Best Telstra phones on the market right now

Summary: The Nexus 5, Xperia Z1 and Galaxy Note 3 are among our current favourite Telstra phones. We'll update this list regularly to keep it accurate.

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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.

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.

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

No matter what your opinion of the iPhone may be, it’s the best-selling and most popular smartphone in the world and so it has its place in any best-of lineup.

The 5s has a fantastic camera, offers a super-smooth user experience and, as always, gives you access to Apple’s laughably extensive selection of apps from the App Store.

It’s also the last flagship phone 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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Galaxy Note 3 is our favourite pick of the big-screened phablet devices. It rocks a beautiful 5.7” 1080p display with vibrant colours and great contrast. It also has the ever-useful S-Pen, which takes a bit of getting used to but really is a great feature.

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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