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When Sony announced the Xperia Z smartphone, many Sony and Android fans were salivating at the sexy design (even one of my non-Android using friends,who has since bought one, kept going on about how sexy it looked). Its stunning looks were backed up by high end internal specs along with it being water and dust proof. Suffice to say, we were expecting big things from this Sony phone – but coming from a company that over the past few years has trailed the other manufacturers, this was probably a tall ask.
Well, some months after its original release in Japan subsequently followed by rolling global releases including its Australian release, analysts are predicting that Sony may have sold 4.6 …
‘For those who are afraid of smartphones, it’s time to stop being afraid’
How do I ring you on my mobile? How can I check the news? How do I find the nearest toilet?
With Telstra’s latest “Easy Touch”, Telstra has given us a 4G phone that (in line with the Easy Touch name) attempts to make the smartphone experience easier for new smartphone users. The items are largely centred around some widgets to the homescreens which are large descriptive icons that are shortcuts for most if not all of the main day to day functions of a smart phone. No more nagging or being nagged to teach someone how to use some of the basic features of …
Heeding to popular open Android community request, Sony has released a beta version of their new flash tool for Xperia devices.
We are proud to provide high quality, stable software for our phones, and with this new flash tool, you can now flash standard Sony software on a Sony Xperia™ smartphone which has the boot loader unlocked.
To get things off to a good start, Sony has released a video on YouTube explaining how to make use of the flash tool. Aside from the German accent (I’ve seen a lot of Xperia videos come from Germany of late – it seems they have a lot of designers there), plenty of teeth and jagged camera zooming, the video refers you to …
For those of you who were happy with the recent announcement of the 32GB Nexus 7, but were disappointed with the lack of the 3G variant availability in Australia, we’ve got some exciting news for you!
Today ASUS sent us an announcement advising us that the Nexus 7 3G will be available from mainstream retailers in Australia this month! I haven’t seen it turn up on Google Play just yet, but ASUS advises availability will arrive through the Play Store as well as retailers such as Harvey Norman, JB Hifi, Dick Smith, The Good Guys, Bing Lee, Office Works and EB Games.
The 3G variant will be unlocked, compatible with our 3G networks, and priced at a recommended …
Today LG sent us a press release announcing the Australian debut of the LG Optimus L9.
Optimus L9 Offers the Best of L-Style with Innovative User Experience
This mid-range phone follows LG’s L-Style design cues, with its rectangular shape on a 9.1mm thin body and a “slimming metallic streak”.
However, what may be of more interest to some is LG’s User Experience (UX) offering features including QTranslator which uses OCR technology and a dictionary of 44 foreign languages to translate text scanned with the camera. (Whether it’s better than Word Lens we’ll have to see)
For those of you who are interested in the specifications, here they are:
OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Chipset: 1GHz Dual-Core…
‘Big things do come in small packages’
Telstra’s 4G range of Android phones has expanded with the introduction of the Motorola RAZR M, the little brother of the flagship RAZR HD. However, “little brother” doesn’t mean “rubbish phone” – this is a well-made phone that matches the flagship devices of today and proves once and for all that small phones don’t need to have big compromises. Read on for more details!
There’s no doubt that the Nexus 4 and 10 are hot devices, especially given how quickly they sold out on Google Play earlier this week, but we weren’t expecting this. According to Android Police, some customers have received emails indicating that their Nexus 4 orders have been delayed “due to overwhelming demand”, and that their purchases were expected to ship “within three weeks”. It also appears that customers’ credit cards are still being charged prior to shipping, despite the delays.
Given that Google is sending backorder notifications to those who have already purchased, it’s clear that demand is far outstripping supply; what’s not clear is whether this is due to truly overwhelming demand or low initial supplies….
Just in time for the end of the year, Motorola has brought their new flagship Android phone, the Motorola RAZR HD, to Telstra, packing an extra-large battery and 4G LTE speeds in a 4.7″ package. Is this new RAZR enough to overcome the current kings of the Android hill? Read on to find out!
|Great, solid construction||Weak camera performance|
|Nearly stock Android, and added software is useful||LTE is still a battery hog|
|Incredibly fast processor and network||Accessing SIM and SD slot is inconvenient|
|Great battery life (on 3G)||Occasional lag spikes|
|Good screen||Can get quite warm with heavy use|
On Tuesday morning, Motorola held their On Display event at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney to show off their latest phones, the RAZR HD and the RAZR M (pictured above), both exclusive to Telstra. We had a chance to take a hands-on look at these two phones, so read on for our first impressions!
The HTC One S may not be the flagship phone in this year’s HTC Android collection, but it still packs some serious hardware in an insanely thin but solid package. Does it all come together to create a great phone, or are there any dealbreakers? Read on to find out!
|Incredibly fast||PenTile screen|
|Great battery life||GPS reception|
|Thin and solid construction||Mediocre audio quality|
|Sense 4.0 interface adds value||Camera quality & HTC keyboard|
|Useful camera features|
Last Friday, I had the chance to visit the Sony offices in North Ryde to see a hands-on demo of several of the new products Sony announced at IFA in Berlin last week. Unfortunately, the flagship Sony Xperia T was not in presence when I visited, but I got a chance to examine the new Xperia Tablet S and the just-launched Xperia Go smartphone. Read on for further details and pictures!
Motorola have today announced that they will be launching the Motorola RAZR V, exclusively with Optus, starting on August 3rd (tomorrow). The phone is Motorola’s first device to launch with Android 4.0 ICS and has quite a nice set of specs too.
Oh, and it’s going ’round for a great price too. You can grab it from Optus (and aligned retailers) for $5 upfront on the $35 plan (over 24 months).
One of the major issues with the Motorola RAZR was the huge bezel, and this has apparently been rectified with the RAZR V. We’ve reached out for a review unit so we’ll let you know more when we get a hands on!
An amazing 8.4mm thin with a glorious