Best Virgin Mobile phones available right now

Summary: We've compiled a list of Virgin's best devices that we'll update regularly to keep you in the know

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Just because you’ve picked your provider doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, you still have to pick a phone. We’ve grabbed the best phones from Virgin and compiled a short list that we’ll keep updated regularly to keep things a bit simpler.

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is about 17% bigger than its predecessor, weighing in with a 4.7 inch display. The resolution has essentially remained the same in terms of image quality. There are more pixels, of course, but the same number per inch, which just means that you can now enjoy the same old Retina display experience over a wider area.

The most notable other addition is that of near field communication (NFC). This is what powers the Apple Pay service that will soon be introduced in the US with Australia hopefully close on its heels. Apple Pay means that you can use your phone instead of a credit card.

There is a wireless NFC chip at the top of the iPhone 6, by waving this near an NFC reader while holding your thumb on the Touch ID button you can buy stuff. It's not the first time this tech has made it on to a phone, but now that Apple is doing it we hope to see it finally take off as a popular technology.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

If you're after a big-screened phone, go no further than the Note 4. It has a stunning 5.7 inch 2560 x 1440 display, giving it around 75% more pixels than the 1080p iPhone 6 Plus. It's also very powerful, has a stunning camera and the kind of battery life you'd be hard pressed to push through in a single day.

You've also got the surprisingly-useful S-Pen stylus. You may hear that and think it sounds like tech from yesteryear, but Samsung really has done a good job integrating its electronic pen in to the UI as a useful addition to your experience.

One last word of caution: it's not water resistant like the Galaxy S5, so don't go dunking it in the sink as a party trick.

Sony Xperia Z3

The Xperia Z3 is actually fully waterproof, assuming that you have its plug covers in. It's is IP65 and IP68 certified, meaning that it can be submerged in over a metre of water for over half an hour. We wouldn’t recommend leaving it at the bottom of a pool overnight, but it’s certainly enough to take your phone for a swim with you if you feel like it. You can even take underwater photos using the dedicated camera button on the side. Very cool.

Its other specs include a 20.7MP camera, 5.2 inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.5GHz CPU, 3GB of RAM, 4G connectivity, 16GB of storage with a MicroSD for expansion, WiFi ac (the fastest WiFi standard), and a large 3100mAh battery with a long charge life.

Alternatively, you can always save a bit of cash and take a look at the Xperia Z2, which is a very similar device in every respect.

iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is another 5.5 inch phone. It's also a bit more costly than its smaller sibling, but comes with a few extra features to sweeten the deal.

Unlike the G3, the 6 Plus is of a fairly imposing size. It's a good 1.2cm taller and .3cm wider than its LG competitor. Still, it's well within the realm of respectability in today's market of mega-sized smartphones, just make sure you have a play with one before placing your order.

In a surprising turn of events, Apple has gone above and beyond the "Retina" display with the 6 Plus. It boasts a full 1080p resolution, giving it 400ppi compared to the iPhone 6's 326ppi. Believe it or not, you really can tell the difference between these two pixel densities.

The camera is also a bit better on the bigger model iPhone. It has optical image stablisation (OIS), which means it's better at counter-acting any accidental movements made while taking a photo. Images come out smoother and more well-defined, although just exactly how big a difference it makes is still a matter of discussion.

Samsung Galaxy S5

As the new flagship for Samsung, the Galaxy S5 rocks some serious power and feature updates over its predecessor. For starters it's water resistant; able to sit in up to 1m of water for half an hour. We love this Sony-inspired addition and we're keen to see it on even more devices going forward.

The camera is now a 16MP shooter and can achieve focus in under a third of a second. It also has the ability to refocus a picture after it has been taken, which will be helpful for the less photo-proficient among us.

The new fingerprint scanner is located under the screen, and ties in with security and purchases. In Australia, Samsung has even made a deal with PayPal to make online purchase fast, secure and easy.

As for the general smartphone stuff there's a 5.2 inch 1080p display, powerful 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and options for 16GB or 32GB of storage, with a MicroSD slot for expansion.

LG G3

The G3 is a stunning phone that deserves more attention from the public. It might sound big, with a 5.5 inch display, but it's actually only a tiny bit bigger than a Galaxy S5, thanks to its ultra-thin bezels.

The screen itself is quad-HD, or 2560 x 1440. That resolution gives it approximately 75% more pixels than a 1080p display and a whopping 534 pixels per inch (ppi). Compare that to the 326ppi of an iPhone and you can see why the G3 is unbeaten in the Aussie market for image crispness.

The UI is simple and fun, the camera is one of the best on the market and the design is gorgeous. Admittedly, it does suffer from the odd app crash or momentary lag, but its many qualities more than make up for these minor faults.

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