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Apple iPhone 4 : Three Great Alternatives

The Apple iPhone 4 is due to be released in 48 hours in the UK and is likely to break all records, assuming that there will be enough supply across Apple stores nationwide and at partners' outlets. However, for those who would rather get something different altogether, here's a list of three alternatives to the Apple's flagship.

(1) HTC Desire

This is the most popular iPhone 4 rival, one which has definitely positioned HTC as one of the more important smartphone manufacturers. It packs a 1GHz processor, a 3.7-inch touchscreen with a WVGA display, Android 2.1 and a host of impressive features. The price of the Desire has fallen continuously since it was introduced at the beginning of the year. It can be purchased unlocked from Amazon (opens in new tab) for £387 and is available on monthly contract from as little as £25 from T-Mobile (opens in new tab) with 600 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited mobile web for a two year period. An equivalent iPhone 4 tariff from Vodafone would cost a whopping £359 more over the duration of the contract.

(2) Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Another Android phone on this list, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has one of the biggest screens on the market, a mammoth 4.0-inch display that can show 854x480 pixels. Powered by the same 1GHz Qualcomm processor as the HTC Desire, it does however fall behind due to the use of Android OS 1.6. Still, with a 8-megapixel camera, great aesthetics and availability together with access to the Android Marketplace. it should be a hit. It sells for £406 at Handtec (opens in new tab) SIM-Free and is available for as little as £25 on monthly contracts (Vodafone, 100 minutes, 1GB internet and 500 Texts (opens in new tab)).

(3) Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB

For most of us, the new iPhone 3GS 8GB, which succeeds to its 16GB and 32GB brothers, is more than good enough for most applications. It is not only cheaper but also sports a more traditional iPhone-esque design, compared to the iPhone 4. Yes, it doesn't have the Retina display, more storage, RAM or the latest A4 processor inside. Still, you will be able to do multi-tasking and you can get the iPhone 3GS (opens in new tab) for a bargain £419 SIM free from Apple and as little as £35 per month on a two year contract from O2 (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.