Move over, iPhone, there’s new smartphones in town

This jeans pocket ain’t big enough for the boths of us 🤠

Everyone wants an iPhone, and you can’t argue with its appeal. The iPhone is a status symbol, they get more beautifully designed every year (depending how you feel about the notch), and as Steve Jobs often said, Apple’s main attraction is “it just works.”

However, according to Statista, Samsung has been pulling ahead of Apple in terms of global market share in the smartphone market – in 2018, they held approximately 21% of the global market share, compared to Apple’s 15%. And all of the other smartphone vendors combined, excluding Huawei, take up about 50% of the market.

So what are these other smartphones half the world is using?

These new offerings from Sony, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and Nokia (yes, Nokia!) may surprise you.

Sony Xperia 1: a handheld cinema


Sony is bringing the big screen to the screen in the palm of your hand with the Xperia 1. It’s the first smartphone with a cinematic aspect ratio (21:9) and a 4K OLED display, so your movies and TV shows look perfect wherever you watch them. If you’d rather shoot them yourself, “Creator mode” powered by CineAlta keeps colors professionally accurate, and precision focus borrowed from the Sony Alpha camera series makes sure you get a perfect shot. Want to get even more creative? You have full manual control of shutter speed and ISO, plus up to 30 second exposure to paint your photos with light.

OnePlus 7 Pro: smooth inside and out

The OnePlus 7 Pro has a couple standout features that are actually hidden inside of its sleek design. It’s a beautiful piece of glass on the outside, with a 6.67” curved edge-to-edge screen with Fluid AMOLED display technology and a 90 Hz refresh rate for the smoothest animation, but it’s what’s inside that counts. There’s an optical fingerprint reader hidden inside the screen, and a front-facing camera to pops out the top of the phone for selfies.

For skeptics who think the camera gimmick would quickly wear out, the front-facing camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro is factory tested to pop out reliably 300,000 times, or 150 times a day for five years. Not convinced? You can watch a 12-hour video of nothing but the camera moving in and out of the phone, and the mechanical sound is quite soothing:

Still don’t believe it? Watch the selfie cam lift 22 kg of cement 💪:

Xiaomi Mi 9: a powerful little dragon

The Xiaomi Mi 9 has a powerful new processor never seen in smartphones before: the Snapdragon™ 855. If processor speeds aren’t your thing, here’s exactly why that’s a big plus: 20% faster gaming experience, 45% improved CPU performance, and a 300% increase in AI performance. The Xiaomi Mi 9 also has super-futuristic wireless charging and AI-enhanced photography. It even has a special mode to take amazing pictures of the moon, that notoriously hard-to-capture beauty:

💿 It’s also the perfect phone for Holosexuals, available in various blends of metallic rainbow hues. You will not want to put a case on it – but don’t worry, it has Gorilla Glass built in and a sapphire glass camera cover for extra durability.

Nokia 8.1: full-featured reliability

A lot of people concerned about digital detox and the effect of smartphones on our mental health are saying that brick phones are back in style, and Nokia is still considered the standard for a small, reliable phone with only a few extra distractions. While some happily trade their Twitter and Instagram mobile apps for Snake, the Nokia 8.1 is a fantastic middle ground, and was proclaimed best mid-range smartphone of 2018 by GSM Arena.

Besides snake, what is Nokia best known for? Battery life, of course.

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The Nokia 8.1 delivers, with the Android 9 Pie Adaptive Battery feature promising two full days of battery life based on how you use your phone. It adapts to you, learning your preferences and improving over time, and saves the juice so that you’re never stuck on a late night or early morning with a dead phone.

What if I want them all…?

Stand out from the Apple and Samsung crowd by renting one of these alternative smartphones, and if you decide that an alternative lifestyle doesn’t suit you, that’s the beauty of Grover – you can always switch after a period of your choosing. Rent the Sony Xperia 1, OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9, or the Nokia 8.1, and mix it up for your next upgrade.