Category: Features

Ford – An inside look at the gadgets in your next car

Get in a BMW, a Mercedes or an Audi and you’ll expect a certain level of tech. However, brand snobbery and perhaps because we’re buying a car that costs less, we sometimes don’t expect the latest gadgetry in … a Ford. They probably won’t thank me for saying …

Running a website from your phone

I’ve got an Android handset that is gathering dust and, despite the fact that the camera is cracked and the screen only works when it feels like it, I wanted to make some use of it. So, after a little bit of fiddling, I’ve turned it into a …

It’s so funny, how we don’t talk anymore.

It’s Christmas, and you’ll all have probably witnessed the traffic, parking problems and busy stores that are always connected with the festive period. Many of us, for many very valid reasons, have decided to shift a lot of this shopping online. It’s simple, it’s quick and it’s a …

Coolsmartphone Awards 2015 and Podcast

Welcome to the Coolsmartphone Award Ceremony and Podcast, coming to you, prerecorded from Coolsmartphone Towers. Our team of experts got together yesterday and decided on the best and worst bits of 2015 in order to entertain you and reward/shame those responsible. As with all good awards ceremonies we’re …

Meet the iPhone hacker who can make your car drive itself.

This is George Hotz. He’s a bit of a character. He’s 26 and lives in San Francisco. At the age of 17, under the name “geohot”, he became the first person to unlock the iPhone. Shortly after he started working on the Sony Playstation 3 and became the …

An insight into the future of Digital Payments – opinion.

Time for something a little different. The other week I had the pleasure of attending one of the ongoing Westminister e-Forums. These are a series of events in London where the various regulatory bodies that keep things working properly in the UK convene to discuss a wide variety …

[Feature] Inside Vodafone – Part 4 – The network

During my time with Vodafone I got to speak to Dr Rob. This guy is a man after my own heart. He hates acronyms and over-complifications, prefering instead to break down the technology into easily understandable and enjoyable information. Dr Robert Matthews, to give him his full name, …

Can a £139 Windows Tablet replace your Laptop? – Part 1

Part 1 – Setting the Scene Come around the winter fire kids! Let me tell you a story, this particular story is about my search for a work device without breaking the bank. I am an unashamed tech geek, I love things all bright and shiny. I love …

[Feature] Inside Vodafone – Part 3 – Be an early adopter

After looking at the working environment in Vodafone and how they test new handsets. Next I take a look at Vodafone xone (pronounced “Vodafone zone”, although I did slip into calling it “Vodaxone” at one point). This will really light your candle if you’ve followed this site for a while, …

[Feature] Raspberry Pi Zero – Set Up Guide

The Raspberry Pi Zero sold out within hours when it launched on the cover of ‘The MagPi Magazine’ last week. If you were lucky enough to get your hands on an issue or decided to subscribe to the magazine to ensure you received a Pi Zero with the …

[Feature] – Magazine gifts now include a free computer

Hi, I’m Danny. When I was younger, I’d occasionally be allowed to select a magazine to read. The choice of magazine was usually down to the cover gift on offer. The gifts were simple, small plastic toys. At no point did I ever imagine selecting a magazine from …

Capturing Family Memories with Technology

The set-up. The days of relying on traditional (and expensive) photography film are long gone. Now precious memories can be captured using consumer device in high-quality video and pictures. To put some of the latest devices to the test, I set out with my son, his go kart, …

Teen Developers – Tillson Galloway

Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? I’m a 16 year old high school sophomore who lives in Charleston, SC.  I develop iOS and web applications. You’ve won two WWDC student scholarships. What was the application process like? How did 2015 differ from 2014? The …

Teen Developers – Gustaf Rosenblad

Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? My name is Gustaf Rosenblad and I was born in 1998 in Gothenburg, Sweden. I love programming! Programming runs in the family. I’m the third generation of programmers. I started programming when I was 8 years old. I got …

Z3 or Z3c owner? Want to test Marshmallow?

I like the Sony Z range. They look like well-designed and distinctive pieces of kit, but I was a little hesitant. I never knew what their upgrade strategy would be from handset to handset, so when I heard about this Concept for Android initiative, where Sony allows you …

Honor 7 – Photography special

Hello. I’m reviewing the Honor 7 handset at the minute and, as I always do, it’s my main device for the next week or so. As part of my testing, I’ve been playing with the camera. The camera, let me tell you, is really rather good. At the …

Teen Developers – Alex Choi

Could you start by telling me a little about yourself? I’m Alex Choi, a 14 year old teen developer from the United Kingdom. I first gave coding a try when I was 11 and from there I found that I had a passion for it. I’ve enjoyed building …