Phones Archive

Viber : Better than Skype or Facebook?

This is an app that my son in New Zealand has put me onto recently. I kept pestering him to get Skype updated on his phone (seems that like anything that Micro$oft have to do with – they own Skype – needs constant updates for them it to work). he said, ‘Dad I use Viber

Ok. I’m back! Review : Blue Light Filter- Night Mode, Eye Care

My last post was to advertise this blog/site for sale, but I have had second thoughts. Partly because I finally have more time on my hands to write again but also because of many encouraging messages from the faithful readers – thank you, I really appreciate the support. Readers may not realise the time it

Kingwear KW18 Smartwatch Review

As most readers of this blog know by now, I’m a sucker for a gadget. I went off watches for a time, preferring to tell the time with my phone, but since getting a flip cover for my Huawei and found it annoying to have to open the cover everytime. I had been thinking about

How to set up a WiFi Hotspot on your phone

Mobile internet devices are handy, no doubt about it, but if your mobile phone is on a plan with plenty of data why not use it instead on your tablet or laptop? I recently advised someone to do this and she saved her and her husband $30 a month. The Telstra rep she spoke to cancel

Google Maps : latest changes have made this app even better

Google Maps for Android has so many features that it would take a series of reviews to uncover them all, but I recently discovered some of the new features recently added so thought I would share them with you. Some of the features will not appeal to many – the navigation feature is one as it

Phone review : Huawei GR3

It’s been a while since I bought my last phone, the Huawei Y300 which I reviewed about 2 years ago (read my review here) and I was so impressed with it that I decided to replace it this year with another Huawei. The Y300 was actually still performing well, the only negative was the lack of

New Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans

There’s no getting away from it, if you are travelling around Australia and need the internet (and these days nearly everyone does), Telstra is the only real option unless you plan to stay in major centres. Many of us grey nomads use their mobile WiFi devices or USB ‘dongles’ and the best value for money

Tutorial : Quick guide for complete beginners : Part 2

In my last tutorial, we looked at making calls from your phone and I mentioned that you can quickly call a contact already stored in your phone, so let’s look at how to add and manage contacts. The first thing to remember is that your contacts are (usually) stored in your Google account as well

Tutorial : Quick guide for complete beginners : Part 1

I often have to remind myself that although I have been using Android phones and tablets for over 6 years, many readers of this blog are complete ‘newbies’ and need help with the basics. Some users of Android devices may have come from an Apple product such as an iPhone or iPad too and there

Help with your Android device : Battery life

I’m often asked ‘My phone (or tablet) has terrible battery life, can you help?’, so here’s some assistance if you are having the same problem. Firstly, it is important to have some idea how long your devices battery should last. This does depend on the model of course, but generally most phones should be capable

GTasks : ToDo List & Tasks

This will be my last app review for the year, so here’s one that might come in handy this holiday season when we have so much to remember. I’m a big fan of Google apps as are most Android users and a very handy feature that isn’t easily accessed on our devices is the Tasks feature

Emergency+

This app was recently mentioned on the Australian ABC and should be installed on all our phones in my opinion. The app was developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia. It uses your mobile phone’s GPS functionality so
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