Category: Features

Honor 9 vs Honor 9 Lite – The camera test… and a rant

I’m properly intrigued by these two phones. The Honor 9 has been in my pocket for many months now and I think it’s a brilliant handset. It’s £349.99 from the official UK store. The newly-announced Honor 9 Lite, on the right here, has an arguably better screen and …

Goodbye then. It’s all over.

We’ve surfed this wave for years. We’ve gone from the very early days, covering Windows-powered SPV phones, Smartphone 2002 handsets and Pocket PC’s. Now we’re plugged into the modern, fast and ultra-clever smartphones of today. But I’m worried.. We now live in a world where a colossal 9 …

People are still using their phones at the wheel

Here in the UK you can get in a lot of trouble for having a phone in your hand whilst driving. You risk getting 6 points on your licence, which is half-way to a driving ban for most people. If you passed your driving test in the last …

My VPN setup. Update!

About this time last year I posted an article about how I setup my VPN. Merely mentioning “VPN” is probably going to scare a few people. It sounds complicated and, to some, it’s a technically advanced and confusing thing to tackle. However, it really isn’t that bad, and …

Scammers. Why fighting them isn’t exactly straightforward.

This morning I received a call from 0207 1754592. As I usually do with calls, I tend to screen unknown numbers. On my voicemail, this message was left. It’s been fired through a text-to-speech system and you can listen to it here… It’s a horrible scam. There’s a …

Whatever happened to KAZAM?

Last night I was chatting to someone about Gionee. We saw them at Mobile World Congress a few years back. They do some very nice phones, but you won’t often see them on the streets of the UK. They have a decent presence in places like India, Thailand, …

Want to use Strava? Don’t get an Honor or Huawei handset

Over the years I’ve grown to love the Huawei and Honor handsets. Right now I have the Honor 9 and it’s a fantastic device for the money. Great camera, great performance and great looks. Love it, I really do. Trouble is, there’s one thing it won’t do. For …

Doogee Mix 2 – Unboxing !

Right, here’s what you need to know. You can pop over to Banggood and get one of these for £155.13. For your money you’re going to get a 5.99″ 1080×2160 Full HD screen (18:9) with a 403 ppi pixel density. You’re also going to get a dual 16 …

The Razer Phone has arrived. Here is our unboxing

We have had something very special arrive at Coolsmartphone Towers today. At least, it’s something that I have been looking forward to for a few weeks. Today we’ve got one of the boldest new phones to come out this year (IMHO). Yes, it’s the Razer Phone! You’re obviously …

How to choose the best VPN for an Android phone

Right. Let’s be honest. People don’t want to pay for WiFi. Get to the airport and, if you connect and find there’s some insane pricing structure, you’ll probably decide to keep the credit card firmly in your wallet. So, if there’s a free alternative, you’re probably going to …

Google Pixel 2 XL – Unboxed by Superman!

Fancy the Pixel 2 or the Pixel 2 XL? Well, if it’s size you want, the Google Pixel 2 XL has a bigger 6″ screen and a higher price-tag t’boot. £799 will get you a 64GB version, and it’s £899 for the 128GB model. It’s got a pOLED …

Remember my quest to cut the line rental? It’s taking a step closer..

A short while ago I had Virgin Media broadband installed at home. Like many, I had a TV, phone and internet package. I wanted better broadband speeds, and I got it. However, the TiVo box wasn’t something I “connected” with. There’s definitely some odd and grating design decisions …

More iPhone X contract deals

Looking for the iPhone X prices? Need to know just how much you need to put aside for that early Christmas present to yourself? Well, a contract deal will ease the pain a little, and we’ve already had a look at the Vodafone iPhone X pricing. However, there’s …

Huawei now above Apple in market share

Huawei are now the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. The latest data from market research firm Counterpoint Research shows Huawei overtaking Apple to become even bigger. This result is from strong sales in June and July, which have allowed the Chinese manufacturer to inch past Apple into …

Now the smartphone takes over your holiday too

On a recent trip abroad, which happened in an EU country after the big “roam like home” rules applied, there was a definite split between the age groups on phone usage. Some mom’s and dad’s in restaurants still hunted for the free WiFi, but elsewhere on the beach …

Selling a phone. My eBay experience.

A little story for you. It’s about eBay. At times, I really hate using it. My old phone, an LG G4, was recently sold on eBay and I’ve had some “issues” with the transaction. This has happened in the past, and I’m sure there’s some of you out …

Scotland Charity Special – Watch me live!

Last week I asked our 10,000 Twitter followers and 40,000 weekly readers to help by donating a bit of cash to Edwards Trust. They help parents and carers bereaved, or about to be bereaved, of their son or daughter. They also support children and young people who are …

Going on holiday? Yes, USE your phone!

Today is June 15th 2017. This article, though, will be ignored by many. For reasons I can’t quite understand, it’s difficult to get clear and concise information across to some. I noticed this at the airport recently. We’d just landing at BHX (Birmingham Airport) and, despite standing next …