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Recommended retail at time of purchase.
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Best for photo and video
These models performed well for the main camera and the video performance and would be a good option for travel or parties. The selfie camera score is scored separately and mobiles that score well in this area are good if you want to be in your own photo.
Display size (inch)
Screen size in inches (measured diagonally).
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Internal memory (GB)
Internal memory is the storage on the phone itself which will be used to contain both the Operating System (OS) as well as any other stuff you want to keep on your phone such as photos, video, apps etc.
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We assess the size of the display as well as quality of the image with regard to sharpness and colour clarity.
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Camera quality score
We assess how well the phone performs as a digital camera in day and night conditions.
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Selfie camera score
The selfie camera performance is an assessment of the photo quality when using the camera to put the person holding the mobile in the shot.
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We drop the phone from a table or out of a shirt pocket up to 25 times; store the phones in hot, damp conditions; and carry out a rain test.
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Ease of use
We test how well the mobile performs when writing and receiving text messages as well as email and social apps such as messenger and Facebook.
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Time in use after short charge (hours)
This is the battery life you can expect from your mobile after charging for 15 minutes using the supplied charger.
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Camera resolution (MP)
This shows the resolution of the main camera. However once you get above 16MP don't be swayed by the larger number.
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While not crucial to have on your mobile yet, if you are spending more than $1,000 on a smartphone it would seem support for the fastest available network is a must if you want to keep your mobile for more than a couple of years.
Removable memory card (microSD)
A memory card is a good expandable memory option to store photos, video and music.
Standard headphone jack
A phone with a 3.5mm jack will let you use a standard set of headphones to listen to music. USB-C and Lightning connections forces you to use special headphones that are often expensive and of variable quality. Alternatives include wireless Bluetooth headphones.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- Overall score
- Buy now
- Performance score
- Sound quality score
- Camera quality score
- Selfie camera score
- Sound score
- Video score
- Touchscreen score
- Ease of use
- GPS score
- Display score
- Durability score
- Battery score
- Privacy score
- Time in use after short charge (hours)
- Good points
- Bad points
- Best for photo and video
- USB connection
- Wi-Fi (b/g/n/ac/ax)
- Camera resolution (MP)
- Front camera resolution (MP)
- UHD (4K) video capture
- NFC chip
- Standard headphone jack
- Removable memory card (microSD)
- Bluetooth version
- FM radio
- Internal memory (GB)
- Internal memory available (GB)
- SAR (W/kg)
- Battery capacity (mAh)
- Operating system
- Screen resolution W x H (px)
- Display size (in)
- Weight (g)
- Removable battery
- Name of application store