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VO: Marc Saltzman

Script written by Marc Saltzman.

There are a lot of phones that look like the iPhone, but cheaper. If you’re interested in phones that look like iPhone 8, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a dust- and water-resistant smartphone, for example. BlackBerry’s KEYone features a physical keyboard. The Google Pixel is an Android smartphone with a great camera and clean user interface. WatchMojo teams up with tech-spert Marc Saltzman to list ten of the best iPhone alternatives for 2017 that aren’t produced by Apple.

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Script written by Marc Saltzman.

Top 10 Best iPhone 8 Alternatives - GearUP

It’s the one thing you never leave home without -- your smartphone. Researchers say we look at these devices a couple of hundred times a day – and so choosing one to be your companion can be daunting task. While Apple’s iPhone is currently no. 1, and there’s plenty of hype surround iPhone 8, Apple is by no means the only game in town. In fact, Android phones can do a lot that iPhone CAN’T.

Hey everyone, welcome to Gear Up, the WatchMojo series that looks at the latest in gadgets, gear and games. I’m Marc Saltzman, and in this video, we’re going to look at 10 iPhone alternatives to consider.

#1: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

A great companion for work and play, Samsung’s new 5.6-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ both feature an “infinity display” with a screen that curves around the back and has almost no bezel on top of bottom -- even the Home button is gone. You can conveniently log into this water- and dust-resistant device by simply looking it, and take advantage of fast processor and quad LTE-Advanced cellular speeds in some markets, along with advanced cameras, expandable memory, and a smart personal assistant named Bixby. You get high-quality AKG earbuds in the box.

#2: LG G6

The LG G6 boasts a huge 5.7-inch Quad HD display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio – therefore you can see and read more on the screen without needed to scroll as much – whether it’s through websites, ebooks, messages, and so on. For video, the display supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision. LG G6 packs two rear-facing 13-megapixel cameras (one a 125-degree wide-angle lens), and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies, and video calls. It’s water- and dust-resistant, has a fingerprint sensor on the back, and more. The LG V30 is coming out in 2017, too.

#3: Moto G5

Offering a lot of bang for the buck, the Moto G5 features a precision-crafted metal design – the first Moto G made from high-grade aluminum, in fact – along with an all-day battery and rapid charging; dual cameras, including a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera; fast 1.4 GHz octa-core processor; fingerprint reader to instantly unlock your phone using your finger; and exclusive Moto experiences, such as shortcuts to the features you use most, like turning on the camera with a twist of your wrist.

#4: Sony Mobile’s XPERIA XA1 and XA1 ULTRA

Both of these devices offer an eye-catching design and remarkable camera technology for capturing and sharing photos and videos. Building on the success of last year’s Xperia XA models, the Xperia XA1 and the larger 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra both feature a beautiful borderless design with near edge-to-edge screens. Back to photography, both devices sport high-end camera specifications including 23-megapixel sensors and great low-light capabilities, while the Xperia XA1 Ultra’s front-facing camera offers a superior 16-megapixel sensor with Optical Image Stabilization and LED flash.

#5: BlackBerry KEYone

BlackBerry is back with the BlackBerry KEYone, an award-winning smartphone that fuses the functionality and security you’d expect from a BlackBerry with the familiarity and versatility of Android 7.1 Nougat. BlackBerry KEYone houses a comfortable physical keyboard with built-in fingerprint sensor, up to 26 hours of battery life, and unique convenience and privacy features in what is being billed as the world’s most secure Android smartphone. It also has 4.5-inch touch display to tap and swipe through more than a million apps at the Google Play store. That’s the BlackBerry KEYone.

#6: ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom

Announced back at the Consumer Electronics Show but now available, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom sets a new bar for mobile photography, combining two entirely new camera systems: a 12 megapixel with ƒ-1.7 aperture and 2.3-times optical zoom and a wide-angle zoom lens with ASUS SuperPixel Technology. Along with its innovative dual-lens optics and 4K recording, ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom has a powerful 5000mAh battery and a power-saving Qualcomm Snapdragon S625 processor. This 5.5-inch Android phone offers a dual SIM tray for those who want to separate work and play or who travel overseas.

#7: Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

The P10 comes with a 5.1-inch Full HD display, while the larger 5.5-inch P10 Plus has a 1440p IPS display. Both come with a dual-lens 20 megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 12 megapixel camera. Like many of the other phones in this round-up, photography is a huge priority for Huawei, as they’ve added front and rear Leica-made cameras and are touting the advantages of new motion-tracking facial recognition technology. Available in multiple colours the P10 and P10 Plus feature an octa-core processor, 64GB of storage for the P10 and 128 gigs for P10 Plus, and a little more RAM.

#8: HTC U Ultra

At the time of recording this script, we’re waiting on the deets of HTC U 11…but in the meantime HTC U Ultra is a great 5.7-inch phablet with a molded glass front and back that accentuates the symmetrically fluid blend between polished metal and glass. As a more unique feature, the U Ultra’s second screen gives you the info you need, at your fingertips, a small bar that gives you fast, convenient access to the things you use the most—top contacts, app shortcuts, event notifications, and more. When it comes to audio, the HTC USonic audio platform analyzes your inner ear and automatically adapts the sound profile to optimize your listening experience. There’s new cameras, voice-recognition, security tools, and more.

#9: Google Pixel XL

If you prefer a “vanilla” Android phone, with no extra third-party software thrown on top of it, Google’s own Pixel XL is a 5.5-inch device with a clean user-interface and a smart personal assistant, cool-to-the-touch metal and glass chassis, fast Snapdragon processor, intelligent cameras, and fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. If the 5.5-inch AMOLED screen is too big for you, there’s also the 5-inch Google Pixel, which is identical to the Pixel XL in every detail except for the screen size. Both phones work with Daydream, Google’s virtual reality headset for high-quality, mobile VR.

#10: OnePlus 3T

If cash is tight but still want a great Android experience, the sleek OnePlus 3T offers features like a “Dash Charge” – a superfast battery charge so you’re never without your trusted device – and can be charging up while gaming or live video streaming. The new 3400 mAh battery has a 13 percent increase in capacity over the OnePlus 3. Also improved is the processor, now a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, along with 6GB of RAM to juggle demanding apps and tasks without any slowdown. Internal storage of up to 128GB means you won’t likely run out of space to store all your stuff. The 16-megapixel real camera offers fast a shutter speed and autofocus, and intelligent software, plus the front-facing camera is also at 16 megapixels.

BONUS! #11: Le Pro3 from LeEco
This is a $350 Android smartphone that has the same processor inside as the more expensive Google Pixel at $800…the sleek 5.5-inch 1080p Corning Gorilla Glass screen has curved edges for a smooth finish, while on the audio front, the phone features dual speakers and support for CDLA for hi-res audio and Dolby Atmos. Under the hood of the Le Pro3 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, a battery that yields over 40 hours of music playback on a single charge, fingerprint scanner, and three-months of free DIRECTV NOW service.

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