Australia's Top 5 phones available now

Summary: Take a look at the best phones available in Australian phone stores right now.

By at WhistleOut |

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.

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.

Pros

  • One of the best displays in market
  • Water resistant
  • Fingerprint scanner can authenticate PayPal purchases

Cons

  • 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.
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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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.
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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.

Pros

  • Probably the world's most beautiful phone and very comfortable to hold.
  • Great user experience.
  • Good screen and camera.

Cons

  • Battery life is only average.
  • Display is not as bright as on other phones, like the Galaxy S5.
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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 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.

Pros

  • User experience is well designed and easy-to-use.
  • Great, fast camera
  • Millions of apps to install
  • Fingerprint scanner works well

Cons

  • 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
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Nexus 5

Nexus phones are designed by Google to showcase the best of each new version of the Android operating system. The Nexus 5 was built for Google by LG and features some of the best hardware available matched with a comfortable, if boring, handset design.

Pros

  • Cheap as chips if you buy it outright through Google.
  • Much simpler to use than some other Android devices.
  • Integrates the Google Now search tool (with voice control) better than other Android makers.

Cons

  • Only available through Telstra on plans.
  • Camera could be better
  • Battery lasts only a single day between charges.

Honourable mentions

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 Mobile Phone Finder tool.


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