Best Optus phones: updated

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.

LG G3 (preorder)

The LG G3 isn't out just yet, but if you preorder it you'll get a bonus wireless charging pad worth AU$69 for free while stocks last.

The G3 has received fantastic reviews the world over, often being referred to as the best phone yet released this year. It has a 5.5 inch screen with an incredible resolution of 2560x1440, which is a significant step up from the 1080x1920 of a regular 1080p display. This should give the G3 unparallelled crispness in the Aussie market.

Despite 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 bit old-hat.

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

Samsung Galaxy S5

First on the list of GS5 features is the new 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. The combination also enables the GS5 to achieve focus in under a third of a second.

Our next favourite bit is that the GS5 is 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 and spillage.

Lastly there are the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. The scanner helps with security, and Samsung has made a deal with PayPal to make online payments in Australia available at the swipe of your finger. The heart rate monitor is paired with Samsung's range of health apps, which will be useful for the more athletically-inclined.

HTC One (M8)

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

The 5 inch 1080p display looks fantastic, and 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.

Read our full review...

Sony Xperia Z2

The Xperia Z2 is Sony's waterproof flagship phone. It's the successor to the Z1, and boasts some pretty kickin' hardware. It has a great 5.2 inch 1080p display, huge 3200mAh battery, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, more RAM than the Galaxy S5 and One (M8) at 3GB, 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD slot for expanding that up to a further 128GB.

Sony is the current king of waterproof smartphones. Where the Galaxy S5 has some fair water-resistance, the Z2 can be left in a sink overnight, or even take the direct water pressure from a tap. Best of all, you can take underwater photos thanks to the side-mounted shutter button. Of course, coming in to winter that's not going to be a big selling point, but come summer you'll have some great photos to post online.

Read our full review...

Nokia Lumia 930

The Lumia 930 is a stylish and powerful phone. It's the first, and possibly last, Windows Phone 8.1 flagship from the now-acquired Nokia (soon to be called Microsoft Devices).

It features a great 20MP camera with Nokia PureView technology and a 5 inch 1080p ClearBlack display that delivers vibrant colours and possibly the inkiest blacks on the market. Moreover, the quad-core 2.2GHz CPU is one of the most powerful ever to grace the WP platform.

Our favourite feature is still the design. A single piece of aluminium runs through the device, fanning out to become the rim on the outside. This design gives it a rigidity not found in other devices, yet doesn't preclude Nokia from having added a splash of Lumia style with the option for bright orange or green rear plating.

iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s is still the best-selling phone on the market and should need little introduction. It rocks a fantastic camera and a very fluid user experience all crammed in to a very compact device.

With all Apple products one of the biggest perks is access to the Apple ecosystem complete with iCloud, Photo Stream and iTunes support. iMessage is also a great way to message your other iPhone-wielding friends without using up your text quota, should you actually have one.

Read our full review...

Sony Xperia Z1


The Xperia Z1 is another over-looked beauty. It’s fast, powerful, and has a great camera. It’s a bit on the stark side in terms of aesthetic design, but it has one very big thing going for it: it’s waterproof. Thanks to the recent release of the Z2 it's also now more affordable than ever.

The IP55 and IP58 rating enjoyed by the Z1 means that it can take being submersed in over 1m of water for over 30 minutes without taking damage. Sony suggest going no lower than 1.5m, but that’s still enough to take it for a swim in most pools.

In fact, the Xperia Z1 can even snap underwater photos, which would make for some pretty awesome summertime Facebook or Instagram shots.

Read our full review...


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