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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
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