Tim Cook just made the pseudo-technology geeks and trust fund babies’ day with the grand unveiling of the iPhone 6. But just because Apple have just added the latest instalment to their much-hyped about devices, it’s not entirely game over for other smartphone. There are plenty of awesome phones on the market (or being released soon) that are cool, have better specs, and don’t hit your wallet the way the iPhone 6 can. Here are five phones to consider before you go iCrazy.
Moto X 2014
If you’re looking for a phone that’s unique, Motorola has you covered. The Moto X (2014) has over 25 different customization options, including 8 premium wood or leather backs. The new Moto X also has a 5.2-inch, 1080p displayâ€”one of the largest screens you’ll see on a smartphone before you cross into tablet territory. Add that to Android 4.4, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and you’ve got a pretty sweet phone. The Moto X (2014) will start at RM1499 and is expected to drop later this month.
It’s the year of the selfieâ€”whether you like it or notâ€”and Nokia is here to answer your call with its Lumia 730. The Lumia 730 is a Windows 8.1 phone with a selfie twist: a 5-megapixel forward-facing camera with a wide-angle lens and a preinstalled selfie editing app. (Most forward-facing smartphone cameras are 2-megapixels at best. The iPhone 5s’ is 1.2-megapixels.) Sure, a “selfie” phone may be targeted at teen girls, but the Lumia 730 has some decent specs, including a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch, 720p display, and, of course, a 6.7-megapixel rear-facing camera. The Lumia 730 was just announced last week, so there’s no word on pricing and U.S. release dates yet.
Samsung Galaxy S5
If you’re not an iPhone person, you’ve probably got a Samsung Galaxy S5. If you don’t, you should seriously consider it. The Galaxy S5 ships with Android 4.4 and has killer specs: a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5.1-inch, 1080p display. Oh, and the costs start from an affordable RM799 with a 2-year telco contract; RM2,147 without). The Galaxy S5 comes in two storage variationsâ€”16GB and 32GBâ€”and also has a microSD slot for expansion up to 128GB, which is twice as much as you’ll find in any iPhones before the 6.
Sharp AQUOS Crystal
The iPhone is innovative, but it’s not the only phone that turns heads. Sharp’s AQUOS Crystal is definitely one of the most good-looking phones we’ve ever seen, thanks to its practically bezel-less display. This Android phone has a 5-inch, 720p screen that blends seamlessly into the air around you and looks awesome. It’s also got great specs: a 1.2GHZ quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The AQUOS Crystal is currently available in Japan, and will be released in the U.S. soon at the super affordable price of USD240 (about RM766).
Now that the iPhone 6 is here, the 5s is old newsâ€”but it shouldn’t be. The 5s is still a great phone, with a 1.3GHz dual-core A7 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch Retina display, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. If you’re keen to keep up with your imaginary social status, the 5s is an economical alternative that should keep you up-to-date for at least another year or two. Once the iPhone 6 hits the market, 5s prices will drop to RM317 (and its sibling, the 5c, to free) with a 2-year contract from Digi. MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID