Articles by: Tia Porter

Tia joined Ausdroid in 2012, having already established herself as a bit of a blogger in other sites around the ‘net. Her written style, and different perspective to some of the rest of us geeks, makes her presence on the team invaluable.

Tia has a long history in IT sales & support, some Communications support experience, and a healthy desire to own “ALL THE GADGETS”. She enjoys gaming in all it’s forms including boardgames, MMORPG’s, console and mobile gaming.


Current Phone: Motorola RAZR HD
Current Tablet: Nexus 7

Tia has posted 25 articles and reviews on Ausdroid.

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Grab a Nexus 7 Deal!

Grab a Nexus 7 Deal!

Sometimes retailers do some GREAT deals. It seems that today, Dick Smith, is determined to move some Nexus 7 tablets, of the 32Gb Wi-Fi variety. Please note that the offer is only valid until Friday 10th May, 2013, 5pm AEST, and only availble for home delivery. Check out the Dick Smith Daily Deals page to find out more about this offer.

by 2:37 PM on May 10, 2013 2 comments Deal, Sale, Tablets
Android Accessories – Nexus 7 keyboard case

Android Accessories – Nexus 7 keyboard case

I’ve been on a quest to find some Android accessories – some “generic” items to use with any of my devices, and others which are specifically designed for my Nexus 7. This is a keyboard/case combo, that snaps onto the front of your Nexus 7 via 3 clips. It connects via Bluetooth, and can be charged via Mini-USB. To use, you slip your Nexus 7, in landscape mode, into the groove at the back of the keyboard. It sets it at a desirable angle for viewing and typing. As a case, it clips on to the front of your Nexus[Read More...]

by 6:50 PM on January 29, 2013 7 comments Accessories, Mini Reviews
Will Samsung try to undercut the Nexus 7?

Will Samsung try to undercut the Nexus 7?

No one can deny that the introduction of the ASUS Nexus 7 tablet lit a fire in the “budget device” sector, and in the “sub 10″ tablet” range. But it seems that we may see more competition coming in from Samsung this year. There are rumours that we may see a new 7-inch Android tablet in the first half of this year, and that the price point is aiming to be sub-$200 (assuming USD). There are no real details on the specs of the rumoured tablet, however. We’re all waiting for the announcements at Mobile World Congress for the 8-inch[Read More...]

by 5:43 PM on January 24, 2013 14 comments Rumours, Tablets
Jelly Bean coming to a Samsung Galaxy S II near you!

Jelly Bean coming to a Samsung Galaxy S II near you!

It’s finally happening! The Samsung Galaxy S II (GT-I9100) is getting a taste of Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.2. Samsung is starting to push out the Jelly Bean update to its best selling Android device of 2011. With so many Galaxy S II users still loving their device, it’s no wonder Samsung are continuing to push out updates like this. Jelly Bean is the biggest update yet for the Galaxy S II, as the ICS update really didn’t add any UI changes from its Gingerbread start. However, Jelly Bean will bring the Nature UX Interface with it, which is the same[Read More...]

by 4:28 PM on January 24, 2013 18 comments OS Update
Android Accessories – Kingston Wi-Drive

Android Accessories – Kingston Wi-Drive

With some new mobile devices not offering a Micro SD storage expansion option (eg: Nexus gear), you are limited as to how much media you can carry on your device. This is where devices like the Kingston Wi-Drive can come into play. The Kingston Wi-Drive is a portable Wi-Fi hotspot storage device. It is about the same size as a small mobile phone (121.5mm x 61.8mm x 9.8mm), so has little impact on the “carrying an extra device” issue. For charging, and connectivity to your computer to copy media, it has a mini-USB port on the top. Down the side[Read More...]

by 5:37 PM on January 22, 2013 4 comments Accessories
Real Racing 3 from EA will include tracks from Melbourne and Mount Panorama

Real Racing 3 from EA will include tracks from Melbourne and Mount Panorama

When it comes to the world of sports simulation games, Electronic Arts is usually the first name to come to mind. With a rich history of titles across PC and console gaming, they’re also making quite a big splash on the mobile gaming scene too. Their latest offering Real Racing 3 looks to be right on track to further their reputation on mobile. While the original announcement for Real Racing 3 was way back in August 2012, EA has now released a developer diary video featuring Rob Murray from Firemonkeys Studio, an Australian company based in Melbourne to show what[Read More...]

by 11:10 AM on January 17, 2013 4 comments Apps
Updated: Jelly Bean rolling out to SGSIII phones

Updated: Jelly Bean rolling out to SGSIII phones

Update: Another reader, acceler8er has informed us that his “unbranded” SGSIII has also received the JB update. One of our readers, Matthew Cranley has just made us aware that the SGSIII phones on the Virgin Network are starting to receive Jellybean, 4.1.2. This update has been long awaited for most SGSIII owners, and it will be interesting to see what improvements it will make to the premium handset. Edited to add: On the off chance, I checked my SGSIII that is on the Live Connected network. It also was ready to receive the Jelly Bean update.

by 7:52 PM on December 21, 2012 11 comments OS Update
Live Connected – New Telco service

Live Connected – New Telco service

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a few “bare bones” mobile service providers come up. Offering cost effective plans as “Sim Only” or “BYO Phone” deals, which are great if you purchase your handsets outright, or you have recently had a plan expire, and you’re happy with your handset. But what if you’re happy with being on plans so you can update your handset every two years? Easy monthly set amounts, and you get new gear. Yay! Live Connected has recently begun offering some of the latest handsets on plans, including, the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One[Read More...]

by 9:06 AM on December 21, 2012 28 comments Carriers
Twitter Update – Now with filters!

Twitter Update – Now with filters!

The rumours are over! Twitter has just updated their application for Android, with image filters! Jack Dorsy has been showing off the filters (he seems to like Black and White) on his twitter stream in the last week. What’s New: Create beautiful photos right within Twitter, with filters powered by Aviary. – Apply one of eight different filters to instantly add a new look and feel to your photos – Choose a filter by comparing all your options in a convenient grid view or by swiping through each version – Make your photos pop with balanced light and colors by[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on December 11, 2012 1 comment Apps
*Edited* Asus Nexus 7 at JB HiFi for $298

*Edited* Asus Nexus 7 at JB HiFi for $298

If you happen to be in or around Broadway in Sydney, and your looking to snag a good price in the Nexus 7 32GB model, you’re in luck. JB HiFi have just opened a new store at Broadway and are celebrating by having a giant sale. The main thing that caught my eye was the particularly good price on the Nexus 7. So go in and get yourself one while the price lasts. To my knowledge, this price is only at the  Broadway store. **Edited** This appears to be the price store wide – even online.

by 12:52 PM on December 2, 2012 11 comments Sale, Tablets
Android 4.2.1 is now available for Nexus 7

Android 4.2.1 is now available for Nexus 7

If you’ve been seeing the tweets, links, and news stories about the 4.2.1 update for the Nexus 4 and 10 devices and then looking at your poor Nexus 7, and thinking… what about me? It isn’t fair! (must be sung in tune… or close to). Well, sing no more… really… stop. The update URL has been uncovered so you can manually update the device right now. All you need to do is grab THIS file, only 1.05MB in size. This will fix the “Decembergate” issue in the People app. Of course, it has started being pushed out OTA today, so[Read More...]

by 1:15 PM on November 28, 2012 5 comments OS Update
Samsung Galaxy Note II launch event — Report

Samsung Galaxy Note II launch event — Report

Last night at Moore Park, Samsung held a launch event featuring the Galaxy Note II. We were also treated to first looks of other products including a range of Windows 8 convertible laptops and tablets and the new Android based Samsung Galaxy camera. Samsung Galaxy Camera After an hour of pre-event drinks and chatter with like minded folk, we were ushered into a large staged area and asked to take a seat. Mr Todd Sampson, the CEO of Leo Burnett, came out on stage and started off our evening with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The Samsung Galaxy[Read More...]

by 8:28 PM on November 15, 2012 10 comments Manufacturer, News
Google Hangout tonight for the release of Angry Birds Star Wars

Google Hangout tonight for the release of Angry Birds Star Wars

Google Play is hosting a G+ hangout tonight, 11pm PT (this translates to about 6pm AEST), to have a chat to Rovio and Lucasfilm, moderated Roy Bahat, revealing the latest chapter in the Angry Birds phenomenon, Angry Birds Star Wars, right before it’s available on Google Play.

by 3:12 PM on November 8, 2012 2 comments Apps, News