Australia's Top 5 phones available now


WhistleOut
01 July 2016

There's never been a better time to be on the hunt for a new smartphone; 2016 has been a great year in the mobile world, and all of the year's big releases are now available in stores nationwide.

Below we've got a quick look five of the best phones you can currently buy on a plan. Where applicable, we've grouped phones with two similar models together as one entry. In most cases, there's not too much of a difference between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, or the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

Or, if you want to jump straight into a price comparison for any of these models, head over to our Mobile Phone Finder tool.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Overview:
Don't let the lack of a big redesign put you off, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are more exciting than they first seem. Both devices are faster, offer improved battery life, and have stunning cameras. Optical zoom through iPhone 7 Plus' dual camera configuration is far more than a gimmick, and water-resistance on both devices is a very welcome addition. The only potential red flag is the lack of a headphone jack, but there's a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter in the box, making it easy to keep using your favourite pair of earbuds. 

Like:

  • Great camera
  • Water-resistant
  • Snappy performance
  • iOS 10 is the most polished iPhone software release to date

Dislike:

  • iPhone 7 Plus is a bit bulky
  • iPhone 7 has a smaller battery than iPhone 7 Plus
  • No headphone jack 
  •  

Score:

Outright: From $1,079

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

Overview:
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are the culmination of Samsung's design-driven journey. Not only do both phones look great, they've got all of the features Android fans have come to expect from Samsung devices: a vivid display, high-end internals, water-resistance, expandable storage, and a great camera. While battery is a big step up from last year's phones, powers users will still be better off with the S7 Edge, which should comfortably get all but the most demanding through an entire day without a top up.

Like:

  • Slick design
  • Water-resistant
  • Great camera
  • Expandable storage 

Dislike:

  • S7 has a smaller batter than S7 Edge
  • Bloated user interface
  • Fingerprint magnet
  •  

Score:

Outright: From $1,149

Huawei P9

Overview:
Huawei might not have the same reputation as Apple and Samsung, but its latest smartphones go toe-to-toe with the best of them. The 5.2-inch P9 isn't the most exciting phone from a design perspective, but it has a nifty dual camera system ("co-engineered" with luxury camera manufacturer Leica) that allows you to snap pictures with DSLR style "bokeh". Most of the P9's hardware is flagship quality, but the outright price is far more palatable.

Like:

  • Fun dual camera system
  • Great value
  • Good battery life
  • High quality display

Dislike:

  • Bland design
  • Bloated user interface
  • Hit and miss 3D performance
  •  

Score:

Outright: From $799

Smartphone collection image via Shutterstock


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