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…]
Articles by: Matt Booth
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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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’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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]