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 13 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
Toshiba CB30 Chromebook — Review

Toshiba CB30 Chromebook — Review

Can Toshiba bring their Windows laptop expertise to the Chromebook market Back when I used to sell laptops at retail — back in the late 90’s, early 2000’s — there was one name that was synonymous with quality: Toshiba. Customers would ask for the best, and I’d recommend Toshiba. There was a premium price on their gear but it was worth it: they were well made, ran well and their after-sales service was fantastic. Times have changed though, not just for Toshiba but the entire industry. Toshiba still strives to make some of the best laptops on the planet, but[Read More...]

by 5:01 PM on May 1, 2014 8 comments Chromebook, ChromeOS, Design, Reviews
Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi — Review

Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi — Review

US home entertainment company Sonos calls its product “the wireless hi-fi system”. The company’s products can form a wireless network around your house and you can control what music plays on which speakers. You can play back music stored locally on your home network, or via an increasing number of streaming music services. Sonos has been around for about 10 years now, and its equipment isn’t known for being cheap, but some of the company’s products have significantly reduced the barrier to entry in recent years. You can get started with a single Play:1 speaker (and no wireless network) if[Read More...]

by 10:11 AM on April 28, 2014 11 comments Accessories, Other, Reviews
Samsung Gear Fit – Smartwatch Review

Samsung Gear Fit – Smartwatch Review

Samsung has managed to put a smartwatch on my wrist, and I don’t mind it – at least, I don’t mind the feel of it. Unfortunately, while there’s some appealing qualities to the Gear Fit, there’s also a few aspects of Samsung’s $250 smartwatch that are a bit of a mess. The Gear Fit is actually a rather attractive piece of technology with an understated, almost anonymous design that belies its heritage if you remember the original bright orange Galaxy Gear. There’s no exposed ‘SAMSUNG’ branding on device at all, and the face is all screen, with a small black[Read More...]

by 9:03 AM on April 24, 2014 4 comments Reviews, Smartwatch