Reviews

Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

The term ‘Paperless Office’ has been around for some time now, but we’re a long way away from it being a reality. Companies still require you to physically sign documents they email you before re-digitising them and returning them, and there’s no real ‘standard’ for digital signatures at the moment. As Android and ChromeOS users, of course Google has options for printing – Google Cloud Print – and though there’s a lot of printers which are compatible, there’s a longer list of printers which aren’t. There are workarounds – but leaving your PC with printer connected switched on all the[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on July 22, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews
Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

I recently had an opportunity to spend some time with the Sony Xperia Z2, a device I really enjoyed. While I was reviewing the phone, I was contacted by Yianni from Gadgets 4 Geeks, to see if I wanted to try out some accessories. I agreed and he sent me two new toys to play with; a magnetic charging dock and the Sonivo Fusion bumper case. Magnetic Charging Dock One of Sony’s big innovations over the past few years has been making all their phones waterproof. This is all well and good, but anyone who has actually used one of[Read More...]

by 5:02 PM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Accessories, News, Reviews
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
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
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
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
HoldMyPhone — Accessory Review

HoldMyPhone — Accessory Review

There’s a plethora of mobile accessories out there nowadays. As you’d expect with an industry as huge as mobile telecommunications, the accessories range from the cheap and nasty, to “budget concious”, high quality, impact protection, style/professionalism to the completely ridiculous! You’ve also got to contend with branches of accessories for devices, not getting accessories if you purchase a device that’s too “budget concious” to start with as well as the potential of getting caught out with some poor customer experiences. The increased awareness of mobile technologies by authorities is making it increasingly risky to use your device while driving, but[Read More...]

by 5:05 PM on March 20, 2014 10 comments Accessories, News, Reviews
Review: Car Dock Qi Charger

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 charging built[Read More...]

by 10:36 AM on December 5, 2013 14 comments Accessories, Reviews
Logitech Harmony Smart Remote — Accessory Review

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[Read More...]

by 8:42 AM on November 23, 2013 8 comments Accessories, Reviews
Philips Hue — Review

Philips Hue — Review

One small step towards Home Automation The dream of a completely automated home has been inching closer for the last few years, when Google announced Android @Home a few years back at Google IO, it seemed like an idea that had finally reached the mainstream, but it failed to materialise in any meaningful way shape or form. Thankfully, there have been other companies working towards this goal and one of those is Philips who have created the Hue lighting system – a set of WiFi enabled LED Bulbs you can control from your smartphone. The Hue ‘Personal Wireless Lighting’ as[Read More...]

by 1:03 PM on November 7, 2013 12 comments Accessories, Design, Reviews