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[Read More...]
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[Read More...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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..
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...]
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.
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...]
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.
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.
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.
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