Best phones in Australia 2018: the 10 top smartphones we've tested


Update: The impressive and affordable LG G7 ThinQ has been added to our list of the best phones in Australia for 2018. Read on to find out where it placed and why it made the cut!

  • If you're interested in Apple's flagship handset, then perhaps you'd be more interested in our best iPhone list.
  • Alternatively, if you prefer Google's OS, then our best Android phone roundup should be right up your alley.

2017 proved to be a stellar year for smartphones, and now, 2018 is looking to be even better. The recent launches of the iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus mean that the humble smartphone is destined to become faster, more powerful and even more versatile than ever before.

Here at TechRadar, we check out every phone under the sun, putting the ones that matter through our vigorous testing process to create our in-depth mobile phone reviews.

However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account power, specs, design and value for money. And we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets – after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?

So whether it's one of the many slick Android handsets, the latest iPhone or one from a range of other cool manufacturers, we've extensively tested them all so you don't have to!

Here are our rankings for the best smartphones around, currently available in Australia in 2018.

10. Nokia 8 Sirocco

Nokia's flashiest flagship yet

Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 140.9 x 73 x 7.5mm | OS: Android 8.0 (Android One) | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3260mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Though the Nokia 8 handset from HMD Global was well received and reviewed at release, it was perhaps lacking in the flair and personality we've come to expect from flagship phones in 2018. 

To remedy this, the Finnish phone manufacturer went back to the drawing board, eventually producing the Nokia 8 Sirocco — a stylish handset that retained its predecessor's powerhouse internals (with a few improvements) and applied a drastically updated design that's sure to turn a few heads. 

The first thing you'll notice about the Nokia 8 Sirocco is that it's one of the few Android handsets on the market to emulate the curved metal and glass form factor of Samsung's Galaxy and Note ranges. In fact, it feels quite sharp and thin in the hand, somewhat reminding us of the Galaxy S7 Edge

However, the comparisons basically end there, as the Sirocco employs many of the design choices we've come to expect from more modern phones, including slim bezels, a QHD OLED display, a rear fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C charging and data transfer and the complete lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack (okay, that one we could've held onto). 

The inclusion of a whopping 128GB of internal storage is also welcome, though you won't find a microSD card slot here. What you will find, however, is a Snapdragon 835 chipset, a 3,260mAh battery, 6GB of RAM and a Zeiss Optics dual camera setup (12MP + 13MP) that's capable of some impressive snaps. 

Fans of the 'Pure Android' experience will also be pleased to know that the Nokia 8 Sirocco belongs to the Android One series of smartphones, all of which run an unmodified version of whichever Android version it shipped with (in the Sirocco's case, that's Android 8.0). 

For now, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the best handset that HMD Global has released yet. If you're keen on owning a phone with the Nokia branding on it, this is the one to get.

Read the hands on review: Nokia 8 Sirocco
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