Buying a Christmas smartphone? Here are 8 quirky iPhone and Android alternatives to consider

Buying a Christmas smartphone? Here are 8 quirky iPhone and Android alternatives to consider

Summary: 2013 has seen several startups launch new smartphones, and while many can't keep up with Apple, Samsung, Nokia and other OEMs on specs, they all manage to bring something unique.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Smartphones, Android
14

 |  Image 7 of 8

  • Thumbnail 1
  • Thumbnail 2
  • Thumbnail 3
  • Thumbnail 4
  • Thumbnail 5
  • Thumbnail 6
  • Thumbnail 7
  • Thumbnail 8
  • Fairphone

    Want a smartphone made by people who were paid fair wages, using some materials derived from conflict-free minerals and Fairtrade certified gold? Netherlands-designed Fairphone might be the phone for you.

    The handset wears its environmentally-conscious ethos front and centre with elements including a removable battery, no accessories included by default, and minimal packaging.

    Unfortunatel,y all 25,000 phones in its initial run have been sold. And sadly for those that pre-ordered it, the Fairphone won't be filling anyone's stocking this Christmas.  

    "The first batch of around 11,000 phones leaves the factory on the 23rd of December 2013, after which it will make its way to your respective homes after Christmas," Fairphone Founder and CEO Bas van Abel said recently. "We want to apologise for the delay and that we won't make a Christmas delivery." 

    The second delivery leaves on 10 January next year, and the company is planning a further batch for the new year.

    Cost: €325 ($446).

    Specs: The device runs Android 4.2, has 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, and its 4.3 qHD screen comes with a 960x540 pixels resolution. The main camera is eight-megapixels, while the front-facing equivalent comes in at 1.3 megapixels. The battery is 2,000 mAh.

    Hails from: Netherlands.

    Image: Fairphone

  • Quechua Phone

    French outdoor clothing company Quecha has produced its very own five-inch inch rugged Android phone, the Quecha Phone, for the European market.

    Launched last week, the ruggedised smartphone is now available in France, Spain and Germany via online retailer Decathlon. 

    Cost: €229.95 ($316).

    Specs: The five-inch Quechua Phone's has a 840 x 480 resolution with a five-megapixel camera and 720p video recording. It's a 3G device, with Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity, 4GB of onboard storage (expandable to 32GB), and a 3,500 mAh battery. It weighs 250g and runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8225Q processor.

    Hails from: France

    Image: Quecha

     

     

  • Xiaomi Mi3

    Now one of the most popular smartphone makers in China, Xiaomi recently unveiled the successor to its hit MI2 S device, the Mi3.

    Even in China Xiaomi still walks in the shadow of Samsung, but in places like Shanghai's Metro network, it's not hard to find a local holding one of Xiaomi's smartphones.

    The three-year old Beijing-based company, which released its first device in 2011, regularly makes headlines for rapid sales, and in October managed to shift 100,000 Mi3 phones in 86 seconds

    Run by co-founder and CEO Lei Jun, it's also recruited former Android global VP, Hugo Barra as its VP, and has a strong management team of local talent, such as co-founder Lin Bin, formerly VP of Google China Institute of Engineering and Engineering Director of Google Global.

    Cost: 1,999 yuan ($327/ €239)

    Specs: The Mi3 comes with a Tegra 4 quad-core CPU and five-inch full HD screen. Its five-inch display has a resolution of 1920x1080, and there's a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 3,050mAh battery onboard. The device runs MIUI V5 Android.

    Hails from: China

    Image: Xiaomi

Topics: Smartphones, Android

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

Talkback

14 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Quechua Phone

    What carrier or is it unlocked?
    ArchieK
  • NO MORE!!!!!

    No more of these galleries which reload the page for each succeeding page.

    Either do it all on one page or maybe two or three pages, but for Pete's sake, please stop these infernal galleries. I know this separates individual items from each other but a line or maybe three asterisks would do just as well.

    If you insist on separate pages, please make a .pdf file available for download. Those are easy to make. Just prepare your text and photos in a text-handling program (Jarte makes an excellent one), save it, then save it again as a .pdf with the help of Nitro or Nitro Pro, the easiest .pdf-maker program to use. If the resulting layout does not quite please you, you can either change the pdf directly in Nitro, or make major changes in Jarte and re-save as a .pdf.

    Thank you for listening.
    bart001fr
    • ...............

      They won't its how they get site hits. Its honestly a very dishonest way to earn hits but I guess the site must be struggling if this is how low they have to stoop and basically cripple their site.Makes them look like amateur morons really.
      Fletchguy
    • the Android app...

      and probably iOS, app handle the multiple pages well - just swipe through the images, and the next page pops up. Just letting you know :)
      Andrew Hargrave
    • the Android app...

      and probably iOS, app handle the multiple pages well - just swipe through the images, and the next page pops up. Just letting you know :)
      Andrew Hargrave
    • the Android app...

      and probably iOS, app handle the multiple pages well - just swipe through the images, and the next page pops up. Just letting you know :)
      Andrew Hargrave
    • the Android app...

      and probably iOS, app handle the multiple pages well - just swipe through the images, and the next page pops up. Just letting you know :)
      Andrew Hargrave
    • the Android app...

      and probably iOS, app handle the multiple pages well - just swipe through the images, and the next page pops up. Just letting you know :)
      Andrew Hargrave
    • the Android app...

      and probably iOS, app handle the multiple pages well - just swipe through the images, and the next page pops up. Just letting you know :)
      Andrew Hargrave
    • the Android app...

      and probably iOS, app handle the multiple pages well - just swipe through the images, and the next page pops up. Just letting you know :)
      Andrew Hargrave
    • the Android app...

      and probably iOS, app handle the multiple pages well - just swipe through the images, and the next page pops up. Just letting you know :)
      Andrew Hargrave
      • except the Android app...

        doesn't look like it handles comments very well
        frylock
        • haha

          yep. it posts slowly and you can hit the post button multiple times...
          Andrew Hargrave
  • non-Android?

    the title claims "quirky iPhone and Android alternatives" which could read as quirky versions of iPhones and Androids, yet there are no quirky versions of the iPhone, so we must read it as "quirky alternatives TO iPhones and Androids"

    However, out of 8 phones, 5 ARE Android, and two are not available so you really shouldn't be considering them if you are "Considering buying a Christmas smartphone"

    The Jolla on the first pic is the only phone here that fits the title of the article.
    Mytheroo