Wait for the iPhone 8 or go for Android?
THE question everyone keeps asking is should they wait for the iPhone 8 or is there a better option to buy now?
We decided to give you an in-depth breakdown of the best phones currently on the market to help you make an informed decision.
Having kept to an almost identical design for its flagship smartphones since 2014, Apple is set to provide a fresh overhaul for the forthcoming iPhone 8.
The tech giant is tipped to use its annual September event to announce the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, which will offer moderate updates from the predecessors - the main change will be swapping the aluminium case for glass to allow for wireless charging.
But Apple will also use the event to launch the radically redesigned iPhone 8, a device expected to set tongues wagging.
The bold new design is expected to include a stainless steel frame between two glass panels, which slightly curve to give the appearance of one continuous sheet of glass.
Apple's iPhone 8 is expected to have an advanced edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED display that will rival the impressive 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio seen on Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+.
Using finalised schematics leaked from the manufacturer of Apple's next-generation smartphones, pictures show what the iPhone 8 is going to look like when it's unveiled later this year.
To achieve the 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio, Apple has removed the physical home button from the front of the display.
As the leaked design doesn't include a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the device, it is believed the TouchID sensor will be embedded in the display.
The design also shows a new dual-lens camera system that will feature the same optical zoom capability as the iPhone 7 Plus' camera, LED flash and a microphone.
Surprisingly, the camera module on the iPhone 8 is oriented vertically, which is likely to do with the internal hardware engineering needed to fit the dual camera, front camera and new 3D infra-red sensors on the smaller device.
However, it could be designed to specifically to enable the new augmented reality features Apple is expected to reveal at the event.
While being unveiled this coming September, the release of the iPhone 8 might not come until early 2018 if recent rumours of manufacturing difficulties prove to be correct.
- Full OLED display
- Tipped to have 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio
- Could have augmented reality features
- Full glass display could make phone fragile
- There will likely be no headphone jack
- Might not have USB-C charger
Easily the sexiest release of the year, the 'Infinity Display' of the S8 Plus maximises the nearly bezel-less screen by using the curved glass to remove the left and right borders, with the top and bottom including only what is needed for things like the front-facing camera and iris scanner.
As the tallest flagship phone the company has produced, the S8+ measures a whopping 6.2-inches, while the S8 has a much more humble 5.8-inch display.
Despite the S8+ having such a long display, it measures only 73.4mm wide, making it thinner than the iPhone 7 Plus and easier to operate in one hand - this coming from a man genetically cursed with little sausage fingers.
When watching 16:9 content on the 6.2-inch display you will have black bars on the side of the content, however if watching cinematic content shot in 2.35:1 or 2.39:1, the entire display will be filled, offering marvellous content.
To help with the bezel-less display, Samsung has replaced the physical home button with virtual buttons and the branding has been moved to the rear of the phone because, honestly, there is nothing sexy about SAMSUNG staring at your face every time you look at the device.
Also located on the back of the phone is the rear camera, which has been made to sit almost flush with the screen
The fingerprint scanner also sits on the back of the phone to the left of the camera and while aesthetically pleasing, it's a little awkward for unlocking the device at times and can lead to some nasty smudges on your camera.
Thankfully there is the option for passcode facial recognition and iris scanning to avoid this issue when unlocking the device.
The 12-megapixel rear camera has been kept the same specifications as the S7, which is a little disappointing.
The Galaxy S8 features the IP68-rated water and dust resistance you've come to expect from Galaxy phones.
As for the battery life, the S8 Plus has three display settings, allowing you to run the phone at either a WQHD+ (2960 x 1440), FHD+ (2220 x 1080) or HD+ (1480 x 730) resolution, with the lower tiers obviously offering more battery life.
With the default FHD+ setting, the 3,500 mAh battery allows you to expect around eight hours battery life, which is pretty standard and not all bad with wireless adaptive fast charging.
Also included on the phone is Bixby - Samsung's own personal assistant to rival Siri and Google Assistant.
- Slim, sleek and sexy - this design is phenomenal
- High screen to body ratio of 84 per cent
- No exploding battery saga
- Phone is very fragile without protective case
- Fingerprint scanner in strange location
- Camera hasn't seen a huge update from its predecessor.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ cost $1199 and $1349, respectively.
HUAWEI P10 AND P10 PLUS
Having already crushed Apple and Samsung in China, the world's third most popular smartphone manufacturer is trying to achieve similar impact locally with the P10 and P10 plus.
The smaller phone and its larger counterpart have 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch LCD displays, offering 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 pixels, respectively.
The company's latest flagships also look very similar to Apple's 2014 iPhone 6S - great news for those who like the iPhone design but not iOS.
Unlike other Huawei devices, the fingerprint scanner has been removed from the rear of the device and placed below the display, where it also doubles as a physical home button.
It has smooth, curved corners, minimal side bezels and is available in gold and blue and black.
Like its predecessor flagship smartphone, the Leica-branded dual camera set up is one of the best aspects of the device.
Located flush at the top left of the device is the dual camera set up, which has a 12MP RGB sensor working alongside 20MP monochrome shooter.
Both sensors capture images independently and combine them into one photo - this is supposed to enhance detail and contrast.
Huawei's P10 and P10 Plus also offer a front-facing 8MP camera, which includes a Leica-branded portrait mode.
Shooting in portrait will use new facial tracking software that detects more than 190 points on the human face to ensure the camera focuses for the best possible shot.
Both models offer Huawei Supercharge, which can take the battery from 0 to 25 per cent in 15 minutes or 0 to 88 per cent in an hour.
Unlike its competitors, the P10 and P10 Plus are not water and dust resistant, which could be a deal breaker for those who find extra comfort in the setting.
- Very similar to the look and feel of iPhone for people who don't like Android
- Dual camera provides excellent picture quality
- Cheaper than other smartphones on the market
- Not water or dust resistant
- The P10 has a short battery life
The Huawei P10, P10 Plus cost $899 and $1099 respectively.
The highly anticipated return of the Nokia 3310 has proven consumers not only have a lust for nostalgia, but that bigger isn't always better when it comes to smartphones.
And while the 3310 is bound to fly off the shelves when it's released later this year, it's not without limitations - it won't work in Australia long-term as it is designed to only operate using 2G networks.
Thankfully, there is another smartphone manufacturer looking to fill the market demand for smaller smartphones.
The Jelly is a "mini-sized phone with full features" that runs on Android Nougat 7.0 - the latest operating system found on most new Android smartphones.
Customers will have the choice between the Jelly or the Jelly Pro, which offer 8GB and 16GB of on-board storage respectively - this can be expanded to 32GB with a MicroSD.
Both models will have a 2.45-inch display and a replaceable 950mAH battery capable of up to three days working time or seven days standby.
The smartphones will both include a 2MP front facing camera, with an 8MP shooter on the rear.
Other key features include a dual SIM card, gyroscope and GPS.
Since the concept was born in April 2016, the developers have been able to produce test samples of the product and believe it will start shipping in August this year.
- Smaller than most smartphones, but offers same features
- Battery life of up to three days working time or seven days standby
- Only has 32GB of space
- Poor camera quality compared to bigger smartphones
Preorders can be placed now, with the Jelly costing $A106 or $A127 for the Jelly Pro.
There is no need to spend more than $1000 for a premium smartphone, with Oppo offering high-end specs for just a fraction of the cost.
The latest addition to Oppo's R9 line-up has been designed to meet current demands for greater camera features and improved technologies.
Just like its predecessors, the R9s has been designed to be the perfect device for selfie lovers and includes 16MP front facing camera, with a large f/2.0 aperture and Oppo's Screen Flash technology for quality images in low light conditions.
An all new Sony IMX398 sensor has been exclusively designed for the smartphones rear facing 16MP camera, which combines with an extra wide f/1.7 aperture to capture 40 per cent more light than the previous models.
The 5.5-inch R9s is eerily similar to the iPhone in design - both with its all-metal body physical appearance and the design of the app icons and fonts.
It has a 1080p display, 8-core processor, 4GB of RAM memory and 64GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded to 256GB with a Micro SD card.
The R9s further enhances the performance with a "six-string" antenna design - operating on six frequency ranges, which dynamically chooses the best for 4G and Wi-Fi signals.
The device's 3010 mAh battery and VOOC Flash Charge technology will offer heavy users enough charge for the day, while the fingerprint recognition system will become faster over time as it constancy refines its image of the user's fingerprint.
- Looks and feels similar to iPhone for a fraction of the cost
- Selfie lovers dream with 16MP front camera
- Not water/dust resistant
- No NFC chip for mobile payment
- Comes with Google Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, not the latest Android Nougat OS
The R9s is $548 outright or the R9s Plus is $648.