Here is a short list of smartphones that can be considered as a good alternative, in terms of technical specifications, usability and funtionality, to the iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy S3
South Korean manufacturer's Samsung, proposes the latest born of the Galaxy series. The S3 with its large touch-screen (4.8-inch) is the ideal platform for viewing photos, videos and webpages.
Available in white. Price tag: 679 euros
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Halfway between a smartphone and a tablet lies the Galaxy Note. Equipped with the latest version of Android, this powerful and versatile phone draws all of its interest in the use of a stylus, that allows you at any time to add a note, cut an image, etc...
Available as from October in black or white. Price not announced.
Nokia Lumia 900
Born out of a strong partnership between Microsoft and Nokia, the Lumia 900 differentiates itself from other smartphones, first by the size (larger and higher), its plastic design, and finally its GUI.
Available in black, white or cyan. Price tag: 599 euros.
Sony Xperia S
With an angular and an attractive design, the Xperia S is a good mid-range device. The version of Android is fast and fluid, however, it is less pleasant than on Samsung mobiles. The Xperia S comes with a 12.1-megapixel camera that can achieve great photos. =
Available in black or white. Price tag: 419 euros.
Research in Motion (RIM) abandoned its traditional keypad for a large touch screen. The design is simple, in the line of the other devices from RIM. The RIM operating system, may require a lengthy adjustment period, but it has several advantages, such as the proprietary applications like "BBM" instant messaging software.