Fully featured phones that won’t break your budget

motorola edge 20

Are you looking for that sweet spot between something cheap and the top priced flagships? With fantastic displays, long battery life and multi-lens cameras, these phones are amongst the best of the best without splurging over $1000.

Google Pixel 6

Rating: 8.1 Price: $999

Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro shootout

The Google Pixel 6 is Google’s best effort to date. It is streets ahead of the Pixel 5 series in speed and camera performance. It is a worthy flagship, and the more you use it, the more features you discover.

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Exceptional build quality and unique Google design cuesThrottling is more than expected and will be a deal breaker for power users
IP68 and Qi chargeLimited USB-C 3.1 implementation – no ALT DP or external storage mounting
Great camera but needs a little work on the camera appAverage selfie camera
Good daylight readable displays
Android 12, 12, 13, 14…

Motorola Edge 20 Pro 5G

Rating: 8.7 Price: $899

Motorola Edge 20 Pro

Motorola just levelled the playing field. It competes well with OPPO, Vivo, Realme and Samsung in this space. Including a great (although not yet perfect) camera, solid battery life, excellent phone reception and support from Motorola Australia. If you have $899 to spend, it gets the tick.

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Great 6.7” 144Hz AMOLED screenMono – use headphones instead
Solid Qualcomm SD870G performanceIP52 is not enough
Good battery lifeDoes not support Optus 5G Low-band n40
Good all-around camera
Two Android Upgrade policy
Very strong phone signal strength

Samsung A52 4G/5G

Rating: 8.7 Price: $599/$749

Samsung Galaxy A52

The Samsung Galaxy A52 4G or 5G are serious contenders in the highly competitive mid-range 4G and 5G market. They should be on your shopping list. The problem for Samsung is that other companies are the class leaders in some areas of that space. But, if you want AMOLED and IP67, then these are for you.

4G or 5G? The 5G uses a slightly more powerful SoC and has more storage – both have a microSD hybrid slot to 1TB. But that is about where it ends. If you only need 4G, save $150.

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Decent 2-day battery life15W charger supplied
Good day and office light cameraNot the fastest implementation of this SoC
Samsung OS upgrade and security patch policyPoor colour matching between 12MP Ultra Wide and Main 64MP sensor
Gaming is too variable – go for an SD8XX series SoC
Sound signature is tinny

OPPO Find X3 Lite 5G

Rating: 9 Price: $749

OPPO Find X3 Lite 5G

The OPPO Find X3 Lite has the lowest cost of all the Find X3 series and holds its own against similarly priced mid-range 5G phones. It gets extra points for SuperVOOC 2.0 charging, a better camera than you could expect and OPPOs unswerving commitment to its users to provide excellent after-sales service

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Great grippy textured finishNo formal IP rating or microSD
Bright and colour accurate screenOversized charger takes up two power point spaces
Killer battery life and recharge time
Camera is as good as it gets for the price

Motorola Edge 20 5G

Rating: 8.8 Price: $699

Motorola Edge 20

Hold on, isn’t the Motorola Edge 20 already on this list? The Pro version is, but we are talking about the younger sibling here! This device focuses on what is important and addresses these pain points very well. It also includes class-leading features like a 108MP camera at a low $699 price – you would pay more to get this.

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Great 6.7” 144Hz AMOLED screenMono – use headphones instead
Solid SD 778G SoC performanceIP52 is not enough
Good battery life
Good all-around camera
Android x 2 Upgrade policy
Strong phone signal strength

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