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. Along with the increased size comes a higher resolution. The result is the exact same pixel density you’re used to on any iPhone’s Retina display.

Everything else has been upgraded too, but 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.

LG G3

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 2560 x 1440, which is a significant step up from the 1080 x 1920 of a regular 1080p display. This gives the G3 unbeaten 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.

iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is this year’s premium model, but you’re mostly just paying for the up-scaled size. The display is 5.5 inches, but instead of falling back to the same old Retina pixel density it 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 you probably will. 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.

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.

Being a much bigger device than iPhone users are used to, the 6 Plus has options for landscape orientation. Turning the phone sideways doesn’t only mean that the view turns, but on the home screens your icons rearrange and some apps even change things up to provide an extra column or tablet-style view.

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 needs little introduction. Despite being last year's fare, it still rocks a fantastic camera and a fluid user experience all crammed in to a 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.

Now that the iPhone 6 is out, the 5s is more affordable than ever. Its 64-bit processor should be enough to handle not only iOS 8, but other updates well in to the future.

Read our full review...


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