These are the 5 best Android alternatives to the iPhone 12 series
The Apple iPhone 12 series is the biggest yet. From the $699 iPhone 12 Mini to the $1,099 iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Cupertino company has a variety of devices on offer.
Like the idea of the iPhone but prefer Android? Or maybe you’re an iPhone owner looking at the competition? Then we’ve got you covered with our rundown of the best Android alternatives to the iPhone 12 family.
The best iPhone 12 alternatives
1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series
- Powerful Android flagship phones stuffed with a ton of features
- Samsung promises three years of system updates for its phones
- Available in a wide variety of markets
Apple’s arch-rival in the Android space delivered four S-series flagships that are jam-packed with features. All Samsung Galaxy S20 series phones are equipped with a Snapdragon 865 or an Exynos 990 flagship SoC, a 120Hz OLED panel, water resistance, and wireless charging.
The $1,300 Galaxy S20 Ultra is the top-end model here, serving up a 108MP main camera, a 4x periscope zoom camera, a 5,000mAh battery, and up to 16GB of RAM. Those wanting the best specs on paper will want to look at this model.
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE is on the other end of the spectrum, retailing for just $700 and making precious few compromises. Some of the cutbacks include a plastic back, no 8K recording, and an FHD+ screen. Nevertheless, you’re still getting the aforementioned features like a 120Hz OLED screen, water resistance, and wireless charging. And yes, you’re also getting a relatively large battery and a flexible triple camera setup.
It’s also worth noting that all S20 models feature a night hyperlapse mode that’s similar to Apple’s night mode timelapse functionality. Samsung has also offered night mode on the ultra-wide camera for over a year now — something Apple only just delivered with the iPhone 12 series.
The Korean company has confirmed that it now offers three years of software support for major devices (including the S10 series and higher and the Note 10 series and higher). It’s not quite as long as Apple owners usually get, but it’s certainly about as good as it gets on Android.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Essentially the Galaxy S20 Ultra with an S-Pen and a few tweaks
- The standard Galaxy Note 20 isn’t really worth it though
- Available in loads of countries around the world
Samsung’s late 2020 flagship continues the trend of obscene flagship pricing, coming in at $1,300 as well. So, what do you get for the price, then?
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra delivers a flagship SoC, a QHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, water resistance, and wireless charging. Other notable features include the ever-popular S Pen, 8K recording, a triple rear camera setup (108MP main, 12MP 5x optical, 12MP ultra-wide), and a 4,500mAh battery.
We’d steer clear of the standard Galaxy Note 20 though unless you absolutely must have a powerful phone with an S Pen. It’s more expensive than the Galaxy S20 FE but packs the same plastic back, a slightly smaller battery, a standard refresh rate panel, and no microSD slot. The only reason to buy this is if the S Pen is indispensable to you.
3. OnePlus 8 Pro
- Water resistance and wireless charging for the first time in the series
- OnePlus tends to support its phones for as many as three versions of Android
- Available in the likes of Asia, Europe, and North America (sorry, Africa and Latin America)
OnePlus has really stepped its game up in 2020, as the OnePlus 8 Pro joins the premium flagship ranks for the first time. Sure, the phone retails for $999, but you’re also getting welcome extras like wireless charging (30W) and water resistance for the first time.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also packs a 120Hz QHD+ OLED panel, while the quad-rear camera setup is pretty neat too. You’ve got a 48MP IMX689 main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide shooter, an 8MP 3X zoom shooter, and a gimmicky 5MP color filter camera.