Accessories

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
LIFX LED Smart Bulbs now available from Harvey Norman

LIFX LED Smart Bulbs now available from Harvey Norman

Smart Bulbs are the new cool, we took a look at the Philips Hue light bulbs last year and we’re currently looking at another, more independent product – LIFX – who we wrote up all the way back in 2012, when they ran their Kickstarter campaign. They shipped out their bulbs to Kickstarter backers a couple of months ago and they’ve just announced they will begin selling the bulbs in Harvey Norman stores across Australia. The bulbs are of course doubly interesting to us as they’re made by an Australian company and because they can be controlled by an iOS[Read More...]

by 8:28 PM on May 30, 2014 6 comments Accessories
Ausdroid Gadget Store is coming

Ausdroid Gadget Store is coming

For the last few months, Ausdroid has been working on a bit of a project with the guys at Gadgets 4 Geeks. We’ve promoted their stuff before on Ausdroid and run a few specials here and there, but the one thing we wanted to do was to have our own store for Android accessories. So, with that in mind, today we (sort of) announce the soft launch of the Ausdroid Gadget Store. Those of you who’ve logged in on the desktop in the last 24 hours or so might have seen it appear in the menu bar. What is it?[Read More...]

by 5:34 PM on May 30, 2014 14 comments Accessories, News
GOkey — A single device for charging, moving data and finding lost keys

GOkey — A single device for charging, moving data and finding lost keys

It’s not often we see a device that promises to be all things to all people, but the GOkey seems to be just such a device. It incorporates a portable battery charger, USB cable, flash drive and a keyring, all in one device, instead of a few different things cluttering up your bag. The GOkey’s functions include: Enough power on the go to power a smartphone for a few hours in an emergency situation A charging and data cable — charge off a USB socket, or move some files around A flash drive built in, in 8, 16 or 32GB[Read More...]

by 9:39 AM on May 30, 2014 1 comment Accessories
LG G3 accessories available from Gadgets4Geeks

LG G3 accessories available from Gadgets4Geeks

With the launch of the LG G3 upon us, accessories have begun to pop up online, including at the Australian accessories store and friend-of-the-site, Gadgets 4 Geeks. Gadgets4Geeks has a number of accessories, ranging from a bumper case, a slim-fit TPU cover and screen protectors and also stocks Qi chargers and accessories and a desktop cradle. Items are showing as in-stock and ready to ship, so now all we need is an actual phone to use them with! If you’re questioning the size of the G3, here’s a size comparison between the Nexus 5, LG G3 case and an HTC[Read More...]

by 10:00 PM on May 27, 2014 0 comments Accessories, News, Phones
LG shows off new QuickCircle case for the G3 with circular window

LG shows off new QuickCircle case for the G3 with circular window

When the leaks of the Quick Window icons came out the other day, the circular clocks and widgets pretty much ensured that we all knew that a Quick Window case with a circular window was coming. Well, it’s officially confirmed with LG releasing the LG G3 : Quick Circle™ Case video onto YouTube alongside a press release outlining some more details. As you can see it’s a pretty functional setup with the ring icons showing up to quickly access features such as camera, music controls and obviously time, as well as letting users send text messages or place calls more[Read More...]

by 1:50 PM on May 22, 2014 4 comments Accessories, Manufacturer
Knight Rider, Inspector Gadget and Star Trek have what in common LG?

Knight Rider, Inspector Gadget and Star Trek have what in common LG?

In the race to market with Android Wear, LG have taken a decisive lead over their competitors with their marketing. Market placement is everything in the current commercial market we live in and now LG have placed Knight Rider, Star Trek and Inspector Gadget in the same image set as their upcoming Smart Watch no one else will be able to use or leverage those well known “ahead of their time” techie shows. For those of you who want a translation, thankfully as my Korean is a little rusty; OK – Non existent, Google Translate has provided us an Engrish[Read More...]

by 6:42 PM on May 20, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Android Wear, Manufacturer, News
The business card comes of age, with NFC business cards from Martin Print

The business card comes of age, with NFC business cards from Martin Print

Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark So spoke Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, in a scene where the subject of the perfect business card appears to drive the protagonist of the film to a seemingly incoherent rage – an early show of what is to come. Nearly thirty years later, the business card is still with us, but it’s about time it got an update – something that Martin Print, a Western Australia based custom printing service run by Martin Russell is trying to do with their[Read More...]

by 3:13 PM on May 19, 2014 0 comments Accessories
Sony SmartBand now available through Telstra and Sony stores, RRP $159

Sony SmartBand now available through Telstra and Sony stores, RRP $159

Sony‘s new wrist-wearable fitness tracker SmartBand is now available locally from Telstra, Sony Online and Sony Centres / Kiosks with more retailers to follow soon The device RRP is $159, and Telstra users can get it on contract as an “Accessory Repayment Option” for $39 upfront + $5 / month over two years – which funnily enough, adds up to $150. The SmartBand was first announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and we noted that it had become available for preorder last week. It connects with Sony’s LifeBlog app available from Google Play and logs your life (as[Read More...]

by 1:53 PM on May 15, 2014 3 comments Accessories