Reviews

Sony Xperia Z2 — Review

Sony Xperia Z2 — Review

2013 was a good year for Sony. After spending several years trying to get it right, the Xperia Z finally had people talking about them in the same breath as industry leaders like Samsung and HTC. The phone’s premium design with quality internals ensured popularity with power users, and it brought features like waterproof and dustproof into the mainstream – a feature on which Sony was genuinely ahead of the curve. Not one to rest on their laurels, Sony followed up the Xperia Z almost immediately with the Xperia Z1 in the latter half of the year, throwing a 20.7MP[Read More...]

by 11:59 AM on July 7, 2014 14 comments Design, News, Reviews
ZTE V969 — Review

ZTE V969 — Review

ZTE isn’t a brand you’re likely to have heard of – yet. They’ve been active in various markets around the world under their own brand, but kept a low profile in Australia, producing whitelabel products for Telstra and occasionally, Optus. That’s changing now, as they’ve entered the Australian retail market with their first ever own-branded dual-sim smartphone – the V969. The V969 is a phablet-class device with a 5.5-inch screen at a budget price sold exclusively by Dick Smith. Right now, it’s going for $274 on their site, attracting customers looking for a large screen at a low price. In[Read More...]

by 1:59 PM on July 3, 2014 1 comment Design, Phones, Reviews
Game Review: VVVVVV Android Port

Game Review: VVVVVV Android Port

I absolutely fell in love with VVVVVV when I grabbed my first Humble Bundle for PC and despite never completing it, it became my number one favourite indie game of all time.  So when I saw the game had been ported to Android I was over the moon, I just had to buy it.  At first I was a little scared that the game would be a bad, laggy port with terrible controls, but in the hands of Terry Cavanagh who has ported several games like Super Hexagon and being at the price point of $3.59 I felt quite safe.[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on June 19, 2014 1 comment Apps, Reviews
Jawbone Up24 — Review

Jawbone Up24 — Review

The world of fitness tracking gadgets is overrun! There’s already a lot of options out there, and thanks to sites like Kickstarter there’s more entering the market all the time. Jawbone has been a well-established brand in the accessory market for a while though, and has been built a profile in the fitness tracking world for the last couple of years. With the Up24, Jawbone is now on its third iteration of wearable fitness trackers, so it’s safe to say the company knows what it’s doing. The initial Jawbone Up had some issues with build quality which were improved in[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on June 13, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews
Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker — Accessory Review

Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker — Accessory Review

Braven offers a distinctive line of Bluetooth speakers designed for a number of situations. Judging by their website, many of them seem ruggedised or weatherproofed in some way, and being standard Bluetooth devices they’re all Android compatible. We’ve been given a Braven 710 to review, and like what we’ve seen and heard. The Braven 710 retails for $229 from a number of retailers. For that price you’re going to want a high quality piece of equipment, and they don’t disappoint. The body, constructed from a single piece of “aircraft-grade” aluminium, has a premium feel to it and is always cool[Read More...]

by 2:04 PM on June 12, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Reviews
Huawei Ascend G6 — Review

Huawei Ascend G6 — Review

Huawei has been evolving in front of our eyes for the last couple of years. Bit by bit, device by device, the Chinese manufacturer has been releasing handsets designed to appeal to a more upmarket customer than some of the bargain-basement handsets we’ve seen them deliver in the past. Until recently, a Huawei handset has meant “cheap and cheerful” – device construction nobody would write home about, average internals and – most egregiously for those of us in capital cities who like our data connectivity – 3G-only. Last year’s Ascend P6 marked a turning point for the company, though. Huawei’s[Read More...]

by 9:28 AM on June 12, 2014 7 comments Design, Reviews
Acer Iconia A1 Tablet – Review

Acer Iconia A1 Tablet – Review

An iPad mini Clone or something kinda cool Acer has been trialling the waters in small form factor tablets around the 7” mark since they first introduced their Iconia line into Australia. Their newest offering ups that screen size to 8” and from the looks of it, they’re going straight to the heart of design by offering up what’s been described as an iPad mini clone. The Iconia A1-830 may look like an iPad mini, but they’re certainly not pricing it like one, with a price more suited to 7” Android tablets. The Iconia A1-830 unabashedly takes its design cues[Read More...]

by 12:14 PM on June 2, 2014 14 comments Design, Reviews
ASUS MeMO Pad 8 — Review

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 — Review

The MeMO Pad 8 is an interesting device, at least to me it is, because I’ve never used an 8 inch tablet before. I wonder if it will be too big to hold in one hand. I wonder if the material that it’s made of will be grippy and soft to the touch. I wonder if the performance will be good, like my Nexus 7: Will it be that quick at browsing and jumping in and out of apps? And what will the display be like? It will be bigger, but, will it be sharp, and will text be easy[Read More...]

by 9:13 AM on June 2, 2014 8 comments Reviews, Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 — Review

Introduced this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Galaxy Note|Pro (NotePro from here on in) is a giant tablet, designed to meet the needs of the most demanding mobile professional. The specifications are mind-blowing so far as Android tablets go. It features a 12.2″ form factor, with WQXGA Widescreen (18:10 display ratio), running at 2560×1600 pixels (for those playing at home, that’s over four million pixels). Consuming media on this device is amazing. It doesn’t just look good. Under the hood, the NotePro is worthy of your respect. It’s rocking a 2.3GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, with[Read More...]

by 5:03 PM on May 19, 2014 10 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Review

It’s a SERIOUSLY BIG phone! Last October our resident phablet user, Matt Booth, reviewed the Sony Xperia Z Ultra very positively. Fast forward six months and Sony have released it’s follow up, the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (T2). To call the T2 the younger brother of the Z Ultra is an apt description. It’s slightly smaller, slightly lower specced, and best of all slightly lower in price (at release). The Z Ultra was a success for Sony (according to my source at the Sony Centre Nunawading) and Sony once again have decided to release a phablet along with their flagship[Read More...]

by 3:16 PM on May 19, 2014 12 comments Design, News, Reviews
Asus Transformer Pad TF701 — Review

Asus Transformer Pad TF701 — Review

Asus aren’t what you’d refer to as a newcomer to the IT market and have earned their place in the manufacturers’ pecking order. They’ve been involved in hardware manufacturing for years; PC’s, Laptops, Monitors and more recently Android devices such as the Nexus 7, Transformer Prime and more recently Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. They’ve had a couple of really good devices in the recent past that have seen mediocre sales which shows that Asus are (outside the Nexus product line) yet to find a strong footprint in the Android world with their own branding. Clearly, given Google chose them over other[Read More...]

by 9:44 AM on May 9, 2014 3 comments Design, News, Reviews, Tablets
ASUS Chromebox — Review

ASUS Chromebox — Review

We’ve reviewed quite a few Chromebooks on Ausdroid now, and while the hardware generally differs a little bit, in the sense of keyboard quality, screen quality and battery life, they’re generally very similar; screen resolution is invariably the same, and ChromeOS is ChromeOS regardless of the platform it’s running on. In short, within a reasonable margin of error, if you’ve used one ChromeOS device, you’ve used them all. However, with very few exceptions, ChromeOS devices have thus far been of the laptop and notebook variety. Early in the piece there were some desktop variants announced, but they certainly weren’t what you’d[Read More...]

by 1:17 PM on May 7, 2014 9 comments ChromeBox, ChromeOS, Reviews
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact — Review

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact — Review

It’s been a long road to market for Sony’s pint-sized powerhouse, the Xperia Z1 Compact. We first heard rumours that the device would arrive in a Japanese-only “Z1 F” incarnation in October of 2013, and Sony was quick to deliver on those rumours at the end of that month. Fast-forward to the end of March 2014 and the device has finally made it to market in Australia. Size Matters In the Z1 Compact, Sony is out to prove that bigger doesn’t necessarily equal better. It’s an amusing edict to see in Sony’s marketing materials, given their recent forays into over-6-inch[Read More...]

by 3:55 PM on May 2, 2014 13 comments Design, Reviews