These are the phones we talked about on the radio...

If you're a tradie, a farmer or a high school student, you know how to give a phone a hard time. We're sure you've had a few 'break-ups', but we guarantee you've never dated a phone this tough:

Best value for money: The Blackview

  • Dual 4G sims
  • 16MP Samsung camera
  • 6GB Samsung RAM/64GB Samsung internal storage
  • 5" Full HD IPS display by Sharp
  • 2.6GHz Octa-core Helio P25 processor
  • Stunning GPS performance (even in most of Waterview tunnel)
  • Long life battery
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Facial recognition (just like $1799 iPhone X)
  • 12 mth NZ service warranty

This phone offers blistering speed and power at a mid-range price. In terms of general bang for buck, it's our best value overall. Get yours here

Best budget rugged phone: The AGM

  • IP68 water, dust and shock resistance
  • Dual 4G sims
  • 13MP camera
  • 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage
  • 5" HD IPS display
  • Same 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and graphics chip as $600 Samsung Galaxy A5
  • GPS
  • Long life battery
  • 12 mth NZ service warranty

This phone offers reliable mid-range performance at an entry level price. Get yours here

Best floating phone for boaties: The AGM X2

  • Dual 4G sims
  • Dual 12 MP Sony cameras back and 16MP Samsung camera front
  • 6GB RAM/64GB internal storage
  • 5.5" Full HD AMOLED display
  • 1.95GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor
  • Stunning GPS performance
  • long life battery
  • It floats! (with clip-on cover)
  • 12 mth NZ service warranty

This phone offers blistering speed and power at a competitive price against more expensive and more fragile iPhones and Galaxy models. If this phone falls overboard, simply pick it back out of the sea thanks to its float technology. Available in 64GB and 128GB models. Read more here

Best non-rugged phone for teenagers: The VK S8

  • Dual 4G sims
  • 16MP dual Sony cameras
  • 4GB Samsung RAM/64GB Samsung internal storage
  • 6" FHD Gorilla Glass infinity display by LG
  • 1.5GHz octa-core processor
  • GPS
  • Long life battery

This phone has all the whizz-bang of a $1200 phone at half the price, and it is tough enough to crack walnuts. Your teen would crawl over broken glass to have this phone in the Christmas stocking. Available in blue or black, read more here