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#1
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy S8

80/100
Easily Samsung's best phone yet. It's pricey, and there are a few feature misses, but none overshadow what a superb smartphone the Galaxy S8 is.

Features

  • 5.8 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 20 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$59/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Optus
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 9 Carriers
#2

Samsung Galaxy Note8

72/100
Samsung 'next big thing' will stretch pockets, and budgets, but for some this will be worth the wait after handing in their Note7 handset last year.

Features

  • 6.3 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Telstra Blue Tick

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$71.63/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Vodafone Business
Via Outright Pricing (change)

Availability

On 8 Carriers
#3

Samsung Galaxy S8+

86/100
The Galaxy S8 Plus is the Android phone you want if you like big and tall smartphones. It has a massive 6.2-inch display that doesn’t make the actual dimensions of the device much bigger. Samsung’s trick was to rid its phone of the physical home button and surrounding bezel, and while that means it has an annoyingly placed rear, off-center fingerprint sensor, the amazing display, great camera and slick software should make you forget about this flaw and its Bixby voice assistant being a no-show on day one...

Features

  • 6.2 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$65/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Virgin Mobile
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 9 Carriers
#4
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy S7

92/100
The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's best phone yet. Regardless of what you are looking for in a phone, the Galaxy S7 has it and more. It will be a difficult phone to beat in 2016.

Features

  • 5.1 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 22 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$50/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Virgin Mobile
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 8 Carriers
#5

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Android handset with 5.2" Super AMOLED display and high resolution 16MP front and rear cameras

Features

  • 5.2 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 71.4mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$36/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Southern Phone
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 9 Carriers
#6
Editor's Pick

OPPO R11

80/100
OPPO's handsets might keep looking more and more like iPhones, but they also keep getting better and better. A couple of small issues don't detract from the value proposition made by the R11, and dual rear-facing cameras are the icing on the cake.

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 20MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 74.8mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$40/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Virgin Mobile
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 4 Carriers
#7

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

87/100
The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's best phone yet. Regardless of what you are looking for in a phone, the Galaxy S7 has it and more. It will be a difficult phone to beat in 2016.

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 3 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$51/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Southern Phone
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 6 Carriers
#8

Google Pixel 2 64GB

Water & dust resistant Android 8.0 (Oreo) smartphone with octa-core processor, Active Edge and smart autofocus camera.

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 12.2MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 69.7mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$69/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Telstra
Via Lease + Upgrade Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#9

OPPO A57

Affordable Android 6 handset with a 5.2" display, 32GB of storage, a 13MP camera & a long battery life

Features

  • 5.2 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 72.9mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$39.11/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Woolworths
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#10

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

70/100
The Xperia XZ Premium is a big bundle of exciting functionality packed into a boring, unwieldly body. There's a lot to love, but there's also a lot you'll have to forgive if you're after Sony's latest high-end device.

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 19MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 77mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$54/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Virgin Mobile
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 7 Carriers
#11

OPPO R9 Plus

Mid-range Android handset with a 6" display, 64GB of storage and a 16MP camera plus 16MP front "selfie" camera

Features

  • 6 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 80.8mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$46.08/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Woolworths
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
#12

Huawei Mate10 Pro

Android 8.0 Oreo device with a 6" screen, 20MP + 12MP Leica Dual camera and AI processor

Features

  • 6 inch display
  • Android
  • 128GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 74.5mm wide
  • 154.2mm high

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$59/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Optus
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#13

HTC U11

90/100
Ignore the gimmicks; the HTC U11 is fantastic phone with a great camera at a pretty reasonable price.

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 30 minutes

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$59/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Optus
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 4 Carriers
#14

Google Pixel 2 128GB

Water & dust resistant Android 8.0 (Oreo) smartphone with octa-core processor, Active Edge and smart autofocus camera.

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 12.2MP camera
  • 128GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 69.7mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$85/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Telstra
Via Lease + Upgrade Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#15

Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB

80/100
The Pixel 2 XL is one of the best Android phones you can buy, but it's not quite a homerun for Google. The amazing camera and performance are offset by potentially problematic screen issues and a design that pales in comparison to the competition. These aren't deal breakers, but they mean the Pixel 2 XL isn't quite the "go to" Android flagship Google wants it to be.

Features

  • 6 inch display
  • Android
  • 12.2MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 76.7mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$88/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Telstra
Via Lease + Upgrade Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#16

Huawei Mate 9

80/100
Huawei's Mate 9 is a great choice for those looking for a big phone. Almost two days of battery life, an innovative camera, and a price tag that undercuts the competition make it a perfect device for those still mourning the loss of their Note 7.

Features

  • 5.9 inch display
  • Android
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 16 hours
  • Standby: Up to 27 days 17 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$49.41/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Vodafone Business
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 4 Carriers
#17

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime

Android handset with 5" Touchscreen, 2GB RAM, a 13MP camera and 16GB inbuilt storage

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 16 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$39.69/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Woolworths
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
#18

Huawei Mate 10

85/100
The Mate 10 is easily the best flagship smartphone you can buy for under $1,000, and has no problem going toe-to-toe with far pricier handsets in terms of camera, performance, design, and battery life. You miss out on water-resistance and there's a couple of software quirks to get your head around, but these small issues don't compromise the excellent overall package Huawei has in the Mate 10.

Features

  • 5.9 inch display
  • Android
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 77.8mm wide
  • 150.5mm high

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$54.97/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Vodafone Business
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#19

HTC U Ultra

70/100
If it were a third cheaper, the HTC U Ultra would be a compelling alternative to the upper echelon of flagship smartphones. But at an outright price of $1,199, the HTC U Ultra struggles to go toe-to-toe with this year's cream of the crop, especially given the lack of water-resistance and the bezel heavy design.

Features

  • 5.7 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 2 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$43.86/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Vodafone Business
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#20

Sony Xperia XA

61/100
It's one of only two phones to feature optical image stabilization on the front-facing camera. And what a camera it is - a dedicated LED flash and a large 1/2.6" sensor of 16MP resolution. That's the same sensor size and resolution as the main camera on the Galaxy S6!

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 10 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$34.13/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Vodafone Business
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#1
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy S8

80/100
Easily Samsung's best phone yet. It's pricey, and there are a few feature misses, but none overshadow what a superb smartphone the Galaxy S8 is.

Features

  • 5.8 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 20 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$59/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Optus
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 9 Carriers
#4
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy S7

92/100
The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's best phone yet. Regardless of what you are looking for in a phone, the Galaxy S7 has it and more. It will be a difficult phone to beat in 2016.

Features

  • 5.1 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 22 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$50/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Virgin Mobile
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 8 Carriers
#6
Editor's Pick

OPPO R11

80/100
OPPO's handsets might keep looking more and more like iPhones, but they also keep getting better and better. A couple of small issues don't detract from the value proposition made by the R11, and dual rear-facing cameras are the icing on the cake.

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 20MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 74.8mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$40/mth Plan
Cheapest Price From Virgin Mobile
Via Contract Pricing (change)

Availability

On 4 Carriers
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