Some iPhone Alternatives for Non-U.S. Residents

Tomorrow, Apple’s ultimate mobile gadget will be made available to various U.S. Apple stores. As early as a few days ago, some techno-savvy mobile phone geeks are already lining up to be the first to get hold of Apple’s much publicized iPhone. But for the rest of the world, including my beloved Philippines, it would be a couple of months or perhaps a year before Apple reaches our country.

If you’re one of the unfortunate souls whose been drooling over the iPhone for the past couple of months, PC world suggest the following iPhone competitors which match up to the features and functionalities of the iPhone, if not better.

  • Blackberry Curve,
  • Helio Ocean,
  • HTC Touch,
  • Samsung Upstage,
  • Nokia N95

For the Philippine mobile market (and perhaps other Asian mobile markets), the first three iPhone alternatives may not be available as well. In the Philippines, Samsung Upstage more probably available already. Samsung has an ongoing promotional gig at SM Megamall, I will check later if its already available in their booth.

If Samsung Upstage is not yet available, we Filipinos who can afford to shell out big bucks for a piece of hardware are left with no choice but to contend ourselves with the Nokia N95. I’m guessing that the N95 is probably priced around 35-40K in the local mobile market.

The N95 is packed with a 5 mega-pixel camera and a GPS utility which is rather useless in the Philippines. Other than the camera, and judging from the looks of both N95 and iPhone, I’d rather wait for Steve Jobs’ baby to become available in the Philippines than buy the N95.

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