The 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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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.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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 and a slight variance in battery size. Both devices are very powerful, boast cameras that are proving popular with reviewers, and represent a new direction for smartphone design from Samsung.

Both phones' displays measure 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, although that particular feature surprisingly didn't prove attractive to consumers so its omission this time around is understandable.

Instead of its traditional plastic designs, Samsung has gone with an entirely glass and metal build. This does mean that you'll have to take more care of it, as the back panel is now prone to shattering just like the front. However, thanks to new hardened glass technologies (specifically Gorilla Glass 4) it's harder than ever to damage those glass areas.

Galaxy S6
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Galaxy S6
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Galaxy S6
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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
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HTC One M9
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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.

iPhone 6
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iPhone 6
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Pros: Cons:
  • Big, beautiful screen
  • S-Pen Stylus
  • Partially metal design
  • Great camera
  • Not water resistant
  • Expensive
  • Touchwiz UI is a little bulky
  • Large size can be unwieldy

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.

Galaxy Note 4
$35 Optus Plan
Galaxy Note 4
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Galaxy Note 4
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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

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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