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Coolsmartphone Podcast 199. An in-car special. Remember these?

After the insanity of the Mobile World Congress, a lot of my colleagues have collapsed with exhaustion. So, with time at a premium and a distinct lack of coffee or holiday time, I’ve decided to record a special edition of the Coolsmartphone Podcast. Long-time listeners may remember how …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 198. OK, we’re a little late but..

Before we got on a plane to Barcelona, Matteo hosted a live podcast. Trouble is, this never got converted into an MP3 until just now, so we’re slightly out of date here. That said, this is a great pre-event podcast for anyone with a time machine or someone …

MWC – A chat with Marc Allera as EE increase coverage.

My first ever mobile phone was connected to Orange. I stayed as a customer all through the transitional phase as T-Mobile and Orange joined forces to eventually become EE. The new brand seems to have woven its way into our subconsciousness rather quickly, and they have pushed hard …

MWC – A year on. FlexEnable and their bendy screens.

To be honest I was quite surprised that the flexible screens we saw last year are still being made on the same production line and not by a big smartphone manufacturer. FlexEnable tell me that they’re now looking to include their screen in factories, production lines and distribution …

MWC – The Hisense Rock. Hands-on.

Powered by the very latest Android Nougat OS, I was quite surprised by the Hisense kit here at Mobile World Congress. Older handsets we’ve received had questionable build quality, but there’s definitely been an improvement of late and this tough smartphone doesn’t look overly “blocky” in appearance – …

MWC – Hands-on with the Alcatel A3

Available in May, this will cost you €149 (£127.74) in either black or white. It’s another phone from TCL and this is a pretty entry-level affair. The Alcatel A3 actually has a higher resolution camera than its bigger brother, the A5 LED. Here you’ll get a 13 megapixel …

MWC – Halls 5, 6 and 7. The video tour special.

I’ve filmed this slightly out of sequence but today we’ve got my rambling tour of halls 5, 6 and 7. If you’ve missed some of these, don’t worry, we’ve got Halls 1, 2 and 3 here plus Halls 8 and 8.1 from yesterday. Today the highlights include… The …

MWC – That Nokia 3310. Why the fuss?

Whilst walking around the expansive halls here at Mobile World Congress, I couldn’t help but think about the re-release of the Nokia 3310. Why? Well, here in the Fira Gran Via it’s all about the future of mobile, not the past. Stands are pushing “5G” (even though nobody …

Mobile World Congress / MWC – Why all the fuss?

For quite a number of years now we’ve been lucky enough to head out to Barcelona. We go armed with ultra-portable gadgets and good running shoes. The event, held in the city since 2006, is basically where all the big mobile companies such as LG, Huawei, Sony and …

The Nokia 3310. Will we see Snake heading to Spain?

Want a proper old-school phone? Back in the day, when the internet was in its infancy and phones weren’t touch screen, the Nokia 3310 was quite advanced. For a start, let me tell you, it had no external antenna. A lot of phones at the time had a …

Samsung Galaxy S8 handsets leaked

The grand-master of the phone leakers, Evan Blass, has just dropped this little nugget on Twitter. It’s the new Galaxy S8 from Samsung.. When I say “it”, there’s actually going to be two phones. Gone are the navigation buttons you’ve grown used to in previous Samsung Galaxy handsets …

A trip to China with LeEco – MWC Shanghai

So, I have been quiet over the past few days. This has been because I have been off living the life of the jet set again. About this time every year the Chinese Mobile community all gather in the city of Shanghai to attend MWC Shanghai. This year …

MWC – Haier smartwatch with an Android twist

MWC isn’t just about mobile phones and tablets of course.  Showing off its new smartwatch in Barcelona is Haier.  This is a company that makes fridges… and phones.  Their Voyage V6 looks well built and comes in with a 5.5″ 1920×1080 LCD full HD screen. It’s dual SIM …

FlexEnable – A colour screen on your wrist, it’s here at MWC

Sure, we’ve seen curved screens in the past here at Mobile World Congress, but this is something else. A thin film of plastic has been created here on a prototype line in Cambridge. It’s the product of a very young company – formed only a year ago – …

Fairphone at MWC – Let’s see a real modular smartphone

Yes, LG released a modular smartphone on Sunday, but that’s only partially modular, and it’s modular because it adds functionality. Here, you can argue that the Fairphone 2 is a whole lot more modular, and it’s modular so that you can repair the thing. Here Daria from Fairphone …

A tour around Hall 7, and I have to apologise

I thought it would be a good idea to take you on a tour around Hall 7 here at Mobile World Congress. Indeed, we got to see the Gionee S8 5.5″ Android handset with a full metal body and Intex, with their Cyanogen-based handset. Unfortunately, somewhere along the …

A tour of the Nokia stand at Mobile World Congress

This isn’t the Nokia you know and love(d). This is the network side, but it’s good to see the name getting such massive exposure here in Barcelona. The stand they have here is nothing short of colossal, with lots of unused space just… because they can. There’s a …

A tour of the Intel stand at Mobile World Congress

Intel have quite a few innovations on show here, including tracking sensors and a pair of glasses with a miniature TV screen in to show you how fast you’re running or how far you’ve cycled. The glasses are called the “Recon Jet” (don’t ask me why) and display …

MWC – Huawei MateBook hands-on

This is a very light and very nice looking Windows 2-in-1 tablet. Initial impressions are very good, with a nod to both tech and style. First, let’s get the tech out of the way. This has a 12″ 2160×1440 IPS TFT LCD screen and is powered by a …