5 Smartphones to Consider

Posted by (RetiredModerator)
23rd Jul 2018, 4:56pm

Check out these five amazing handsets that deliver a generous amount of value for a cost of the price!



A phone with an excellent camera, brilliant user experience, and a great price-point, the OPPO R15 is definitely one to consider. The OPPO R15 also holds the bragging rights for the first smartphone to use Sony’s flagship imaging sensor, the incredible IMX519. In the words of our reviewer Lucy, “If you’re the selfie-loving, photo-taking, adventurous type who’s after a premium-looking mid-ranger, look no further than the OPPO R15 Pro.” Check out the full review for everything you need to know about the OPPO R15.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Another phone to love is the Samsung Galaxy S9+. If the edge-to-edge display doesn’t win you over, the incredible new camera features like auto-focus, should do the trick! Take a look at our Samsung Galaxy S9+ review for more details on this awesome and highly sought after handset.

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Samsung Galaxy A8


This phone has a range of features that many of the more expensive handsets have, but without the equivalent price tag attached. The Samsung Galaxy A8 boasts an infinity display, making it Samsung’s first mid-range handset to feature a bezel-less display and a clever rear fingerprint scanner. You really get a lot of bang for your buck with this handset. See our Samsung Galaxy A8 review for more details.


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Huawei Mate10 Pro


Considered by many as one of the top smartphones of 2018, the Huawei Mate10 Pro should not be underestimated. This pocket rocket has a battery that’s said to be able to last two days, a feat unheard of for smartphones these days! For the camera-buffs amongst you, the Huawei Mate10 Pro has a 20-megapixel + 12-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera; which translates to a pretty decent shot. If this crafty handset sounds like it might be right for you, check out our pricing and plans.


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Last, but definitely not least, is the OPPO R11s. This phone does a great job at rivalling the Huawei Mate10 Pro, has a large and user-friendly screen, and exceptional battery life – with the OPPO R11s offering super-fast charging for those of us who are always on the move, providing a massive two hours of extra usage after a quick 5-minute charge! Also fighting in its corner are alternate camera modes, depending on the lighting and situation you’d like to photograph. Give our full review a read for more details!


After reading through our rave reviews for these smartphones, we won’t hold it against you if you’re considering one as your newest upgrade! Check out the latest pricing and plans.


We’d love to hear what you think of these suggestions, and which one you’d choose! Leave a comment below and let us know Smiley Happy


by Esteemed Contributor
‎2018-07-23 06:59 PM

How could you go past an S9+ Smiley Very Happy Mind you with a limited budget those Oppo phones do seem mighty interesting.

by RetiredModerator Megan_YC
‎2018-07-23 09:40 AM

Very true @Yeldarb Smiley LOL After seeing Lucy's review, I'm honestly pretty sold on the S9+, but the camera on the OPPO phones look so good too!!


What do you think @Davelew @MiCCAS @petergdownload @SillyGogo @SamSam @Paddylee @10000000000GB @caaf ? Smiley Very Happy

by Online Community Manager
‎2018-07-23 10:02 AM

 A battery that lasts up to two days?!
"Maaaaaaaaaaate!" Go the Huawei Mate10 Pro, bro!
Me talking to @AlistarS in my head.

by Trusted Contributor
‎2018-07-23 10:18 AM

Purchased a Samsung Galaxy J5 for my sister a while ago - she seems pretty happy - especially at $299


Good front and back camera, 32Gb storage + micro sd, 3gb ram and a good cpu - pretty zippy.

by RetiredModerator Felicity_YC
‎2018-07-23 10:47 AM

I have a brand new S9 @Yeldarb, I'm still getting used to it. Give me your tips Cat Happy

by New Contributor Withy
‎2018-07-23 11:03 AM

A little different but I'm a fan of OnePlus phones. I've had a OnePlus 3T for nearly 2 years and still love it. Great storage, fast processor and the fastest charging of all phones on the market with Dash charge.

Their latest phone the OnePlus 6 is a flagship phone which you can buy online for around $800.  May be a grey import but where can you buy a phone this good for this price.

by Crowd Champion Davelew
‎2018-07-23 11:10 AM

How daft can I get, comments regarding the OnePlus phones are mine, hadn't realised my wife has logged into yes crowd on my phone, just shows she loves the phone as well.

by Trusted Contributor
‎2018-07-23 11:58 AM
>>What do you think @Davelew @MiCCAS @petergdownload @SillyGogo @SamSam @Paddylee @10000000000GB @caaf ? Smiley Very Happy I buy the cheapest phone I can, because it's going in the washing machine within a year. I was talking with the neighbour and he had the sh!ts because he cracked his iphone screen on the first day of the contract. The best cheap phone I could find this time around, was the ZTE A520, but they stopped selling it the day after ZTE support let me swap from a V2. This level of consumption that's being encouraged is tragic. These $1000 phones made in China would cost $4000 if made by no slave labour in our country. The market exists entirely by the dishonesty of Telcos and third world exploitation. Let the good times roll !!!
by Esteemed Contributor
‎2018-07-23 12:38 PM

I don’t have an S9 however I have set one up for a mate. Like most Android devices I would recommend spending some time understanding the Google ecosystem otherwise you will end up syncing crap everywhere.

by Esteemed Contributor
‎2018-07-23 12:53 PM

Not sure that was where this thread was looking to go @10000000000GB but I've no doubt derailed a few with my own bugbears (Personally I don't like how much people spend on clothes and then just replace for a new fashion each year). I think you're probably being a bit harsh on the Telcos with this one - My read is they're more feeding the demand than fueling it (But its probably not a big leap to say they aren't exactly putting up the good fight either)


I also really don't like that even if you want to keep your (expensive) phone a long time the plans don't support it and the phones themselves always have components that fail (head phone jack?) that its easier and cheaper to throw out rather than try get repaired. But again that is symptomatic of society. 


On the OT, I've been Nexus (and now the more premium Pixel) but I only buy about every four years and then one behind the current model to try do my bit Smiley Happy.


Peter Gillespie

by Crowd Champion Davelew
‎2018-07-24 11:01 AM


Seeing I rave on about OnePlus phones here is a link to yesterday's review of the OnePlus 6 by Ausdroid, if anyone's interested;

by Crowd Champion SillyGogo
‎2018-07-30 05:19 PM

Hmm, so many nice one to go for. I guess for me, the next purchase will be an iPhone to replace the misses's 6s, a spider moved in and made a few webs on the screen. 





by New Member Techgeek521
‎2018-07-31 08:56 PM

Yes, these all phones are awesome. I have personally used Samsung Galaxy A8 and it was good but after as soon as it completed one year it starts to cause the problem in speaker and then I contacted to Geek Squad as the warranty has got over.

by Esteemed Contributor
‎2018-07-31 09:20 PM

 Funny, you can't actually report spam post in COMMENTS (like the above).


Peter Gillespie

by New Member Techgeek521
‎2018-07-31 09:27 PM

It is a genuine comment bro not spam.

by Esteemed Contributor
‎2018-07-31 10:27 PM

Then my definition of spam and yours differ Smiley Indifferent. One post linking to a paid service suggests "Google Search Algorithm" to me. Especially when the link website "Contact Us" results in:


"This is a page with some basic contact information, such as an address and phone number. You might also try a plugin to add a contact form"


FWIW if your expensive smart phone fails after a year then there are still statutory consumer laws in place to ensure a repair, refund or replacement. 


Peter Gillespie

by Esteemed Contributor
‎2018-08-02 07:16 PM

You should have offered to fix it for him for a small fee.

by New Contributor Pony64
‎2018-08-06 02:45 PM

Hauwei 10 Mate Pro, your kidding me right the phone is great the firmware updates are none existing unless your Chinese or German  there are not happening. All users of the Huawei phone  have issues with Iphone X integration, opening Optus sms voice mails , functions on bluetooth  that previously worked with older phones now just don't work (i lost voice dialing from my car) and Google assistant doesn't understand. Optus received the new firmware in July but "still under testing" , perhaps this review should be done after we all get on  on the same firmware version and Optus  stops making this phone look bad.

by New Contributor TheTraveller
‎2018-10-19 02:30 PM

J5 Pro is a great phone for the price ($299 Optus locked).


Put the rest of the cash to a proper camera!


And keep the O/S as 7.0 - do not upgrade to 8.1.0.

by Occasional Visitor Geeksquad9333
‎2019-01-29 08:58 PM

The suggestions you've made on the smartphone is great. I've liked the third one samsung galaxy a8. You can also contact Geek Squad Tech Support for any technical issue with your device