We’re changing the way we review devices and we want your input!

Hello folks! Hope you’re enjoying the start of the new working week. We’re after some input from you, because after all, you’re the reason we do what we do.

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We’re wanting to change the way we write our reviews so that they’ll be much shorter and quicker to put together (increased turn around so you can make your choice quicker after the device launches). So what we want to know from you is:

  • What things do you need to know about the device?
  • How long do you want the review to be? (really short [450] or a tad longer [600-800]?)
  • Are you happy with the average 4-6 pictures of the device that are included?
  • Any other input?

Currently it can take us way too long to finish writing our reviews as they can be quite long-winded and we don’t always have the time to do that. While we’d like to do video reviews, we don’t have the equipment to do that on a regular basis just yet. So it’s over to you guys for the constructive input. See you in the comments!

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  • oops forgot my third point.

    3. There are always a million long reviews on the big phones like the galaxy nexus, which don't always warrant it. i vote for all phones regardless of how they are marketed to get equal air time. This means possible quiet achievers don't get overlooked and some more niche phones get a decent review.

  • Comparison table is the best thing for me. I like to see how the new phone stacks up against others currently in the market.

    That is a comparison on CPU, screen resolution, memory, expandable, features etc.

  • author of the review must use it for at least a week on a daily basis. it should be his and his only opinion on the product. standard stuff like specifications, features, UI etc can be bullet-pointed on the main things like what you guys already do.

    prefer to know stuff like:
    1. battery life on a day to day basis
    2. finger print smudge - bad or worse?
    3. feel of the phone in hand, pocket, on the ear, in the car, with headset and music.
    4. case/cover & accessories availability.
    5. your opinion compared to a similar spec'ed phone that you've used.


  • Time to blow smoke up your bum's....
    I bought my first andriod, late last year, after holding off as long as I could, as I was an apple fanboy. Your site, has not only taught me everything I needed to know, plus more, but now I crave "tech news" of anything you guys want to tell. Your FB, feed is great aswell.


    It might just be my phone brower, but it seems your site isn't optuimised for moblie viewing, if it is, Im a retard and thing nothing more of it.

    as for your content.... guys, pull your finger out and work harder. Because your content is right on the money, and i fear if you remove, add, change what your doing, it may lose it appeal.

    On the other side, if you do want to remove stuff, "telco release dates and plans ' doesn't need to be more than a line at the bottom of a review, as hardcore fan's probably won't care. As your site, focus's more on the hardware, and functions of the units.

    As for pic, I understand you take your own, from the units you get, pls don't recycle pic that we can get else were, as we can get them else were.

    Format of your review, may need standardizing, which will help in "filling in the blanks" for each of the units.
    but don't forget to perinalize it, with open honest, bias or not bias comments.

    Just keep this in mind, when you make changers..... we come to your site, because you have somthing that one other side has.  Keep doing this, and they will come. (Field of dream, quote, if your old enough to remember that movie)

    Peace - out......

  • I don't really care about the length. Though a not very long one with more straight to the point points would be great along with a comparison chart to other flagship phones or phones/tablets of the same level and one king of android as constant. You guys always have posts about specs when new phones come out so I guess just linking to it in your review is enough, there's no need to list them  out again as most people coming to check out reviews generally already know the specs, they just want to know how it fares.

    hum What I want to know mostly from reviews are
    1. Battery life compared to other flagship smartphones.
    2. How's the screen (After using the SGSII's Super AMOLED Plus, I really can't bring myself to using Super LCD or other screens no matter the other specs~~)
    3. The looks and feel of the UI, does it add functions or just gets in the way. How does it compare to vanilla android.
    4. Locked or unlonked bootloader
    5. I don't really care about what plans aussie carriers offer, I hate contracts and like to buy outright, a comparison of places to do so might be nice, mobicity, clove etc.
    6. I really want to know video playback capability, does it only have the default Android codecs or do they include a whole bunch of codecs like Samsung does with the SGSII (didn't realize android had problems playing surround sound audio since it's able to do so on my SGSII but can't on my Prime lol), a test with 10 bit mkv files could be nice though I doubt any device or video players can play it unless vlc for android supports it when it's out.

    I guess some straight to the point short simple comparison charts could do well in seeing how a new device fares instead of long winded sentences XD

  • A short and straightforward review is already good.
    Things like:
    Screen size
    Other features worth mentioning (e.i. HDMI, NFC,Barometer, Kevlar, etc)

    Software may not be necessary as it might be similar to other phones running the same version from the same manufacturer.

  • What I need to know:  CPU, Internal Memory, Expansion Slot, Screen Size, GPU
    How long:  450 - 500 is short and sweet
    Pictures:  Can be cut down to 2 as all we need is the front and back
    Other:  Notification of who will have "exclusivity" to the hardware will also be nice to have as will links to the carriers page.  No need to re-write plan details as we can read them in any case.

  • YT videos for something to display any problems - stuttering, lag, (actual) display problems - banding, etc.

    I also prefer a clinical 'this is the phone front / back / sides in pics, it's made from 'x', the screen is made of 'x' these are the other specs' and then a review from a neutral approach and then an opinion at the end.  You could have 1 opinion from each staff member that has spent time with the phone or OWNS/USES it.

    This actually reminds me somewhat (!) of Anandtech where they will preface with an introduction to the technology, introduce the product itself, benchmark it, then make a conclusion.

  • Ausdroid has a great opportunity to represent the aus community with our localized gripes, i.e data capped plans from our telcos doesn't really encourage take up of LTE... we prefer longer battery life as opposed to faster data technologies. The RAZR MAXX makes more sense than the Velocity 4G for example?

    Reviews/expose of local apps (i.e banking, tv, travel, location aware apps that work in australia)

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