HTC ChaCha — Review

The rumour of HTC manufacturing phones for Facebook may have been false, though the idea of the creating Facebook phones was on HTC's mind. That's where the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa come in. Both of which are closer to the low-end of the smartphone market, but are targeted straight at the Facebook addicts of sorts. What you're reading now is the review for the HTC ChaCha, if you want to read about the HTC Salsa check out Matt's review. Hit the break to read more about the HTC ChaCha (more…) Continue reading

HTC Incredible S — Review

I was excited to review the HTC Incredible S, not just because this is my first ‘official’ review, but because it’s been a long time since I’ve had an HTC phone and I was curious to see how they had changed. The HTC Incredible S is not a flagship phone and doesn’t have the specs to challenge the likes of the SGS II, Atrix or Sensation and for this reason the ‘Incredible’ moniker perhaps overstates its greatness (although it has a better ring than the HTC Pretty Good) however I... Continue reading

HTC Sensation — Initial Thoughts

First off, this isn't the HTC Sensation review — that's coming in a few days once I've spent some more quality time with the device. For now I'm giving you my initial thoughts on what is to become HTC's flagship device. Just like all phones it has its pros and cons, however: Sense UI is what really sets this device apart from all the other dual-cores currently on the market. So hit the break for my quick thoughts on what I think of the HTC Sensation so far. (more…) Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S II — Review

The Samsung Galaxy S II is by far the most hyped device so far this year. I mean who wouldn't get hyped up over a 4.3" Super AMOLED + display, 1.2GHz Dual-Core CPU and Quadband 3G supporting every network in Australia at the proper HSPA+ speed of 21Mbit. The Samsung Galaxy S set the benchmark last year and there's no doubt the Galaxy S II has done the same this year. Just from this intro you can tell how I felt about using the device, though you can read on for some more detail. You know you... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S II — Initial Thoughts

I wouldn't usually put up a post detailing my first thoughts on a device, seeing as though I only just received the Samsung Galaxy S II this afternoon, but you guys are just too insistent that I supply my thoughts to you as quickly as possible. So hit the break for a quick read of what I currently think of the SGSII. (more…) Continue reading

LG Optimus 2X — Review

When our good friends at MobiCity let us know the Optimus 2X was available for review, I jumped at the chance. Being one of the only Dual-Core handset currently available — the Atrix being the other one — I just had to review it. However, in all the excitement, I was let down. Let's jump in and see why. Pros Fast and fluent Good construction Feels very nice in the hand Great Camera In built screenshot function Cons Android 2.2 LG Skin/Launcher Restarts everyday Frequent "Force Closes" (more…) Continue reading

Huawei IDEOS X5 — Review

The Huawei IDEOS X5 was, and still is, the cheapest device around with such amazing specs. I mean you can pick up this device for just under $300 at your local Crazy John’s and you’ll get virtually the same specs as an HTC Desire Z minus the $500 price tag. I’ve been quite excited to get my hands on the IDEOS X5, just to see if it’s not some crappy device that will break or stop functioning within a few months. I was pleasantly surprised to find the build quality is quite good and the software (vanilla... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc — Review

It's extremely hard to find a place to start off with the Xperia Arc (or just Arc from here on in). Coming from the same company that brought you the Xperia X10, you would instantly think the Arc is a dud and should be avoided at all costs. Well it isn't, it is far from that. I'm going to go out now and say this device will be one of the best single-core devices of 2011. It's fast, it's sexy, it's feature packed and it's not the X10. In this review I hope to point out the massive... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play — Review

So where do I start with this one? Ahhh I know, the X10i, let's take all those things that were just no good, even though that's most of the handset, and throw it out the window, lets take all the good stuff about it, and keep it. This is where we start with the Xperia Play. A beautiful device, that feels solid and runs like an absolute dream. There are some things I don't like, and we will get them, so hit the break and let's find out about this ambitions handset affectionately known as the "Playstation Phone". Continue reading

Google Nexus S from Vodafone — Review

I first laid my hands on the Google/Samsung Nexus S from Vodafone on Friday (25th) and from over a weeks use, I can straight out say I've been somewhat impressed, more with the software than the hardware, but it has been a positive experience overall. I covered some of the main problems I have with the Nexus S initially in my first impressions post, so be sure to check that out as well as this review, which you can get into after the break. (more…) Continue reading

Postscript: Motorola Atrix review

At the conclusion of the Motorola Atrix review, we had a few questions unanswered, and a few things we wanted to look at further before summing up. Battery life After a few days of real life usage, I can honestly say (hand on heart) that the battery life in this phone is amazingly good, compared to the competition out there. It passes my 'ordinary day test', that is, it can stand up to the following use before running flat: Off charger at 6am. Hour of streaming audio, some web browsing, and Twitter... Continue reading

Motorola Atrix 4G — Review — the world’s most powerful smartphone?

This morning I arrived at work in poor form. Tired, exhausted, emotionally drained, after a long and tiring weekend. We had a loss in our family (not entirely unexpectedly, but it hurts the same) and my partner Rachel and I have spent all weekend keeping the family fed and watered so they can deal with a difficult time. So, what a relief it was to come to work this morning, and find a FedEx parcel sitting on my desk. Inside the nondescript brown box was a Motorola Atrix 4G from our very good friends at MobiCity. I... Continue reading