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
Accessory Review: Pebble smartwatch

Accessory Review: Pebble smartwatch

This may not be a traditional accessory review but I thought that would be the best way to tackle this device on Ausdroid. It is not an Android device but it complements your existing Android phone, and that fits my definition of an Android accessory review. For those of you that don’t follow all of the tech news, Pebble is a smartwatch that started it’s life on Kickstarter and just happens to be the most successful Kickstarter campaign to date, raising over $10M after initially seeking $100,000. It has taken a long time to get to this point and there[Read More...]

by 12:32 PM on July 14, 2013 6 comments Accessories, Reviews, Smartwatch
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 — Review

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 — Review

Is this the XXL version of the Galaxy S4 it appears to be? The Age of the Phablet The Phablet, Tweener or Phoneblet, for want of a better word – and believe me, we do want a better word – is a device that functions as a smartphone but carries somewhat larger dimensions. As tablet sizes trend downwards with the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini and smartphone sizes trend upwards with the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4, the line between phone and tablet wears ever thinner. Samsung themselves seemed to corner the market when they introduced the original[Read More...]

by 5:10 PM on July 13, 2013 6 comments Design, Reviews
LG Optimus F5(P875) — Review

LG Optimus F5(P875) — Review

LG enters the budget LTE Smartphone market LG has made a great comeback in their mobile phone market share over the past 12 months, from the launch of their budget range L Series handsets which has since seen them achieve the third spot overall for Australian Android market share, and second in Australian market share in the prepaid smartphone market. The release of their Optimus G handset showed that what they could do at the higher end of the smartphone range and though late, the product in and of itself was excellent. At Mobile World Congress, LG announced a new[Read More...]

by 7:06 AM on July 12, 2013 8 comments Design, Reviews
Accessory Review: Mongrel Glass – Galaxy S4 Screen Protector

Accessory Review: Mongrel Glass – Galaxy S4 Screen Protector

Screen protectors are becoming an important addition to the modern smartphone. As screens get bigger, the price of repairing a smashed screen goes up. In many cases, the price of a new screen seems at odds with the overall price you’ve paid for the device, but you’ll grin and bear it because it’s still cheaper than getting a new phone. Mongrel Glass, from Melbourne-based Android specialists Mongrel Phones, is not your average screen protector. The most obvious differentiator that sticks out is the price: it’ll set you back $45 – about 4 times the price of your average plastic screen[Read More...]

by 3:35 PM on July 10, 2013 15 comments Accessories, Reviews
LG Optimus F5 — Review

LG Optimus F5 — Review

LG enters the budget LTE Smartphone market LG has made a great comeback in their mobile phone market share over the past 12 months, from the launch of their budget range L Series handsets which has since seen them achieve the third spot overall for Australian Android market share, and second in Australian market share in the prepaid smartphone market. The release of their Optimus G handset showed that what they could do at the higher end of the smartphone range and though late, the product in and of itself was excellent. At Mobile World Congress, LG announced a new[Read More...]

by 1:40 AM on July 9, 2013 0 comments Design, Reviews
Accessory Review: Aranez case for Samsung Galaxy SIII

Accessory Review: Aranez case for Samsung Galaxy SIII

There’s no shortage of cheap cases for any of the big release phones each year, but there is distinctly short supply of quality cases for phones particularly if you’re after something with style and a hint of class about it. The Aranez cases have a very clean, slick feel to them, protect your phone and look great. Made from genuine leather both the book and flip cases for the Galaxy S3 are stunning to look at and don’t add too much bulk to your device. They also have the convenience of a credit card (or ID) holder so you only[Read More...]

by 5:26 PM on July 5, 2013 0 comments Accessories, Reviews
Accessory Review: Aranez Flip Leather Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Accessory Review: Aranez Flip Leather Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Over the past week I’ve had the joy of trying out the Aranez Flip Leather Case for the Samsung Galaxy S4. After the infamous smashing of my Galaxy S4 display a couple of months back, I’ve been keen on trying out accessories for you Galaxy S4 owners that are worth getting for your own device. So what did I think of the Aranez leather case? Well, in short, I genuinely loved it. While it does add noticeable thickness, the bumpers around the four corners of the device ensure that if you drop your device — like me — the case[Read More...]

by 3:48 PM on July 5, 2013 2 comments Accessories, Phones, Reviews
Netgear PTV3000 – Review

Netgear PTV3000 – Review

The list of Miracast capable devices, dongles or adapters available in Australia is terribly small, and whilst Miracast has been around as a standard for a while now it’s still not terribly well known and is still in its relative infancy in terms of brand recognition and adoption by consumers, retailers and manufacturers. One company who certainly know about Wireless display on TVs is Netgear, who actually released the PTV3000 or Push2TV as they call it, fairly early on in the piece and had it Miracast certified after it was on the market. As well as being Miracast compliant, the[Read More...]

by 11:14 AM on July 4, 2013 18 comments Accessories, Reviews
Accessory Review: Official Nexus 10 cover

Accessory Review: Official Nexus 10 cover

From the moment I bought my Nexus 10 I have loved the way it felt in my hands. The weight of it, the textures, but most importantly is how thin the device is. Using this device everyday though and carrying it in my bag with other items was a bit of a worry and I had to find a way to protect my investment. This is where the fun began. My first choice was a cheap reversible neoprene sleeve. It kept my device protected while I was travelling but allowed me to use the device naked so it felt really[Read More...]

by 6:47 PM on June 25, 2013 2 comments News, Reviews
Sony Xperia Tablet Z (16GB Wifi) — Review

Sony Xperia Tablet Z (16GB Wifi) — Review

Sony have a great name, but is the Xperia Tablet Z a great product? There’s some serious competition when it comes to 10 inch tablets currently, both in the budget conscious as well as the performance devices. Sony by way of their price tag have suggested that the Xperia Tablet Z is firmly entrenched in the latter. When looking at the 10 inch tablets, the clear and obvious head of the pack is the Apple iPad; it’s been around the longest and has somewhat of a stranglehold on the market segment. The Nexus 10 is very popular in terms of[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on June 21, 2013 11 comments Design, Manufacturer, Reviews, Tablets
Accessory Review: DroidAX Kratos and Barrier

Accessory Review: DroidAX Kratos and Barrier

It seems realistic that you can judge a phone’s market penetration by the number of accessories available for it. As you move around any shopping centre, you’ll find a couple of “mobile phone accessories” stores that will sell you any number of cute, cuddly, wacky or fun iPhone cases with any number of party piece special feature attached. This level of ubiquity is only achieved by a few Android devices – with a larger variety in the market, it’s harder to offer something for everyone, and it’s only in the latter half of 2012 that we started to see widespread[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on June 19, 2013 0 comments Accessories, News, Reviews