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Matt Booth


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Matt has been around since the earliest days of Ausdroid, and in May 2011, we welcomed him on board as our newest staff author. Matt is keen on Android (obviously), and has been since the days of the HTC Hero. Elsewhere on the web, Matt’s a section moderator on the popular Whirlpool forums, and he’s very interested in the modding side of Android.

Matt has posted 51 articles and reviews on Ausdroid.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 — Review

3:02 pm on January 14, 2015 in News, Phones, Reviews
18 comments

There was a time when a Samsung Galaxy Note was the only viable option for someone who wanted a large phone. Then the market started to shift, screens became larger and 5” is now the norm – even the guys who said “no one’s going to buy a big phone” are making a big phone. How does the Note 4[Read More…]

In Pictures: Moto 360 unboxing and first impressions

In Pictures: Moto 360 unboxing and first impressions

2:14 pm on September 20, 2014 in Android Wear and Smartwatches
17 comments

It wasn’t easy (or cheap) but I’ve finally got my hands on a Moto 360. After being disappointed by Motorola.com at 2am on 6 September and failing with Google Play and Best Buy, my last option was to pay the premium and get one on the US eBay site – and I went there because prices were inflated to $500+[Read More…]

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Samsung Galaxy Gear — Review

Samsung Galaxy Gear — Review

7:51 am on December 16, 2013 in Android Wear and Smartwatches, News, Reviews
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How does Samsung’s smart watch stack up? The Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s first entry into the smart watch, or “wearables”, market. It joins the Pebble and Sony‘s Sony’s Smartwatch 2 in what seems to be a developing market. It’s arguable whether there is a need for this new generation of wearable technology – there is in fact no real ‘need’[Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — Review

8:38 am on November 25, 2013 in News, Reviews
6 comments

Is Samsung’s third entry in the series still one to take Note of? The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s third iteration of its popular Galaxy Note series, which started with a phone that, on release, was considered “niche” because of its supersized dimensions and S Pen stylus input. That initial ambivalence has given way to acceptance and excitement around the[Read More…]

Download: Hangouts with SMS Integration

Download: Hangouts with SMS Integration

11:59 am on November 1, 2013 in Apps and Games
7 comments

In the first of what is likely to be many ‘unofficial’ app updates today, the Hangouts with SMS integration APK has been pulled from the Nexus 5 factory image and made available. You can download the APK from here and install directly, just make sure you have ‘Unknown Sources’ enabled in your phone settings. A few of us have been[Read More…]

Sony Xperia Z Ultra — Review

Sony Xperia Z Ultra — Review

8:15 am on October 28, 2013 in Reviews
16 comments

Sony’s 6.4″ phablet dwarfs the competition, but is bigger really better? Sony‘s Xperia Z Ultra is an impressive phone – in physical size, style and technical specifications. On paper the phone looks fantastic and has probably attracted the interest of anyone who likes a large phone. But how big is too big? People scoffed at the Galaxy Note when it[Read More…]

Ausdroid attends the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra launch

Ausdroid attends the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra launch

10:08 pm on September 26, 2013 in News
7 comments

Earlier this evening Jason and I attended the Sony Mobile event in Sydney and spent some hands-on time with some of Sony’s new smartphones and accessories. On show were the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Smartwatch 2, the QX10 lens-camera plus other accessories and gadgets. The Xperia Z1 is intended to ‘create’ media with its 1/2.3-inch lens camera and the[Read More…]

Galaxy Note 3 sim restriction – Asia and Australia stock

Galaxy Note 3 sim restriction – Asia and Australia stock

2:58 pm on September 26, 2013 in News
45 comments

Earlier today we confirmed that Galaxy Note 3 stock sourced from Europe and the Americas are only able to be used with a sim card from their respective regions. While this does limit our options for purchasing a grey import, the greatest impact for Australian users will be if Asia Pacific handsets are subject to the same regional sim card[Read More…]

European Galaxy Note 3 locked to European SIM cards

European Galaxy Note 3 locked to European SIM cards

11:09 am on September 26, 2013 in News
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Popular online UK phone retailers Clove and Handtec are reporting some unusual and surprising news this morning – Galaxy Note 3 phones purchased in Europe are only compatible with European sim cards. The European version is the same one that will be sold here in Australia and many other locations around the world, the SM-N9005 with Snapdragon 800. For Europeans[Read More…]

Kogan Mobile increasing their prices

Kogan Mobile increasing their prices

2:36 pm on July 29, 2013 in Carriers, News
22 comments

Earlier this year we reviewed Kogan Mobile and found it to be reasonably good value for money. That becomes a little less so from the 1st of August, as Kogan Mobile plan to implement a price increase, the new pricing table can be found here. The 2GB per 30 days data only plan will see a price increase of 50%[Read More…]

How to use Foxtel Go on any device, even if you’re rooted

How to use Foxtel Go on any device, even if you’re rooted

7:30 pm on July 16, 2013 in Apps and Games
34 comments and 3 active readers

After a few false starts the Foxtel Go app was released today for Android; but sadly not for all Android devices – only for 2 Samsung devices (Galaxy S III and Note II), and only if they’re not rooted. Lucky for you we’ve consolidated information from a number of sources which will have you watching Foxtel Go on any Android[Read More…]

Is this the Sony Xperia Togari?

Is this the Sony Xperia Togari?

3:45 pm on June 2, 2013 in Phones, Rumours, Tablets
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A picture of what could be the rumoured Sony Xperia Togari (or L4) has shown up on French Blog Nokia Day. The picture was originally posted to show the Nokia Lumia 1030, but Xperia Blog noticed it has also uncovered a large Sony device similar to the Xperia Z but with a different camera placement and what appears to be[Read More…]

App Review: Norton Mobile Security

App Review: Norton Mobile Security

2:26 pm on May 15, 2013 in Apps and Games, Reviews
13 comments

Norton Mobile Security promises a lot on the packet; so many features that it concerned me how it could achieve this without impacting system performance and battery life. The Lite version of Norton Mobile Security is free and packs a decent set of features. The Pro version will set you back a $29.99 annual subscription for some additional features. The[Read More…]

Telstra’s Note II 4G available from Boxing Day

Telstra’s Note II 4G available from Boxing Day

4:36 pm on December 12, 2012 in Carriers, Phones
8 comments

When Samsung launched the Note II 4G in Australia on 14 November many people were disappointed that Telstra delayed their launch until ‘early 2013’. Perhaps in response to the negative feedback they received on their blog, Telstra today announced that they were able to ‘accelerate development’ and the Note II 4G will be available from Telstra stores commencing Boxing Day[Read More…]

Sony Mobile announce Australian release of Xperia TX

Sony Mobile announce Australian release of Xperia TX

11:50 am on November 21, 2012 in News, Phones
2 comments

Sony Mobile today announced the release of the Xperia TX – the official smartphone of the James Bond movie Skyfall – from 28 November. The Xperia TX will be available on Vodafone’s $50 plan and outright from Sony Centres for $629. The Xperia TX is a quad-band HSPA phone (no LTE) with a 4.6″ 720p display, 16GB onboard memory with[Read More…]