Author: Tom Ranson

Jawbone BIG Jambox – Review

One of the phrases I seem to be using more and more is “…and you paid how much for it??”. Despite nobody appearing to have any money, it seems we are big fans of those ‘Premium’ products. I mean, why else would people be buying the BMW 1 …

BT want to help block those unwanted calls

Picture the scene, you’re sat at the dinner table just about to tuck in to that delicious roast and the phone rings! The display reads ‘International’ or ‘Withheld’, great… Yep we all get them and we all feel the same way, what a nuisance. Well BT have come to …

Samsung announce the Galaxy Express

It feels like not a day goes by when Samsung isn’t coming up with something to add to their Galaxy line of smartphones. They are pretty cool though. The latest addition is this new Galaxy Express, an international version of the AT&T handset already available in the states. Although not …

VAVO Universal Kickstand – Video Review

I love Kickstarter, it’s a great website. Since I backed Pebble almost a year ago I have been backing other projects all over the place, I just can’t control myself. Someone in the same position as me described the Pebble as a gateway drug that fueled their addiction …

Lightwedge Verso Artist Series Case Review

Last week you’ll remember we announced the winners of our Kindle Fire Accessories give-away. To make sure you guys with the older Kindles aren’t left out MobileFun sent me a case for my Kindle Keyboard to show to you guys. Press play, sit back and enjoy the video. I’ve had this for …

Blackberry services down? – Resolved

Reports around this morning that the BT network has failed nationwide and by extension, so have the Blackberry services. This effects messages, email and internet. It’s not clear what has happened but we have a few Blackberry devices that are showing signs of this. Is your blackberry misbehaving? …

My 2013 wishlist – Tom

My dreams are small, I don’t want much. There are a few things I do long for though. Wireless Charging I know we already have this, and I know we have a standard so this will most likely be something that will actually happen. I just wanted to throw …

Instagram offer a clarification, I offer an apology

Yesterday I wrote a piece about how Instagram was planning to sell off your wonderful photos to advertisers, paying you nothing in compensation. You can read that by going here. I’d like to issue a bit of an apology and tell you what has really happened. I wrote …

Instagram want to sell your photos, but you wont get a cut

The popular photo sharing app Instagram has updated it’s Terms of Use to include a few lines that are rubbing quite a lot of it’s users the wrong way. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business may pay us …

LTE activated in a Nexus 4.

A few days ago iFixit got their hands on a Nexus 4 and took it to pieces. To their surprise they found an LTE chip inside, unused of course. What is it’s purpose? A lot of people speculate that it’s simple a cost cutting measure from LG and …

Theme Park arrives on Android!

I don’t know how you spent your childhood, but I spent a lot of mine parked in front of the family PC playing Theme Park World, developed by those geniuses at Bullfrog. I had already been drawn in with Theme Hospital (I still play it) and I couldn’t …

CoPilot updates its navigation offering for iOS 6.

With all the issues surrounding the new Maps app in iOS 6 a lot of people are quick to point out that it isn’t the only solution to navigating our wonderful planet. My good friends at CoPilot got in touch with me today to say that their app has been …

Inductive charging – That wireless dream

This is a topic that is close to my heart and with the announcement of the latest round of Lumia devices having this capability it’s back in the limelight! I wanted to just share my thoughts on a technology that isn’t really very new at all. I suppose the …

LG Optimus 4X now only £299.99!

Do you remember a few months ago Jamie had a look at the LG Optimus 4X? He loved it and recommended it to everyone wanting that Samsung Galaxy SIII level of performance but not the high price tag. Well if you can believe it the price has slipped further. Expansys …

O2 announce iPhone 5 pricing too!

Earlier we bought you news that Orange and T-Mobile had announced their pricing for the iPhone 5. Well now O2 are getting in on the act and have posted up some prices of their own, things aren’t looking too cheap over on the blue side of the fence …

iPad Mini – Is This It?

Recently the world of small tablets has been sent into over-drive with the appearance of devices such as the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. Many rumours have been flying around that Apple would be wading in soon to drop another one of their innovative inventions, and French site NoWhereElse.fr have some …

Where Do Your Allegiances Lie?

It may only be Tuesday and we’re yet to see what Apple have to offer (and I think we all know what that will be) but this week is already pretty exciting. We have our first concrete promise of 4G and from EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) and they’ve …

My Phone History – by Tom Ranson

So after the chat about old phones in the most recent podcast it got us all talking (behind the scenes) about all the phones we have had through the years. So, inspired by that, a few of us have put together our phone history! So, here we go… My first …

Fight Your Corner!

Since I write for CoolSmartphone.com and am very passionate about phones and technology everyone expects me to have the latest and greatest, most people are surprised when I say I own a Motorola Atrix and ask why I don’t have something more impressive! I’ve spent a lot of time fighting …

HTC promise us ‘something authentic’

Another little snippet of news from HTC today! Their official facebook page is currently advertising that this Sunday, a day before the Mobile World Congress, that we will hear about something authentic from HTC. What could it be? Well it was accompanied by this image… My guess? Well it sounds like …