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Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Motorola surprised everyone when they announced the Moto G towards the end of 2013. Rather than aiming for a premium price point and falling short on specs, the Moto G was an unapologetic shot at the midrange market that delivered the essentials for a basic smartphone experience and nothing more at a $230 price point. We loved it, and so did a lot of others. The Moto G became Motorola’s best selling phone, and arguably even saved the company’s balance sheet after lacklustre market performance from its high-end sibling, the Moto X. The Moto G could get away with a[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 21, 2014 16 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones, Reviews
Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

For someone who really enjoys music and a good quality set of headphones, I’ve been like a kid in a candy store of late with the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on ear headphone being the second set of Bose headphones I’ve reviewed in a very short time. The first was the Quiet Comfort 25 – a high end set of Noise cancelling headphones – and I was a little worried that this pair wouldn’t live up to that high standard. The pairing process is as easy as you’d expect, turn the headset on; go to your phone, find the headphones and[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on October 21, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Reviews
OnePlus to open Pre-orders for the One on October 27th with no invite required

OnePlus to open Pre-orders for the One on October 27th with no invite required

The OnePlus is still quite hard to get a hold of for those Android fans wanting to get a high-end phone at a low-end price. Last month OnePlus announced they would open up pre-orders at the end of this month, and today we’ve gotten more details on when and for how long. Pre-orders will open on Monday, the 27th of October and you’ll be able to pre-order your phone during a one-hour window. Then it’s back to the invite system. Starting today, OnePlus will let you add the One to a shopping cart which you can save and arrange the[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 21, 2014 12 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Acer’s new Chromebooks and Chromebox are now available in Australia, starting at $329

Acer’s new Chromebooks and Chromebox are now available in Australia, starting at $329

Acer today announced some new arrivals in its Chromebook range and a new Chromebox at Australian retailers. Chromebook 13 The jewel in the new range’s crown though is the Chromebook 13, pictured above. It’s the first Chromebook to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 – soon to be seen in the Nexus 9 – and runs fanless. You can choose between a 1080p screen or a more standard 1366×768 display as the device’s 13.3 inch screen. There’s a full size HDMI port alongside USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi ac is supported for super fast network connections. The Chromebook 13 is about[Read More...]

by 4:54 PM on October 20, 2014 2 comments Chromebook, ChromeBox, Manufacturer
Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo begins offering KitKat based ColorOS v2.0 for the Find 7/7a

Oppo has finally announced that their current flagship phone – the Find 7 – and it’s smaller sibling – the Find 7a – will receive the update to KitKat based ColorOS 2.0, updating the existing Android 4.3 based ColorOS V1.2.6i currently installed on the Find 7/7a. Oppo announced the update in a Tweet, pointing owners fo the phones to the OppoForums for further information on the update. There’s a fair bit included in the update, but the featured updates from the changelog include : Refined UI Design The ColorOS 2.0 has inherited the UI design of ColorOS 1.0, by removing[Read More...]

by 2:34 PM on October 19, 2014 2 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Nexus 9 on-sale on Australian Google Play Store

Nexus 9 on-sale on Australian Google Play Store

The Nexus 9 has just gone live on the Australian Google Play store. The tablet has replaced both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 tablets which are no longer available. The Nexus 9 is available in available in 16GB or 32GB options but only in Wi-Fi, with the LTE option still greyed out. There are two colour options available as expected – Indigo Black and Lunar White, with the Sand coloured option expected to arrive later this year. Pricing wise the Nexus 9 isn’t cheap 16GB $479 32GB $589 Update : The LTE Version of the Nexus 9 is now[Read More...]

by 5:24 AM on October 18, 2014 37 comments Accessories, Google Play, Manufacturer, Tablets
Nexus 9 now up for pre-order on Amazon starting at US$399 + Shipping

Nexus 9 now up for pre-order on Amazon starting at US$399 + Shipping

The Nexus 9 is due to go up for pre-order on Google Play in the early hours of tomorrow morning, in the US at least, we’re still unsure about Australian availability. If you’re really wanting to be sure of securing a Nexus 9 tablet as soon as possible then you may want to head over to Amazon where pre-orders for the Nexus 9 are now being accepted and they ship directly to Australia. Amazon US is offering both the 16GB and 32GB models of the Nexus 9 in Wi-Fi only at this stage. Colour options are Indigo Black, and Lunar[Read More...]

by 3:38 PM on October 17, 2014 20 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Australia has just announced that their budget 4G LTE phone, the recently-announced Desire 510 will be heading to Telstra on pre-paid for a wallet-friendly $179. The Desire 510 features a 4.7-inch FWVGA screen (854×480), a quad core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and a 5MP rear camera. As with its stablemates, it’s running HTC Sense 6 with BlinkFeed and comes with Android 4.4 on board. It’s been awarded Telstra’s “Blue Tick” rating. This means its recommended for rural and regional use on Telstra’s networking, meeting certain standards for reception. HTC’s announced the phone’s Australian RRP at $249, but Telstra[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone recently announced that they had entered into a partnership with music streaming service: Spotify. While no specifics were mentioned it seems that the partnership has born fruit with a new deal being offered on the Vodafone branded ‘Smart 4 Mini’ phone. The deal offers the Smart 4 Mini, a Premium Spotify subscription and 2GB of Data for just $69. The Vodafone ‘Smart’ series of devices have been a bit of a huge success in the European market. But Vodafone has brought the Smart line to Australia to see what happens. Let’s be honest, spec wise, the Vodafone Smart 4[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 17, 2014 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Nexus 9 benchmarked could possibly run faster

Nexus 9 benchmarked could possibly run faster

The Nexus 9 is one of the ‘true’ reference builds for Android Lollipop, given that it’s the first Nexus device to contain a 64-bit processor, thanks to the Nvidia Tegra K1 ‘Denver’ SoC at its heart. The tablet is supposed to be fast and it appears that someone has run the tablet through benchmark site Geekbench. The tablet scores a fairly impressive single core score of 1,903, which stacks up amazingly against a Galaxy Tab S at just 910. Primate Labs founder John Poole offered up a more compelling comparison, stating on Twitter that it puts it on par with[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 17, 2014 11 comments Manufacturer, Tablets
Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

A new low-end phone seems to be about to head to Telstra’s pre-paid mobile service with the Telstra Rush (T792) popping up on ZTE’s website. Telstra Rush (T792) isn’t going to set any benchmarks with its specs and it certainly can be classed as a very basic entry level device, but the surprise is that the device will be running Android 4.4.2 straight out of the box. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT Display (320 x 480) 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core Adreno 302 GPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory expandable to 32GB via microSD 2MP rear camera only[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Nvidia promises Shield Tablet will receive Android Lollipop

Nvidia promises Shield Tablet will receive Android Lollipop

Manufacturers are beginning to announce plans for their handsets, tablets and other devices now that Google has officially launched Android Lollipop. HTC and Motorola were quick to announce their plans and now Nvidia has announced that the newly announced Shield Tablet will receive the update as well. It’s not terribly surprising given the tablet is less than 2 months old, and the average life span for updates on an Android device is 18 months. Still, many Nvidia Shield owners will celebrate this tweet: Android 5.0 Lollipop and more is coming to NVIDIA SHIELD tablet. pic.twitter.com/yOGKRuOoRk — NVIDIA (@nvidia) October 16,[Read More...]

by 12:17 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Manufacturer, OS Update, Tablets
Sony adds Xperia Z1 and Z2 as well as the Xperia M2 to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub

Sony adds Xperia Z1 and Z2 as well as the Xperia M2 to AOSP for Xperia on GitHub

Sony is one of the largest OEMs pro-actively promoting AOSP development for their phones and tablets, and today they’ve added two more devices to the list, adding the Xperia Z1 and Z2, and Xperia M2 to their AOSP for Xperia project on SonyXperiaDev GitHub. As well as adding support for the two new phones, Sony has also announced a new unified kernel for devices using the Qualcomm MSM8974 processor. Adding a unified kernel will make for more easier and faster mods for community developers. The unified kernel will be easier for ROM developers to work with as all kernel source[Read More...]

by 12:04 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Android Development, Manufacturer, Phones