Reviews

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[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[Read More…]

by 3:55 pm on May 2, 2014 13 comments 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[Read More…]

by 5:01 pm on May 1, 2014 8 comments Chromebook, ChromeOS, 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[Read More…]

by 10:11 am on April 28, 2014 12 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[Read More…]

by 9:03 am on April 24, 2014 4 comments Reviews, Smartwatch
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[Read More…]

by 12:22 pm on April 20, 2014 30 comments 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[Read More…]

by 3:17 pm on April 18, 2014 28 comments 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[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[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[Read More…]

by 8:58 am on April 14, 2014 17 comments Accessories, Reviews