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iPhone 8 256GB
LTE, Apple iOS 13, 12 MP, 750x1334 Pix
65 Reviews
11 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 256GB
Over 5 MP, 256 GB, 8 GB
12 Reviews
Xiaomi Redmi 7A 32GB
Android 9.0 (Pie), 5 MP, 720x1440 Pix, 32 GB
9 Reviews
iPhone XR 256GB
Apple iOS 13, 12 MP, 828x1792 Pix, 256 GB
48 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S6 4G SM-G920i 64GB
4G, Android 5.0 (Lollipop), 16 MP, 1440x2560 Pix
105 Reviews
Huawei P30 Lite 6GB 128GB
2G, 3G, 4G (LTE), EMUI 9.0.1 (Android 9.0 Pie), 24 + 8 + 2 MP, 2312x1080 Pix
22 Reviews
OnePlus 7 Pro GM1913 8GB 256GB
Android 10, 48 MP, 256 GB, 8 GB
35 Reviews
HTC U12 Plus 128GB
4G LTE, Android 9.0 (Pie), 12 MP, 2880x1440 Pix
36 Reviews
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OnePlus 6T 8GB 128GB
Android 10, 16 MP, 1080x2340 Pix, 128 GB
51 Reviews
LTE, Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), 13 MP, 720x1280 Pix
40 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE GT-i9505 16GB
4G, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), 13 MP, 1080x1920 Pix
162 Reviews
OnePlus 6 128GB
LTE, Android 10, 16 MP, 1080x2280 Pix
58 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus SM-G975F 6GB 128GB
16 MP, 1440x3040 Pix, 128 GB, 6 GB
12 Reviews
Vodafone Smart V8
Android 7.1 (Nougat), 16 MP, 1080x1920 Pix, 32 GB
8 Reviews
Sony Xperia XZ1 G8342 64GB
LTE, Android 9.0 (Pie), 19.00 MP, 1080x1920 Pix
55 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N960F/DS 128GB
Android 9.0 (Pie), 12 MP, 1440x2960 Pix, 128 GB
67 Reviews
Vodafone Smart E8
Android 7.1 (Nougat), 5 MP, 480x854 Pix, 8 GB
5 Reviews
Oppo R17 Pro 128GB
2G, 3G, 4G (LTE), Android 9.0 (Pie), 20 MP, 1080x2340 Pix
19 Reviews
Nokia 5.1 Plus (X5)
2G, 3G, 4G (LTE), Android 9.0 (Pie), 13 + 5 MP, 720x1520 Pix
18 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy J8 SM-J810Y 32GB
Android 9.0 (Pie), 16 MP, 720x1480 Pix, 32 GB
13 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S9 Dual SIM SM-G960FD 64GB
LTE, Android 9.0 (Pie), 12 MP, 1440x2960 Pix
80 Reviews
Nokia 7.1 64GB
Android 9.0 (Pie), 12 MP, 1080x2280 Pix, 64 GB
33 Reviews
iPhone 8 Plus 128GB
Apple iOS 13, 12 MP, 1080x1920 Pix, 128 GB
36 Reviews
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LTE, Android 9.0 (Pie), 12 MP, 64 GB
101 Reviews
Huawei Y9 2019 64GB
2G, 3G, 4G (LTE), EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo), 16 + 2 MP, 1080x2340 Pix
7 Reviews
Samsung Galaxy M20 64GB
Android 9.0 (Pie), 64 GB, 4 GB, Colour
16 Reviews
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LTE, Android 8.0 (Oreo), 12 + 12 MP, 2248x1080 Pix
12 Reviews
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LTE, Android 7.0 (Nougat), 13 MP, 720x1280 Pix
22 Reviews
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LTE, Android 9.0 (Pie), 12 MP, 1440x2960 Pix
79 Reviews
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LTE, Android 9.0 (Pie), 13 MP, 1440x2880 Pix
79 Reviews
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2G, 3G, 4G (LTE), EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo), 13 MP, 720x1520 Pix
6 Reviews
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4G, Apple iOS 11, 8 MP, 640x1136 Pix
122 Reviews
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Android 5.1 (Lollipop), 5 MP, 480x800 Pix, 8 GB
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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE 64GB
2G, 3G, 4G (LTE), MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie, 48 + 13 + 8 MP, 1080x2340 Pix
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4G LTE, Android 9.0 (Pie), 13 MP, 720x1480 Pix
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Mobile Phones Buying Guide

No longer are cellphones used just for calling, or even texting for that matter. Gone are the days of brick-sized phones with briefcase-sized batteries - this is the age of phones that will do almost everything except make coffee. And who knows; give them a year or two, and they might be doing that too. But all this extra tech doesn't explain itself, and it's easy to get lost in a flood of firmware updates and hardware gimmicks. Read on for our guide to choosing the right smartphone.

Touch, click, or both?

Touch screens are all the rage, infesting everything from computers to dishwashers, and cellphones have probably been hit the hardest by this tech. Not to say it's a bad thing, of course. Arguably the best cells in the world have touchscreens, but they're definitely not everybody's cup of tea.  Buttons, on the other hand, have been around longer than most everything else, and there are definite advantages to sticking with the clickers. So why touchscreen?

Well, for a start, a touchscreen usually involves a larger screen than you'd get on an equivalently priced button phone, the reason being that it needs to be large enough for your fingers to be able to hit the virtual keys. Smartphones are also much more accommodating to "Apps" (see below) and, because of that, are often a lot more useful and expandable than their button counterparts. All touchscreen phones do have some buttons, but they're usually minimal - a volume control, a sleep/power button, and oftentimes a home screen button of some kind.

But there are also a myriad of problems that come with smartphones, particularly the smaller, cheaper breed. Because of everything being on the phone's screen, your fingers can get in the way if the screen is on the small side. Which brings us to the next problem - fingerprints can be the bane of your cellphones existence if you're not careful. Screen protectors can help with this, particularly the matte variety, but they're not perfect and often hard to find in the exact size.

On the other side of the coin, we've got the old school button phones, which have served their purpose but are sadly on the decline. That said, there are still plenty of fantastic buttoned alternatives out there, and while they often don't have the bells and whistles that the touchscreen ones do, there are a number of advantages to buying a phone with buttons.

The major positive that'll be noted, particularly among teenagers, is the ease when texting. Blind texting is an easily achievable feat with button phones, provided you've got a bit of time to practice, and it's just not possible on most touchscreens. On top of that, the phones are generally simpler to use, and an awful lot cheaper - sometimes by three or four hundred dollars. So if all you're really after is a phone to call and text, then a button phone is your best bet - cheap, reliable, and simple. If you're after something a bit fancier, then you'll want to go touch. There are a few options out there that combine the two - a phone with both buttons and a touchscreen, but the screens tend to be too small to be much good.

iOS, Android, and other firmwares

There's always something at the top of any ladder, and "smartphones" are definitely at the top of the cellphone market. Smartphones do a lot more than just texting and calling - you can send emails, take videos, and even use some of them as a GPS. Skype, Facebook, and many other previously PC-only applications are now available in the form of "apps" - software for phones. Smartphones aren't as scary as they look though, and are well worth the investment, particularly if you need your work to be with you on the road, or just fancy tearing yourself away from the desk. There are two main options to consider when looking for a smartphone - iOS or Android. Basically, they're "firmwares" which is the operating system. The firmware dictates not only what the interface looks like, but also what apps will run. There are Android-only apps, as well as apps that only iOS gets. At the moment, iOS has a somewhat larger selection of applications, although Android is getting more and more quality apps added each day, and may someday overtake iOS.

Android and iOS is often looked on as a Holden vs Ford kind of relationship, and while that's true to a certain extent, there are definitely some aspects in favour of Android - and some for iOS. Android is far more "open-source", meaning that applications are available that modify the phone in ways that Apple (iOS) wouldn't allow. Because of Androids open-source nature, it's much more customizable in the way of themes and ringtones, but is also susceptible to viruses. Internet security is available from Norton, so it's a curable problem, but a problem nonetheless. The other advantage to buying Android is the vast range of phones - more on that below.

iOS, on the other hand, sacrifices customisability and for a better user experience. Apple has placed many restrictions on what you're able to do, which results in a much cleaner, much more refined user experience. The obvious downside to that is the lack of options - you have a selection of ringtones and text tones, but you can't add any of your own. There are no options to add themes, and there's no ability to transfer files from one phone to another via Bluetooth - all options that are available to Android users. In saying that, iOS is so cleverly put together that you won't miss too many of those, since the selection of ring and text tones is enough for more people, and the default theme is fantastic. The iOS App Store is full of quality apps, and the stringent standards that Apple imposes keep a lot of trash out, although some does manage to slip through the cracks.

So what phone?

If you're after a smartphone, you've got a few good options to look for. On the Android side of the field, there's Oppo and OnePlus, who've just landed in NZ. They make a huge range of fantastic smartphones to suit everyone. If you're not into new Chinese brands, the Samsung Galaxy series is a fantastic alternative, and also runs on Android. On the other side we've got iOS, and you're options are far more limited over here.

If you're not in need of a smartphone and just want something simple, Nokia would be a great place to turn. They're a long-standing company that provides good quality, low-cost phones. Huawei is another option, providing some great phones for around the $150 mark. That said, there are some other great brands out there, although it always pays to check out some reviews beforehand, or have a hands-on with the phone before you actually buy it, particularly if you're making a sizable investment.

Everything else you need to know

There are a few other things that are good to know before you get a new phone. The first one is that numbers are transferrable - you've just got to get in touch with your new provider and request the swap, so don't be afraid of switching networks to get a better deal. The other thing to note is that not all phones will work on all networks - if you buy a phone designed for the Vodafone or 2Degrees networks, it probably won't work on Spark, and vice versa. There are a few exceptions to the rule, but they're usually in the higher price bracket. Don't be afraid to ask before you buy - any salesperson or online store will be happy to answer any questions you've got. It's also possible to switch between Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees, since they use the same cell towers everywhere except for a few main cities.