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 30 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
Live Connected — Service Review

Live Connected — Service Review

These days with the three mainstream phone service providers offering less and less true useful value in their plans, the chase is on for the many other providers (Mobile Virtual Network Operators or MVNOs for short) to get your business.   These MVNOs purchase their underlying services from the big three carriers (Telstra, Optus or Vodafone), with the majority these days using Optus. There are quite a number of MVNOs, such as Boost, Amaysim, Virgin, Vaya, ALDIMobile to name a few, and Live Connected is another of this same crop. Where MVNOs fit — given they resell someone else’s underlying[Read More...]

by 10:47 AM on August 21, 2013 7 comments Carriers, Reviews
Dots – Game Review

Dots – Game Review

I love mobile gaming, but most of the games that I have purchased have been relegated to my tablet due to the increased display size, and it is quite rare for me to install a game on my phone now days. The subject of today’s review as an exception to this rule. Dots is a very well designed game that reminds me of the classic match 3 games that have been around for years. You are presented with a grid of different coloured dots and it is your job to connect dots of the same colour. The more dots you[Read More...]

by 3:16 PM on August 19, 2013 2 comments Apps, Reviews
Hisense Sero 7 Pro – first impressions

Hisense Sero 7 Pro – first impressions

Hisense’s first foray into the tablet market, the Sero 7 Pro, is very similar to last year’s Nexus 7 in looks and specifications – a 7-inch tablet running NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip inside its minimalistic black glass front and soft-touch plastic rear. I received a review unit directly from Hisense yesterday, and after spending yesterday with the tablet, I have some initial thoughts that I’d like to share with y’all. Let’s start with the specifications – a very good place to start: NVidia Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip 7-inch 1280×800 IPS LCD display 8 GB storage, with microSD card expansion up to[Read More...]

by 6:44 AM on August 16, 2013 3 comments Reviews, Tablets
Huawei Ascend P6 — Review

Huawei Ascend P6 — Review

The Huawei Ascend P6 looks the goods, but Ausdroid takes a look to see whether it delivers. When Huawei announced the Ascend P6 back in June, it didn’t exactly jump off the page at us. Sure, the Ascend P6 looks pretty good; in fact, the industrial design is really top notch. A slim (and we do mean slim) handset with a metal band wrapped around it, broken in places only by a couple of buttons, and one could be forgiven for thinking the Ascend P6 is inspired by Apple’s iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 design. It certainly looks like one[Read More...]

by 5:07 PM on August 12, 2013 8 comments Design, Reviews
Nexus 7 (2013) – First Impressions

Nexus 7 (2013) – First Impressions

When Google announced the new Nexus 7 on July 24, I knew I was going to buy one. Heck, I buy every Nexus – even the ill fated Nexus Q. I feel this allows me to compare the original and the new version properly. Google has unfortunately staggered the rollout of the 2013 Nexus 7. We still don’t know exactly when the 2013 Nexus 7 will go on sale here in Australia, but indications from retailers are that it will be either late August or early September. Google has remained silent when asked for a launch date on Google Play,[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on August 8, 2013 3 comments Reviews, Tablets
Oppo Find 5 – First Impressions

Oppo Find 5 – First Impressions

I recently received a brand spanking new Oppo Find 5, with thanks to the guys at Expansys and wanted to get a few thoughts out there before going into a full review of the device in the coming weeks. Lets start with the specs: Qualcomm APQ8064 Quad-Core 1.5GHz Processor 5 inch 1080×1920 full HD display at 441 PPI 16 / 32 GB storage 2 GB RAM UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/HSPA+42 (850, 1700, 1900, 2100MHz) GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz) 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi Direct Bluetooth NFC GPS Wi-Fi Display DLNA Gyroscope Digital compass Microphone Light Sensor IR Proximity Sensor Magnetic[Read More...]

by 9:16 AM on August 7, 2013 1 comment Phones, Reviews
Google wants to give you free swag for adding reviews on Google Maps

Google wants to give you free swag for adding reviews on Google Maps

Google has introduced a program which involves asking people to review local places and become what they’ve deemed ‘City Experts’ in return for some freebies. The program has been running somewhat un-officially via the @googlelocalsyd twitter account. According to the signup page, to become a City Expert you have to live in one of the following cities : Austin, Birmingham (UK), Bristol (UK), Chicago, Edinburgh, London, New York, Portland (OR), Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco and Sydney. But if you choose to sign up but don’t live in one of these cities, Google will notify you if/when the program rolls out[Read More...]

by 11:02 AM on August 3, 2013 5 comments News, Reviews
Samsung Music Hub Australia — Service Review

Samsung Music Hub Australia — Service Review

As a big listener of music and a big lover of tech, I’ve found that unlimited music streaming services suit me over buying songs and/or albums individually. With a streaming service I can search for the artist, song, or album I like, then listen to it instantly without having to fork over more money. It sounds ‘cheap’, however, its ease of use makes it very appealing. A good music streaming service also allows you to play back your tunes on different devices — Rdio, Grooveshark, Spotify, and more, all do this. So as a big user of Grooveshark for all[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on July 29, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
HP Slate 7 — Review

HP Slate 7 — Review

Does HP’s budget-friendly Android tablet make a splash in a crowded market? Hewlett Packard’s first entry into the tablet market was at least memorable, if not entirely successful. After acquiring Palm and its mobile operating system WebOS in 2009, HP launched the TouchPad in July 2011. While the TouchPad was originally running WebOS, users found that they could quite easily install Android on the tablet, making it a much nicer device to use. Sadly, this didn’t help sales, and the following month, just 1 week after it launched in Australia, HP announced that they were discontinuing the TouchPad, and drastically[Read More...]

by 1:05 PM on July 18, 2013 1 comment Design, Reviews
Jacobs Portal 9.7″ Tablet — Review

Jacobs Portal 9.7″ Tablet — Review

A sub $200 10 inch Android tablet usually spells danger, but does the Jacobs Portal 9.7” device deserve the stigma? As I stated in my recent review of the Leader Tab, there’s two distinctly different segments when it comes to 10-inch tablets. There’s the performance devices, which includes the Nexus 10 and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z; and the “budget conscious” range. There’s no end of contenders here, but there’s even more pretenders. The specs are about right but the optimisation just isn’t there. The optimisation of devices is something that higher end devices don’t necessarily need to worry about[Read More...]

by 2:30 PM on July 14, 2013 1 comment Design, Reviews, Tablets