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Would you buy a phone with “Microsoft” on the front?

Here’s a question for your Friday morning. Imagine yourself in a mobile phone shop. To your right there’s a stack of iPhones with the instantly-recognisable Apple logo. To your left, some Galaxy handsets with the Samsung branding. Then, in the centre, a phone with this written on

LG announce availability of the G Watch R

The original LG G Watch was a great “mark 1″ device for Android Wear, it just showed the world how Android Wear works and didn’t get bogged down with the design or anything like fancy buttons. I liked the original, but I ditched mine for a Pebble

Podcast 114 – that Nexus is so tempting

Welcome to the latest edition of the Coolsmartphone podcast. Joining me this week were Dan and Garry, our topics were about the Nexus 9 pre-orders, the lack of Nexus 6 pre-orders, my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review, Dan and his newly purchased Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Garry

Podcast 114 – Listen in live

Welcome to the live edition of our podcast, this is the listen in live post which will become live at about 7.30pm tonight. There will be a Play button below. Topics this week will revolve around the Nexus pre-orders, the devices we’ve been using this week and

Teen Developers – Colton Anglin

Today we talked with Colton Anglin, a young developer based out of Oklahoma City. He develops for open source and the Web, and loves all things Apple. Hackathons are pretty great too.     You say that you enjoy contributing to open source projects. Does developing open-source feel any different

Google Helps iPhone Owners Make the Switch to Android

There are several reasons why some iPhone users might want to change to an Android based Smartphone but is it as easy as it sounds? There’s a common belief that it’s difficult to switch from an iOS device to Android, and this perception might put off those

Google Unveils ‘Google Inbox’

In a bit of a surprise announcement today, Google decided to announce a new product of theirs’. “Years in the making”, Google says that Inbox, though developed by the Gmail team, is a whole new way to send and receive emails. For many of us, dealing with email has

Three show off the HTC RE Camera

The new viewfinder-less pipe-cam from HTC will be available soon and Three are already getting the marketing wheels turning with one of their hands-on videos. The camera, which can display a preview of your footage onto your smartphone, is an easy to use click-and-go affair. We’ve got

Nokia. Thank you for the memories.

Bear with me here, because I’m in a rather strange mood after listening to a pirate radio DJ shouting “Oh my days” several times this morning and “Oi Oi” quite a lot. I think it’s gone to my head. Nokia, as you’ll know already, is dead. We

Hauppauge mySelfie review

Are you a selfie fan? Want more control? Well, this weird little gadget should suit you. Or should it? The mySelfie is a Bluetooth remote for your smartphone or tablet. Not only that but it’ll work as an anti-theft key ring to locate your phone or your

Android Lollipop – A Picture Special

So, finally the rumours can have been put to bed, the speculation and conjecture can stop for, as we all now know, Android L is actually Android Lollipop.  We had the initial developer version back in May with another update being issued late last week. Like many, a

My new toy – The Pressy

Some months ago I ordered this cheap physical button for my phone. It plugs into the audio port and gives you an additional button which you can program to open certain apps or run certain tasks. The cheap button was just £1 but this, the “proper” Pressy

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – Review

Iterative products are just a way of life these days. We get a new slightly updated device every few months, sometimes every six months, sometimes even every year, Sony have mastered the iterative product cycle, releasing new products every six months ensuring they stay current. A manufacturer

Free data on EE every month

OK now, don’t get too excited, it’s not a great deal of data but still, this is worth investigating if you’re thinking of getting a tablet as a gift. It’s only 100MB, but if you have a tablet or phone that mostly lives near a WiFi hotspot

Pre-order a OnePlus One on 27th October 2014

That’s right, you will be able to order (well pre-order) one of the most frustratingly difficult to order phone of 2014 on 27th October. As posted on the OnePlus Forum the invite system will be bolstered by the option to put down cash no matter who you

Archos VR glasses available to order for £25

Even though they are hardly top of the range, you have to admire Archos. The French company keep the bottom to mid-range end of the market afloat, releasing a variety of smartphones and tablets. Never one to shy away from the latest tech, Archos have now announced their own VR

Is Lumia Emerald the next firmware update?

The thing about rumours is that it’s nigh on impossible to prove or disprove them at the time and afterwards, when reality bites, most people won’t apologise for misleading. Take this one with a large pitch of salt but the next version of firmware to hit Lumia

New devices coming from FitBit

Those of you that love to strap new activity trackers to yourself are in for a treat in the next few weeks. Information sent in to The Verge shows the company is gearing up to launch 3 new products. My bank account is already quivering… The first two

Argos to start selling budget Windows phones and tablets

Who doesn’t love Argos, particularly the newly revamped shops with annoying and hard to use touchscreen ordering iPads?  Now the favourite of the High Street has started to sell Bush Windows phones and tablets. These are no high-end models but are firmly entrenched at the budget end of the