Author: Leigh Geary

Got yourself a Fitbit? It’ll soon be a Google Fitbit

The fitness tracker of choice for many is Fitbit, but with so much competition in that particular field, the company has been making a loss of late. Today Google have announced that they’ll be buying the company for £1.6 billion ($2.1 billion), with the transaction said to complete …

Fairphone 3 coming to Vodafone too

It’s been a couple of months since we saw the Fairphone 3 announcement and Sky Mobile have already bagged it, but Vodafone are joining the party too. Vodafone have announced a strategic partnership with Fairphone in order to deliver “the more ethical, reliable and sustainable Fairphone 3” before …

Park an F1 car on your drive. F1 Pack Rivals.

This is a card trading game with a number of extra goodies. Download the app on iOS or Google Play and you get tought how to play straight away. F1 Pack Rivals is a strategic card game with all the official F1 cards and imagery. Use your tactics …

Xiaomi push on – European R&D office now open

With Huawei currently hitting some rather big stumbling blocks, competitors such as Xiaomi are smelling an opportunity. Today they’ve announced the launch of an R&D office in Tampere, Finland. It’s focused on the development of their latest smartphone cameras. Xiaomi is growing quickly. The company is the youngest …

Flip off. The Nokia 2720 is back, and now with 4G!

Many moons ago we had a wide variety of phones. There was a big selection in different shapes and sizes. Now, they’re mostly all the same – a big screen and a slate design. However, lately we’re seeing folding phones and, in a way, it’s a nod the …

5G Coming to VOXI too

The “youth” network that also takes the young at heart has announced that they’ll be delivering 5G to customers right now. The operator, which runs and is owned by Vodafone, had announced that contract-free 5G plans are now available. In addition, Vodafone are to deliver 5G to their …

Got the original ASUS ROG Phone? You’ll be getting some lovely Pie soon.

The people at ASUS have just got in touch to confirm that their ROG Phone (the ZS600KL) will be receiving the Android Pie update very soon indeed. New features such as advanced user experience, fully customised themes, a redesigned on-screen navigation bar and adaptive battery power management are …

Autumn in the garden. Warm and cosy with LED lights.

OK, bit different this but if you’re looking to make use of the garden even in these darker and colder autumnal days, these Bramblecrest firepits could be just the thing. Getting a firepit it usually a fairly messy affair where you either try to cannibalize an old washing …

Shadow comes out of the .. shadows. Smartphone gaming in the cloud.

With “cloud gaming” now becoming a hot topic in the Coolsmartphone office, we’re all waiting for Google Stadia. For £119 you’ll get a Chromecast Ultra and three months of Stadia Pro. It’s due to arrive on November 26th here in the UK, which really isn’t that far away …

A new slick smartphone for seniors. Meet the Doro 8080.

This is a new phone from the mobile phone company that is dedicated to helping seniors live a better life. Most modern phones are confusing and fiddly, so Doro is determined to deliver the same tech to the elderly but in a more approachable and simpler package. With …

Home Office / Gaming Room Project – Part 3. Messy!

A little update on my weekend adventures then, and we’re now at the plastering stage. For those of you who haven’t caught up, check the previous updates in this feature. Basically I’m creating lots of holes in our house in order to put some HDMI, Ethernet, power and …

Better coverage in the country. The Shared Rural Network.

A figure you may not see in many headlines is the fact that just 66% of the UK landmass has 4G coverage from all four mobile operators. With all this talk about 5G, it’s surprising that we’ve not got a higher 4G coverage. Of course, the operative term …

Go mobile with your PS4 and Xbox. The Buddah Tek Rover 1.

OK, check this out. Sure, we’ve got phones that can play high-end games now, but if you want to walk around with your PS4 or Xbox and literally play your favourite console on the go, this new Rover 1 Personal Gaming Station is the thing. It fits inside …

Watch out, mobile connectivity actually IN the Tube coming soon

The oldest underground system in the world has only very recently had WiFi installed. It means that the majority of mobile users can, via their network provider, hook into a free WiFi connection as they travel under London on the Tube. Trouble is, it only works on the …

Dynamo – Grab yourself a fully electric cab.

Despite the advances in car engines, if you’re in a city, you’re bound to see a number of diesel buses and taxis. To remedy this, the first fully electric “Hackney Carriage” has been approved by Transport for London (TfL) The taxi comes via Nissan and a UK company …

Go SIM-only! Get 10GB of monthly data with Vodafone for just £8

There’s a number of offers on the Vodafone SIM-only pages right now. If you don’t plan on roaming a great deal, these “Basics” plans are the perfect fit for those of you who already have a phone or perhaps you’re planning on buying one direct. First of all, …

How times change!

Those who visit here regularly might know that we’ve been online for quite some time now. We’ve seem the rise and fall of many mobile phone manufacturers over the years, even a few operating systems too. In all honesty, it looks like the next few months will be …

Using your smartphone for log management

I work in IT and I have a definite love / hate relationship with the infamous “Windows Event Viewer”. Log management has come a long way though, and you don’t just need to rely on the built-in tools as there’s now a variety of alternatives. That means that …