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
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Wi-fi) — Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Wi-fi) — Review

Can the Galaxy Note 8 stand up to Samsung’s high standards? In the last few years, Samsung has created an amazing success story with their Galaxy S phones, and more recently the Galaxy Note range – the first Galaxy Note phone was popular, and the Galaxy Note II was nothing short of a genuine success. After some early missteps with their Galaxy Note tablets, Samsung has started to redeem themselves in the tablet market, starting with the Galaxy Note 10.1 and now the Galaxy Note 8. There’s an ever-increasing number of tablets in the 7- 8- and 9-inch market, including[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on June 3, 2013 23 comments Design, Reviews, Tablets
App Review: Super Stickman Golf 2

App Review: Super Stickman Golf 2

Super Stickman Golf 2 is not a particularly new app in the grand scheme of things, but what has brought it into the limelight is its use of the new Google Play games services that were announced at Google I/O a couple of weeks ago. There’s no major learning curve involved in SSG2, you just point the guiding arrows in the direction you want the ball to go, then you hit the ball once the force-meter is at the point you think will get the ball closest to the hole. Yep. That simple. But what makes SSG2 really great is[Read More...]

by 5:55 PM on May 31, 2013 0 comments Apps, Google Play, Reviews
App review: Wunderlist to-do and task list. Ist wunderbar!

App review: Wunderlist to-do and task list. Ist wunderbar!

Shortly after the announcement that Astrid was acquired by Yahoo, the kids at 6Wunderkinder released their Wunderlist To-do & Task List app for Android mobiles and tablets. Since it’s inception in 2011, there’s been the odd iteration of the app for Android, but following the launch of Wunderlist 2 in December last year, they’ve broken out with a completely redesigned and reengineered UI, which is now identical across platforms. Wunderlist is a free to-do and task list service which can be used via the Wunderlist web client, or apps for Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows or Mac with extensions for Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Gmail. The app itself is free,[Read More...]

by 7:45 AM on May 27, 2013 8 comments Apps, Mini Reviews, Reviews
Game Review: PUK

Game Review: PUK

I am a fan of simple games. You know, the sort of game you can pick up and play for a few minutes and then forget about. PUK is one of those games, well at least it should be. The official description of PUK on the Play Store reads as follows: PUK is a fast paced pure action puzzler requiring skill dexterity, nerve and endurance. Pull back and ping to obliterate portals in 1000 unique, quick-fire levels that are endlessly generated and different every time. It is kind of a very fast, very flat, Angry Birds. You simply pull back[Read More...]

by 9:58 AM on May 24, 2013 0 comments Apps, Reviews
HP Pavillion 14(c001tu) Chromebook — Review

HP Pavillion 14(c001tu) Chromebook — Review

The worlds largest PC Maker attempts ChromeOS With very little fanfare, the HP Pavillion 14(c001tu) Chromebook crept into Harvey Norman and JB Hifi stores in late March, joining the Acer C7 and Samsung Series 3 Chromebooks which were already on-sale. This entry by HP into the Chromebook market brings to three the total number of devices running ChromeOS that you can buy in Australia. HP is currently at the top of the list when it comes to global market share for PC sales and this dominance includes a long and fairly prestigious pedigree in laptop manufacturing. With their existing market[Read More...]

by 11:43 AM on May 23, 2013 0 comments Chromebook, Design, Reviews
Samsung Galaxy S 4 — Review

Samsung Galaxy S 4 — Review

The Galaxy S III was super popular, but can Samsung repeat last year’s success against renewed competition? The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is set to be the hottest smartphone of 2013, and considering the success of its predecessor, will likely cement Samsung’s place as the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world. It does face some tough competition from all fronts though, with HTC really stepping up their game with the One, renewed efforts by Nokia to place Windows Phone 8 on the radar with its beautiful and colourful Lumia series, as well as solid devices from Sony and LG.[Read More...]

by 1:14 PM on May 17, 2013 48 comments Design, Phones, Reviews
App Review: Norton Mobile Security

App Review: Norton Mobile Security

Norton Mobile Security promises a lot on the packet; so many features that it concerned me how it could achieve this without impacting system performance and battery life. The Lite version of Norton Mobile Security is free and packs a decent set of features. The Pro version will set you back a $29.99 annual subscription for some additional features. The subscription can be shared across multiple Android phones and tablets,which goes some way to justifying the cost. To be honest, I’ve never seen the need for anti-virus/malware apps on Android, however, malware on Android does receive some media attention, so[Read More...]

by 2:26 PM on May 15, 2013 13 comments Apps, Reviews
Kogan Mobile — Review

Kogan Mobile — Review

Late last year, Kogan entered the Australian telecommunications business as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, offering a number of attractive plans that promised to deliver services to Australian consumers at a rate befitting the company’s name. Could Australia’s disruptive entrepreneur, Ruslan Kogan, break into one of the toughest spaces and make a name for himself? The service was unique at the time – while other MVNOs piggybacked on Optus or Vodafone’s networks, Kogan was one of the first companies to purchase access to Telstra’s wholesale 3G network – this isn’t the same network that runs Telstra’s Next G service, though,[Read More...]

by 11:20 AM on May 6, 2013 30 comments Carriers, Reviews
JSTorrent – Extension Review

JSTorrent – Extension Review

Torrents are a great way of downloading files, the Linux community has long embraced Bit Torrent as an excellent way to distribute files through places like linuxtracker.org and there are numerous places to download out of copyright media on the internet. A torrent extension had eluded me in the Chrome Web Store until I stumbled over a Reddit thread which pointed out the existence of JSTorrent. Once Installed the client actually works really well, albeit with some modifications to the way you normally get torrents. I tried downloading the .torrent file and then dragging the file onto the client but[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on May 6, 2013 0 comments Reviews
Review: Google Music

Review: Google Music

After many years of whining, crying, stamping our feet and generally yelling at Google in frustration, the search giant has finally brought its Google Music service to Australia. The question now is: was it worth the wait? We want you to be able to make up your own mind. First we’ll look at the features of the service for new users, and how people with a large collection of music files collected from their own CD’s or from other services might benefit from the switch. Then we’ll look at how you can listen to your collection on other Android devices,[Read More...]

by 9:36 AM on May 2, 2013 23 comments Reviews