Best iPhone 6 alternatives: the new iPhone's biggest challengers

Best iPhone 6 alternatives: the new iPhone's biggest challengers
The new Apple iPhone 6 is here, and it's awesome, but we all know that one size doesn't always fit all, so to speak. As cool as the iPhone 6 and its 4.7" screen are, there will always be a little something here and there that does not appeal to each and every user. Some may want an even bigger screen, others will miss the flexibility of Android, while still others may want their smartphone to support a stylus, a la Galaxy Note.

Whatever the reason is, we think that having a list of worthy iPhone 6 alternatives would be beneficial to everyone looking for something of a similar grade, but just different. If that is the case with you, just take a look at the following offerings below, to try and find a phone that will suit you better. Of course, do let us know in the comments which iPhone 6 alternative you consider best!

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung's flagship, the Galaxy S5, is still considered a relatively young smartphone on the market, and it can really offer you a truly versatile and feature-packed Android experience. With its large, 5.1" 1080p Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S5 can output content in an extremely vibrant manner, plus its Snapdragon 801 AC processor is still to be considered top-notch. The TouchWiz UI on top of Android 4.4 may be a bit on the heavy side, but on the flip side, it comes with a bevy of custom features.

Sony Xperia Z3

Similarly to the Galaxy S5, Sony's upcoming heavy-hitter will also sport the Snapdragon 801 AC processor, but it will mostly present users with a somewhat different Android experience. Not only is the device itself more premium-looking and stylish, but its user interface is also more simplistic and consistent. It doesn't pack so many bonus features, but with Android and its open nature, does one even need all that functionality coming by default? Aside from this, the Xperia Z3 has a gorgeous 5.2" 1080p IPS LCD screen, and a resolution-heavy 20.7 MP camera. The Xperia Z3 release date will be sometime in Q3 of 2014.

HTC One (M8)

Ah, the HTC One (M8)! Actually, do you notice how similar the M8's back and the iPhone 6's back are? Both phones will obviously treat you to some very high-end, stylish design, and the One M8 will also sport a slightly bigger screen and 1080p resolution. If you like premium phones with metal designs, but the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus aren't exactly your cup of tea (read: you want Android), then the One (M8) seems like a great alternative to Apple's latest and greatest.

Sony Xperia Z2

Even though the Xperia Z3 is right around the corner, the Xperia Z2 is actually perfectly new. With a 5.2" 1080p IPS display, a cool appearance with solid glass front and back panels, the Xperia Z2 is both stylish and functional. Of course, it'll run the latest version of Android for you, plus the processor inside, the Snapdragon 801 AB still packs quite a punch.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Still, the new Xperia Z3 Compact seems like a slightly more logical alternative to the 4.7" iPhone 6. Its screen measures 4.6 inches (resolution is 720p), while the design language is also very familiar and eye-pleasing. It'll actually be a bit more compact than the iPhone 6, so that's a bit of an advantage there, although the level of premiumness with Sony's handset is not as high. Thankfully though, there aren't really that many compromises with the specs and features of the Z3 Compact, so you're still getting a very powerful smartphone with Snapdragon 801 AC processor and 20 MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

One of the most logical alternatives to the 4.7" iPhone 6 is the Galaxy Alpha by Samsung. It's like the Galaxy Alpha was made by Samsung as an answer to the iPhone 6. With a slightly smaller body and the same diagonal for the screen (4.7"), the Alpha offers all that Samsung is known for in package that tends to be a bit more appealing that the company's traditional design language.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Believe it or not, the "old" Xperia Z1 Compact, released in January this year, is still capable enough to deliver a pretty decent Android experience, without much compromise at all. We're talking a Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20 MP camera, but one should still keep in mind that the screen is a bit smaller, at 4.3 inches.

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple's last-year 4-incher remains an excellent option, if the smaller screen doesn't put you off. The iPhone 5s will remain among the fastest and most polished phones around for a while, so finding it at a decent price will get you a wonderful product that will still deliver the iOS 8 experience in all of its glory.

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Finally, Motorola's new Moto X is a pretty nice large-screen phone that can deliver a truly Googlish Android experience, plus the 5.2" screen is even bigger than the new iPhone 6's 4.7" one. Where to get it? If the Moto X (2014) is the alternative you fancy the most, you'll probably like to hear that it's scheduled to arrive on Verizon and AT&T at some point, though exactly when is still unclear.



23. swaguire

Posts: 21; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

The only thing holding me back from getting any Android device is Imessage, even though you all might think it is not important I use it so much and would rather use imessage than text,and Imessage has so many more features so if Android came out with something like Imessage I would definitely get an Android phone.

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Android does kind of have something like iMessage. It's called Hangouts, and you can use it to replace your stock messaging app. It works very similarly to iMessage where you can talk to anyone with a Google account and/or phone number, video chat, and even do voice calls. It's also cross platform, meaning someone can have a Google account and Hangouts on an iOS device, even if it can't replace the SMS app there.

22. sirrichard unregistered

I don't understand why the LG G3 was not at the top of this list... much better phone all around than the hyped Galaxy S5. I have the LG G3 and find it to be the most beautiful and useful of all I have tried. Seems to me like most of the "techies" are hung up on Samsung and for the life of me I don't see why when you have HTC and LG way far better

20. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I expected PA to not mention a WP flagship like the 930 or One M8 with Windows, and they didn't disappoint me, again showing PA's ignorance towards WP.

19. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

My LG G2 is laughing at the new istoneage.. ijoke.. aka i-could be a smart phone... .. lol

17. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

All these 'alternative' are wayyyyyyy better than 750p iPhone 6 aka The iJoke

16. adchac

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I can't call the iPhone 6 or the 6+ "awesome". In the Apple world, both phones are the best of that world, but definitely lacks some features that are pretty standard in the "Android World". From the hardware standpoint, I can't imagine why the iPhone 6+ is a little bigger than the Note 4, without the Pen, less screen with almost 50% less resolution, less camera pixels, less extras like the removable battery and the extra SD slot. What's inside the iPhone 6+ to justify that much space? I just can imagine that the "iphone design team" does not have new ideas and the only idea was to expand the same design once more, without any adjustments. From the OS point of view, the iOS is more polished than Android, but that's because of the closed platform and the lack of options in the hardware level. Takes time to adapt to new technologies, and Apple adopts a new one when it have some maturity. This was clear with NFC, a many years old technology presented like something new.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Looking for ONE device running Windows Phone... just one... Lumia 930, Lumia 830, HTC One M8 for Windows... and since PA loves Samsung so much, you can even throw in the older Samsung Ativ! ... NOT ONE.

14. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

And Lumia 930?

13. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

All these phones are much better than the new iThing that got released today at least.

12. adchac

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I donĀ“t know... maybe even the Samsung Galaxy S4 could compete against the iPhone 6... and it's more than a year old...

10. freetail

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 21, 2013

Isn't the HTC One (M8) running Windows 8.1?

18. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

It has a couple of options.

9. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

...Xiaomi mi4, meizu mx 4, huawei ascend P7, xperia z3c, nexus 4, nexus 5, G2, G3, Oppo find 7, One plus one...

4. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

So where is the note 4/edge? That would be the 6 plus's biggest competitor.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Expect a follow-on article that profiles competitors to the plus edition of the iToy.

7. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Note 4 is not an alternative for me for any phone... Note 4 is the ultimate choice, the best phone of 2014 to date and will remain till the end of 2014... lets see what the new breeds of phone in 2015 will bring...

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'll stick with my new OnePlus One I just got. The only other phone I'm considering owning right now is the 2014 Moto X.

2. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

The G3? It out beats every spec on the Iphone 6? What does it matter anyway. :D

11. CLmaster

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

exactly, and the Note 4... those are the real competitors against the iPhone 6 Plus

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yep. Pretty much. I'm really hoping I can get a new Moto X in the next month or so.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am curious to see what VZW has ready to release as a follow-on to the Maxx. Maxx (2014) perhaps? I really like the 2013 edition Maxx that I have.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, so am I. However, the price point on contract for the new Moto X is really attractive. I'm going to see if I can sneak in an upgrade on the employee plan before I get the dreaded "you're not an indirect Verizon sales agent anymore, GTFO back to a consumer account" call.

21. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

2014 turned out to pretty disappointing , not that i was expecting any game changers,but none seems like a significant upgrade from my s4, just saying.

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