Ekster – Trackable smart wallets

These are sold in shops like Macy’s and Selfridges and are crafted from the highest grade leather available in Europe. Basically, they’re high-end but they’re also clever too. These are ultra-slim smart wallets which can be tracked and actually run via solar power. Yes, solar power. This means …

Strategies for referral SEO

So, you’ve spent hours, days, weeks and months developing your mobile app. You’ve carefully crafted it. You’ve made a beautiful interface, and it’s really, truly useful. You’re rightfully proud of your creation but you’re about to hit your biggest problem. After uploading, adding a graphic, a video and …

Smartphone usage is on the up, but people are cutting back

Are you showing signs of addiction? Well, even if you class yourself as a “moderate” user, you’re probably using you phone more than you think. Recent research has shown that those classed as a “moderate” user will touch their phones on average 2,617 times per day. I know, …

Vodafone to range the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Huawei P30 Lite

Two new phones have been confirmed by the Vodafone network here in the UK. First, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is coming. This runs Android 9 and has a 6.39″ 19.5:9 Full HD+ OLED display. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU and an Adreno 640 GPU. There’s …

Virgin Mobile goes big. 200GB SIM-only for £22 per month.

Want a big, fat 200GB of data for your phone? Well, whether you’re a Virgin cable customer or not, you can now get it for £22 per month on a 12 month deal with Virgin Mobile. In addition you’ll get 5000 minutes of talk-time and unlimited texts. Normally …

Samsung Galaxy Fold units breaking already.

Oh dear. Some serious problems for Samsung this morning as first users of their Galaxy Fold experience broken hinges and flickering displays. This is not what the company wanted at all. Before I type another word, I should mention that a proportion of the problems appear to be …

Vodafone add 4G to phone boxes across Cornwall

The boys from Vodafone have recently tried some new and interesting ways to expand their coverage. First we saw their mini 4G masts and then they went ahead and put a mast inside a manhole. Now they’re adding 4G to phone boxes, and let’s be honest – I …

Nokia 1 Plus now available in the UK

A Nokia handset for less than £90? Interested? Well, today you can go and get one. It’s powered by Android 9 (Go Edition) and is a great first smartphone for those wanting to move on from the traditional feature phone. The Nokia 1 Plus (details here) has 1GB …

Vodafone Gigafast ads get into trouble

As a techy geek, whenever I hear the word “Giga”, I think of “Gigabit”. Indeed, the word itself actually denotes a billion, and it’s got Vodafone into a spot of bother as they roll out their direct fibre solution – Gigafast. The offering is a FTTP (Fibre to …

Unboxing the Huawei P30 Pro

Normally when we get a phone to review, one of the first things that we do is an unboxing. However, with the P30 Pro we decided to mix things up a bit. Dan was able to use the phone for a short period of time before he departed …

NOA Opens their first European store

If you’ve seen our NOA handset coverage and you want to learn more, you can head to their website. However, they’ve now opened their first physical store in the EU. It’s the first over 100, with 15 alone planned for Ireland alone. Their first outlet is within Swords …

Possible May release date for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro

If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll probably already known that I am an avid OnePlus fan. I’ve had every device from the Chinese manufacturer and, if the the company are keeping to their previous device roll-out schedules, the next “Flagship Killer” shouldn’t be that far away. As always …

The benefits of using a VPN on your smartphone

OK, so you’re a bit worried browsing to certain places on your phone. If you’re using the work WiFi then they’ll be tracking you. If you’re using the free WiFi at the local coffee shop then, yes, they might be snooping. You can’t be sure that the information …

The Huawei P30 Series expands. Welcome, the P30 Lite.

Yes, it looks a bit like the Honor 10 lite but this is actually the new Huawei handset and, like the upcoming Honor 20 Series, Huawei have a numbered series of handsets too.. errmm.. and this is the P30 Series. Confused yet? Well, following the excellent P30 Pro …

New HONOR 20 Series incoming

The naming convention is getting me a little confused this early on a Monday morning. We’ve already had the excellent Honor View20, which I reviewed here and loved. Now, though, it looks like there’ll be more “20 Series” phones coming soon. Honor have put out this launch notification …

The Coolsmartphone Podcast – Now on Spotify too!

We published our first ever podcast, unbelievably, way back in 2012. On Tuesday we’ll be publishing Episode 244. The number 244, as you may be aware, is the dialling code for Angola. It’s also the year that Philip the Arab became the new Roman Emperor. So… ermm.. to …

New mobile phone detectors deployed by police

Using your phone whilst driving? Perhaps you have a cheeky look at it when you’re stuck in traffic or in a long tail-back? Well, beware, because the police are now starting to roll out automatic systems which will attempt to spot your phone usage and then flash a …

Easter discounts on Honor handsets

Seen my Honor View20 review? Like the Desktop Mode and the long battery life? Well, if you want it and you can pay up front, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a time-limited discount on this particular device. It means that you can get a stonking 128GB …