Author: Coolsmartphone Staff

My iOS annoyances

I’ve been an iOS user for nearly eight months now having bought a 4G iPod Touch to find out what Apple’s mobile OS is all about. Having used Android for the last two years and Windows Mobile for the six before that it’s fair to say that I’ve …

iGizmo for Android Tablets

For me, tablets represent a great way to replace paper and digitize publishing. Amazon’s Kindle & Apple’s iBooks are going great guns on Ebooks, and there are now some great digital magazines on the iPad already.  Android has been playing catch up, but now iGizmo – a digital …

Opera Mini 6 for Android

  Earlier this week Opera released a new version of Opera Mini for Android. The new version has an updated look and feel which is more polished than before. There are also new features with the browser offering support for pinch to zoom for the first time. The …

Apple reduce UK iPad 2 prices ahead of launch this Friday

Apple have announced a price drop for the iPad 2 in advance of the new tablet’s UK launch this Friday. The entry level model has been reduced by £30 to £399. This means that iPad 2 prices will also be cheaper than the equivalent iPad 1 prices from …

Amazon Appstore for Android launched today

Earlier today Amazon officially launched their Appstore for Android. The store will feature apps that have been given Amazon’s seal of approval which we hope means that it will be free of all the crapware that plagues the Android Market. Amazon will be giving away a free app …

Platform Wars

Platform wars, is Apples way the only way? With the enormous growth of the smartphone, and the never ending war between platform makers to be the dominant force, are we looking at a future dominated by the curated, closed platforms, and will Android have to become more regulated …

iPad 2 launch delayed (a tiny bit)

Apple have confirmed that the iPad 2 launch will be delayed to 5pm on Friday 25th March.  Originally scheduled for 9am the same day, the later time has been blamed on problems with shipping. Online ordering has also now been confirmed as starting at 1pm on Friday. Stock …

Google Search App for iOS

Earlier this week Google released a new version of their Google Mobile App for iOS. The newly dubbed Google Search App has a new UI which in my opinion makes it nicer to use than Google Search on Android. The default view gives you a text search box …

What tablet to buy?

It’s sometimes difficult to think that the tablet that has spawned so many imitators this year, Apple’s iPad, was only released last year. At this year’s MWC there were tablets everywhere – Samsung, Motorola, HTC and HP to name but a few are all coming out with their …

Should we be kept updated?

I was listening to a podcast the other day, and they had a featured discussion on software updates, and whether or not as consumers, we should expect device manufacturers to update our devices during their lives. I think the answer to this is a resounding yes! I work …

The king is dead?

I’m not looking to promote another site.  Let me make this clear.  However,  Endgadet are experiencing some changes. A couple of weeks ago, Paul Miller, a senior editor announced he was leaving. Then tonight, Nilay Patel and Editor in chief Josh Topalsky have announced that they are leaving. …

Notsocoolsmartphones?

My 18 months contract with Orange for my HTC Hero expired last month and for the first time ever I’ve plumped for a 12 month SIM only deal. My Hero, great phone as it was, only lasted me 7 months before I caved in and bought a HTC …

Google launch Instant Previews for mobile

Some of you may have noticed a new magnifying glass icon appearing next to your search results over the last few days. Clicking on these icons launches a new Instant Previews feature which Google has just introduced. They provide a great way for visually searching through sites when …

LauncherPro – Android customisation done right

Ask any geek why Android is great and more often than not the answer will include the word open. One of Android’s biggest purported benefits is it’s openness, which we’re told leads to more innovation and greater customisability. Unfortunately, I’d argue that in practice it’s also a big …

The Italian Job

What a trip!  Well, as I promised a little while ago here is a review of some apps that I used while trying to navigate around Rome and Florence on a fantastic sightseeing trip.  To make it easier (and shorter) I will list the apps and what I …

iPad 2 – coming soon

We have had lots of stories recently on the plethora of new tablets rushing out this year, as companies look to capitalise on the market Apple’s original tablet proved existed. We haven’t though mentioned the avalanche of rumours concerning Apple’s sequel. Rumours on V2.0 started pretty much the day after …

3 HTC Desire’s getting Gingerbread

3 have disclosed in a tweet that they will be bringing Android 2.3 to their customers who have an HTC Desire. Things have been a little quiet in terms of existing HTC devices getting the latest Android OS, but its good to hear that they aren’t forgetting their …

Twidroid suspended by Twitter

Hi all, just got this email from Twitter, looks like Twidroid may be in a bit of trouble… Dear XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX), Regardless of how you access Twitter, we are dedicated to making Twitter better, faster and more reliable for you. As part of this effort, we ask applications that …