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Best mobile phone: Overview
What's the best mobile phone? Our verdict on the best smartphone/best phones -constantly updated
We've all got at least one mobile phone each, right? The trouble is, how do you decide which is the best one for you?
Well, this is where we make it easy. Because here we have our continually updated comparison of the top 20 best smartphones you can get in Australia.
The last update saw the Samsung Galaxy S3 take the top spot most people thought it deserved... but with the iPhone 5 now upon us, can the Korean brand hold off ANOTHER onslaught from the Cupertino powerhouse?
But we probably shouldn't forget the Apple iPhone 4S as a viable option, and the Nokia Lumia 900 suggests Windows Phone might have something to offer, so check out our list to discover the perfect phone for you.
If that still doesn't help, well, there's always our extensive mobile phone reviews pages as well - or check out our personally crafted smartphone buyer's guides:
Best Android phone - which should you buy?
Best Windows Phone - which should you buy?
Best BlackBerry phone - which should you buy?
Here are our rankings for the best mobile phones around, currently available in Australia.
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Number 20: Samsung Galaxy Note
20. Samsung Galaxy Note
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? Samsung wants us to believe it's a whole new category of device - but let's be honest, it's essentially just a really big phone. Or a really small tablet - depending on how you like your gadgets.
Given the penchant for so many to browse rather than make calls on their pocket device, something with a huge 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with high-power internals (1.4GHz dual-core processor, no less) is always going to impress.
It's been outdated by the launch of the Galaxy Note 2, but as a bargain device, this is still a very desirable handset
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The Galaxy Note is only around 12 months old, yet already its been superseded. But with a dual-core processor and massive touchscreen, the original note offers consumers the chance at a bargain, with impresive specs and a great display coupled with a very affordable price.
Samsung Galaxy Note review
Number 19: BlackBerry Bold 9900
19. BlackBerry Bold 9900
RIM's been in the doldrums a little of late, but that hasn't stopped it doing what it does best: bringing out the industry's top messaging devices.
The Bold 9900 is the best BlackBerry ever created, with a solid chassis, easy-to-use keys, a superbly hi-res screen and touch capabilities too.
BB OS 7 might not be much of an upgrade, but it still just works on a phone with a QWERTY keyboard / smaller screen combo.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/6Fj6W5BqEV5df The internet is faster (although not market leading), the camera has been improved and NFC capabilities push the Bold 9900 into next generation territory.
However, the price is still too high, which is why we've been forced to give it such a shove down the rankings here.
If you're a BlackBerry fan, this is the phone for you without doubt. Well, that is if you can afford the still oddly high price tag - it's only this that's stopping us ranking the Bold 9900 higher in our definitive guide.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 review
Number 18: Sony Xperia U
18. Sony Xperia U
If you're not caught up in today's obsession with enormous display sizes, the Sony Xperia U is a great choice of smartphone.
It has all the speed, power and features of the larger Android models that cost two or three times as much - your only compromise here is seeing it all through a smaller display.
The only noticeable weaknesses here are the phone's video performance, which is terrible despite the 720p claim, and the lack of onboard storage space.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/919OI93trSOil But this phone does everything else just as well as the high-end Android flagship handsets. And the battery will last longer, too.
The Sony Xperia U will do everything you want, albeit not at the full speed you may want. However, the price is right and the form is good - plus the little blinking notification light in the transparent sector pleases us.
Sony Xperia U review
Number 17: Huawei Ascend G300
17. Huawei Ascend G300
When you initially pull the Huawei Ascend G300 out of its box, or out of your pocket, you'll be more than impressed at the quality given you only handed over 169 notes for the privilege.
A quirky skin atop Android 2.3 might not sound like much, and it's a little underpowered if truth be told, but for the price it serves the purpose of making the handset stand out a little in the Android cacophony.
The budget market is a difficult one to crack, and the G300 has managed to put in enough tech, including a 4-inch WVGA screen, 1GHz processor and slim design to compete with the Blackberry Curve 8520, the Samsung Galaxy Y and the HTC One V, all of which are more expensive.
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Not every phone needs to cost close to a thousand dollars to use, and for those that want the latest version of Android, a big screen for movies and the ability to buy another handset without breaking the bank, the Huawei Ascend G300 is a winner.
Huawei Ascend G300 review
Number 16: Motorola RAZR M
16. Motorola RAZR M
Despite being bought out by Google, Motorola has been a little slow turning from Smartphone minnow to powerhouse. The RAZR M is one of the best handsets the company has to offer, but it doesn't have enough to crack the top 15.
Exclusive to Telstra, and singing on the national carrier's 4G network, the RAZR M is a versatile handset. It's screen is relatively small for most modern Android handsets at just 4.3 inches, and lacks resolution at just 540 x 960.
But it makes up for this by being comfortable in the pocket, and having a user interface that's both simple and enjoyable to use.
Motorola's Smart Actions is also a welcome feature, automatically adjusting settings on the device based on certain user-set criteria.
While we're waiting for a Google-owned Motorola to come out and wow us with their insider understanding of the Android operating system, we have handsets like the RAZR M to keep us going.
While it can't compete with the top tier phones like the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S3, it does offer plenty of features at an attractive price.
Motorola RAZR M review
Number 15: Nokia Lumia 900
15. Nokia Lumia 900
Android could learn a thing from the nearly bloatware-free Windows Phone – the Nokia Lumia 900 brings a big screen and an excellent OS together.
We can't take our hands off the Lumia 900 – not since the iPhone was overhauled in 2010 have we enjoyed touching an inanimate object this much.
It's a shame the camera hardware doesn't live up to its software – there's so much more that can be done here.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/V1950aTsB67m7 It's not as exciting as it once was, as we have the fancy Nokia Lumia 920 on the market - plus that brings 4G and the next version of mobile software through Windows Phone 8, where the Lumia 900 will always be stuck on Windows Phone 7.8.
The Nokia Lumia 900 certainly isn't an iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S2 beater - but it's a solid Windows Phone device even if it has been outdated by the Lumia 920. If you're a fan of a simple interface with some quality add-ons, then you should definitely look at though, especially given the potential for a bargain price.
Nokia Lumia 900 review
Number 14: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
14. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The first 'Google phone' to come without the search giant's branding, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is meant to be the device that preaches the power of Ice Cream Sandwich to the awe-struck Android masses - and now it's now been updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Of course, now we have the quad core power of the Google Nexus 4 to marvel over, complete with Android 4.2 (which is coming to the Galaxy Nexus soon) this is a phone that's not as interesting to us any more.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/eOd39Ttiohmr7 The screen still looks fantastic though as it's 4.65-inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280, giving a ppi of 316. It really is super sharp. We would have expected nothing less, with Samsung's mobile displays among the best out there, but it's cracking for internet and video.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is mostly buoyed by the presence of Jelly Bean, but the high-quality screen, slim chassis and fast processing speeds make it a top device in our eyes. It's not worthy of the top spot as it lacks some of the power of the similar Samsung Galaxy S3 - but it's a darn sight cheaper these days.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus review
Number 13: iPhone 4S
13. iPhone 4S
When Apple announced this phone, it's testament to the power of the rumour mill that people were angry it wasn't called the iPhone 5, which is now a real device.
Predictably the iPhone 4S is no longer the iOS handset we recommend, but it's still a very worthy choice in the smartphone game thanks to some decent upgrades through iOS 6 (although the less said about Maps, the better...).
Siri voice recognition has shown itself to be slightly more than a novelty and has been upgraded to actually become useful with the new OS, and the screen technology is still top notch.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/3hKGBOfU3Sm2o We were hoping for a larger display (which we now have with the iPhone 5), and things such as a lack of Bluetooth transfer, no Flash integration with the internet browser and an uninspiring contacts app still grate - but they're no match for the sheer ease of use and general operation of Apple's OS if you're talking to one of the fans.
OK, so it doesn't feel different in the pocket, and the updates don't seem to be that groundbreaking - but that doesn't matter for Apple, and the amazing camera, slick iOS 6 platform and superb display are still the things we look for.
It was one of the most expensive phones on the market but sadly hasn't dropped much in price (otherwise we would have kept it higher up the rankings) so think about whether you really want its high-end features, since the iPhone 4 is still a cheaper alternative.
iPhone 4S review
Number 12: Sony Xperia S
12. Sony Xperia S
We used to love the Xperia Arc S - but we're a fickle bunch, and now Ericsson has been cast aside, we're all over the new brand like a cat on a fresh set of curtains.
The Xperia S almost has too many positive points to list, with a new HD screen, 12MP camera and dual-core processor all combining to make one of the finest smartphones of 2012.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/nTvwTUjqv9D2e As you will gather from our review, the Sony Xperia S has both an amazing screen and a dual-core processor that never slows down - plus that 12MP camera is really one of the best out there.
Sony has also very kindly bundled lots of software with the Xperia S out of the box, which saves you having to dash to Google Play as soon as you turn on to grab vital apps.
Battery life is the only slight wobble (if you don't mind a plastic casing), but it will generally last a day under normal conditions, and that's a solid enough benchmark for us.
There are still some niggles with the Xperia S but we think it says a lot that when deciding on the pros and cons for the device, we really struggled with the cons section.
This handset may not be the cheapest (although it still costs less than the likes of the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S2 when it launched) but we are really impressed with what Sony has done for its first solo foray.
That's now been improved with the announcement of the Sony Xperia TX, with faster innnards and a better screen - but that means the Xperia S will become a budget winner hopefully, so don't worry about the first Sony phone just yet.
Sony Xperia S review
Number 11: HTC One V
11. HTC One V
It may not have the specs to match the One X, but the One V has something much more appealing in its favour - an extremely attractive price point.
With the return of HTC's classic "chin" design, the One V delivers an impressive performance with its 5MP camera, 512MB RAM and 1GHz processor, coupled with its attractive 3.7-inch display.
HTC has taken 2010's cutting edge technology and used it to create an extremely nice budget handset. While that may not excite everybody, it certainly puts this handset in a nice place for winning users over to the Android operating system.
It was never going to entice geeks to queue up overnight to get the first shipment, but the One V is a fantastic handset for the Android uninitiated, or simply those on a tight budget.
HTC One V review
Number 10: Samsung Galaxy S2
10. Samsung Galaxy S2
The king is dead - and the former number one phone in the world continues to slide down the rankings. That's not to take anything away from a cracking phone that is getting to a really low price these days, but it's nothing compared to its successor.
Make no mistake - this is still a great phone, thanks to the Ice Cream Sandwich update, and the design has moved from cool to iconic pretty quickly. However, we're still not sure when or even if the S2 will get an update to Jelly Bean, while those below it have all been confirmed (well, apart from the iPhone 5, obviously).
What we love about the Samsung Galaxy S II is the sheer amount of stuff that's packed in under the chassis - but more important is the way Samsung has used all that tech to create a phone that just works near-flawlessly.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/GMc029a48EWbs The dual-core 1.2GHz processor, the Super AMOLED plus screen and the excellent sonic performance of the media player all combine to make a real doozy of a mobile phone.
Recording in 1080p is a nice touch (given that it actually works most of the time) and the camera is more than enough to take great shots in a short space of time -although we suggest you check out the phones lower in this list for more powerful snappers.
In short, be it internet browsing, navigation, media, or social networking- the Samsung Galaxy S2 is still more than good enough for all those functions in one phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 has sold many, many millions of units worldwide - and it's showing no sign of slowing down in the popularity stakes, so it stays in the top ten for now.
It's a cracking media mobile, still next generation in web browsing thanks to slick Flash integration, a very good replacement for a pocket camcorder and, goshdarnit, it makes calls pretty well too.
The Samsung Galaxy S II not only set a new bar for smartphones in 2011; it smashed the bar, recreated it in its own image and even managed to see off the competition of an Apple smartphone that doesn't drop signal all over the place - but now it's been usurped by a more powerful device.
Samsung Galaxy S2 review
Number 9: Sony Xperia TX
9. Sony Xperia TX
The Sony Xperia TX takes over from the Sony Xperia S as the Japanese company's new flagship device, but borrows the design found on the popular, but now aging Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Arc S.
It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, with a 4.6-inch display boasting Sony's Bravia TV technology and on the back of the handset you'll find the 13MP camera – one of this phone's best features.
Sony has produced another impressive smartphone that offers the functionality and performance we're looking for in a top-level handset.
That being said, when compared with the earlier Sony Xperia S, or some of the other flagship Android handsets, the difference is negligible.
The Sony Xperia TX is a very, very good phone. Everything about it is slick and well-executed and the performance is certainly what we expect from a $600 device.
However, the Xperia S was a very, very good phone. When a new model comes out, we look for it to improve upon the previous one and unfortunately, hand on heart; this doesn't improve on the last generation of smartphones as much as it should - so that's why it just pips the S, but doesn't challenge the leading pack in our top 20.
Sony Xperia TX review
Number 8: Nokia Lumia 920
8. Nokia Lumia 920
What's better than a top Windows Phone 7 handset? A Windows Phone 8 one, and we've got no qualms about telling you this is the best Windows Phone out there.
Simplicity is the key here, the Lumia 920 does the basics well, from contact integration and calling, to web browsing and messaging.
The 8MP camera on the back of the Lumia 920 is one of the best we've used and for anyone looking to get a top end cameraphone you need to seriously consider this Nokia.
The 4.5-inch display is also a good'un, crisp and clear it makes watching movies, surfing the web or Facebook stalking an enjoyable experience, thanks to the PureMotion HD technology on offer.
And you can even use it with gloves on... what more could you want? You're right: holograms. But they don't exist yet.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is a worthy ambassador for Windows Phone 8 and if the Finnish firm continue to build and improve on this handset, it could well make a glorious return to the mobile market.
It's not got the clout to take on the likes of the Galaxy S3 just yet, but there's not doubt in our minds that the once-great brand is slowly getting closer to the summit.
Nokia Lumia 920 review
Number 7: HTC One S
7. HTC One S
There are few phones we play with where we think that we have the complete package and would happily give five stars. The HTC One S would have had five stars had it not been for the 16GB memory cap and non-HD screen.
The phone actually climbs a place in today's rankings, thanks to a promised upgrade to Jelly Bean and a continuing drop in price... plus the more we handle it, the more we realise this is the best-designed phone on the planet.
We'd have even settled for 32GB in the absence of an expansion card slot. If you're a music lover, you're much better off with the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Or check out the HTC One X if you're after a little bit more bang for your buck... although you'll need to spend more bucks to actually get the HD screen and quad-core processor in your pocket.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/EkibniFAVfGU2 But let's not get caught up with negativity here: if you're not bothered about a massive memory (which most people aren't), you probably can't do much better now. The HTC One S is a beautiful handset blessed with beautiful capabilities and is already available at very palatable price points.
HTC could have launched the One S and not bothered with the One X in many ways - it's a beautiful handset blessed with a nice skin and the latest version of Android in the shape of Ice Cream Sandwich.
It's more of an evolution of the HTC Sensation range: slimmed down, nicer finish and far more feature-rich - and you will struggle to put it down once you've popped it in your hand.
HTC One S review
Number 6: HTC One XL
6. HTC One XL
Telstra went on the offensive for its 4G network last year, taking the superb HTC One X and launching a 4G version in the shape of the One XL.
Packed into an identical shell as the One X, the One XL traded HSPA connectivity for LTE, and swapped out the quad core processor for a dual core one
Even though the LTE connectivity was a blow to the phone's battery life, the handset is still one of the best on the market and a perfect showcase for the benefits of LTE
Mind you, if LTE isn't a necessary selling point, the One X is still a fantastic option. Alternatively, Samsung also released a 4G version of its award winning Galaxy S3, which combines LTE with a quad-core processor for even more power.
With a recent upgrade to Jelly Bean, the One XL is a superb phone that showcases the benefits of Telstra's 4G network. It may not have the longest battery life, but with HTC Sense 4+ on board, and a stunning design, it's a great phone that has plenty to offer users.
HTC One XL review
Number 5: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
It hasn't even been a year since the original Samsung Galaxy Notelaunched. Many (including us, we admit) were not convinced. Who on earth would want something so big to make their calls and surf the internet, even with a glorified stylus? Cue awkward silence.
Millions of you, it would appear. The Galaxy Note sold by the bucketload, so how do you follow that up? With something better, of course - the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Faster, stronger, better looking, and more functional, the Galaxy Note 2 is better connected than ever, and thanks to that increased screen size (up to an eye-bulging 5.5-inches), now takes the crown in our eyes as the perfect media player.
Samsung has achieved something special here, because it has made the Galaxy Note 2 bigger than the original, but pulls it off so that you don't notice it too much and the fact that it launches running Android Jelly Beanand has such grunt with that quad-core processor makes this a class-leading phone.
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As a phone, it's big, but once you get over that, if you can, it's great. As a PMP, it really does excel, and as a web communicator, it is almost second to none (though we can't fully get the taste of Flash absence out of our mouth).
Ultimately, there's no getting away from the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a niche device. But it does almost everything it sets out to do perfectly, with grace, class and maximum functionality. And if you're in the market for a larger smartphone or a small tablet, there really is no better device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review
Number 4: Google Nexus 4
4. Google Nexus 4
Google and LG have worked together to bring to market a fantastic offering. We showed it to two friends who are both Apple fans. The kind of people who shower in holy water if they're exposed to Android. Both of them were smitten.
The fact of the matter is that this is a handset with world class specs – yet it's at a price you'd expect to get a budget phone for. Sure, there are a few things that could have been done better, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
The Nexus 4 is beautifully designed with a stunning display and rocking the latest version of Android. It has more connectivity than a BT Telephone Exchange and even excels in the simple matter of making telephone calls.
We're not fans of the lower memory allowance, and it's not got the best screen on the market, and there will be a few that see Android 4.2 as too stripped-down to consider it a valid phone OS choice, more a platform for the big hitters to build on.
But that doesn't mean it's not a fantastic handset - it would have competed even without the stupidly low price tag.
Make no mistake – this is the best Nexus handset so far by a long shot. We love it and can't recommend it highly enough. It is seriously a contender for our best smartphone of 2012, although it's fallen just short ahead of intense competition. If you're due a new phone, you should check the Google Nexus 4 out without delay.
Google Nexus 4 review
Number 3: iPhone 5
3. iPhone 5
Did you see this one coming? The iPhone 5 in at third place in our rankings? Some thought higher, some thought lower - it depends on your level of Apple bias.
Never has a company polarised opinion in the smartphone world like Apple - and with the iPhone 5, so many are quick to decry it while others know it to be the smartphone they've been waiting for.
And let's make no bones about it: this is a stunning phone, with a gorgeous two-tone finish, a superbly high-res screen that's been extended to four inches and an efficient yet powerful core.
FutTv : uST651wdM1VK5 The iOS 6 update is a good one, and while some feel it to be ageing slightly, many see it as doing exactly what they want... and given Apple has built its smartphone reputation on simplicity, this makes sense.
However, it's not all cookies and cream for Apple, as it's ditched the Google Maps app for something that's not as slick or well-stocked in its own Maps app.
Sure, you'll get turn by turn directions, but given some places are listed incorrectly or missing, combined with some of the laughable 3D modelling in the flyover mode, it's not Apple's finest hour.
Plus the iPhone 5 is very expensive... we're not sure how such sky high prices can be charged when equivalent smartphones are available on the market.
Let's not beat around the bush here: the iPhone 5 is one of the best smartphones in the world thanks to a great package of technology, design and UI intuition.
iOS definitely needs an update, and we'll always hope for a price decrease soon... and if it wasn't for that and the Maps issue, the iPhone 5 might have been higher in our rankings.
iPhone 5 review
Number 2: HTC One X
2. HTC One X
The HTC One X is an odd handset - not in the design (lovely) or the features (top-end) - but that it's seen as a 'renaissance' phone for the firm, despite its success in such a short time.
The likes of the HTC Sensation and Salsa were seen as overly complicated, so HTC has taken things back to what it knows: making beautiful hardware fused with a top-end skin.
The polycarbonate shell is smooth and premium-feeling in the hand, and the large 4.7-inch HD screen might not be OLED but it's certainly crisp and clear - and we haven't even mentioned the quad-core processor beating at the heart of the One X.
null : http://cms.techradar.com/article/thsmrLR4WV5CF There's only one downside - well, two if you're a fan of expandable storage, since this 32GB-imbued monster doesn't have a microSD slot - and that's the battery. It's OK, but many will find it doesn't last the full day in many usage scenarios, and that's a problem.
However, thanks to being just that little bit improved again by recent updates, we deem this handset worthy to go above the iPhone 5 and the rest of the chasing pack.
It's important not to judge the HTC One X on the battery life issue - make no mistake, this is a phone that is worthy of any pocket.
The design and software integration is enough to inspire lust in any phone buyer, and the range of included apps is superb - you won't regret owning a One X, especially if you're not a power user.
HTC One X review
Number 1: Samsung Galaxy S3
1. Samsung Galaxy S3
Make no mistake: the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best smartphone on the market. It's got every kind of feature we could ask for and more, and raises the bar once again in terms of what consumers should be expecting in terms of battery life, processor speed and media management.
Would we recommend you buy one? Yes, without hesitation. If you're torn between this and an HTC One X, it's a very difficult one to call – the camera on the One X is slightly better and the overall feel of the Sense 4+ user interface will appeal. But in terms of pure usability and power, we really like what Samsung has put on the table.
And we're sure some of you are wondering how the Samsung Galaxy S3 bests the iPhone 5 - well, for starters, Google Maps works properly. And it's cheaper. And it has a bigger screen, which we think is winning.
That's not the only reason the Samsung Galaxy S3 is at the top of our best phone rankings. Smart Stay, Super AMOLED HD screen, up to 128GB storage, Music Hub, removable battery, blisteringly quick camera... we're getting tired listing all the great things it does.
The design isn't as impressive as when we first laid eyes on the S2, but to us that's the only big issue we can find - and that's enough to recommend the Galaxy S3 without question.
If you waited feverishly for the Samsung Galaxy S3, you won't be disappointed. It's fast, it's sleek and it packs the latest technology that will get your pulse racing.
Samsung faced an almost impossible task in trying to create a worthy sequel to the Galaxy S2, but the Galaxy S3 should definitely be one of, if not the phone you should consider on your next trip to your local handset emporium.
Samsung Galaxy S3 review
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