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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
More details about the HTC One Mini leak out

More details about the HTC One Mini leak out

We all know that HTC are going to release a lower-end version of the HTC One sometime soon. Firstly, because releasing lots of phones is what HTC does; and secondly because they’ve told us. As we (presumably) get closer to the release date of the M4, or One Mini as it’s apparently now called, we’re starting to see more and more information leak out about the device. Engadget are claiming to have a ‘trusted source’ with access to the One Mini, and they’ve received the following comparison photo of the phone with its big brother, HTC’s One. According to Engadget,[Read More...]

by 1:43 PM on June 14, 2013 1 comment Phones, Reviews
Vodafone 4G — Preview

Vodafone 4G — Preview

Ausdroid has had the privilege of playing with Vodafone’s 4G network for the last week. Here’s what we found. Late last week, Vodafone approached us and asked Ausdroid would like to take part in a secret project. With not much more information than this, we of course accepted, and within a short while we found out we’d have a (relatively) exclusive opportunity to have a play with Vodafone’s new 4G/LTE network before it became open to the general public. We were invited to take a trial device, travel around wherever we wanted, and see how the network performed. I have[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on June 14, 2013 38 comments Carriers, Design, Reviews
Huawei Ascend Mate — Review

Huawei Ascend Mate — Review

Can Huawei compete in an increasingly crowded super-sized phone market? A lot of our time at Ausdroid is spent paying attention to the top tier of Android device manufacturers – while Samsung is doubtless the heavyweight of the Android world, you’d almost certainly include HTC and LG as peers. Below that, there exists a broad second tier, where other manufacturers toil away without the mindshare, design, manufacturing, marketing or technical prowess that characterises that top tier. It’s here where we usually find Huawei, despite its best intentions – while it’s a networking technology heavyweight with a rich (and occasionally controversial)[Read More...]

by 4:32 PM on June 12, 2013 1 comment Design, Phones, Reviews
Accessory Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover

Accessory Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover

If you read my piece on why you should get a case from your smartphone, then you’ll have known I purchased an S View Cover for my Samsung Galaxy S4. And now that I have had a few weeks to use it, I thought I might share my thoughts and experiences with the rest of you Galaxy S4 owners to see if it’s for you. The Cover When I watched the launch of the Galaxy S4 and its accessories, I found the idea of the S View Cover — a cover with a see-through panel in it to view the[Read More...]

by 1:31 PM on June 10, 2013 13 comments Accessories, Reviews
Leader Tab 10″ — Review

Leader Tab 10″ — Review

Leader offers a breath of fresh air into a rough and stale market with their 10-inch Jellybean Tablet. When you’ve tested, reviewed and owned top end tablet devices, it can sometimes be tempting to dismiss tablets that aren’t in this same category. However, Ausdroid always offers honest reviews on all devices, with criticism and praise given where it’s due. I’ve tested low-cost products in the past and returned them without writing up a review, as the product quality was just too low. So, you can understand that I was a little apprehensive about reviewing a sub-$300.00 10-inch Jellybean tablet, knowing[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on June 8, 2013 5 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets