HTC, Motorola, and LG offer competitive alternatives to the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III

While the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III dominate across the carriers, there are competitive models specific to carriers from HTC, Motorola, and LG to consider.

I wrote a post a couple weeks ago stating that there were two main choices for a smartphone today, the Apple iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S III and wanted to follow that up with a bit of clarification and some more phone choices to consider. One of my primary reasons for making the statement I did was that those two phones are available on nearly every major carrier so I was giving a broad recommendation. I understand that HTC, Motorola, LG, and others make very good phones on individual carriers and thus this post attempts to highlight a few of those choices, check out the image gallery , if neither the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S III are not what you are looking for at this time.

Check out my image gallery of some great HTC, Motorola, and LG smartphones to consider.


HTC is really focused on design and as I wrote a few weeks ago they really are Quietly Brilliant and that is something I appreciate about their devices and their humble attempts to bring solid products that satisfy carrier needs. The HTC One X is one of the best smartphones available today and if it was available on three or more carriers then I would have included it in my previous post. You can only pick it up at AT&T here in the US, which is a real shame. It clearly has the best display available on phones with screens larger than 4 inches and is one of the most elegantly designed devices you can purchase.

HTC has the One S on T-Mobile, EVO 4G LTE on Sprint, and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE on Verizon so you can find competitive HTC devices on all major US wireless carriers and they are also priced quite well.


While Google now owns Motorola, you can still find them making Android smartphones for a few carriers. Verizon is obviously the premier Motorola carrier with the Droid brand really kickstarting Android for the majority of people. You can find various Motorola Droid devices on Verizon, including the RAZR M and RAZR Max. Motorola Android smartphones are also available on AT&T (Atrix HD) and Sprint (Photon Q 4G LTE), but Verizon is the premier Motorola partner.


It has been a while since I used a LG device, but they make some interesting products available on several carriers. Verizon has the Lucid and Intuition, AT&T has the Escape and Nitro HD, and Sprint has the LG Viper 4G LTE.

I personally feel that the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III are the two best choices for the majority of people, but there are some great alternatives too. In a month we should see Windows Phone 8 devices, such as the HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S and the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, with the possibility that we could see another Google Nexus smartphone before the holidays. It is an exciting time to be involved in the mobile industry and there are plenty of good choices today for your next smartphone.

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