Reviews

HTC Butterfly (X920e) — Review

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[Read More...]

by 2:41 PM on February 1, 2013 11 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
HTC One SV — Review

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 after[Read More...]

by 12:36 PM on January 27, 2013 10 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Telstra Smart Touch 2 — Review

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[Read More...]

by 1:34 AM on December 12, 2012 2 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Telstra Uno (ZTE – T12) — Review

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 for[Read More...]

by 5:04 PM on November 14, 2012 38 comments Phones, Reviews
Sony Xperia Go — Review

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 480×320 pixels, a pixel density of[Read More...]

by 8:45 PM on November 5, 2012 3 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Motorola RAZR M — Review

Motorola RAZR M — Review

Motorola delivers a solid 4G LTE phone with a 4.3 inch edge-to-edge screen. Motorola’s second release this month, the RAZR M is a 4.3 inch 4G LTE device. In many ways, it’s the RAZR HD’s little brother, using mostly the same internals (CPU, RAM, graphics). Where the HD brought a 4.7 inch display, huge battery and a focus on media, the M brings a smaller 4.3 inch display with minimal bezel and a respectable 2000 mAh battery. The M also misses out on HDMI output and has a lower resolution front-facing camera. Ausdroid tested the RAZR HD earlier this month[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 30, 2012 9 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy Note II — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note II — Review

Is it just a bigger version of the Galaxy SIII? So many people are confused right now with a seemingly never ending choice of phones on the market. I understand. In fact, we at Ausdroid go through the same difficulty ourselves in trying to choose our next smartphone. What we’re looking at here is the biggest phone you can buy. That makes it significant, and worthy of our attention. There is no getting around the fact that the Note II is a big Galaxy S III. It’s pretty clear that the design language is the same and it makes a[Read More...]

by 5:59 PM on October 24, 2012 12 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Motorola RAZR HD — Review

Motorola RAZR HD — Review

The “All Day Phone”… so does it really go all day? The RAZR HD is the latest phone from Motorola. Tagged as the “All Day Phone”, 4G capable, with a Kevlar body, internal and external splash guard protection, Corning Gorilla Glass and a 2500mAh battery, the RAZR HD really is built to be a hard-wearing and efficient phone. Motorola have also set up the software on this device to be simple to use straight out of the box. So the target audience is much wider than some other offerings on the market, as far as ease of use goes. Once[Read More...]

by 3:12 PM on October 22, 2012 30 comments Design, Opinion, Phones, Reviews
Huawei Honor — Review

Huawei Honor — Review

Huawei shows off Ice Cream Sandwich on a budget Huawei first started releasing quite low end Android phones in Australia and have recently started to build progressively better and higher spec’d models until we now have the Huwaei Honor which presents a lower end price tag with some fairly decent specifications such as a Dual-Core 1.4GHz CPU, 8MP HDR camera and 1900mAh battery running Ice Cream Sandwich. The Honor is the second phone from Huawei I’ve reviewed, the first the Huawei Vision was a pretty nice Gingerbread phone with decent looks and some fair specs. When you first pick up[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 9, 2012 3 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Sony Xperia Sola — Review

Sony Xperia Sola — Review

It’s small, it’s light, it’s a clean design and it packs a decent punch! While this isn’t the first Sony phone I’ve used, it’s the first I’ve actually enjoyed using. Would I buy one? No! Would I recommend my “techie” friends buy one? No! Would I recommend to my friends and relatives who want an Android phone but don’t want the top end phones? No! While it’s certainly a nice phone, I’m not sure where this phone fit’s in the Android world. Lightweight Responsive Nice looking device Screen quality is sub standard Gingerbread Sound quality in call is poor Camera[Read More...]

by 12:09 AM on August 15, 2012 16 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Prada Phone by LG 3.0 — Review

Prada Phone by LG 3.0 — Review

Can the style of Prada be put into a phone? The Prada Phone by LG 3.0 is the third phone in a series designed by Prada and built by LG, however the first two phones ran Flash UI and this third phone is the first Prada branded phone to run the Android OS. LG has gone with Android 2.3.7 for this phone however an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich has been promised for later in the year. The Prada phone was released on April 4th online by LG on the Vodafone network in Australia and into stores on the 19th[Read More...]

by 10:38 AM on July 4, 2012 4 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S III — Review

Samsung Galaxy S III — Review

Samsung’s latest flagship is good, but is it good enough to fend off the competition? You may have watched the launch of the Galaxy S III live from London, almost six weeks ago. At some point you may have been horrified with the nature theme (pebbles, water, etc) and the “made for humans” catch cry. Honestly, I still cringe a bit when I see a commercial with those words in it. Perhaps you were disappointed with the plasticky (actually polycarbonate) materials used in its construction or the Pentile pixel arrangement used in its display. These issues were well discussed in[Read More...]

by 3:46 PM on June 20, 2012 44 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
HTC One XL — Review

HTC One XL — Review

HTC has upped its game from the One X to the LTE-enabled One XL and it’s worth every cent. The HTC One XL isn’t a design we’ve never seen before; it’s the HTC One X with a few tweaks. Well, by “tweaks”, we mean some pretty awesome under-the-hood changes. It picks up where the One X left off, but has moved from a Quad-Core Tegra 3 CPU to a Dual-Core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chipset as well as an LTE modem for break-neck mobile data speeds (in Telstra’s 4G coverage, obviously). Don’t let the change from 4 cores to 2 cores[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on May 21, 2012 34 comments Design, Phones, Reviews