Best Telstra phones on the market right now

Summary: Telstra has some fantastic phones on its plans, here's a list of the best ones and what makes them so good.

By at WhistleOut |

So you've chosen your carrier. Great, but now you have to choose a phone as well. We've compiled a list of our favourite handsets available on Telstra plans that we'll be sure to keep updated regularly.

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is quite a bit bigger than its predecessors. The 4.7 inch display represents a roughly 17% increase in size over the 5s, but don't worry, the number of pixels has been adjusted to account for the larger area. The new 750 x 1334 resolution gives you 326 pixels per inch, which is precisely what the Retina display on the iPhone 5 and 5s give you.

Everything else has been improved too, but the most notable addition is Apple Pay. While it's not available Down Under just yet, Apple Pay is an NFC-powered payment system, whereby you can tap your phone just like you would a pay-wave credit card. Not only is this easy to use, but it's actually more-secure than a card because you have to have your finger on the Touch ID button in order to use it. Anyone without fingerprint access to your phone will be unable to make any payments.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 boasts numerous upgrades over the S4. It has a 16MP camera, heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner, a new soft-touch design in multiple colours, a larger 5.1 inch display and a quad-core 2.5GHz processor.

Best of all, it's water-resistant for up to half an hour in 1m of water, so you don't have to worry about the kitchen sink or accidental spillages. New parents, if you missed it, that also means no worrying about the baby gumming on your phone and damaging the internals.

LG G3

The LG G3 is a stunning device. Its 5.5 inch display may sound big, but thanks to some supremely-thin bezels and intelligent design, it's only slightly larger than the Galaxy S5. Even better, the display resolution is quad-HD (2560 x 1440), which gives you roughly 534 pixels per inch (ppi) for unbeaten clarity in the Australian market.

The user interface is fluid and fun, the camera is almost the best on the market, and the overall experience is one of elegance and smoothness. There are very few phones that have ever impressed us as much as the LG G3.

iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch display, but the phone itself is about 1.2cm taller and .3cm wider than the LG G3. Still, if you want the biggest iPhone experience available it's your go-to gadget.

Unlike on the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus has actually upped its pixel density from 326 pixels per inch (ppi) to 400ppi. Despite what Apple may tell you about the Retina display being the best resolution for the human eye, non-iPhone devices have demonstrated time and again that cramming in more pixels is a very good thing. Get ready for the sharpest iPhone yet.

The camera is also a bit improved over the iPhone 6 with optical image stablisation (OIS). OIS means that the lens within the camera actually moves around to counter any shakiness on your part, giving you a clearer, better-defined image.

HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) is the newly released successor to 2013's HTC One (M7). It's fast, powerful and continues HTC's tradition of crafting stunningly beautiful handsets. It boasts a 5 inch 1080p display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of on board storage with MicroSD slot for expansion, a great 5MP front-facing camera and HTC's patented BoomSound speakers.

The rear camera is of Ultrapixel design, just like last year's model. That means HTC has sacrificed megapixel count in favour of superior light detection, allowing for clearer night time photos. It has sports a depth sensor, which can detect where images in the foreground end and the background begins. This enables some interesting post-photo editing options.

iPhone 5s

The 5s may have been relegated to #2, but it still has a fantastic camera, offers a super-smooth user experience and, as always, gives you access to Apple’s extensive selection of apps from the App Store.

It’s also the one of the few phones left with a mere 4 inch screen. That makes it the most compact premium device out there, which can be a very useful thing if you’re short on pocket space.

Sony Xperia Z2

The Xperia Z2 is a favourite of ours. It's a fully water-proofed phone from Sony that can even take photos underwater. It's fast, smooth, has a great screen and better battery life. You can get it in black or purple and, at least right now, it's quite a bit cheaper than the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s.

That difference in cost isn't because it's in any way worse. The Z2 is an awesome phone that just keeps on delivering. The only difference is that Sony doesn't yet have the same kind of reputation as Apple or Samsung, which means you're only paying for the device and not the name.

Nokia Lumia 930

The Lumia 930 is a stylish and powerful phone. It's the first, and possibly last, Windows Phone 8.1 flagship from the now-acquired Nokia (soon to be called Microsoft Devices).

It features a great 20MP camera with Nokia PureView technology and a 5 inch 1080p ClearBlack display that delivers vibrant colours and possibly the inkiest blacks on the market. Moreover, the quad-core 2.2GHz CPU is one of the most powerful ever to grace the WP platform.

Our favourite feature is still the design. A single piece of aluminium runs through the device, fanning out to become the rim on the outside. This design gives it a rigidity not found in other devices, yet doesn't preclude Nokia from having added a splash of Lumia style with the option for bright orange or green rear plating.

HTC One (M7)

The HTC One (M7) was a great phone when it was released. On top of its elegant interface, great camera and 1080p display, it had the best physical design of any smartphone in 2013. Its unibody aluminium frame was as much an engineering marvel as a visual one.

Thanks to the release of the newer (M8), the original (M7) is now more affordable than ever. If you want a great smartphone but don't want to pay top-dollar, then last year's flagship is always a good option.


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