So the The iPhone 14 series is available for pre-order, with shipping starting in a couple of days. Apple has done what it does best and has really sold many of us on the new iPhones, even managing to transform what would have been a disadvantage for Samsung or Google at a point of sale!But hey, not everyone wants an iPhone. Some may find them too expensive or their operating system – iOS – too restrictive and non-customizable (no launcher to choose from, that’s for sure).
Safe, iOS 16 offers customizable lock screens, and that’s commendable to Apple, but iPhones are nowhere near as open for their users to tinker with as Android phones are.
Or maybe you have too many friends with iPhones and would rather go with something else; something a little different?
Well, I often feel the same way, and as an Android power user who is lucky enough to use all kinds of smartphones, I’d be happy to recommend some of my favorite options for people who want an “Android iPhone”.
Something similar to the iPhone 14 in key aspects, despite being an Android device; even one (sometimes) cheaper.
No Phone (1)
Say what you want about Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus and now CEO of Nothing, but he sure knows how to make phones interesting. Like Apple, but on a much smaller scale, he’s very good at convincing us techies to buy anything.
If you’ve ever looked at a modern iPhone and thought, “Dude, I’d love to have a beautiful flat-edge phone like this one, but I want it with Android”, well, the Nothing Phone (1) definitely deserves your attention.
It “borrows” the iPhone design almost literally, has a similarly premium feel, flat edges, Gorilla Glass front and back, aluminum chassis … Much like your typical iPhone.
Beautiful and flat edges
But the Nothing Phone (1) has no notches or “dynamic islands” to speak of: its 6.5-inch AMOLED display is only interrupted by a tiny perforated camera in the upper left corner.
And my favorite part that I don’t think is appreciated enough: absolutely symmetrical frames.
Of course, what steals the show here, so we can’t ignore it, is the Nothing Phone’s main feature – the one that was clearly designed to make it stand out and appeal to tech fans – that “glyph interface” on the back.
It’s a series of 900 white LED lights, which show up under the clear back of the phone and light up or blink to signal notifications, calls, and other things that may need your attention.
For me, it’s cool, but pretty much the definition of a gimmick. To Nothing, however, is a brilliant way of making the phone eye-catching, unique and interesting, despite being so similar to an iPhone.
If you want the closest thing to an “Android iPhone” right now, I highly recommend you check out ours No Phone (1) review!
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus
I recently bought this phone purely for its flat design and dual stereo speakers, and it was able to replace my iPhone pretty well, for what is pretty much a budget mid-range.
Sure, it has something akin to the iPhone’s flat-edge design, although it’s nowhere near a premium (or seamless) feel, and that’s okay.
Here, too, a good flat design
But the main reason I would recommend a Xiaomi (or Redmi) phone would be Xiaomi’s Android MIUI interface.
See, just like the Nothing Phone we talked about earlier “borrows” design cues from the iPhone, Xiaomi’s MIUI interface “borrows” quite a bit from Apple’s iOS operating system, on which they run. iPhones.
So, if you are looking for an “Android iPhone”, where the interface that looks and feels as close to iOS as possible matters the most, trying this or another modern Xiaomi phone is definitely worth it.
This Redmi Note 11 is not only flat, a bit like an iPhone, but with MIUI – your Android experience also feels pretty similar to that of an iPhone. A similar homescreen grid, with similar rounded square icons, similar quick switches, similar notifications, similar extra features like a screen recorder, which you also have on iOS … it’s all there.
And this is one of those cases where I think “similar” isn’t a bad thing: I like how iOS looks and feels, and having the ability to use something reasonably similar, but powered by Android, is pretty damn cool.
Of course, with all of that in mind, I could argue that you can also download an iOS-like launcher to your existing Android phone and call it a day. This is also an option!
But MIUI is quite different, as it is similar to iOS. It is not a direct attempt to copy it down to the last detail, as such a launcher would aim, to the point of even having iOS app icons. Xiaomi’s MIUI is … Hmmm, how should I say … A “classy” way to get the iOS experience. And again – it comes with features like a screen recorder, video and photo editor – all those fun things that iOS has too. A pitcher will not.
Galaxy S22 Ultra
Okay, what if you don’t care about a similar design or interface look, but are jealous of those annoying iPhone users mainly because they have some of the best cameras on the phone in their pocket?
Well, some Android phones can compete quite well with camera performance, and in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, they also offer extra camera features.
And not just extra camera features, this phone has extra features, period, you’ll never see on an iPhone: it comes with a stylus, it has top-notch split-screen multitasking, it even has a desktop mode for when it hooks you up. to a TV called Samsung DeX.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a Galaxy Note in spirit
It’s the latest phone not an iPhone! But, with iPhone-grade cameras, which I’m sure many would argue are even better, and beyond “iPhone grade”. 10X telephoto zoom, honey! Also 8K video recording, which also the next release iPhone 14 Pro Max still can not do!
Check out ours Galaxy S22 Ultra review to learn more about this phone and see sample videos. Also, go to our Compare the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to see how well this top dog from Samsung fares against Apple’s next top dog.
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