Hands on with the Motorola XOOM — First Impressions

I’ve been using the Motorola XOOM for just over a day now, and I thought I’d share my initial thoughts. Which coincides nicely with Telstra’s confirmation that this bad-boy is launching through them next month. First off, the XOOM is quite heavy as it weighs 730grams, which is 130grams more than its main rivals: the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1v. The build quality is top-notch with no cheap plastic to be felt on the device. HDMI playback onto the TV is extremely nice, especially as the browser feels just like a full desktop browser so... Continue reading

Telstra confirms Xoom tablet to come in May

Motorola's foray into the Android tablet market - the 10.1-inch Motorola Xoom - is set to land on Australian shores in May, thanks to Telstra. Pricing and release are yet to be nailed down, but inside word is the device will be available with a mobile repayment option (MRO) or via outright purchase. Warwick Bray, executive director of Telstra Mobility Products, heaped praise on the Xoom tablet in a statement. "Motorola Xoom arrives at a time when Australians are embracing both mobile tablets and devices powered by Android in record numbers," he said. Motorola is holding an event in early... Continue reading

Optus reduces price of prepaid My Tab to $149, tablet competition heats up

It appears the Carriers and other retailers are really starting to get into the tablet price wars. A reader pointed out to us that the Optus My Tab has been lowered from $199 to $149 at most retailers (Big W & Dick Smith above) and even from Optus, even though their site still states $199. Why the sudden price drop? Well Telstra just lowered the price of the high-end 7" Galaxy Tab to $299 and now Kogan has joined the budget Tablet fight with their own $189 tablet. Telstra are keeping their budget tablet, the T-Touch Tab,... Continue reading

Gingerbread User Manual for Samsung Galaxy S appears on Samsung’s site, actual update MIA

Now that the last of the Android 2.2 updates for the Samsung Galaxy S have been pushed out to Telstra customers (who were the last to receive it), Samsung have uploaded the User Manual of the Galaxy S that's suited for Android 2.3 "Gingerbread". What does this mean? Well, inquisitive reader, this means that the Android 2.3 update for the Galaxy S is coming, not soon, but it's coming. To put this into perspective, the original release date for the 2.2 update was September '10 and the last update went out to Telstra customers about two weeks... Continue reading

Telstra slash their already low price for the Galaxy Tab – Now $299 outright

It was only a week ago that Telstra dropped the price of their Galaxy Tab, down to a cheap $408. Well they are at it again. Today, dropping it down to an unbelievable price of $299. There is a catch however, it can only be purchased online and shipped out to it's waiting customers. This is even more evidence, that Telstra is abandoning the once over priced Tab and looking forward to bigger and better things. Continue reading

Android 2.2 update now available for Telstra HTC Wildfire

Although it may be a few months late (although on time depending on which schedule you look at), the HTC Wildfire on Telstra now has the Android 2.2 update ready and waiting for users to download. The update is being done over the air (FOTA), thank goodness, seeing as though the HTC Desire update through HTC's software update tool went pear-shaped. Telstra recommend you download the 56MB update via home Wi-Fi as they're not willing to let users download the update for free on the NextG network. So go on, update your Wildfire and let... Continue reading

Motorola holding a launch event early May, XOOM & Atrix here we come

To further cement our revelations that the Motorola Atrix and Motorola XOOM are headed to Telstra, Motorola have recently sent us out an invite to a launch event in early May. How convenient, seeing as though our source told us the Atrix is meant to launch mid May and the XOOM late May. Having played with the Atrix, I can tell you it's not really worth waiting out for, as for the XOOM, I'll hold my judgement until I play with one next week. Continue reading

Telstra lower the outright price of the Galaxy Tab to $408, making way for the XOOM

Okay Samsung Galaxy Tab, you've had your time to shine, and rip people off. Now it's time for the big boys to make their way to the forefront of the Tablet scene. Today Telstra decided to cut the price of the original Galaxy Tab by more than half, down to a measly $408 outright, which is a price it really should have launch at to be honest. Their reason for doing so? Well they obviously have newer, more powerful Tablets up their sleeves that are going to have outright prices less than the... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo delayed until early Q3, leaves a void in Telstra’s lineup

So you know the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo? The device that was coming to Telstra in the first half of this year? Well from the messages coming out of Sony Ericsson at the moment, that won't be the case. The Xperia Neo has been pushed back to a Q3 release due to a production bottleneck caused by the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami that ensued. This is a good move by Sony Ericsson as it allows them to continuing pushing forward their production of the already released Xperia Arc and Xperia Play so they don't run... Continue reading

Coming to Telstra starting mid-April: Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola XOOM, Motorola Atrix, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play & more

Well how about this, our trusty all-things-Telstra source has come through with the goods once again. This time confirming the availability of the following phones and tablet that will launch with the corresponding dates. Samsung Galaxy Ace - mid April Motorola Atrix - mid May Sony Ericsson Xperia Play - mid May Motorola XOOM - late May Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo - Coming soon It's good to see a confirmation of the Motorola Atrix after Telstra hinted at it a few months back. They also hinted at Tablets, so it's nice to see the almighty Motorola XOOM make an... Continue reading

Android 2.2 available for Galaxy S from Telstra – Have you updated yet?

It may have taken them a few months longer than the other carriers to push out the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S, but finally Telstra have pushed out the Froyo goodness to its own Galaxy S customers, much to their delight. If you are one of those delighted customers, who haven't yet rooted + rom'd your device out of pure desperation to get to 2.2, you may have already updated your device to 2.2, though if you haven't you'll have to download Samsung Kies and hope for the best. Continue reading

HTC Desire S now shipping at MobiCity, Telstra should announce availability soon

When you've got a winning formula, stick with it, and that's exactly what HTC is doing with the Desire S. This evening our friends over at MobiCity announced that they have received stock and shipping is go, for a reasonable $699. What this also means is that Telstra, who are picking up the Desire S, should make an announcement on a NextG variant's availability and pricing very soon. If it's anything like the launch of the original HTC Desire that was announced almost exactly a year ago, it will be on ~$60/mo... Continue reading

HTC welcoming the world to ‘see what’s next’ on April 12th, HTC Pyramid? GSM EVO 3D?

Well hello there HTC launch invitation, what have you got in store for us? Well come April 12th we'll certainly know for sure, but for now we have our hopes set on official announcements for the HTC Pyramid and GSM variant of the EVO 3D. Seeing as though the launch event is happening in London, we can only hope that whatever is launched there will finally make its way down south. In the case of the dual-core toting Pyramid, Telstra will surely make an announcement as soon as it's launched, along with the Wildfire S. As for... Continue reading