Top 5 Bestselling Smartphone Alternatives to the iPhone 4

August 16th, 2011

The Apple iPhone isn’t the only smartphone out there. In this article, we look at five of the bestselling alternatives.

With an easy-to-use interface and a massive selection of applications, we think the Apple iPhone is a great smartphone for staying in touch and staying on top of what’s happening in the world. But it certainly isn’t the only smartphone out there – there’s a whole world beyond the iPhone. Android smartphones bring some amazing features such as free turn-by-turn sat nav and powerful translation tools; BlackBerry devices bring a world-class QWERTY keyboard for faster e-mail and instant messaging and Windows-based devices bring an innovative tile-based user interface.

In this article, we look at the 5 best-selling alternatives to the iPhone.

1. Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S II is the best-selling Android-based smartphone. It features a beautifully vibrant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a fast dual-core 1.2GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera which is also capable of recording video in full HD. It features Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) so you’ll have access to 200,000+ apps from Android Market. Specification-wise the Galaxy S II beats the iPhone 4 hands-down: it’s lighter, thinner and faster and has a larger battery and better camera than the iPhone 4.

Full video review follows:

  • Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface)
  • Display: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen
  • CPU: Dual-core 1.2GHz processor
  • Camera: 8 megapixel back-facing camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Key Differences to iPhone 4: Vibrant 4.3-inch display, faster processor and dual-core too
  • Compare specifications with iPhone 4…
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2. BlackBerry Bold 9780

The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is unique amongst our 5 iPhone alternatives in not featuring a touchscreen. This means the Bold 9780 offers the largest departure from the iPhone’s form factor of having a touchscreen as the primary input. The Bold 9780 offers a world-class QWERTY keyboard making it much better for writing long e-mails for keeping up in a fast-paced instant messaging chat. It runs BlackBerry OS6: a decent operating system but unfortunately lacking a bit in the selection of available applications.

The BlackBerry features a slower processor than the iPhone 4 (624MHz compared to 1GHz for the iPhone) but it’s to draw any conclusions about the speed of the phones from these figures as they run different operating systems and applications. Both the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and iPhone 4 feature a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.

  • Operating System: BlackBerry OS6
  • Display: 2.44-inch TFT display (not a touchscreen!)
  • CPU: 624MHz processor
  • Camera: 5 megapixel back-facing camera with LED flash
  • Key Differences to iPhone 4: No touchscreen or touch-based apps, full QWERTY keyboard for input, fewer apps on BlackBerry OS
  • Compare specifications with iPhone 4…
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free from £25/month

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3. HTC Sensation

Like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the HTC Sensation also runs Google’s Android operating system. You’ll get the same features and applications as on the Galaxy S II including Google Maps and free turn-by-turn sat nav. Specifications are also fairly similar to the Galaxy S II: the Sensation features a 4.3-inch display like the Galaxy S II (but with a higher resolution screen), an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. The Sensation has the HTC Sense user interface on top of Android.

  • Operating System: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with HTC Sense user interface)
  • Display: 4.3-inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • CPU: Dual-core 1.2GHz processor
  • Camera: 8 megapixel back-facing camera with LED flash
  • Key Differences to iPhone 4: Larger display at 4.3 inches, faster processor and dual-core too
  • Compare specifications with iPhone 4…
Network Availability

free from £30/month

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4. BlackBerry Torch 9800

The BlackBerry Torch is a QWERTY slider phone from BlackBerry. It features a 3.2-inch touchscreen (slightly smaller than the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen) as well as a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard hence giving you the best of both worlds. Like on the BlackBerry Bold, the full QWERTY keyboard is great for e-mails and BBM and the touchscreen is a useful addition too. Being the first BlackBerry device with a touchscreen, the downfall of this phone is the lack of touchscreen applications on the BlackBerry platform. You won’t find Angry Birds or Cut the Rope here.

  • Operating System: BlackBerry OS6
  • Display: 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • CPU: 624MHz processor
  • Camera: 5 megapixel back-facing camera with LED flash
  • Key Differences to iPhone 4: Full QWERTY keyboard as well as a touchscreen, fewer apps on BlackBerry OS
  • Compare specifications with iPhone 4…
Network Availability

free from £29/month

free from £27/month

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5. HTC 7 Mozart

The HTC 7 Mozart features the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The Windows Phone 7 operating system comes with a Microsoft Office Hub application and Xbox Live. The phone has a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash.

  • Operating System: Windows Phone 7
  • Display: 3.7-inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • CPU: 1GHz processor
  • Camera: 8 megapixel back-facing camera with LED flash
  • Key Differences to iPhone 4: Windows Phone 7 interface is significant departure from iPhone interface, Office Hub, Xbox Live
  • Compare specifications with iPhone 4…
Network Availability

free from £16.50/month

free from £30/month

Source: Amazon.co.uk Bestselling Smartphones, 6th August 2011. We have included the top 5 high-end non-Apple smartphones in our guide.

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