Giveaway: A Geeky Christmas filled with Gadgets

We love to give things away at Ausdroid, and this Christmas is no different. That's right, we're doing it again and it's all thanks to our friends at Gadgets 4 Geeks! We've got three fabulous prizes on offer, and winning one is really easy. Prizes In the run up to Christmas we'll be giving away: 1st Prize: Qi Wireless Charging Dock for Nexus 7 (2013) you can read our review to find out how awesome this prize is. 2nd Prize: Charging Mount Cradle & Charging Kit for Nexus 5 3rd Prize: Desktop Charging Dock with... Continue reading

Telstra begins selling accessories through eBay

Telstra has begun a new novel way to sell accessories - through eBay. The nations largest mobile carrier has opened up their own eBay store to sell accessories for all types of handsets. Telstra sees this as an opportunity to sell batteries, cases and covers, chargers, headsets, memory cards, screen protectors and smart watches through the worlds largest auction site, to the more than 7.3 million Australian users who use eBay every month. As well as these accessories, they also intend to offer online exclusives through the eBay store in the future. The store is seen as complimentary to their in-store... Continue reading

Google adds Folio cases for Nexus 7(2013) to Google Play store

While Google still hasn't added the option for a White Nexus 7 - which they added to the US Store this morning, they have added a more premium folio case to the list of accessories available for the popular 7" tablet. The Folio cases are available in two colours - Black and 'Bright Red' - and act as a dual purpose cover + stand, with the cover offering a trifold design that will stand the tablet in an upright stance for viewing media or in a more flatter stance more suited to typing. The Folio cases aren't exactly cheap though... Continue reading

Imation launch dual plug Micro/Full USB Flash Drive

Leading storage company Imation has today launched new concept in Flash drives that's aimed at making it easier to transfer data back and forth between your Android device and computer - the 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive. As you can see above, the drive comes with both a full size USB 2.0 connector to connect to your PC as well as a Micro USB connector to connect to your Android tablet or phone. The design is called 'Slide ‘n’ Swivel' and requires no cap - often the first thing lost when using USB drives. While the USB drive is fully... Continue reading

Qi Wireless Charging Dock for Nexus 7 2013 – Gadgets 4 Geeks

When Gadgets 4 Geeks gave us the opportunity to review a KiDiGi Qi Wireless Charging Dock for the Nexus 7 (2013), we leapt at the opportunity. There's a few of us at Ausdroid with the Nexus 7 (2013), and a stylish dock that also charges the device really caught our attention. Feature-wise, there's little to say. The dock accommodates the Nexus 7 in a landscape or portrait orientation, and features little more than a blinking LED at the front which indicates whether your tablet is charging or not, and a micro USB plug on the back to power the dock.... Continue reading

OtterBox Commuter Wallet — Accessory Review

We've all dropped a mobile phone and felt the fear as time slows down while your precious mobile phone, brain and life companion tumbles to the ground. Knowing that in a split second your life and bank balance may change dramatically is often motivation to think about protecting your phone a bit better in the future with a case that can help your phone withstand the bumps and knocks of daily life -- perhaps even, if you're a particularly active and outdoors type, a "rugged" case. Enter OtterBox. The company has a range of protective covers and accessories designed... Continue reading

Review: Car Dock Qi Charger

Last year when Google introduced Qi charging for the Nexus 4 we were all super excited to be able to charge our phones sans wires. At the time though, Qi charging for phones was relatively new and many people were burnt (along with suppliers and sellers) with Qi chargers that were less than perfect. They heated the phone up to dangerous levels, they stopped charging at 80% and several other issues were reports we heard on the grapevine as well as experienced ourselves. Fast forward 12 months and while there are still not many Android devices with Qi... Continue reading

Retailer Round-Up: In-store Weekly Specials

There's a lot of deals in the run up to Christmas, especially in the tablet department. The major stores must be betting that these will be hot ticket items: Aldi: Bauhn 8" Dual Core Android Tablet 16GB $129- starts Wednesday 4th December Aldi: Bauhn Rechargeable Bluetooth Speaker $29.99 - starts Wednesday 4th December Aldi: Sandisk 32GB microSDHC Card $25 - starts Wednesday 4th December Big W: Smart Tab Junior Android Kids Tablet $148 - starts Thursday 5th December Big W: Laser Kids Tablet $98 - starts Thursday 5th December Big W: NextBook 7" Android... Continue reading

Nexus 5 Bumper Case: First Impressions

Geoff and myself have both recently purchased the official Nexus 5 Bumper Case so we have decided to collaborate on this one and provide our first impressions. The Nexus 5 Bumper Case is a top quality case that provides plenty of protection for your brand new Nexus 5. Right from the start you can tell that this is an official product. The device fits snugly with no unwanted movement. The case is made of a type of hard rubberised plastic, it has a bit of flex in it which aids in being able to put your phone in and remove it... Continue reading

Check this out: Magnetic lenses for your Nexus 5 (and other devices)

We've become fans of the US photography site Photojojo in the last few weeks - they've got a number of neat products on the site that let you have a bit of fun with your photography, and their customer service team is responsive and friendly. One of our favourite product lines offered by them at the moment is their cellphone lens series (you'll have to forgive the use of the word "cellphone", they're American), which offers small Fisheye, Telephoto, Wide Angle, Macro and Polarizing lenses that can be attached to your phone - you can change the way... Continue reading

Google official Qi wireless charger available for pre-order now from Amazon

The official Google Qi wireless charger has become available on Amazon for US $49.99 (about $56). The small wireless charger features magnets that guide and secure the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) to the charging plate - both the N5 and N7 (2013) have magnets strategically placed inside the back of them to facilitate this. Apart from the N5/7, the charger will work with any other device that supports the Qi charging standard. The charger is available for delivery to Australia - with the shipping being around $13. If you order now, the estimated... Continue reading

Logitech Harmony Smart Remote — Accessory Review

It isn't every day that we get to review things at Ausdroid that are so completely compatible with our lives that we simply must have them at all costs. We review quite a many Android devices that are fantastic, but we give them back at the end of the review and move on with our tech lives. The Logitech Harmony Smart Remote is not one of those devices. It will take something in the order of dynamite and a trained negotiator to get me to give this gadget up, and even then, it might involve prying it from my cold... Continue reading

Philips AS141 Fidelio Android Dock – the best mid range dock is only $69 now

If you want a budget, but big performance dock for your Android device, then the Philips AS141 Fidelio Android Dock is it. This dock started out two years ago as a premium Android dock costing $130, but now it has been reduced to the bargain price of only $69 plus $9.95 delivery from Dick Smith Online. Here is my review of the Philips AS141 from August 2013: A dock is a device for charging your phone securely, whilst also having further features such as speakers, alarm clock and radio. Searching for a good Android dock can be a frustrating... Continue reading