Author: Leigh Geary

How smartphones are changing the way we buy

With a number of challenges for high-street retailers right now, taking money from customers really shouldn’t be one of them. Let’s face it, with coronavirus concerns and high rent, you don’t want to be spending cash on extra staff to keep your stock in check and then accepting …

Centreforce radio. This is why I love technology.

I’ve spoken previously about my annoyance with the selection of music available when you’re out and about. In the “old days” we’d perhaps get in the car and have a crummy selection of FM radio stations which all sounded very similar and very dull. Heart FM, Free Radio, …

Oppo A72 now available on Virgin Media

Remember the Oppo A72? Well, Virgin Media are now selling it with prices starting at just £13 per month. For the data-hungry, you can get a whacking 100GB for just £18 per month. No upfront costs on theres and you can get the phone in either black or …

OnePlus 8 Pro wins Best Smartphone

The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are amazing phones. The Pro is £52 per month with a £29 upfront cost on Three with 4GB of monthly data or you can get the 128GB storage version for £795.66 from Amazon if you want to buy outright. For that …

Belkin Wireless Charging Pad – Now down in price

Like your wireless charging? Want a 10W charging pad? Well, right now there’s a deal on at Amazon, Argos and Carphone Warehouse, meaning that you can get one of these for just £19.99 – that’s a saving of £15 from the normal £34.99 price-tag. The offer runs from now until August …

Honor 9A now available, complete with freebies .. but no Google Play

This is the all-new Honor 9A. It’s an entry-level smartphone but comes with some very decent specs, including Android 10, a 6.3″ 1600x720p screen, 3GB RAM, a 5000 mAh battery, a triple megapixel rear camera arrangement and 64GB of on-board storage that can be boosted with microSD storage. …

Cat Phones Announce the S42 Rugged smartphone

So, you want a hard-core phone that’ll easily cope with the rigours of daily life? You want the new “unbreakable” and rugged Cat S42. It’s just £229 and will be available to buy on July 20th. The S42 adds a long battery life, plus it’s drop proof and …

Massive 200GB microSD card for really not-that-much

£24.99 is already a good price for this massive 200GB microSD card, but if you sign up to the Western Digital Newsletter, you’ll get this for £22.49. The delivery is free and – although we should be storing stuff securely in the cloud, it’s good to have lots …

Meet the new Oppo A72

Starting at a mere £219, this is the new Oppo A72 smartphone. For your money you get a 6.5″ 1080 x 2400 pixel 20:9 screen at 405ppi, Android 10, a Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 processor (octa-core up to 2.0GHz) plus either 4GB RAM / 128GB storage or 8GB …

Microsoft to close or convert all retail stores

Goodbye to the high street. Goodbye to the shopping mall. Times are changing and Microsoft is to close or “reimagine” their stores across the world. Across the USA, nearly all stores are closing, whilst the NYC, London, Sydney and Redmond store will instead be converted to stores that …

Sky Mobile partners with Doro. We go up-close with the Doro 8050

We’ve longed covered the elderly-friendly Doro phones. They come with great features such as a friendly and easy-to-understand interface, a step-by-step setup guide and remote help via the MyDoro app. These phones aren’t just all about bigger text and louder sound, but they’ve also tuned audio frequencies for …

OnePlus Lite on the way?

OnePlus have recently given us two absolutely gorgeous phones in the shape of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, but not everyone wants to spend several hundred pounds on a phone. With technology advancing, a sub £250 phone can now give a very respectable performance and it’ll …

Curve cards stop working as dodgy Wirecard nosedives

You may have heard about payment processor Wirecard in the news recently. The Financial Times revealed dodgy transactions and a massive €1.9bn of cash missing from their accounts. The company have filed for insolvency but it’s meant that companies relying on their services have suddenly seen a stop …

Why buy new? gifgaff dishing out some great refurbished phones

Last year I bought my son a reconditioned iPhone. I’ve got him on a SIM-only Virgin Media deal and, because I paid cheap for a second-hand iPhone, it’s a low monthly outgoing. If you’re looking to do something similar, just get yourself a refurbished “like new” phone, find …

Review – Volutz USB Cables. Damn, these are good!

USB cables. It’s fair to say that we’ve gone through quite a few of these during our years writing about smartphones. Indeed, just last week one caught fire here at Coolsmartphone Towers so it’s definitely worth getting a good quality one. Head to the Volutz website and they …