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01 SAM­SUNG GALAXY S5

$929, SAM­SUNG.COM/AU, TESTED JUNE 2014

LOVE Up­dated in­ter­face. In­cred­i­bly bright screen. In­no­va­tive fea­tures and bat­tery-sav­ing mode HATE Sen­sors are great, but the ac­cu­racy isn’t there yet T3 SAYS The S5 throws ev­ery­thing at its bid for An­droid supremacy and it just about pays off SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 2.5GHz quad­core SCREEN 5.1-inch, 1920x1080 CAM­ERA 16-megapixel/4K STOR­AGE 16GB or 32GB

02 HTC ONE M8

$899, HTC.COM/AU, TESTED JUNE 2014

LOVE Stun­ning metal­lic build. Great cam­era up­grades. Quad­core pro­ces­sor runs like a dream. In­spired Dot Ma­trix case HATE Fewer flashy head­line fea­tures T3 SAYS The One M8 equates to more than the sum of its up­grades. A stylish and classy pack­age SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 2.3GHz quad­core SCREEN 5-inch, 1920x1080 CAM­ERA 4-ul­trapixel/1080p STOR­AGE 16GB

03 AP­PLE I PHONE 5 S

FROM $869, AP­PLE.COM/AU, TESTED OC­TO­BER 2013

LOVE Pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor. Slick iOS 7. Looks pre­mium, even in gold. Touch ID. One of the best smart­phone cam­eras around HATE Pric­ing on higher-stor­age mod­els is crazy T3 SAYS The in­no­va­tions here re­ally wow, but it can’t hold back an at­tack from its new­est An­droid ri­val SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR A7 SCREEN 4-inch, 1136x640 CAM­ERA 8-meg/1080p STOR­AGE 16GB, 32GB or 64GB

04 GOOGLE NEXUS 5

FROM $399, PLAY.GOOGLE.COM, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2014

LOVE In­cred­i­ble 1080p dis­play. An­droid KitKat op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Af­ford­able price tag HATE Av­er­age cam­era and no 64GB op­tion T3 SAYS The best ever Nexus phone is a top An­droid blower, of­fer­ing a heck of a lot for not much dosh SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 2.3GHz quad­core SCREEN 4.95-inch, 1920x1080 CAM­ERA 8-meg/1080p STOR­AGE 16GB or 32GB

05 HTC ONE

$768, HTC.COM/AU, TESTED JUNE 2013

LOVE Chic metal­lic de­sign. A fan­tas­tic, in­no­va­tive cam­era. Great audio, with front-fac­ing speak­ers HATE Av­er­age bat­tery life. No ex­pand­able stor­age T3 SAYS A thing of beauty with brains to match. T3’s Gad­get of the Year 2013 and still a top An­droid SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 1.7GHz quad­core SCREEN 4.7-inch, 1920x1080 CAM­ERA 4-meg/1080p STOR­AGE 32GB or 64GB

06 SONY XP ERIA Z 2

$759, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED JULY 2014

LOVE Big dis­play with bril­liant im­age qual­ity. Pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor. Ex­cel­lent cam­era. Wa­ter­proof HATE Too lit­tle built-in stor­age. Sony’s in­ter­face needs work T3 SAYS A full-fea­tured and rugged An­droid smart­phone. Not quite as slick as some of its ri­vals, though SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 2.3GHz quad­core SCREEN 5.2-inch, 1920x1080 CAM­ERA 20-meg/4K STOR­AGE 16GB

07 LG G 3

$799, LG.COM/AU, TESTED AU­GUST 2014 LOVE Re­mark­able hi-res dis­play. Laser-fo­cused cam­era. Slick new re-skin­ning of An­droid KitKat HATE Very big. Pla­s­ticky cover. Rear con­trols still a di­vider T3 SAYS The G3 is big­ger, with added lasers and an in­cred­i­bly sharp screen, but it’s no An­droid champ SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 2.46GHz quad­core SCREEN 5.5-inch, 1440x2560 CAM­ERA 13-meg/4K STOR­AGE 16GB

08 SAM­SUNG GALAXY S4

$899, SAM­SUNG.COM/AU, TESTED JULY 2013

LOVE Spec­tac­u­lar, high-res­o­lu­tion dis­play. Cool ges­ture fea­tures. New cam­era tricks. Gen­er­ally sound all round HATE Bit pla­s­ticky. Some fea­tures are a tad gim­micky T3 SAYS Sam­sung’s best smart­phone yet, even if it’s no longer quite the best An­droid money can buy SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR 1.9GHz quad­core SCREEN 5-inch, 1920x1080 CAM­ERA 13-meg/1080p STOR­AGE 16GB, mi­croSD

09 AP­PLE I PHONE 5 C

FROM $739, AP­PLE.COM/AU, TESTED OC­TO­BER 2013

LOVE 4G ca­pa­bil­ity. Im­proved cam­era. iOS 7 looks good, works well and will im­prove as more apps support it. Cute colours HATE Not “cheap” as an­tic­i­pated T3 SAYS It’s the iPhone 5 with a coloured back, at a very slightly lower price… And there’s not much wrong with that SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS PRO­CES­SOR A6 SCREEN 4-inch, 1136x640 CAM­ERA 8-meg/1080p STOR­AGE 16GB or 32GB

10 MO­TOROLA MOTO G

$243, JBHIFI.COM.AU, TESTED CHRIST­MAS 2013

LOVE Bril­liant 4.5-inch HD dis­play. google app suite is ex­cel­lent. Stylish, sturdy build qual­ity

HATE No 4G. Lacks stor­age, with no mi­cro SD slot T3 SAYS Proof that in­no­va­tion needn’t mean a high price, this is com­fort­ably the best bud­get smart­phone SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

PRO­CES­SOR 1.2GHz quad­core SCREEN 4.5-inch, 1280x720 CAM­ERA 5-meg/1080p STOR­AGE 8GB or 16GB

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