The Best Alternatives to the iPhone 12

The Apple iPhone 12 series is still great, and it’s a viable, more affordable alternative to the iPhone 13 series. iOS isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, though. You may want to move to the Android side, and you’ll be glad to hear there are plenty of iPhone 12 alternatives.

Whether you’re a stalwart Android loyalist or you simply want something other than an Apple product, the market is awash with alternative mobile devices of all manner of shape, size, and capability. So whether you want something that could go toe-to-toe with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and its formidable camera array or you want to cut back on the distractions in favor of a streamlined “dumb” phone not marred by time-sucking apps, you’ll find the perfect option for you on our following guide to the best iPhone alternatives.

The best iPhone 12 alternatives

Samsung Galaxy S21 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.

Samsung is Apple’s arch-rival in the mobile space, and the Galaxy S21 range is the Korean firm’s latest offering. These phones pack 120Hz OLED screens, Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processors, water resistance, and wireless charging.

OnePlus Nord 2 5G

OnePlus has earned a reputation for making high-end phones that undercut the competition and although it’s seemingly forgotten its roots with recent flagships, the Nord 2 is a wonderful return to form.

With a 90Hz refresh rate, the 6.43in OLED display isn’t as buttery smooth as the rest. But you can play HDR10+ content and its AI Resolution Boost does a nice job of upscaling videos on YouTube. Elsewhere, an under-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock take care of security.

Google Pixel 5

It might seem strange to suggest that a product produced by one of the largest, most influential companies on the planet is a dark horse offering, but that’s exactly what we’d say about the Google Pixel 5. For a phone that seemingly nobody is talking about, this is hands-down one of the best alternatives to any iPhone model across the board. That starts with its affordability.

Priced at just $699, it’s the same entry price as the iPhone 12 mini and $100 less than the base model 12. It also has 5G compatibility, a crystal-clear HD display, a professional-grade camera array, two days’ worth of battery life, wireless charging, an adaptive power system that will prioritize your most frequently-used apps, built-in malware protection, and a bevy of other clever and handy features


Whilst Google would have you believe their Pixel 5 is the perfect Apples-to-Apples competitor to the iPhone, Samsung’s great hardware and software experience puts their latest phone, the Galaxy S21, as a strong favorite for a phone with a phenomenal display, great camera, and great performance.

If you’re looking for a phone on a budget, and especially if you want a multimedia machine on the cheap, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G might be right up your street.

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