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CES 2017 – Smartwatch announcements

Amidst the smart fridges, smart televisions, smart glasses, smart bike locks and other smart things announced at CES in Las Vegas over the last few days, have been a swathe of smartwatches.  Smartwatches are having a hard time of things of late: if recent figures are anything to …

5-Port USB charging station – Review

There are some products, much like a well known paint manufacturer, that simply do ‘what it says on the tin’.  This charging station is one such device.  It has no bells or whistles, no flashing lights or additional bumpf, it simply charges multiple devices! It comes in a …

Aukey SK-M12 Wireless Speaker – Review

Christmas might be a long distant memory already but there’s still time to treat yourself to some shiny new tech products! This is the second Aukey wireless speaker I’ve reviewed.  Unlike the first model, which I rather liked, this speaker has a more rugged look.  Like most Aukey products …

Review – Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge cases from 32nd Shop

I often find it hard to review cases – most people have their own preferences, whether they’re flip cases (either sideways or up/down), shell cases, rubber cases, no cases etc.  Most cases tend to do what you expect of them, and often the cheaper they are the poorer …

New patent suggests a future Apple Watch could be round

I always find it mildly hilarious to see how much credence tech writers attach to patents.  Herewith a case in point.  In December 2015 Apple submitted a patent with the catchy title ‘Electronic Device Having Display with Curved Edges’, followed up by a related patent in January 2016. …

Rumours circulate about the Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is going to be an important phone for Samsung in 2017.  In the wake of the utter disaster that was the Note 7, the company arguably has a lot of ground to make up in winning over buyer’s confidence.  Rumours of what the S8 will …

Aukey tech goodies discounted on Amazon for our readers

We’ve recently reviewed a number of Aukey products here at Coolsmartphone Towers and, as a thank you, the lovely folk in the Far East have provided our readers with a series of money-off codes on their products: Quick Charge 2.0 Car Charger https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014FHIJ1U  £6 off code: ZNED2Q2I USB Wall Charger …

Aukey bluetooth wireless in-ear headphones – Review

When I was sent these headphones I gave a sigh of relief – I’m a regular runner and use a bog standard pair of sports headphones.  These fit nicely around the ear but have a wire, and for months now the wire has been driving me slowly mad …

Aukey Wireless Portable Speaker – Review

  Portable speakers are ten a penny these days.  You can spend anywhere from a few pounds up to several hundred.  The sound quality is often one of the defining features, as is the make and look.  Aukey produce a wide variety of products, most of which are …

Topdon TP550 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones – Review

I confess from the outset that I’m a bit of an audio nerd.  I like music to sound good and don’t flinch at spending a few hundred pounds on headphones or other bits of kit.  I should also confess from the outset that I don’t like wireless headphones …

LG V20 launches for audiophile

You’d be forgotten for thinking that there were no tech items last week apart from the over-priced, under-specced, headphone-less phone that is Apple’s latest offering.  Far more exciting (to me at least!), was another announcement last week.  It was well known that the LG v20 was going to …

IFA 2016 – Smartwatches galore!

In the wake of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall and the impending launch of the iPhone 7 you’ll be forgiven for having missed the plethora of smartwatches announced at IFA last week.  We covered the launches of arguably the biggest two watches (or, at least, they were …

LG V20 to be first Nougat phone

  Last year LG released the V10.  It is an unusual and quite novel phone that never officially made it to the UK, so coverage over here was quite limited.  The V10 was a whopper – a 5.7″ screen with a smaller 0.2″ secondary screen above (see the …

New Polar fitness Android Wear device revealed

I’m a massive smartwatch fan but, try as I might, every time I feel the itch for a new device, I cannot find anything to replace my trusty Garmin Fenix 3.  The Fenix 3 provides notifications from your phone, the screen is always on, it has a built-in …

Amazon Prime Day deals – coming soon on 12 July

  The Black Friday frenzy that has swept the US for the last few years has certainly made its mark on the UK.  Not content to have one day of shopping craziness per year, Amazon is having a ‘Prime Day’ on Tuesday 12 July.  The website explains what …

Microsoft Surface Phone might have a keyboard case

Although the Windows Phone OS remains a firm favourite amongst the highly paid staff at Coolsmartphone Towers, very few of us use the device regularly.  Indeed, Leigh has written a number of articles recently on the death of Windows Phone.  Microsoft seems to be prepared to have one …

Surprise Pebble announcement later today

Whilst I love the rumours associated with the mobile and tech industry, sometimes it’s really nice just to be surprised! Pebble was the original darling of both the crowdfunding and smartwatch worlds, but it’s fair to say that their second-generation devices – the three ‘Time’ variants, have hardly …

Apple Music half price for students

There are lots of streaming music services out and it often isn’t just the quantity and quality of the back catalogue that dictates which we subscribe too.  I recently discovered that university graduates can pay a £12 annual subscription to get an NUS Extra card, which then entitles you …

Is HTC finally about to release a smartwatch?

This has got to be one of the longest-running rumours of the tech world. The first suggestions that HTC were working on some sort of smart wearable surfaced back in 2014, when a picture of this appeared online: Even by 2014 standards it wasn’t the most glamorous of …

New data reveals contrast between Google Play and iOS app stores

Statistics can often be skewed to serve a particular purpose, but new data just released about the relative numbers of downloads and amount of money generated by the Google Play and Apple iOS app stores make for interesting reading.  The most obvious points from the above graphs, which …