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List of brands we tested in this review.
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Recommended retail price at time of purchase.
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We measure the processor performance as well as assess the storage capacity and available RAM.
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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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5G is the fastest available network and with support on smartphones for less than $400 is a must if you want to keep your mobile for more than a couple of years.
Shop Ethical rating
Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.
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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If a mobile performs well in other areas relating to charging then the overall Battery score can be higher. This would include the ability to wireless charge or the ability to achieve 70% or more capacity on a 15 minute charge.
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Battery life after a 15-minute 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)
The resolution of the camera lens, or lenses, on the back of the phone. These may vary depending on the type of lens (e.g. wide and telephoto).
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The amount of years' worth of updates you can expect from the manufacturer. With mobiles generally available for sale for around 18 months and then used for a further couple of years, you should expect OS support for at least 4 years or more.
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 force 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
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- 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
- Battery life after a 15-minute charge (hours)
- Good points
- Bad points
- OS type
- Best for photo and video
- Operating system
- 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
- Shop Ethical rating
- Internal memory (GB)
- Internal memory available (GB)
- OS updates
- Name of application store
- Battery capacity (mAh)
- Screen resolution W x H (px)
- Display size (in)
- Weight (g)
- SAR (W/kg)