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5 Best iPhone XS Max Alternative In 2018

One of the best things about the Apple event last week was the announcement of a third iPhone for this year: the iPhone XS Max. One of the frustrations with the original iPhone X was that it was actually smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. But now, this year, we have a larger iPhone X — the XS Max with its beautiful 6.5-inch display. If you wanted your iPhone X to be a little larger last year, then the XS Max is definitely for you.

ProductBrandNamePrice
AppleApple iPhone XBuy on Amazon|$1030(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:50 ET)
LG ElectronicsLG Electronics G7 ThinQBuy on Amazon|$599.99(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:49 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note9Buy on Amazon|$935.46(Price as of 10/15/2018 03:49 ET)
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$729(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:49 ET)
AppleApple iPhone 8 PlusBuy on Amazon|$810(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:50 ET)

The downside to the XS Max is that it’ll cost you almost $50 per month, or $1500, for the 512GB version of the smartphone. That’s an insane amount of money for a smartphone, and doesn’t provide much hope for the future in phone prices.

So if you want to keep most of that money in your pocket and not in Apple’s bank account, you might want to consider an alternative to the XS Max. Follow along below, and we’ll show you the best options available to you.

Apple iPhone X

First up on our list is the Apple iPhone X. This might be last year’s flagship device from Apple, but it’s still a solid performer. It has the A11 Bionic chip in it, which keeps apps running fast and smooth — the XS and XS Max have the A12 chip, but as far as real-world use goes, you won’t notice a big difference, even in demanding games.

Buy on Amazon|$1030(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:50 ET)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

If you’re looking to try out a new mobile operating system, you’ll definitely want to pick up Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9. It runs on Android with Samsung’s own TouchWiz software on top. It has a beautiful dual-curved display, which opens up a couple of new features to you, such as People Edge and other Edge-specific features. The Edge provides for a pretty unique perspective when looking at text and video, too.

One of the more unique aspects of the Galaxy Note 9 is the S-Pen. This is a built-in stylus that gives you access to even more productivity features. Not only that, but it lets you naturally jot down notes as well — you don’t have to use the on-screen keyboard. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also has a big battery, so you can easily make this phone last all day and well into the evening hours.

Buy on Amazon|$935.46(Price as of 10/15/2018 03:49 ET)

LG G7 ThinQ

We also really like what the LG G7 ThinQ has to offer. This phone from LG is the most similar to the iPhone X with its 6.1-inch display. LG has actually included a “notch” at the top of the screen that you turn on or off in the software settings. This notch provides face recognition technology, which is used to unlock your smartphone — unfortunately, LG wasn’t able to pack the security and software programming necessary for using the notch for password replacements and payment verification.

Overall it’s a nice smartphone with a good camera, but it does have some fairly poor battery life in it.

Buy on Amazon|$599.99(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:49 ET)

iPhone 8 Plus

If you simply don’t like the new, modern style of the iPhone and want to go back to the iPhone’s traditional roots, you’ll definitely want to pick up an iPhone 8 Plus. Sure, it’s last year’s hardware, but it still has that fast and efficient A11 Bionic chip in it. The software, even in 2018, runs smoothly and can handle even the more demanding games and apps on the market. Apple will continue to support it for quite a few years to come, too.

The most notable difference between this phone and the iPhone X is that the iPhone 8 Plus has the home button at the bottom, which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Of course, you get the impressive battery life found in this smartphone as well.

Buy on Amazon|$810(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:50 ET)

Google Pixel 2

If you love hardware from brands like Apple and Microsoft, then you’ll definitely want to see what Google is offering in its own hardware, the Google Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 is a “clean” stock Android experience that’s supposed to be faster than the “skins” that other manufacturers put over that stock experience. Google has packed some pretty impressive hardware in the Pixel 2 as well — it’ll be able to run even the most demanding apps and games on the Google Play Store.

Those coming from the iPhone will really like the camera inside the Pixel 2 as well — it has a 12.2-megapixel camera, which is already showing better image results than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Plus.

Buy on Amazon|$729(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:49 ET)

Verdict

If you’re not liking the size or price of the iPhone XS, you have a lot of other alternatives available to you on the market. On the Android side of the spectrum, the Galaxy Note 9 is definitely the best smartphone on this list. But, if you want to stick with Apple, last year’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus aren’t bad performers either.

ProductBrandNamePrice
AppleApple iPhone XBuy on Amazon|$1030(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:50 ET)
LG ElectronicsLG Electronics G7 ThinQBuy on Amazon|$599.99(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:49 ET)
SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note9Buy on Amazon|$935.46(Price as of 10/15/2018 03:49 ET)
GoogleGoogle Pixel 2Buy on Amazon|$729(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:49 ET)
AppleApple iPhone 8 PlusBuy on Amazon|$810(Price as of 10/15/2018 04:50 ET)

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