9 Best Android phones in Australia, February 2024

Most of today's smartphones are running Android, but which is best? We've broken it down to highlight the best Android phones in Australia.

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For better or worse, today’s smartphones run one of two different operating systems: iOS or Android. If the phone wasn’t made by Apple, it’s probably powered by Android.

According to data from Kantar, Android powered 53.2 percent of Australian smartphones in September 2022. iOS made up the remaining 46.8 percent.

Because Android isn’t locked to hardware in the same way as iOS, it means that most phones released today are powered by Android. Manufacturers do have a tendency to add their own artistic style to the user experience.

Of course, the fact that so many different phones from so many different manufacturers all run the same operating system means that it can be quite challenging to find the right device to suit your needs.

In order to help make the decision a little easier, we’ve pulled together this list of the 10 best Android phones available in Australia today.

There’s a more thorough breakdown of how we came up with this list below, but the shortcut version is we did the research through Google, just like you would, in order to identify the phones recommended by multiple experts.

We then filtered out products either unavailable or difficult to purchase in Australia to help make things a bit easier.

Remember that everyone needs different things from a smartphone, so the recommendations here may not be right for you. If not, let us know! We’re always eager to hear about what people look for when buying a new Android phone.

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These are the 9 best Android phone models in Australia right now:

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

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Display
Display type

AMOLED

Display size

6.8-inch

Display resolution

3,088 x 1,440

Display Pixel Density

500

Dolby Vision

False

Refresh Rate

120Hz

Cameras
Front camera

12MP (f/2.2)

Rear camera

12MP (f/2.2) + 200MP (f/1.7) + 10MP (f/4.9) + 10MP (F/2.4)

Computing specs
Operating system

Android

Processor

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

RAM

12GB, 8GB

Storage size

1TB, 512GB, 256GB

Computing features
Colours

Green, Purple, Black, White

Release year

2023

TV features
Voice assistant

Bixby

Features
IP rating

IP68

Sensors

Accelerometer, Ambient light, Barometer, Fingerprint sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Gyro sensor, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor

Connectivity
Bluetooth

True

Bluetooth version

Version 5.3

NFC

True

Connectivity

5G, Integrated GPS, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi

Ports

USB-C

Battery life
Battery size

5,000mAh

Qi wireless charging

True

Dimensions
Height

163.4mm

Width

78.1mm

Depth

8.9mm

Weight

233 grams

Specification
Size (GB)

512

Part Number

SM-S918BLIAATS

Color

Lavender

Release Date

2023-02-17T00:00:01Z

Model

SM-S918BLIFATS

Warranty

1 year manufacturer

AU $1,825.17 AU $2,249.00
4 March 2024 1:36 am
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AU $1,956.81
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AU $2,049.58 AU $2,649.00
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AU $2,114.88 AU $2,649.00
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AU $2,198.00 AU $2,649.00
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AU $2,239.75 AU $2,649.00
4 March 2024 1:36 am
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AU $2,256.81
4 March 2024 1:36 am
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AU $2,256.81
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AU $2,256.81
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3 new from AU $2,256.81

90% of review sites recommend

With the Galaxy S24 Ultra about to hit store shelves, last year’s S23 Ultra may only have a little while longer at the top of this list, but it has owned this spot for almost 12 months.

It’s not surprising – Samsung has long been at the top of the Android castle. The S23 Ultra delivers the power of the Galaxy S lineup, with impressive cameras and powerful processors. Plus it comes with a dedicated stylus, legacy of the Galaxy Note line.

Big improvements to battery life and the ability to shoot the stars with the camera effortlessly make this one of the best Android phones to buy right now.


Google Pixel 7a

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GHL1X

Model

GHL1X

Color

Sea

AU $649.00
4 March 2024 3:39 pm
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4 new from AU $602.19

90% of review sites recommend

While Android is available to multiple phone manufacturers, it’s still driven by Google. That means to get the best performance out of Android, you should consider an Android phone from Google.

The Pixel 7a is Google’s 2023 version of its budget handset lineup, and it delivers on all fronts.

You get the same Tensor 2 processor found in the other Pixel 7 models, , with a 6.1-inch OLED display and a 64MP + 13MP camera array.

It is an exceptionally high-end Android experience on a remarkably affordable device.


Google Pixel 8 Pro

80% of review sites recommend

Google’s 2023 flagship is an impressive device, delivering exceptional photo quality thanks to its camera array and intelligent software.

With a design that feels more refined than the Pixel 7 Pro that is comfortable to hold and nice to look at, Google has crafted a fantastic Android phone running the purest form of Android.

Impressively, you now get seven years of platform updates, which is an industry benchmark competitors will need to catch up to.


Samsung Galaxy S23

60% of review sites recommend

At the top of this list sits the Galaxy S23 Ultra, a powerhouse of a phone with a massive screen, a huge battery and an integrated S-Pen.

At the more affordable scale, yet still delivering a great product, is the Galaxy S23.

The S23 features a triple-camera array, capable of taking great night shots, while the front-camera is perfect for selfie lovers.

The Full HD 6.1-inch display supports adaptive 120Hz refresh rate, saving you battery life while helping your phone display absolutely flawless video.


OnePlus 11

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Display
Display type

AMOLED

Display resolution

6.7-inch

Display Pixel Density

525

Dolby Vision

True

Refresh Rate

120Hz

Colour Bit Depth

10-Bit

Variable Refresh Rate

True

Cameras
Front camera

16MP (f/2.45)

Rear camera

50MP (f/1.8) + 48MP (f/2.2) + 32MP (f/2.0)

Computing specs
Operating system

Android

Processor

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

RAM

16GB, 8GB

Storage size

128GB, 256GB

Computing features
Colours
Release year

2023

TV features
Voice assistant

Google Assistant

Features
IP rating

IP64

Sensors

Accelerometer, Ambient light, Compass, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor

Connectivity
Bluetooth

True

Bluetooth version

Version 5.3

NFC

True

Connectivity

5G, Integrated GPS, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi

Ports

USB-C

Battery life
Battery size

5,000mAh

Qi wireless charging

False

Dimensions
Height

163mm

Width

74mm

Depth

8mm

Weight

205 grams

Specification
Part Number

CPH2499

Model

CPH2449

Warranty

manufactuer warranty

Color

Black

AU $1,199.00
4 March 2024 3:39 pm
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60% of review sites recommend

It may not have the same brand awareness in Australia as Samsung or Google, but OnePlus makes great Android smartphones.

It’s latest, the OnePlus 11, offers plenty of grunt from the SnapDragon 8 Gen 2 processor.

More impressively, the camera array is designed in conjunction with Hasselblad, and that means you can expect exceptional photos from it every time.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5

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AU $1,398.00 AU $1,649.00
3 March 2024 11:07 pm
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1 used from AU $1,226.72

50% of review sites recommend

While the Galaxy Fold 5 features a vertical hinge to turn the device into a tablet, the Flip 5 has a horizontal hinge that is reminiscent of older flip phones like the Motorola RAZR.

That makes the Flip 5 a compact smartphone with versatile appeal. The biggest improvement over the Z Flip 4 is a much larger external display, which allows for more than just dispmissing notifications.

Improved battery life and camera performance over the fourth generation make it the perfect folding phone for people wanting a compact device without sacrificing functionality.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

The Galzy Z Fold 5 half folded sitting on grass
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AU $2,098.00 AU $2,599.00
3 March 2024 11:07 pm
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3 new from AU $2,098.00

40% of review sites recommend

Despite years of technical developments, smartphone design largely stagnated until the creating of flexible OLED screens. Samsung was quick out of the gates with the original Fold smartphone, but it needed a few generations to really become the reliable and desirable handset that it is today.

The Galaxy Fold 5 features a vertical fold, which effectively transforms this Android phone into an Android tablet, complete with all the multitasking benefits of a larger device.

With a completely functional external display combined with the internal folding screen and fantastic battery life, the Fold 5 is an expensive device.

But it does offer unique functionality and a great camera, making it stand apart from most devices in this list.

Motorola RAZR 40 Ultra

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40% of review sites recommend

Samsung spent a few years dominating the foldable smartphone space with its Galaxy Z lineup with little competition. That all changed in 2023, with the arrival of phones like the Motorola RAZR 40 Ultra.

Boasting an incredibly vivid 6.9-inch pOLED screen on the inside, and a 3.6-inch external display as well, the RAZR 40 Ultra builds on a rich history of foldable Motorola phones.

Incredibly slim for a foldable phone, the RAZR 40 Ultra offers intelligent software that takes advantage of both the interior and exterior screens.

The camera array is strong enough you can take some really nice shots with it as well.


Samsung Galaxy A54

SAMSUNG GALAXY A54 IN THE HAND
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SM-A546EZKBATS

Model

SM-A546EZKBATS

Warranty

12 Months Warranty

Color

Graphite

AU $607.50 AU $699.00
3 March 2024 10:39 pm
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3 new from AU $607.50

40% of review sites recommend

Samsung’s Galaxy A series of smartphones targets a much more affordable price point. The A54 is the 2023 hero of the A series, delivering strong performance across the board.

The most striking aspect of this phone is the quality of the screen for a mid-range device. It is gorgeous to look at, and performs well in every condition we tried in our review.

Image quality from the camera is nice and vibrant, though Samsung does tend to boost the saturation of its photos a little bit.

But when you factor in the price, and the huge 5,000mAh battery that can get you through a day and a bit, it’s not hard to see why this is considered one of the best Android phones in Australia right now.


How we chose the best Android phone

Review sites – including this one – are subjective by nature. Everybody has a different opinion of what is best.

So to try and counter the fact that every best guide on the internet has a different opinion of what is best, we approached our list by combining the results of some of the top sites recommending Android phones on the market today.

To determine this list, we followed the same journey most consumers would follow: we went to Google.

We searched for “Best Android phone” and identified 10 of the top results. It’s important to note that Google results can change often. The full list of sites we referenced is outlined below:

We listed out all of the Android phones listed on each site, tidying up any slight differences in spelling for consistency.

We calculated how often each product was mentioned across those 10 guides. The more frequently a product is mentioned, the more agreement there is between experts reviewing these products.

We set a minimum of four mentions across all 10 guides to be eligible for inclusion here. This means that each product is recommended by at least 40% of the sites surveyed.

Before we created this page we took some time to remove products that are either unavailable, or difficult to find in Australia.

We also leveraged our own experience with products to ensure that we wouldn’t be recommending any product that doesn’t deliver.


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What to look for when choosing the best Android phone

Best Android phone: Woman sitting cross legged holding an Android phone with her handbag sitting in front of her.

Whether you’re after one of the models listed above or something completely different, the decision factors you need to consider when buying an Android phone is the same.

Design

Your smartphone is going to be the centre of your life. So it’s important to choose a smartphone that matches your personality.

While design is completely subjective, it’s also super important when choosing the right Android phone for you. For example: you love the colour pink, and want your phone to be pink. But the best phone on the planet doesn’t come in pink. Buying that phone probably won’t make you happy.

It’s important to note that design isn’t just about colours either. It’s also about comfort. So if you have small hands, an extremely large device is going to be hard to use, and you should consider a device that is comfortable to hold.

Camera requirements

The best camera is the one you have with you. You will almost always have your smartphone with you, so having a good camera onboard is essential.

Fortunately, today’s smartphones almost all have really solid cameras, so the baseline is consistently good. For those who want more from their smartphone photography, you can now find models with multiple lenses for zoom or macro photography. You can also find models designed to offer superior low-light shots.

Consider the types of photos and video you will be taking when choosing your smartphone.

Battery life

Despite the rapid development of processing and camera technology in smartphones, battery tech hasn’t moved at the same pace.

For the vast majority of devices, you will typically get 1-2 days worth of use before the battery runs out.

Understanding the capacity of the battery can offer some relief here. A 4000mAh battery is more likely to last longer than a 2800mAh battery. Remember, factors like screen size and the efficiency of the processor could impact that result.

Instead, you may want to consider devices with effective low-power modes. This switches off a bunch of features when the battery starts to run low.

Additionally, devices with fast charging can be plugged in for just a few minutes to recover a decent amount of battery power.

Display

This directly connects to the design of the phone, but it’s worth considering the quality of the display itself, as well as the size.

Size is important because it will impact the comfort of the phone.

But also look at things like the resolution of the screen and its refresh rate. Resolution refers to the number of pixels that make up the screen.

The more pixels there are, the clearer the picture will be in most cases. Refresh rate could be important if you plan on using the handset to play games or stream sports. Typically a higher refresh rate the better the phone will be at displaying fast moving objects.

Performance

Arguably one of the biggest differences between Android phones are the processors. The chips that power the device can vary dramatically in performance and how quickly they complete tasks.

If your phone is mostly for browsing Facebook or sending text messages, then you probably won’t need a powerful processor. If you want to edit photos or play high-quality video games, you are going to need a powerful processor.

Benchmark scores are an easy way to understand how good a processor is at doing its job. It’s not foolproof though. Plenty of manufacturers have cheated to make their benchmark scores look better than they really are. However, it is still something to consider when choosing an Android phone.

Price

As with anything, price is a key component. The best Android phones can be extremely expensive, which means that they may not suit everyone’s budget.

Because smartphones are updated frequently, it’s fairly easy to get a great bargain. Select an older model or a mid-range. These phones deliver really solid performance, but without the premium price tag of newer flagship phones.


Best Android phone update history
  • 6 December 2022 – First Published
  • 10 January 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products.
  • 6 February 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Removed the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus. Added a comparison table.
  • 4 March 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Removed the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Added the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the OnePlus 11.
  • 5 April 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Removed the Samsung Galaxy S22.
  • 1 May 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products.
  • 2 June 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations. Removed the Google Pixel 6a. Added the Google Pixel 7a.
  • 3 July 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products.
  • 2 August 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Lowered the minimum to four. Added the Motorola RAZR 40 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus.
  • 11 September 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Added Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5. Removed Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.
  • 4 October 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products.
  • 6 November 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Added Google Pixel 8 Pro. Removed Google Pixel 7 Pro and Google Pixel 7.
  • 8 December 2023 – Updated the number of recommendations for products.
  • 8 January 2024 – Updated the number of recommendations for products.
  • 5 February 2024 – Updated the number of recommendations for products.

Author

  • 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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