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Best Rated Mobile Phone Brand: Apple

While Apple didn't top any specific metric for mobile phones, it rated well across the board for design, battery life and camera quality. Perhaps a little more expensive than other phone brands, it didn't rate well for value for money. It still took the top spot as the best overall rated phone brand, as voted by Australians.

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Google Pixel 8 Pro
Google Pixel 8 Pro
6.7
inches

2992 x 1344

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2992 x 1344

  • Rear camera

    50MP + 48MP + 48MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
50MP + 48MP + 48MP
$1,704.66
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iPhone 15
iPhone 15
6.1
inches

2556 x 1179

  • Display

    6.1 inches

    2556 x 1179

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
48MP + 12MP + 12MP
$1,499
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iPhone 15 Pro (DEAL: Save $262)
iPhone 15 Pro (DEAL: Save $262)
6.1
inches

2556‑by‑1179

  • Display

    6.1 inches

    2556‑by‑1179

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
48MP + 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
$1,849
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iPhone 15 Pro Max (Deal: 12% off)
iPhone 15 Pro Max (Deal: 12% off)
6.7
inches

2796 x 1290

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2796 x 1290

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
48MP + 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
$0
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 (DEAL: 5% off)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 (DEAL: 5% off)
6.7
inches

2640 x 1080

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2640 x 1080

  • Secondary display

    3.4 inches

    720 x 748

  • Rear camera

    12MP
  • Battery size

    3,700 mAh
12MP
$1,571.29
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Samsung Galaxy S23
Samsung Galaxy S23
inches
  • Display

    inches

  • Rear camera

    MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
N/A
$0
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (DEAL: Save $220)
6.8
inches

3088 x 1440

  • Display

    6.8 inches

    3088 x 1440

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 200MP + 10MP
  • Battery size

    5,000 mAh
12MP + 200MP + 10MP + 10MP
$1,729
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Samsung Galaxy S23 plus
Samsung Galaxy S23 plus
inches
  • Display

    inches

  • Rear camera

    MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
N/A
$0
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Motorola RAZR 2022
Motorola RAZR 2022
6.7
inches

2400 x 1080

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2400 x 1080

  • Rear camera

    50MP
  • Battery size

    3,500 mAh
50MP
$1,599
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iPhone 14
iPhone 14
6.1
inches

2532 x 1170

  • Display

    6.1 inches

    2532 x 1170

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
12MP + 12MP
$1,399
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Apple iPhone 14 Plus
Apple iPhone 14 Plus
6.7
inches

2778‑by‑1284

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2778‑by‑1284

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
12MP + 12MP
$1,420.80
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Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
6.7
inches

2796 x 1290

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2796 x 1290

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
48MP + 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
$1,369
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Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
6.1
inches

2556 x 1179

  • Display

    6.1 inches

    2556 x 1179

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
48MP + 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
$1,419
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Google Pixel 6 Pro
6.71
inches

1440 x 3120

  • Display

    6.71 inches

    1440 x 3120

  • Rear camera

    50MP + 12MP + 48MP
  • Battery size

    5,003 mAh
50MP + 12MP + 48MP
$424
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Apple iPhone 13 Pro
6.1
inches

2532 x 1170

  • Display

    6.1 inches

    2532 x 1170

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
12MP + 12MP + 12MP
$1,089
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
6.8
inches

3200x1440

  • Display

    6.8 inches

    3200x1440

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 108MP + 10MP
  • Battery size

    5,000 mAh
12MP + 108MP + 10MP + 10MP
$1,849
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Google Pixel 6
6.4
inches

1080 x 2400

  • Display

    6.4 inches

    1080 x 2400

  • Rear camera

    MP + 50MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,524 mAh
N/A
$429
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Apple iPhone 13
6.1
inches

2532x1170

  • Display

    6.1 inches

    2532x1170

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    3,240 mAh
12MP + 12MP
$1,099
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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
6.7
inches

2778 x 1284

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2778 x 1284

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,352 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 12MP
$1,045
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
7.6
inches

2208x1768

  • Display

    7.6 inches

    2208x1768

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,400 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 12MP
$2,499
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
6.5
inches

2400 x 1080

  • Display

    6.5 inches

    2400 x 1080

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,500 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 8MP
$1,149
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Apple iPhone 13 Mini
5.4
inches

2340x1080

  • Display

    5.4 inches

    2340x1080

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    N/A
12MP + 12MP
$469
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Nokia G10
Nokia G10
6.5
inches

1600 X 72

  • Display

    6.5 inches

    1600 X 72

  • Rear camera

    13MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Battery size

    5,050 mAh
13MP + 2MP + 2MP
$199
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Motorola Moto G10
Motorola Moto G10
6.5
inches

1600x720

  • Display

    6.5 inches

    1600x720

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 8MP + 2MP
  • Battery size

    5,000 mAh
48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
$245
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Vivo Y52 5G
6.58
inches

2408 × 1080

  • Display

    6.58 inches

    2408 × 1080

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Battery size

    5,000 mAh
48MP + 2MP + 2MP
$379
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What you should consider when you compare mobile phones


Android vs iOS

These days, there are 2 main mobile operating systems to choose from when you compare mobile phones: Google's Android platform or Apple's iOS.

There are other options, although they are too small to be considered viable alternatives. US government trade bans has meant that Chinese manufacturer Huawei has had to develop its own operating system called HarmonyOS, instead of using Android for its phones. Meanwhile, smartphone platforms like Windows Phone and Symbian are considered obsolete. This isn't much of a surprise given they struggled to maintain marketshare since iOS and Android became the standard options.

This means that when you compare mobile phones, the choice between the 2 dominant platforms largely comes down to a matter of preference for hardware. iOS is exclusively on offer for iPhones, while Android is the platform running on the vast majority of non-Apple smartphones.

Choosing the right operating system is important, as it can affect the range of apps available to you. While many popular apps are available for both iOS and Android platforms, there are still plenty of examples of apps and games that are only available on one platform. If those apps are important to you, choose the operating system that offers the app you need.

Mobile phone prices

Many of today's flagships cost well over $1,500. If you want to get a phone on a plan, you will likely have to make extra monthly payments as well.

The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to pick up cheap phones from retail partners if you shop around. Mid-range phones are also a solid option, with performance similar to the flagship models of 12–24 months ago.

Buying a new smartphone is an investment, not just in terms of the physical product but also in how you use the device. With many phones purchased on 24-month contracts, making sure you're happy with your purchase over time is almost as important as the desire to get the shiniest new phone.

How to compare mobile phones

Whether you're picking up a top of the line phone or just a cheap prepaid device, there are a number of factors you should consider before you make your purchase:

Screen size

The trend over the past few years has definitely tended towards the "bigger is better" mantra, with phone screens approaching 6 inches on the diagonal. Having a bigger screen makes reading text and watching videos easier, but drains the battery faster and can be difficult to control 1-handed.

Screen resolution

Smartphone screen technology has come a long way in the past few years, with 4K capable screens now accessible. For the most part, those resolutions are wasted on a device smaller than 6 inches, but it's worth comparing the pixels per inch (PPI) specification to see just how many pixels the manufacturer was able to cram into an inch, with more pixels generally resulting in a crisper image on screen.

Battery life

While manufacturers have managed to offer battery life improvements through both cramming more battery into larger phones and reducing battery consumption through smarter software, the tech behind batteries still remains largely the same as it was when Apple launched the first iPhone. For a full day's battery life, you should probably focus on phones with 3,000mAh or more.

Connectivity

Not all Australian carriers use the same network frequencies, so ensuring your phone works on the full spectrum of frequencies for your carrier is essential. It is fairly complicated, but you can compare the networks and their respective frequencies to get a better idea.

Camera

The smartphone camera has all but replaced the compact digital camera market, and the quality of phone photos gets better every year. It's not all about megapixels though, with sensor size and multiple lens technologies helping make smartphone pictures even better.

Storage

If your phone is going to house your entire life, including photos, videos and everything in between, make sure you have enough storage to keep it all. Lower storage devices are cheaper but look for an expandable memory microSD slot in Android phones so you can expand the capacity. Alternatively, look for a higher capacity device.

Mobile phone contracts

Not all phones are available on contract over 24 months. If you can't grab a phone on contract, be prepared to pay more for the phone up front. However, doing so will likely save you money in the long run.

For more information, check out our comprehensive guides to mobile plans.

Best rated mobile phone brand award breakdown

Xiaomi* 8.33 4.43 4.71 4.57 4.43 4.71
Apple 8.03 4.53 3.78 4.00 4.24 4.31
Samsung 7.84 4.33 4.04 4.06 4.25 4.18
Huawei 7.83 4.28 4.33 4.28 3.97 4.31
Sony 7.73 4.27 4.09 4.00 4.18 4.36
Nokia 7.65 4.14 4.24 3.95 4.11 4.19
Oppo 7.60 4.14 4.29 4.29 3.96 4.14
HTC* 7.54 4.50 3.75 3.25 3.75 3.75
Motorola 7.52 4.00 4.20 4.20 3.90 3.80
Google 7.43 4.13 4.13 3.81 3.81 3.69
Optus 6.79 3.75 3.83 3.83 3.50 4.17
Telstra 6.73 3.74 3.42 3.74 3.37 3.74
Other 6.62 3.56 4.07 3.74 3.63 3.59
LG 6.29 3.27 4.07 3.67 3.27 3.47
Alcatel 6.10 3.29 3.82 3.47 3.12 3.47
*Brand did not meet the sample threshold to qualify for the award
Data: Finder Retail Brand Survey, 2020, Kantar. Metric out of 5 stars unless indicated. Methodology and more info. Kantar logo

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