Category: General

Christmas 2020. Oh, what a year that was!

Each year I tend to sign off for a couple of days over Christmas to unwind. This year, for all of us, has been one to remember – and perhaps not for the right reasons. Things started off quite well at Coolsmartphone HQ. We’d put the final touches …

Got 75p for a Dual USB charger?

I’ll be honest, I’ve not reviewed this one but, for just 75p with free shipping, you can’t go too far wrong (well, unless your phone explodes whilst charging, perhaps). Normally £4.83, this special price is for the first 400 items, so you have to be a bit rapid. …

A beginners guide to playing online casino games on your mobile

We just can’t ignore the fact that mobile casino games have exploded in popularity in recent years. They have become one of the main ways people now engage with gambling, and when you look at the benefits of the platform it’s clear to see why. It seems like …

Learn to be a skillful photographer

Taking a photo on your phone seems like a relatively simple thing now. Indeed, it’s got this way because phone manufacturers have added a whole heap of artificial intelligence into your smartphone to do the “heavy lifting” for you. As an example, taking an up-close photo will have …

A multi-view phone stand with magnetic ring holder – phonetag

I do like to be hustled some times. Today it’s an email from Barry, who wants us to take a look at his phonetag gadget. The UK inventor has managed to combine a secure ring holder with a portrait and landscape phone stand. It’s got a drink-can-style tag-shaped …

Two cybersecurity apps to protect your smartphone

With the last-minute Christmas shopping scramble in full effect, people are perhaps less worried about those online purchases than they should be. Away from the “big players” such as Amazon and eBay, there’s a range of online stores that look and feel the same but may not necessarily …

Don’t stop shopping! The New Year Sales are ready!

As we stumble towards a very different Christmas Day, the crazed online-shopping might be slowing – but it won’t be for long. Already there’s emails flooding into our inbox about the January and Boxing Day sales, with EE among the first. They’ve unveiled some early-bird January sales offers, …

Don’t moan about 4G or 5G, you guys don’t know you’re born!

I do have to kick myself at times. Sitting in this hospital, I’ve got a gloriously fast 5G connection on Vodafone and unlimited data to enjoy. The speeds massively outclass the WiFi in here and it’s all just so straightforward and worry-free. Back in the late ’90s, phones …

Spotify podcasts now available through Alexa

Got yourself an Alexa speaker? Getting an Echo or Echo Dot for Christmas? Well, good news. You can now listen to the Coolsmartphone Podcast or any other podcast through Spotify on your shiny Echo device. Just link Spotify in the Alexa app and you’re away. Once enabled, you …

Want a new network? To the Moon Mobile has a plan.

No, I’ve not heard of them either, but they’re a new MVNO sitting on the EE network and seem to have a fairly straightforward set of plans. To The Moon Mobile have a rather interesting proposition for you. First up, all their bundles come with unlimited UK calls …

An update on the cancer thing.

Forgive me for stepping back into the world of “personal blog” for a moment but many of you may remember my cancer diagnosis. The short version is that, in the space of a week, I went from feeling fine to being told that I was about to die. …

Online shopping hits new highs as Christmas and lockdowns combine

Online shopping has positively exploded in recent months. The imposed lockdowns have forced even the tech-newbies to try out online shopping. It’s resulted in a 74.7% growth in online retail sales and has, according to some, killed the High Street’s revival stone dead. According to the November retail …

EE now connecting 94% of all roads

There’s EE 4G now available on more than 322,000 miles of roads in Great Britain. It’s thanks to 160 new EE 4G sites built this year and a general expansion in the coverage. EE have also extended coverage of UK national parks, with more than two thirds of …

Play “Santa Claws” via webcam and grab some cash for the NHS

Those “grabber” machines that you’ve probably seen at the motorway service stations and local arcades? Usually you don’t win that often, but that’s generally because the games are altered so that the grabber only grips firmly every now and then. For most of the time, it’ll just loosely …

New from Huawei. A toothbrush!

Huawei are big. We’ve covered their size and capacity when we headed to their Chinese HQ. Inside of Huawei you’ll find other companies selling a lot more than just smartphone kit, and you’ll perhaps see some of the additional kit in Huawei stores too. LEBOOO is one of …

Google One – Three months free for Virgin Media customers

Whether you’ve got a broadband or a mobile package, the guys at Virgin Media are dishing up access to a Google One for three months for free. This gives you 100GB cloud storage, access to Google experts and extra benefits. After your three months is up, you only …

This has nothing to do with smartphones but…

I have no way of linking this video to smartphones in any way. I just stumbled across it on YouTube and, although I know there’s some clever editing, a whole load of production and safety checks, it’s just so damned cool that I had to include it here. …

Quick! Get some money for Christmas

Christmas is round the corner and you need cash fast. What’s the solution? Well, I’ve tried selling my body on the street corner but sadly I couldn’t even give myself away. So, thanks to the MusicMagpie app and some old books that my son doesn’t want anymore, we’ve …

Using business tech to save money

People have harnessed technology to accomplish tasks since time immemorial. In fact, from a functional standpoint, the point of technology is to make life easier.  For business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, technology is the key to achieving success. Tech is one of the few ways to catch up …

5 Essentials for an office full of app developers

Mobile tech has become the dominant influence in modern life. As a result, app development startups are popping up from coast to coast. It’s a great time to get into the business, but it’s imperative to provide employees with everything they need to accomplish their tasks. The following …

Commonly overlooked supplies and equipment you need for a home office

If you’ve been working from home amid the pandemic over the past few months, you’ve probably come to realise the importance of having a designated workspace. There’s only so much you can take of the kids running around and shouting in the background while you’re trying to make …

The making of a smartphone: Inside the manufacturing process

There was a time when the idea of walking around with a supercomputer in your pocket would have been ludicrous, straight out of a science fiction story. But these days smartphones are largely ubiquitous in our society, providing inexpensive, instantaneous interfacing with anyone in the world in real-time. …

New Super-G power bank

Meet a couple of new Graphene rapid power banks from PGP Products. There’s a 10,000mAh charger for £84.50 and a monster 20,000mAh unit for £99.50. They will provide up to 1,000 device charges and you can charge them from the mains really quickly – just an hour for …

That Vodafone unlimited Christmas data is full speed too

If you choose an unlimited plan with Vodafone there’s three different types. All will deliver unlimited data, but the maximum speeds differ. As an example, “Unlimited Lite” delivers speeds of up to 2 Mbps, whereas “Unlimited” gives you up to 10 Mbps and “Unlimited Max” provides the fastest …

Vodafone to launch augmented and mixed reality glasses

These have, up until now, only been available in Japan and Korea. The Nreal Light glasses will be able to deliver new experiences through the Vodafone 5G network. Appearing first on the Vodafone German and Spain networks early in 2021, it’ll be arriving in the UK later on. …

Unlimited 5G data deal for £13.25 per month

It’s a cashback deal this one, so you’ll need to login to a special account page and submit your mobile bills, but the offers are indeed very tempting. Online retailer mobiles.co.uk has announced a new range of SIM-only deals, offering big data allowances at low prices. The first …

SMARTY enables WiFi Calling

The Three SIM-only simple-plan network, SMARTY, has now switched on WiFi calling. We tested the network just over a month ago and there’s plenty of deals on right now – such as £12 per month for a massive 50GB of data with unlimited calls and texts. A help …

Three to provide a Business Boost

Running a small to medium-sized business? Struggling in the current climate? Well, although not everything can be fixed, Three are at least offering a Business Boost offer. The network is delivering 10 SIM-only plans for just £20. Each plan within the “Business Boost” plan delivers unlimited calls and …

Just in time for Christmas – 30 days of unlimited data on Vodafone

Well, this seems easy enough. If you’re a Vodafone customer, just head into the “My Vodafone” app and then into the “VeryMe” loyalty rewards section. From there, you can claim 30 days of completely unlimited data. Vodafone are pitching this as a gift to keep their customers connected …

Three 5G now available in 154 locations

  There’s now over 800 Three sites beaming out 5G to 154 different locations in the UK, and Three have a distinct advantage with this new technology – a 100MHz block of contiguous 5G spectrum. The result, so far, appears to be the fastest median speeds on the …

Streamed and VR gaming coming this Christmas

With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X both getting huge amounts of interest in recent weeks, there’s definitely still a need for the “home console”. The new consoles come with a definite push towards game-downloading rather than traditional in-store purchases, and many gamers will now be used …

Virgin Media SIM-only data deals

OK so today is actually, officially, Black Friday. From now until November 30th Virgin Media are offering unlimited data on SIM-only plans for £23 per month (12 month deal) or just £20 per month if you do a two-year contract. If you want a handset deal, then they’ll …