Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — Review

Is Samsung’s third entry in the series still one to take Note of? The Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s third iteration of its popular Galaxy Note series, which started with a phone that, on release, was considered “niche” because of its supersized dimensions and S Pen stylus input. That initial ambivalence has given way to acceptance and excitement around the device’s now annual revision cycle, after the “niche” device went on to sell over 38 million units over two releases. Updates to the Galaxy Note series are now met with as much anticipation as Samsung’s Galaxy S series, and the[Read More...]

by 8:38 AM on November 25, 2013 6 comments Design, News, Reviews
Logitech Harmony Smart Remote — Accessory Review

Logitech Harmony Smart Remote — Accessory Review

It isn’t every day that we get to review things at Ausdroid that are so completely compatible with our lives that we simply must have them at all costs. We review quite a many Android devices that are fantastic, but we give them back at the end of the review and move on with our tech lives. The Logitech Harmony Smart Remote is not one of those devices. It will take something in the order of dynamite and a trained negotiator to get me to give this gadget up, and even then, it might involve prying it from my cold[Read More...]

by 8:42 AM on November 23, 2013 8 comments Accessories, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini — Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini — Review

Making the right compromises for it’s target market, mostly. The Target Market Isn’t Small! Not everyone is keen on a big five-inch phone. Plenty of friends have asked me what I’d recommend as a smaller Android phone. Although the big phone segment of the market is hot right now, many people (myself included) are not appreciating the higher prices and hand gymnastics that are part of the package. Samsung realised this last year when they released the Galaxy SIII Mini, but frankly, that phone was underpowered and therefore unworthy of the Galaxy SIII moniker! Not fazed, Samsung tried again with[Read More...]

by 2:20 PM on November 12, 2013 18 comments Design, Reviews
Sony Xperia Z1 — Review

Sony Xperia Z1 — Review

Sony’s second 2013 flagship phone doesn’t disappoint. Earlier this year, we rather enjoyed our time with Sony’s Xperia Z. The company’s waterproof, dustproof, “lifeproof” device proved popular despite being the underdog in the annual HTC-Samsung duopoly of mega powerful flagship phones. It’s thought that the device’s popularity may have been assisted by the release window, which saw Sony get the Xperia Z to market a month or two before the One and the Galaxy S4, but the device wasn’t without its flaws. Sony’s breaking with the accepted market trend of releasing one-flagship-per-year, taking a second bite at the Xperia Z[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on November 9, 2013 18 comments Design, Reviews
Oppo R819 Dual-SIM Smartphone — Review

Oppo R819 Dual-SIM Smartphone — Review

Oppo’s Dual Sim followup to the Find 5 Oppo attracted the eye of media and consumers alike with their Find 5 earlier this year, a device that was – and still is – seen as a worthy flagship device in both specs and style. The Chinese manufacturer’s attention now seems to be shifting towards the growing dual SIM smartphone market with the R819. Taking a quick glance at the R819’s peers, you might ask why dual SIM devices are targeted towards the lower end of the market with some average to low specs – it seems likely that some users[Read More...]

by 5:24 PM on November 9, 2013 5 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Philips Hue — Review

Philips Hue — Review

One small step towards Home Automation The dream of a completely automated home has been inching closer for the last few years, when Google announced Android @Home a few years back at Google IO, it seemed like an idea that had finally reached the mainstream, but it failed to materialise in any meaningful way shape or form. Thankfully, there have been other companies working towards this goal and one of those is Philips who have created the Hue lighting system – a set of WiFi enabled LED Bulbs you can control from your smartphone. The Hue ‘Personal Wireless Lighting’ as[Read More...]

by 1:03 PM on November 7, 2013 12 comments Accessories, Design, Reviews
Game Review: Monster Mash Saga

Game Review: Monster Mash Saga

It’s Halloween in Australia – let’s not get into the whole US only holiday thing – so why not try out a monster game like Monster Mash Saga from Australian developers Hovel Games. Gameplay Monster Mash Saga is a game that falls into the ‘match three’ genre, which sees you matching three or more Ghosts, Zombies, Devils, Mummies or Vampires to clear them. The game is objective based, with each level assigning a goal to reach in a set time period or a set number of moves, which gets harder as you progress through each level. The matching is done[Read More...]

by 2:23 PM on October 31, 2013 1 comment Apps, Reviews
Nokia 925 — Review

Nokia 925 — Review

Ausdroid takes on the Nokia Lumia 925 This is a little out of the norm, we normally stick to the Android based handsets and devices that are available in Australia, but a recent challenge by the team over at TechGeek to review the Lumia 925 had us intrigued. With limited experience of the WP8 OS, I felt it was time to take a closer look. Don’t worry, this won’t be a regular thing but it’s nice to look at the competition sometimes. Nokia Australia has kindly supplied a 16GB Black Lumia 925 to us to complete this review. Phones from[Read More...]

by 10:13 AM on October 30, 2013 16 comments Design, Reviews
Sony Smart Watch 2 — Review

Sony Smart Watch 2 — Review

Want a new wrist based accessory? The Smart Watch 2 could be it. The Sony SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is Sony’s third generation smart watch, and the successor to what Sony simply called the Smart Watch. The current model is an advance in all aspects from the previous edition. The SmartWatch 2 is perhaps more properly described as a second screen for your phone, as it’s not a standalone item, it relies on being tethered to your phone via Bluetooth to receive its smarts. In the box you get the SmartWatch 2 with a black silicon band, a quick start guide[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on October 30, 2013 5 comments Design, Reviews
Sony Xperia Z Ultra — Review

Sony Xperia Z Ultra — Review

Sony’s 6.4″ phablet dwarfs the competition, but is bigger really better? Sony‘s Xperia Z Ultra is an impressive phone – in physical size, style and technical specifications. On paper the phone looks fantastic and has probably attracted the interest of anyone who likes a large phone. But how big is too big? People scoffed at the Galaxy Note when it was released, but it spawned one of Samsung‘s – and the industry as a whole’s – most popular line of phones. Can the Xperia Z Ultra help Sony pull off the same trick? When I first laid eyes on the[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on October 28, 2013 15 comments Design, Reviews
Game Review: Long Run bursts onto Google Play

Game Review: Long Run bursts onto Google Play

A new game from a new company – 2D Tap, Long Run a new take on a side-scrolling endless running games has just arrived on Google Play. Long Run sees you take on the role of an agent who is escaping from a dangerous high security building, it’s a pretty normal state of affairs for the endless runner genre – you’ll run, slide and jump to avoid the various lasers, missiles and traps along the route all the while collecting coins and attacking guards. Attack You automatically begin with a Baton, which you can use to beat up the guards,[Read More...]

by 5:08 PM on October 26, 2013 1 comment Apps, Google Play, Reviews
LG G2 — Review

LG G2 — Review

Hardware, hardware, everywhere, is the LG G2 the king of the smartphone heap? LG has made some really good moves in the last couple of years, clawing their way out of relative obscurity in the Smartphone industry to a place where the upcoming launch of their latest handset – the LG G2 – was actually building the same sort of hype and consumer interest normally seen only for devices from Samsung and HTC – often seen as the leading manufacturers in Android. The LG G2, is the first phone to be released with all of the buttons on the back[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 23, 2013 16 comments Design, Reviews
Game Review: Neon Shadow, a blast from the past

Game Review: Neon Shadow, a blast from the past

Neon Shadow is an intense and exciting first person shooter that copies draws inspiration from Quake and Doom. You are a heavily armored Space Marine Commander who has to save a space station overrun with robotic alien creatures that are out to draw blood — your blood. To say that the setting – confined corridors and swooshing cargo doors that you have to negotiate whilst laying waste to the alien hordes with your trusty shotgun – is similar to Quake/Doom is being generous to the developers, Crescent Moon Games. It’s almost exactly like those previous games, though to their credit they[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on October 22, 2013 2 comments News, Reviews