Australia's Top 5 phones available now
Summary: Take a look at the best phones available in Australian phone stores right now.
Now is a great time to be hunting about for a smartphone, with many of this year's best models already in phone shops around the country.
We take a look at our five favourite phones, highlighting the pros and cons of each.
The LG G3 has the first quad-HD display to hit Aussie shores. Its 2560x1440 resolution gives it about 75% more pixels than a 1080p panel, and around 3x more than an iPhone 5s' Retina display. Sufficed to say this is a crisp, beautiful screen.
- Highly customisable, down to the default on-screen buttons
- Amazing display
- Great camera with fast laser-assisted auto-focus
- A beautiful and fun user interface
- Not water-resistant
- Prone to bouts of lag
- Some app instability
Samsung Galaxy S5
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.
- One of the best displays in market
- Water resistant
- Fingerprint scanner can authenticate PayPal purchases
- Comparatively expensive, especially on a plan
- You're paying for extras, like a heart rate monitor, which you may not use
- Not a huge step forward from the Galaxy S4.
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony begins 2014 with a splash -- or should that be a phone you can make a splash with? Like earlier Xperia handsets, the Z2 is water and dust proof, protecting some serious hardware, like a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a 20-megapixel camera capable of shooting 4K resolution movies.
- It's not just about megapixels: this is one of the best smartphone cameras in town
- Awesome battery life
- Water resistant
- Ties in well to Sony's entertainment services Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited, including several free movies and a month of free music streaming.
- Sharp corners make the Z2 a little uncomfortable to hold
- Almost no voice control options installed
- Like the Galaxy S5, the Z2 is not a leap forward from either the Xperia Z or Z1.
HTC One M8
HTC's latest smartphone builds on the formula of last year's model, but refines it in almost every way. It's slick brushed aluminium finish houses a powerful machine, and its Ultra-pixel camera remains.
- Probably the world's most beautiful phone and very comfortable to hold.
- Great user experience.
- Good screen and camera.
- Battery life is only average.
- Display is not as bright as on other phones, like the Galaxy S5.
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 earns a 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.
- User experience is well designed and easy-to-use.
- Great, fast camera
- Millions of apps to install
- Fingerprint scanner works well
- Design focuses on looks over ergonomics
- 4-inch screen seems puny next to the larger displays on Android devices
- When you consider the components in an iPhone, it is arguably the most expensive phone in this list
Choosing a top 5 is difficult, in many ways it is like choosing a favourite child (they are all special in their own way). If you didn't find what you were looking for in the list above, here are a few more excellent phones to consider.
If you're looking for an in-depth opinion on any of these handsets, check out our comprehensive Reviews.
Or, if you want to jump straight into a price comparison for any of these models, head over to our
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