Best Optus phones

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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Optus has a great range of phones, but it can be tricky picking which ones are the best. We've compiled a list of the best options right now and we'll keep it updated as more juicy gadgets become available.

iPhone 6



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.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Jumping right up to the other end of the scale, the Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung's phablet flagship. It's a powerful, beautiful device. In a very not-Samsung move, 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.

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 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.

LG G3

The G3 has received fantastic reviews the world over. It has a 5.5 inch screen with an incredible resolution of 2560 x 1440, which is a significant step up from the 1080 x 1920 of a regular 1080p display. This gives the G3 unbeaten, although no-longer unequalled crispness in the Aussie market.

Despite its large screen, the G3 isn't that much bigger than other phones. This is thanks to LG's ability to create impressively-thin bezels. This not only reduces the overall size of a phone, but gives it a beautiful look that leaves other phones looking a little old-hat.

On top of all of this the 13MP camera uses laser autofocus, which reportedly gives it superior speed focus. Faster pics means you're less likely to miss out on that short-lived photo op which may never come again.

iPhone 6 Plus

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.

Sony Xperia Z3

The full-sized Xperia Z3 is a bit more powerful than its pint-sized sibling, but as such it has more competition. At 5.2 inches with a 1080p display, it starts off sounding very similar to the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).

Like its predecessors it is highly water resistant with ratings of IP65 and IP68; identical to the Z3 Compact. It can also use its 20.7MP camera to take photos underwater, thanks to a handy camera shutter button.

It has a powerful 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM with good battery performance.

Also like the Xperia Z3 Compact, you can use it as a PS4 screen via PlayStation Remote Play. It's a bit easier to do this on the full-sized Z3, thanks to its larger screen. 4.7 inches can seem a little cramped in the Destiny Crucible.

Samsung Galaxy S5

First on the list of GS5 features is the 16MP camera that can adjust the focus of a photo after it's been taken. This is thanks to it adopting two different focus methods: contrast auto focus (standard smartphone focus) and Phase Detection, which is commonly found in expensive DSLR cameras. This combination enables the GS5 to achieve focus in under a third of a second.

The GS5 is also water resistant. It can be fully submersed in water up to 1m for half an hour. It's not fully water proof, but it's enough to protect it from accidental drops in the sink or an errant glass of wine.

HTC One (M8)

The One (M8) is the 2014 flagship from HTC, taking over from last year's One. It's a beautifully crafted device. The case is made from a brushed aluminium, curved in a way that makes it fit comfortably in the hand.

The 5 inch 1080p display looks fantastic. Thanks to the 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM, it's smooth and fast.

The Ultrapixel camera makes for great low-light photos and the front-facing camera is 5MP, which is huge for a selfie cam and should be a hit with the social crowd.

Mostly you'll keep coming back to the physical design. It's by far the prettiest, best-built device yet in 2014.


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