2 Samsung Galaxy S 4 tariffs
Vodafone 18 FREE £40 900 Unlimited 750MB £720.00 Information about Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S 4 tariffs
Vodafone 24 FREE £35 900 Unlimited 750MB £840.00 Information about Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S 4 tariffs
HTC DESIRE
O2 18 £59 £40 600 Unlimited 500MB £779.00 Information about O2 HTC Desire 4 tariffs
O2 24 £59 £35 600 Unlimited 500MB £899.00 Information about O2 HTC Desire 4 tariffs
Vodafone 18 FREE £35 900 Unlimited 500MB £630.00 Information about Vodafone HTC Desire 4 tariffs
Vodafone 24 FREE £30 900 Unlimited 500MB £720.00 Information about Vodafone HTC Desire 4 tariffs
iPHONE 4
Tesco 12 £229.00 £35 750 Unlimited 1Gb £649.00 Information about Tesco iPhone 4 tariffs
O2 18 £199.00 £35 300 Unlimited 500MB £829.00 Information about O2 iPhone 4 tariffs
Vodafone 18 £169.00 £35 300 Unlimited 500MB £799.00 Information about Vodafone iPhone 4 tariffs
Orange 18 £229 £35 600 500 500MB £859 Information about Orange iPhone 4 tariffs
O2 18 Free £65 Unlimited Unlimited 1Gb £1,170.00 Information about O2 iPhone 4 tariffs
Vodafone 18 Free £65 3000 Unlimited 1Gb £1,170.00 Information about Vodafone iPhone 4 tariffs
3 24 £119 £35 900 (5000 3-to-3) 5000 1Gb £959.00 Information about 3 iPhone 4 tariffs
O2 24 £139 £35 600 Unlimited 500MB £979.00 Information about O2 iPhone 4 tariffs
Vodafone 24 £119 £35 600 Unlimited 500MB £959.00 Information about Vodafone iPhone 4 tariffs
Orange 24 £119 £35 600 Unlimited 500MB £959.00 Information about Orange iPhone 4 tariffs
Tesco 24 £19 £45 Unlimited Unlimited 1GB £1,099.00 Information about Tesco iPhone 4 tariffs

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