Recently Apple unveiled the iPhone 5, the latest in its ultra successful line of smartphones. The iPhone really changed the way we think about smartphones, and each one has been better than the last. But the latest iPhone announcement was underwhelming. It didn’t change the game. It merely kept pace. And so some iPhone users are looking for an alternative.
In the same way, many people are looking to switch back from Mac to PC. Sure, Macs are sturdy computers that last a long time and contain powerful graphics cards. But PCs, especially with Windows 8, are simply more versatile. They can run more software and more people use them, meaning it’s easier to get what you need.
Looking for the latest gadgets, but don’t want to go with the Apple brand? You’re in luck. There is a better selection than ever. Just check out some of the top choices from the major gadget categories.
Yes, the iPhone 5 announcement was underwhelming. It’s still a great smartphone, no doubt. But when Apple first introduced the iPhone, it revolutionized smartphones. When it unveiled the iPhone 4 in 2010, it again changed the game with the retina display among other features. But since then development has been flat. Android has moved ahead rapidly, overtaking the iPhone in many areas.
The Samsung Galaxy SIII might be the best smartphone on the market today. It has a huge screen, but it doesn’t feel too big while you’re using it. The processor ranks among the best in any smartphone. And it runs Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 software, with a likely upgrade to 4.1 Jellybean coming soon. It’s not the iPhone, but that’s exactly the point. The Galaxy SIII could very well represent the point where Samsung and Android made its biggest move on Apple.
Yes, the MacBook Pro with the retina display might be the most powerful, vibrant laptop on the market. But it’s also the most expensive. Even the MacBook Pro without the retina display will run you hundreds of dollars more than a comparable PC laptop. Why spend the extra money when you can get something just as good for cheaper?
Lenovo is known for its ultrathin laptop computers, also called Ultrabooks, and it has a line of them that compares well to the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air lines. They might not be stamped with the Apple logo, but they have powerful processors, high-resolution screens, and are easy to carry around wherever you go. You’ll save at least $400, and that’s comparing the lowest-end MacBook Pro and the highest-end Lenovo Ultrabook.
We finish with the toughest category. There is no doubt that the iPad is the best tablet on the market. It’s not even close, really. With its retina display and its powerful processor, no Android tablet comes close to matching the new iPad. Even more: the second best tablet on the market could very well be the iPad 2. That is to say, in a year and a half since the iPad 2’s release, no Android has been able to match it. That’s a shame.
Google recently gave it their best effort with the Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet that packs some punch. Yet it’s not exactly comparable to the iPad, because a 7-inch tablet is far different than a 10-inch tablet. The Galaxy Note 10.1 also looks like a decent alternative, though Samsung has underwhelmed with past tablet releases. Unfortunately for the tablet crowd, these are the current best alternatives. IT’s tough to get away from Apple here.
If you want to stay away from Apple products, but still want the best gadgets available, you can find plenty of them in every gadget segment. Most of the time you’ll save money, too, which means you have money to buy more of these gadgets. After all, you could buy a Galaxy Note 10.1 and a Lenovo ThinkPad and end up paying significantly less than you would for a MacBook Pro and an iPad.