The best Android phones you can buy in Australia in 2024

The best Android phones you can buy in Australia in 2024

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 48.7 percent of Australian smartphones in December 2023. iOS made up 50.3 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.

And if your budget isn’t too tight, see our guide for the best phones in Australia. We also recommend the best cheap phones, and the best camera phones.

We’ve also rounded up the best brand phones as well:

These are the best Android phones we’ve tested:

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra on a sandstone step with the BTTR Hall of Fame badge

Samsung’s Galaxy S Ultra model has dominated this list since I first created it. The Galaxy S24 Ultra, as the most recent version, moved in nice and quick.

It’s an expensive piece of kit, but it also offers phenomenal performance. It is lightning quick to tackle any task, seemingly anticipating your instructions before you make them.

The camera array is easily one of the best you will find on any smartphone currently available. It takes fantastic shots in all lighting conditions.

Some of the AI features aren’t intuitively accessible, and perhaps aren’t as groundbreaking as the marketing would have you believe. But the good news is that they are optional, though, so it’s not really a negative.

If you’re after one of the most powerful smartphones in the country, then this is where to start.

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The Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus on red gravel

The S24 Plus brings a couple of significant improvements over the standard S24 model this year.

First off, the screen is not only bigger, but also better. In previous models, the Plus sized variant had the standard resolution as the normal model, but the S24+ has a Quad HD+ resolution of 3120 × 1440 compared to the S24’s FHD+ resolution of 2340 × 1080.

You also get more RAM in the bigger model, which helps boost performance on the Exynos 2400 processor.

AI functionality is a bit of a letdown given how much focus it had in marketing, but that’s true of all AI in my opinion.

It’s still pricey, but there’s enough here to make it stand a bit taller than its smaller S24 brother. That said, if you want the best, you need the Ultra.

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While the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is the flagship with all the bells and whistles that sits at the top of this list, the entry-level S24 model is no slouch.

While it uses Samsung’s own Exynos processor rather than the SnapDragon found in the Ultra model, it still performs incredibly responsively and fast.

Plus, it’s smaller design makes it better suited to smaller hand sizes, though it does also mean a smaller battery capacity.

But you still get a great camera array and a brilliant screen, at a fraction of the price. If you are looking for a premium handset without a flagship price, this is a really good option.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 5 half folded sitting on grass

The original Galaxy Fold was the most exciting development to smartphone design in years, but it was a very flawed device.

The fifth generation is remarkably better, offering fantastic battery life, solid cameras and a powerful processor that can tackle almost any task.

The cameras are great too, though I found the S24 Ultra delivers better shots.

The catch with the design is that the aspect ratios aren’t natural on either display, which means it can be awkward to use.

But if you persevere (and can afford it), you’ll find a powerful phone that is more versatile than your average smartphone.

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The gaming settings on the phone

The ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition is the top of the line gaming phone from ASUS, with a whopping 24GB of RAM and a premium Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor.

While Android isn’t the most obvious platform for high-end gaming, the phone offers deep performance customisation so you can get the most out of each game.

The phone offers capacitive shoulder buttons and a dedicated cooling attachment with a pair of extra buttons, which can both be programmed to control aspects of a touchscreen game.

What’s more, the camera is solid and the screen is gorgeous. It may be a gaming phone, but it’s powerful and well-featured enough to be listed as one of the best Android phones in Australia right now

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Back of the Pixel 8 in a block of wood in the sun

The recent updates to the Pixel lineup to introduce a bevy of new AI features has helped Google creep into this list with the Pixel 8.

The Pixel 8 offers great camera performance with intelligent software editing powered by AI. The camera isn’t as powerful as the Pixel 8 Pro, but still offers plenty to like at a more affordable price.

The 6.2in 120Hz OLED screen is wonderful to look at, though for my mind not as impressive as the S24 series.

But the real winner is selling point is seven years of software updates, meaning this is an investment that will see your kids through high school.

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Samsung. Galaxy Z Flip 5 review folded

WIth five generations of foldable screen technology under its belt, Samsung has created a flipping awesome device with an iconic design.

There is heaps of processing power inside the Flip 5, and a gorgeous internal folding screen.

But the external display has been hugely upgraded this generation, with widgets that let you control key functions without even having to open the phone.

It will be exciting to see how Samsung develops the widget support in the future, but this is one of the best foldable phones you can get right now.

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Also consider:

Google Pixel 8 Pro

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.

Recent software updates have also added additional AI-functionality like “circle to search” making this an even more impressive device.

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Motorola RAZR 40 Ultra

RAZR 40 Ultra slipping into a pocket

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.

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How we chose the best Android phone

I’ve reviewed hundreds of phones over my career, and more than 20 since I launched BTTR. In that time I learned that review sites – including this one – are subjective by nature. Everybody has a different opinion of what is best.

So for this guide, I’ve recommended my top Android choices from the models I have tested. But also done extensive research to identify the top devices I may not have tested yet.

This research involved combining the products recommended by leading review sites across Australia, and consolidating those recommendations. You’ll find them in the “Also consider” section.

As I continue to test more Android phones, I’ll update this guide to ensure it is regularly up to date.


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.

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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.
  • 8 March 2024 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Removed the Samsung Galaxy S23, OnePlus 11, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Samsung Galaxy A54 5G. Added Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8.
  • 8 April 2024 – Updated the number of recommendations for products. Added Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, and Samsung Galaxy S24. Removed the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
  • 21 May 2024 – Updated methodology to be based on first-hand reviews, rather than external recommendations.
  • 13 June 2024 – Added the ASUS ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition