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Staying connected when you're on the go is made easy with mobile phones.
Your mobile is your constant companion – perhaps one of your most-used possessions, so it's important to choose the right one.
What is a mobile phone?
Mobile phones used to be about talk and text on the go. But they're now so much more. Sure, you can still make calls and write text messages, but you can also browse the web, update your social media status, shop online, play games, listen to music and podcasts.... The list goes on. A smartphone now is essentially a tiny computer – faster, better, and smarter than ever before, and part of a rapidly evolving market that is both human-centred and innovation heavy.
How do I choose the right mobile phone for me?
Start by thinking about what you'll be using your smartphone for on an everyday basis.
Maybe you just want the basics of talk, text, and maybe some social media connectivity and are looking for something without the bells and whistles.
Maybe want something to fuel your online content creation, and a great camera is your top priority.
Maybe you want superfast connections to the web, and are looking for a phone with 5G network capabilities.
Your mobile phone is going to be your digital companion, so it's worth putting a bit of thought into what your top priorities are. In our range, there's something for everyone. This guide will help you sort through what’s available and help you pick your new device.
Mobile Phone Shopping
Shop the wide range of mobile phones and accessories at Officeworks.
Apple’s iPhone was a gamechanger when it was released and remains one of the most iconic and influential players in the smartphone market. Their range includes premium- to super-premium devices, with a focus on powerful processors, advanced photography, and stunning displays.
They use iOS (Apple’s trademark operating system), which offers an easy-to-use interface that will be familiar to users of Apple’s Mac computers. If you’re a lover of their minimalist style or simply someone after a phone to be your high-tech companion, consider putting an iPhone at the top of your list.Shop Now
Samsung Galaxy phones are another premium to super-premium option, offering impressive graphics, and processing power within the Android operating system. Phones like the S21 offer a pro-grade camera with 8K video shooting capabilities, alongside 5G connectivity for an incredible fast, smooth content creation and connectivity experience. Samsung phones are full of industry-leading, cutting-edge style and substance, making them a great choice for the tech-forward individual.
Oppo phones are well known for their impressive cameras and solid hardware, for a quality phone that competes on price. They're an Android phone, offering a choice of cameras with plenty of megapixels, plenty of space for storage, powerful processors, and RAM. There are a few colour options too, so if you're looking to add a little extra personality to your device, this is a great choice.
The Google Pixel range is up there with the most popular smartphones on the market.
Google Pixel offers a smart, streamlined experience on an Android operating system. Fans of the innovative search giant will enjoy voice-command help from the Google Assistant, easy access to Google apps such as Google Drive, Photos, and Gmail, as well as a range of models that span price ranges from premium to more budget-friendly devices.Shop Now
Vivo is another Android choice that offers value within a mid-range budget. Many come with 5G network capabilities, multiple camera lenses, and plenty of storage: ideal for someone who values speed, precision, and reliability. While they might not have the price prestige of Apple and Samsung, there's relatively little sacrifice on specs, with some phones boasting Snapdragon 865 processors and quad cameras.Shop Now
With Motorola devices, you'll find up-to-scratch specs, an Android operating system, and a great quality camera. Systems like the G9 offer long battery life of up to two days, perfect for someone who spends their whole day on the go. It even has 5G connectivity for a super streamlined online experience.Shop Now
TCL’s range of smartphones deliver innovation, style, and value. Their products follow the latest trends in the market, offering plenty of choice when it comes to battery life, camera quality, and even colourful exteriors to help you express your personal style.
SPACETALK is a solution for kids to stay connected; especially to their guardians. It comes in a wearable watch format but is a smartphone and GPS tracker combined. Guardians can set limits on who contacts their child, and can see on a map where they are. It’s designed for school-age children, so it comes with a “school mode” to prevent distractions during classes.
Getting an unlocked mobile phone gives you the freedom to choose the network provider that best suits you. The selection of unlocked phones can be used on any Australian network of your choice. This is great if you already have an existing provider and SIM.
Prepaid Mobile Phones
However, we also offer a range of pre-paid, pre-connected phones that come with a SIM included. These are ideal for getting started straight away, meaning you don’t have to go out and find a network provider or get a new SIM card.
They also help you stay in control of your mobile spending as you know exactly how much you have to spend, allowing you to budget with ease.Shop Now
Pre-paid SIM Card
Knowing what you're spending can be a powerful thing. A pre-paid SIM card lets you bring your own (unlocked) phone onto a plan that's paid for before you use it. That way, there are no surprises when your bill comes around. Pre-paid credit can involve data, talk, and text, too, so you can stay in touch on more platform than one. You don't have to worry about spending your credit within a month-to-month period, although the credit will likely have an expiry date – something to be mindful of while purchasing.
Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband
Pre-paid mobile broadband hotspots are ideal for connecting your other devices – such as your tablet or laptop. It basically allows you to take the internet with you wherever you go. It’s ideal for working on the go as you can take it to a café, to a park, without having to rely on Free WiFi services. They come in a pocket size, so they’re easy to slip into your bag to take on the go.Shop Now
What features should you look for in your smartphone?
Today's smartphones allow pretty much anyone to become a photographer. Ultimately, for better quality images, a general rule is that you should look for great high megapixels in your phone's specs. Some of today’s smartphones have cameras up to 64 megapixels, with additional modes that many help you take polished, focused, and detailed shots without having to go to a photography class first. Most smartphones have at least one front and one back camera. However, you might see phones with three or even four back cameras. You might see the resolutions of these cameras denoted as “12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP”, explaining the number of megapixels in each camera. Some also have telephoto or periscope zoom for capturing far-away scenes. And then there are camera features. You will see some things like "night mode" for photos in low-light settings, or “portrait mode” for a configuration that enhances your selfies and pics of friends automatically. Some phones even give you the ability to record 4K or even 8K video; ideal for the content creator on the go.
Your display size can make viewing your media a more immersive experience. You will want to look for a high-quality display if you use your phone as your primary media-watching device.
The three most common terms you will hear used to describe displays are Retina, OLED, AMOLED (and sometimes even Super AMOLED).
Apple uses the term Retina display to refer to the displays on their iPhone devices. They use this term to refer to a high pixel density, which essentially means that you'll be unable to differentiate between the individual pixels on screen. This will offer a smooth, detailed viewing experience.
In other smartphones, you might see OLED (organic light-emitting diode) and AMOLED (active matrix organic light emitting diode). OLED displays create vivid colours and stark black tones by using organic compounds. They are thinner, more flexible, and more power-efficient that LCD displays as a general rule of thumb. AMOLED is a kind of OLED display that has the added benefit of being scalable – you can apply it to any screen size unlike OLED which is a thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT LCD) on top of the OLED, which allows for a more detailed, faster responding display than its OLED counterparts. However, the TFT layer renders the screen difficult to see in the sunlight, giving the AMOLED a slight advantage in these settings. However, AMOLED is said to have a longer lifespan. Super AMOLED offers even more longevity, as well as helping you get more hours out of a battery charge. Super AMOLED is even thinner, more flexible, and offers improved visibility in sunlight over its AMOLED counterpart.
You might also want to look at refresh rate, especially if you play demanding mobile games where responding quickly is key. A refresh rate, measured in Hz, is the number of times per second a screen refreshes. Higher numbers, therefore, reflect a faster, smoother view experience. Many smartphones have 60 Hz screens, although newer, higher end models can feature refresh rates of even 120 Hz.
Storage and processing
Although many smartphones make it easy to backup your files and photos to the cloud, extra space for storage on your phone itself is still highly sought after. Some phones also offer an expandable storage capacity via an SD card.
Processors are what allow you to multitask and switch between apps. They also impact the speed of your phone, so if you don't want to experience lag in your day-to-day use, look into picking a faster processor. Snapdragon along with Apple Bionic processors are well-regarded for their power, so if you're going to demand a lot of your phone, higher numbers – such as the Apple A14 Bionic processor and the Snapdragon 888 – should be considered.
If your first mobile phone came to you in the mid-2000s, you might remember the days of week-long battery life. As we've come to expect more of our mobile phones, and they've become smartphones, it would be almost impossible to expect the same kind of battery life. Some general rules of thumb might mean that a heightened processor capacity or screen size might mean you will have to compromise on battery life. But, as technology accelerates, smartphone creators are keeping up with demand, finding new ways to optimize battery life without the user having to sacrifice how they use their smartphone. Generally, though, battery life is highly dependent on how much and how you use your phone. Things like GPS tracking and screen time, as well as background apps that automatically refresh can impact your battery life.
When browsing our range, look for phones that call out battery life or look for higher mAh (milliampere hours) in the specs of the phone. Battery capacity is measure in mAh which means milliamp-hour over time. The higher the number generally means the longer your phone can go between charges, however, the aforementioned factors of phone use and phone design will impact this too. Generally, phones above 3000 mAH will be reliable for most of your day, with some phones even having 4000 or 5000 mAH batteries that could take you further than even a single 24 hour period. If you’re a smartphone user who’s always on the go, you might want to look into a powerbank.
Mobile Phone Cases & Accessories
After you’ve invested in your phone, it’s a great choice to add some protection to it. This could mean a case or screen protector or – even better – both. From wallet-style cases for a bit of added storage, to bright, colourful patterned cases for some added fun, you can find something that meets your needs and personal style. Our range even encompasses super-tough, military-graded cases those who might be prone to dropping or bumping their phone. If you know you’re one of those people, you might even consider getting a phone grip to adhere to the back of your case, helping you get a better grip on your device. For added style and flair, look to our Otto range, which encompasses both cases and phone grips in on-trend colours and styles.
Don’t forget your display needs protection too! Glass and plastic screen protectors are available, with glass offering a very high level of protection, often without compromising on touchscreen sensitivity.
Finally, having a spare charging cord and a powerbank on hand is a great choice if you know you’re going to spend a long time away from a wall socket. Larger capacity powerbanks (measured in mAh) are ideal for long events, like camping and festivals, while smaller, more compact batteries can be helpful if you're going to using your phone a lot throughout the day but will have the chance to fully recharge overnight.