Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
2260 posts

Uber Geek


  # 603817 2-Apr-2012 13:38
Send private message

+1 for NZTechFreak also, he also does really good reviews!

I'm keen to represent Wellington :)

Checked with the boss, and he's confirmed I can take a day off!

Although a few in the office have questioned my sanity, after telling them I wanted to fly to Auckland to have a look at/possibly review a phone...

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 

3304 posts

Uber Geek


  # 603839 2-Apr-2012 14:09
Send private message

Can't see a reason not to volunteer:
  1. I currently use an IDEOS, which obviously necessitates a fair bit of tweaking to keep it usable given its specs. Therefore, I am very comfortable with all things Android.
  2. My written skills are impeccable. Enough said.
  3. I have a high degree of technical skill, but am comfortable pitching my reviews to any and all levels of understanding.
  4. I will look great in any accompanying publicity shots. I'll probably even wear a tie.
  5. I live in Auckland and have a very flexible schedule/understanding workplace.
Bottom line is I could do the job with my eyes closed, I could do with a new phone to play with and nothing would bring me more pleasure than to bring glory to both myself and Geekzone by producing an award-winning series of reviews.


2688 posts

Uber Geek


  # 603843 2-Apr-2012 14:13
Send private message

What the heck, I'll chuck my name in the hat, as I missed out on the Lumia 800 on Saturday night :-)

I've been a very happy card carrying member of the iPhone club for over a year now (and a happy iPod Touch owner for longer than that). That being said, I'd not classify myself as an iFanboy, and like to think I'm pretty open to new tech. FI, I bought my daughter a Huawei X5 for her birthday, and was very impressed with that phone, especially for its $250 price.

I think I'd be able to offer some insight from the other side of the fence, including how ICS stacks up to iOS 5.1 on the iPhone 4. Having a phone which performs well as a camera, portable music player, and casual gaming device is important to me. These are tasks that my iPhone handles well, and it would be great to be able to contrast how well Android devices handle this. In particular, I'd be interested to see how well an Android phone integrates into our Apple-centric ecosystem at home, where all our media is controlled by iTunes, and is shared by a range of Apple devices, from our phones, iPod Touches, iPad and Apple TV.

Oh, and I'm in Auckland too (and am self-employed, so time off shouldn't be an issue).

3102 posts

Uber Geek


  # 603852 2-Apr-2012 14:23
Send private message

I'm interested (and apparently should have read past the first post. Sigh). I currently hold in my hands an iPhone, LG Optimus 7Q (Windows Phone) but so far have never had a really good go with an Android device worth using (IDEOS X5 is really sluggish and has the battery life of an iPhone running an EA game for 30 minutes).

I'd love to be able to actually use an Android device, and especially to see how it stacks up in my mismatched ecosystem with Apples, Sonys and Samsungs.

So, yeah, sign me up!

201 posts

Master Geek

# 603855 2-Apr-2012 14:26
Send private message

this is a great initiative by Telecom, not only is it great advertising, but people want to read reviews from people who are not employed by the company or marketing people who like to put a spin on it.  We want to know the good and the bad.  No phone is perfect (well it might be until something else comes out in a week), so you need to be able to weigh up a phones short comings compared to what you need to have.  For some people the 'essential missing feature' that some reviews write about is not used by 90% of users anyway.

I would love to have a change to be involved, but being from Hawkes Bay counts me out. As an iphone user I would like to see a review from another iphone user trying android for the first to get a real life perspective.  No hype, just what works, what doesn't.

894 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 603876 2-Apr-2012 14:56
Send private message

Count me in :)

Especially if its a HTC device.  Love my Desire HD  so would be very keen to review anything from HTC that's new.

5545 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 604003 2-Apr-2012 16:50
Send private message

maverick: Iphone 5 Tongue Out

An iPhone 5 running Android :)

Stick my hand up to be in, why?

- I will always be a Nokia user
- I'm unlikely to switch from Vodafone
- I don't like Android phones

So here's your chance to convert me.

And as for a bribe, will shout you a coffee!

Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
I install - Naked DSL, DSL Master Splitters, VoIP, data cabling and general computer support for home and small business.
Rural Broadband RBI installer for Ultimate Broadband and Full Flavour


Need help in Auckland, Waikato or BoP? Click my email button, or email me direct: [my user name] at geekzonemail dot com


1846 posts

Uber Geek

  # 604033 2-Apr-2012 17:36
Send private message

It sounds like a great exercise.

ALthough i'm studying my masters it does mean I can go anywhere at almost any time.

If we're talking phones I've been entrenched in google since the early days of android (thanks to a buddy who works for them). I've never owned an iPhone but recently played with a Lumia and was very surprised.

I build 3D printers and do more hardware hacking than phone hacking but love my custom android OS, only when it works ;)

Whatever happens I certainly look forward to reading the real life users reviews.

BDFL - Memuneh
64652 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 604345 3-Apr-2012 10:02
Send private message

Just received, and yes, I will select five people to run these through their paces:

Telecom serves up an Ice Cream Sandwich, fast

Telcom is pleased to welcome the HTC One X and One V to the Smartphonenetwork™.

Telecom’s Chief Marketing Officer, Jason Paris, says the speed and reliability of New Zealand’s only 100% 3G mobile network, compliments the HTC One X’s ultra fast quad core processor, allowing customers to talk, text, tweet and share when it matters the most.

“Whether you’re taking amazingly vibrant photos while shooting HD video, or savouring the authentic sound of your favourite tunes, putting these powerful HTC handsets on our smartphone specced 3G network will help you capture every moment and share it, fast.”

“The devices enable multimedia power and fast web browsing on a crisp HD display, or a sophisticated design that’ll wow your friends at the bar, our new HTC range has you sorted.”

For business customers, Android offers access to a wide range of existing business apps, while the ultra fast processing capability enhances productivity and collaboration, by enabling more efficient multi-tasking between business applications and personal tools. 
For all users, sharing photos, video or presentations on your compatible HD TV is effortless, using a unique ‘swipe to screen’ action. The HTC One X boasts a 1.5Ghz quad-core chipset with four high-performance CPU cores, giving you powerful multi-tasking and smooth, ultra responsive apps, games and music.

The HTC One X and HTC One V both feature the attractive HTC Sense interface and Ice Cream Sandwich, the newest Android release.

The HTC One X is $0 on a 24Month $100 Smartphone plan and the HTC One V is $0 on a 24 Month $60 Smartphone plan.

Pre-orders will be live on Telecom’s website from 10 April, and available online and in store on 26 April. Gen-i clients should contact their client manager for more information. 

21279 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 604346 3-Apr-2012 10:07
Send private message

Wow the HTC X for $0 on a 24 month contract, thats considerably better than VF are offering. I just got offered a $600 rebate for a 24 month contract on a $100 smartphone plan.

4854 posts

Uber Geek


  # 604348 3-Apr-2012 10:08
Send private message


Good on Telecom for getting these phones here in a nice, timely fashion.

I hope it goes well. I'd love to have a drive of one to compare it to my iPhone on Voda.

294 posts

Ultimate Geek

  # 604349 3-Apr-2012 10:12
Send private message

Great to see NZ is getting a high end phone like the One X so quickly. This was the clear standout at MWC this year. I hope I get chosen to review! :D

4649 posts

Uber Geek


  # 604365 3-Apr-2012 10:28
Send private message

Just checked in with this thread after forgetting it a few days - many thanks to those who put my name forward! That is uncommonly decent and selfless of you all, I am humbled.

Naturally if selected I will give the phone the review it deserves (my 17,000 word review of the Galaxy Note at can be my resume for my phone review chops).

Twitter: @nztechfreak


5286 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 604368 3-Apr-2012 10:35
Send private message

Nicely done Telecom. And well done to those who are chosen for the task.

4649 posts

Uber Geek


  # 604400 3-Apr-2012 11:13
Send private message

freitasm: Hello folks... Just to let you know I am reading through this. Didn't post or reply to the PMs simply because I spent most of Sunday babysitting our new puppy, in AKL before flying back to WLG with her...

OT:  What's the puppy's name?

Of course I'd love to review a new Android device but I think that's pushing my luck.  However you have a good handle on the type of reviewer I am, and that I live up to my end of the bargain with the agreement to provide reviews.  I'd go to Auckland just to visit JB HiFi.  Oh, and my brother and sister-in-law ;-) 

Oh, you wouldn't come to me visit me?

EDIT: WHOA! Just saw what Telecom are offering the X for on contract, as NZ telcos go that is a stellar deal.

Twitter: @nztechfreak

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Logitech introduces new Made for Google keyboard and mouse devices
Posted 16-Oct-2019 13:36

MATTR launches to accelerate decentralised identity
Posted 16-Oct-2019 10:28

Vodafone X-Squad powers up for customers
Posted 16-Oct-2019 08:15

D Link ANZ launches EXO Smart Mesh Wi Fi Routers with McAfee protection
Posted 15-Oct-2019 11:31

Major Japanese retailer partners with smart New Zealand technology IMAGR
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:29

Ola pioneers one-time passcode feature to fight rideshare fraud
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:24

Spark Sport new home of NZC matches from 2020
Posted 10-Oct-2019 09:59

Meet Nola, Noel Leeming's new digital employee
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:07

Registrations for Sprout Accelerator open for 2020 season
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:02

Teletrac Navman welcomes AI tech leader Jens Meggers as new President
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:41

Vodafone makes voice of 4G (VoLTE) official
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:36

2degrees Reaches Milestone of 100,000 Broadband Customers
Posted 1-Oct-2019 09:17

Nokia 1 Plus available in New Zealand from 2nd October
Posted 30-Sep-2019 17:46

Ola integrates Apple Pay as payment method in New Zealand
Posted 25-Sep-2019 09:51

Facebook Portal to land in New Zealand
Posted 19-Sep-2019 18:35

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.