Best Mobile Phones

There are a number of factors to consider before making the leap and buying a new phone. After all, smartphones have become a daily necessity for many of us. They’re used from dawn to dusk, from that first morning alarm to that soothing sleep meditation streamed from an app before bed. Continue Reading...

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Based on 3,118 reviews
Replaced by Apple iPhone 14 (2022) 4.6 
Apple iPhone 13

Apple iPhone 13 (2021)

4.7  (123)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.1"
  • ChipsetA15 Bionic
  • Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Memory (RAM)4 GB
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Rose
Rose
  Fair Incentive 128GB
AwesomeThe phone has shown up in immaculate condition - heaps of care put into packaging too. Really impressed. Speedy delivery for my sister’s phone, mine took longer but the customer service was easy to deal with.
Replaced by Apple iPhone 11 (2019) 4.4 
Apple iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR (2018)

4.4  (271)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.1"
  • ChipsetA12 Bionic
  • Internal Storage64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB
  • Memory (RAM)3 GB
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Suzanne S.
Suzanne S.QLD2 posts
  64GB
Great for valueThis phone is great it’s slim but large enough to get a good grip on it the screen is quite large so awesome to watch movies and play games
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019)

4.5  (99)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.5"
  • ChipsetA13 Bionic
  • Internal Storage64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
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allen k.
allen k.NSW2 posts
  256GB
great experiencehas done a great job will definately buy another one when it stops working
Replaced by Apple iPhone 13 Pro (2021) 4.5 
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Apple iPhone 12 Pro (2020)

4.5  (71)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.1"
  • ChipsetA14 Bionic
  • Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
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Yvette
Yvette8 posts
  128GB
Fantastic phoneGreat phone, smooth to use. Great size, comfortably fits in my pocket or handbag. Connects seamlessly to all blue tooth devices. Very impressed with the phones camera, photography and editing options. Show details
Realme 6

Realme 6 (2020)

4.5  (69)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $469
  • Screen Size 6.5"
  • ChipsetHelio G90T
  • Internal Storage128 GB
  • Memory (RAM)8 GB
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Keely M.
Keely M.WA2 posts
 
Olitech EasyFlip

Olitech EasyFlip (2019)

4.2  (153)
 Summary
$249RRP
Ken 'Dusty' Duncan
Ken 'Dusty' Duncan5 posts
 
Ken 'Dusty' Duncan
Ken 'Dusty' Duncan  
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latest issue was due to for some reason the message centre number loosing a number which didn't make sense because it was still receiving texts just not sending them but its a number of issues so far

Replaced by Apple iPhone 12 Pro (2020) 4.5 
Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Apple iPhone 11 Pro (2019)

4.5  (70)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 5.8"
  • ChipsetA13 Bionic chip
  • Internal Storage64 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
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Reviewer
ReviewerVIC29 posts
  256GB
Olitech EasyFlip 2

Olitech EasyFlip 2 🏆 2024

4.5  (48)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199
  • Screen Size 2.8"
Susan
SusanVIC
  Verified
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (2022)

4.3  (60)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.7"
  • ChipsetA16 Bionic
  • Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1,024 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
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Prajwal R.
Prajwal R.QLD7 posts
  256GB
Feels premiumHuge update from it's predecessor. More improvement with the dynamic island which handles the right notification in right place. Camera is as best as modern DSLR. Show details
Replaced by Apple iPhone SE (2022) 4.2 
Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE (2020)

4.3  (52)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 4.7"
  • ChipsetA13 Bionic
  • Internal Storage64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB
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masonshegog_081
masonshegog_081
  64GB
WhaaaatThis iPhone has been the best iPhone yet. So I have had this iPhone since November 2023. This has never glitched, and upgraded to the latest iOS 17.4. I definitely recommend this iPhone to any parent, guardian or grandparent for a first phone or a simple phone. It is easy and fun to learn to use and use! Show details
KISA phone

KISA phone (2015)

3.9  (100)
 Summary
$246RRP
Suzanne Hall
Suzanne Hall3 posts
 
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (2020)

4.2  (49)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.7"
  • ChipsetA14 Bionic
  • Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
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Matt
MattVIC7 posts
  256GB
Replaced by Apple iPhone 14 Pro (2022) 4.3 
Apple iPhone 13 Pro

Apple iPhone 13 Pro (2021)

4.5  (33)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.1"
  • ChipsetA15 Bionic
  • Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1,024 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
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Benvin V.
Benvin V.SA
  128GB
Duplicate DisplayI purchased an Ex demo 13 pro from OZ mobile last year. Last month when i took it to an Apple service center to change its back glass they said someone already changed its original display. How come an ex demo product will have a duplicate display?
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (2023)

4.3  (42)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.7"
  • ChipsetApple A17 Pro (3 nm)
  • Internal Storage256 GB, 512 GB and 1,024 GB
  • Memory (RAM)8 GB
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$2,197Bing Lee
Usability tester
Usability testerNSW54 posts
  Verified 256GB
iPhone 15 Pro Max has a serious problemMy new iPhone keeps going to silent mode. I researched online and found a method that seemed to work for at least one person going to haptics. I followed the instructions and changed the setting. But, today I missed two calls so again, my phone is not working as intended. Show details
Oppo Reno Z

Oppo Reno Z (2019)

4.2  (45)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Screen Size 6.4"
  • ChipsetMediatek MT6779 Helio P90
  • Internal Storage128 GB
  • Memory (RAM)8 GB
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Steph
StephSA
 
Replaced by Apple iPhone 13 (2021) 4.7 
Apple iPhone 12

Apple iPhone 12 (2020)

4.0  (58)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.1"
  • ChipsetA14 Bionic
  • Internal Storage64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB
  • Memory (RAM)4 GB
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$995Bing Lee
Kel
KelNSW
  iPhone 12
All round great purchase experienceGreat service - I was able to contact via call and sort out an order error I made and phone came quickly and as described. All working well :) thank you - can recommend.
Replaced by Apple iPhone 15 (2023) 4.4 
Apple iPhone 14

Apple iPhone 14 (2022)

4.6  (27)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.1"
  • ChipsetA15 Bionic
  • Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
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k60817429
k60817429SA14 posts
  128GB
Great phoneCame from using android so was quite nervous switching to Apple. Had a great experience and customer service is very helpful. Show details
ASUS ROG Phone 3

ASUS ROG Phone 3 (2020)

4.6  (27)
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Kevin
Kevin9 posts
 
Olitech EasyMate 2

Olitech EasyMate 2

4.5  (26)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $179
  • Screen Size 2.2"
  • Memory (RAM)48 GB
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Peter B-E
Peter B-EQLD
 
Please extend ringing timeCannot extend ringtime on the Telstra network as 2 x * creates a + symbol and so it is not accepted...help. Show details
Realme 7 5G

Realme 7 5G

4.2  (35)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $499
  • Screen Size 6.5"
  • ChipsetMediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G
  • Memory (RAM)8 GB
Bob
BobWA13 posts
  Verified
Realme C3

Realme C3 (2020)

4.3  (29)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $269
  • Screen Size 6.5"
  • ChipsetOcta-core 2*Cortex-A75 2.0 GHz + 6*Cortex-A55 1.7GHz
  • Internal Storage64 GB
  • Memory (RAM)3 GB
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DougS
DougS4 posts
 
Huawei Y5

Huawei Y5

3.5  (90)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 5.45" and 5.71"
  • ChipsetQuad-core 1.4 GHz
  • Internal Storage16 GB and 32 GB
  • Memory (RAM)2 GB
abc
abcAdelaide2 posts
  Verified 2019
Oppo R17

Oppo R17 (2018)

4.1  (27)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $599
  • Screen Size 6.4"
  • ChipsetOcta-core 2x2.0 GHz & 6x1.7 GHz
  • Internal Storage128 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
Tui Strickland
Tui StricklandQLD13 posts
  Fair Incentive
Love itI love this phone I'm using it right now to right this review. I would gladly use Oppo from now on I just love how it's mixed of apple and Android.
Oppo A52

Oppo A52 (2020)

4.0  (25)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299
  • Screen Size 6.5"
  • ChipsetSnapdragon 665
  • Internal Storage128 GB
  • Memory (RAM)8 GB
Shin U.
Shin U.
 
Really bad phoneGet a samsung phone for a cheaper price. Better price, better cameras, better security and better phone overall. Show details
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (2023)

3.5  (42)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.8"
  • ChipsetQualcomm SM8550-AC Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm)
  • Internal Storage256 GB, 512 GB and 1,024 GB
  • Memory (RAM)8 GB and 12 GB
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glenmcd
glenmcdQLD11 posts
  512GB
Apple iPhone 15

Apple iPhone 15 (2023)

4.4  (17)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.1"
  • ChipsetApple A16 Bionic (4 nm)
  • Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB
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$1,497Bing Lee
Kim
KimSA10 posts
  128GB
Apple a dayMoving from using Samsungs my whole life I was sceptical to transfer to iPhone and apple. I am still getting used to all the features but feel that my information is more secure that on my old Samsung device. The customer service is absolutely fantastic and it is so easy to contact someone when needing assistance. Show details
Huawei P30

Huawei P30 (2019)

4.4  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,099
  • Screen Size 6.1"
  • ChipsetOcta-core 2x2.6 GHz & 2x1.92 GHz & 4x1.8 GHz
  • Internal Storage128 GB
  • Memory (RAM)8 GB
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dianaza
dianazaNew South Wales4 posts
 
Realme X3 SuperZoom

Realme X3 SuperZoom (2020)

4.8  (12)
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Martin shukie
Martin shukieQLD
  Verified
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (2022)

3.3  (38)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.8"
  • ChipsetQualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Internal Storage128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
  • Memory (RAM)8 GB and 12 GB
Lifestyleadrenaline
LifestyleadrenalineNSW7 posts
  256GB
This is great! Can't live without itIt's such a good phone. It has wonderful camera quality. Show details ·  1
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (2020)

3.1  (52)
 Summary
  • Screen Size 6.5"
  • ChipsetExynos 990 and Snapdragon 865
  • Internal Storage128 GB and 256 GB
  • Memory (RAM)6 GB and 8 GB
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mitaka69NSW12 posts
  Galaxy S20 FE
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How do I choose the right mobile phone?

Friends with smartphones in a circle

With so many new smartphone releases and constant updates in technology, it’s tempting to be wowed by features that you might not even use much in your day-to-day life. While the newest phones will have the latest technology, narrowing down your selection to phones with functions and features most suited to your lifestyle and habits will save you time and money.

For example, if what you value most is a phone battery that lasts and taking amazing photos, check out a phone’s product information or specs on its brand website, to investigate whether a phone performs well in these areas.

Most important factors to consider before buying a new phone

Price

Since mobile phones can be expensive, the first step is to set a budget for how much you’re willing to spend. The most basic smartphones start at around $100 in price - even a Samsung phone like the Galaxy A11. This ranges all the way to $1,699 for the iPhone 13 Pro, and an almost-as-premium price for the Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G, at $1, 549.

However, there are plenty of mid-range models that offer solid performance at an affordable price. Some of these include the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, which retails for $899, but can commonly be found for cheaper. Or you can try one of the popular budget OPPO phones, like the Oppo A52 (2020) which retails for $299.

You’re also more likely to save money if you do the following:

  • Buy a slightly older phone model compared to a new release.
  • Purchase outright rather than through a payment plan (which often refers to mobile plans with locked-in contracts).
  • Buy at an opportune time for savings (for example, on Black Friday).

Battery

A long-lasting phone battery is important, especially if charging your phone is a chore that often slips your mind.

Battery life refers to the length of time a phone can be used before dying and needing its next charge. For example, 15 hours is considered a solid battery life for most smartphones. This battery life is the most reliable way of determining the effectiveness of a phone battery before purchase.

Also look for quick or fast charging. Some phones can go from 0 to 50% charged in half an hour, and 0% to a full battery within the hour - ideal if you’re in a rush. This is preferable to wireless charging capabilities, as there are relatively few wireless charging ports available at public locations.

There are other indicators of battery, such as battery capacity, measured in mAh. Generally, the higher the mAh the larger a phone battery is. 4,000 mAh is considered high. However mAh alone isn’t a reliable indicator of an enduring battery, with battery life being more true-to-life.

There are also steps you can take to preserve your phone battery, such as activating any power-save modes, dimming the screen brightness, using Wi-Fi rather than 4G or 5G network technology, and disabling apps that heavily drain your phone battery, such as Google Maps.

Cameras

For many smartphone owners, the in-built phone camera is now the sole camera in our photography and videography arsensal. It's often used to capture snaps of both Sunday brunch and overseas trips. As a result, impressive camera quality is an important feature to look for in any prospective phone.

Camera types

  • Front camera: This is used to take selfies, and for making video calls. A front camera with a wide-angle lens or ultrawide selfie mode means more of the background will be captured in your shot, or on screen - while making the selfie subject (i.e. you) sharper in focus.
  • Rear camera: This is the primary camera on a phone, and will take the majority of your shots and videos.
  • Multiple front and multiple rear cameras: Many smartphones today have multiple cameras (referred to as dual, triple or quad cameras). While the addition of extra cameras can often work to enhance picture quality (e.g. one camera may be exclusively used for ultrawide lens shots), there’s no guarantee that they will.

Image quality

This is determined by a number of factors that, when combined, work to create overall image quality.

  • Software: A phone’s software plays a huge role processing images before they're displayed. This influences the overall quality of photos significantly, affecting colours and dynamic range, while sensors will affect low-light performance, depth and night-mode quality, to name a few. Look for stabilisation if you shoot a lot of videos using your smartphone.
  • Megapixel count: This refers to the number of pixels on screen, e.g. 8MP = 8 million individual pixels. More megapixels are thought to create a more detailed, crisp image. However, some phones (including those made by Samsung and Apple) have a low MP count, but they do have superior software that creates high quality photos. This is why software should often be prioritised when scoping out the effecctiveness of a smartphone camera.
  • Pixel Density: Denoted as PPI, e.g. 400 PPI or pixels per inch, this refers to how many pixels are packed in an inch of space. A higher PPI will often result in clearer, sharper images. Again, this should be read in conjunction with the above two indicators of image quality.

Storage Space

This includes RAM and internal memory.

Internal memory refers to the storage space that holds data, such as photos, videos, apps and music. Choosing a phone with higher internal memory is often convenient, particularly if you frequently use apps or play games. This means you won't have to ration phone space, and constantly live with a notification popping up to remind you of 'Insufficient storage space.'

How much storage you opt for is really up to you, but generally 32GB or less is towards the lower end of the spectrum, 64GB and 128GB are average but comfortable, while more than 128GB is towards the higher end (with 512GB and 1TB being the absolute highest).

As mentioned below in the section Should I get an Apple iPhone or an Android?, many Android phones come with the option of expandable storage. You can insert a microSD card into your smartphone, to increase the amount of available space on your phone for external storage.

RAM is also part of storage, and how much RAM a phone has determines how efficient it is at multi-tasking and switching between various apps. At least 3-4 GB of RAM is considered a good entry point, while 8GB or 10GB of RAM are high, but rare to find.

Screen size

The screen size is important not only for aesthetic purposes, but also for ease of use. Ideally, a phone should fit comfortably in your hand (and perhaps also in your pocket), so you can easily use it with just one hand.

Small screens: These are most readily available in phones that don't have a touchscreen, i.e. non-smartphones, sometimes called 'dumbphones.' These phones may not look as flash as their smartphone counterparts, but they're also likely to be basic and easy to operate, which may be a plus for some phone users.

Medium-sized screens: Most smartphones fall in this category, and are around 4.7-5.7 inches, measured diagonally. They are generally easy to handle and to use for most people.

Large screens: If you spend a lot of time playing games or watching videos on your phone, a large screen will likely be a better choice for you. Anything above a 5.8-inch screen can be considered large, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which is 6.7 inches. These phones have been dubbed 'phablets,' as their size makes them appear like a blend between a phone and a tablet.

Should I get an Apple iPhone or an Android?

This question often elicits passionate responses in favour of one camp or another. But what if you’re yet to make up your mind?

In a nutshell, the difference between these options is that iPhones are made by Apple, and exclusively use iOS software. An Android phone uses an operating system designed by Google, and different versions of it are designed by a host of non-Apple brands and phone models, such as Samsung, OPPO, Huawei, and LG phones.

If you’re new to the whole Apple vs Android debate, here are some basic Pros and Cons to help compare the two.

Apple iPhone

Pros
Easy integration with other Apple products: If you already have an Apple Mac or an Apple smart watch, investing in an iPhone will be convenient. For example, the Continuity Camera feature allows you to snap photos on your iPhone, then instantly view them on a Mac.
Ease of use: Many long-time Apple fans praise iPhones for having a simple user interface, and the phones for generally being easy to use.
Street cred: There’s no denying that Apple is a highly popular brand, and some smartphone users will always prefer Apple because of the brand name reputation. Whether this is a ‘Pro’ or not is really up to you.
Cons
Premium price: This matches Apple's often-premium features. Even relatively cheaper iPhones like the iPhone SE, which sells for $649, are equal in price to their mid-range Android equivalents.
No expandable storage: Apple has no option for a microSD card; so you’re stuck with the fixed amount of storage the phone offers when you buy it. The alternative is paying for an iCloud storage plan for extra space on your phone.

Android Phones

Pros
Cheaper than iPhones: If you need a new smartphone but don’t want the purchase to leave a hole in your wallet, opting for an Android phone may be a savvy option.
High level of customisation: More third party apps can be downloaded with Android, which also offers a more flexible user interface that can be customised to look how you prefer. With Apple, you tend to be limited to apps from the App Store.
Expandable storage: Using a microSD card (which can cost as little as $20 for 128GB) you can expand the storage on your phone, making more space for photos, videos, apps and games.
More choice of brands: If you’re opting for a phone that uses iOS software, you have one brand to choose from - Apple. With Android, there is a wealth of brands and phone models available to suit more individual needs.

Conclusion

Overall, which new phone you should buy depends on factors that are unique to you. These include how much cash you're willing to part with, how you use your phone, and which functions and features you value in a phone. Being clear on your criteria can not only help you save big bucks, but ensure you choose a phone that performs in a way you're happy with, and lasts for many years.

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