Accessories

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 – a big hard disk, power bank and Wi-Fi hotspot in one device

ADATA DashDrive Air AE800 – a big hard disk, power bank and Wi-Fi hotspot in one device

ADATA is making a name for themselves in the Australian market offering a number of products, some traditional and some a little bit different that fill some specific users’ needs. Under that “little bit different” category, you’ll find their DashDrive Air AE800 – a combination USB power bank and portable hard drive that brings extra storage capacity to Android and iOS devices alike while also promising to help keep it charged. The top and bottom of the DashDrive Air are super slick black plastic, with a faux metallic chrome around the outside. Most of those surfaces are fingerprint magnets, but[Read More...]

by 2:27 PM on July 22, 2014 1 comment Accessories
Pressy is here – add a physical button to your phone’s headphone jack

Pressy is here – add a physical button to your phone’s headphone jack

It’s been a long road to production and delivery for Pressy, the Kickstarter-funded project that sought to give users a new physical button for their devices with the ingenious idea of using the phone’s headphone jack. I backed Pressy at the end of September 2013 (so it’s been almost a year in the making now), and a small packet finally arrived on my desk this morning containing one Pressy and a black carry case that can (in theory) clip onto headphone cables and hook onto a keyring to keep your Pressy safe when not in use. The Pressy device itself[Read More...]

by 2:23 PM on July 22, 2014 6 comments Accessories, News
Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

The term ‘Paperless Office’ has been around for some time now, but we’re a long way away from it being a reality. Companies still require you to physically sign documents they email you before re-digitising them and returning them, and there’s no real ‘standard’ for digital signatures at the moment. As Android and ChromeOS users, of course Google has options for printing – Google Cloud Print – and though there’s a lot of printers which are compatible, there’s a longer list of printers which aren’t. There are workarounds – but leaving your PC with printer connected switched on all the[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on July 22, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews
LG G3 Accessories announced for Australia

LG G3 Accessories announced for Australia

Earlier today, we got our first look at pricing for the LG G3 when it launches in Australia. As a bonus, pre-orders for the first 100 customers will receive a Wireless Charging dock (and a G Pad 8.3) but what if you just want that sleek looking Wireless charger by itself, or you’re not quite ready to switch carrier? Well, you’ll definitely be able to, with LG today announcing pricing and availability for not only the wireless charger, but their Quick Circle cases and snap-on shells. The Quick Circle case is a new take on their Quick Window case, with[Read More...]

by 12:52 PM on July 21, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
InkCase Plus is a second screen for your Android

InkCase Plus is a second screen for your Android

If a six-inch display on your mobile isn’t enough, would you consider getting a second one? When I saw this headline, my immediate thought was no, but having read a bit more about what the InkCase provides, I’m kind of excited and I wanted to tell you a bit more about it. Shown above, InkCase Plus is an eInk display that acts as a second display for your Android. What can you do with it? Many things. Firstly, you’ll save battery life, because viewing / reading things on an eInk display is significantly cheaper in terms of battery usage than[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Accessories, News
Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

I recently had an opportunity to spend some time with the Sony Xperia Z2, a device I really enjoyed. While I was reviewing the phone, I was contacted by Yianni from Gadgets 4 Geeks, to see if I wanted to try out some accessories. I agreed and he sent me two new toys to play with; a magnetic charging dock and the Sonivo Fusion bumper case. Magnetic Charging Dock One of Sony’s big innovations over the past few years has been making all their phones waterproof. This is all well and good, but anyone who has actually used one of[Read More...]

by 5:02 PM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Accessories, News, Reviews
Sydney Opal users can now purchase new Opal card smart wallets for their smartphones

Sydney Opal users can now purchase new Opal card smart wallets for their smartphones

We’ve previously reported that the NSW Government and Cubic Systems Australia (makers of London’s Oyster Card) had released a couple of Opal Card smartcard wallets and holders for Samsung Devices earlier this year. Transport for NSW have announced another series of colourful smart wallets which stick to the back of your smartphone to hold your Opal Card in place. According to the Shop Transport NSW website, the smart wallet is made of durable silicone with a universal 3M adhesive suitable for most phones (and covers) which fit most flatbacked smart phones, so the HTC One (M7), One (M8) and the LG Flex[Read More...]

by 4:59 PM on July 12, 2014 3 comments Accessories, News
New Dead Zebra Android Minis to be released at San Diego Comic Con

New Dead Zebra Android Minis to be released at San Diego Comic Con

At Ausdroid we love the Android Minis created by Andrew Bell and other artists then sold through Dead Zebra, and every year at Comic Con, Andrew announces a limited edition set for sale at the show. In keeping with the theme of Comic Con, Andrew has announced that there will be a new series of his popular Heroes & Villians series. The set includes 4 Android Minis – two heroes and two villians – with the heroes named Super User and BotMan while the super villians are named Professor Eval() and A/B Tester! The set will only be available at[Read More...]

by 5:53 PM on July 11, 2014 1 comment Accessories
Nokia Treasure Tag WS-2 — Review

Nokia Treasure Tag WS-2 — Review

Editor’s Note: This review has been contributed by @AdrianGHughes – please make him feel welcome! There’s been a marked increase in the number of “device finders” in the last couple of years. These are small bluetooth keychains and dongles that you can attach to something valuable, and use a companion app on your smartphone or tablet to alert you when you move too far away from it (or more worryingly, when it moves too far away from you). Many of these devices are borne of a Kickstarter campaign or some other kind of crowd-funding, and Ausdroid has also previously reviewed[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on July 11, 2014 7 comments Accessories, News, Reviews
LG announces KizON wearable for pre-school and primary school children

LG announces KizON wearable for pre-school and primary school children

LG has today announced a new wearable that they’re aiming directly at parents. The new wearable called KizON is a GPS and Wi-Fi location tracker which shares real-time location information to a smartphone. The KizON includes a 2G/3G radio, which allows parents or loved ones to call the child directly using the One Step Direct Call function, to easily communicate with their children at any time throughout the day. The ability to call the child is restricted to a list of 10 pre-configured phone number, set from and phone running Android 4.1 or higher. There’s an element of safety included[Read More...]

by 7:45 PM on July 9, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer
Griffin Survivor case for Samsung Galaxy S5

Griffin Survivor case for Samsung Galaxy S5

One of the privileges (if you can call it that) of retaining Ausdroid’s Galaxy S5 in my office is that I get to play with accessories that get sent through for one of the year’s most popular Android devices. Last week, Griffin sent me a Survivor case (you can see it above, albeit on a Galaxy S3) designed for the Samsung Galaxy S5, and I thought I’d take it out of the box and have a little play. We’ve previously looked at tough cases from OtterBox in the past, but I think it’s fair to say this case from Griffin[Read More...]

by 9:23 AM on July 6, 2014 0 comments Accessories, News
Screen protector for LG G3 Mini shows up from Australian accessory manufacturer Aerios

Screen protector for LG G3 Mini shows up from Australian accessory manufacturer Aerios

The LG G3 has not yet launched in Australia, but that hasn’t stopped rumours of a G3 Mini being products, and today we’ve seen a screen protector from Australian screen protector company Aerios adding fuel to the rumour fire. There’s little to be gleaned from the image, which shows that even with the ‘Mini’ name attached, the screen is still fairly large. While it’s not in the G3′s 5.5-inch range, previous rumours we’ve seen point to a 4.5-inch screen. Hardware for the G3 Mini – or G3 Beat as we’re hearing it may be called – is rumoured to be[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on July 4, 2014 0 comments Accessories
Australian hands-on: Samsung Gear Live and Android Wear

Australian hands-on: Samsung Gear Live and Android Wear

Thanks to some friendlies on the inner circle, I managed to get my hands on a Samsung Gear Live Android Wear smartwatch ahead of next week’s shipments. It’s rather cool. The Gear Live has a 300 mAh battery behind a 1.63-inch 320×320 Super AMOLED display. It’s got 512MB RAM, 4GB storage and is run by a 1.2 Ghz processor. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and it’s no secret that the device is designed to be a watch that delivers notifications to your wrist, in a more sophisticated and elegant way than other devices like the Pebble. What does[Read More...]

by 10:29 AM on July 1, 2014 19 comments Accessories, Android Wear, Google Services, Manufacturer, News