The best Android Phones you can buy now in New Zealand

It’s not a big deal to have a mobile in your pocket. But not all mobile phones are smart. Also, most are not good at playing games because of their small screen size, not-so-good battery, and mobile UI.

Many gamers say the Apple iPhone is the best, but there are reasons that not all players can afford it. If you look at the mobile market segment in New Zealand, you will find that iPhones have a 41% market share, and that means 59% of the smartphones in Kiwi pockets are Android phones that run Google’s Android operating system.

Android mobiles in New Zealand

Best Android phones in NZ
Best Android phones in NZ

Fewer Android manufacturers are selling in New Zealand than in other countries. Therefore, choices for Android mobiles are tucked at looking for Samsung, Huawei, and Oppo with a bit of Nokia thrown in occasionally.

  • Samsung is considered the best Android and is famous for its hardware, software, and excellent features.
  • Oppo’s latest phones have brought it right up to speed, besting Samsung in some cases for sheer design and specs at lower or similar prices.
  • Though few mobiles are popular now, Nokia’s brand name is licensed by another Finnish company, HMD. HMD manufactures the phones and puts the Nokia name on them, but the quality is still there, and if you want a simple Android phone, they are a solid choice.
  • Huawei phones can’t run Google services, so you won’t be able to use Gmail, Google Maps, or the Play Store for your favourite apps.

According to research firm IDC, in early 2019, New Zealanders spent more on smartphones as time went on.

Spending on low-end phones declined 19% from 2018, but that was pre-Covid. Now you need to be a bit realistic and consider mobile in the range of $100- $2000 (if you can afford it)

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The best Android Phones you can buy now in New Zealand

In New Zealand, it’s common for Android phones to be sold locked to one of the extensive networks, even if you’re buying the phone outright from a retailer or the manufacturer.

So, it would be best to double-check that you’re buying a phone that is completely unlocked or one that is locked to the network you want to use.

If you are buying on contract, consider if you can afford a 24-month rather than 36-month contract so you’re locked in for two years of payments instead of three.

Contracts with a phone are pricey in New Zealand for not much mobile data, so if you can afford to buy a phone outright, you might be able to afford a better monthly data plan.

Best Android Phones

1. Nokia 1.3

Nokia 1.3
Nokia 1.3

The Nokia 1.3 smartphone was launched on 19th March 2020. The phone has a 5.71-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720×1520 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. A quad-core Qualcomm 215 processor powers Nokia 1.3.

It comes with 1GB of RAM. The Nokia 1.3 runs Android 10 (Go edition) and is powered by a 3000mAh removable battery.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia 1.3 on the rear packs an 8-megapixel camera. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 5-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

Nokia 1.3 is based on Android 10 (Go edition) and packs 16GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 400GB). It is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards.

The Nokia 1.3 measures 147.30 x 71.20 x 9.35mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 155.00 grams. It was launched in Charcoal, Cyan, and Sand colours.

Connectivity options on the Nokia 1.3 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.20, Micro-USB, FM radio, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The Nokia 1.3 supports face unlock.

The Nokia 1.3 is available at Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Big W, Australia Post, and JB Hi-Fi. Its Australian price is A$169.

If you prefer, the Nokia 4.2 will also do you well at around $300.

2. Samsung Galaxy A10

Samsung A10
Samsung Galaxy A10

Samsung Galaxy A10 smartphone was launched in February 2019. The phone comes with a 6.20-inch touchscreen display. An octa-core Samsung Exynos 7884 processor powers the Samsung Galaxy A10.

It comes with 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy A10 runs Android Pie and is powered by a 3400mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy A10 runs One UI based on Android Pie and packs 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 512GB). It was launched in Red and Blue Black colours.

The Galaxy A10 resembles the Nokia 1.3 with a teardrop-shaped notch in the display for the front-facing camera and a plastic build.

Like the Nokia, it does not have a fingerprint sensor, but the camera offers a quick way to unlock the phone with your face. It has a large 6.2-inch screen and a decent-sized battery, but you can’t play high-definition games.

So many Australian stores have this beast on shelves, and Australians can immediately get their hands on one.

The Samsung Galaxy A10 price in Australia depends entirely on your chosen model. Chances are you’ll be encountered with its 32GB variant with 2GB RAM and an external microSD card option.

It ranges from AU$ 224 to 599, depending on the store or retailer you choose to shop from. Some stores let Aussies through exclusive sales, whereas others offer coupon codes.

3. Oppo A72

Oppo A72
Oppo A72

The Oppo A72 smartphone was launched on June 16, 2020. It has a 6.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels, a pixel density of 480 pixels per inch (ppi), and an aspect ratio of 20:9. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor.

It comes with 4GB of RAM. The Oppo A72 runs Android 10 and is powered by a 5000mAh battery.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo A72 on the rear packs a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture, a second 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; a third 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a fourth 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. It sports a 16-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.0 aperture.

The Oppo A72 runs ColorOS 7.1 based on Android 10 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card with a dedicated slot. The Oppo A72 is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards.

The Oppo A72 measures 162.00 x 75.50 x 8.90mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 192.00 grams. It was launched in Twilight Black and Aurora Purple colours.

Connectivity options on the Oppo A72 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v5.00, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G with active 4G on both SIM cards.

Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.

There’s a striking purple version with a sharp HD display, a decent four-camera array on the back that can shoot 4K video, dual stereo speakers, and a massive battery that might last lighter users two days without charging.

Priced at only AU$299, the new Oppo A72 is available via Optus in Aurora Purple (pictured) and Twilight Black colour options.

4. Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51

The Samsung Galaxy A51 is one of the first budget phones to sport Samsung’s flagship-grade Infinity-O display cutout. It’s also light and easy to handle. It features a Super AMOLED panel for bright and punchy colours.

The phone is powered by the Exynos 9611 octa-core SoC, which is a little dated and not too powerful for a mid-range phone.

You do get One UI 2.0, based on Android 10, and can organize your SMS messages through visual cards, multilingual predictive typing, and Smart Crop, which claims to detect the most relevant part of a screenshot and lets you crop it with a single tap.

The overall performance is decent, but it could be better if Samsung used a more powerful chip. This is also one of the first Samsung phones with a dedicated macro camera.

The 4,000mAh battery offers a decent day-long battery life, and there’s no charging, too.

The Samsung Galaxy A51 costs AU$ 599 and can be bought at Optus.

Besides the best Android, Australians can also choose 5 G mobile phones.

The 5G-ready Oppo Find X2 Pro is the best premium Android phone. It’s got a 120Hz display that makes everything look smoother, excellent cameras that rival a DSLR in some situations, solid battery life, massive 512GB storage, a pin-sharp screen and performance that makes it a top phone for gaming.

Oppo’s Android software also had a makeover, making it much likable. In Australia, the X2 Pro has an RRP of $1,599.

The Oppo Find X2 Neo costs $999, and the Oppo Find X2 Lite is $749. If you want Oppo quality for less, the excellent Reno 10x Zoom is now around $1,000.

The other mobile is the Samsung Galaxy S20 range, the safest bet in premium Android. You get excellent everything – cameras, 120Hz smooth screen, waterproofing, speakers, performance, and design.

In New Zealand, the $1,499 regular S20 is 4G-only, so if you want 5G, you have to get the ttyou’ll899S20 Plus, which has a bigger screen and battery, and 5G phones still work with 4G SIM cards.


Also, Galaxy S10 phones are still a good choice if you can find them cheaper and don’t mind not having headphone jacks, whereas the S20 phones do not.

Now, choose which Android mobile you need to have that fits your budget and games.

About the author

Kamal Kaur

Kamal Kaur

Kamal Kaur has been an integral voice in the New Zealand gaming landscape for years.

As a senior writer for PokiesMobile NZ, Kamal brings rich experiences from her diverse background.

Born in India and later migrating to New Zealand, she effortlessly blends her cultural insights with a deep love for gaming.

Kamal is renowned for her in-depth game analysis, player strategies, and knack for spotting industry trends.