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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
ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 — Review

ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 — Review

Asus and Intel join forces in this mid range pitch for the large tablet market. The Asus Intel Proposition Asus has good market credibility in the Android tablet space. With successes like the Nexus 7 and Transformer line of tablets they are probably as well known as Samsung for innovation with larger Android tablets. Intel, on the other hand, are yet to really make their mark with a successful Android product. Reviewing this tablet has been a good opportunity for me to see what these two long time partners in the Windows world could come up with on a new[Read More...]

by 1:17 PM on October 9, 2013 9 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
Game Review: Pinball Rocks HD

Game Review: Pinball Rocks HD

Sony Music Entertainment have opened the gates of hell and unleashed their most head-bangingly awesome game yet – Pinball Rocks HD. As the name may suggest, this is a pinball game, but with a twist. The usual tings, dings, thwacks and buzzers of a normal pinball table have been pushed to the background, replaced with heavy rocking music by the likes of  Three Days Grace, Red, The Sword, Queensryche, The Virginmarys, Filter, Norma Jean, For Today, Anvil, Krokus, Lordi and Richie Kotzen. This is a free game, so there has to be a catch, right? Well, you usually don’t get[Read More...]

by 9:14 PM on October 2, 2013 4 comments News, Reviews
Hisense Sero 7 Pro — Review

Hisense Sero 7 Pro — Review

The Sero 7 Pro is Hisense’s first foray into the ultra-competitive tablet market, and they’ve chosen to model it on Google’s Nexus 7. Since the Nexus 7 proved that there was a viable market for 7-inch Android tablets, almost every OEM out there has been clamouring for a piece of that pie. With the notable exception of Samsung, each manufacturer seems to be in a race to deliver the least skinned UI, while still doing something to differentiate themselves from their competition. Hisense have won this contest hands down, offering a 7-inch tablet with a build of Android so close[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on October 1, 2013 1 comment Design, Reviews, Tablets
HTC One Mini — Review

HTC One Mini — Review

Can the HTC One Mini stand up to it’s bigger cousin? I was actually rather excited to be given the opportunity to review the HTC One Mini as I have very much liked what I have seen from the HTC One and was curious to see if HTC could deliver a similar experience with its smaller cousin. If you need a catch up on Ausdroid’s thoughts on the HTC One, check out our review from earlier this year. Being a Nexus fan, the one thing that I wasn’t too sure about was using a phone with Sense 5. I used[Read More...]

by 8:34 AM on October 1, 2013 5 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active — Review

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active — Review

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is certainly one of the top three phones of 2013, but can its more-rugged cousin, the Galaxy S4 Active, live up to the ‘Galaxy S’ name? There’s no denying Samsung have been the success story of the Android platform. Even before even Ice-Cream Sandwich was released, they had the flagship phone of the Android fleet with the Galaxy SII, followed by the Galaxy SIII and now the S4. There have been some huge contenders in 2013 with specs advancing at a rapid rate, and now that waterproof and dustproof designs are becoming more aesthetically pleasing, it’s[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on September 23, 2013 7 comments Design, Reviews
Plunder Bros: Retro LCD game – Review

Plunder Bros: Retro LCD game – Review

If you’re a fan of the old Nintendo handheld LCD games that were released back in the 80′s, which allowed you to do some pretty basic gaming on the go before the good old Gameboy really kicked off the mobile gaming revolution, then Plunder Bros: Retro LCD game is definitely something you should check out. Australian developer Andrew Dittmer has launched Plunder Bros: Retro LCD game from his company Appic Win. Plunder Bros is actually a platform for a variety of these LCD based games. There are two currently available – Sink and Coco Nuts – with a third listed[Read More...]

by 10:07 AM on September 11, 2013 5 comments Apps, Reviews
HP Slatebook X2 — Review

HP Slatebook X2 — Review

The first Tegra 4 device released in Australia, how does it measure up? HP is a company well known for their Windows laptops, in fact they are consistently rated in the top 3 manufacturers of laptops, but with demand for Windows 8 laptops not exactly exceeding expectations, they’ve taken to dipping their metaphorical toe in the waters of some alternative operating systems such as ChromeOS and Android. The first device from HP to run Android – the Slate 7 – failed to set either us or the world aflame with desire when it was reviewed, but the Slate 7 was[Read More...]

by 2:58 PM on September 10, 2013 4 comments Design, Reviews
Buy me a pie – Review

Buy me a pie – Review

Buy me a pie was released onto Android a couple of weeks ago and since then I have been putting it through its paces to see what this app has going for it over the numerous other shopping list apps in Google Play, so let’s take a closer look. There really isn’t much to shopping list apps, they allow you to add items to a list and then cross them off as you pick up those items in the store. Buy me a pie has a couple of nice features that I will get to in a minute, but for[Read More...]

by 11:31 AM on September 5, 2013 10 comments Apps, Reviews