Reviews

Review: Not Just Another Car Dock Charger

Review: Not Just Another Car Dock Charger

One of the best things about modern phones in my opinion is the wireless charging via the Qi standard. The ability to easily just place a phone onto a pad and have it charge and then be able to pick it up quickly without being constrained by an attached USB cable or having to disconnect this cable before using the phone is an amazing convenience. Slowly there have been more and more Chinese suppliers coming out with Qi chargers suitable for charging our devices. Way back at the beginning of December last year I reviewed a Car Dock Qi charger.[Read More...]

by 8:58 AM on April 14, 2014 13 comments Accessories, Reviews
Pebble Steel — Smartwatch Review

Pebble Steel — Smartwatch Review

The Pebble Steel is the second generation Pebble smart watch, following on the success of the original Pebble, after its own success as a Kickstarter graduate. The Pebble presents a simple premise: a watch that doubles as a ‘second screen’ for your smartphone, allowing you to see emails, notifications, reminders and the like on your wrist without having to pull your phone from your pocket. Both the Pebble Steel and the original Pebble did this, but there’s really one major difference between the two. The original Pebble made for a pretty ugly watch. As shipped, it had a fairly ordinary[Read More...]

by 2:20 PM on April 13, 2014 5 comments News, Reviews, Smartwatch
Samsung Galaxy S5 — First Impressions

Samsung Galaxy S5 — First Impressions

So, I bought a Samsung Galaxy S5. I didn’t intend to buy it, but I saw it in the store yesterday and a couple of things lured me in. I’m also becoming a bit bored with my Nexus 5, which didn’t help. I’m not sure whether I’ll keep the S5 or if it will become eBay fodder, but I’m giving it a go at any rate. Update (Sunday, 6.45pm): Added some sample photos and videos. Click here to scroll down! Screen That screen. I think the Galaxy S5’s Super AMOLED screen is one of the most gorgeous mobile displays I’ve[Read More...]

by 11:27 AM on April 12, 2014 63 comments Phones, Reviews
Sony QX100 Lens-Style camera — Review

Sony QX100 Lens-Style camera — Review

The QX100 Lens-style camera that can be attached to your Smartphone, but is it worth a shot? Manufacturers have been including cameras in mobile phones for over a decade and as phones get more powerful and portable, so have the built-in cameras. With these advances in camera technologies, consumers want to be able to take high quality photos from a device that comes in a fairly small package. The challenge that most manufacturers face is where to draw the line, in terms of the quality and functionality of the cameras that they include. With a device like the QX100 which[Read More...]

by 9:11 AM on April 2, 2014 11 comments Design, News, Reviews
HP Chromebook 14(14-Q002TU) — Review

HP Chromebook 14(14-Q002TU) — Review

Haswell means more power for longer, but is it worth the higher price? HP joined the growing list of OEMs manufacturing Chromebooks with the HP Chromebook 14(14c001tu) back in March last year. They’ve since followed up with the Chromebook 11 and a Chromebook 14 followup the HP 14-Q002TU. It has upgraded hardware and a more interesting array of colour options, but it is at its core still a 14″ HP laptop, modified for use with ChromeOS. HP still ships more laptops than most manufacturers could ever dream of, but with Windows 8 sales on the decline and customers now interested[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on March 27, 2014 3 comments Design, News, Reviews
HoldMyPhone — Accessory Review

HoldMyPhone — Accessory Review

There’s a plethora of mobile accessories out there nowadays. As you’d expect with an industry as huge as mobile telecommunications, the accessories range from the cheap and nasty, to “budget concious”, high quality, impact protection, style/professionalism to the completely ridiculous! You’ve also got to contend with branches of accessories for devices, not getting accessories if you purchase a device that’s too “budget concious” to start with as well as the potential of getting caught out with some poor customer experiences. The increased awareness of mobile technologies by authorities is making it increasingly risky to use your device while driving, but[Read More...]

by 5:05 PM on March 20, 2014 10 comments Accessories, News, Reviews
Minix Neo X7 Android Media Hub — Review

Minix Neo X7 Android Media Hub — Review

Playing media on your TV shouldn’t be hard. I have very little patience for messing around with a device just to get video and audio to play on a big screen, and I’m always looking for a better way to do it, so when I was offered the chance to review the Minix Neo X7 Android-powered Mini PC from Expansys, I leapt at the chance. The X7 (as I’ll call it for simplicity’s sake) is a rather small, unassuming little black box with some decent hardware packed inside. All said, it’s about the size of 3 CD cases stacked up.[Read More...]

by 1:10 PM on March 17, 2014 17 comments News, Reviews
LG G Flex — Review

LG G Flex — Review

Is curved and flexible something that should be a ‘thing’? LG has been slowly climbing to the top of the Android mobile phone market for a few years, quietly improving their hardware over different models to the point where their flagship G line of phones are anticipated with much enthusiasm. When LG announced they were releasing a curved phone, it was certainly met with curiosity but the addition of a degree of flexibility, as well as the self-healing back, meant that they now had our attention. The G Flex experience begins with the box – it’s curved. The very top[Read More...]

by 9:15 AM on March 10, 2014 3 comments Design, Reviews
Strava Cycling — App Review

Strava Cycling — App Review

With so many running, cycling and various assorted fitness apps out there at the moment I thought I would take a look at one of the more popular cross fitness styled applications, Strava. Immediately there’s a lot to like about the app, regardless of whether you’re on Android or iOS (clearly my testing has been done Android, not the latter). The fact that there is an app for both major platforms is a huge bonus, so you’re not caged into one or the other and you won’t lose your data should you see the light and head away from iOS[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on February 17, 2014 10 comments Apps, News, Reviews
Sony QX100 Lens-style Camera — First Impressions

Sony QX100 Lens-style Camera — First Impressions

Camera phones have been around for more than a decade, and not a lot has changed with their overall function in this time. Modern smartphones may have more advanced specifications compared to the early camera phones, but they still function like a simple point and shoot camera. Now Sony is trying to change our views on how smartphones interface with cameras with their range of QX lens-style cameras. These cameras look and function similarly to a compact camera lens, with the ability to control it from any Android (2.3+) or iOS device. The Sony QX100 camera includes the 3.6x optical[Read More...]

by 3:18 PM on February 13, 2014 1 comment News, Phones, Reviews
HP Chromebook 11 — First Look

HP Chromebook 11 — First Look

The HP Chromebook 11 enters an increasingly crowded market, where there are (at least in Australia) a good number of choices in Chromebooks around the $300-$400 mark. Already we’ve seen the Samsung Chromebook, Acer C7, Acer C720 and glimmers of an HP Chromebook 14, but there is definitely room left for innovation in this space. Chromebooks are often criticised for limited functionality, or being rather underpowered, but there have been exceptions to this. With a solid build, a vastly improved design (compared with some of the very practical, industrial Chromebooks we’ve seen so far), the HP Chromebook 11 makes a[Read More...]

by 3:32 PM on February 6, 2014 2 comments Design, Reviews
LG G Pad 8.3 — Review

LG G Pad 8.3 — Review

Can LG supersize the excellent G2 smartphone and weave the same magic in tablet form? We haven’t seen a lot of activity from LG in the tablet market, despite its relative maturity. Looking back, LG last dipped its toes into the nascent Android tablet market when Honeycomb was officially A Thing with a number of devices that never really set the market alight. The company likely burned itself so badly with those devices that it removed itself from the Android tablet race altogether. It’s interesting that the company chose 2013 – when it was known to be working closely with[Read More...]

by 9:17 AM on January 31, 2014 9 comments Design, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) — Review

Samsung have been making some impact in the tablet market in the past 12 months but does the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 stand out in the ever-growing crowd of premium tablets? Samsung are the big success story when it comes to Android, they dominate the market with sales figures, profits and a huge market share with their “Galaxy” range of devices; the Galaxy S range of phones and the Galaxy Note range of phones and tablets. Apple’s iPad has held the lion’s share of the 10” tablet market since its launch, so there’s no surprise that many[Read More...]

by 4:07 PM on January 20, 2014 8 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets