It’s almost here! Apple’s latest flagship device, the iPhone X, is set to make its glitzy debut in the Philippines on December 1. As expected for a flagship, the X doesn’t do anything half-assed: it has a feature set and internals that will make iPhone loyalists and the shalas renew their telco contracts and surrender their “old” models, or rush to their preferred tech stores for their purchases.
And as you may well know by know... the iPhone X is fucking expensive. So expensive, that for just one X unit, you can probably pay for two high-end phones, one mid-range laptop and a high-end phone, part of or your entire semestral tuition fee, several months’ worth of groceries or insurance payments, or an entire long-term holiday for you and your girlfriend. The 64GB base model has a P64,490 price tag, and the 256GB model, P73,990. If you can’t shell out immediately, Globe and Smart have released their respective postpaid offers, and are now accepting pre-orders in exchange for your money and a two-year contract for new postpaid subscribers. Online stores like Kimstore, Widget City, and Lazada also have pre-orders or listings already in place, with prices jacked up from anywhere to a few grand to “oh, hell no.”
You wanna get the iPhone X? Go right ahead, and congratulations for being loaded AF. But if you want more reasonably priced options that have the key features you want from the iPhone X, consider these options. Know that we won’t be able to cover everything right now, but your bank account will thank you nevertheless.
If you want an edge-to-edge display...
We admit it. The iPhone X’s 5.8” Super Retina Display is beautiful, and it makes everything you see through it beautiful, too. But the Samsung Galaxy Note8 does edge-to-edge OLED Infinity Displays too, and has a 6.3” screen to boot. Do note that Tom’s Guide called the iPhone X the winner in its display comparison with the Note8, but in real life the obvious visual differences are minute. It’s also ironic that Samsung’s the manufacturer of the iPhone X display panel, but... yeah.
We realize that the Note8’s P49,990 retail price is still too high for most, so let’s look at other options. Samsung has another choice for you, care of the Galaxy S8. Its 5.8” curved QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display is a bit smaller than the Note8’s, but the same as the iPhone X. And at P39,990, you get to shave a grand off your total expense.
Get the Note8 and Galaxy S8 at Samsung Experience Stores nationwide.
Want something more affordable? Check out Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2, which Widget City has on stock for P34,000. Repetitive branding aside, and except for a small portion at the bottom of the display, Xiaomi goes all-screen on this model. We agree with BGR—it might not get as much attention as the iPhone X, despite its gorgeous 5.99” IPS LCD display. Sure, it’s no OLED, but we like what we see here anyway.
If you want amazing photos...
We haven’t heard from HTC in a while, so it’s great that it’s back in the Philippines, and that they’ve unveiled several new models that you can get now at Lazada. One of these models, the U11, has been equipped with a 12MP rear camera with OIS, autofocus, and HDR Boost, ensuring your photos are worthy of both social media and print. You can get it for P35,299 at Lazada, or for P34,500 at Widget City.
The Huawei P10’s been on the market for a while, but it remains a top option for consumers who prioritize smartphone rear cameras. Snap away and enjoy clear and bright 4K photos with the P10’s Leica Dual Camera 2.0 (one 20MP sensor and one 12MP sensor), even in low-light environments. Tip: The P10’s 8MP front camera’s a winner, too, although you obviously won’t have the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera and Animojis. Still, not bad for P28,990.
If you want a longer battery life...
So we got a 64GB OnePlus 5 for ourselves several months ago. We can definitely say that the OnePlus 5 hits the sweet spot on everything: display, cameras, storage, speed, and battery life and charging. With heavy usage, we can max out the 5’s 3300mAh internal battery to around 12 hours’ worth of juice. Moderate usage gives us one to one and a half days, and minimal usage, two whole days to get to 0%. Then we go back up to 100% battery for only an hour with OnePlus’ Dash Charge. Let’s just say we haven’t seen or used our power bank in a while. The iPhone X has a smaller 2716mAh battery, but can also do wireless charging while the OnePlus 5 can’t. Guess we’ll call it a draw.
Similarly, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom’s marketing focuses on the obvious: its camera capabilities and optical zoom. But it also has a surprise offer to potential owners: a 5000mAh battery, equivalent to what CNET says is 20 hours of battery life (Tom’s Guide has it a little lower at 16:46, but it’s still #1). For that feature alone, we’ll gladly fork out P23,990 for it. Note: beware the bloatware! Buy the ZenFone 3 Zoom from any ASUS Store or distributor nationwide.
If you don’t want an Android phone...
The older iPhones should still be up to the task! Give the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus some much-needed loving, especially now that the X has literally kicked the poor things off the spotlight. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, too. As we’ve said over and over, you don’t need the newest and priciest phone, but one that does what you need it to, and at a price you can afford.
The iPhone 8 starts at P44,990, while the 8 Plus has a P51,490 base price. The iPhone 7 has dropped to P35,490, and the 7 Plus, to 42,990.