Mobile Phone Reviews

  1. The More You Know - Frequency Bands, why do they matter?

    What are Frequency bands?

    Phones communicate with mobile towers using radio waves, like how a television works. As our cities are flooded with waves from radio, television, wifi and other devices, governments strictly control the frequencies on which mobile phones are allowed to operate. These are known as frequency bands. If you wish to use your phone overseas, or with different carriers, it is important to ensure your device supports as many frequency bands as possible.

    Australian Frequency Bands

    Australia's three major carriers currently share the majority of frequency bands, but there are some key differences.

    Telstra (Boost, Aldi, Belong etc)

    Telstra and resellers use a wide variety of bands in the 3G/4G spectrum. To ensure the best coverage, make sure your device supports the following bands.

    3G - 850 Mhz, 2100 Mhz

    4G - 2100Mhz (B1), 1800Mhz (B3), 2600Mh

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  2. The More You Know - Fingerprint vs Face ID vs Face Unlock - What's it all about?

    For many years now phones have come with the humble Fingerprint reader as the preferred method for securely access your phone. Recently however, there have been developments with newer technologies like FaceID, Iris scanning and in-screen fingerprint readers becoming more common. Today we will try to explain the differences between each of these.

    FaceID

    First introduced by Apple in 2017 with the iPhone X, FaceID replaced the previous Fingerprint reader based TouchID. Using what Apple calls a 'True Depth' camera system, the iPhone uses a small infrared light to projector over 30,000 points of light invisibly onto your face. These are mapped by the front-facing camera, and then stored securely on the phone. In practice its pretty magical, a quick glance at your iPhone is enough to unlock it, and it won't be easily fooled by photos or twins. Due to the use of the infrared light, it also works in the dark, meaning you won't annoy your partner if you decide to check you

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  3. Please be careful of scammers pretending to be Mobileciti

    Please be careful of scammers pretending to be Mobileciti

    We have had several reports that telemarketers are calling people and offering mobile phone plans from Mobileciti.

    We do not sell any phone plans, and we do not cold call. We also do not sell any products through Facebook.

    If you have been contacted by these telemarketers please consider reporting them to Scamwatch: www.scamwatch.gov.au.

    If you have provided personal information, we would suggest you to contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 (or your local police station if you are in Victoria).

    If you have any questions, please contact us via online@mobileciti.com.au

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  4. Check out some awesome SIM only plans

    You've bought an awesome phone, now get an awesome SIM only plan

    If you’ve just bought your phone outright (or you’re just about to) you’re one of the smart ones. Now get a phone plan and a new SIM too. Check out the list below.

    Remember, you can keep your existing phone number when you move to a new phone company.

    The days of phone contracts are all but over

    A massive 5 million smartphones were sold in Australia in the previous 12 months. But the phone industry is changing. It used to be that most people bought their phones indirectly, through a 24 month contract with their phone company. Fewer and fewer people are doing that every year. Some predictions suggest that phone contracts, already only 18% of the market will fall further in the years ahead. By 2020, only 8%

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  5. Why do you need a Dual Sim Phone?

    What is a Dual Sim Phone?

    Dual Sim phones, common in Asia and parts of Europe, are becoming increasingly popular in Australia. By allowing you to use two sim cards at the same time, this relieves you of the need to carry an second phone, along with its associated maintainence (charging it, updating your apps and accounts etc), and gives you flexibility when it comes to choice of carriers.

    What kind of Dual Sim Phone?

    In the early days of dual sim phones, to allow two sim cards manufacturers effectively had to make two phones in one. These phones had two modems and two seperate antenna. The only thing they shared was the screen and battery. This allowed you to make two calls at the same time, but resulted in terrible battery life. Some also had poor reception, due to the extra physical space the antenna designs required.

    As the technology developed, manufacturers were able to take advantage of increases in computing speed to allow the two modems to

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  6. Samsung Galaxy J8, most exciting release this year from Samsung?

    Every member of the tech media is losing their minds over the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and why wouldn't they? It's 2018 and Samsung has once again pushed the limitations of hardware design by craming a 4000mah battery into a phone almost the same size as the Note 8, all while retaining the headphone jack and their notchless infinity display.

    However in this humble blogger's opinion the most exciting release this year from Samsung is not the Note 9, but instead the humble Galaxy J8. For the first time in a long time, Samsung has released a dual sim phone into the Australian market.

    Samsung Galaxy J8

    Details

    The Samsung Galaxy J8 is a new mid-range phone from the Samsung machine. Sporting a Snapdragon 450 along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, this device is great for

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  7. The best hearing-aid compatible (HAC) phones in 2018

    Just because your hearing is going doesn't mean your love of technology has to. Check out our helpful guide to smart phones that support the M4/T4 standards to ensure your calls are as clear as possible.

    What does M4/T4 mean?

    The M and T system refer to how the phone communicates with your hearing aid, with the quality represented by a number (higher is better.)

    M(icrophone) means that the phone uses your hearing aid's microphone, with minimal interference from the phone's electronics.

    T(elecoil) means that the phone transmits a magnetic signal to your hearing aid. This technology is also known as T-switch, T-coil and Telephone switch. This will generally be much clearer than Microphone, as your hearing aid will play the sound directly into your ear, without any extra noise or interference picked up when using the microphone.

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  8. Meizu Pro 7 Plus Review - A phablet that won't break the bank

    The Meizu Pro 7 Plus, the new flagship phablet from Meizu is a mighty beast with a decacore processor purring at its core, a stunning 5.7" Quad HD display and a great unibody aluminium shell. But the real key feature here is the secondary display on the back, a 240p AMOLED that won't blind you with the force of 10,000 suns when you check your notifications at night. Check out the details below.

     

    Body

    The Meizu Pro 7 Plus comes with a 5.7", Quad HD AMOLED display that is a sight to behold. High vibrancy and excellant brighness make this display great for viewing even under direct sunlight while the size is just big enough that you can ditch your tablet and use it for viewing needs. Complementing the screen is a minimalist unibody brushed aluminum shell with a few subtle antenna lines. The highlight here is t

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  9. Meizu M6 Review - A powerful budget phone

    The Meizu M6 has a very low price tag that won't hurt your wallet, but is it able to have the features and hardware to make it worthwhile? In this post, we'll have a look at the Meizu M6, now available in Australia.

    Design

    Meizu M6

    Body and Screen

    The Meizu M6 has a 5.2 inch HD screen, a size that allows for great viewing while still remaining compact and comfortable to hold. The back of the phone is polycarbonate, but it has a metallic finish to give it a sleek and stylish look while remaining light. One addition to the Meizu M6 that really impresses is its fingerprint scanner mounted to th

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  10. LG K8 (2017) Review - A Budget Phone that covers all bases

    The 2017 refresh of the LG K8 upgraded many features, while still remaining a very cheap option for those on a budget. is it able to stand up against the other options currently in its price range? In this post, we'll have a look at the all the features of the LG K8.

    Design

    LG K8 2017

    Body and Screen

    The LG K8 has a 5 inch HD display. Since LG are great with fitting good panels on their phones, the LG K8 looks good. Although it has a plastic back, it is compact, light, and very comfortable to hold.

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