Huawei Ascend Mate — Review

Can Huawei compete in an increasingly crowded super-sized phone market? A lot of our time at Ausdroid is spent paying attention to the top tier of Android device manufacturers - while Samsung is doubtless the heavyweight of the Android world, you'd almost certainly include HTC and LG as peers. Below that, there exists a broad second tier, where other manufacturers toil away without the mindshare, design, manufacturing, marketing or technical prowess that characterises that top tier. It's here where we usually find Huawei, despite its best intentions - while it's a networking technology heavyweight with a rich (and occasionally controversial)... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S 4 — Review

The Galaxy S III was super popular, but can Samsung repeat last year's success against renewed competition? The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is set to be the hottest smartphone of 2013, and considering the success of its predecessor, will likely cement Samsung's place as the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. It does face some tough competition from all fronts though, with HTC really stepping up their game with the One, renewed efforts by Nokia to place Windows Phone 8 on the radar with its beautiful and colourful Lumia series, as well as solid... Continue reading

HTC One — Review

It's crunch time for HTC. After a disastrous 2011 in which they released a boatload of devices that were pretty much the same phone but a bit less dodgy, they decided to focus on one 'hero device' that would carry their brand. That device was the HTC One X, and to HTC's credit it was actually a very good phone - better, some would say, than the Galaxy S3. Unfortunately for HTC though, a combination of a tarnished brand image from the previous year, an underwhelming marketing campaign and HTC's baffling decision to then muddy their own waters with the... Continue reading

LG Optimus G — Review

Is the Optimus G just the Nexus 4 with LTE, or something better? LG has struggled in the last few years with their smartphone attempts, but since the release of the L Series as pre-paid offerings, they've begun to show signs of life in the Australian market. Last year they took the number two pre-paid manufacturer spot, showing a strong intention to reign supreme in the Australian market. The Australian launch of the Optimus G as a post-paid (on-contract) device on the Telstra 4G network marks their return as a premium quality, high end brand in... Continue reading

Motorola RAZR M — Jelly Bean Update — OS Review

From the moment I finished watching the Livestream of the RAZR M launch I knew I wanted to get my hands on this phone. I loved the idea of a smaller, more manageable size phone with a display that was still big enough for my man-sized fingertips. The 3.5in display on my 4th Gen iPod is genuinely difficult for me to manage. My Nexus S at 4.0in was even a bit small, especially with typing. Having owned a Galaxy S II, I knew that a 4.3in display would be my ideal minimum. After only a few days it became obvious... Continue reading

LG Optimus L9 — Review

The Biggest, Shiniest L-Series Phone Yet. The L-Series was first introduced at Mobile World Congress last year where LG showed off the Optimus L3, L5 and L7. Fast forward to August last year when LG announced that the L9 would be arriving to join the already successful L-Series phone range that had been launched earlier that month. The L-Series phones have been majorly successful, selling mostly as low-end pre-paid devices with the exception of the L7 which was made available on Optus plans through All Phones outlets. The L9 was a slightly higher end model than the previous top of the... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z — Review

Did Sony bring back the wow, or miss the mark? Ausdroid finds out. Sony Mobile's John Featherstone told an audience of Sydney journalists last week that Sony would 'bring the wow back' with the Xperia Z, after a string of less-than-inspiring mobile products over the last couple of years. "Everybody knows Sony, it's a brand people trust but we need to get the wow back," claims Featherstone. "I believe with Xperia Z using this simplistic type of design and ideology behind it, it really brings the wow back." These are bold claims by Sony, and Ausdroid has put the... Continue reading

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad — Review

Huawei steps into the world of quad-core devices, but can it find mainstream success? You could be forgiven for not really knowing much about Chinese company Huawei (It’s pronounced ‘wah-way’, in case you were wondering). They are actually the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, but have been relatively low-key in the Australian market, producing a few lower-spec, budget devices. Now they're attempting to make a bigger splash in the market with high-end devices like the Ascend P1 and the Honor. It appears that they've saved the best for last with the Ascend D1... Continue reading

HTC Butterfly (X920e) — Review

The best display on the market, at the cost of battery life I've always had a soft spot for HTC ever since I laid my eyes on the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1 way back in the day. They sparked my love for Android and for phone hardware. That was a few years ago now, but even today, their hardware design still excites me, however, their software usually leaves users wanting more battery life or wanting less of HTC all together. It's a real shame, but HTC have no one to blame but themselves. Over the past year and a... Continue reading

HTC One SV — Review

How does HTC's latest instalment in the One line stack up? My love of Android phones has come and gone, and come again. My earliest Android handset was an HTC Magic (the G1 didn't really count) and I loved it -- it had a great form factor, good function, and it worked really well. My next HTC device was the Nexus One, and it was a stellar phone. I had, and used, the Nexus One for a good twelve months before the battery started to fade, and it never missed a beat. Unfortunately, my experience of HTC handsets soured... Continue reading

Telstra Smart Touch 2 — Review

Can excellence be had in a sub-$100 Smart Phone? Telstras first attempt at a sub-$100 Android handset was the original Smart Touch, a phone manufactured by ZTE which from all accounts was a pretty basic affair offering a resistive touch screen and fairly sluggish performance. The Telstra Smart Touch 2 is their second attempt at an Android phone in the sub $100 category, also manufactured by ZTE although with a couple of improved features over the original such as the capacative screen. First impressions of the phone is that it looks and feels like a sub $100 device. The phone... Continue reading

Telstra Uno (ZTE – T12) — Review

The Telstra UNO came out of nowhere a couple of months ago, launching without fanfare into Coles stores where we saw it advertised at a price more usually occupied by the 'dumbphone' end of the market. At $44.50 - 50% off its usual price of $89 - it seemed as though it could only be a really bad phone. I was in the market for a cheap Android device with which to track my running and play podcasts, as I'm swapping phones fairly regularly, this seemed to fit the bill. I purchased one, and have been living with it... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Go — Review

The Sony Xperia Go is the active, tough and "rugged" member of the Xperia family. It features similar styling and features to Sony's other Xperia devices, but has the added benefit of being dust- and water-resistant. For people who require such a device, there are limited choices in the market short of encasing your phone in a bulky shell. We think the Xperia Go performs well without making too many compromises. The Go is a stylish, good-looking phone that's clearly a member of the Xperia family. The 3.5 inch screen has a resolution of 480x320 pixels, a... Continue reading