In mid-2013, the best high-end smartphone available in Australia is clearly the Samsung Galaxy S4. It delivers well on all of its fundamentals, features top-class build quality, and not only delivers a top of the market featureset, but also many useful and innovative features which no other smartphone currently offers. This is the gold standard right now and we commend it to you.
Australians have a wide variety of options available when it comes to great smartphones in 2015. Shape, size, style, performance and features are all factors that can be considered, and the diversity is endless. So with all this variety available, which model should you buy?
Borders' Kobo eReader is one of the best eBook devices to be launched in the Australian market, and at the modest price of $199 it represents the perfect option for those who are looking to get their feet wet in the eBook space but who don't want to splurge on a more expensive and capable platform such as the Kindle or iPad.
Sony Ericsson has a lot riding on the Xperio neo, which arrived in Australia late last month. It’s the company's most recent top-of-the-line handset, with a focus on an all-round great performance.
The promise of better 4G smartphones on the horizon, with higher-res displays, bigger batteries and quad-core processors, makes us hesitant to recommend the Velocity 4G.
One of Optus' first 4G-capable devices is its 4G Wi-Fi modem. It's a neat little device designed to allow those with a need for mobile broadband speed to access Optus' 4G infrastructure. But how does it stack up in testing? Read on to find out.
Despite the strong quality of its smartphones, HTC has proven itself unable to break into the upper echelons of the smartphone market where only Apple and Samsung live. Will the Taiwanese manufacturer's new flagship handset be the One that will bring it all back for HTC? Read on to find out.
Pikmin 3 isn't the massive game that we might have hoped for. It's a load of fun, and the charm is irresistible, but looking past that is a game that is part of a franchise that isn't quite in Nintendo's top-tier. That's not to take anything away from the game, because it is a lot of fun and comes recommended wholeheartedly, it's just not the killer app that some might have hoped it would be.
The Laser E-Reader is a very basic multimedia device. It might suit you, if you only view smallish files, and don't mind some waiting and unreliability. The screen is amazing. If the manufacturers put in a decent processor and upgraded the system, the Laser could be a very competitive multimedia player.
And now for the moment you've all been waiting for: glass-less 3D on a smartphone! Or maybe not. Consumer 3D hasn't exactly set the world on fire, and the first product that ever offered glass-less 3D, the Nintendo 3DS, was met with such lasklustre sales that it dropped a hundred bucks off the pricetag only four months after launch. Will 3D on a smartphone fare any better? If any company could pull it off, it would be smartphone trailblazer HTC.
Samsung's 14-inch Series 5 Ultra crams in a lot for road warriors who don't want to forgo features and performance. We'd probably be more forgiving if it didn't bear the ultrabook name.
Merging aspects of the traditional iPad and the iPhone 5 in a smaller, lighter and 4G-capable form factor, Apple’s iPad mini is looking like a winner.
Following the success of its Nexus 4 model, developed in coalition with Google, Korean electronics giant LG has a new high-end smartphone in town, the Optimus G. But does this model from one of the second-tier Android players have what it takes to take on the giants of the smartphone world? Read on to find out.
With a fingerprint sensor for security and a bevy of improved specifications, the iPhone 5s is the new top dog on the Apple smartphone circuit. But will this incremental but expensive upgrade do enough to keep the Apple faithful happy? Read on to find out.
The Desire HD is Taiwanese corporation HTC’s current top dog, and it shows. With a screen size that’s out of this world, gorgeous graphics, large speakers and a fast CPU, this is a mobile phone which has some serious props. But in a market which is about to be saturated with similar devices from HTC’s rivals Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Motorola, can the Desire HD continue to hold its own?
The first HTC Sensation was a triumph of gorgeous hardware, intuitive software and cutting edge specs, and the XE picks up where it left off by adding a faster processor, bigger battery, and built-in Beats Audio technology.
For a mid-range smartphone, the Xperia Sola is surprisingly solid. You'll find decent performance here, and most of the functionality which higher-end smartphones offer, at a much more affordable price.
eBook company Kobo recent debuted a handful of new models in its eReader line of the same line. We recently had the chance to test out two: the Kobo Mini, a small eReader designed to fit in a pocket, and the Kobo Glo, which comes with a built-in lamp for reading at night. But do these new models stack up well against the best the eReader market has to offer? Read on to find out.
I just want to get this out from the start: The Last Of Us is an incredible game. Naughty Dog's finest title, to be sure, and if you're looking for buyer's advice, just skip the rest of this review and look at the score at the bottom. Suffice to say, the game is essential.
Sony Ericsson has pulled out no stops on the design of Android-based handset.
Last month, HTC launched the Salsa in Australia with Vodafone. It was launched side-by-side with the ChaCha, and both are HTC’s first “Facebook phones” featuring a dedicated post to Facebook button. But how does the Salsa's handle in practice? Read on to find out.
If you’re ideologically opposed to any Apple-branded products, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is definitely one of the better Android tablets available, but even then, your money may be better spent on one of the newer devices with quad-core processors and Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
Amazon’s Kindle Touch might have been superceded several weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean the model is out of date. If you need a solid e-reader to last you the next five years, and you see one of these babies on eBay cheap, you have our support to buy it.
Four years after he first promised to deliver a smartphone under his own brand, maverick Australian consumer electronics entrepreneur Kogan has finally gotten one out the door – and it’s cheap as chips at $149 despite boasting some pretty high-end specifications. But can the Kogan Agora kick it with the big boys? Read on to find out.
Google has announced a second generation of its flagship seven inch tablet, the Nexus 7. Its predecessor proved a hit in Australia and helped Android finally succeed in challenging Apple's dominance in the tablet sector. But will the new 2013 version of the Nexus 7 be a hit or a failure? Read on to find out.
This article is by Darryl Adams, a government worker and internet tragic. A former IT worker, he still pines for the days of IBM...
In its bombshell announcement in February that it would ditch Symbian as its primary smartphone platform, Nokia mentioned - almost as an aside - that it would also be shipping “a MeeGo-related product” later this year. That time is now, and that product is the Nokia N9. It’s the most significant device that Nokia has launched since the N95, but given that it’s running a mobile platform that’s yet to prove itself as a contender, is it enough to make a real impression?
If you want an unassuming yet powerful and highly functional Windows Phone 7 smartphone with snappy performance, and you're not a stickler for photo quality, there's no better option in Australia than the Omnia W at the moment.
There’s a new top-end Motorola model in town, and on paper it ticks all the boxes which a high-end smartphone buyer would want in mid-2012. From 4G support to a dual-core CPU and a vibrant large display, the RAZR HD appears to have it all. But does this latest addition to the RAZR family do enough for the money? Read on to find out.
Overall Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is a better and more rounded game than the original attempt, and I would suggest that series fans who previously felt slighted should give this one a chance - it’s very much the entertaining game now.
Apple's second new smartphone this year is basically last year's model wrapped in a new, colourful, Nokia Lumia-esque polycarbonate shell. Will this be enough to persuade buyers to upgrade? Read on to find out.
Considered by many to be the gold standard for laptops, Apple's line-up of MacBook Pros have garnered a reputation for stellar battery life, build quality and -- Steve Jobs would have it no other way -- a svelte design that catches attention. But does the latest batch, released in the opening months of 2011, keep the legend intact? Read on to find out.
If you are prepared to do a little hacking, then the Kindle Fire is the best-value tablet on the market even if you can't buy or rent any of the Amazon content. It's a compact, affordable and high-quality option for web browsing, email, multimedia playback, reading eBooks, and running any of the hundreds of thousands of Android apps.
With its stellar build quality and solid featureset, the Lumia 900 is the king piece in Nokia's attempt to win back ground lost in the ongoing smartphone wars to rival Android manufacturers and the iPhone. But does this eye-catching model do enough to overcome the limitations of its Windows Phone 7 platform? Read on to find out.
It's an iPad, but smaller. Such a revolutionary concept. Why didn't someone think of it before? Genius. But how does this latest wunderchild to be released from Apple's safe embrace perform in practice? Does it maintain Cupertino's reputation for quality or allow it to sink below par? Read on to find out.
XCOM was one of the most pleasant surprises in the games industry when it was released on PC and consoles last year. This is an AAA-grade console title that works better on the iPad because it’s now portable.
All in all, a very promising start. An awesome, awesome content consumption device. I reckon its a couple of software releases away from being a very effective mid-range content entry device too. Its definitely the external keyboard that opens the door here. The touch interface is just wonderful -- it's what makes the device what it is -- but for more than two sentence emails, you still just can't beat a real keyboard. Amongst various missing bits and pieces, the ability to interface in a real keyboard is the saving grace.
Whether the HP TouchPad actually takes off is the question. Competition in this category is fierce, and we’re wondering whether there’s room for yet another player to the mix that doesn’t have an established contingent of users already like iOS, Android and BlackBerry.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword takes its time to warm up, but when it does, there's a lot to like about Nintendo's last serious hurrah on the Wii.
Kobo isn’t as well-known a brand as Apple, Google or Amazon, but it’s still become a household name in the publishing industry for its line-up of eBook readers and its extensive catalogue. But can one of the company’s first efforts in the tablet market, the Vox, play with the big boys?
In February this year, Apple updated its flagship MacBook Pro line with faster processors and lower prices, including its top of the line model with its famed ‘Retina Display’ high resolution screen. But, with the influx of Windows 8-based laptops onto the market, does Apple’s premiere portable still stack up against the competition? Read on to find out.
While certain aspects of the game's artistic approach have started a healthy industry debate, it doesn't stop it from bringing the classic multiplayer beat-em-up gameplay that had us filling arcade cabinets with quarters many years ago back and better than ever. Vanillaware, I crown you the new beat-em-up genre victor.
LG's entry level Android-based handset -- the Optimus GT540 -- has been on the Australian market for a few months now. At first glance its sleek exterior makes it an attractive option for the fashion-conscious. However, in general we find it hard to recommend anyone buy this handset, due to an extremely frustrating touch screen that does not respond well to user input. Buyer beware.
Hey look, it’s an iPad with a built-in keyboard! No, but really, Apple seems to have gotten the upgrade path all worked out for those that are enticed by the iPad’s slick design, but need something more along the lines of a “real” computer. The MacBook Air starts at $1099 for the 11” model with 64GB of flash storage (only $100 more than the 64GB iPad 3G) and is also available in a 13” model - both with numerous configuration options for the processor, SSD and RAM.
It might be an ugly phone. Actually no, it *is* an ugly phone. But Sony's Xperia S is truly bulging with features. Whether this is the right phone for you depends what you're looking for.
In late September Apple released an iPhone with the features most people seemed to want from an iPhone: A larger screen and support for the 4G mobile networks which are springing up like weeds. But in a year where Australia appears swamped in great smartphones, does Apple’s venerable iPhone line continue to hold up against the competition? Read on to find out.
Kobo's new Arc e-reader is more than just an e-reader. Like Amazon's Kindle Fire unit, it's actually fundamentally a LCD-touchscreen Android tablet with Kobo's own special sauce added on top. But does Kobo do enough here to differentiate the Arc from the crowd of other Android offerings on the market? Read on to find out.
Between the lick of paint and wealth of gameplay refinements, Wind Waker HD seems more like the actualisation of the concept Nintendo could not fully achieve in 2002 than the high-definition upgrade it is billed as.
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc is one of the first smartphones to hit Australia this year based on the latest version 2.3 (Gingerbread) of Google’s rapidly developing Android platform, and it launches off the back of interest last year in the company’s Xperia X10 handset. But does Sony Ericsson’s latest multimedia opus have what it takes to fight off strong challenges from the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG and other rivals?
The Galaxy Nexus is close to perfect, making the shortcomings that it does have that much harder to swallow. In some ways, it’s superior to its stablemate the Galaxy S II, yet the older Samsung smartphone beats it with regards to expandable storage, HDMI output, USB OTG, the camera, external speaker and the superior Super AMOLED Plus screen. For power users, we think the Samsung Galaxy S II is still the better buy.
With a 3.7" screen, an 800Mhz single-core CPU and 256MB of memory, the 610 is the baby of Nokia's flagship Lumia series of Windows Phone 7 smartphones. But it's also the cheapest, and not everyone needs or wants a high-powered, large-screen mobile in their pocket. Does the Lumia 610 do enough for the money? Read on to find out.
Four years after he first promised to deliver a smartphone under his own brand, maverick Australian consumer electronics entrepreneur Kogan has finally gotten one out the door – and it’s cheap as chips at $149 despite boasting some pretty high-end specifications. But can the Kogan Agora kick it with the big boys? Read on to find out.
We really liked the Galaxy Note 8.0. Its stylus framework works very well in the 8" form factor, and this is a powerful and well-designed little tablet which represents a strong competitor to the iPad mini, Nexus 7, and other mid-sized tablets. Perhaps the only thing we don't like about the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the price.
Overall, we found the N220 to be a more than suitable netbook, especially with its in-built 3G mobile broadband and the option of monthly pricing plans from carriers like Optus. We especially liked the comfortable keyboard and the responsiveness of the trackpad, as well as the whole build quality.
At the rate HTC's churning out smartphones, it'll run out of hyperbolic names to call them before long. But the Sensation is aptly named for what it offers. HTC has gathered together almost every high-end feature available and shoehorned them into the Sensation, the sum total of which makes the increasingly long-in-the-tooth iPhone 4 look lame by comparison. If you've been holding out all year for the iPhone 5, HTC's latest super-phone could very well persuade you to pack it in and switch to Android.
The Transformer Prime definitely has the lust-factor down pat, but the irony is that it doesn’t appear to be ready for ‘prime time’ just yet.
Kobo’s Touch unit is a solid alternative and directly comparable to rival Amazon Kindle units in pretty much every way.
The artist formerly known as Research in Motion has a new smartphone kid on the block; a new top-line unit which many believe will either make or break the company's fortunes forever. But does the Z10 have what it takes to get BlackBerry back on its feet? Read on to find out.
Wayforward is really thriving in this era of digital distribution. Because its games are so marketable as cheap downloadable titles it's scoring all of the licensed titles and retro remakes that it wants. Playing DuckTales I could feel how much the developer team loved making the game. And that love is infectious.
Vividwireless today launched the Vividwireless ViViFi WiFi hotspot. A user can connect the to the Korean Infomark's IMW-C600W when it is transmits Wi-Fi when a Mobile WiMAX service is available.
After using it over the weekend, however, we’re not really feeling the Siri love. In fact, we’re feeling a little gypped. Aussie Siri, as it turns out, isn’t as smart as the American Siri, as it can’t look up local businesses, maps or traffic.
The Lumia 710 is a moderately powerful smartphone offering very decent specifications and a nice design, paired with solid build quality and a good camera. For its cost, it's one of the top smartphones in its mid-range category and it can be one of the most stylish, when paired with a colourful case.
Featuring the addition of 4G support and the latest ‘Jelly Bean’ version of Google’s Android platform, the 4G version of Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III handset appears to represents a significant upgrade to a handset which was already one of the best 2012 has to offer. But how does it perform in practice? Read on to find out.
The newest version of Samsung's light and cheap laptop running Google's browser-focused Chrome OS operating system has landed in Australia. But does this limited laptop do enough to wean users away from the traditional PC experience and into a browser for all of their tasks? Read on to find out.
Everyone knows that shooters are not my area of specialty, but as far as I'm concerned if a game of the genre can check the technical boxes and keep a healthy energy to it, then I'm pretty sure that it's achieved what the fans want from it. I'm fairly certain that Killzone has done enough that even the hardcore shooter fans will appreciate it.
Telstra's Elite Mobile Wi-Fi device is a slim, svelte and elegant little device which promises to bring the fastest 3G mobile broadband speeds into your locale and then share them wirelessly. But is the cute little device a speedy jaguar -- or in reality, just a fat and slow white elephant?
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc s is a good phone, with a sleek and distinctive design, an above-average screen and camera, and some nice extras. If you can get it cheap - say, for $500 or for $49 a month - the Arc S is worth considering. But if not, we can’t think of any reason to recommend the Arc S over the better, dual-core smartphones.
The Ascend P1 is the first foray by Chinese manufacturer Huawei into high-end Android smartphones, and on paper it's got the features to match up with and even occasionally exceed the likes of top-flight alternatives such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC's One series. But does this significantly cheaper model truly take it to its pricier competition? Read on to find out.
In many areas, the Nexus 10 has got Apple’s full-sized iPad beat and in most other areas it equals the Apple tablet’s performance. Plus, it’s cheaper. It doesn’t have 3G or 4G speeds, and it doesn’t have the wealth of third-party accessories available that the iPad does; nor is the Android tablet software ecosystem as mature as that available through Apple’s iOS platform. But for our money, it’s a better overall tablet and one we are happy to recommend.
Duels of the Planeswalkers is a series that I can get bought into on a yearly basis. For the last couple of years (read our reviews for the 2012 and 2013 editions here) this is a game that Wizards of the Coast and developer, Stainless Games, has very cleverly reworked each time to offer players something new, while refining the experience for newcomers.
At $199 the Kobo is a great reader let down by some crappy software. However, the utility of the device is improved vastly if used with Calibre. For the price, it is almost the perfect reader, with only limited Bluetooth capability hampering the device.
The 3G Home Zone is good for what it does, which is fix the problem of poor reception in your home. But the 3G Home Zone is really only a stop-gap solution for the much larger problem of Optus’ prevalent spotty coverage.
With quad-core processors, 4G connectivity and Ice Cream Sandwich very much a reality for Android mobile devices this year, we’re really not sure that the Xoom 2 holds much appeal for the premium end of the market - especially not with the Apple iPad 3 expect to drop in a couple of weeks.
Lenovo’s ThinkPads have long been somewhat of a standard in the corporate world, with countless workers relying on the laptop line to get them reliably through the work day and beyond. But has the ThinkPad’s reputation for stellar build quality and solid performance translated through to its newest top-end model, the X1 Carbon? Read on to find out.
For fifteen years now Apple's iMac desktops have cut a striking look in the design department and have remained close to the bleeding edge in their introduction of the latest PC components. But with Windows 8 and a plethora of touchscreens champing at its heels, can the venerable iMac still compete with the best? Read on to find out.
I was really worried about this game. In an era where developers seem more interested in boiling every beloved franchise down to a cookie-cutter shooter, it takes real bravery to break out and do something different. Bringing a legitimate tactics structure into the third person shooter genre has given us a game that genuinely feels like XCOM, but is also something a little new to play and as such I really can't complain about this as I eagerly await the next "genuine" XCOM title.
The market for tablet computing devices is currently running white hot in Australia, with a fire being lit under the wallets of local consumers by the launch of Apple's iPad in May this year. Into the field comes a wild card -- a new Android tablet marketed under Telstra's own brand and priced at less than half the cost of its competitors. But is the T-Touch Tab a real challenger in the tablet market -- or an also-ran?
Looking back on Apple’s iPhone history, a ‘mark II’ release of the iPhone 4 should’ve been expected. But we thought that maybe, just maybe, Apple would’ve changed its planned course following all the ‘super-phone’ releases from its Korean and Taiwanese competitors this year. There is one potentially game-changing technology that Apple has reserved exclusively for the iPhone 4S, though, and that’s the unique new “Siri” voice technology. But is it enough to keep Apple in the lead? Read on to find out.
Telstra is expected to shortly launch its first smartphone based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system that will support 4G mobile speeds, with the model to be a 4G version of the HTC Titan II handset which is currently attracting a good level of interest in the US. But will the Titan II be the new king of Australia's Windows Phone 7 scene? Read on to find out.
Samsung has launched a slew of Android-based tablets over the past several years as it continues its mission to take on market leader Apple with its dominant iPad. But the Korean electronics giant continues to fall just short of success. With its stylish stylus, will the Galaxy Note 10.1 be the model to break Samsung’s tablet drought? Read on to find out.
So, how do I rate God of War Ascension? It lives up to its franchise and escalates its key features over the previous title. The combo system is as fun and fluid as it ever was. And it can hardly be faulted for giving its fans what they’re probably working on. But by the same token I can’t help but shake the impression that things have gone too far with this game. Any sense of balance that the previous games have has been thrown out of the window here, and overall it is the weaker game for it.
In a nutshell, Grand Theft Auto V is nothing short of pure fun. There are some minor issues, but the game's strengths easily overshadow its tiny flaws. San Andreas is a large world to explore, and there are so many things to do and sights to see that will keep players hooked for a very long time.
What the Incredible S represents is a fantastic update by HTC of its existing line-up. It’s pretty hard to fault the phone, and right now we consider it one of the best, if not the best for many people, of the high-end smartphone offerings available in Australia.
Not everybody needs a smartphone with a dual-core processor or a huge touchscreen. If you find portability, durability and an affordable pricetag to be more important, the ruggedised Motorola Defy+ may just be your ideal smartphone.
Samsung's latest Android-based masterpiece has a list of next-generation features that reads like the specifications for an interstellar spaceship, and a pedigree which rivals that of the USS Enterprise. But can the Korean manufacturer's latest smartphone opus truly be described as "Galaxy-class"? Read on to find out.
The Windows Phone 8S is HTC’s second major handset to be released in late 2012 using the new version 8 of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform. It’s a little smaller and lighter than its big brother, the 8X, and it doesn’t have some of the same high-level features. Is it still a winner? Read on to find out.
Warhammer Quest belongs to the old school approach of dice rolls and with that comes the potential for hours of play only to end in failure due to some rotten luck. As well made as this game is, it really does struggle to break away from the feeling that this game belongs to a genre that we've all moved on from.
The HTC Legend is smaller and less powerful than the HTC Desire but the handset surpassed my expectations. It is a great little phone in it's own right.
Now that most of the original issues have been fixed, Optus has picked it up, and a cheaper Wi-Fi-only model is available, does the Motorola Xoom have a better shot at competing for tablet buyers’ affections?
The Galaxy Note isn't a device for everyone. Its large proportions will turn most people off from using it as a phone, and those that specifically want the larger screen size of a tablet aren't likely to be satisfied with the Note's "smaller" display. But we do think that there's a magical in-between type of user that just wants the one device that can do both, and the Galaxy Note fits that niche splendidly.
Samsung hasn’t said yet if or when the Ativ S will launch in Australia, but as the company’s flagship Windows Phone 8 model, we certainly expect it to – and likely before the end of 2012.
Dell's Latitude 10 represents the company's latest effort to bust into the enterprise tablet space which Apple's iPad currently dominates. But is this Windows 8-equipped slab enough to challenge Cupertino's near-monopoly position in enterprise tablet computing? Read on to find out.
Disney Infinity is a giant love letter to everything Disney, a collector's dream and a parent's nightmare. It's expensive to own everything (though not necessary to buy anything beyond the starter set to enjoy yourself immensely), but it offers unbounded creativity and one of the finest and most accessible virtual toy boxes you'll ever experience in the games industry. The potential for this game to expand even further into the future is truly exciting.
We're issuing a qualified 'buy' rating on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. That is, we think this is a fantastic device and well-worth buying -- when the price comes down to at least the level of the iPad ($799) and preferably even lower.
If you thought the days of luxury ultraportables were finally behind us, think again. Or maybe Sony just never got the memo. Not that we’re really complaining. The VAIO Z puts every 13” notebook - and most mid-sized machines - to shame with a set of specs that defies belief once you take into account its airy 1.165kg weight.
Overnight global electronics giant Samsung unveiled its latest smartphone opus: The Samsung Galaxy S III, the successor to its Galaxy S II model which continues to be one of the most popular smartphones sold in Australia. But an Australian launch isn't yet on the horizon, and rivals such as HTC have already launched new top-end models locally. Is the Galaxy S III worth waiting for? Read on to find out.
Not everyone needs the latest and greatest, high-end big screen smartphone. Some people want something that'll handle their active lifestyle, including exercise out there in the elements. But can the Xperia go handle what buyers will doubtless throw at it? Read on to find out.
I don’t think that Gears of War does anything that we haven’t really seen in shooters in the past, but because it does do it so well and with such intensity, it still manages to be a rollarcoaster of a ride.
Whether Beyond is the kind of game that you would like to play a lot of or not is largely irrelevant to the objective quality of Cage's work. In terms of storytelling and technical execution there isn't anything out there better, and the fact that it is a different, more thoughtful experience than anything else produced by a major studio means it is worth experiencing.
Is the Iconia Tab a diamond in the rough, or is it just an also-ran? Read on to find out.
There’s no doubt about it, the Lumia 800 is a gorgeous phone. The simplicity, elegance and fully-stocked feature set of Windows Phone 7.5 paired with the stunning hardware design of the Lumia 800 amounts to a lethal combination that will change the game for both Nokia and Microsoft.
HTC's One V is the little brother of its flagship One series. Sporting a smaller profile and less powerful innards than its more powerful siblings, but with a design reminiscent of the company's previous Legend handset, is this one smartphone which can become popular in its own right? Read on to find out.
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the Finnish manufacturer’s first stab at a smartphone running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 operating system, it's sporting a very high-end camera and it supports Australia’s growing clutch of 4G mobile networks to boot. But can this big, bold and beautiful challenger take on the current reigning champions of the smartphone world? Read on to find out.
I really don't understand why PopCap and EA didn't simply say "here you go, dozens of hours of fun; give us your $10 please." It would have been a guaranteed hit at that price, and perhaps, just perhaps, it would have retained its soul.
Darryl Adams -- a government worker and internet tragic -- reviews two of Australia's eBook stores.
The Amazon Kindle 3G is over a year old now, but it’s still holding its own remarkably well against newer e-readers. The lack of touchscreen is probably its weakest point, especially now that Kobo and Sony – its two main competitors – have released e-readers with both e-ink displays and touchscreens. Still, the Kindle’s built-in 3G and larger selection of books (which are generally cheaper than other platforms) continues to give it an edge over other e-readers.
FetchTV is continually improving its service, and we think that in several years it may become a powerful and complete system. But it's not there yet.
We’re really quite excited about the Lumia 920. From 4G support to a much-needed resolution boost and all the benefits that come with Windows Phone 8, this model is like a massively improved Lumia 900 – and as our review makes clear, we really liked the 900 to start with.
Reviewing the FetchTV PVR/IPTV/video on demand service offered by ISPs such as iiNet and Optus is becoming a yearly tradition for Delimiter. The first two times we reviewed the service, we found it lacking. But in our opinion, the company's new set-top box and associated service launched this year puts it in a whole new ball-park and makes it the premiere such offering in Australia. Read on to find out why.
ASUS has been doing a great job manufacturing Google's stellar Nexus 7 tablet over the past year or so, finally bringing to market a model that can challenge the dominance of Apple's iPad. But the company's own-branded Android tablets haven't fared as well. Can the Fonepad take its place alongside the giants of the tablet world? Read on to find out.
With this many high-end Android and Apple handsets about to flood the Australian market throughout 2011, why would you settle for the Milestone 2, which is clearly a 2010 model? The answer is, you wouldn't. Motorola took too long to bring the Milestone 2 to Australia after it launched in August in the US. And now it will pay the price for that importation delay as the market waits for the next generation of Android smartphones.
You know what bores us to tears? "New" Android tablets that look almost exactly like the old ones. Enough already! Thankfully, this has never been a problem with Asus tablets, and the Eee Pad Slider follows on from the successful Eee Pad Transformer by offering something a little different.
Telstra's Mobile Wi-Fi 4G device does just one thing, as its name makes clear: It's a portable router which provides 4G mobile broadband connectivity to devices which consume that connectivity via Wi-Fi. It should be a relatively simple task. But does the device do that straightforward job well?
It's a familiar form factor for HP regulars, but it's sporting an all-new touchscreen designed to take advantage of Microsoft's brand new operating system, Windows 8. Can HP's Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 demonstrate strong integration between Redmond's new software and HP's hardware? Read on to find out.
Ni No Kuni is a genuine masterpiece and all-but guaranteed to be the best game released this year. That's a big call since it's still January, but that's how great this game is.
Samsung's popular Galaxy Note has been one of the only modern smartphones to have succeeded with a large screen, stylus implementation. But does the third version of this 'phablet' do enough to convince owners of the first two models or those using other handsets to upgrade? Read on to find out.
The original HTC Desire is credited with kickstarting the explosive growth of the Android ecosystem in Australia after it launched through Telstra in April 2010. Now HTC and Telstra are trying the same trick again with the launch of the son of Desire. But in a much more crowded smartphone marketplace can they re-kindle the magic? Read on to find out.
If you’ve seen one Android tablet, you’ve seen them all. Unless it’s the Sony Tablet S, that is. Sony’s first post-iPad tablet has the distinction of being the most unique-looking one we’ve seen yet, with a wedge-shaped that works well in both orientations.
The RAZR V is the newest smartphone in Motorola's RAZR line, and boasts a number of high-end features that (on paper) put it neck and neck with the best that Samsung, HTC and others have to offer. But can the RAZR V do enough to re-kindle the magic for the ailing Motorola mobile brand? Read on to find out.
The artist formerly known as Research in Motion has a new smartphone kid on the block; a new top-line unit which many believe will either make or break the company's fortunes forever. But does the Z10 have what it takes to get the Canadian manufacturer back on its feet? Read on to find out.
Sony's last few entries in the high-end Android smartphone market have been a little tepid, with the company lacking a high-profile winner such as the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One. The company's new superphone, the Xperia Z, has the specs on paper to take it to the big boys. But how does it perform in practice? Read on to find out.
Amazon might have started selling its Kindle range of eBook readers in Australia late last year, but there is a world of difference between the performance of the device and range of the Kindle bookstore in Australia compared with Amazon's home country of the US.
If you're looking for a portable solution, and want a tablet as well, then you can't go past the Transformer if not having Windows isn't an issue. Otherwise netbooks or the new Ultrabooks are probably still the way to go.
iPad, schmiPad - there are lots of reasons to buy the Galaxy Tab 7.7 over the more popular Apple offering.
With its Windows Phone 8X line, Taiwanese consumer electronics giant HTC has thrown its hat into the Windows Phone 8 ring with a vengeance, taking some colour cues from Nokia and signalling its intention to be fully on board with Microsoft’s new mobile operating system. But can these vibrant handsets beat out the competition? Read on to find out.
Crysis 3 has a single player game that leaves the competition for dead, in both length and quality, and is a beautiful, cinematic experience with a haunting soundtrack and some of the best visuals on the PlayStation 3.
Even though Killer is Dead's gameplay itself is a little too unrefined for its own good, the thematic strength of it is enough to make it an interesting curiosity to sit on any game library.
This isn't a device for the early adopter technology set, which is rightly waiting for the Xoom, the iPad 2 and other devices. But for millions of other Australians looking for their first tablet experience, the My Tab is an inexpensive way to get your feet wet in this new generation of devices.
The new-age RAZR may not be a game-changer like the original, but it’s nevertheless one of the most impressive smartphones we’ve seen yet.
The HTC Titan 4G is the first Windows Phone 7-based smartphone available through Telstra which supports the telco's speedy new 4G network. But does the Titan 4G's powerful innards and suave design justify its hefty price tag? Read on to find out.
It's a little smaller than its bigger brother, the RAZR HD, but Motorola's RAZR M still packs a punch on paper, with top-end specifications and support for 4G mobile speeds to boot. But can this mid-sized powerhouse perform in the hand well enough to beat the competition? Read on to find out.
The only people who will look at Injustice and think to themselves “this looks good” are the fans of the DC Universe. And for those people I don’t think it will really matter that there are better fighting games out there - this plays well enough, and it rocks because it lets Batman beat the living bejeebus out of Aquaman.
Google's Nexus smartphone line has been gradually improving to the point where it can be taken very seriously as a competitor to big name models from rival brands such as Samsung, HTC and Apple. Will the new model, the Nexus 5, finally vault the company out in front? Read on to find out.
The T-series of ThinkPad laptops has long been a staple in large organisations and small businesses around Australia. If you need a general laptop with enough power and portability for general computing, these have been the machines to get the job done.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is Bethesda's fifth plunge into its expansive, fictional world of Tamriel. This time we're in Skyrim, a province covering an area similar to Oblivion's Cyrodiil. At 41km², you'd assume no real limit exists on what you can find, do and explore. And there isn't, as long as you're willing to exercise self-restraint.
It doesn't have a giant screen or 4G speeds, but HTC's One S smartphone still packs plenty of strength under its extremely slim bonnet. Is this svelte smartphone overshadowed by its One series brethren, or does it punch above its weight?
The Z10 wasn't the only new BlackBerry to launch last week with the company's shiny new BlackBerry 10 operating system on board. The company formerly known as Research in Motion also has another model available for the physical keyboard traditionalists. But will it be enough to keep the BlackBerry faithful loyal? Read on to find out.
Dream Team Bros. is a game that offers me nothing that I look for in a typical RPG, and perhaps that's precisely why I enjoyed it so much. It's pure fun; nothing more, and certainly nothing less.
Overall I enjoyed using this phone and all the bugs mentioned can be ironed out in future firmware updates for basic users and/or modding for advanced users.
If, like many business users, you process lots of email on a daily basis and need a dependable and secure smartphone to get you through the workday, the Bold 9900 offers a better experience than any other smartphone we know of. There isn't much here to interest first-time users, but BlackBerry devotees should find the 9900 to be a compelling upgrade from existing devices.
If you thought 3D glasses were clunky, wait till you get a load of Sony’s new Personal 3D Viewer. This high-tech headpiece looks like something off the set of Robocop – and not in a good way – but its feature set is impressive enough that you’ll want to over-look its retro styling.
preview There's a big fat question mark hanging over the One X+ right now, as HTC has not disclosed whether it will support 4G speeds in Australia. If it doesn't, we will find it hard to recommend the model, but if it does, it will be close to the top of our list.
Tomb Raider is an amazing game. It is a perfect way for the series to be re-introduced to gamers, as it depicts a very likable heroine who truly struggles to survive, emotionally and physically. The overall experience wanted me to jump straight back into the campaign the moment it ended. Lara is back!
With the launch of the Ascend P2, Huawei adds another high-end smartphone to its growing range, with the smartphone's high-speed category 4G networking delivering the Chinese networking and device vendor one of its first partnerships with Telstra.
Can iiNet's first in-house developed device compete with the big boys -- Linksys, Belkin, NETGEAR, and even the FRITZ!Box being marketed by Internode, or is this first effort from the Australian company a lemon?
Is this a MacBook Air ‘for the rest of us’? Not really. The Aspire S3 isn’t bad for a Windows thin-and-light, and its fast performance and response times in particular leave us eager to see what the other ultrabook vendors come up with. But the S3 falls short in a few ways that matter, namely mediocre battery life and a forgettable keyboard and trackpad.
Right now, in June 2012, the One XL is clearly the best smartphone available in Australia.
With its Ascend P1 model earlier this year, Huawei took its first step into competing in Australia's high-end smartphone market. Now the Chinese manufacturer has stepped its game up a notch with the quad-core Ascend D1. On paper this model can play with the big boys, but how does it handle in practice? Read on to find out.
There is an intensity to Soul Sacrifice that makes its minimalist plot and single-note theme feel more compelling than it has any right to be.
Dark Souls 2 is challenging, but ultimately rewarding, and it stands as one of those rare examples of a frustration-free difficulty that encourages players to get better at playing the game, rather that putting them off ever trying again.
The Galaxy S was designed to take on the iPhone 4, and despite its warts (sluggish performance, short battery life), it was one of the first real challengers to the Apple empire. We’re guessing that Samsung had the impending iPhone 5 in mind when it built the Galaxy S II, but this has failed to materialise so far, making the Galaxy S II, with its dual-core processor, 4.3in Super AMOLED Plus display and 8-megapixel camera, the most powerful and feature-rich smartphone on the market.
The Telstra QWERTY Touch is one of the big T’s latest entry-level smartphones, running the Android 2.3.5 operating system and offering a not-so-common QWERTY keyboard + touchscreen form factor. For a budget smartphone just a few notes north of the hundred dollar mark, the QWERTY Touch does very well for itself.
The Nexus 7 does pretty much everything the Apple iPad does, but it comes in a form factor much more suitable for single-handed use, and it has a better user interface and comparable battery life. Plus, it's much cheaper. This is an awesome tablet, and we're happy to issue an unqualified 'buy now' rating on it. Pick one up. You won't regret it.
When it comes to Lumia handsets, the 820 is merely the middle sibling of the family, sandwiched between the larger and more powerful 920 and lesser models such as the 620. But if the truth be told, Nokia hasn't actually sacrificed much on paper with the 820, and it shares many of the specifications -- including support for 4G -- as more expensive models. How does the Lumia 820 perform in the field? Read on to find out.
Will Dynasty Warriors 8 convert the kind of person who is inclined to dismiss a game without playing it first? Sadly, no. Is it the finest example of the series to date and does it deserve to be given a fair go by everyone? Absolutely. It's incredible.
For an initial review, I am not overwhelmed by the Stash. It is very nicely priced, and the hardware is impressive but it has the feel of a cheap knockoff device, especially in the software and user interface (UI) side of things.
Change is a good thing. We’ve practically gone cross-eyed from all the identically-spec’d Android tablets that have launched in quick succession, and anything that’s even slightly different is a welcome distraction. The ThinkPad Tablet isn’t a radical departure from the existing tablet fare, but it’s just different enough to carve itself a niche in the business segment - an area that’s also targeted by the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Pick up Samsung's sleek Android-powered Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G and you can see what Apple is afraid of.
Samsung’s latest attempt to merge stylus computing with a smartphone comes across as a marriage between the original Galaxy Note and its extremely popular Galaxy S III. But does this ‘phablet’ device bridge the gap between phone and tablet well, or is it a misshapen monstrosity? Read on to find out.
If you’re a Monster Hunter fan, you know what you’re signing up for. A great game with a great online community. If you’re not sure if Monster Hunter is the right game for you, know that it will take you quite a few hours to begin to understand the game, and even longer for you to master it. But stick with it, you’ll be glad you did in the end. Even if you don’t have any friends afterwards.
Like its smartphone cousin, the Ascend P2, Huawei's 10" MediaPad is an Android device with a very specific claim: That it offers the fastest mobile broadband possible. But does its support for 'Cat4' 4G speeds do enough to differentiate the MediaPad from the crowd? Read on to find out.
The FRITZ!Box is a perfectly priced, and ideally configured device for one category of customers -- professionals with a small home office, or companies of only a handful of staff members. For this type of use, the FRITZ!Box 7270 is perfect, and we commend it to them. A marvellous piece piece of engineering, it will serve as a valuable investment that will deliver network stability for many years to come.
To say we liked this phone would be an understatement. The HTC Sensation XL gets so many things right - the gorgeous hardware design, awesome Beats Audio technology (and bundled Beats Solo headphones) and excellent battery life - that it makes its shortcomings (namely the low-res screen, lack of microSD expansion and weak external speaker) easier to forgive.
The Google Nexus 7 looks like a lovely little device, similar to a Kindle Fire. But almost everyone will end up buying an iPad instead; because Google hasn't moved the bar enough with this one to challenge Apple at all.
It's the new top dog in Google's flagship Nexus line, but can the LG-manufactured Nexus 4 live up to the standard set by previous models? And can it overcome its lack of support for 4G mobile speeds to be competitive? Read on to find out.
There's a new category of smartphone out there -- the super-phone. Dozens of new smartphones get released in Australia every year, but usually there's only a handful that matter and gain sales momentum. Does the HTC One do enough to make it into this class? Read on to find out.
Australians have spent years waiting for US Internet television giant Netflix to launch its popular streaming service in Australia. But now that the service has finally launched Down Under, is it worth paying cash money for on a monthly basis? Read on to find out.
As the pimply-faced new kid on the block, the BlackBerry PlayBook has its work cut out for it. It’s entering a market that’s dominated by the Apple iPad and drowning in Android tablets, and it runs an operating system that has so far seen little support from the major developers. It’s the most impressive bit of hardware that RIM has delivered to date, but does it have what it takes to be more than just a blip on the iPad’s radar?
Frenetic combat and perpetual dungeon-delving are compromised by a clumsy interface and inconsistent gesture recognition in Infinity Blade II, a hack-and-slash RPG for iOS. If you can handle the repetitive content and temperamental responsiveness, an enjoyable, if grating experience lies beyond.
Samsung's Series 9 line represents the latest series of thin and light laptops to come out of the Korean manufacturer's labs. But do these stylish additions to the global notebook market do enough to beat out the competition from rivals such as HP, Dell, Lenovo and Apple? Read on to find out.
Sony's last few entries in the high-end Android smartphone market have been a little tepid, with the company lacking a high-profile winner such as the Galaxy S III or the HTC One XL. Can the company's new superphone, the Xperia Z, bring the magic back for Sony? Read on to find out.
If you're one of the minority of people who still want a hardware keyboard on a smartphone, then you very likely already know that the BlackBerry Q10 is right at the top of its class. And with the BlackBerry 10 operating system on board, the Q10 (at least on paper) comes well-equipped with modern software capabilities. But is this objectively, actually, a good smartphone? Do you need a hardware keyboard in 2013? Read on to find out.
My time with the iiNet fetchtv service was a breeze from the start. I would recommend the service, however I would like to see iiNet provide more content -- which it has promised will come -- and drop the price just a bit more.
There may be life in this old netbook dog yet. Asus has been smart about the pricing of its latest netbook by making it cheaper than a 10" tablet. That, along with the modernised appearance and additional features it offers over a tablet (physical keyboard, multiple connectivity and peripherals options, and spacious hard drive) make the X101H an appealing mobile computing option for bargain hunters.
It's still early days for Ice Cream Sandwich and quad-core processors and we can expect more great handsets this year, but for now we'd say HTC's One X is the new gold standard in Android superphones.
HTC's Desire X is a low to medium-end smartphone at a bargain basement price which has the chops to challenge the big guns. If you're at all budget-conscious when smartphone shopping, we recommend you take a long look at this extremely solid little model. It's a worthy contender for your dollar.
Even if you've never used Windows Phone before, if you're in the market for an entry level smartphone in Australia, we recommend you check the 620 out. In its category, it's a winner and an absolute bargain for what you get.
Nokia's new top dog features similar specifications to its high-rating Lumia 920, but comes in a thinner and lighter aluminium casing. Does the model do enough to exceed Windows Phone 8's limitations and become a contender in its own right? Read on to find out.