Author: Leigh Geary

New website, new products. Honor pushes on.

With their smartphone business currently impacted by the Trump Trade Termination, Honor are slightly changing direction. Everything we’ve looked at recently has been highly rated. The Honor MagicWatch 2 was top class (and I wanted to keep it), and the Magic EarBuds are shockingly good. Today, more devices …

Nokia straps a rocket to 5G with a massive 4.7Gbps speed test

Last night I got about 50MMbps via my Vodafone 4G data and I thought, to be honest, that’s really not bad. Considering that the fastest normal ADSL (fixed line) speeds round here are around 30Mbps. 5G though, that’s the next big thing, and Nokia have pushed the all-new …

Xiaomi announces MIUI 12

Just now Xiaomi have launched their latest iteration of MIUI 12 – their Android-based OS. The rollout will begin in the next few weeks and you’ll see the Redmi Note 9, Mi 10, Mi Note 10 and POCO F2 Pro getting the update… but not, it seems, the …

The 5G Coronavirus conspiracies go up another level

Back in February we covered the fact that a certain hard-core section of society kept pushing the idea that 5G was causing or started COVID-19. It was followed by masts being set on fire and network engineers being abused and bullied in the street by people thinking that …

Nokia 1.3 – Cheap entry-level Go-phone at Argos

Announced earlier in the year, the Nokia 1.3 is now available to buy for just £79.99 from Argos. Although available in three colours (Cyan, Sand and Charcoal), Argos are only selling the Charcoal one by the looks of it. It’s obviously SIM-free, but is dual-SIM capable and will …

SMARTY – 100GB Monthly data for £15 per month

Well, this is another article where the title kinda tells you everything you need to know. Right now, SMARTY (an MVNO using Three UK masts) has doubled their data allowance on their £15 package. There’s no big contract (it’s a one-month rolling deal so you can cancel at …

Samsung A21s heading to giffgaff

The cheap Samsung A21s we covered a few days back will be arriving on giffgaff shortly, and for a mere £179. If you want to pay monthly, their RateSetter monthly charge is a mere £7.65 per month over two years with a £25 upfront charge. You then stick …

HONOR Magic EarBuds – Review

After having my perception of all non-Apple AirPods ruined by some shady £10 in-ear replicas, I didn’t hold out too much hope for these Magic Earbuds from HONOR. They’re available in the UK now and you can find them on the new HONOR website here. That new website – …

OnePlus 8 Pro X-Ray vision? The truth…

There’s been a whole load of click-bait articles out there stating that the “Photochrom” setting on the OnePlus 8 Pro gives some sort of magical X-ray vision which lets you see through clothes and other obstacles. The reality is somewhat less amazing, and I’ll show you some examples …

Boost your digital skills with the giffgaff Academy

While we’re mostly still stuck indoors, it’s important to make use of this extra time we have. Mobile network giffgaff have launched their new giffgaff Academy. It’s the place to go if you want to increase you digital skills. You don’t have to be a giffgaff customer – …

Samsung Galaxy A21s Revealed

I’ll be honest, we used to ignore the Galaxy A-range phones quite a bit. Our attention was taken by the Samsung Galaxy S models, but the “A range” are actually very impressive. Samsung have just added another phone to their line-up. This time it’s the Galaxy A21s smartphone, …

Download updates.. for your Ford Mustang!

My car hasn’t really moved a whole lot recently and this locked-down world has made us all look into how we get around. If you’re looking for an all-electric car, the nice people at Ford PR have emailed about their Mustang Mach-E. It’ll do an advertised 370 miles …

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G – Super-cheap on O2 with discount code

Head to the O2 Shop right now and you can get yourself the crackin’ 5G – Mi MIX 3. The upfront cost on O2 is normally a whacking £350, but if you purchase the phone on an O2 Refresh tariff online and put the code… XIAOMI115OFF ..into the …

Just how hot is your meat? Your smartphone can help you become a BBQ King!

With summer holidays written off, we’ll probably be spending more time and money in our own gardens this year. If you’ve got yourself (or you’re planning on getting) a barbeque, there’s always that worrying “is it or isn’t it” cooked question. So this, my friends, is the ultimate …

Free movies on Saturday

We’re now getting more and more emails from music and movie PR teams. Not sure why, but today Lionsgate got in touch to let you guys know that, over the next four Saturdays, they will be making four of their movies available for absolutely nothing on YouTube. Whilst …

The all-new Xiaomi handheld you won’t see anywhere else

After getting my 8 thousandth email from TomTop.com today I thought I’d spotted a new Xiaomi phone. Sadly no, it’s a nail clipper. Not just any nail clipper though, oh no. This is an “anti-splash defence spatter nauil knife 420”. Yowser. For just £5.75 you can this anti-rust …

Moto G8 Power Review – Part 1

Yes, you can go out there and get yourself a phone with a blazing fast processor. Yes, you can get one that costs nearly £1,000 and has a stack of cameras and a whole bucket-full of tricks. But what if you want one that doesn’t cost the Earth …

Hello POCO. The F2 Pro launched, and the price wars are ON!

Expected to be arriving on mi.com/uk later this summer, this is the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro. UK pricing isn’t known at this stage, but we do know that the base model (6GB RAM and 128GB storage) is just €499. The next model up (8GB RAM and 256GB storage) …

Anker reduce prices on Wireless Chargers

Looking for a wireless charger? Want to save some money? You need to head over here. Anker have reduced the prices on three of their chargers, with their PowerWave Wireless Chargers down by either £15 or £5. Their 7.5 Wireless Charging Pad is the cheapest – now just …

H&M and Urbanista collaborate on audio goodness

If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth speaker, the guys at Urbanista have teamed up with H&M HOME to create a limited-edition Bluetooth speaker. The Sydney speaker is £34.90 but, if you hang around on the site, you’ll get a 10% discount code to make it a bit cheaper. …

Pimp my horn!

I have a very mad belief that there’s a direct correlation between the quality of a car and the sound of a car horn. Get in a Fiat Cinquecento and sound the horn. You’re gonna hear a “meep”. However, get yourself in a big Merc and you’ll gear …

Cowboy sees record sales increase during the lockdown

One thing, at least here in the UK, that we’ve been able to do during the lockdown is exercise. Now, whilst there’ll be some hardcore cyclists (like myself) who will frown at e-bikes, they’re a great solution for many. The guys at Cowboy bikes have announced that their …

Ditching Sky. Life after cancellation with Netgem TV.

I’ve had Sky TV installed for about 15 years. I’ve seen it grow from a normal satellite TV box to a “timeshifting” one and then, as on-demand TV increased in popularity, we got more choice and flexibility than ever. However, we consume TV differently now. There’s a huge …

O2 and Virgin Media to merge

Well, that was certainly quick. After O2 almost-but-not-quite got sold to Three, Spanish parent company Telefónica have instead signed off on their merger with Virgin Media. I’m using Virgin Media right now for my internet, and you can read all about my switch to cable internet. They provide …

Vodafone extend their free NHS data and add in care workers too

It’s been over a month since Vodafone started dishing out free data for NHA staff and now they’re giving unlimited data offer to both NHS staff and care workers. Free access to unlimited mobile data will now continue for a massive six months. Vulnerable customers can also benefit …

Working from home could last for a lot longer

Good morning lockdown crew. Hope you’re well. Yesterday, and for the first time in a while, I found myself in a couple of local shops. There’s a mixture of coronavirus changes, with the local Co-op implementing a “one way only” and “one in, one out” system and keeping …

Vissles-W 3-in-1 wireless charger – Review

Charging your techy stuff is still a messy nightmare. It becomes even worse when you buy additional gadgets. It’s not just your phone any more, oh no – now you’ve got a watch and some headphones to charge too. Cables all over your kitchen? Your bedroom? Elsewhere? It’s …

Vodafone launch an IOT Thermal Camera

Those who have been with us for a while may remember the Seek Thermal Camera. I looked at it a few years ago and you can buy it right here and it just plugs into your phone so that you can see heat and cold. For those who …

Virgin Media and O2 look to merge?

Virgin Media, which is actually “Virgin” purely in name because they’re actually Liberty Global, could be merging with O2 soon. O2, as you may remember, was the target of a Three attempted purchase some years ago. Whilst the BT purchase of EE was given the green light, Hutchison …

The easy guide to switching networks

I’ve written about this in the past but still get emails about it so, as we’re all on lockdown right now, I thought it’d be a great time to go through the steps of switching networks. Yes, actually switching. It can see like a frightening thing for some, …

Get our EXCLUSIVE discount on chargers, cases, cables and more!

My son recently got through his twelfth iPhone cable. It has, if nothing else, taught me to buy quality cables and not those ultra-cheap eBay ones that only cost £2 but last about 2 minutes. If you’re looking for reliable products that support your lifestyle, try getting your …

Oppo Find X2 Pro. Still looking really rather smashing.

We’re really liking the looks of the Oppo Find X2 Pro. Sadly their PR team have gone all quiet on us, but we can tell you that you can register your interest in buying the phone over at Carphone Warehouse. The specs are already out there and we’ve …

Worst ever quarter for smartphone market

Rather unsurprisingly, people are buying less smartphones right now. We’re not exactly “mobile” and so we’re not buying as many mobile phones, despite the fact that they’re still widely available to buy online. IDC and Strategy Analytics are now showing that the smartphone sector has suffered its largest …

Motorola Razr – Now in Blush Gold

If youve got a fairly substantial amount of money then you can now go ahead and get the folding Motorola Razr in Blush Gold for a mere £1,499.99 – the same price as the black one. The people at Motorola PR have sent us some lovely words about …

Realme 6 Pro to launch in days

It only seems like 5 minutes since we took a look at the Realme 5 Pro (which is available for a mere £209 on the UK Realme site) but wait, there’s a Realme 6 Pro around the corner and we’ll be seeing it for real this coming Tuesday. …

Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Coming to the UK!

OK, listen friends. The smartphone world is changing quite a bit. Although “Xiaomi” may not be a household name, they are pushing hard and have just announced yet more phones. Although the big press launch saw the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the Redmi Note 9 and the Mi …

Train Guy – The app!

Back in 1990 I used to watch a very random Channel 4 show called “Vic Reeves Big Night Out”. It featured a guy called Vic (real name Jim Moir) and a friend he’d plucked out of the audience some years before – solicitor Bob Mortimer. Since then, the …

Sony Xperia L4 available on giffgaff

We mentioned the all-new Sony Xperia L4 just a few short days ago. This entry-level smartphone gets all the Sony goodness with a tiny £169 price-tag if you buy direct from the Sony website. She’s got a 21:9 6.2″ 720 x 1680 pixel screen, Mediatek 2GHz CPU, 3GB …

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – Where to get them

Right, so just a reminder then. We covered the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro in detail here. We also had a look at the Warp Charge 30 charger and did a camera comparison between the two handsets plus a video unboxing. If you want one, perhaps …