Best Virgin Mobile phones available right now
Summary: Our pick of the best devices available on Virgin Mobile plans.
Just because you’ve picked your provider doesn’t mean you’re
in the clear - you still have to pick a phone.
If you've decided on Virgin Mobile, and won't settle for anything but the best, we’ve compiled a list of our most-loved devices available now.
- Runs newest version of Android (Lollipop 5.0)
- Fast TouchWiz interface
- Excellent 16-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation
- Battery life not impressive, but does charge quickly
- Curved display on the Edge not particularly useful
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. But not anymore; 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.
- Runs newest version of Android (Lollipop 5.0)
- Beautifully designed
- Smooth, simplified Sense interface
- Disappointing 20-megapixel rear camera
- Prone to overheating
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 heel 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.
- Excellent performance and ease of use
- Improved camera, although not as good as the 6 Plus
- Vibrant display
- NFC means mobile payments are possible, but Australia still waiting on Apple Pay
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, which allows you to use your phone to make payments in participating stores. There is a wireless NFC chip at the top of the iPhone 6, so by waving this near an NFC reader while holding your thumb on the Touch ID button, you can actually buy stuff and charge it to a card or account.
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...
- Amazing 5.5-inch screen
- Stylus makes for easy use
- Impressive everyday performance
- Pricier than other Galaxy smartphones
- Screen can take a toll on battery life
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.
- Water and dust proof
- Impressive screen quality
- Excellent battery life and day-to-day performance
- Camera is average, but includes fun and useful camera apps
- Features Remote Play capability for PlayStation
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 decent
20.7MP camera, although its nowhere near as powerful as the cameras found in Apple and Samsung's flagship devices. The Z3 also features a 5.2-inch 1080p dispaly, and a large battery with excellent 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.
- Exceptional camera with optical image stablisation
- Great battery life
- Intuitive user interface
- Much bigger than other phones with similar display sizes
- Software can be 'buggy' at times
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. Images come out smoother and more well-defined, making it one of the best cameras you'll find in a smartphone so far.