Best Optus Phones on Plans

Summary: Optus has some great devices, we've compiled a list that we'll keep updated with the most recent awesome gadgets

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Picking one of Optus' generous plan is a pretty straight-forward process; most folk these days have a ballpark figure of how much data they need each month. Choosing a phone from the generous lineup is not quite so easy. We've compiled a list of the best options right now and we'll keep it updated as more juicy gadgets become available.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Pros: Cons:
  • Beautiful screen
  • New, premium design
  • Fantastic camera
  • Not water resistant
  • Expensive
  • Glass design can be fragile

The two S6 phones are identical in almost every way, except for their obviously disparate screens, a slight variance in battery size, and one all-important factor: price. For this last reason we go with the 'flat' Galaxy S6 over the Edge. While the Edge does admittedly look beautiful, it's a fair whack more expensive for no real payoff.

Both devices are very powerful, boast one of the best cameras on the market, and have a great new metal and hardened glass design..

Each display measures 5.1 inches diagonally, which is the same size as last year's Galaxy S5, but now with a significantly improved resolution of 2560 x 1440. Unlike the S5, neither is water-resistant, so don't go dropping either phone in any sinks.

The real strength of the S6 duo is that camera. It's easily one of the best, if not the best on the market. Night shots come out with surprising clarity, and it's great during the day as both a still and video shooter.

Galaxy S6
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LG G4

LG G4

The LG G4 is proof that last year's G3 was not a one-time fluke. This is a fantastic phone, the equal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 in almost every way, and even superior in some.

While it doesn't boast the shiny metal rim of its top competitor, the G4 has the option to come with a genuine leather rear panel. This is not a case; it's part of the phone itself. Even better, if you opt for the leather model you also get a plastic case in the box, in case you ever feel the need to swap them out.

The 5.5 inch display is much bigger than that of the S6, yet the phone itself is about the same size. LG's ability to cram a huge screen in to a standard-sized phone continues to impress. This display boasts the new 2560 x 1440 flagship standard resolution, as well as improved colours and brightness over last year.

The camera, too, is outstanding. This is easily one of the best on the market with great night shots and the choice between a totally automated experience for the general user, or a fully manual mode for the more-advance among us.

LG G4
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LG G4
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LG G4
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HTC One M9

HTC One M9

Pros: Cons:
  • Beautiful design
  • Minimalist user interface
  • Very fast and smoth
  • Expensive
  • Lacklustre rear camera
  • Can get warm during use

The One M9, more than anything, stands out for its physical qualities. It's beautiful, is made primarily from brushed aluminium, and in the hand feels like the most solid phone on the market. HTC isn't too far off when it talks about the M9 being like a piece of jewellery.

As a phone it's fast, smooth and sports a relaxing minimalist user interface (UI). This, combined with the visual aesthetics, makes for a phone that lets you feel special every time you pick it up.

One downside is the rear camera. It's fine for the average user, but it's not the best of the shooters on this list. Camera-lovers will want to look elsewhere, but if photos aren't a huge concern for you then there's little reason to pass up the market's most-stylish device.

HTC One M9
$40 Optus Plan
HTC One M9
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HTC One M9
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iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Pros: Cons:
  • Bright, colourful display
  • Touch ID button
  • Fantastic camera
  • Not water resistant
  • Expensive

The iPhone 6 is about 17% bigger than its predecessors thanks to its 4.7 inch display, bringing with it a higher resolution. Don't go getting too excited about the new res; the result is the exact same pixel density you’re used to on any iPhone’s Retina display. That means the same old image quality, just over a bigger area.

Everything else has been upgraded, too. The most-notable change is the inclusion of near field communication (NFC). NFC is what makes the Apple Pay system work. The idea is that you can use your phone instead of a credit card by placing your thumb on the fingerprint scanner and bumping the top of it against a special reader. This technology is launching in the US at first, but with any luck it’ll make it to Australia in the not-too-distant future. Or so we keep telling ourselves.

The big draw card is the camera. This is easily one of the best shooters on the market, sitting alongside the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6, and LG G4. If you're a photo enthusiast, this phone is going to make you very, very happy.

iPhone 6
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iPhone 6
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iPhone 6
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Pros: Cons:
  • Big, beautiful screen
  • Partially metal design
  • Great camera
  • Expensive
  • Touchwiz UI is a little bulky
  • Large size can be unwieldy

Jumping right up to the other end of the size-scale, the Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung's current phablet flagship. It's a powerful, beautiful device. The upgrades between the Note 4 and its predecessor are generally all to do with things you actually use - screen quality, processing power, 4G LTE connectivity, camera, build quality - and not a pack of gimmicky hardware and pre-installed bloatware like you might have once expected from Samsung.

Of course, those elements still exist in the heart-rate monitor and S-Fit ecosystem, but those were pre-developed for the GS5 and you can't really blame Samsung for including them again this time around.

Its big 5.7 inch display rocks a quad-HD 2560 x 1440 resolution. That's way more than the iPhone 6 Plus or any other 1080p device will give you. Despite this, and despite its larger screen, it's the same height as the iPhone 6 Plus and a similar width.

Galaxy Note 4
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Galaxy Note 4
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Pros: Cons:
  • Small and light-weight
  • Heavy water resistance
  • 20.7MP camera
  • Spartan UI aesthetic
  • Camera suffers in low light
  • 720p resolution

If you're after an iPhone 6-sized device, but are keen to hear alternatives to Apple, then the Xperia Z3 Compact is your best bet. It has the same-sized 4.7 inch display, this time with a 720p resolution which gives it very close to the same pixel density as an iPhone Retina display.

It's highly waterproof, rated IP65 and IP68 for protection against jets (such as a kitchen tap) and immersion in up to 1.5m of water for over half an hour. Just make sure the flaps covering the ports are sealed tight.

It's a fast, efficient and fluid phone. It's also the only compact Android that doesn't make serious sacrifices in terms of hardware. It's almost the exact equal of the bigger and more-expensive Xperia Z3. You can even use it as an emergency display for your PS4, just in case someone else is monopolising the TV.

Xperia Z3 Compact
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Xperia Z3 Compact
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Xperia Z3 Compact
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iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Pros: Cons:
  • First iPhone with 1080p HD
  • Big, 5.5 inch screen
  • GREAT camera, even in low light
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Not water resistant
  • Expensive
  • Large size can be unwieldy

The iPhone 6 Plus is this year’s premium iPhone model, but the extra you pay is mostly for the up-scaled size. Instead of falling back to the same old Retina pixel density the 5.5 inch screen has a full 1080p panel, giving you over 70 additional pixels per inch. If you’re wondering whether or not you’ll actually notice the difference then rest assured you probably will -- assuming you have healthy vision or a good prescription.

1080p and higher resolutions have been around in the non-iPhone market for a while now and there’s a noticeable increase in sharpness between them and smaller pixel densities. Case in point: the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

The camera and interface are the other two differences between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The bigger model’s rear shooter features optical image stabilisation (OIS), which should be better at cancelling out any movement when you snap your shot and offers some slight advantages to low light photography.

iPhone 6 Plus
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