Best Android phones in Australia 2024

If there's one thing above all else that makes Android a great platform, it's choice. The best Android phones give you a wealth of options for any budget, meaning you can find a handset that perfectly suits your needs, whether you're willing to pay AU$499 or AU$2,499. All you have to do is figure out which features are most important to you. 

Of course, this article is here to point you towards the best Android phones that are currently available in Australia. So whether you want an amazing camera, a stunning screen, brilliant design or a long battery life, there are plenty of options available to you.

This year has already brought us some fantastic premium Android devices, such as Samsung's Galaxy S24, Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5. However, the recent arrival of Google's excellent Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro has undoubtedly had a big impact on the list below, instantly landing in prime positions.

Of course, with so many options to choose from, it can be tough for Android newcomers (and even veterans) to narrow down the best Android phones in Australia to pick. So with that in mind, here our our top picks in 2024.

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Specifications

Display: 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED (3120 x 1440; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB/ No
Rear camera: 200MP main (f/1.7), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 50MP 5x telephoto f/3.4), 10MP 3x telephoto (f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (f/2.2)
Weight: 232g
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 16:45

Reasons to buy

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Longest-lasting battery in a Galaxy phone
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Outstanding performance
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Helpful AI features

Reasons to avoid

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Zoom lens is a step back
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$100 price hike over predecessor

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra doesn’t make major hardware changes from past Samsung flagships, instead putting most of its focus on new AI-powered features. These Galaxy AI capabilities are both practical and easy to use, allowing you to do things like get real-time translations on phone calls where someone speaks another language; automatically summarize and organize your notes; and search for things just by circling them.

The hardware changes may be modest, but they’re welcome — the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset powering the phone delivers performance that actually beats the iPhone 15 Pro Max on some speed tests. (That’s the first time we’ve seen that happen.) Power management features on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 also contribute to the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s epic battery life, with the phone last nearly 17 hours on one charge in our testing.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra swaps out one of its telephoto lenses for a higher resolution sensor with less of an optical zoom, and that feels like a step back — so much so that we feel like it loses out the best camera phone title to Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max. Still, the cameras continue to produce excellent photos overall. 

The bigger consideration is its cost — starting at AU$2,199, not everyone is going to be able to afford the Galaxy S24 Ultra, but those willing to pay up will get the most premium Android device in return. With seven years of software and security support provided by Samsung, this is a device clearly built to last a long time.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review.

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Google Pixel 8 Pro held in hand.

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Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (2992 x 1344; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Tensor G3
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable:&: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Rear camera: 500MP wide (f/1.65), 48MP ultra wide (ƒ/1.95), 48MP telephoto (5x zoom, f/2.8)
Front camera: 10.5MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 213g
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:03

Reasons to buy

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Brighter Super Actua Display
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7 years of software updates
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Excellent AI-powered features

Reasons to avoid

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Tensor performance lags other top chipsets

Despite a AU$400 price hike over last year's model, Google's Pixel 8 Pro is the search giant's best handset to date, and the absolute benchmark for how AI can be integrated into your smartphone to make your life easier. 

Sure, the Pixel 8 Pro's new Tensor G3 chip cannot match the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset in terms of gaming performance, but that was never Google's goal. Instead, the Pixel 8 Pro is leveraging AI and machine learning to give you a user experience which no other handset can even begin to compete with.

For instance, Pixel is the only place you'll find a feature like call screening, which now offers a more realistic sounding assistant to take calls for you. It even gives you a summary of what the call is about, allowing you to decide whether you want to answer it properly. That's the kind of futuristic functionality that gives the Pixel 8 Pro an actual point of difference from its competitors.

Of course, Google is once again using AI to push the Pixel 8 Pro's photographic capabilities into new frontiers. On top of improving your photos and videos via the cloud, Google's Magic Editor also lets you adjust everything about your shot, including lighting, composition, background elements — you can even swap out the sky for a prettier one. 

Additionally, a brilliant new Best Take feature is able to capture multiple shots of faces in group shots, allowing you to swap someone's face out to a better shot if they happen to blink or look away. AI can even be used to filter out unwanted background noise in videos.

So while Google no longer has much of a pricing advantage over the likes of Samsung, the Pixel 8 Pro offers a big enough leap in smarts to justify its new price point.

Read our full Google Pixel 8 Pro review.

Google Pixel 7a

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Google's affordable phone makes the Pixel 7 obsolete

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch OLED (2400 x 1080; 90Hz)
CPU: Tensor G2
RAM: 8GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB / No
Rear cameras: 64MP (f/1.9) wide, 13MP (f/2.2) ultrawide
Front camera: 13MP (f/2.2)
Weight: 193.5g

Reasons to buy

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Improved battery life
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Better value than Pixel 7
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All the benefits of Tensor G2

Reasons to avoid

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Still average performance
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Noticeable bezels

In a move that's sure to cannibalise sales of its own Pixel 7, Google's Pixel 7a delivers a handset experience that's every bit that phone's equal in terms of features, with the added bonus of being AU$250 cheaper.

For only AU$749, the Pixel 7a offers the same Tensor G2 chipset as the regular Pixel 7, meaning the same level of machine learning smarts, along with a brighter 90Hz display, and higher megapixel cameras across the board. Aside from a (very slightly) smaller 6.1-inch display, we don't see any convincing reason to buy a regular Pixel 7 over the new Pixel 7a.

But how does it compare to the Pixel 6a? We're happy to report that the Pixel 7a improves upon its A-series predecessor in every meaningful way — particularly when it comes to battery life. While the Pixel 6a offered a very underwhelming 6.5 hours of screen time in 60Hz mode in our intensive battery tests, the Pixel 7a averaged 10 hours and 5 minutes under the same conditions, which is an enormous step up.

While the Tensor G2 isn't great from a gaming performance perspective, the chipset more than makes up for that shortcoming with a wealth AI-enhanced features, including computational photography, call management, live transcription and more. If you're after an affordable Google handset, this is the one to get.

Read our full Google Pixel 7a review.