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Good Deal: Import a Nexus 7 and save money

Good Deal: Import a Nexus 7 and save money

If you can’t wait for a September retail launch of the new Nexus 7 in Australia, or for Google to settle on a launch date for Google Play, then you’ll want to consider sourcing your new Nexus 7 from the US. Aussies have been combing the Internet for places to purchase, and seem to have settled on B&H PhotoVideo – a New York based retailer – as a preferred vendor. Besides charging RRP for the tablet, they also offer direct shipping to Australia and are familiar with the requirements of handling international orders. I’ve just received my new Nexus tablet,[Read More...]

by 5:41 PM on August 6, 2013 12 comments Tablets
HTC hints at Big Things, could be the One Max

HTC hints at Big Things, could be the One Max

HTC are hinting at something with one of their latest tweets, sent out only a few hours ago Australian time. The tweet which begins with “Big things ahead” contains a Vine video embedded which may actually be their $12 Million Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr. https://twitter.com/htc/status/364448294212501504 As you can see it’s a brief – well 6 seconds – video which basically shows what appears to be Robert Downey Jr as he leaps out of a Helicopter and high fives someone. The video drops a couple of interesting phrases: Here’s to change Happy telephone company With the ‘Big Things Ahead’[Read More...]

by 12:01 PM on August 6, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer
Are you nuts about phones? Allphones have a store manager’s job going in Karingal Hub

Are you nuts about phones? Allphones have a store manager’s job going in Karingal Hub

No, Ausdroid isn’t becoming the next version of Seek, but from time to time we do see jobs that might be of interest to our audience. Allphones approached us and asked whether any of our readers might be interested in this position, so we’re going to let you know about it, and you can decide! Allphones is seeking a store manager for their Karingal Hub store, offering a competitive salary and commissions and career development and progression. Allphones resells mobile phone products across a range of carriers, and claims to be the nation’s largest multi-carrier mobile retailer with over 170[Read More...]

by 10:57 AM on August 6, 2013 4 comments Other
Small Android tablets gain whilst Apple’s buzz fades

Small Android tablets gain whilst Apple’s buzz fades

Whilst Apple may have captured the early buzz with the tablet market when they introduced the original iPad, it seems their share of the tablet market has begun to fade according to research released by Canalys. With a tablets now accounting for 31% of worldwide PC shipments, Canalys estimate that 68 per cent of tablets shipped in the second quarter had a screen size smaller than 9 inches and that small tablet manufactures like Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo, Acer and others saw hefty year-on-year gains in shipments during the second quarter, ranging from 228 per cent (Acer) to 317 per cent[Read More...]

by 10:01 AM on August 6, 2013 2 comments Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Latest Vine update brings push notifications and additional sharing options

Latest Vine update brings push notifications and additional sharing options

According to a number of people and articles around, many feel that Twitter’s Video sharing social app – Vine – is dying a slow painful death because of the recently introduced 15 second video sharing feature in Instagram. Well, if that’s the case, then the Vine team certainly aren’t listening to those rumours. Vine has recently added an update to their App in Google Play which allows users to share their public videos to Facebook as well as the normal Twitter sharing. It also introduces push notifications for ‘new likes, comments, and mentions’ so you won’t miss any interactions on[Read More...]

by 9:38 AM on August 6, 2013 0 comments Apps, Google Play, News, Other, Phones
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