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How hackers are getting into our smartphones

Remember when a briefcase or a stack of paperwork left on a train or in a taxi would be in the daily news? Private data, secure notes and plans for changes in government or a major company could oh-so-easily fall into the hands of others.  Shortly after, it …

NTONPOWER 8-Socket Extension and 5 USB charger – Review

At home you’ll probably have an extension lead. It’s probably behind your TV and you’ll have loads of things plugged in. Secretly you’ll probably not be completely sure what plug does what, or whether you need all those plugs at all. Then you’ll have a charger for your …

Heelight. A remote control bulb, without Bluetooth or WiFi

So, we’ve had a few emails on this one. It’s a product called “Heelight” and is an intelligent bulb that can “hear”. It doesn’t use Bluetooth or WiFi but has 30 different modes including a “Candle” and “Rhythm Mode”. Some 16 million RGB colours are available and – …

How to unlock your Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Try as I might, I’ve been unable to loan a Sony Xperia handset so that we can give you a review. At the launch during Mobile World Congress I was, however, very impressed by the build quality and the sheer speed of the thing, which in tests could …

Nokia 8 official!

The time has come. Nokia have returned the to flagship party! At least, this is what we are being told. We’ve got details from all the material released during the press event, held yesterday. The more obvious question is, why should we care that Nokia are back in …

LG V30 pictured

The smartphone manufacturer has been keen to let us know certain bits of information about their upcoming V30 device. It’s going to have an F1.6 aperture camera with a glass lens. The dual camera setup also gets laser detection autofocus, optical image stabilization and electronic image stabilization too. …

STK now available in John Lewis too.

Morning, morning all. It’s Thursday already so we’ve nearly made it to the weekend. Remember STK? They were once a distribution company before becoming an accessories brand and then a mobile phone manufacturer selling well-priced feature and smartphones. Designed in London, we last saw the handsets arriving in …

Google Pixel 2 leaps onto the FCC

We reviewed the Google Pixel last year but, by the looks of the FCC, we’ve already got details of the next model. Oh, and it’ll be bringing that squeezy technology that we recently saw in the HTC U11. How so? Well, HTC will be making the Google Pixel …

SIM only deal – 4G, BT, come see, act quickly.

We love a good deal and, as you know, the best mobile deals tend to be SIM only ones. Today we’ve got one with the company that now owns EE, so this particular offering will be running on that network. You’ll get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and a …

Fancy owning shares in Pump Audio?

If you cast your minds back to last year’s Gadget Show, we review Pump Audio’s V2 earbuds and even gave a pair away to a lucky reader. One year on, they are still my personal go to ear buds for the quality and the bass but not for the …

Bloody OnePlus 5 advert. Actually quite good.

Good morning all. I’m a little tired today due to the fact that only around four Swissport staff decided to bother turning up to work at Birmingham Airport in the last month or so. The knock on result is a completely terrible experience and an airport which just …

1More Triple Driver Earbuds – The Review

Not that long ago we told you about a company called 1More, the Chinese competition to Beat. The released the 1More Triple Driver Earbuds to the UK recently and kindly sent a set to Coolsmartphone Towers for review. Unfortunately, everyone has had some sort of cold or illness which …

Samsung Note 8 out mid-September rumour

After the PR disaster that was the Samsung Note 7 and the exploding batteries, Samsung has had some tough choices to make. It is rumoured that the US will see the new Note 8 released on the 24th August, which is a day after official release. Hopefully the …

KitSound Reunion Speakers – A review of some great old school speakers

We like a good set of speakers here at CoolSmartphone, and personally I’ve been impressed with KitSound speakers in recent years. So I was chuffed when the Kitsound Reunion Speakers arrived on my desk. Recently I was fortunate enough to review the Kitsound Parallax speakers, and they are …

On the road with Honor

By now you’ll hopefully be familiar with Honor. Although they’ve chosen to spell their name the American way, they’re becoming a strong player. Huawei are the people building and driving this brand, and they’re really rather good at this whole smartphone thing. Our very own James Pearce ended …

OnePlus 3/3T: No updates after Android O

Those of you that are regular readers of this site know I am a OnePlus fanboy. I have had every device the company has produced; my favourite still is my ceramic OnePlus X. (despite there not being any support for this device, i,e, no more OS updates). My …

Why I have gone back to an iPad

Those of you who have been reading on the site for a looong time will remember that I started with a review of how things were on the iPad with iOS 5 Beta. That was on an iPad 2, I believe and it was the last large iPad …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 spotted on Geekbench

With mere days to go until the launch of the next big Samsung device, details of the handset have appeared on Geekbench, the cross-platform benchmark site. According to Telefoon.nl the SM-N950F model number reveals the fact that it’s the Note 8, and although the score isn’t massively high …

Exploring the evolution of mobile phones

It’s fair to say that I’m now of a “certain age” and I can quite easily amaze people by detailing a long-forgotten time “before mobile phones”. At school in the 80’s and 90’s, you simply wouldn’t see a phone, and it was only at college that clever new …

Mobile phones. Ten years ago, it all changed

A decade ago I was here, on Coolsmartphone, writing about Windows Mobile phones. They were the king of the castle back then. Every business had Windows Mobile handsets. Everyone used Pocket PCs for their business email and the Microsoft Smartphone was making good headway into the consumer space. …