Tag Archives: mobile

Telstra’s “We’re sorry” day Experiment: 4G LTE Speed vs Time of Day

Rather embarrassingly, on February 9th, Telstra suffered a significant mobile outage across the country owing to human error in handling a hardware failure in a set of redundant mobile nodes, resulting in the shut down of too many nodes and … Continue reading

Posted in Telecommunications | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Headphones (ZBW4189CN)

Xiaomi has impressed me time and again by bringing a variety of quality products in both functionality and design at prices which are extremely affordable. Ever since they introduced their first audiophile grade over-the-ears headphones, dubbed the Mi Headphones, I … Continue reading

Posted in Audio | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Tech Flashback: Gold Apollo AL-924-T Synthesized POCSAG Pagers

Just recently, I posted about my Motorola Advisor pagers, which got me interested in acquiring a more modern style of pager – namely one with a frequency synthesizer so that I don’t have to worry about ordering custom cut crystals … Continue reading

Posted in Tech Flashback | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Experiment: LG D686 Battery Charging Investigation

Earlier, in my article about modifying a USB charger doctor as a USB current shunt, I elaborated on the possibility of microcycling occurring in the battery of my mobile phone due to the irregular current profile after the phone had … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Telecommunications | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Xiaomi (Mi) In-Ear Headphones Pro

Xiaomi (or Mi for short) have been on a roll, showing time and time again that you don’t need to pay much for quality, style and functionality. Their portfolio of electronics continues to grow, as does their brand presence, spreading … Continue reading

Posted in Audio, Opinion, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Review: OSRAM LIGHTIFY Smart Connected Lighting System

As we rapidly move towards an IP-connected society, with buzzwords such as “internet-of-things” and “sensor networks”, suddenly the concept of home automation has become cool again. No, we’re not talking about the old fashioned expensive, temperamental, slow and clunky power-line … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Lighting, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Modification: Ausdom M06 Headset to Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

Having recently just reviewed the Ausdom M06, I decided it didn’t quite fit my needs as a headphone, but it had a perfectly adequate and capable Bluetooth chipset. As a result, I decided to embark on a short journey to … Continue reading

Posted in Audio, Tablet | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Review, Teardown: Ausdom M06 Bluetooth Stereo Headset

To most, Ausdom is not a highly recognizable brand. In fact, it is another one of those Chinese Shenzhen-based companies with lofty ambitions, currently focused on headsets, speakers, surveillance and automotive accessories. Such companies are often operating in highly price-sensitive … Continue reading

Posted in Audio, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tech Flashback, Teardown: i-mate Smartflip (aka HTC Startrek) Mobile Phone

Today, when we think of smartphones, the brands that first come to mind are likely to be Samsung and Apple. Former market leaders, such as Nokia and Motorola have mostly taken a back seat to these juggernauts, in a rather … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Tech Flashback | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mega Review, Teardown: Oukitel A28 Smart Watch

At the present moment, Oukitel is one of the lesser known mobile phone brands from China. Symbolizing an “OK life for U and I”, the company has diversified its product range by launching their first wearable product – the Oukitel … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Opinion, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Review: MovNow W79 (aka Counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker)

So maybe you’ve got duped on eBay and got sent a counterfeit Xiaomi Fitness Tracker that turns out to be a MovNow W79, or you’re thinking of buying one with the full knowledge that you’ve somehow ended up paying for … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , | 27 Comments

Uncovered: Fake Xiaomi (Mi) Fitness Tracker & Replacement Bands

After a few months of wearing my Mi Fitness Tracker, the first sign of weakness started to appear. The design of the wristband has a thin edge which “slots in” to a channel in the body of the fitness tracker … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Opinion | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: Vidonn X6 SmartBand Fitness/Sleep Tracker

It seems the wearables market is gaining momentum, with increasing interest and publicity of fitness tracker and smartwatch style devices. Along with this, comes an influx of less well-known devices from smaller manufacturers, which often promise big features for a … Continue reading

Posted in Tablet, Telecommunications | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: Mi Band Fitness Monitor and Sleep Tracker (XMSH01HM)

Wearable technology is a currently a big growth market, captivating consumers with many options in the market ranging from highly advanced smartwatches which offload some tasks from your mobile phone, down to more single purpose fitness tracker accessories which aim … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker (NDZ-03-GA)

The Xiaomi or Mi brand has been gaining prominence in Asia for providing functional, quality and elegant products at very reasonable prices. Initially focusing mainly on smartphones, they have diversified into power banks, tablets, audio and mobile phone related accessories. … Continue reading

Posted in Audio, Computing, Electronics, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Lycamobile Data: A Routing Issue or Malicious Blocking?

It hasn’t quite been a year since I joined the Lycamobile family in the quest for cheap data over the superior Telstra network. While initially their “slowness” took on an almost legendary status, they took some strides to improve their … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Telecommunications | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Genuinely Confused: Another Samsung Galaxy SIII Battery (EB-L1G6LLU)

Around a year ago, I needed a replacement battery for my Samsung Galaxy SIII, which started a long series of posts encountering fake batteries. This provoked some responses, and a lot of interest, given the quality of the fake cells. … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Electronics, Telecommunications | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Review: Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint

Working with capacitive touch screen devices has often been a compromise of input accuracy. Having previously trodden down the path of capacitive stylii, I have always been impressed by Adonit’s products, which began with their innovative “plastic disc” style design. … Continue reading

Posted in Tablet | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Review, Teardown: Two Popular USB Charger Doctor/Detector/Current Meters

There seem to be many circumstances where checking the current and voltage to a USB device could come in very handy. For example, maybe you are troubleshooting a slow charging device – maybe it’s cable related and the voltage is … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Review, Teardown: P.Power (or Generic Unbranded) 12000mAh Power Bank

Back in January 2013 (which seems a long time ago), before I started all of this powerbank testing, as someone who was none-the-wiser, I bought one of my friends a pair of “generic” unbranded power banks. The cost was about … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Power Bank, Tablet | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review, Teardown: *Fake* Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

It might seem that I’ve been singing the praises of Xiaomi/Mi power banks lately, and that’s because they’re very good products. However, the journey to obtain the product is often fraught with more difficulty than expected. In my case, when … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Power Bank | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Gold 10400mAh Power Bank

This post comes to you thanks to a generous reader from Germany (thanks Tobias!), who decided to contribute a power bank for testing. Unfortunately, the reader didn’t tell me what it was before it was dispatched, and it turns out … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Power Bank | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Random: Site Stuff, LG D686 Fail, Shellshock, Transport Stuff, etc.

It’s been a few weeks since my last random post, and many things have happened in the tech world. Unfortunately, because of the amount of work that I’ve had to do, I haven’t been able to take a break to … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Opinion, Telecommunications, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

On an earlier post about power bank endurance and modification, Joy Test made a recommendation in the comments for me to test a Xiaomi, otherwise known as Mi, branded power bank. This is a Chinese manufacturer, which is most widely … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Power Bank | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

USB Cable Resistance: Why your phone/tablet might be charging slow

Tablets and smartphones are now ubiquitous, and almost universally, they rely on some form of USB connection to provide the power to charge the device. This is, in no doubt, because of a desire to reduce waste and meet EU … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Electronics, Tablet | Tagged , , , , | 47 Comments

Random: Site Stuff, Sydney Trains Stuff, Raspberry Pi Fun, Permissions Creep, etc.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a random post, or any sort of post for that matter. Don’t worry though – I’m still here, and I’m still busy as always. If there was a picture that could describe how … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Electronics, Opinion, Raspberry Pi, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Quick Review: Samsung Evo 32Gb (MB-MP32D) microSDHC Card

It seems that Samsung has done some shuffling with their memory cards, and the Samsung Plus is no longer available. Instead, they have instead drawn on their SSD branding scheme and bought the Evo moniker to their microSD and SD … Continue reading

Posted in Computing, Flash Memory | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exploration: Improving Power Bank Ripple Performance

Those who have been following along in my power bank testing articles will note that the vast majority that I have looked at have hardly been impressive. Some things seem rather fixed – for example, the voltage regulation which is … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Power Bank | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Amaysim: Unlimited now $44.90/mo w/5Gb Data but no free Social Media

It seems like the trend of Optus data price hikes has slowly been reflected in carrier pricing, one of their victims being TPG, which shaved their data offerings, in some cases, hiked the price and killed off free social networking … Continue reading

Posted in Telecommunications | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Review, Teardown: World Solution Technology (WST) A28 8000mAh Power Bank

This will be the last of a long series of power bank related posts, at least for a while. You have no idea how glad I am, since testing easily will drive you nuts. Without further ado, the last power … Continue reading

Posted in Electronics, Power Bank | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments