Review: OPPO R5


When it comes to OEMs who set out to push the envelope, beyond the well known there’s one Chinese OEM who are by no means a stranger to challenging the market ‒  OPPO.

One of OPPO’s latest offerings has an impeccable design with a good few specs to boot, but in our time with it, we’ve been left wondering whether the race to produce one of the thinnest smartphones was at all worth the effort, given the certain trade-offs that those who purchase it will be made to live with.


amaysim 4G goes live, new plans added


amaysim announced plans back in December of last year that it would launch 4G by around Easter 2015 — thanks to a renewed agreement with Optus — and seeing as April and the Easter period is just around the corner, amaysim have managed to jump the gun and launch their long awaited 4G service to most of its existing month-to-month plans, whilst adding a couple of new plans along the way.


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HTC One M9 pricing and availability in Australia


Last night HTC put together an event all in the name of their latest flagship, the One M9 and we have details on when you’ll be able to pick one up in Australia and from where.


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Google Now will soon allow third-party app integration through open API


Google’s personal assistant Google Now will soon be able to offer a great deal more relevant information to you based on third-party applications thanks to an open API currently in the works.


Pocket Casts receives Material makeover in v5.0, adds new features


They say good that things take time and these words are no truer than in the case of the Pocket Casts v5.0 Material redesign. Today Shifty Jelly the Aussie team behind this podcatcher app have gone above and beyond with their Material Design overhaul, but scrape beneath the surface and it’s more than a visually stunning update.


Google officially takes the wraps off Android 5.1


Google has today officially announced Android 5.1 and along with a host of bug fixes and improvements those of you already on Lollipop would no doubt be looking forward to, there are also a few new features and support added.


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge awarded best in show at MWC 2015


Mobile World Congress 2015 has been and gone in a flash and now in its wake, the body which stage the entire event have again for the second consecutive year awarded Samsung for overall best in show — this time for their Galaxy S6 edge.


Google Play is celebrating its third birthday today, mass of content on sale


In case you haven’t checked in on the Google Play Store in the last couple of days, today is a better day than ever to enter the store’s home page and nab some deals, as the Play Store celebrates its third year in existence and being our home for downloadable content.


Android Lollipop runs on 3.3% of devices, Jelly Bean still rules the roost for now


It’s been quite some time since we last commented on Android distribution stats and what can we say has changed? Well where Jelly Bean was previously wrestling with Gingerbread for the biggest slice of the Android pie, today it faces the same threat from KitKat, with Lollipop still yet to claim any serious stake.


Sony Australia releases stainless steel edition SmartWatch 3


Sony Australia may have been somewhat behind on their plans to launch the stainless steel variant of its SmartWatch 3 locally, but as we enter March, Sony has today made its more premium option available.


Sony unveils Xperia M4 Aqua, an enticing mid-ranger


Sony has few options available to those in the market for a mid-range handset — but with their latest Xperia M4 Aqua, they could actually be onto one worth remembering.


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Sony introduces next-gen Xperia Z4 Tablet at MWC 2015


It’s almost hard to believe this time one year ago at MWC 2014 the Xperia Z2 Tablet was announced. Sony’s bi-yearly smartphone flagship updates makes some of their devices seem like distant memories, but alas it’s actually been a proper year since Sony announced a 10-inch tablet. Oddly, this one jumps straight to the Z4 Tablet moniker — presumably in efforts to keep up with the rest of Sony’s Xperia lineup.

In many ways the Xperia Z4 Tablet is a noticeable upgrade from its predecessor — unlike some Xperia smartphones, which have been criticised of late for being almost too incremental of an update.


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