Best Android Alternatives To The iPhone SE: Google Pixel 3a, Moto G Stylus, OnePlus 7T Compared

Moto G Power
Not everyone has the need or desire to throw down four figures on a smartphone. Even Apple recognizes this, and it's recently announced iPhone SE (basically an iPhone 9) for 2020 starts at $399, a tantalizing price point for a smartphone that wields a fast and powerful A13 Bionic SoC, 7-megapixel selfie camera, and a 12-megapixel rear camera. While it's a decent overall value, it also means buying into Apple's ecosystem. What if you prefer Android? Well, there are lower cost alternatives that are worth checking out.

Before we get to those, let's have a quick rundown of the iPhone SE specifications, so we know what exactly we are comparing against...
  • Display: 4.7-inch Retina HD (1334x750, LCD)
  • Processor: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: Not disclosed (3GB rumored)
  • Storage: 64GB (128GB and 256GB optional)
  • Front Camera: 7MP (f/2.2 aperture)
  • Rear Cameras: 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, wide angle)
  • Battery: 1,821 Mah (up to 13 hours video, 40 hours audio)
  • Price: $399 and up, Apple Store
That's far from a bad collection of hardware and features for the money, though the starting price only gets you 64GB of storage. The 128GB model runs $449, and the 256GB model costs $549.

Now that we know what we are dealing with, let's have a look at some worthy alternatives in the Android space, starting with Motorola's Moto G Power and G Stylus.

Motorola Moto G Power, Moto G Stylus, and Moto Z4

The G Power pictured up top is notable because it brings a really big (capacious) battery to the scene. Specifically, it wields a 5,000 mAh battery that Motorola claims is good for up to 3 days. It also boasts a triple rear camera arrangement and a fantastically friendly price tag, at $249.99.

Here's the full specs...
  • Display: 6.4 Full HD+ Max Vision (2300x1080, LCD)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Front Camera: 16MP (f/2.0)
  • Rear Cameras: 16MP (f/1.7), 2MP macro (f/2.2), 8MP ultra-wide angle (f/2.2)
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh (up to 3 days)
  • Price: $249.99, Motorola Store or $99.99 w/ Activation at Best Buy
The capacious battery is the big draw here, though the rest of the specs and features look good for the money as well. Best Buy's offer is especially tantalizing—it's the same unlocked handset, but just $99.99 if you activate it at the time of purchase.

The Moto G Stylus looks similar to the G Power, but comes with some key upgrades for the additional $50 that it costs in comparison. Here's what we're looking at...
  • Display: 6.4 Full HD+ Max Vision (2300x1080, LCD)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Front Camera: 16MP (f/2.0)
  • Rear Cameras: 48MP (f/1.7), 2MP macro (f/2.2), 16MP ultra-wide angle (f/2.2)
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh (up to 2 days)
  • Price: $299.99, Motorola Store or $149.99 w/ Activation at Best Buy
It's almost the same phone, but with a smaller (but still capacious) battery, twice the storage, and a better camera arrangement. Another excellent value for the money.

If you are looking for something a little more premium, the Moto Z4 fits the bill, and costs the same as the iPhone SE. Here's a look at the specs...
  • Display: 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2340x1080, OLED)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128B
  • Front Camera: 25MP (f/2.0)
  • Rear Cameras: 48MP (f/1.7)
  • Battery: 3,600 mAh (up to 2 days)
  • Price: $399.99, Amazon
This has one of the fastest processors among the Android alternatives listed here, and large resolutions cameras on the front and back.

Google Pixel 3a

Motorola does not have a monopoly on low cost Android phones. If none of the above Moto handsets suit your fancy, Google's own Pixel 3a is worth looking at. Here's what it offers...
  • Display: 5.6-inch (2220x1080, OLED)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64B
  • Front Camera: 8MP (f/2.0)
  • Rear Cameras: 12.2MP (f/1.8)
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh (up to 2 days)
  • Price: $298.98, Amazon
This is another solid offering, and with the current pricing on Amazon, it's around $100 less than the iPhone SE. This one also gets you a pure Android experience, if that matters to you.

OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7T

Last but certainly not least, the OnePlus 7T is worth checking out if you are in the market for an Android phone and don't want to spend a fortune. Here are the specs...
  • Display: 6.5-inch (2400x1080, AMOLED)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128B
  • Front Camera: 16MP (f/2.0)
  • Rear Cameras: 48MP (f/1.6), 12MP telephoto (f2.2), 16MP ultra-wide (f/2.2)
  • Battery: 3,800 mAh
  • Price: $450, Amazon
For around $50 more than the cheapest iPhone SE, the OnePlus 7T gets you high-end specs, including a speed Snapdragon 855+ processor and 8GB of RAM. It also wields a premium camera arrangement and an AMOLED screen. This is a fantastic value for the money (see our OnePlus 7T review for our full thoughts on this handset).

Do you have any other Android alternatives to the iPhone SE in mind? If so, feel free to let us and your fellow readers know in the comments section below!