HTC working on a 5-inch Nexus device? GSM Arena thinks so.

GSM Arena has reported a tip off, received from one of their own tipsters funnily enough, about the next possible phone in the Nexus brand coming from HTC. This tipster suggests that the 5" HTC "phablet" which we've been following could become the Google Nexus 5, running Android 4.1.2. This release of Android should include a number of bug fixes and tweaks beyond the current release of Jelly Bean. This Nexus 5 is claimed to have a 1080p screen, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC with LTE support, and... Continue reading

Droidax Powerpack for Samsung Galaxy S III — Review

A cover and portable charger in one; protects and charges your device on the go without cables. The Droidax Powerpack for the Samsung Galaxy S III is a two in one case that includes an extended battery for the Galaxy S III and is especially designed to perfectly fit its dimensions without adding excess bulk. It includes a powerful, built-in 2300 mAh capa Li-ion rechargeable battery, capable of adding an extra 75% battery time to your mobile phone. The retail pack includes a micro-USB cable that allows you to charge both the Power Pack and mobile phone... Continue reading

Critter Escape – App Review

You're a test-subject critter and you need to escape the secret research laboratory! Planet Muck brings us an action-packed 3D maze chase game, with an overlay of undeniable cute, Critter Escape. You play the part of the "Test Subject" critter, and you have to escape the secret research laboratory, where you are being detained. The storyline through the levels is engaging, and teamed with great graphics, the game-play is smooth. You have the choice of two types of input, a tap to path, or a virtual joystick. Both are single touch controls, so it can be easily... Continue reading

Google Nexus 7 — Review

Google rolls the dice with their first tablet. For some, the wait for a Nexus branded tablet has been painfully lengthy. So many lovers of Android have been crying out for a slate with Google’s specific hand of blessing on it. But it’s not only the fans who have longed for a different formula from Android. General consumers everywhere who’d heard of Amazon’s Kindle Fire but couldn’t get one (it’s available in the US only) had their appetites whetted for a low cost, high quality alternative to the more expensive offerings in the market. Especially since many of... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – Review

Multi-tasking genius? Or just another Android Tablet? Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is a device that has been eagerly awaited and surrounded by much speculation as to just what it was going to be able to do. Being targeted as a “Content Creation” device, rather than a tablet aimed at media consumption, the idea is that you can create and share on the go with ease. Increasing productivity, creativity and learning capability -Samsung I was very excited to be asked to review this device. After unboxing the device, and finishing up my... Continue reading

Checking out with Google Wallet

One of the coolest (and hence, most hyped) uses of NFC would have to be the use of it for contactless payments.Just like your MasterCard or Visa card with PayPass or payWave. The most widely known example of using your phone as your wallet is probably Google’s Wallet app. After installing it on your Android phone, you’re all set to tap away. But the problem with Google Wallet is that Google wants to control the whole experience, so you can only install it officially on a handful of devices, has only integrated tightly with Citibank, and so only a handful of customers... Continue reading

Whirldroid — App Review

If you're a frequent visitor to Australia's most popular internet and technology discussion forum Whirlpool then you would know the mobile interface can be unreliable at times. Aussie developer and Whirlpool enthusiast Greg Smith has created a free app 'Whirldroid' which makes viewing the Whirlpool forums on your Android phone or tablet a breeze. The app is still relatively new and being updated quite frequently with new features added and bugs squashed every few days, we reviewed version 1.3 of the app on a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 7. To begin you need to log... Continue reading

Holo Launcher HD – App Review

Since getting my Google Nexus 7 tablet, I have been loving the pure Android experience of Jelly Bean.  It's simple, clean and nice to look at.  I’m eager for it to roll out to my Samsung Galaxy S2, but I just don't feel comfortable rooting and flashing my phone to get it now.  So I went looking for a launcher that gives me that Jelly Bean feeling, without potentially turning my phone into a brick. Holo Launcher HD, from Mobint Software, is a free app in the Play Store that gives... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – Unboxing and First Impressions

I was lucky enough to receive a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to review.  I decided to share the unboxing, because who doesn't love a good tech preview?  I also share my first impressions of the build of the latest from Samsung. I hope you enjoy it!  Keep an eye on Ausdroid for my follow up article and full review on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 soon! Continue reading

Stick Tennis – App Review

One of my favourite games on Android is Stick Cricket which I reviewed when it first came out on Android. Today Stick Sports has released another game into the Google Play Store : Stick Tennis. Following in the same graphical style of play seen in Stick Cricket, Stick Tennis offers players the chance to play an addictively challenging game of Tennis against a vast array of opponents on many different court types. It's Free to download and play although there are in-app purchases which I'll list as we go. The game arrives a couple of months after it... Continue reading

Pinterest for Android — App Review

For quite some time there has been an app available for the iOS users of Pinterest. It wasn’t fantastic, but it was an app. Android users have had to put up with a rather lacklustre mobile site, which actually stopped me from using the site when I wasn’t at my computer. That changed this week when Pinterest released an updated iOS and a brand spanking new Android App. I downloaded it as soon as I found out about it. I love Pinterest. It has been a source of inspiration on more than... Continue reading

Sony Internet Player — Mini Review

The Sony Internet Player! Is it just another expensive box for your home entertainment system? Or, is it a new player in providing a standardised entertainment platform in Australia? Well these are the questions I will be answering in this mini review. First off, what's on the unit (beware, lots of specs): There is no real need for any controls on the unit as all of these are incorporated into the remote. Connections (from left to right): HDMI Input: Connect your Set Top Box source through here, or any other device with a HDMI output. HDMI Output: Connection to your TV. Optical Out: Optical connection... 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