Roy Smyth

Associate Editor and part of the team of gadget reviewers at DroidHorizon. Also been known to dabble in software development to pay the bills.

Free Disney Apps

We’re not yet sure why or for how long, but some cracker Disney games are now available for free in the Play Store. * Where’s My Perry? * Wreck-It-Ralph * Puffle Launch * Where’s My Water? * Temple Run: Brave Our advice is to snap them up while you can. Prices have returned to normal.  Was this a mistake?  Did you get them in time?

First Impressions Of The Samsung Galaxy S4

Opinions will undoubtedly vary with the Droid Horizon team, but this is my personal take on the yesterday’s Samsung unveiling of the Galaxy S4. The Hype and Unpacked Event The teaser videos with that Jeremy Maxwell kid and his glowing box was beyond lame.  This kid is Samsung’s Wesley Crusher or Jar Jar Brinks (depending on your preference).  After watching this kid on stage and listen...[Read More]

Gun Bros 2 Review

  Yes, you guessed right. Gun Bros 2 is a sequel. Gun Bros was released back in 2009 and was an early example of a freemium game – you get the game for free but then they entice you with upgrades that cost actual money. The original was a great success, and Glu Mobile have stuck to the winning formula with Gun Bros 2. The game-play is very similar – dual virtual joysticks allow yo...[Read More]

Greenify App Review

Before beginning this review, let me first say that Greenify is a root-only app.  If you haven’t rooted your device and have no intention of doing so, then Greenify isn’t going to work for you. Now Android has pretty slick memory management and despite the plethora of task killing and memory manager apps on the Play Store, the general advice is to just let Android do it’s thing. ...[Read More]

DroidHorizon Firefox Persona

Following on from our DroidHorizon Chrome Theme, we didn’t want to neglect our Firefox users.  So now you can also support our site with our shiny new Firefox Persona.


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Plantronics M165 Marque 2 Bluetooth Headset Review

  Plantronics M165 Marque 2 Bluetooth Headset Review   When I was asked to review the Plantronics M165 Marque 2 Bluetooth headset, I had to take a few minutes to think about it. You see I don’t make many calls and have never owned a Bluetooth headset. Plantronics would have a difficult time winning me over to such a device. Also my limited headset experience means that I have no id...[Read More]

Android Is Popular Because It’s Cheap AND Good

This editorial is a response to a couple of articles that have been published in the past 24 hours, basically saying that the reason Android has become hugely popular is because it’s cheap. Gismodo published the article entitled “Android Is Popular Because It’s Cheap, Not Because It’s Good“.  TechCrunch then published a follow-up article “The Truth Is That Android Is Cheap,...[Read More]

Game Review – Wild West Sheriff

I installed this game after it was recently featured as the free app of the day on the UK Amazon Appstore. Their free apps are often more miss than hit, and to be honest from looking at the screenshots, I probably wouldn’t have installed it at all. However even if a game’s not very good, my young kids often like to play around with it for a couple of days. So I gave Wild West Sheriff t...[Read More]

Editorial – Maybe LG Needs Some GL (Google Love)

As rumours emerged of LG being the next company to manufacture a Google Nexus device, the news was largely met by disbelief followed by ridicule by the Android community.  While LG had always produced fairly decent hardware, the software on their devices left a lot to be desired which prevented them from creating a truly exceptional smartphone.  Leaked photos of the “Nexus 4” show a si...[Read More]

Bad Piggies Review

You can’t deny that Rovio have had phenomenal success with Angry Birds, making these wingless and legless creatures as recognizable as Sonic or Mario.  Just as famous are the game’s villains – those chuckling green piggies.  After countless iterations of Angry Birds games, Rovio have now let the bad guys have a spin-off of their own, namely “Bad Piggies“.  However don...[Read More]

Zeemote JS1 Controller Review

Zeemote kindly sent DroidHorizon some of their JS1 Bluetooth gaming controllers for review.  I tested two of them with my Nexus 7 tablet and Samsung Galaxy S2 phone to see the difference these controllers make to the Android gaming experience. These miniature controllers are very light and fit comfortably in the hand, with a kind of rubberized texture which means they won’t slip out of your ...[Read More]

Skydrive finally available for Android

Microsoft’s Skydrive cloud storage solution has been available on other platforms for quite a while, but up until now they have left poor Android users out in the cold.  However they have finally released their Android app allowing you to access your Skydrive documents and upload new ones. Microsoft gives a healthy 7GB of free storage by default (with some old accounts like my own boasting 2...[Read More]