Game Review: Ball Of Woe

New Sydney-based developer Doppler Interactive recently released their first Android game Ball of Woe to the Google Play store. The game is the brainchild of Joshua - the developer, and Jessica - the graphic designer. The storyline behind Ball of Woe is that the citizens of 'Nicetown' have balled up all their sadness into a 'Ball of Woe' that you - as God - must guide through a physics-based puzzle maze on a suspended track using Puffs of air. You have to keep the ball on the track and avoid obstacles like holes in the track in order to... Continue reading

Nexus 10 — Review

The Nexus program ventures into 10" Territory Traditionally the 10" Android tablet market has been a pretty disappointing affair. The big name tablets like the Galaxy Tab and the Asus Transformer series have both sold in numbers which have obviously been enough to warrant sequels and further investment by their respective companies. But so far however, they have failed to set the world aflame with desire. The announcement by Google that they would be releasing a 10" Nexus tablet was met with some scepticism by the Android community at large. Putting my own scepticism aside, I decided that... Continue reading

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad — Review

Huawei steps into the world of quad-core devices, but can it find mainstream success? You could be forgiven for not really knowing much about Chinese company Huawei (It’s pronounced ‘wah-way’, in case you were wondering). They are actually the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, but have been relatively low-key in the Australian market, producing a few lower-spec, budget devices. Now they're attempting to make a bigger splash in the market with high-end devices like the Ascend P1 and the Honor. It appears that they've saved the best for last with the Ascend D1... Continue reading

HTC Butterfly (X920e) — Review

The best display on the market, at the cost of battery life I've always had a soft spot for HTC ever since I laid my eyes on the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1 way back in the day. They sparked my love for Android and for phone hardware. That was a few years ago now, but even today, their hardware design still excites me, however, their software usually leaves users wanting more battery life or wanting less of HTC all together. It's a real shame, but HTC have no one to blame but themselves. Over the past year and a... Continue reading

Lexathon Word Jumble – Addictive word fun

XandarMob is an Australian indie game developer based in Brisbane who have released Lexathon® word jumble onto Google Play. The game is basic in concept but addictive in nature; playing the game is simple -- there is a 3x3 grid of letters, which you must use to create as many words containing at least 4 letters as possible, with all words including the letter located in the middle square and you can only use each letter once. You are able to shuffle the letter positions of the 8 letters surrounding the central letter at any time using the... Continue reading

HTC One SV — Review

How does HTC's latest instalment in the One line stack up? My love of Android phones has come and gone, and come again. My earliest Android handset was an HTC Magic (the G1 didn't really count) and I loved it -- it had a great form factor, good function, and it worked really well. My next HTC device was the Nexus One, and it was a stellar phone. I had, and used, the Nexus One for a good twelve months before the battery started to fade, and it never missed a beat. Unfortunately, my experience of HTC handsets soured... Continue reading

SoundGecko – Listen to websites, PDFs and RSS Feeds

121Cast is an Australian software production company based in Melbourne. Founded in February 2012, they've released a number of applications for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Chrome. Today I'm looking at their Android offering, SoundGecko. SoundGecko is a combination of local app and cloud-based service that allows you to listen to things that you would normally read, like posts from websites or your RSS Feeds. It's an interesting idea which, at first, I didn't see much need for. However, after using it for a few days I have found it to be an invaluable tool. The theory behind SoundGecko... Continue reading

Panasonic FZ-A1 Toughpad — Review

Panasonic's first Android tablet! It's rugged but is it worth it? Some of you may have heard about Panasonic's Toughbook Laptops, a range of practically bullet-proof machines. Well, Panasonic have recently released a fairly rugged Android tablet called the "Toughpad"; it's probably not bullet-proof and I'm not suggesting you should test it, but it will hold up well against most of what you can throw at it. Again, no suggestions. When I first heard that Panasonic were going to release an Android tablet, I wasn't sure what to think. Would it be terrible or could it be a... Continue reading

Samsung Chromebook (2012) — Review

Samsung's newest Chromebook is based on the ARM architecture. Can it replace a netbook or a tablet? The Chromebook is an enigma. A laptop that is confusing to some and a Godsend to others. Most people have used a laptop with a Windows or Mac Operating System on it. When I tell people that this notebook has a Google Operating System on it many of them look confused. It’s when I ask them what browser they use that the lights come on. I’m finding that lots of people use the Chrome browser! Many still use Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer... Continue reading

Telstra Smart Touch 2 — Review

Can excellence be had in a sub-$100 Smart Phone? Telstras first attempt at a sub-$100 Android handset was the original Smart Touch, a phone manufactured by ZTE which from all accounts was a pretty basic affair offering a resistive touch screen and fairly sluggish performance. The Telstra Smart Touch 2 is their second attempt at an Android phone in the sub $100 category, also manufactured by ZTE although with a couple of improved features over the original such as the capacative screen. First impressions of the phone is that it looks and feels like a sub $100 device. The phone... Continue reading

Droidax EzyCharge for Galaxy S III — Review

Another great charging device from Droidax to make your digital life easier Some of you will remember a few months ago I reviewed the Droidax Powerpack for Samsung Galaxy S III which I felt was a great concept, but it lost a little bit in the execution. One of my major concerns was that your phone could actually be levered out of the top of the powerpack, risking damage to your micro USB port on your device. The great news is that Droidax take the opinions of reviewers onboard and they have fixed it! There was only a... Continue reading

Telstra Uno (ZTE – T12) — Review

The Telstra UNO came out of nowhere a couple of months ago, launching without fanfare into Coles stores where we saw it advertised at a price more usually occupied by the 'dumbphone' end of the market. At $44.50 - 50% off its usual price of $89 - it seemed as though it could only be a really bad phone. I was in the market for a cheap Android device with which to track my running and play podcasts, as I'm swapping phones fairly regularly, this seemed to fit the bill. I purchased one, and have been living with it... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Go — Review

The Sony Xperia Go is the active, tough and "rugged" member of the Xperia family. It features similar styling and features to Sony's other Xperia devices, but has the added benefit of being dust- and water-resistant. For people who require such a device, there are limited choices in the market short of encasing your phone in a bulky shell. We think the Xperia Go performs well without making too many compromises. The Go is a stylish, good-looking phone that's clearly a member of the Xperia family. The 3.5 inch screen has a resolution of 480x320 pixels, a... Continue reading