Reviews

Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Moto G (2nd Generation) — Review

Motorola surprised everyone when they announced the Moto G towards the end of 2013. Rather than aiming for a premium price point and falling short on specs, the Moto G was an unapologetic shot at the midrange market that delivered the essentials for a basic smartphone experience and nothing more at a $230 price point. We loved it, and so did a lot of others. The Moto G became Motorola’s best selling phone, and arguably even saved the company’s balance sheet after lacklustre market performance from its high-end sibling, the Moto X. The Moto G could get away with a[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 21, 2014 16 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones, Reviews
Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on-ear headphones — Review

For someone who really enjoys music and a good quality set of headphones, I’ve been like a kid in a candy store of late with the Bose Soundlink Bluetooth on ear headphone being the second set of Bose headphones I’ve reviewed in a very short time. The first was the Quiet Comfort 25 – a high end set of Noise cancelling headphones – and I was a little worried that this pair wouldn’t live up to that high standard. The pairing process is as easy as you’d expect, turn the headset on; go to your phone, find the headphones and[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on October 21, 2014 7 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Reviews
Moto 360 — Smartwatch Review

Moto 360 — Smartwatch Review

There’s little doubt in my mind that smart watches have really exploded this year; we’ve gone from an environment where there were a couple of watches that paired via Bluetooth and didn’t do a great deal beyond vibrating occasionally, to the era of the Pebble about this time (or a bit earlier) last year, through to this year’s Android Wear devices. Of course, Android Wear isn’t the only platform out there — Sony’s had its own smartwatch platform for a couple of years now, and Samsung tried it their way with their Galaxy Gear line of watches. For me though,[Read More...]

by 7:15 PM on October 14, 2014 9 comments Android Wear, Reviews, Smartwatch
HTC Desire 610 — Review

HTC Desire 610 — Review

Since launching as their ‘Premiere’ device, the HTC Desire fell on some hard times. HTC resurrected the brand as a low-mid range series of devices, capitalising on the inherrent good will towards the brand name. HTC has been outsourcing production of the Desire series of phones to save costs recently, which has led to them seeing a financial resurgence. We’ve previously enjoyed a number of Desire phones and the latest to launch in Australia is the Desire 610. Recently launched as a mid-range 4G/LTE device exclusive to Telstra on their 4G network, the HTC Desire 610 continues the Taiwanese companies[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on October 11, 2014 9 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones, Reviews
Bose Quiet Comfort 25 — Review

Bose Quiet Comfort 25 — Review

Bose is known as a leading sound brand, usually near the top of the list near companies like Sennheiser, Sony, AKG and Audio Technica. Their approach to products is clear; the best user experience they can give is their goal, the best audio quality is what they expect and (from their own website) “good enough is merely a starting point”. Having been fortunate enough to own some seriously good headphone hardware for a number of years now, I’m not particularly easy to impress with headphones but these headphones impressed me. Hardware There’s only so far any headphone manufacturer can take[Read More...]

by 1:45 PM on October 10, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Manufacturer, News, Reviews
HTC One E8 — Review

HTC One E8 — Review

As HTC’s flagship efforts have intensified on their hardware design, the premium attached to that design has seen the purchase price of the phones go up. The One (M8) left consumers with little change out of $1000, owing to its head-turning aluminium body and fancy UltraPixel follow-up, the Duo Camera. If you’re a fan of HTC, you didn’t really have much of a choice other than to get on board. What if HTC had another option up its sleeve, though? A One that come in with much the same hardware – all the important bits, anyway – but sacrificed the[Read More...]

by 12:34 PM on October 10, 2014 7 comments Design, Reviews
Oppo Find 7 — Review

Oppo Find 7 — Review

Review: Oppo has just entered the market in Australia, they’ve arrived with four phones to sell through their OppoMobile website, offering phones from the budget conscious Neo 5, up through the N1 mini, Find 7a, all the way to their current flagship phone, the Find 7. Oppo has the distinction of holding several firsts in the mobile phone market, and indeed in their Find series of phones. The Find 5 was the first phone to market with a 1080P screen, and they’ve followed this up with the Find 7 being the first phone released with a 2K (2560×1440) resolution display.[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on October 1, 2014 3 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones, Reviews
LG G Watch — Review

LG G Watch — Review

LG is no stranger to smartwatches, having made an early attempt at the market with the LG-GD910. It wasn’t terribly successful, but neither were most smartwatches in those days. When Pebble launched on Kickstarter, the enthusiasm with which the public embraced the project sent a clear signal to OEMs and software makers that smartwatches were finally an idea whose time had come. Earlier this year, Google birthed Android Wear – a wearable-specific version of Android – and LG’s G Watch is one of the first devices to run the new operating system. LG has been a player in Android Wear[Read More...]

by 10:31 AM on September 22, 2014 9 comments Android Wear, Design, Reviews
Samsung Gear Live — Review

Samsung Gear Live — Review

Android Wear is here and the talk around the watercooler amongst techy types is about smart watches. And other things of course, but people are wondering if they should invest in a smartwatch. I know because I’ve been surprised by the number of people who have asked me about the one on my wrist. Samsung has had an early go at it with their own Tizen OS on the Galaxy Gear range. The Galaxy Gear watches are now in their second generation with the Galaxy Gear 2 and Neo, their latest offerings, replacing the original Galaxy Gear. So, the Gear[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on September 22, 2014 0 comments Android Wear, Design, Reviews
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet — Review

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet — Review

Sony’s mobile evolution in the last 18 months, together with their experience in screen production with their television range, puts them in a really good position to produce quality hardware. After an unfortunate run of lackluster devices the company has rebuilt its reputation in the mobile space, starting with the Xperia Z at the beginning of 2013. The Sony name now stands for quality hardware that goes toe-to-toe with Samsung‘s and HTC’s own flagships, and the company’s 6-month hardware iteration cycle – on its flagship phones, at least – is ensuring that powerful hardware is always available to consumers. We’ve[Read More...]

by 1:54 PM on September 19, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews
ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) — Review

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 (ME176C) — Review

<!– //–> As a top 10 manufacturer of tablets, Asus has been a powerhouse when it comes to providing Android tablets. Asus has provided a full range of tablets in varying from factors, from Transformers to Fonepads, Padfones, and MeMO Pads, they know what they’re doing when it comes to tablets, especially Android tablets Asus really came to the fore when they began building the Nexus 7 tablets for Google, which as given Asus a lot of experience in building smaller form factor tablets, but with no new 7” Nexus in sight, the 7” tablet form factor is due for[Read More...]

by 9:51 AM on August 18, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA — Review

Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA — Review

Asus have been selling many different products in Australia for some time now. One of the pivotal moments for Asus as far as Android goes, was when the teamed up with Google in June 2012 to bring us the original Nexus 7. And, as they say, the rest is history. Since then ASUS have been bringing us various devices from a Nexus 7 clone, the Asus MeMo Pad 7 HD, through to their latest release of the Asus Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 smartphones. Now enter, the Asus Transformer Book Trio. Released late last year the Trio is a dual[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on August 14, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
Plantronics Backbeat Fit — Review

Plantronics Backbeat Fit — Review

The old 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t as widely used as it once was, at least for plugging in headphones, thanks to ever improving technology in the Bluetooth headphone market. The latest bluetooth headphones to be released in the Australian market are the Plantronics Backbeat Fit – a pair of over-ear earphones aimed at the sports and fitness user. Priced at $159, and available from a variety of retailers – Dick Smith, Officeworks and Allphones to name a few – in Blue or Green colour options, the Backbeat Fit earphones aren’t the cheapest option around, but they are pretty to look[Read More...]

by 10:03 AM on August 13, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews