Mobile phone reviews: Australian reviews from the BTTR team

Whether you’re after the latest flagship phone from Samsung or Apple, or need a new budget handset, BTTR’s expert mobile phone reviews can help you discover the pros and cons of each product.

Our editorial team has been reviewing mobile phones since 2004. We tested the very first iPhone, attended the Australian launch of the very first Galaxy smartphone and was there for the rise and fall of Symbian, Palm OS and Windows Phone.

Here are all of our phone reviews. You can sort by date or score to see what we recommend.

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1 Motorola Moto G54 5G review
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Motorola Moto G54 5G review

The Motorola Moto G54 strikes a fine balance between performance and affordability, with plenty of great features despite a slightly underwhelming camera.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.3
Affordable activity
The Motorola Moto G54 strikes a fine balance between performance and affordability, with plenty of great features despite a slightly underwhelming camera.
Design
9
Performance
7.5
PROS:
  • Stylish design, including Vegan leather
  • Nice clear display with 120 Hz
  • Solid battery life
CONS:
  • Not great for gaming
  • Camera underwhelms
  • No waterproof rating
Editor choice 2 Holding up the Galaxy A55 in front of a tree
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Samsung Galaxy A55 review

We’ve spent a couple of weeks with the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G for this review, and we’ve come away impressed.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9
Well balanced
The Galaxy A55 5G offers significant upgrades over last year’s A54 at the same $699 price point, making it worthy of consideration.
Design
9
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Strong performance
  • Impressive 120Hz display
  • Solid battery life
CONS:
  • No wireless charging
  • AI image editing still not great
  • Wide design
3 Showing the back of the Viva Magenta Moto G84 5G
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Motorola Moto G84 5G review

The Motorola G84 5G offers great performance, a nice screen and a stellar design for under $400, making it tough to beat for the budget handset.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.8
Brilliance for the budget
The Motorola G84 5G offers great performance, a nice screen and a stellar design for under $400, making it tough to beat for the budget handset.
Design
9.5
Performance
8
PROS:
  • Stunning design, particularly in Viva Magenta colour
  • Screen is fast and colourful
  • Good performance
CONS:
  • Only one year of Android updates
  • Camera is a bit underwhelming
  • No wireless charging
Editor choice 4 The Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus on red gravel
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Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus review: More!

With its larger screen, bigger battery and extra RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus has an edge over the Galaxy S24 for performance.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.5
Bigger is better, this time
With its larger screen, bigger battery and extra RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus has an edge over the Galaxy S24 for performance.
Design
9.5
Performance
9.5
PROS:
  • Stylish design with stunning screen
  • Quick and responsive
  • Great battery life
CONS:
  • AI is hit and miss
  • Exynos rather than Snapdragon processor
Editor choice 5 Samsung Galaxy S24 in a tree
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Samsung Galaxy S24 review

The Samsung Galaxy S24 may not have all the bells and whistles of the S24 Ultra, but it’s still a great handset for Australians.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.3
Pocket powerhouse
The Samsung Galaxy S24 is a comfortably compact smartphone that feels good in the hand and delivers stellar performance.
Design
9.5
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Responsive and fast
  • Strong camera, gorgeous display
CONS:
  • AI functionaility seems a little lost
  • Smaller battery capacity
  • Exynos chip rather than SnapDragon
6 OPPO A18 review
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OPPO A18 review

We review the OPPO A18, a budget smartphone with decent performance for its affordable $219 price tag.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.3
Affordable, yet functional
The OPPO A18 smartphone doesn’t set the world on fire with its performance, but its price is extremely attractive.
Design
8.5
Performance
8
PROS:
  • Screen is bright and responsive, even in full sun
  • All-day battery
  • Nice, if unexceptional design
CONS:
  • Limited performance
  • Camera is average
  • So. Much. Bloatware.
Hall of Fame 7 Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra on a sandstone step with the BTTR Hall of Fame badge
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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review

We review the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, an incredible smartphone and easily one of the best phones you can buy in Australia right now.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
10
A Galaxy of excellence: The S24 age of Ultra
Samsung’s 2024 flagship smartphone is the best phone the company has ever produced, and is impressive in its performance.
Design
10
Performance
10
PROS:
  • Lightning fast performance
  • Truly magnificent camera
  • Best screen on a phone
  • Strong battery life
CONS:
  • AI functionality is typically buried in menus
  • Quite heavy
  • Pricey
Editor choice 8 Oppo A79 5G review
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Oppo A79 5G review

The BTTR review of the Oppo A79 5G finds a remarkable device that performs well above expectations for its price, while also looking great.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.3
Perfectly balanced, as all things should be
The Oppo A79 offers incredible balance between performance and price, with the responsive experience and stylish design of a phone worth much more than its $360 asking price.
Design
9.5
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Solid built, nice colours
  • Quick performance
  • Affordable
CONS:
  • Photos slightly underwhelming
  • No SUPERVOOC charger in box
  • Pre-loaded with bloatware
Editor choice 9 Back of the Pixel 8 in a block of wood in the sun
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Google Pixel 8 review

The Google Pixel 8 may be the middle child of the Pixel family, but it performs remarkably well as noted in our review.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9
Google Pixel 8 review: Compact power
The Google Pixel 8 may be the middle child of the Pixel family, but it performs remarkably well.
Design
9
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Impressive camera performance
  • 7 years of software updates
  • Compact, stylish design
CONS:
  • Camera bar isn’t for everybody
  • No manual camera controls
  • Max of 256GB storage
10 Oppo Reno 10 5g in a block of wood
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OPPO Reno 10 5G review

The review the Oppo Reno 10 5G, a mid-range smartphone with a stunning design and decent performance, plus a dedicated portrait camera.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.8
Oppo Reno 10 5G review: Solid all around
The Oppo Reno 10 5G is a solid performer that is better than its price tag suggests, though the competition at the same price area is arguably better.
Design
9.5
Performance
8
PROS:
  • Great battery life
  • Unique, shiny design
  • Good photos
CONS:
  • Phone loaded with crappy bloatware
  • Better photos on rival devices
  • No wireless charging
Editor choice 11 The Apple iPhone 15 Plus
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Apple iPhone 15 Plus review

If you like big phones and you cannot lie, we cannot deny that the Apple iPhone 15 Plus is a great option in our review.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.5
Apple iPhone 15 Plus review: The missing link?
Apple’s iPhone 15 Plus is a fantastic device, with impressive hardware and software, but its price means you are better to spend a little bit more to get the iPhone 15 Pro.
Design
9.5
Performance
9.5
PROS:
  • Solid, well-made hardware
  • Good battery life
  • Camera takes really nice photos
CONS:
  • Can get the better iPhone 15 Pro for just a little bit more
  • USB-C transition can be a little frustrating
Hall of Fame 12 iPhone 15 Pro with the Hall of Fame badge
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Apple iPhone 15 Pro review

BTTR Review: The Apple iPhone 15 Pro is an exceptional phone with a brilliant camera, intelligent software and the most powerful processor.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
10
Apple iPhone 15 Pro review: Exceptional
Apple created a powerhouse of a phone with something for everybody, from the brilliant camera to the intuitive software.
Design
10
Performance
10
PROS:
  • Looks and feels great
  • Exceptional camera
  • Action button works well
  • Incredible performance
CONS:
  • USB-C shift will take time to adjust
  • Battery life is good, but not great
  • Action button can only do one thing
Editor choice 13 Samsung. Galaxy Z Flip 5 review folded
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review

We review the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, an iconic smartphone with a folding screen and a larger external display.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review: Flippin' great
The Galaxy Z Flip 5 shows just how stylish a foldable phone can be, though it’s far from a perfect phone.
Design
9
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Really stylish design
  • Screen folds flat
  • Plenty of power
CONS:
  • Battery life is a little underwhelming
  • No real improvements to camera
  • Limited support for widgets on external screen
Editor choice 14 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review - open phone on grass
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review

In our review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, we discover a phone that is a wonder of modern technology, but has design usability issues.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.3
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review: Technological marvel
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is a wonder of modern technology, but its design has usability issues.
Design
9
Performance
9.5
PROS:
  • Spectacular battery life
  • Robust gap-free hinge
  • Powerful performance
CONS:
  • Aspect ratios make it hard to use
  • S-Pen case is an additional purchase
  • It is very expensive
15 Aspera AS8 review
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Aspera AS8 review

In our review of the Aspera AS8, we find a smartphone that has more features than you’d expect for a $150 phone, but is frustrating to use.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
6.3
Aspera AS8: Impressive for the price, but…
The Aspera AS8 boasts impressive features and dual SIM in a device under $150. But it sacrifices a bit too much in performance to be worth it.
Design
7.5
Performance
5
PROS:
  • Fingerprint reader works
  • Replaceable battery
  • Costs under $150
CONS:
  • Seriously laggy
  • Average camera
  • Regular dropped frames while scrolling
16 Oppo A98 5G review phone in hand
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Oppo A98 5G review

Our review of the Oppo A98 5G shows it’s a decent enough mid-range smartphone, with a truly impressive battery inside it.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.3
Oppo A98 5G review: Wonderful battery
The Oppo A98 5G is a decent-enough mid-range device with truly impressive battery performance.
Design
8
Performance
8.5
PROS:
  • Truly impressive battery life
  • 120Hz screen looks good
  • Fast charging is a game-changer
CONS:
  • Middle of the road performance
  • AI camera adds too much artificial
  • Microscope function is a cool gimmick
Editor choice 17 SAMSUNG GALAXY A54 IN THE HAND
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Samsung Galaxy A54 review

Our review of the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G shows a surprisingly strong phone at a bargain price, with a stunning screen and great battery.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review: An impressive mid-tier device
The A54 5G is a tremendous option for a more affordable device, with strong performance, great battery and a decent camera, all at a remarkable price point. It’s not the best phone on the market, but it will get the job done and save you money at the same time.
Design
8.5
Performance
9.5
PROS:
  • Battery life can last a couple of days
  • Plenty of power for gaming and work
  • Stunning OLED display
CONS:
  • No wireless charging
  • No RAW shooting modes
  • Camera performance isn’t as good as Samsung can do
Hall of Fame 18 Samsung Galaxy S23 review
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review

We put the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra through its paces for this review and came away thoroughly impressed, though it won’t be for everyone.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
10
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review: Thoroughly impressive
Its size, weight and price means it won’t be for everyone, but this feature-filled phone is fantastic.
Design
10
Performance
10
PROS:
  • Stunning photos in all types of conditions
  • Powerful processor makes it great for gaming
  • Battery life lasts more than a day
  • A gorgeous screen
CONS:
  • It’s very large and heavy
  • It is quite expensive, but you get what you pay for
Editor choice 19 Google Pixel 6a review
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Google Pixel 6a review

Incredibly specced for a budget device, the Google Pixel 6a is an impressive Android phone, particularly for those on a budget.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
9.3
Google Pixel 6a review: A budget flagship
Google has managed to cram a whole heap of features into a reasonably affordable product here, and the result is good enough to compete with the best phones on the market.
Design
9.5
Performance
9
PROS:
  • Value for money
  • Camera takes great photos
  • Same processor as the Google Pixel 6
CONS:
  • Some games can be a bit juddery
  • Battery life could be better
20 The back of the google Pixel 7
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Google Pixel 7 review

A great value device with a bright, colourful display and terrific cameras, the Google Pixel 7 offers a decent step up from the Pixel 6.
Reviewed by Nick Broughall
8.8
Google Pixel 7 review: A fantastic Android experience
Google has struck a remarkable balance with the Pixel 7. Placed between last year’s impressive budget Pixel 6a and the premium Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel 7 offers an impressive range of features at a sub-$1,000 price point in Australia.
Design
9
Performance
8.5
PROS:
  • Impressive camera software
  • Fast and functional
  • Great value for money
CONS:
  • Camera housing design isn’t for everyone
  • Body is slippery
  • Benchmark scores underwhelmed
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  • Nick Broughall

    Nick is the founder and editor of BTTR. He is an award winning product reviewer, who has spent the last 20 years writing, editing and publishing technology and consumer content for brands like Finder, Gizmodo and TechRadar.

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