Author: Coolsmartphone Staff

Google Music Beta Hands On

When Google launched Music Beta back at IO back in May one of the biggest disappointments that it was to be an invite only beta available only in the US. However through some nefarious means (*cough* proxy server!) I managed to sign up and snag myself an invite to …

iOS 5 Beta Hands On

For the last week I’ve had a chance to play with the beta of iOS 5 that Apple released to developers at WWDC. The only official way to currently get your hands on it is through a registered developer with access to the iOS SDK. For everyone else …

Evernote for WP7 now available

Evernote have just announced the release of a new app for WP7 which joins the versions already available for PC, Mac, Android, iOS, WebOS and Blackberry. For those new to the service, Evernote allows you to take notes which sync across all your devices. In addition to simple …

Apple playing catchup with iOS 5?

So WWDC has been and gone and Apple has laid its cards on the table with iOS 5.  The biggest surprise was perhaps the sheer scope of the update and the number of major new features that are being released. With one notable exception I’m now struggling to …

My Windows Phone impressions

So after wanting to try out Windows Phone for a while I finally took the plunge and bought an LG Optimus 7 last week. Having had a few days to play around with the OS and its features I thought I’d note down some of my early impressions. …

iOS5 to be unveiled on Monday

In a blurt of uncharacteristic openness, Apple have announced their agenda for WWDC, which as well as more on their next version of OS X for Macs, will also include the new iOS 5 for iPhone and iPads. No news on features yet, but Apple also confirmed they will …

Smartphones. What can you do with them?

So you have a smartphone.  Be it Android, Apple or Windows Phone 7.  Or some other platform.  Now what? Smartphones are becoming more and more popular, as they become cheaper to produce and more popular, and people are following their friends and buying something similar to them.  Now, …

Are Google Too Much Like Apple?

Are you Team Android or Team Apple? Well, the side whose colours you nail to the mast are usually picked solely on user preference, company offerings, and not least, first impressions. After what seems like an eternity (but in reality is only 2.5 years since Android came onto …

Sony Ericsson – Facebook inside

During my visit to Sony Ericsson in London a new service for the Xperia range was shown – Facebook inside. It adds much more integration to the native apps in Android. As we know Android phones synchronise with Facebook already but this is really as far as contacts …

Hands on – Xperia Mini and Mini Pro

Sony Ericsson have taken the original Mini and Mini Pro and given them a dose of steroids. Added is the latest Gingerbread Android OS, a 3″ screen with reality display with BRAVIA engine and 720p video recording. Both have 2.3.2 at present but an update to 2.3.3 for …

Sony XPERIA Play deal

Ebuyer have a limited supply of the new Playstation phone for £399.  This is unlocked (SIM free) and comes with 5 games pre-loaded, including FIFA 10. So if you’re looking for this phone, its a great price, but supply is limited.   Link – Ebuyer

Where is Android’s iPod Touch?

Although I’ve been an Android user for nearly two years now I’ve had an iPod Touch for around six months and use it every day. I bought it mainly because I wanted a new gadget and thought it’d be a good way to try out iOS and get …

HTC Desire HD & Incredible S getting Gingerbread now

HTC have started the roll out of the Android 2.3 or Gingerbread update to existing HTC Desire HD and Incredible S handsets. This will arrive as an OTA update, so keep an eye on your phone if you have one of these devices.   Link – Engadget

4oD app comes to iPad

Channel 4’s catch up service, 4oD, have launched a free iPad app.  4oD’s website offering is unavailable to iPad users, due to its use of flash, so this is the first time 4oD has been available on an iOS device. Like Channel 4 the app is ad-supported, so …

CyanogenMod… What’s all the fuss?

In the New Year, I decided to take a nose dive into custom ROMs for my Desire.  Oh we had been getting along just great for a while, but I realised I needed more… Wanted more.  It needed to be faster, and easier to use and not as …

Dropin for Android – automatically sync your photos to your Dropbox

I’ve been meaning to give Dropin a mention for a while now. It’s a great little app which provides some much needed functionality that I’ve always thought the native Dropbox app should have had from the start. Dropin automatically syncs all your photos and videos from your phone …

Android Tablet App: Tweetcomb

As more and more developers get their hands on an Android tablet running Honeycomb, we will see, and are starting to see more tablet-dedicated applications. Tweetcomb is one such application, which focuses on the social medium, Twitter. Tweetcomb is the brainchild of Chris Stewart (Check out his Twitter …

World of Goo for iPhone/iPod Touch

  Those gamers among you will likely already have heard about World of Goo. Over the last few years it’s built up a reputation as a cult classic among puzzle games. Originally released on PC before making its way to Wii and then the iPad, last week developer …

Motorola Xoom Videos – What Do You Want To See?

So I posted my immediate thoughts after having my Motorola Xoom WiFi only a short period earlier in the week. If you missed the post, you can have a read here. With so much chatter around debating the strengths and weaknesses of Android’s latest OS on the Xoom, …

Motorola Xoom WiFi UK – A Quick Look

Picture the scene….. A phone call…gently vibrating on my work’s desk. After 3-4 rings I pick it up to hear the voice of my wife say the immortal words – “Guess what I’ve got?”. Could it be? No surely not…I’m sure the delivery would be delayed by longer than …