Best Vodafone phones: 5 we recommend

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If you're looking to renew your contract with Vodafone and are hungrily scoping out its current range of smartphones; we're here to help. Below is our top picks for the best handsets on the Vodafone network.

Generally, Vodafone has cheaper handset repayments than Telstra and Optus, and the telco has also launched its 4G network and introduced new Red roaming plans.

If you're still not sure, it's also worth remembering that Vodafone continues to offer a 30-day guarantee with all long-term contracts, so you can try the network before being fully committed to paying for it month after month.

Apple iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

If you're really not sure which phone to choose, especially if you feel intimidated by the idea of smartphones in general, we suggest you grab an iPhone.

The iPhone 5S is amongst the most expensive phones in the Vodafone range, but it is worth it for its slick design, a much more powerful processor than the iPhone 5, excellent camera and new Touch ID, with iOS 7 bringing lots of new flavour to the somewhat tired OS.

For a handset that is upwards of $869, Vodafone is offering the iPhone 5S with much cheaper monthly repayments than both Telstra and Optus.

On the other hand, if you want to jump on to the iPhone bandwagon, don't want to be left too far behind in specs, but can't afford the 5S, then the iPhone 5C is your best option with repayments starting from only $2.

Nokia Lumia 925

Apple iPhone 5C

If you want something other than an Android of Apple phone, Vodafone has the Lumia 925 up for $0 handset repayments as well.

An update to the Lumia 920, the 925 offers a solid Windows experience, with an excellent camera and a more premium build quality that looks superb.

You also get Nokia's HERE Maps and HERE Drive navigation apps, which are brilliant additions to the stock Microsoft offerings, and it also does a great job of contacts, messaging and social network integration.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note 2

The Note 2 proved to be a wonderful phablet, and the Note 3 just gets better with more power, more screen real estate and a much more premium look.

Even Samsung's S-Pen stylus attachment gets an overhaul, making it a more useful tool rather than just a fancy gimmick.

Vodafone also sells the handset bundled with the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. OK, you might think the Gear a little useless at the moment, but we definitely suggest you at least consider the Note 3. You never know, you may just fall in love.



For every Apollo Creed, there is a Rocky Balboa. For every Dr Claw, there is an Inspector Gadget. Samsung's Galaxy S4 was always going to be a strong phone to compete against, but HTC delivered this remarkably good phone to make this year interesting.

The HTC One is designed the way many have wanted the iPhone to be designed for many years. It's brushed aluminium frame is more reminiscent of a MacBook Pro than any of the plastic phones in HTC's recent history.

The One has a 1080p screen that is at least as good as the screen in the Galaxy S4, not just in pixels, but in the way it reproduces colours and the crispness of text. HTC has also redesigned the Sense UI, giving it a more mature aesthetic and adding some great new features.

It's a few months old now, but from our perspective, the HTC One is top dog still.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 is one phone that is able to keep Samsung in our top 5. Expectations were high prior to Samsung's announcement of the phone and its features, and in most ways, it lives up to the hype.

It sports a 1080p display with loads of tricks, like "air gestures", "eye tracking" and health monitoring tools, while its 13-megapixel camera has more modes and editing tools than any Galaxy phone before it.

And it has also spawned a whole family of smartphones, like the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom.

While HTC encases its flagship in sleek brushed aluminium, the plastic chassis of the S4 will be a setback for some. However, those who look past the cheap feeling plastic frame will discover one of the year's best phones below the surface.

Not only that, but Vodafone is offering a Cat 4 LTE variant of the device, so you'll be downloading the latest Simpsons episode in no time.