Telstra is currently dominating the Australian telco space, with recent reports suggesting it has as many as 14.4 million subscribers on its network at this time. So, with so many of you choosing the Big T for your mobile service, it's time we took a look at which handset you should choose when you wander into the Telstra shop.
Compared with its competitors, Telstra's range is quite small. Traditionally, Telstra has been very selective with which OEM partners it works with and it tends only to take on the big name products.
4G is another driving consideration for Telstra, and all of the phones in this list are 4G-ready. While we are big fans of the lightning fast data speeds associated with 4G, it does tend to take a toll on battery life, so be sure to read the full review of each handset to make sure it is right for you.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The phone that would be king. The Galaxy S4 had big shoes to fill after the success of the S3, and it does so by basically being the same phone as the S3 but with a much better screen.
In a world where tech changes so much each year, this may sound like a bad thing, but it isn't. The S4 is a very capable smartphone, with one of the year's best screens and fastest performance. There isn't much not to like.
It is packed to the gills with gimmicky features, like ways to control the phone without touching the screen, and a Samsung-designed health management app. These may not be features you'll end up using, but they certainly don't detract from the phone in a major way.
Apple iPhone 5
Few "best phone" lists would be complete without the iPhone, and compared with the available offering at Telstra, the iPhone 5 definitely deserves to be here.
Last year's hardware refresh gave fans the (slightly) larger screen they had been calling out for, and though it is still much smaller than the screens on phones by Samsung and HTC, it is a step in the right direction. It is also markedly more powerful than the previous generation iPhone, with Apple's new A6 processor, with a focus on graphics processing.
The iPhone is still the best device for smartphone newbies, too. It's simple, clean layout is easy to navigate, and even people who don't feel comfortable using computers tend to take to the iPhone like ducks to water. This isn't to say that advanced users won't love an iPhone too, but it is definitely a great choice for anyone new to touchscreen tech.
With our own Gareth Beavis calling the HTC One "the best phone on the market", it is impossible for us not to include it in this list. He's not alone either, the One has drawn superlative-dripping reviews across the globe, calling it "elegant", "beautifully designed" and a "powerhouse".
HTC's new approach to its Sense-branded user interface gives the One an exciting new face, and defines it from older HTC models. The Blinkfeed news feed is also a neat touch, though it isn't yet as useful as HTC might like it to be.
There are a few quibbles remaining though. The lack of expandable storage will irk those with massive media collections, and the handset does tend to heat up quite a bit during use. Still, it is hard to go passed the One for everything it does right.
Some may consider the Z10 a contentious inclusion in this list, but we love the many ways that the Z10 is different from everything else in this collection.
Sure, it looks like most of the other phones here, but unique features of the BlackBerry 10 OS help it to stand apart. The unified messaging hub is the best example: a one-stop shop for all of your messages. And not just SMS and email, but all of your social networks and system notifications too.
There are no buttons on the Z10 either, every element of BlackBerry 10 is controlled with gestures. For example, swiping up and to the right starts a 'peeking' command, which lets you see what is in your inbox without exiting the app you're using.
Needless to say, the Z10 won't be for everybody. It is certainly worth a look if you visit a Telstra shop to weigh up your options, though.
Nokia Lumia 920
Telstra has embraced the Windows Phone 8 more so than Optus or Vodafone, snaring two of the flagship devices as short-term exclusives. The Lumia 920 is our pick of the Windows litter, beating out the HTC Windows Phone 8X with its outstanding camera and great performance.
And, what a camera it is. Making use of an ingenious optical stabilisation system, the PureView camera on the Lumia 920 takes some of the best photos capable through a smartphone lens. This equates to more photos in focus than blurry messes, which is no mean feat from a phone.
Like the iPhone, the Windows Phone OS also offers a comparatively shallow learning curve, so this is not a bad option if you are choosing a new smartphone for someone who has only used feature phones in the past.