Best Vodafone phone: 5 we recommend

The best smartphones you can get on a Vodafone plan

Vodafone may have had its reputation seriously damaged a few years back thanks to lacklustre service and network performance, but it has worked hard to fix things.

These days, Vodafone's network is as robust as you would hope, and while it may not have quite the same coverage as Telstra, it still manages to hit the majority of the population.

Perhaps more appealing is the fact that generally, the telco has cheaper handset repayments than Telstra plans and Optus plans, and it recently went big with the gigs. Here are the best handsets Voda has to offer

Apple iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S

Apple pulled off a return to form with the release of the iPhone 6, but the iPhone 6S is even better.

Apple's latest takes everything that made the iPhone 6 special – the combination of a larger screen, TouchID and iOS 8 – and builds on it.

iOS 9 works like a dream, the phone packs some serious power, and the introduction of 3D Touch – meaning the phone's screen responds differently depending on how much force you apply to it – has the potential to be a truly remarkable innovation. We just need to wait and see what developers do with it.

While iPhones are always among the most expensive options, it's a versatile and intelligent handset that boasts a refinement that should, for most people, be worth the expense.

To grab an iPhone 6S on a Vodafone plan, you'll be paying anywhere between $79 a month (16GB iPhone, 500MB of data) and $134 a month (128GB iPhone, 20GB of data).

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung's latest S Pen-equipped handset takes its styling tips from the super sleek Galaxy S6, making it the best looking Note Samsung's ever produced.

The Note 5's 5.7-inch screen is stunning, and its record-breaking processor and 4GB of RAM deliver plenty of speed. The S Pen remains as handy as ever, and the camera delivers truly stunning results time and time again.

Note devotees may find themselves lamenting the loss of expandable memory and removable battery, but despite this, the Note remains a force to be reckoned with.

Voda's plans for the Note 5 start from $72 a month for 500GB of data, and peak at $130 a month for 20GB of data.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Vodafone

The Galaxy S6 is a return to form for Samsung after the slightly disappointing Galaxy S5, shooting straight to the top spot in our best mobile phones roundup.

This, naturally, also makes it a fantastic option for Vodafone customers looking for a new state-of-the-art Android handset.

Unfortunately for the budget-conscious, the S6 is another premium handset thanks to its amazing screen, impressive processor and high performing camera.

The cheapest option for a Galaxy S6 on plan is $65 a month (32GB Galaxy S6, 500MB of data), while $104 a month will get you the 128GB model and 10GB of data.

There is also the Galaxy S6 Edge alternative, for those who like their handsets with bent sides, but it's slightly pricier.

HTC One M9

HTC One M9 Vodafone

The HTC One family of phones has been top of the charts for the past couple of years, so you know there's quality embedded in that brushed aluminium body.

While this year's One M9 may have dropped down a few notches in our top 10 rankings, it's still a spectacular option for smartphone users, especially those who aren't the biggest fan of Samsung's TouchWiz UI.

The One M9 definitely resides on the premium end of the smartphone spectrum, but given the lack of different capacity models, actually becomes more affordable on the more expensive Vodafone plans.

The cheapest option will still set you back $66 a month over 24 months, with 500MB of data. If you need more than that paltry amount, you can select up to 10GB of data, which will cost you $100 per month.

Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5

One for the James Bond wannabes out there, to go with your Persol sunglasses and Aston Martin wheels.

The Xperia Z5 is Sony's most stylish handset to date. While still immediately identifiable as a Sony – it says it right there on the phone's perfectly frosted glass back, after all – this is a thinner, lighter design than we've seen in the past, with a perfect balance that feels solid without the weightiness of its predecessors.

Sony's also finally getting on board with the whole fingerprint sensor thing, but has implemented it in an unusual but clever way. Sony's sensor sits on the side of the handset, where your thumb naturally rests, which leaves us pondering why no one did it before.

Voda's cheapest Z5 plan costs $67 a month over 24 months for which you'll receive 500MB of data. For the data-hungry, its top plan comes with 20GB, but it'll cost you $130 a month.