Reviews

Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition — Review

The term ‘Paperless Office’ has been around for some time now, but we’re a long way away from it being a reality. Companies still require you to physically sign documents they email you before re-digitising them and returning them, and there’s no real ‘standard’ for digital signatures at the moment. As Android and ChromeOS users, of course Google has options for printing – Google Cloud Print – and though there’s a lot of printers which are compatible, there’s a longer list of printers which aren’t. There are workarounds – but leaving your PC with printer connected switched on all the[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on July 22, 2014 2 comments Accessories, Reviews
Sony Smartband (SWR10) — Review

Sony Smartband (SWR10) — Review

Fitness trackers are a-dime-a-dozen these days. There’s a large market out there that’s ripe for the taking and with no clear dominant manufacturer there are some deep pockets out there looking for the right product. The Smartband is Sony’s first fitness tracker, and they’ve delivered just a little bit more than others. The Sony Smartband is what Sony call a ‘Lifelogger’. It’ll count your steps and track your sleep – just like the majority of fitness trackers out there – but Sony has gone a step further and the Smartband records almost everything you do. To do this recording, the[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on July 14, 2014 5 comments Reviews
Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

Accessory review: Magnetic Charging Dock and Sonivo Fusion Bumper Case for Xperia Z2

I recently had an opportunity to spend some time with the Sony Xperia Z2, a device I really enjoyed. While I was reviewing the phone, I was contacted by Yianni from Gadgets 4 Geeks, to see if I wanted to try out some accessories. I agreed and he sent me two new toys to play with; a magnetic charging dock and the Sonivo Fusion bumper case. Magnetic Charging Dock One of Sony’s big innovations over the past few years has been making all their phones waterproof. This is all well and good, but anyone who has actually used one of[Read More...]

by 5:02 PM on July 12, 2014 1 comment Accessories, News, Reviews
Nokia Treasure Tag WS-2 — Review

Nokia Treasure Tag WS-2 — Review

Editor’s Note: This review has been contributed by @AdrianGHughes – please make him feel welcome! There’s been a marked increase in the number of “device finders” in the last couple of years. These are small bluetooth keychains and dongles that you can attach to something valuable, and use a companion app on your smartphone or tablet to alert you when you move too far away from it (or more worryingly, when it moves too far away from you). Many of these devices are borne of a Kickstarter campaign or some other kind of crowd-funding, and Ausdroid has also previously reviewed[Read More...]

by 12:50 PM on July 11, 2014 7 comments Accessories, News, Reviews
Retro gaming with the JXD S7800b Android-powered portable console

Retro gaming with the JXD S7800b Android-powered portable console

Editor’s Note: We don’t cover many Android-based gaming consoles here on Ausdroid, so we jumped at the chance to publish a review of the JXD S7800b, imported by Jason Weber of Dark Side of the Pants – please make him feel welcome! Having previously owned an NVidia Shield, I’ve been looking for an Android gaming device to satisfy an itch that needed scratching. I already have a Moga Pro gamepad, but while it works ok it just always feels like a bit of a kludge. A dedicated gaming device had to be the go. My love of retro gaming needed[Read More...]

by 11:45 AM on July 11, 2014 7 comments Other, Reviews
Sony Xperia Z2 — Review

Sony Xperia Z2 — Review

2013 was a good year for Sony. After spending several years trying to get it right, the Xperia Z finally had people talking about them in the same breath as industry leaders like Samsung and HTC. The phone’s premium design with quality internals ensured popularity with power users, and it brought features like waterproof and dustproof into the mainstream – a feature on which Sony was genuinely ahead of the curve. Not one to rest on their laurels, Sony followed up the Xperia Z almost immediately with the Xperia Z1 in the latter half of the year, throwing a 20.7MP[Read More...]

by 11:59 AM on July 7, 2014 14 comments Design, News, Reviews
ZTE V969 — Review

ZTE V969 — Review

ZTE isn’t a brand you’re likely to have heard of – yet. They’ve been active in various markets around the world under their own brand, but kept a low profile in Australia, producing whitelabel products for Telstra and occasionally, Optus. That’s changing now, as they’ve entered the Australian retail market with their first ever own-branded dual-sim smartphone – the V969. The V969 is a phablet-class device with a 5.5-inch screen at a budget price sold exclusively by Dick Smith. Right now, it’s going for $274 on their site, attracting customers looking for a large screen at a low price. In[Read More...]

by 1:59 PM on July 3, 2014 1 comment Design, Phones, Reviews
Game Review: VVVVVV Android Port

Game Review: VVVVVV Android Port

I absolutely fell in love with VVVVVV when I grabbed my first Humble Bundle for PC and despite never completing it, it became my number one favourite indie game of all time.  So when I saw the game had been ported to Android I was over the moon, I just had to buy it.  At first I was a little scared that the game would be a bad, laggy port with terrible controls, but in the hands of Terry Cavanagh who has ported several games like Super Hexagon and being at the price point of $3.59 I felt quite safe.[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on June 19, 2014 1 comment Apps, Reviews
Jawbone Up24 — Review

Jawbone Up24 — Review

The world of fitness tracking gadgets is overrun! There’s already a lot of options out there, and thanks to sites like Kickstarter there’s more entering the market all the time. Jawbone has been a well-established brand in the accessory market for a while though, and has been built a profile in the fitness tracking world for the last couple of years. With the Up24, Jawbone is now on its third iteration of wearable fitness trackers, so it’s safe to say the company knows what it’s doing. The initial Jawbone Up had some issues with build quality which were improved in[Read More...]

by 11:32 AM on June 13, 2014 3 comments Accessories, Reviews
Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker — Accessory Review

Braven 710 Bluetooth Speaker — Accessory Review

Braven offers a distinctive line of Bluetooth speakers designed for a number of situations. Judging by their website, many of them seem ruggedised or weatherproofed in some way, and being standard Bluetooth devices they’re all Android compatible. We’ve been given a Braven 710 to review, and like what we’ve seen and heard. The Braven 710 retails for $229 from a number of retailers. For that price you’re going to want a high quality piece of equipment, and they don’t disappoint. The body, constructed from a single piece of “aircraft-grade” aluminium, has a premium feel to it and is always cool[Read More...]

by 2:04 PM on June 12, 2014 0 comments Accessories, Reviews
Huawei Ascend G6 — Review

Huawei Ascend G6 — Review

Huawei has been evolving in front of our eyes for the last couple of years. Bit by bit, device by device, the Chinese manufacturer has been releasing handsets designed to appeal to a more upmarket customer than some of the bargain-basement handsets we’ve seen them deliver in the past. Until recently, a Huawei handset has meant “cheap and cheerful” – device construction nobody would write home about, average internals and – most egregiously for those of us in capital cities who like our data connectivity – 3G-only. Last year’s Ascend P6 marked a turning point for the company, though. Huawei’s[Read More...]

by 9:28 AM on June 12, 2014 7 comments Design, Reviews
Acer Iconia A1 Tablet – Review

Acer Iconia A1 Tablet – Review

An iPad mini Clone or something kinda cool Acer has been trialling the waters in small form factor tablets around the 7” mark since they first introduced their Iconia line into Australia. Their newest offering ups that screen size to 8” and from the looks of it, they’re going straight to the heart of design by offering up what’s been described as an iPad mini clone. The Iconia A1-830 may look like an iPad mini, but they’re certainly not pricing it like one, with a price more suited to 7” Android tablets. The Iconia A1-830 unabashedly takes its design cues[Read More...]

by 12:14 PM on June 2, 2014 14 comments Design, Reviews
ASUS MeMO Pad 8 — Review

ASUS MeMO Pad 8 — Review

The MeMO Pad 8 is an interesting device, at least to me it is, because I’ve never used an 8 inch tablet before. I wonder if it will be too big to hold in one hand. I wonder if the material that it’s made of will be grippy and soft to the touch. I wonder if the performance will be good, like my Nexus 7: Will it be that quick at browsing and jumping in and out of apps? And what will the display be like? It will be bigger, but, will it be sharp, and will text be easy[Read More...]

by 9:13 AM on June 2, 2014 8 comments Reviews, Tablets