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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
Asus Fonepad — Review

Asus Fonepad — Review

Unequivocally, the most successful Android tablet to date has been Google’s Nexus 7, manufactured by Asus. But what would happen if you took the Google out of the Nexus 7, and replaced its NVidia Tegra 3 with an Intel Atom CPU, adding phone capabilities along the way? Well wonder no more, as the Fonepad is exactly that. Intel has yet to break into the mobile market in any significant way, so it’s interesting to put a device that uses an Intel CPU to the test. The trend lately has been towards larger, and larger phones, phablets if you will, but[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on September 1, 2013 1 comment Design, Phones, Reviews
New HTC One Max details arrive, 2.1MP front camera confirmed

New HTC One Max details arrive, 2.1MP front camera confirmed

What you’re looking at, above, could well be an official shot of the HTC One Max, shown next to a regular HTC One (middle) and HTC One Mini (left). We’ve covered a bit of the HTC One Max so far on Ausdroid, and with it rumoured to be announced at IFA in September (i.e. just around the corner), the rumours have only intensified. GSMArena are reporting leaked specs for this new device, including a magnificent 2.1MP front camera (same as the HTC One), and it will launch on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running Sense UI 5.5. GSMArena is also claiming[Read More...]

by 4:46 PM on August 29, 2013 5 comments News, Phones, Reviews
ALDI Medion 4″ Smartphone — Review

ALDI Medion 4″ Smartphone — Review

Ausdroid put’s ALDI’s low-cost 4″ smartphone to the test. This year, 2013, has seen the launch of some fantastic smartphones. So far, we’ve seen the Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One as the real class-leaders, and Ausdroid has reviewed each of them in depth, and even done a large comparison of each of these three super-phones. However these three phones had (at the time of launch, at least) one factor that really countered against them for many, many people. That’s the cost. These three smartphones launched with price tags measured in hundreds — the HTC One and[Read More...]

by 4:45 PM on August 25, 2013 29 comments Design, Reviews
Nexus 7 (2013) — Review

Nexus 7 (2013) — Review

Can Google win hearts and wallets again with this years model? The Google Sales Pitch What if you could have a performance vehicle for the price of a compact city car? Say, a Porsche 911 for the price of a Volkswagen Golf. I’m guessing you would probably go for that, I know I would. This is exactly what Google are trying to offer in their Nexus line. I’m probably straining the car metaphor a fair bit but there’s no doubt Google are aiming for the best Android small tablet experience at the tightest possible margin. Other competitors have been content[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on August 22, 2013 24 comments Design, Reviews
Oppo Find 5 — Review

Oppo Find 5 — Review

That display and the audio, does the rest of the phone hold up? Late last year, Oppo announced their latest flagship device, the Find 5 and over the last few weeks, I have been putting it through its paces and seeing what I thought of this 5 inch phone. As smartphones increase in size, more and more companies are releasing phones at or above the 5 inch mark. Oppo decided that a 5 inch phone needed to have a resolution higher than 720p and instead went with a class leading 1080p display which we are now seeing in most of[Read More...]

by 1:43 PM on August 21, 2013 0 comments Design, Phones, Reviews