Review: Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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When it comes to the tablet space, Sony isn’t likely to be one of the first OEMs that spring to immediate mind. Sony’s contributions thus far have mainly been through larger nine and 10-inch tablets like the Tablet S, Tablet Z and Z2 Tablet ‒  the lattermost which released earlier this year. These form factors, while ideal for watching movies and the like aren’t particularly usable ‒  at least comfortably ‒  in one hand for periods of time.

Enter Sony’s 8-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, a tablet which — if you can get past the long-winded name — you’ll find is actually a rather neat device with a great deal to offer in a relatively petite size.


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OPPO Australia announces N3 and R5 arriving locally Q1 2015

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OPPO has been making waves these last few months with the announcement of two world firsts in the smartphone industry — the N3 and R5 and today OPPO’s local division has announced the two handsets will land early this year.

OPPO — if you’re aware — prides themselves on bringing to market new and innovative designs and technologies and these new devices don’t stray from that very same pursuit at all.

The N3 is the next iteration of their smartphone geared towards selfie lovers. From the N1 which featured a swivel camera up top to make full use of the camera in either front or rear facing position, the N3 adds a 16MP camera with automated swivel and an ability …


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Nexus 6 32GB shows up in Play Store in both colors, best act fast

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If you’ve been hanging out for the Nexus 6 to make its return to the Play Store, for the moment — and we’re not sure for how long — both colour variants of the 32 GB model are currently live.

According to the Play Store listing, for the stock 32GB stock currently available, orders made now will dispatch from the warehouse by the 9th of Jan (tomorrow) which is pretty darn swift compared to previous instances this elusive handset appeared in the Play Store — even if only for a matter of minutes.

If you have a spare $869 on hand, or have been saving for this special occasion, now is your absolute best chance to pick one up, because …


Sony adds some pizzazz to SmartWatch 3 with stainless steel edition available February

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Sony’s SmartWatch series of well, smartwatches have been around for some years now but it was with last year’s launch of the SmartWatch 3 running Android Wear when Sony’s wearable just didn’t appear stand out from the rest. Sure, it’s available with a number of bright coloured bands but Sony’s previous SmartWatch 2 at least had options for leather or metal bands for when you wanted to take it out for a night on the town.

Well Sony appear to have realised people like a bit of class in their smartwatches nowadays and to make amends they’ve announced a stainless steel edition of their SmartWatch 3 and all of a sudden this wearable can be seen in a new light …


Review: Motorola Moto 360

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Last March when Android Wear was first announced and put on show for all to salivate over, there was one smartwatch which stole most of the attention right from the get-go. This round-faced smartwatch embodied the essence of a classic timepiece to many eyes and from first sight, it was easy to pledge the Moto 360 would one day be on their wrists.

So here we are, months later and after having spent two weeks with the Moto 360 it’s time (obvious as that pun may be) to share some thoughts on the smartwatch that this blogger had been holding out on for what surely seemed an eternity in the tech sphere. But is it worth it?


Motorola advises Moto X should be hitting shelves today

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It’s been a long time coming for all of us but today Motorola has advised the 2014 Motorola Moto X should be hitting the shelves at selected retailers from today (15 December).

A December release, some month and a half after Motorola Australia anticipated the Moto X to actually land isn’t ideal for buyers and Moto Australia either, as we found out in our chat with them back in September, Moto’s ANZ Accounts Director, John Demezieres was upfront when he stated to press he didn’t want to be in the same position as he was earlier this year with the several month delayed launch of the 2013 Moto X locally.

It’s seemed as though factors beyond their immediate control have …


Google dumps white and red Nexus 5, black still available

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Google has continued to offer last year’s more affordable Nexus 5 in the Play Store for those after a still brilliant smartphone on a budget but we find now that if you’re after anything other than its standard matte soft touch black, it seems you’re out of luck.

Figuring Google are out to limit the production of the Nexus 5 by its manufacturer LG, it seems logical for there to be some kind of trade off when it comes to purchasing the handset.

This of course isn’t the last opportunity you’ll have to purchase the Nexus 5 in white or red, as there are other retailers and online stores of course which for now will continue to offer said options, …


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Nexus 6 somewhat available in Play Store, to be offered through JB Hi-Fi

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UPDATE: Yep and just as expected the 32GB Midnight Black Nexus 6 is already out of stock. Better luck next time — and time(s) after that — ?

If you’ve been waiting as impatiently as us for the Nexus 6 to show its availability in the Play Store, well today you may just have received your break, but there’s a catch at least for the time being.


OPPO Mobile makes local range available through Allphones

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As OPPO Mobile continues to establish itself in the Australian market, today it announces its range of smartphones will be available through retailer Allphones.

It’s been a good three months since OPPO Mobile held their first event here in Sydney, with promises of big things within their first twelve months. While their initial launch was “soft” according to them, whereby OPPO’s range was made only for sale officially through their Australian online store — up until this point we’ve been strapped for other avenues of purchase.

That changes today and in a move OPPO believe will work well just as we head into the Christmas period, OPPO will give their Find 7, N1 Mini and Neo 5 the retail …


Sony announces local pricing and availability for SmartWatch 3, SmartBand Talk

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It may have been two months since we first got our hands-on with Sony’s upcoming range of SmartWear devices but Sony is now being more specific about when and where you’ll be able to get your hands on one of these.

While the headlining SmartWatch 3 running Android Wear was expected some time in October or early November, now as we approach the tail-end  of November, Sony is still eager to get in before the Christmas shopping rush. The SmartBand Talk SWR30 and SWR10 will be a available from today through Telstra and Sony’s online store along with its kiosks and centres.

The move to offer these wearables through Telstra comes as no surprise here as it was well established …


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First Impression of Huawei’s latest flagship phone – Ascend Mate7

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Over the last few years, Huawei has been increasing its market share steadily by increasing it’s smartphone shipment at over 60% annually. Huawei shipped roughly 32 million units in 2012, 52 million unit in 2013 and are on pace to ship an estimate 80 million units in 2014. To put this accomplishment into perspective, the total number of iPhone 5’s sold in it’s 2 year life cycle has been around the 91 million units and iPhone 5s and 5c together sold about 13 million units as of 2nd October 2014.

Huawei has also been a prominent sponsor of major sporting events and teams such as A.C. Milan, Arsenal F.C. and locally the Canberra Raiders. All this has added up …


Review: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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Since we last reviewed Sony’s first entry into the true mini flagship space ‒  the Xperia Z1 Compact, the market has seen a more widespread adoption of smartphones with larger form factors and even Sony’s key competitor has since moved from a manageable footprint to a noticeably larger one in order to reach a more competitive 4.7-inch screen size.

So as just about every other major OEM has caved and moved to larger flagships, is the Xperia Z3 Compact a viable alternative for those not ready or simply wish to retain a true one-handed smartphone experience? Read on to find out what we thought about the Xperia Z3 Compact as users who typically handle much larger handsets.

 

THE PROS

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