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Sony Xperia S — Review

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 fluidity of[Read More...]

by 10:26 AM on April 2, 2012 25 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
HTC Velocity 4G — Review

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.[Read More...]

by 4:54 PM on February 25, 2012 18 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
HTC Sensation XL — Review

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 me turning the[Read More...]

by 3:59 PM on December 23, 2011 9 comments Phones, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy Nexus — Review

Samsung Galaxy Nexus — Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This is the most highly anticipated phone this year, but does it live up to the hype? There is no mistaking that this is an exceptional phone however it is not without its imperfections. The Galaxy Nexus is my personal phone which I’ve been using now for just over 2 weeks and for this reason I’m probably more critical than I would be of a review phone I use for only a few days. There is a lot to like about this phone, but there is also some room for improvement..

by 3:45 PM on December 15, 2011 38 comments Phones, Reviews
Galaxy Nexus – First Impressions

Galaxy Nexus – First Impressions

After a few false starts, today I received my Galaxy Nexus purchased from Mobicity and so far this phone is definitely living up to my expectations. The Nexus is not as wide as I expected, it fits in the hand quite easily and is pretty manageable for one-handed operation. It is light, much lighter than I thought it would be, and is also remarkably thin. Ice Cream Sandwich is polished, quick, and feels like a major upgrade from Gingerbread. People who have used a Honeycomb tablet will probably adjust to it quickly, but coming from a phone running CM7 I[Read More...]

by 3:47 PM on November 28, 2011 38 comments News, Phones, Reviews
HTC EVO 3D — Review

HTC EVO 3D — Review

The HTC Evo 3D is the 4.3” monster with 3D camera and playback from HTC. If you’re a fan of everything 3D then you are absolutely going to love this phone! Everyone else is going to think the phone is just a bit too big and bulky to justify some 3D features you will use rarely, if at all.

by 5:32 PM on November 22, 2011 7 comments Phones, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy Note — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note — Review

I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy Note as my primary device for 2 weeks now. It was clear that Samsung didn’t quite know how to market this device or even who their demographic was, we can see this by their confused ads. I now feel like I’ve spent enough time with the Note to say that although it is a very large device it is definitely comfortable enough to be a phone and is too small to really take the title of a tablet. As for the demographic, this phone is all about consumption, whether it is Internet content, books,[Read More...]

by 7:30 AM on November 21, 2011 31 comments Phones, Reviews, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Note – First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy Note – First Impressions

So I managed to get my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note or as some are calling it The Phablet. I’ve only had the phablet for a day now and I can safely say, that it is more phone than tablet and has the feel of a larger Samsung Galaxy S2. It’s large 5.3 inch screen size makes it hard-ish to hold one handed, but not impossible. It fits fine in my jeans pocket with a slightly noticeable flat rectangular bulge. The phone itself is actually fairly light considering its size and it has a typical Samsung look to it.

by 11:03 PM on November 4, 2011 17 comments Phones, Reviews, Tablets
Motorola RAZR — Review

Motorola RAZR — Review

Motorola are hoping to make a big comeback with the RAZR; it’s thin, it’s fast and it’s ready for action on Optus. I had high hopes for the RAZR going into this review, I’d read a few good things about it, and the specs and design really stand out in this mobile war over hardware. After having owned the Atrix for a few months, I hated everything Motorola, so I wanted 3 things from the RAZR: speed, responsiveness and a good camera. I was lucky enough to get all three.

by 2:56 PM on November 2, 2011 53 comments Phones, Reviews
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S — Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S — Review

When the chance to review the brand new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S arose, I was quick to jump at it seeing as though I loved the original Xperia Arc perhaps a little too much. What I’ve found with the Xperia Arc S is that Sony Ericsson have kind of just added in a few little features that should have been in the original Xperia Arc since day one.

by 1:53 PM on October 22, 2011 22 comments Phones, Reviews
Google Wallet is now working in Australia… somewhat

Google Wallet is now working in Australia… somewhat

If you couldn`t tell from my last post on NFC, I find the idea of paying for things with NFC or doing anything with NFC an exciting prospect. Now a hack has appeared over at XDA Developers that allows Nexus S owners outside the US to set up Google Wallet on their phone. Hit the break for more info

by 8:11 PM on October 13, 2011 21 comments News, NFC, Phones, Reviews
Specs Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Atrix, Google Nexus Prime

Specs Comparison: Apple iPhone 4S, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Atrix, Google Nexus Prime

Since the iPhone 4S has just been announced by Apple, we thought we’d put it head to head against some of the leading Android devices currently available and the rumoured specs of the Nexus Prime. All of them are dual-core, all of them are sparkly, but some are apparently more revolutionary than others. Find our comparison of these beasts after the jump. And yes, I’m well aware I used the iPhone 4 image above, but I mean really, deal with it — they’re exactly the same.

by 4:29 AM on October 5, 2011 38 comments News, Phones, Reviews
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray — Review

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray — Review

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is the sleek, compact yet powerful new phone in the Xperia range. The Ray can best be considered as a baby version of the Arc, with which it shares CPU, screen resolution, battery size, camera and memory, but with a few added features such as a front camera. Due to its compact size it will suit people who prefer a smaller phone. The Ray was announced all the way back in June and has hit Vodafone exclusively this week.

by 12:52 PM on October 1, 2011 4 comments Phones, Reviews