Author: Coolsmartphone Staff

Android 4.3 spotted in the wild

Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean” has been spotted at the Thailand Mobile Expo. Over on the XDA Developers forum, user “chaleen” has posted a few pictures of what he/she claims to be a Nexus 4 displayed at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2013. This phone shows to be running a completely …

8-inch Samsung Galaxy 3 Tablet Specs, Press Photo Leaked

SamMobile has reportedly acquired a press photo and possible specs for an upcoming 8-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet. It looks nearly identical to the 7.0 version that was officially announced at the end of April save for a thinner bezel and a different sensor layout. …

NEC Medias X: The First Smartphone With Liquid Cooling

Liquid cooling?  Old news matey.  Well for us PC Power Users (loving that term) who are always looking to make our PCs go faster than they’re originally make to do, at the price of heat (and the insides of your PCs don’t like getting all toasty).  Liquid cools …

Google Babel launches as the new Hangouts

Google finally took the wraps of Babel yesterday with the relaunch of Hangouts, a cross-platform unified messaging service to take on the likes of iMessage, Facebook Chat and WhatsApp. Users no longer have to contend with separate Google Talk, G+ Messenger, G+ Hangouts and Google Voice apps. …

Google announces Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition

One of the bigger surprises announced by Google at yesterday’s I/O keynote was the release of a Nexus-like stock Galaxy S4. Gone is all the nasty TouchWiz S-rubbish, replaced by the beautiful vanilla Android experience. We’re also told we can expect a Nexus-like update schedule.  As someone who …

My choice of apps – 1Password

Hands up if you use the same password at more than one website. Now keep your hand up if all your passwords are more than 12 characters, contain a mixture of upper and lower case letters, numbers and characters. Where did everyone go?!  Until recently I used two …

Samsung Galaxy S4 – Review

It’s fair to say that Samsung’s success with the Galaxy S3 has been nothing short of astonishing. The handset even gave the lauded iPhone 5 a run for it’s money in terms of pure numbers, and for good reason. Great performance, a slim plastic (sorry Samsung, polycarbonate) shell …

Genuine HTC One Double Dip Flip Case – Review

I’m one of those people that always has to have a case on my phone. I usually go through several for each phone I have, as I like the change it brings, and most cases have a flaw of some kind or other. To go with my new …

Apple makes 57% of all smartphone profits

When it comes to profits, there’s long been only one real winner in the smartphone industry: Apple. At least that’s what used to be the case, until Samsung joned the party. In Q4 of 2012 Apple and Samsung made 103% in the smartphone industry, with 72% of that …

Angry Birds Original – out now and free on Windows Phone

Since the launch of Windows Phone 8, Rovio have been pretty good at releasing their avian odyssey on the platform, with Star Wars, Space and Seasons versions of the best selling game all being available. The original Angry Birds however, was missing. Until now. And to celebrate its …

So…you have a new Galaxy tablet, Samsung?

I’ll be quite honest, I’ve lost a large deal of the time that I used to have to spend on searching the net for all of the detailed specs and reviews on tablets, so my knowledge is somewhat lacking compared to what it used to be. That being …

LapDawg O-Stand for iPad – Review

I love my iPad. I use it all the time, every day, mostly on my sofa. It is quite heavy though, and slightly uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time. That’s where the O-Stand from LapDawg comes in. The O-Stand from LawDawg looks slightly like something out …

Cut The Rope Time Travel now available

I’m a big fan of Cut The Rope, and noticed yesterday that a new version is out, called ‘Time Travel’. This edition sees the awesome Om Nom travel though time (see what they did there?) meeting ancestors  and gulping down yet more candy. Perhaops they’ll be a ‘Cut The …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs the Nexus 4

If you listened to our lovely podcast this week you’ll have heard us discussing the various merits of the Samsung Galaxy S4, in particular, VS other (cheaper) handsets like the Google Nexus 4. I really like my Nexus 4. I like stock Android, it’s whizzy fast and does everything …

Do you fancy TEN TIMES your current battery life?

Battery life. The bane of modern smartphones. We’ve discussed this on the podcast as one of the aspects begging for technology innovation, and it looks like our prayers just might be answered. A team from the United States claim to have invented a new type of battery technology, which provides TEN TIMES …

Samsung pays bloggers to bad mouth HTC

Samsung and HTC have been mortal enemies for a while, which is a bit David and Goliath, given the size of Samsung, but it looks like Samsung have turned the war dirty. Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission launched an investigation in to reports that Samsung had paid bloggers to …

My phone obsession, and what drives it

It’s fair to say that ever since I saw a carphone in a Jaguar XJ6 I’ve been obsessed with mobile telephones. Over the last few years I’ve swapped phones around regularly, usually flip flopping between Android and iOS devices. I usually end up going back to the iPhone sooner or later. …

Are FOUR new Archos Android phones coming?

Archos appear to be throwing everything they have into the mobile market, by releasing not one, not two, but four new smartphones! What’s more the smartphone are thought to be released in April and May, so we should be seeing them hit the shelves very soon. The phones …

Cut the Rope: Experiments now on Windows Phone

Great news – another popular app is now available for Windows Phone users! From today, you can download Cut the Rope: Experiements from the Games Store (it’s under Xbox Games) for £2.29. In Cut the Rope: Experiments Om Nom teams up with a mad scientist, who creates new …

[Update] ASA says T-Mobile full Monty plan not unlimited

Controversy around the T-Mobile ‘Full Monty’ package is nothing new here at Coolsmartphone. See here and here. However, it seems the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) have also waded into this particular row. The summary is the ASA have agreed that the plan does NOT offer unlimited access to …