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HTC Butterfly (X920e) — Review

HTC Butterfly (X920e) — Review

The best display on the market, at the cost of battery life I’ve always had a soft spot for HTC ever since I laid my eyes on the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1 way back in the day. They sparked my love for Android and for phone hardware. That was a few years ago now, but even today, their hardware design still excites me, however, their software usually leaves users wanting more battery life or wanting less of HTC all together. It’s a real shame, but HTC have no one to blame but themselves. Over the past year and a[Read More...]

by 2:41 PM on February 1, 2013 11 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
HTC Velocity 4G just $199 from Dick Smith

HTC Velocity 4G just $199 from Dick Smith

The HTC Velocity 4G — Telstra’s first 4G smartphone, if you can recall — is on sale at Dick Smith for only $199 which isn’t too bad for a pretty good 4G device. When we reviewed it a year ago we found it didn’t have the greatest battery life and it runs a bulkier version of Sense than current devices. On the flip-side, it does have an 8MP camera which can shoot 1080p video, a 4.5-inch qHD display, 16GB storage and 1GB of RAM, and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. While the Velocity 4G is unlocked, if you’re after 4G speeds,[Read More...]

by 2:27 PM on January 30, 2013 8 comments News, Phones
More HTC Sense 5 screen shots hit the internet, shows redesigned, colourful icons

More HTC Sense 5 screen shots hit the internet, shows redesigned, colourful icons

The closer we get to Mobile World Congress which is happening next month, the more and more leaks of devices and software we’re seeing. This time around we’ve got screen shots of HTC Sense 5 running on the Droid DNA. The software itself was ported over from the soon-to-be-announced HTC M7, and gives us a glimpse of what we’re going to see running on it. As you can see above (and in the shots below), HTC have completely redesigned their app icons with a more colour than we’ve previously seen, and more playful and cartoon-ish than the realistic kind of[Read More...]

by 2:16 PM on January 22, 2013 7 comments Apps, News, Phones
This could be the real HTC M7, not just a silly render

This could be the real HTC M7, not just a silly render

Boom! Get out the way silly renders, the (possibly) real HTC M7 is in town thanks to the team over at Android Police. The actual device is certainly the second render we saw leaked and not the first, which is a winner in our books. The new cartoon-ish, streamlined UI appears to be real which leads us to believe HTC might be headed in a new design direction with Sense 5 — we’re still not sure how we feel about that. You can also see the capacitive buttons have a new arrangement. What was once back, home, recent apps, is[Read More...]

by 4:10 PM on January 21, 2013 8 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Another render of the HTC M7 leaks, shows Sense 5 home screen

Another render of the HTC M7 leaks, shows Sense 5 home screen

A second render of the upcoming HTC M7 has appeared on that cool thing we call the internet, and it’s vastly different to the previous one we’ve seen, which leads us to believe that one of them might not be the real deal. Either way, they’re cool to look at if you’re a fan of hardware design. This render shows off more of the device which has a HTC Desire HD meets HTC 8X feel to it — a design I can certainly get behind. The M7 is expected to have a 4.7-inch 1080p display, and with that large space[Read More...]

by 10:01 PM on January 20, 2013 6 comments Phones, Rumours
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G now available from Telstra

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G now available from Telstra

Telstra have today launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G onto their network following Optus’s launch in December. The Note 10.1 4G starts off at $53/mo on Telstra’s lowest tier plan which includes 1GB of data a month, all the way up to $108/mo for 15GB of data. It’s a fairly expensive deal to sign into, so Telstra have tried to sweeten the deal by throwing in a free cover and keyboard dock when you order online. The Galaxy Note 10.1 4G is a 10.1-inch tablet running Android 4.1 powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU. It also makes use of[Read More...]

by 3:05 PM on January 18, 2013 3 comments News, Tablets
Samsung have shipped over 100 million Galaxy S devices

Samsung have shipped over 100 million Galaxy S devices

You may have heard of a little family of devices from Samsung called the “Galaxy S” range. Well, apparently they’re pretty popular, with Samsung shipping over 100 million Galaxy S units in total. Other cool numbers from Samsung include selling 190,000 Galaxy S IIIs each day, and 40 million Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III shipments each. With the growing success of Samsung’s high-end range, we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us with the next generation Galaxy S device. What would you like to see from it?

by 1:18 PM on January 17, 2013 6 comments News, Phones
First render of the HTC M7 leaks, shows us it’s all 1080p display

First render of the HTC M7 leaks, shows us it’s all 1080p display

HTC’s 2013 flagship device is expected to be the HTC M7, a 4.7-inch device with an impressive Super LCD3 1080p display, and finally we have a leaked render of what the device is actually going to look like. Unwired View are reporting that the render doesn’t have any logos or branding on it, so the final version make see minor tweaks to add them in. Other than that, the device is clearly all display right up to the edges which — in theory — would make it slightly smaller than the HTC Butterfly (143 x 70.5 x 9.1 mm) which[Read More...]

by 10:53 AM on January 17, 2013 8 comments News, Phones, Rumours
Commonwealth Bank ‘Kaching’ app updated, faster and slicker

Commonwealth Bank ‘Kaching’ app updated, faster and slicker

If you’re a Commonwealth Bank of Australia customer then you’re going to want to have CommBank Kaching installed on your Android device for all your mobile banking needs. It was updated today and is now no longer just a mobile site wrapped in an Android app, instead it’s a full-blown native app that’s very slick and easy to use. You can manage all your accounts, pay bills, send money via email, phone, and Facebook, locate the nearest CBA ATM and branch, and receive payments. Currently the app is compatible with the following devices, however, if you own a different device[Read More...]

by 6:25 PM on January 14, 2013 19 comments Apps, News
Sony Xperia Z not just for Telstra, likely Optus and Vodafone as well

Sony Xperia Z not just for Telstra, likely Optus and Vodafone as well

Gizmodo Australia is reporting that the Sony Xperia Z will not only come to Telstra, but likely Vodafone and Optus as well, according to the man in charge of Sony Mobile Oceania, John Featherstone. The device is expected to launch in March across the carriers. If a Sony device with 4G LTE is your kind of thing, you’ll be happy to know that 80% of their devices will have 4G in them. It’s looking like it could be a good year for Sony Mobile.

by 5:16 PM on January 9, 2013 6 comments News, Phones
Samsung bringing a Melbourne store to Highpoint Shopping Centre

Samsung bringing a Melbourne store to Highpoint Shopping Centre

Hello fellow Melbournians! Did you know that Samsung is bringing a store to Melbourne, so it’s not just those pesky peeps up in Sydney having all the fun? Well neither did I until this afternoon. Gizmodo Australia has uncovered that Samsung are opening a store at Highpoint Shopping Centre that’s expected to open in mid-March. The store will be a place where you can play around with a range of Samsung products and accessories before you dive in to buy, or leave to buy something else.

by 3:39 PM on January 9, 2013 6 comments News
Sony Xperia Z coming soon to Telstra, registrations of interest now open

Sony Xperia Z coming soon to Telstra, registrations of interest now open

Sony’s flagship device of 2013 will be coming to our nation’s largest carrier, Telstra. On their Twitter, Telstra announced that the Xperia Z would be coming soon with registrations of interest in the device now open. By registering you’ll receive more details about the device once Telstra release pricing and availability. Update: The Xperia Z will launch in March. To recap the Xperia Z: it has a 5-inch 1080p Reality Display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 13MP Exmor RS camera, 2GB RAM, LTE, 2330mAh battery, Android 4.1 (4.2 coming later, in true Sony fashion), and it’s just 7.9mm in thickness.[Read More...]

by 3:17 PM on January 9, 2013 5 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Sony unveils Xperia Z, Xperia ZL — 5-inch 1080p, 1.5GHz quad-core, 13MP camera

Sony unveils Xperia Z, Xperia ZL — 5-inch 1080p, 1.5GHz quad-core, 13MP camera

The previously leaked Sony Xperia Z was finally announced today at CES and it it’s certainly an impressive unit. The Xperia Z is Sony’s 2013 flagship device and its specs are certainly strong enough to hold them up for the entire year, at least it looks that way on paper, we’ll see about real-world use. 5-inch 1080p Reality Display Android 4.1 Jelly Bean w/ Skin (4.2 updated at a later date) Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-Core CPU @ 1.5GHz 13MP Exmor RS Rear Camera 2GB RAM, unknown expandable memory. Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC 2330mAh Battery[Read More...]

by 5:39 PM on January 8, 2013 14 comments News, Phones