The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have arrived and already selling off the shelves like crazy. However, despite what Apple would have you believe, the iPhone 6 isn’t for everyone. If you weren’t impressed with Apple’s newest phone or just more of an Android person, there are a handful of great alternatives to both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that compete at nearly every level.
So if you are looking for a new smartphone and aren’t interested in iPhones, here are the six Android devices that are worth checking out:
1. LG G3: Raw Power
We’ll start out with the one of the big surprises of 2014: the 5.5-inch LG G3. With a massive, nearly bezel-less display, a redesigned custom Android skin, and a plastic shell that doesn’t feel gross to touch, the G3 gets more right than anything LG has put out in years.
As far as spec sheets go, the G3 wins in nearly every category with its “Quad HD” display, 13-megapixel camera, fantastic battery life, and 2GB of RAM. If you’re looking for raw power and the best Android smartphone camera available, the G3 is for you.
Read our full review of the LG G3.
2. OnePlus One: Bang For Your Buck
The OnePlus One is a newcomer, but it’s one of the smartphones from this year that has given us the most hope for the future of the platform. It’s almost unfair to compare the $350 OnePlus One to the $700 iPhone 6 Plus (off contract), and yet the One somehow makes you forget how little you paid for it. The OnePlus One is an experiment in producing an independently-made smartphone that cuts out the middle man at at every step of the process.
If you can get ahold of one, we’d highly recommend going for the OnePlus One—you’ll get an amazing product and support a great new company that’s looking to disrupt the smartphone industry.
Read our full review of the OnePlus One.
3. HTC One M8: Premium Design
When it comes to beautiful industrial design and quality materials, nothing competes with the iPhone like the HTC One M8. With a stunning unibody design that fits in your hand nearly perfectly, the HTC One sure does make an impression when you pick it up.
Beyond just the stunning look of the device, you’ll also find a really solid Android phone that feels great to use. It’s only drawback might be its fairly average camera—but if you can overlook that, you’ll be getting the best-designed Android phone ever made.
Read our full review of the HTC One M8.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The Features You Want
If the grid of icons and relatively straightforward functionality of the iPhone makes you yawn, the Galaxy Note 4 just might be a good place to look. With everything from extensive stylus functionality to split screen multitasking, Samsung has put pretty much every feature it could think of in the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 4.
While some of it is obviously more useful than others, the Galaxy Note 4 might be the one device on the list that can come close to replicating the full computing experience on the go. The software might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there are plenty of reasons to want to one of these up over an iPhone 6 Plus.
5. Moto X: Customization
The new Moto X is the second iteration of Motorola’s new line of highly customizable smartphones. Even though the ability to completely customize the look of your Moto X is the main draw of the Moto X for consumers, its backbone is the pure Android experience. Motorola has shown a tremendous amount of restraint when it comes to its smartphones—only including features that will actually be helpful to users.
So whether you get a bright pink plastic back with your name carved into it or a premium leather back, you know you’ll be getting the best software Android has to offer. Furthermore, with its 5.2-inch display, the Moto X is a good happy medium between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
Read our hands on impressions with the Moto X.