Author: Garry Clark

IFA – Acer’s new phones

Acer had lots to talk about at IFA, so I decided to pay them a visit and get some hands on time with their new products. Now, traditionally we tend not to see that many Acer phones in the UK – with the exception of their M220 that …

IFA – Huawei Mate S Unboxing

I have been lucky enough to have been given a brand new Mate S for review so, as is the norm, here is the unboxing. The unit I¬†have been given is the 32GB standard version, not the premium version (apparently I am not special enough). ūüėČ So let’s …

IFA – Tado Smart Thermostat

Here at IFA there are loads of companies pitching Smart Tech in various different forms. I was able to visit one such company this morning. They are called Tado and they are starting to become very popular in the energy-conscious society that we live in. As we are …

IFA – Xperia Z5 Range hands on.

I have been on the Sony booth here at IFA and have had a chance to have a play with their latest devices.¬† We have seen three new handsets – the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z5 Premium. The major focus of the visit was …

Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 5.5 – Review

Something I have been seeing across the industry right now is an emergence of lots of low price flagship challengers. These come from various sources, with the most prominent of these being China. Now, the inherent problem with buying from China is what then happens when it goes …

IFA – Huawei Watch officially released

This one has been waiting in the wings for a while, since MWC in fact it has popped up every now and again since but we were always missing one vital clue. The price well that has been announced. It is going to be selling for ‚ā¨399.00 starting …

IFA – Huawei Press conference Live Blog

The Huawei event is one of the first big press events of IFA 2015. I am sitting in the hall and waiting to see what they will announce. Rumours are pointing to a new Mate phablet and a release date for the Huawei Watch. Let show begin…

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition – Review

Those of you who read the site regularly will no doubt be aware that I have had a couple of Ubuntu devices (including the¬†Bq Aquarius E5) come through over the last few months to review. Now we have another one, and this is the daddy of them all. …

IFA – What’s in my bag

I am sitting writing this whilst waiting for my flight to board to go out to Berlin and I thought I would update you on what kit I am going to be using to bring you coverage of the event’s over the next few days. Here is an …

IFA – Samsung unveil the Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic

Watches look best when they’re round. At least, that’s the way Samsung sees it. Their new Gear S2 smartwatch has been unveiled here at IFA. There’s going to be two versions, including one with 3G connectivity baked in. The specs include a 1.2‚ÄĚ Super AMOLED 360×360 circular screen …

Wishbone Smart Thermometer – Review

Have you got a small child? If so you will be most likely aware that they have an uncanny tendency to get ill from time to time. Now ,like any good parent, we’ve got a digital thermometer. However, like any good self respecting toddler my son despises the …

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

It’s that time again. We’re building up to IFA in Berlin. Sony, like many other tech companies, are wanting to get on the “hype train”. They have been doing that very well with rumours of the Z5 range, however today I bring you news of an actual thing …

Pebble Time – Review.

It has been a while since I mentioned the Pebble Time. To be honest this is intentional. I had an issue with the first¬†one they gave me, which was¬†resolved by a replacement (more on that later). Now that I have had some time to use it in the …

Moto X Play is now available via Motomaker

Didn’t take the plunge on the Moto G (3rd Gen)? Then your patience may well have paid off as the Moto X Play just became available on the MotoMaker service on Motorola’s website. What is really surprising is the price that this device will cost. The 16GB version …

Huawei to unveil new devices at IFA

The rumour mill in the build up to IFA has officially started. In the Sony camp we have already seen the earlier gossip, but now we’re hearing from Huawei too. They have a busy schedule lined up over the next few months. First they’ll be working with Alphabet …

OnePlus Two goes on sale… you still can’t buy one though!!!

The day has come. The OnePlus Two has now gone on sale on the OnePlus website. However if you don’t have an invite, and it is unlikely that you will, you still can’t buy one. I have been following the development of the Oneplus Two and the build …

Etymotic HF3 headphones – Review.

I am going to start this by getting something out of the way. I’m not an audiophile in any way at all. I like my music for when I am working as a background thing, but that’s about it. I do however watch a lot of media whilst …

Fancy winning a new phone?

Do you fancy cheering yourself up over the next few days? If so, then we have a wee contest for you to check out. Our friends at Skyscanner, Honor and Three have all collaborated to put a prize fund together. The prize fund will include an Honor 6+ …

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 5.5″ Unboxing

Time for another unboxing and it is another mid-tier champ. This time from the boys and girls at Alcatel. Wait did I just say Alcatel? Surely they don’t have anything that I as a Coolsmartphone reader would be interested in? Well let me show you what we have …

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition – Unboxing

It feels like it’s taken a long time to get to this place,¬†but finally I have a Meizu MX4. I was very impressed with this when I first had a hands on with it at MWC earlier this year. Since then I have had more of a chance …

Remix Mini breaks $1million mark

Some good news for those of you who backed the Remix Mini. It has now achieved more than $1million and as a result two cool things have happened. The early bird $40 tier for the 2gb ram 16GB storage version has been reopened. In addition to that anyone …

Nokia N1 coming to the UK and Ireland

Hands up who remembers Nokia? Good, a few virtual hands were seen there. For those of you who are itching for some Nokia goodies, your wait is nearly over. The N1 will actually be available to buy here in the UK very soon. I had a good hands-on …

Skyscanner Flights – A real world test

What with the delightful weather we are having here in the UK, you may not have noticed that it is, in fact… summer. Do you feel that you need to get a bit of sun on your bones, or you fancy whisking your loved one away on a …

OnePlus 2 now official

Late last night in China there was a phone announcement. 3AM to be exact. Luckily we had pizza and an internet connection, so here’s what you may have missed from the wee small hours… The OnePlus 2¬†(notice the number, instead of a word?) is upon us and so …

BQ Aquarius E5 Ubuntu Edition – Review

For the last few weeks I have been using an unusual phone. It’s this, the¬†BQ Aquarius E5 Ubuntu Edtion. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if you weren’t aware of this device as it’s not a widely known manufacturer in the UK. Add to that the fact …

Pebble Time gets new update

For those of us who are sporting Pebble’s latest E-ink wonder, Thursday morning heralded a little surprise. Pebble’s app for Android prompted me to download and install a new update for my watch. Here is what Pebble have to say about the new software… Today‚Äôs update makes¬†vibration intensity …

Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 now available in Silver

About a week ago Leigh reviewed the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 and was extremely impressed with it. Well we have just had news that it is now available in silver as well. Huzzah!!! I have had a chance to see one of these today and I have to …

Remix Mini launches on Kickstarter UPADATE

This is the one Kickstarter that in my humble opinion you cannot afford to miss. Do you fancy a PC for $20 with $20 for ¬†shipping(¬£25.60 on todays exchange rate)? Interest piqued well I though it might be. There are of course some caveats to this. Numerou Uno …

Sandisk Wireless Flash Drive – Review

    I have been looking for a way to a carry more media on my trips without having to overload the storage of my devices. There have been various ways of doing this around for a while, including the standard-for-Android solution of USB On the Go. Now …

BQ Aquarius E5 – Unboxing

I’m going to start with a brief bit of background. Those of you who visit the site regularly will be aware that I have had the chance to test the BQ Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition. I was using the phone for a short time and something with it …

Xperia Z4 Tablet – Unboxing

Another year has gone by and another Sony Tablet has arrived on our desk at Coolsmartphone towers. Today I have the real pleasure of unboxing the new Xperia Z4 Tablet. We first saw this stunning device at MWC, which we covered live. It was here that we were …

Jide Remix Mini PC coming soon to Kickstarter

Just when you thought that I couldn’t talk about Jide Technology any more, this little gem appears. Remix OS is an adaptable OS that can be used on a variety of platforms, with one example being a Mini PC. This is a very active market right now so …

Xperia Z4 Tablet missing USB OTG support – UPDATE

News is starting to trickle in that the new Xperia Z4 Tablet is missing a very important productivity tool. It seems like Sony have made the omission of USB OTG support. It also seems to be that this is the case on the M4 Aqua and the Z3+. …

A touchless smartwatch… it’s happening

Deus Ex Technology have had a good week. They launched their project on Kickstarter on the 18th and within 6 days they have achieved their goal of $100k. Awesome. But why should I care? If you own a smartwatch then this will be very interesting. They have made …

Meizu unveil MX4 Pro Ubuntu Edition

Today Meizu are unveiling the brand new Meizu MX4 Pro Ubuntu edition. No those eagle eyed readers will no doubt be thinking this isn’t new and you would be in part correct. The reason that you are is that this is the European launch. The phone has been …

Remix Ultra Tablet – Review

I have now had this tablet for a few weeks now and I was holding back on the review until a few software updates had been delivered. Since I did the unboxing video back in April it has been a very busy time for the Remix as it …

BQ Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition – Unboxing

I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to be playing with the Ubuntu Phones. Now after a small wait I have the first of these phones in for review. it will be an interesting journey and one that I hope you join me on as …

Pebble Time – Hands-on

I have one. That is all see you later! Only joking… ūüôā I am now a proud owner of the brand new Pebble Time and I thought I would share some of my thoughts about it. I’ve now had it for a couple of days. Bear with me …

Android M overview on Nexus 5

Last week Google I/O happened and Google announced Android M to the world. This week I have been testing Android M on the Nexus 5 and I am actually using it as my daily driver (brave/stupid time will tell). ¬†Here is a brief overview of the big changes …