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The best Google Pixel alternatives

New Atlas breaks down the best alternatives to the Google Pixel
New Atlas breaks down the best alternatives to the Google Pixel
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iPhone 7
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iPhone 7
OnePlus 3T
2/5
OnePlus 3T
Samsung Galaxy S7
3/5
Samsung Galaxy S7
HTC 10
4/5
HTC 10
New Atlas breaks down the best alternatives to the Google Pixel
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New Atlas breaks down the best alternatives to the Google Pixel

While it isn't quite the endangered species that its big brother has proven to be, at the time of publication the Google Pixel is still a hard-to-find phone. Considering bailing for something that can give you instant gratification? Here are our top alternatives.

iPhone 7

iPhone 7
iPhone 7

If you were interested in the Google Pixel primarily because of Android, then obviously this is no help. But if it was the tight user experience and integration between hardware and software that drew you to Google's flagship, then you can't do better than the Pixel's muse.

While you lose Google Assistant, a headphone jack and Daydream VR support, the iPhone 7 adds water resistance, a comparable camera and a solid Assistant replacement in Siri.

The two phones also ring up for the same starting price of US$649.

iPhone 7 review

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T
OnePlus 3T

While it's closer in size to the Pixel XL, the OnePlus 3T gives you a similar stock Android Nougat experience (with the notable omission of Google Assistant), as well as zippy performance for more than $200 cheaper.

Unlike most other phones in this price range, the OnePlus 3T has a premium, aluminum-unibody build.

OnePlus 3T review

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7

Release cycle is the only factor holding the Galaxy S7 back from being one of our top recommendations: We'll likely see a revamped Galaxy S8 within the next month or two.

Last year's S7 is still a decent choice, with a terrific display that's a smidge bigger than the Pixel's, along with a camera that's still among the best.

While the Galaxy S7 performed smoothly at launch, we find its year-old processor doesn't hold up as well against the Pixel and OnePlus 3T: It's going to feel a bit laggy by comparison.

Only buy the S7 right now if you snag a good deal (even if that means a lightly-used or refurbished model). Otherwise brace yourself for regret when Samsung pulls back the curtain on the S8.

Galaxy S7 review

HTC 10

HTC 10
HTC 10

Another aging product, the HTC 10 still makes for a solid Pixel alternative.

HTC doesn't use stock Android, but it is one of the tamer custom manufacturer UIs you'll find. It also delivers a good camera, a slightly bigger (and ultra-sharp) display and fairly-snappy performance.

The HTC 10 adds the bonus of Hi-Fi audio: If you use wired headphones, the 10 will pour out some of the best audio you can get from a smartphone. (Only LG beats it in this department.)

HTC 10 review

For more on the best current flagships, you can check out our latest Smartphone Comparison Guide.

1 comment
Rocky Stefano
You forgot the Blackberry DTEK60. its specs are as good or better than any phone here and its the most secure with Android updates pushed out monthly and full FIPS 140-2 disk encryption
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