Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S 5 — Review

Samsung Galaxy S 5 — Review

Samsung’s Galaxy S5. Announced only recently at Mobile World Congress 2014 and released in Australia last week, the Galaxy S5 is already taking the world by storm. We’ve had the opportunity, and we expect you have too, to read reviews of the 2014 flagship from Samsung (and that’s the last time we’ll use that overworked cliché). It’s safe to say that most tech news outlets that have reviewed the S5 have given it overwhelmingly positive reviews. This is what makes me a curious choice to review the Galaxy S5. You see, I don’t really like Samsung phones. I’ve used each[Read More...]

by 12:22 PM on April 20, 2014 29 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
HTC One (M8) — Review

HTC One (M8) — Review

Is the HTC One (M8) your new Mate? HTC has a long and proud history in the mobile industry. From their early years as an ODM (original design manufacturer) making phones and mobile devices to be branded as HP and Palm, HTC have grown through leaps and bounds to their current standing as one of the leaders in design and mobile innovation. There’s been some trying financial times of late, and last years HTC One was described as their last ditch effort to save the company. But that wasn’t the case. The One wasn’t as successful as it might have[Read More...]

by 3:17 PM on April 18, 2014 28 comments Design, Reviews
Samsung Gear 2 — Smartwatch Review

Samsung Gear 2 — Smartwatch Review

Samsung’s Gear 2 is the anticipated successor to the original Galaxy Gear concept launched by Samsung last year. Where the original Galaxy Gear had a few issues — which you can discover in detail in our review — the Gear 2 makes some leaps and bounds forward to become quite an acceptable smartwatch. Having recently savaged the Pebble Steel as being a fairly mediocre and problematic upgrade to the original Pebble, I was keen to see what else was happening in the realm of the smartwatch. I’m very much looking forward to the arrival of Android Wear later this year,[Read More...]

by 4:04 PM on April 17, 2014 11 comments Accessories, Reviews, Smartwatch
Era by Jawbone — Accessory Review

Era by Jawbone — Accessory Review

For the last week I’ve been playing with Jawbone’s latest Bluetooth headset, the ERAtm. Marketed as the smallest, lightest, most comfortable headset that Jawbone has created, it makes some bold claims. I’m perhaps not the best person to review a Bluetooth headset, as I come at them from the angle of never having found one that I enjoyed using, much less on an ongoing basis. So I could have a play, Jawbone supplied me with an Era in black, paired with the portable charging unit. I couldn’t take a photo of the unit supplied as good as the press shots[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on April 15, 2014 1 comment Accessories, 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