Author: Leigh Geary

Free unlimited data for Vodafone customers

If you’re a Vodafone customer, head into the “My Vodafone” app on your phone and, within the “VeryMe” section, you’ll be able to claim 30 days of unlimited data right now. This is all part of the Vodafone “#KeepingtheUKConnected” mission during the coronavirus lockdown. The data should be …

Gamers! Listen up! The RedMagic 5G is here!

Got yourself £539 and want to buy yourself a true gaming phone without breaking the bank? This is the RedMagic 5G, available right now from the RedMagic online store. There’s a couple of versions and so prices are as follows.. 8GB+128GB for $579 / €579 / £539 12GB+256GB …

HMD Global rolling out Android 10 to Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2

These two phones were sold with Android 9.0 on-board. However, the boys at HMD Global are doing a great job upgrading their Nokia phones to Android 10. Today they’re announcing that the Nokia 3.2 and the Nokia 4.2 will both be getting Android 10, so that brings the …

Free Samsung Galaxy Watch Active with selected giffgaff phones

If you go and buy yourself a Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G or S20 Ultra 5G from giffgaff between now and May 26th, you can also claim a free Galaxy Watch Active. Once you’ve bought the phone you simply need to head to the Samsung website and redeem your …

Samsung Galaxy M31 heading to the UK

Whenever anybody mentions a Samsung Galaxy handset, they usually think of the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Samsung Galaxy S9. However, as we’ve covered before, the other Samsung Galaxy phones are really very good. Today we learn that the “M Series” is to expand here in the UK, …

Motorola G8 Power now available on Vodafone

Back in February we took a look at the all-new Motorola G8 Power. Now you can go and get yourself one a Vodafone. You can get the phone plus 6GB of monthly data for just £30 per month with a £9 upfront cost or grab one of Vodafone’s …

Motorola edge and edge+ in the house

Remember these guys? They’ve been kicking around for a while now. Motorola are back, and they’ve launched their “fastest, loudest and boldest” flagship phones ever – the Motorola edge and edge+, all in lower-case letters too. Moto have gone with the “5G first” mantra (similar to OnePlus with …

Honor deals for the upcoming Bank Holiday

Apparently there’s another Bank Holiday coming up. In all honesty, I’m having enough problems keeping track of the days on lockdown, so chucking a Bank Holiday into the mix really isn’t going to make much of a difference. Anyhoo, Honor are offering up some deals on their smartphones, …

Sony Xperia L4 Now available in the UK

Available here for a mere £169 this is the new Sony Xperia L4. It’s got a 21:9 6.2″ 720 x 1680 pixel screen and is powered by a Mediatek MT6762 Helio octa-core 2GHz CPU. There’s also 3GB RAM, 64GB storage and a microSD card slot. Camera-wise there’s a …

More iPhone SE 2020 Deals

Apparently, today is Friday. All ready for the weekend guys? I’m planning a trip to the kitchen, then I’m gonna head over to the garage and do some sight-seeing in the garden on Sunday. Before all that though, there’s more iPhone SE deals ending up in the mailbox. …

Fortnite finally available on Google Play

Well over a year ago we finally got to use the mobile version of Fortnite. However, the install was definitely very unusual, and involved you side-loading an installer outside of the usual trusted store that you have on your phone. The developers behind Fortnite did it this way …

Google Stadia on lockdown

Whilst my son continues with his PS4 in the Gaming Room I created, I’ve been demoted to other areas of the house during the coronavirus lockdown. Today though, I made use of that free Stadia Pro offer and pinched his PS4 controller. I’m using my “half price Pixelbook”, …

The SpaceX Starlink satellites – from my garden

Last night I spoke about ways of seeing the Starlink satellites. They’re really easy to see right now and, as the weather is gorgeous and we’re all locked in our houses, what else are you going to do? I’ve had a few emails about this already and a …

Why Cloud Gaming Services are the future of the Gaming Industry

The gaming industry has seen a huge surge over the last 10 years as more and more of us log on to play some of our favourite games. But as technology changes and the industry shifts to mobile and online gaming, could cloud-based gaming services be the future …

Wanna see the Starlink satellites? Try these apps.

Right, I’ll keep this brief as I need a cup of tea. Elon Musk is launching thousands of satellites into space. There’s quite an interesting story behind this Space X programme. Called “Starlink”, there’s 320 of them up there right now but the intention is to have 12,000 …

COVID-19 – Donate via giffgaff goodybank

We’ve all heard about the flexible giffgaff goodbags, but now there’s something new – the giffgaff goodybank. It’s a new way to help communities in Britain and members of the giffgaff community during the coronavirus outbreak. You can help by directly contributing towards a local Community Fund or …

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G now at Vodafone

If you’ve got a whole mess of money then you can grab yourself either the Galaxy Z Flip or the Fold 5G from Vodafone. They’re available on unlimited data plans and you can add Amazon Prime Video, Spotify Premium, Sky Sports Mobile TV or a NOW TV Entertainment …

SIM-only deals for your Monday

Today is apparently Monday, so welcome along to the week! Today we’ve got some more SIM-only deals that were sent in by you lot. First, if you’re looking for 8GB of data, the cashback people at Quidco have a Sky Mobile (O2 masts) deal which gets you up …

Three adds a supercharger to Pay As You Go

For £20 Three are today launching a new Pay as you Go Unlimited Data pack. You can chat, text and browse as much as you want for just £20 per month. It’s part of the Three Supercharged New Pay As You Go offer and this Unlimited Data Pack …

iPhone SE (2020) Pricing released by Sky Mobile

Having recently voted by as Network of the Year, Sky Mobile have today announced pricing iPhone SE. It’s available to pre-order from 1pm today. Oh, and interestingly, they’re also still selling the iPhone 8 if you want the exact same phone but with a slower CPU. Prices on that …

2020 throws another curveball. The new iPhone SE. Just £419.

What is going on with this year? A pandemic, stores and offices closing, key workers earning far too little for keeping us all alive and now… a brand new iPhone undercutting every single phone OnePlus has released this year in price. Madness. Welcome in, the new iPhone SE, …

Idiots continue to damage critical masts

This doesn’t stop does it? Sadly the internet, as we’ve mentioned before, perpetuates lies which – even when they are fact checked and dismissed – continue to be believed by many. The continual dopamine-driven hits make us live in a virtual echo-chamber and we can easily mute or …

OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger Overview

The all-new OnePlus 8 Pro gets a 4510mAh battery and, in the box, the super-quick Warp Charge 30T wired charger. However, the OnePlus 8 Pro also gets Wireless charging and , if you want, you can place it on the wireless charging units available to buy on the …

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – Camera test

Both of these phones have pretty solid cameras and I used them both during the reveal of the handsets in order to snap pictures. Both phones have the same 16 megapixel Sony selfie hole-punch camera. Around back though, things are a bit different. The OnePlus 8 Pro, on …

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – Video unboxing

It’s a lovely sunny day and I’m out in the garden to take the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro out of their boxes. This really was my first unboxing of both and, as we’re on lockdown, my quietest place right now is the garden. If you want …

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – Everything you need to know

Here’s two smartphones from a company that has been around for almost seven years now. During that time OnePlus have achieved a cult following but, with handsets like the OnePlus 7T (reviewed here, here and here) they’re now gaining more mainstream traction. Today marks the launch of two …

OnePlus 8 Series – Watch the live launch

I’d normally start these launch events by telling you all about our experience. I’ll be talking about the food, the atmosphere and there’d be lots of photos from the show floor. Trouble is, we’re all in the middle of a global crisis right now, so everything is being …

Site / server update

We’ve now been online for over 18 years and, it’s fair to say, we’ve seen quite a few things during that time. In the last few months we’ve seen our traffic increase dramatically – properly off-the-chart and like nothing we’ve ever seen before. This has led us to …

Tribit XBoom becomes the Tribit StormBox

Before the world fell apart we did our top gadget awards and the “Best Bluetooth Speaker” gong went to the Tribit XBoom. We reviewed it here and it was quite pricey at the time. Don’t let that put you off though, because it’s still an utterly brilliant bit …

Stadia Pro – Now free for two months

The teams at Google have decided to make Stadia Pro completely free for the next two months. We’re facing some of the most challenging times in recent memory. Staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating. Video games can be a valuable way to socialize …

Podcast 253 – MoDaCo and Coolsmartphone lock it down

This one is a bit special and if you want to see the video version just head here. Paul O’Brien gave me a nudge and suggested we just have a relaxed chat and a discussion about the current coronavirus situation plus our favourite gadgets at the moment. The …

Help to fight COVID-19 while you sleep

Morning all, remember the Vodafone DreamLab app? It’s been around for a while and has helped to fight cancer for many years. It does this by running on your phone while you’re sleeping – using the processor on your phone to help with big research projects. The app …

Board games that have moved online

Keeping the kids entertained right now is of key importance during this extended period of lockdown. The latest PS4 or Xbox games are great and YouTube, Netflix and so on will definitely keep everyone amused for a while but after that you’ll be looking for more. The classic …

Doro 8050 Senior Smartphone now on sale

Keeping in touch right now is more important than ever. Now Doro, the leading supplier of telecom solutions for seniors, has added the Doro 8050. This isn’t all about specs – the connectivity, the “In Case of Emergency” button and the £200 price-tag are more important here. That …

Online pop-up prepped for OnePlus 8 Series launch

A phone launch in the middle of a lockdown means a distinct lack of food on sticks and no hands-on time with the devices. However, we’ll still be at the live launch on April 14th and there’s going to be abn online pop-up event for its community across …

Home Active – DJ Mixes and videos to keep you moving

OK, you’re trapped at home but, in order to keep fit and healthy, we’re bringing a selection things to keep you mentally and physically strong during the COVID-19 crisis. We might be on lockdown but we can keep things moving hopefully. I’ve just finished off my daily P.E. …