Accessories

Sony life-logging Smartband now available to order from the Sony website

Sony life-logging Smartband now available to order from the Sony website

For those of you who just love wearable fitness trackers, Sony has released their Life-logging accessory – the Smartband in Australia. The Smartband is now available on the Sony Australia website for $159+Delivery. Announced at CES in January, the Smartband is a step beyond the usual fare from some Smartphone manufacturers and is compatible with Android phones running Android 4.4, rather than being restricted to Xperia devices. The Smartband will log all your into an Android App available on Google Play after being paired to your Android phone using Bluetooth and NFC. The Smartband when paired with the app on[Read More...]

by 5:41 AM on May 8, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer
LG announces the Lifeband Touch will be available in Australia this month

LG announces the Lifeband Touch will be available in Australia this month

LG has finally announced that their Lifeband Touch, the wearable they announced back at CES in January will begin selling in Australia at the end of this month. The Lifeband Touch features a stylish design with an OLED display which switches on when you swipe the screen. The screen automatically turns on when you rotate your wrist. As well as showing the time on the band, it’s also a smart activity tracker, which uses an in-built 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter to measure distance, speed, number of steps, calories burned and projected pace. As well as activity tracking, the OLED display[Read More...]

by 5:22 PM on May 6, 2014 6 comments Accessories
Dimple adds physical buttons to your Android

Dimple adds physical buttons to your Android

Following in the foosteps of Pressy and Klick, Dimple promises to add buttons to your Android device. Unlike the previously mentioned contenders, Dimple does this by adding more than one physical button to your device and allows you to do pretty much anything you want to. The way it works is kind of clever. Each of the four buttons has a different NFC identifier and, when pushed, this activates allowing the phone to detect it. This technology should allow the Dimple to work with any phone that supports NFC, though the metallic HTC One M8 is not completely supported. This[Read More...]

by 5:33 AM on May 2, 2014 4 comments Accessories, News
Klick, Pressy and Mi Key – a look at the projects bringing an extra button to your Android device

Klick, Pressy and Mi Key – a look at the projects bringing an extra button to your Android device

How would you like to add a physical button to your Android device, which works with an app that you can program to perform different functions? If you have a 3.5mm headphone jack, then you can, with Klick. Klick has just become available to order through Chinese online retailer Deal Extreme, who are offering Klick for US$4.80 with free delivery to Australia. But wait, you say, that product sounds extremely familiar. Well, you’re right. Klick is actually the third product announced which offers the option of adding a Physical button to Android devices. Pressy The most familiar of these physical[Read More...]

by 6:54 AM on April 29, 2014 17 comments Accessories
Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi — Review

Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi — Review

US home entertainment company Sonos calls its product “the wireless hi-fi system”. The company’s products can form a wireless network around your house and you can control what music plays on which speakers. You can play back music stored locally on your home network, or via an increasing number of streaming music services. Sonos has been around for about 10 years now, and its equipment isn’t known for being cheap, but some of the company’s products have significantly reduced the barrier to entry in recent years. You can get started with a single Play:1 speaker (and no wireless network) if[Read More...]

by 10:11 AM on April 28, 2014 11 comments Accessories, Other, Reviews
Gadgets 4 Geeks launch their range of Galaxy S5  accessories

Gadgets 4 Geeks launch their range of Galaxy S5 accessories

Whether your new Samsung Galaxy S5 is looking a little naked, or you’re a fan of wireless charging and are missing the functionality on your new phone; the team at Gadgets 4 Geeks have the answer. They’ve released their range of accessories for Samsung’s latest flagship. Ranging from simple gel cases, screen protectors and desktop docks to folio cases, car mount kits and Qi compatible Wireless receiver cards; they’ve got you and your new pride and joy covered. Check out their Galaxy S5 Accessories range and don’t forget to whack in the Ausdroid discount code: AUSDROID-S4QI to get 5% off[Read More...]

by 8:22 AM on April 27, 2014 5 comments Accessories, News
Samsung confirms 20 devices are compatible with Gear 2 series smartwatches

Samsung confirms 20 devices are compatible with Gear 2 series smartwatches

Samsung last week confirmed that 20 Samsung Galaxy devices are compatible with their recently-launched Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches. Unlike last year’s Galaxy Gear, which only worked with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, there’s now 12 compatable smartphones and 8 tablets. Users with compatible devices can now download the latest versions of the Gear Manager or Gear Fit Manager apps from the Samsung Apps store. The full list of compatible Galaxy Smartphone devices are: Galaxy S5 Galaxy Note 3 Neo Galaxy Grand 2 Galaxy Note 3 Galaxy S4 Galaxy S4 mini[Read More...]

by 2:39 PM on April 22, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Phones, Smartwatch, Tablets
Samsung Gear 2 — Smartwatch Review

Samsung Gear 2 — Smartwatch Review

Samsung’s Gear 2 is the anticipated successor to the original Galaxy Gear concept launched by Samsung last year. Where the original Galaxy Gear had a few issues — which you can discover in detail in our review — the Gear 2 makes some leaps and bounds forward to become quite an acceptable smartwatch. Having recently savaged the Pebble Steel as being a fairly mediocre and problematic upgrade to the original Pebble, I was keen to see what else was happening in the realm of the smartwatch. I’m very much looking forward to the arrival of Android Wear later this year,[Read More...]

by 4:04 PM on April 17, 2014 11 comments Accessories, Reviews, Smartwatch
Era by Jawbone — Accessory Review

Era by Jawbone — Accessory Review

For the last week I’ve been playing with Jawbone’s latest Bluetooth headset, the ERAtm. Marketed as the smallest, lightest, most comfortable headset that Jawbone has created, it makes some bold claims. I’m perhaps not the best person to review a Bluetooth headset, as I come at them from the angle of never having found one that I enjoyed using, much less on an ongoing basis. So I could have a play, Jawbone supplied me with an Era in black, paired with the portable charging unit. I couldn’t take a photo of the unit supplied as good as the press shots[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on April 15, 2014 1 comment Accessories, Reviews
Review: Not Just Another Car Dock Charger

Review: Not Just Another Car Dock Charger

One of the best things about modern phones in my opinion is the wireless charging via the Qi standard. The ability to easily just place a phone onto a pad and have it charge and then be able to pick it up quickly without being constrained by an attached USB cable or having to disconnect this cable before using the phone is an amazing convenience. Slowly there have been more and more Chinese suppliers coming out with Qi chargers suitable for charging our devices. Way back at the beginning of December last year I reviewed a Car Dock Qi charger.[Read More...]

by 8:58 AM on April 14, 2014 13 comments Accessories, Reviews
Dick Smith ready themselves for the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2/Gear Fit launch

Dick Smith ready themselves for the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2/Gear Fit launch

The Galaxy S5 goes on-sale on Friday at retailers and carriers Australia wide, Dick Smith has released their latest catalogue which lists their pricing for the phone at $896. There’s a range of accessories for the phone available, DSE is offering covers, as well as the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. To protect your new phone, there’s three covers on offer with all three listed as ‘Water & Dust Resistant’. You can choose from either the Galaxy S5 Wallet Flip cover for $49.98, the Galaxy S5 S-View Cover for $59.98 or the GS5 S-View Charge Cover for $89.98 which will[Read More...]

by 8:50 PM on April 9, 2014 5 comments Accessories, Phones, Smartwatch
HTC One (M8) Accessories — Buy them online, but not just yet

HTC One (M8) Accessories — Buy them online, but not just yet

Those of you who’ve jumped on the HTC One (M8) bandwagon at this early stage (a few of us at Ausdroid might be amongst you) might be wondering where the announced launch accessories are up to. In particular, you might be curious about the Dot View cover or Double Dip Case — and so are we! HTC’s Australian accessories store lists both the Dot View Case and Double Dip Case in their catalog, however at the time of writing, they’re not available. They are, however, available for pre-order, meaning if you want to lay down some cash, you’ll likely be the[Read More...]

by 1:42 PM on April 8, 2014 7 comments Accessories, News, Phones
Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging covers unveiled in the US

Samsung Galaxy S5 wireless charging covers unveiled in the US

Prepare your wallets folks, the official accessories for Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 are appearing online. The first ones appear to be a set of wireless charging covers, which Android Central discovered recently. The covers will come in two colours and two different models. It appears there’s an effort on the part of Samsung to cover what most people are likely to want. There’s a simple rear cover replacement with Qi Charging receiver built in, or a S View cover with Qi Charging receiver built in. Both models appear (while this may change) to be available in either white or black, though[Read More...]

by 1:54 PM on April 6, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, Phones