Upgrading but don’t want to spring for an iPhone? You have plenty of great Android options

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Apple made headlines this week with its announcement of iPhone upgrades woes. While Apple users debate whether the new iPhone XR, XS or XS Max are right for them – or if they are better off waiting for potential new promotions – it’s worth reminding that plenty of really great Android alternatives exist.

From the Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6T to Google’s latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, there are plenty of great phones available, with more on the way in the coming weeks that will work with the new 5G networks.

While the switch may take some getting used to, if you’re looking to move past Apple, here are few things and devices to consider.

Note: We’re focusing on phones that are similar in quality and specs to Apple’s latest iPhones. While there are myriad Android options at a variety of prices, the options below are the ones we feel are the best alternatives to Apple’s on the main four U.S. carriers. These options also don’t require you to switch carriers or add a line.   

Be prepared to give up iMessages

Before we go to the devices, it’s worth quickly reminding you that before you ditch Apple’s proverbial “walled garden,” you will have to give up certain services. Chief among them: the ability to use iMessage. Apple’s popular messaging app obviously doesn’t work with Android, so you will need to be prepared to lose the blue bubbles that show up in text threads for iMessage users and embrace that “green bubble” world.

Luckily, between WhatsApp, Signal, Snapchat and countless other messaging apps you should still have no problems texting or even video chatting with friends (you’ll lose FaceTime, too) – that is, if you can convince them to move there to chat with you.

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