While most of us are willing to admit that we’d like to own an Apple product, not many of us can justify splashing the cash to buy one. However there are alternatives if you look around. Today we are taking a look at five of Apple’s best-selling gadgets and comparing them to alternate products. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for substitute stocking stuffers for the upcoming festive season.
1. iPhone Alternative
The iPhone it the device that started the modern smartphone revolution; giving us for the first time easy to use internet access, massive media storage, video calling and not one but two HD cameras. Not to mention the on-board photo editing and more. The latest iPhone 4S continues the trend of offering cool new technology with style, but for many of us the price tag can be a little bit too steep.
Enter the Samsung Galaxy S2 with its 1.2GHz dual core processor, 8.49 mm thickness, 4.3” Super AMOLED HD display, web browsing, ebook app, WiFi, Allshare (similar to iCloud), wireless printing, twin cameras (one HD), voice activation, NFC tech to allow for wireless payments, game hub, music player and more. From $199 with contract.
2. 15” MacBook Pro Alternative
The Macbook Pro 15” is equipped with HD cam, DVD writer, 300GB hard drive, 5 hour battery life, Dual core processor and 2.66Ghz drive and costs around $two grand.
The alternative is the Dell XPS 15z. The computer starts at $1099 and can be bought online direct from Dell. The 15.6” WLED screen is full HD (optionally coming in at a full 1920 x 1080 vs. the Macbook’s 1680 x 1050), with HD webcam, up to 750GB hard drive, 6 or 8GB RAM, 8x Super multi DVD burner, HD audio, 3 USB ports, 8 hour battery life, digital media card reader and more.
3. MacBook Air Alternative
The Apple Macbook Air is one of their best selling products due to its sturdy thin design and lightweight aluminum frame. This makes the computer almost impossible to damage but still lightweight and full featured. The 13” display model features 127GB SSD drive, 4GB of RAM and the OS/X Lion operating system. Priced at $1299.00.
For a laptop that is just as sturdy and good looking try the ASUS Zenbook UX31E notebook. This 13.3” Windows 7 ultrathin notebook features a sleek and durable brushed aluminium frame, Instant On and a stonking i5-2557M Intel processor. It also packs a 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, LED backlit screen and is priced at around $1094.00.
4. iPod Nano Alternative
The Ipod Nano is a fun and popular Apple gadget. Most people purchase the 8 GB version which can hold roughly 2,000 songs. The device features a 1.54” display, FM radio, accelerometer and an integrated Lithium Ion rechargeable battery giving up to 24 hours of music per charge. Priced at $129.00 for the 8GB model.
The SanDisk Sansa Fuze costs only $89.99 for the 8GB model and contains a microSD memory card slot that can be used to add infinite storage for songs and video. Features include a 2.4” capacitive QVGA screen, 24 hour battery life, Digital FM radio, voice recording with built in microphone and multiple multimedia support including MPEG4 and Flip format video playback.
5. iPad Alternative
The original iPad was yet another revolutionary product from the Apple stable. A sleek multi-touch tablet that can be used for almost anything, from couch surfing to complex industrial or design applications. The key to its phenomenal success has been the beautiful design and user interface, and the iPad2 built on that success magnificently. Priced at $499.00 for the 16GB WiFi model.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a simply outstanding iPad alternative and starts at $487 for a 16GB 10.1” screen model. This may sound like the same price as the Apple product, but when you consider the effective 30% extra screen space via enhanced resolution, the vastly superior twin cameras, and the open nature of the Android operating system, the differences are obvious. What the Galaxy Tab lacks is an exciting logo, but if you want real world performance then this is a worthy challenger to the tablet king in every way.
This article was written by Stuart Kerr. Stuart writes for Liberty Games, the UK’s leading retailer of pool tables and other games room equipment.