Best alternatives to the iPhone 6s

The new Apple iPhone 6s has been announced, folks, and it brings about a number of very welcome upgrades to the iPhone line. As cool as it is, however, this year's Android smartphones certainly brought about some gnarly new looks to fit their always top-notch hardware. So, if you're itching for a new smartphone, but wish to switch away from Apple's flagship, you may be looking for some alternatives.

Well, here, we've compiled a set of high-class handsets that you just may be happy to throw your money at. Combining beautiful design with great hardware, these are the 2015 flagships of their respective manufacturers. Of course, do let us know in the comments which iPhone 6s alternative you consider best!

Samsung Galaxy S6

The first Samsung flagship to do away with the plastic build and start dressing in premium-looking metal and glass materials. The Galaxy S6 silenced the naysayers, who were fed up with Sammy's flagships looking and feeling like midrangers at best. The result is a classy phone that you wouldn't mind being seen with.

On the hardware end, the Galaxy S6 packs a true hardware punch, with Samsung's home-built Exynos 7420 SoC, which certainly showed some processing prowess, 3 GB of RAM, and super-fast eMMC 5.1 flash storage.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

The above applies to the Galaxy S6 edge – just add an extra doze of classy. Indeed, Samsung took the curved screen tech from the Note Edge and altered the philosophy a bit, making the S6 edge symmetrically curved on both sides. The result is a strikingly stylish and unique smartphone. Unfortunately, the software lacks a bit, as the multi panels that can be seen on the Note Edge are simplified and streamlined here, making the S6 edge's side screens something that is more for show than having any actual use. Still – consumers seem to love them, and if you do too – there's no shame there!

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Sony Xperia Z5

Sony's brand-new entry to the Xperia flagship series brought about a facelift for the classy design, a camera upgrade, and slight hardware tweaks. The Sony Xperia Z5 bears a 2 GHz, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.2” display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, and a 23 MP main camera.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

As Android handsets started to grow in screen size, it became apparent that there is a new niche in the marketplace – consumers that prefer their smartphones to remain smaller – somewhere in the sub-5” area. Some manufacturers responded to this with “mini” versions of their flagship handsets. Unfortunately, “mini” means “expect a large cut-back on hardware, as well”. Sony, on the other hand, understands that users who want a smaller smartphone don't necessarily want to lose out on performance, so its Compact series are almost exact copies, hardware-wise, to the mainstream Xperias. The Xperia Z5 Compact has 4.6” screen with a 720 x 1280 resolution and 2 GB of RAM, while the rest if its internals are the same as the ones in the Xperia Z5.

HTC One M9

If you find yourself often screaming “Needs more metal!”, you will enjoy HTC's flagship. The One M9 employs 90% metal in its construction, comes in the familiar trio of finishes – black, silver, and gold – and bears a pretty powerful hardware punch underneath. Loaded with a 2 GHz, 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 810, 3 GB of RAM, a 20 MP main shooter, and great-soundind front-facing BoomSound speakers. This is the only smartphone in this list, which doesn't have a fingerprint scanner on board, so keep that in mind if you are used to that type of security.

Huawei Honor 7

The Honor 7 is a looker for sure – sporting a more stark square-ish design and a generous 72% screen-to-body ratio, it definitely looks like a premium modern device. It isn't officially available outside of China, at least for now, but customers around the world can now get it thanks to retailer OppoMart (which usually sells many China-made devices). Of course, the handset is more expensive at OppoMart than it would be if you'd buy it directly from China, costing $429, plus about $20 for shipping, depending on exactly where you're based.

The Huawei Honor 7 that can be ordered from OppoMart only supports LTE band 1 and band 3, which means it is compatible with LTE networks in some European and Asian countries, but not in North America. That aside, the smartphone's features include a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, microSD card support, a 3100 mAh battery, and Android Lollipop. The new Honor also has a fingerprint scanner, a 20 MP rear camera with phase detection auto focus, and an 8 MP front-facing camera.

Apple iPhone 6

Of course, let's not forget the iPhone 6s' predecessor. Last year's iPhone 6 still runs perfectly smooth and will be getting iOS 9. Sure, it will not have the upgraded camera, or 3D touch, but these things aside, we are fairly sure that you can happily use your iPhone 6 for at least a couple of years more, should you decide against upgrading.



1. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

All of the given alternatives are better than iPhone 6s except iPhone 6.

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

There's one more alternative, and that's Redmi 2 Prime..

17. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Actually, only two phones can be compared to Apple iPhone 6S: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and iPhone 6. Other have 5 or 5+" size of the display and much higher pixel density.

18. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

You sure about that?

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Best Alternative to the iPhone 6S? Every other phone out there...Seriously, go actually get your money's worth...

3. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

none of them are worth the price ... except z5 compact ... this year 6s is average but 6s plus is amazing .. no phone can beat it at the moment

8. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

what is so amazing about ip6s plus? Look like a apple die hard fan, please enlighten me by answering following, 1) why no 2 gig RAM? 2) why no beefer battery? (with addition of this 3D, 80% faster processor, 90% increase in graphic processing i am pissed off about the battery capacity) 3) why didnt increase the screen resolution? 4)why not allow the split screen functionality, and use of apple pencile on iphone 6s & 6s+? If i am not wrong, they will impliment all the above in next iphones.

10. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

i cant answer for 2gigs of ram because i still need to clarify. ... but if i am correct this phone has same battery capacity as 6 plus and cpu and gpu are more power efficient and for increase in resolution because they dont need to it can hurt the battery life if they will go for QHD if they are not using Oled displays and last one i dont even mind sooner or later it will be available through software updates

12. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

let me answer u this, 1) 2 gigs is not required, cuase they are not bringing the multi tasking for ip6s & 6s+, they will incude it for sure in iphone 7 with multi tasking.. 2) If they give beefer battery, there wont be anything left to announce for next iphone. and people wont upgrade. If they would have given 2500mAh of battery for ip6, i would have sticked to it for next two years. 3)screen resolution might hurt the battery life, i agree with that. But there are 4k screens available in the market for that price tag. why cant up to QHD and up the battery accordingly? now that is again a question? 4)If they allow split screen on ip6s & 6s+ it will hurt ipad pro sales.. Its all about business.. They would have allowed the split screen on ip6s & 6s+, but they wont...

13. Ultimodrew

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

It may not be "required" for the phone to run properly, but from what I have seen from a friend who went from an Android phone to a iphone 6, it can get bogged down easily when a lot of apps are open. 1 additional gig of RAM would help make it on par with Android multi-tasking capabilities. Yes ios is a very efficient OS, which is why I believe 2 gigs of RAM would for ios, would equal 4 gigs of RAM on a Android equivalent. Really just my opinion on that. I just feel that a second gig would future proof the iphone. Especially if Apple keeps adding on features that are similar, if not the same as what is found on Android or Windows phone. For the battery, I get that ios is very efficient when in standby. Beats out Android by far while the phone is idle, but I dont know a single person who has a iphone, that can make it through a full work day on a single charge. People who really use their phone, just use up more battery life. Why not add a bigger battery? The next iphone could be revoluntionary with a even larger battery in it. I am not knocking Apple by any means. They have been doing something right in the publics opinion for years. I just feel that if I am going to shell out the ridiculous amount they want for their phones, it better keep me happy for at least 2 years. Currently they don't.

14. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

I dont mind I will still buy iPhone 7 and get all those feature after a year

15. supriyob

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Ha ha. Now come to the point..iFan

5. carlemillward unregistered

One does not buy an iPhone for it's hardware, but for the experience of iOS.

9. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Yeah, i am pissed up with charing it all the time and carrying a extra power bank. That is really wonderful experience. Why on earth johny ive think that lesser battery is better? u will give all the good features with beefer specs, why little battery? Now with 6s what am i gonna do with LTE-A, wifi 2x, and with 3D touch? they reduced the battery by 90mAph

6. AlikMalix unregistered

How are these "alternatives" none of these run iOS?

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

check again, one of those option run iOS

19. AlikMalix unregistered

That's not the point I was making. I think android phones are great, iPhone 6/6s are not pretty compared to many androids. But if it's ok with you - I prefer iOS over android for many reasons I explained many many times here - and it's not an alternative to me unless it's running iOS.

7. Cn_Se

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 27, 2012

I really love S6 edge. IMO, if you are paying that much money for a phone, it should have something special, and edge's screen really satisfies me. and although I don't care about a micro SD slot or removable battery, I hoped it was waterproof.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Nokia 3310.

20. Duskun

Posts: 41; Member since: May 09, 2015

I have to keep my eyes on Sony Z5 Premium with the world's first 4K phone display. I'm a sucker for new technology lol

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