Best Phones on Vodafone Plans


WhistleOut
25 January 2017

Vodafone doesn't trouble itself with a huge selection of phones, but it has most of the ones that matter. We’ve gone through and picked out the best ones on offer to slim the list down even further.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Overview:
Don't let the lack of a big redesign put you off, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are more exciting than they first seem. Both devices are faster, offer improved battery life, and have stunning cameras. Optical zoom through iPhone 7 Plus' dual camera configuration is far more than a gimmick, and water-resistance on both devices is a very welcome addition. The only potential red flag is the lack of a headphone jack, but there's a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box, making it easy to keep using your favourite pair of earbuds.  Or you can always go wireless.

Like:

  • Great camera
  • Water-resistant
  • Snappy performance
  • iOS 10 is the most polished iPhone software release to date

Dislike:

  • iPhone 7 Plus is a bit bulky
  • iPhone 7 has a smaller battery than iPhone 7 Plus
  • No headphone jack 
  •  

Score:

Outright: From $1,079

Huawei P9

Overview:
Huawei might not have the same reputation as Apple and Samsung, but its latest smartphones well and truly go toe-to-toe with the best of them. The 5.2-inch P9 isn't the most exciting phone from a design perspective, but it has a nifty dual camera system ("co-engineered" with luxury camera manufacturer Leica) that allows you to snap pictures with DSLR style "bokeh". Most of the P9's hardware is flagship quality, but you can save yourself some cash by taking a punt on the underdog.

Like:

  • Fun dual camera system
  • Great value
  • Good battery life
  • High quality display

Dislike:

  • Bland design
  • Bloated user interface
  • Hit and miss 3D performance
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Score:

Outright: From $799

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

Overview:
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are the culmination of Samsung's design-driven journey. Not only do both phones look great, they've got all of the features Android fans have come to expect from Samsung devices: a vivid display, high-end internals, water-resistance, expandable storage, and a great camera. While battery is a big step up from last year's phones, powers users are better off with the S7 Edge, which should comfortably get all but the most demanding through an entire day without a top up.

Like:

  • Slick design
  • Water-resistant
  • Great camera
  • Expandable storage 

Dislike:

  • S7 has a smaller batter than S7 Edge
  • Bloated user interface
  • Fingerprint magnet
  •  

Score:

Outright: From $1,149

OPPO R9s

Overview:
Want a phone that looks like an iPhone, but don't want to spend iPhone dollars? The OPPO R9s could be just the device for you. The R9s is OPPO's latest premium midrange device, and at the very least, it represents phenomenal value. You get a 5.5-inch 1080p display, lightning fast fingerprint reader, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage out of the box. The camera isn't quite as good as you'd get in a $1,000 phone, but it's nonetheless a respectable shooter. The one true downside is a take on Android that's skinned to look like iOS. While you can spend some time making Android feel more like Android, there's still a few quirks you'll need to learn to live with.

Like:

  • 64GB of storage out of the box
  • Strong battery life
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • Great value

Dislike:

  • Software looks like bastard child of iOS and Android
  • No NFC
  • Runs Marshmallow rather than Nougat
  •  

Score:

Outright: From $598


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