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Best Virgin Mobile phones available right now

Summary: We've compiled a list of Virgin's best devices that we'll update regularly to keep you in the know

By at WhistleOut |

Just because you’ve picked your provider doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, you still have to pick a phone. We’ve grabbed the best phones from Virgin and compiled a short list that we’ll keep updated regularly to keep things a bit simpler.

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge are all but identical in hardware, user experience and size. The only real difference is that the S6 Edge sports curved sides to its display, a feature for which you pay extra, but only adds a few more scraps of functionality.

Both phones are crazy fast, smooth and offer the most slimmed-down Samsung experience of any phone to date. Traditionally, the Touchwiz user interface (UI) employed by the Korean Giant has been bulky and slow. No longer. This is finally the Galaxy device that we've wanted for so long.

Finally, the camera is possibly the best on the market. The only real competitors are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Either way, the S6 generates incredibly clear, bright images in daylight and even handles most low-light situations admirably.

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HTC One M9

Where the Galaxy S6 has cornered the market in user experience and camera, the One M9 is the pinnacle of style and class. The brushed aluminium frame is gorgeous in any of its colour variations. Where its progenitor - the M8 - was a bit slippery to hold on to, the M9 has managed to maintain its smooth polish while adding enough friction to maintain an easy grip.

As a phone the M9 is no slouch. It blasts through all apps and services on the market with barely a moment of effort. It has received some criticism about heating up, but this is probably more thanks to its heat-conducting aluminium construction, rather than an internal design flaw.

The Achilles heal of the M9 is its 20.7MP rear camera. It takes passable shots, but the camera-centric user will want to look elsewhere for their stunning photos.

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iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is about 17% bigger than its predecessor, weighing in with a 4.7 inch display. Don't worry; the resolution has essentially remained the same in terms of image quality. There are more pixels, of course, but the same number per inch, which just means that you can now enjoy the same old Retina display experience over a wider area.

The most notable other addition is that of near field communication (NFC). This is what powers the Apple Pay service that will soon be introduced in the US with Australia hopefully close on its heels. Apple Pay means that you can use your phone instead of a credit card.

There is a wireless NFC chip at the top of the iPhone 6, by waving this near an NFC reader while holding your thumb on the Touch ID button you can buy stuff. It's not the first time this tech has made it on to a phone, but now that Apple is doing it we hope to see it finally take off as a popular technology. That being said, we're still waiting for it to hit Down Under...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

If you're after a big-screened phone, go no further than the Note 4. It has a stunning 5.7 inch 2560 x 1440 display, giving it around 75% more pixels than the 1080p iPhone 6 Plus. It's also very powerful, has a stunning camera and the kind of battery life you'd be hard pressed to push through in a single day.

You've also got the surprisingly-useful S-Pen stylus. You may hear that and think it sounds like tech from yesteryear, but Samsung really has done a good job integrating its electronic pen in to the UI as a useful addition to your experience.

One last word of caution: it's not water resistant like the Galaxy S5, so don't go dunking it in the sink as a party trick.

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Sony Xperia Z3

The Xperia Z3 is actually fully waterproof, assuming that you have its plug covers in. It's is IP65 and IP68 certified, meaning that it can be submerged in over a metre of water for over half an hour. We wouldn’t recommend leaving it at the bottom of a pool overnight, but it’s certainly enough to take your phone for a swim with you if you feel like it. You can even take underwater photos using the dedicated camera button on the side. Very cool.

Its other specs include a 20.7MP camera, 5.2 inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.5GHz CPU, 3GB of RAM, 4G connectivity, 16GB of storage with a MicroSD for expansion, WiFi ac (the fastest WiFi standard), and a large 3100mAh battery with a long charge life.

Alternatively, you can always save a bit of cash and take a look at the Xperia Z2, which is a very similar device in every respect.

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iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is a big 5.5 inch phone. It's also a bit more costly than its smaller sibling, but comes with a few extra features to sweeten the deal.

Unlike the G3, which also has a 5.5 inch screen, the 6 Plus is of a fairly imposing size. It's a good 1.2cm taller and .3cm wider than its LG competitor. Still, it's well within the realm of respectability in today's market of mega-sized smartphones. Just make sure you have a play with one before placing your order.

In a surprising turn of events, Apple has gone above and beyond the "Retina" display with the 6 Plus. It boasts a full 1080p resolution, giving it 400ppi compared to the iPhone 6's 326ppi. Believe it or not, you really can tell the difference between these two pixel densities.

The camera is also a bit better on the bigger model iPhone. It has optical image stablisation (OIS), which means it's better at counter-acting any accidental movements made while taking a photo. Images come out smoother and more well-defined, although just exactly how big a difference it makes is still a matter of discussion. It's a definite contender for the best camera on the market.

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