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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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 quality is poor, reacts badly in low... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

Huawei Vision — Review

Looks aren`t always everything, but sometimes they`re enough I`ve been getting to this for nearly 5 months, but I've finally gotten here. To be fair, this phone came out at the same time my Galaxy Nexus arrived. I attended the launch of the Huawei Vision back in November, which was held at the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney. The Vision was handed out to attendees and was pre-loaded with an augmented reality app which reacted to various QR Codes placed around the gallery on exhibits, quite a novel approach and really got me to focus on the phone and the... Continue reading

HTC One X — Review

The same HTC but with a lot more common 'Sense' In 2011 HTC got really excited about releasing their Sensation phone, however in light of what Motorola and Samsung were doing with their Dual-Core offerings in that year, this phone fell short of the calibre of 2011 devices. Despite the Sensation not quite being the beast that it should have, HTC persisted and released a few more Sensation branded devices that would boast that extra oompf that the original Sensation wasn't able to deliver. At the end of last year HTC were reporting lower than expected fiscal performance, this didn't... Continue reading

Sony Xperia S — Review

Sony Mobile's first flagship device, and it's running a previous generation OS The Sony Xperia S is a phone a lot of people have been looking forward to ever since it was announced by the newly formed Sony Mobile back at CES. It is Sony Mobile's first flagship Android device so I was expecting they would go all-out on it. In terms of hardware, they have; in terms of software, they haven't. To launch your flagship device running Android 2.3.7 when the latest version is 4.0.x is dropping the ball hard. Users miss out on the functionality and... Continue reading

HTC Velocity 4G — Review

Telstra's first shot at a 4G smartphone, but is it really worth it? Telstra have been marketing their new 4G network like it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, and to some of us it really is. 4G brings a whole new level of wireless data speeds -- we've seen up to and beyond 35Mbps down and 15Mbps up. While Telstra have been selling 4G modems for a few months now, they've only recently announced this, the HTC Velocity 4G, as their first 4G smartphone available to consumers. It's also important to us, because it runs our favourite OS, Android.... Continue reading

HTC Sensation XL — Review

Like many people, my first Android phone was a HTC so I was actually quite excited at the prospect of trading my Nexus S in for the Sensation XL for a week for this review. I have to say, it's delivered on my expectations and added a bit extra in! That's not to say that this review is going to be an all singing and dancing "Hooray for HTC" type review, there are things about the phone that have frustrated and annoyed me such as the volume button being in a stupid spot which has resulted in... Continue reading