Author: Tom Ranson

I demand a refund!

Back in the good old days you could buy an app from the Android Market, as it was then, and have a whole 24 hours to make your mind up if you wanted to keep it or not. If it turns out that is was actually totally useless …

ZTE Kis 3 launching in Europe

ZTE have made a name for themselves in this ‘budget handset’ sector and the Kis 3 looks build on that success. A handset designed to be ‘versatile’ rather than ‘groundbreaking’ the Kis 3 features a 4-inch WVGA screen and checks in at a chubby 10.7mm thick with smoothed …

Samba Mobile shut down

In the world of MVNOs, nothing is certain. Ovivo seemed to be going quite well, giving away airtime as long as you watched some adverts. Then a few weeks ago, boom, they were gone. While that was going on, Co-op were announcing plans to enter the arena, clearly …

QuickClick app – Pressy alternative

A few days ago I wrote about some clones of this new Pressy device that is coming to market soon. Pressy is a button that plugs into the headphone jack of any Android device, you can assign a series of button presses to specific actions on your phone. …

Bitmado – Wallpaper shuffling app

I get bored really quickly when it comes to my phone. I have an LG G2 so it’s capable of keeping up with any app that I throw at it so, for now at least, my hardware desires are being met. However whenever I interact with the phone …

Google Opinion Rewards

Would you like to earn credit in the Play Store? Google just made it quite easy. A few months ago Google launched an app in the US called Google Opinion Rewards. Every now and again the app notifies you of a survey you can take to earn a …

Xiaomi MiKey

Today Hugo Barra has taken to the social networks to talk about a new ‘shortcut button’ they have developed at Xiaomi. He is asking for a name for the little device, but for now we’ll refer to it as the MiKey. This little button slots into the headphone …

Sony unveil ‘Digital Paper’ tablet

Sony have lifted the lid on their latest tablet, Digital Paper. A 13.3″ E-Ink tablet, this thing is aimed at the office. The display is the same flexible technology they showed off last year, but this device doesn’t flex, apparently that trick is being saved for a new …

Virgin Media reveals Samsung Galaxy S5 pricing

Hot on the heels of everyone else, Virgin Media are also shouting loudly about their Samsung Galaxy S5 pricing. There’s some particularly good deals if you’re already a Virgin Media customer, however do have a look at our demo video and hands-on shots here. Existing Virgin Media TV, …

Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy S5 at Phones 4U

Impressed by the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Leigh got to try one out when it was officially announced back in February, and tomorrow is the pre-order launch of the handset. However, if you can’t quite make your mind up you might want to head down to one of …

Google Contact Lens

Straight off the bat I need you all to be aware of something…these are in no way like Google Glasses, sorry. When I read about them I got really excited, the idea of a HUD and camera built into a contact lens was the coolest thing I had …

Arsenal FC make a new signing…

You’d have thought that if no one knew how to pronounce your name it would make things a little difficult. It kinda makes it tricky to spread news if no one can remember what your company is called. Hoo-wa-way? Hoo-way? Either way, Huawei aren’t letting that hold them …

Get off that phone!!

We’ve all either been on the receiving end of that line, or said it to someone else, you hear it all the time. It’s often used as a reason that our society is getting more unsociable, or cited as reasons young relationships break down! I know I’ve been …

4.4 KitKat Nexus Factory Images now live

If you’re anything like me you’ve been refreshing the official Google Stock Images page since the announcement of KitKat, well the wait is over. If you head over to the developer pages you’ll find all you need to update your Nexus 10, 7 (2012 and 2013 model) and 4 …

Arctic Blue Samsung Galaxy S4 – Exclusive to Phones 4U

Been on the fence about the Galaxy S4? Perhaps it just isn’t blue enough for you. Maybe it just doesn’t go with that new blue Lamborghini you’ve just bought. Happens to all of us. From today though you can head over to Phones 4U and order the S4 in an, …

Android App Review – Fitbit

There’s a new breed of human walking this Earth. The ever connected, technology addicted ‘smart’ person. We can answer phone calls and texts with our watches and glasses while our every move is collected and analysed by fitness experts. Much like Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes F1, we can …

Issentiel Leather Nexus 4 case – Review

I own an LG Nexus 4, so as you could imagine I am always concerned I’ll damage it. Not so much because it’s fragile, but because it looks so nice I don’t want to spoil it. I have a ‘bumper’ for it but it just doesn’t feel like it’s going …

Sony Xperia ZR – The Xperia Z’s little brother

We like the Xperia Z here at CoolSmartphone towers, it looks gorgeous and performs just as well. Dan had one for a while and wrote about it here, we were all jealous. What if you had small hands and struggled with the screen size though? Well Sony has …

My choice of apps – Android Edition #1

So you might have noticed that a few of us here at CoolSmartphone want to give you a bit of help selecting apps from the billions available on the Play Store. Most of us have been using our respective ecosystems for quite a while and built up a …

Advertising companies to steal our Instagram photos! Probably not…

You’ll remember a little while ago Instagram tried to amend their Terms Of Service and the whole internet went crazy. Indeed so did I! The mistake I made though was that I hadn’t properly read the wording for myself and had laid all my faith in another sites interpretation. Aforementioned …