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.

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So you've chosen your carrier. Great, now it's time to choose a new phone. 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. 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 gave you.

Everything else has been improved, too. 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.

Sony Xperia Z3

The Xperia Z3 is the current flagship from Sony. It's a 5.2 inch 1080p phone with powerful CPU, 3GB of RAM and a 20.7MP camera. Better still, thanks to its dual water-resistance rating of IP65 and IP68, you can use that camera to take underwater photos.

One particular feature of the Xperia Z3 will make gamers sit up and take notice. If you have a PS4, you can use the Z3 as an emergency screen in case someone else is utilising the TV. Alternatively, if your connection on both ends is good enough, you can even turn your PS4 on and operate/play it from remote locations with WiFi access. Anyone up for a little Destiny multiplayer during their lunch break?

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 with the same-sized screen. 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. Apple might have told you that Retina display is the best resolution for the human eye, but non-iPhone devices have demonstrated time and again that cramming in more pixels can be 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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The other 'big' contender from Telstra right now is the Galaxy Note 4. It's the front-running flagship for Samsung's phablet line, complete with 5.7 inch display and quad-HD resolution. That gives it around 75% more pixels than the iPhone 6 Plus.

Continuing the comparison, despite having a larger screen the Note 4 is the same height as the 6 Plus and is quite similar in its other dimensions. Samsung has done well to cut back on size wherever it could.

Gone are the days of plasticy Samsung phones. The Note 4 is rimmed with actual metal; a first for a Samsung flagship. This gives it the premium feel and build quality that you'd expect from a top-end device. A word of warning, however: this is not a water-resistant handset. Don't go dropping it in the sink like you would its smaller sibling. Speaking of which -

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 boasts numerous upgrades over the old S4. It has a 16MP camera, heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner, a new soft-touch design in multiple colours, a 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. At least not while the flaps are covered.

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.

HTC One (M8)

The HTC One (M8) is the 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.


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