James Pearce Archive

MWC – Acer announce a range of new devices

Today Acer announced a range of new devices. They announced the Liquid Jade Z, the Liquid Z220, the Liquid Z520, the Windows Phone based M220 and the multi OS Acer Liquid Leap+ smartband. They decided to make the event open to the public and they chose the

Karbonn Titanium S6 – Review

Karbonn are another of those companies you might not have heard of, they are an Indian firm that have been making phones for about five years now. They have recently been named as hardware partners for Google and the Android One project and also Microsoft with Windows

A Huawei Android Wear watch appears

Huawei haven’t really made any inroads into the wearable market, bar a fitness band we haven’t seen any hint of a watch. That’s about to change, an advert has cropped up online that shows an Android Wear device on a man in a suit, he’s no doubt

What’s in my bag (James) – MWC 2015

The time has finally come, I’m due on a plane tomorrow heading to Barcelona. Yes it’s finally my turn to go to MWC. Somewhat naively I’ve packed a lot of stuff, I’ve got a couple of bags full of gadgets to help capture the excitement of the

Podcast 129 – MWC preview

Welcome to the latest episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast. Joining me this week was Ian. This weeks topics revolved around MWC, Pebble and their new watch, Ian and his Huawei Ascend G7, me and a new Nexus 5, the amazing S-Pen functionality of the Galaxy Note 4, lots

Podcast 129 – Listen in live

Hello there, welcome to the “listen in live” page for our podcast. Joining me this week should be Ian, topics this week will hopefully be about MWC, what we’ve all been up to this week, Pebble Time and Ian and his Huawei Ascend G7. To listen in

Pebble and Windows Phone

The reaction to the announcement of the Pebble Time has been nothing short of amazing. Support has far exceeded the expected financial target and even amongst those who write for this site, a generally unexcitable bunch, there has been widespread enthusiasm and buzz (evident in the number

Xiaomi Mi4 FDD-LTE – Review

Some of you may have heard of Xiaomi, they are the third largest phone company on the planet. The problem is that they are huge in China and India, Europe not so big. You may also have come across Xiaomi with the Miui software, which started life

Podcast 128 – Is Project Ara the most exciting thing ever?

Welcome to the latest episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast. Joining me this week were Craig, Garry and Leigh. This weeks topics revolved around MWC, Pebble and their teaser, Craig and his Motorola Droid Turbo, Garry amazingly not buying more tablets in preparation for MWC, Leigh and his LG

Podcast 128 – Listen in Live

Hello there, welcome to the “listen in live” page for our podcast. Joining me this week should be Craig, Garry and Leigh, topics this week will hopefully be about MWC, what we’ve all been up to this week, the latest leaks from HTC and Samsung, Pebble and

Pebble for Android gets actionable notifications

Pebble have been playing catchup to Android Wear this year, with the latter offering more features. Festive such as actionable notifications, whereby you get an email and you can delete it from your watch. It was the one feature that kept me using Android Wear. During the

March of the Droids 2015

Over the years “meeting up” with online acquaintances has become a thing, be it UK based Android fans, Coolsmartphone writers, phone manufacturers, random people you’ve been chatting to on Twitter or heaven forbid Google+ (they say it’s a ghost town you know?). One such meetup that I’ve

Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard – Review

The Bluetooth keyboard market has taken off recently, with an influx of affordable Android and Windows tablets, along with the annual iterative updated iPads. Most people I know have a tablet of some sorts. Heck I even now one guy who asked me to fix his “Nexus”

Sony announce the Xperia E4 and promise endless fun will ensue

Budget phones are just as exciting as flagship phones, with many people opting for a cheaper device as opposed to something over £500. Sony have announced the latest in their budget offering, the 5″ Xperia E4. Key points about the Xperia E4 are as follows: · Sony’s

BQ to sell the Ubuntu Phone tomorrow

BQ are the company who are going to be making the eagerly awaited Ubuntu Phone and they’ve tweeted out this morning that they’ll be selling a limited number tomorrow between 9am and 6pm (CET which means 8am-5pm for us in the UK). If you’re interested I’d suggest

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro – Review

A few months ago Lenovo announced a range of new tablets, some running Android and some running Windows, yet they all shared something unique. They all have a kickstand on the back allowing you to prop up the tablet in a variety of positions. But the Yoga

Ubuntu Phone coming to the UK very soon

We all love a new phone right? We all love fledging mobile OS’s right? We all love web apps right? If you said yes to all three then there is a phone coming out soon that’ll be right up your street. The Ubuntu edition of the BQ

Podcast 126 – I’ve gone and caught Samsung again

Welcome to the latest episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast. Joining me this week were Dan and John, this weeks topics revolved around the latest leaks of upcoming HTC and Samsung devices, me and my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Dan and his Lumia 930 running Denim, John impressed