Author: Simon Allum

Xmas Gift Guide 2013: Sony Xperia Tablet Z from Vodafone

Christmas 2013 is coming up fast and time to bag those top presents is running out. We here at Coolsmartphone have asked several top retailers and suppliers for their recommendation for a Christmas gift, one that is either of exceptional value or the best quality. Here then for …

Samsung Flagships to have 16MP camera

With the launch of the Note 3 and Galaxy S4 only just fading from the memory, Samsung have revealed during an Analyst Day that their new range of flagship handsets will ship with a 16MP Isocell camera. The Isocell allows for better low light photography, something that all manufacturers …

Kransen Urbanears Review

There are product designs that have stayed the same since time immemorial and there are products whose design changes from day to day. The in ear headphone is a product whose design has been pretty much nailed on and despite slight differences in varying manufacturers designs, the all …

Nexus 5 Dummy Units arrive at retailers

The world record for the most leaked handset of the year has to go to the Nexus 5.  With more leaks than a dodgy plumber, the Nexus 5 has been revealed to us by all but those that actually make and market it. Another leak has happened today …

Orange announce two new own branded smartphones

Orange have today announced two new own branded handsets for the European market. The Orange Yumo and the Orange Hiro are being launched ” in response to customer demand for sophisticated smartphones at a more accessible price” although there are no plans to launch them here in the UK. …

Opinion: Why is free not really free?

There have been many words spoken and written regarding the apparent lack of care taken by Apple, Microsoft and Google to protect our oh so innocent children from the perils of in app purchases and warning parents to beware of said children spending thousands of their hard earned …

Help For Heroes: Hero Bears

The word hero is bandied around to cover anything from a footballer scoring a last minute goal to someone that helps an old lady to cross the street.  Whilst some may view these people as heroes, the reality is that heroes are few and far between in today’s …

Google+: Auto Awesome movies & SMS Hangouts

In an event held today by Google in San Francisco several enhancements have been announced to Google+. First off the block was the Hangouts app.  The most requested feature enhancement for Hangouts has been the inclusion of SMS into the hangouts app. This has now been confirmed as …

Nexus 5 goes on sale

The Nexus 5 could almost be compared to the Loch Ness Monster.  Several people claim to have seen it, there are pictures and video but it has never been officially confirmed that it exists. That however hasn’t stopped a Dutch site (Belsimpel) from putting it on sale for …

Nexus 5 Cases available for pre-order

The rumour mill is working overtime around the whole Nexus 5 launch. With a Google event taking place today in New York, speculation is rife that the launch is imminent and adding fuel to the fire is the fact that not only are there devices up for sale …

Plants vs Zombies 2 Now Available on Google Play

I have to admit that I am one of the few people that did not play the original Plants vs Zombies however apparently Plants vs Zombies 2 is now available on the Google Play store. The follow up to the hit game from Electronic Arts “brings the fun” …

Review: RHA MA-600i Earphones

  Music is a thing of beauty.  It can make you feel elated, sad or any of the emotions in between.  The one thing that music requires however is a decent way of transmitting the sound to your ears.  From large floor standing speakers to headphone to earphones, …

iPad Air and iPad Mini coming soon to Vodafone

After yesterdays launch of the new iPad Air and iPad Mini news is filtering through regarding who is stocking what. The latest carrier to announce their intentions is Vodafone who have confirmed that they are to carry both the iPad Air and the new iPad mini with retina …

Chromecast App available in the UK, is Chromecast imminent?

Google released the Chromecast in the US back in July where it has been rather well received and as such it is a point of consternation that it cannot be obtained worldwide direct from Google. That however could be about to change, at least here in the UK, …

HSBC release mobile banking app

HSBC have released a brand new mobile banking app which brings the majority of their online banking features to the mobile arena. The brand new app which is available on both iOS and Android has features whereby you can: View balances and up to 90 recent transactions Make …

Stuntman Eddie to be released on iOS & Android this Thursday

Every now and again a game comes along that raises curiosity levels to maximum and today’s emails have revealed one such game. Perhaps unsurprisingly you get to play the role of stuntman Eddie in order to perform jumps and stunts and gain as many points as possible whilst …

EE. Still bringing in the bacon…….

EE have revealed their results for quarter 3, 2013 and once again they make good reading for shareholders. The company which started the 4G revolution in the UK has added another half a million customers to its 4G network which beats their own target by some 4 months. …

BT & EE Sign MVNO Agreement

BT and EE have today announced that  EE are to provide MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) services for BT. BT, who exited the mobile space some 10 years ago with the sale of their BT Cellnet network to O2, have already won a license for a 4G network …

LG L7 II Review

As mentioned in this weeks podcast, 2013 has very much been LG’s year.  With the relative success of the Nexus 4, the rumoured Nexus 5 and the release of the much vaunted LG G2 what was a bit part player in the Android ecosystem has become a big …

Google Maps Updated once more…

The updates just keep on coming from Google.  Along with the Quickoffice update, Google Maps is now undergoing a staged rollout, this time to version 7.3 The update contains a few UI changes and several under the hood fixes. Firstly, the notification window now has more detail than …