SmartHalo – Finally, an easy to use navigation device for your bike

We’ve seen similar things in the past, but I’ll confess that this is the first one selling on Apple.com. The Montreal-based startup has sent us oodles of details for their SmartHalo gadget, but for me it’s probably easier to just watch this demo video. I promise I didn’t …

Going away for Christmas? Pawbo – The pet camera and more

The people at Pawbo have sent us a mail about their interactive camera technology. It’s to keep an eye on your cat or dog while you’re not home, and via your smartphone you can see how they’re doing. The pet camera is accessed via the Android / iOS …

Whoo oo oo ooo! Can you feel the Force ?!

Just a couple of weeks back I posted about the new Z2 Force arriving soon on Vodafone. Well, guess what guys! It’s now landed and you should be able to click this magical link to get it. The Moto Z2 Force can be purchased on the network for …

Unihertz Jelly Pro – Review

It’s difficult to find a position for this one. The makers of the Jelly Pro admit that it’s perhaps not ideal as a primary phone. Setting up can be a little tricky, especially when you’re entering your email address and trying to accurately input your password on the …

Razer Phone – Is this the ultimate gaming device?

We’ve seen many attempts to make a gaming phone. There was Nokia with the ill-fated N-Gage (it used GameBoy-like cartridges) and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Unfortunately, these never caught the imagination of the public as they were seen as a bit gimmicky. So it was interesting to see …

Three ditches roaming charges in 11 more destinations outside Europe

Whilst not everyone will be heading to Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Vietnam or Mayotte; those that do will now benefit from worry-free roaming on the Three network. The UK network now has an impressive 71 destinations worldwide included in their “Feel …

BenQ WIT e-Reading LED Desk Lamp – Review

If you’re working for any length of time with screens you’ll quickly realise that having the right amount of background light is important. Here we’ve got the BenQ e-Reading LED Desk Lamp. Video overview For those without the time, here’s my unboxing! The first thing you’ve got to …

A geeky way to control those Christmas lights

This weekend I horrified anybody with any electrical knowledge by plugging the Christmas lights into an extension, which was then plugged into an extension … plugged into an extension. I won’t go into the finer details, but there was a minor explosion and I blew three fuses. I …

ZTE Blade V8 comes to Three

Three has just announced the ZTE Blade V8 smartphone, which will be available on their network from today. Starting from just £12 a month, customers get an Android-powered smartphone that doesn’t break the bank, especially at Christmas time. Three also lists the V8 on PAYG for £139.99, making it …

Android Wear updated for Oreo 8.0

Android Wear 2.0 is getting a bit old now and while there have been a few minor updates, none have introduced anything particularly novel or exciting.  A few days ago Google announced the Oreo 8.0 update for Android Wear.  While this isn’t a major update, it does provide …

A week abroad with the Note 8

Usually when I go on holiday I like to reach out to contacts I have made over the years to loan a recent device to road test. This year, Three kindly stepped up and loaned me a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for me to use. You may remember …

Smartphones – Opening the door for you and to you

I mentioned recently how smartphones can pose a danger to kids. This is because of the ease and the instant nature to which live video feeds can be pushed out onto the internet. Gone are the days when smutty websites were the only ones offering webcam content. Now …

iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones – Review

I do tend to wear headphones quite a bit. At work, at home when I’m typing this stuff out and even when mowing the lawn. These ones are over-ear headphones from a company called iDeaUSA. They’ve got a lot of tech inside, most notably something called “AtomicX Audio …

Know a gamer? Looking for a Christmas gift?

If you’re an Android or iPhone user then you’ll either be enjoying free games or perhaps paying a relatively small amount to buy them. However, if you’re one of those flash PC gamers using Steam, Origin, Uplay or Battle.net, you’ll find that gaming can be a little expensive. …

VKWORLD T2 Plus brings back those flip phone memories

Even for the most ardent smartphone fan, the continual release of very similar-looking slabs can dent the enthusiasm somewhat. Back in the day, when this website was young and wearing nappies, we used to review phones of all shapes and sizes. Some had sliding keyboards, some were foldable …

Stuck for gift ideas? Try these out for size!

The guys at Prezzybox have got your back if you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas this festive season. They’ve got a stack of gadgets for almost every taste. They’ve got stocking fillers like this personalised headphone holder plus these gloves which let you use your smartphone …

Get a free PS4 for Christmas!

We’ve all probably had our last pay packet before Christmas and now we’re probably already running low on cash. So, if you fancy gifting or getting yourself a brand new PlayStation 4 Slim (500GB in white) with a copy of Gran Turismo Sport, you can. Right now iD …

Canvio for Smartphone – Review

Back in April I reviewed the Toshiba Canvio Connect II. It’s a portable storage device that you can plug into your smartphone to send, receive, organise, backup, restore and view files. This, what we have here, builds on that. The Canvio for Smartphone is a charger and an …

It’s (nearly) Christmas! Get yourself a Nokia 8!

Hello my fun festive friends. There’s a bit of a story to this one. Just a few weeks back I jokingly poked a bit of fun at an email we’d received from the lovely, lovely people at Nokia PR. Basically it was a brief email with a picture …

Honor 7X – Thoughts and Unboxing

Yesterday I was allowed to leave the confines of Coolsmartphone Towers and escape into the depths of London for a few hours. During my brief sojourn into the real world, I was able to attend a small gathering of phone enthusiasts and bloggers (okay it wasn’t that small, there …