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Dick Smith selling the Samsung Galaxy S2 4G on Telstra Pre-Paid for $349

Dick Smith selling the Samsung Galaxy S2 4G on Telstra Pre-Paid for $349

It seems one of the first ever 4G or LTE enabled phones available in Australia – the Samsung Galaxy S2 4G – has now gained a new lease on life becoming available through Dick Smith as a Telstra pre-paid phone. The Telstra branded Samsung Galaxy S2 4G is being sold for $349 on the Dick Smith website, as well as in-store. The device has the same specs you’ve come to know and love In case you have forgotten the specs of the device, here they are again for you: 4.5″ 800×480 resolution Super AMOLED Plus Screen 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor[Read More...]

by 9:08 AM on August 6, 2013 3 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Invites now arriving for Samsung Unpacked 2013 – Episode 2

Invites now arriving for Samsung Unpacked 2013 – Episode 2

Samsung have begun sending out invitations for their Samsung Unpacked 2013 – Episode 2 event to be held in Germany on September 4th. The invitations being sent to press contain a not so subtle seemingly handwritten hint to ‘Note the date’ indicating a Galaxy Note themed launch is planned. The September 4th date will precede the IFA conference in Berlin, where two previous iterations of the Samsung Galaxy Note have been announced and where the next model in the line-up – the Galaxy Note 3 – is highly suspected to be announced. Following on with the Galaxy Note theme, two[Read More...]

by 10:55 PM on August 5, 2013 0 comments News
LG G2 Manual leaks and shows NanoSIM, MicroSD Card and no fingerprint scanner

LG G2 Manual leaks and shows NanoSIM, MicroSD Card and no fingerprint scanner

Coming this Thursday Australian time is the launch of the Optimus G2 in New York. What we will see at that stage has pretty much just been shown via a manual found by French site Nowhereelse.fr. The site has a manual in Korean of the LG-F320, which gives out all the specs. First up, the back of the device does NOT have a bio-metric fingerprint scanner between the +/- volume controls, it does however appear to be the power button. Further the unit will have a removeable back cover which will allow you to access the 2,610mAh battery, and to[Read More...]

by 9:27 PM on August 5, 2013 4 comments News, Phones
Gadgets 4 Geeks: Galaxy S4 Carmount Kit — Review

Gadgets 4 Geeks: Galaxy S4 Carmount Kit — Review

Smartphones are amazing things; they connect us, they inform us and they amuse us. They also have the potential to get us in a lot of trouble with the law. While there’s a few minor differences between the Australian states with regards to what you can and can’t do with your mobile phone a good rule of thumb is that you can make or receive phone calls if: The phone is mounted into a commercially available mounting device; or The driver of the vehicle doesn’t need to touch or manipulate the mobile phone in any way to do so The[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on August 5, 2013 16 comments Accessories, Mini Reviews
NEC calls it quits on its struggling smartphone business

NEC calls it quits on its struggling smartphone business

Well it looks like the first Android smartphone player in the Asian markets has bitten the dust, with news out of South Korea yesterday that NEC will shut down it’s struggling smartphone business. Of course this comes as no surprise as CNet reported that NEC had been trying to sell its struggling smartphone business to the market without any real potential buyers wishing to snap it up, except for Lenovo which was reported as having interest in purchasing the business, but that talks eventually stalled and then broke down. NEC’s mobile phone business suffered an operating loss of 9 billion[Read More...]

by 5:51 PM on August 5, 2013 9 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Sony Xperia Tablet Z 4.2.2 update rolling out now

Sony Xperia Tablet Z 4.2.2 update rolling out now

Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z is one of the best Android tablets on the market – it’s fast, it’s beautiful and the screen is fantastic. And it’s about to get a whole lot better, with Sony beginning to roll out the Android 4.2.2 update to the LTE model as we speak. Xperia Blog haven’t been able to get the update to show on the Wi-Fi model yet, but it should roll out fairly soon as well. Love it or hate it, the update comes with the new tablet UI, with the notification tray at the top of the screen and the[Read More...]

by 10:47 AM on August 5, 2013 5 comments News, OS Update, Tablets
HTC One Max caught on camera with 5.9″ display

HTC One Max caught on camera with 5.9″ display

The HTC One family looks set to get that bigger brother they always wanted, with photos of the HTC One Max leaking out. The Mega-phone/Phablet/Tweener has shown off its 5.9″ display in some shots that show the design language of the HTC One will continue into the larger form factor. With the same design, that brings along the same front mounted Boom Sound speakers, the HTC One Max appears to be in the same aluminium body that is encasing the HTC One as well as its smaller brother the HTC One Mini, although it does appear to be missing the[Read More...]

by 6:26 AM on August 5, 2013 6 comments Manufacturer, Phones
The Offdroid Podcast – Episode 1, The Twelfth Doctor

The Offdroid Podcast – Episode 1, The Twelfth Doctor

This is Ausdroid’s off-topic podcast, Offdroid! It’s an irregular series in which members of the Ausdroid team and friends will discuss anything but Android. The Doctor Who Episode The world is waiting to hear who’s going to play the next incarnation of The Doctor. It’s Sunday August 4th, and we’re just half a day away from the big reveal. This is the time where the British press goes mad with speculation and the rumours this year don’t disappoint. We spent a little while talking about our Doctor Who fan qualifications and favourite Doctors, moments and episodes before going for a[Read More...]

by 4:57 PM on August 4, 2013 0 comments Uncategorized
Google Play Services update bringing Android Device Manager and Photo Sphere Compass mode

Google Play Services update bringing Android Device Manager and Photo Sphere Compass mode

It appears that a new update is being pushed to Google Play Services which is adding what seems to be the start of the announced Android Device Manager service as well as a compass mode into the Photo Sphere viewer. The Android Device Manager function once installed shows up as an option in Settings > Security > Device Administrators. You can basically enable it or just leave it disabled as is the default, at least at this stage. The announcement of the Android Device Manager service did list the ability to Factory Reset the phone remotely as well as giving[Read More...]

by 1:43 PM on August 4, 2013 0 comments Uncategorized
Pics of clamshell Samsung Galaxy Folder leak

Pics of clamshell Samsung Galaxy Folder leak

The rumour of a clamshell based Samsung Galaxy phone have firmed up even further – although it’s still possible, though not likely that this is a prototype that may not move ahead – with pics of the phone leaked to GSMInsider via an anonymous source. According to SamMobile the specs of the phone were leaked a couple of days ago when the manual for the device surfaced. The phone will apparently come with dual WVGA (800×480) AMOLED screens, 1.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 CPU, Dual Cameras, 1,820mAh battery with Android 4.1.2 on-board. The phone will of course carry a variety of[Read More...]

by 10:48 AM on August 4, 2013 5 comments News, Phones
Did Motorola fail with the launch of the Moto X – Counterpoint

Did Motorola fail with the launch of the Moto X – Counterpoint

This post is another point of view to this article : Did Motorola fail with the launch of the Moto X Since Google first announced their purchase of Motorola back in August of 2011, the major reason behind the purchase has been heavily speculated to have been motivated by the 17,000 strong patent portfolio that were registered to Motorola, at the time OEMs as part of the Open Handset Alliance(OHA) were being assaulted from all sides by the likes of industry heavyweights Microsoft and Apple, with a direct confrontation between them and Google heavily expected to come to a head.[Read More...]

by 9:05 AM on August 4, 2013 13 comments Manufacturer, Opinion
Did Motorola fail with the launch of the Moto X

Did Motorola fail with the launch of the Moto X

Remember when Google forked out 12.5 Billion dollars to buy Motorola Mobility? Remember what we all thought? Awesome! Finally a manufacturer who will be able to make Android phones how they should be made. Won’t this be amazing, Google directing Motorola how to make an Android phone. A true phone that encompasses the vision that is Android for them. And then in December last year the rumours started circulating that Motorola and Google were working on a true Google Android phone. A mysterious phone to be called Moto X. Over the past 8 months the hype on the phone has[Read More...]

by 8:59 AM on August 4, 2013 8 comments Manufacturer, Opinion
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