Sep. 1, 2011 at 3:10 PM ET
With Samsung’s long-heralded Galaxy S II smartphone coming to three of the four major carriers, the iPhone faces some stiff competition. However, Samsung’s giant handset isn’t the only device that’s ready to give Apple a run for its money. Each of these eight alternatives offers something that Apple’s ever-popular handset lacks.
Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T)
With a speedy dual-core Tegra 2 processor and generous 4-inch qHD screen, the Atrix 4G is one of the most powerful phones on the market. A unique lap dock turns the Atrix into a notebook with an 11.6-inch screen and full Firefox browser. Try doing that with your iPhone.
Samsung Infuse 4G (AT&T)
A 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display gives the Infuse 4G one of the largest canvases on the market, great for typing and watching movies. The iPhone 4’s 3.5-inch screen is tiny by comparison. A fast 1.2-GHz processor, an 8-MP HD camera and HDMI-out make this a true multimedia powerhouse.
Motorola Photon 4G (Sprint)
Pair an attractive 4.3-inch qHD screen with a dual-core 1-GHz Tegra 2 CPU and 4G speeds and you have a powerful iPhone 4 foe. Better still, the Photon 4G plugs into an optional dock for enjoying the full web (yes, including Hulu) on the big screen.
HTC EVO 3D (Sprint)
The iPhone 4 doesn’t offer a stereoscopic 3D screen or a camera that lets you record 3D photos and videos, but the HTC EVO 3D does. Throw in a a dual core 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and HTC’s elegant Sense interface and you have more beauty and brains than Apple’s handset.
myTouch 4G Slide (T-Mobile)
Not a fan of correcting touchscreen typos? Pick up the myTouch 4G slide, which has one of the best physical keyboards on a smartphone. Plus, this device has one of the sharpest and fastest cameras we’ve ever used. No more shutter lag.
HTC Sensation 4G (T-Mobile)
The gorgeous HTC sense UI, a 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch qHD screen, and T-Mobile’s fast 4G HSPA+ network combine to make this Android handset a winner. Best of all, the HTC Sensation lasts over 7 hours on a charge, which is well above average.
HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon)
While the 3G iPhone 4 can’t even get 2 Mbps download speeds on Verizon or AT&T, the Thunderbolt rides on Big Red’s industry-leading 4G LTE network, allowing it to get download speeds as high as 17 Mbps, averaging 8.3 Mbps across our testing. You can even turn the Thunderbolt into a hotspot to share the speed with your notebook.
Samsung Droid Charge (Verizon)
A colorful, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen allows you to view the screen on the Droid Charge even in direct sunlight. Average download speeds of 7.8 Mbps on Verizon’s 4G LTE network give device four times the bandwidth of an iPhone 4.