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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
Live in the Newcastle/Hunter region & are a good driver? Then S Drive from Samsung wants to reward you.

Live in the Newcastle/Hunter region & are a good driver? Then S Drive from Samsung wants to reward you.

Samsung Electronics Australia have launched a new initiative in the Newcastle/Hunter region of NSW, aimed at rewarding careful drivers who do the right thing. The initiative called S Drive, is aimed at rewarding compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone devices who live in the Newcastle/Hunter region and Hold a P2 driver’s licence or above and are over the age 18 years of age who have an impeccable clean driving record or are at least a good driver obeying the local road rules of NSW of course, with rewards ranging from Music Subscriptions (via Samsung’s own Music Hub) and Movie Rentals to Fuel[Read More...]

by 5:05 PM on June 26, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Apps, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Google’s Nest Opens Up To Developers

Google’s Nest Opens Up To Developers

It was only a few days ago that we reported on Google’s Nest purchase of Dropcam, furthering Google’s push into your homes. Turns out that Nest and Google have even grander plans than just Dropcam. Today Nest announced that they would be opening their platform to outside developers. Through their Nest Developer Program, they’re “working with developers all over the world to do what no one else has been able to do – create a more conscious and thoughtful home.” Nest’s plan is to be the centre operating system controlling all devices in the household. Through Nest you will be[Read More...]

by 8:54 PM on June 24, 2014 0 comments Accessories, News
Good Deal: Samsung Gear Fit smartwatch/fitness band for $139

Good Deal: Samsung Gear Fit smartwatch/fitness band for $139

Probably one of the nicest and most popular smartwatch/fitness bands introduced so far this year has been the Samsung Gear Fit. Its feature rich, well designed hardware not only looks good, but is supposedly pretty functional according to Samsung, but the $249 price tag has put a number of people off, but it’s on-sale at the moment through DWI Digital Cameras for just $139. The deal includes delivery and is around $100 off the price you’ll find at a lot of places around Australia. The band is only available in one colour – Charcol Black, so no Mocha Grey or[Read More...]

by 9:51 PM on June 22, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Smartwatch
OtterBox unveils the Symmetry Series of smartphone protection

OtterBox unveils the Symmetry Series of smartphone protection

Something most owners of slim and svelte smartphones have probably considered is how to add some protection to such a thin device without making it thick and frankly a bit ugly. OtterBox has introduced its new Symmetry range of smartphone cases to address this concern. Of interest to Android users will be the availability for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), but as you can see pictured above, the cases are available for your friends who’re still stuck in the Apple reality distortion field. The cases are thin, clearly have appealing designs, and are as lightweight as possible.[Read More...]

by 1:36 PM on June 19, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer, News
Kickstarter project Pressy is finally shipping – Android app now in Google Play

Kickstarter project Pressy is finally shipping – Android app now in Google Play

That header image is the one all you long-suffering Pressy Kickstarter backers have been waiting for. The picture was sent out late last night as update 20 from ‘The Pressy Bunch’ announcing that manufacturing of the removeable physical button for Android devices was complete and will now be shipping out to customers. The team announced that there approximately 15000 orders have so far been processed and shipped, and they expect to have the rest of the orders processed by Wednesday. Estimates range from 5-21 days for orders to begin arriving, of course living in Australia, you should expect the 21[Read More...]

by 10:40 AM on June 18, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Apps
Jawbone Up24 — Review

Jawbone Up24 — Review

The world of fitness tracking gadgets is overrun! There’s already a lot of options out there, and thanks to sites like Kickstarter there’s more entering the market all the time. Jawbone has been a well-established brand in the accessory market for a while though, and has been built a profile in the fitness tracking world for the last couple of years. With the Up24, Jawbone is now on its third iteration of wearable fitness trackers, so it’s safe to say the company knows what it’s doing. The initial Jawbone Up had some issues with build quality which were improved in[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on June 13, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews
Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker — Accessory Review

Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker — Accessory Review

Braven offers a distinctive line of Bluetooth speakers designed for a number of situations. Judging by their website, many of them seem ruggedised or weatherproofed in some way, and being standard Bluetooth devices they’re all Android compatible. We’ve been given a Braven 710 to review, and like what we’ve seen and heard. The Braven 710 retails for $229 from a number of retailers. For that price you’re going to want a high quality piece of equipment, and they don’t disappoint. The body, constructed from a single piece of “aircraft-grade” aluminium, has a premium feel to it and is always cool[Read More...]

by 2:04 PM on June 12, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Reviews
Wanting some mobile data for your tablet? Telstra releases 4G My Pocket WiFi Ultimate

Wanting some mobile data for your tablet? Telstra releases 4G My Pocket WiFi Ultimate

Telstra has announced a new addition to its portable hotspot range, in the form of the pre-paid 4G My Pocket WiFi Ultimate. Shown above, the My Pocket WiFi Ultimate is the first Australian mobile device compatible with the 700 MHz 4G spectrum that is being rolled out from January 2015. Just as the Next G network did great things for Telstra’s 3G coverage, so too will the 700 MHz network perform for the 4G network; Telstra claims it will bring greater regional coverage and deeper in-building coverage, as well as great speeds and capacity. The My Pocket WiFi Ultimate also[Read More...]

by 7:36 AM on June 11, 2014 13 comments Accessories, News