Category: General

Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra. Where to get yours

The Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra. Both are expensive and I doubt many will be able to buy one of these out-right. However, if you have the money, the base Note20 is the £849 (4G only) or £949 for the 5G model. You can get the Note20 Ultra …

Get the best bonuses on your phone

It’s amazing what you can do with your mobile phones. Long gone are the days when phones were used just to make and receive calls. New technology means you can do almost anything, whether it’s taking photos or going online to get some great bonuses from online gambling …

Best coding games to improve your skills in programming

The field of programming is among the top-rated careers globally. The demand for programmers in IT tech-related companies keeps growing every other day. Since technology keeps on advancing, the need for professional developers to keep increasing as well. This implies that the competition is stiff, and for any …

The best random video chats of 2020

For most people, the social circle is limited to friends, work colleagues, and relatives. Indeed, right now your social circle could be even more limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although this is enough for some people, others are looking for ways to meet new and interesting people. …

Another Shared Rural Network mast goes up.

The Peak District is, without doubt, a beautiful place. However, getting a phone signal in such a scenic and protected area is pretty tricky. However, with to government pushing for mobile networks to work together more, 4G mobile coverage in rural Longnor is now available via Vodafone. As …

Vodafone now offering the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus too

Packing a Snapdragon 765 5G CPU and a 6.7″ 21:9 1080 x 2520 pixel screen (409 ppi, HDR and 90Hz refresh), this is the Motorola Moto G 5G Plus. After popping up on giffgaff it’s now coming to Vodafone too. You can buy one right here with 128GB …

Welcome to a new retail world

The entire retail landscape has, without doubt, been irrevocably changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced even the most IT illiterate into using their phone more than ever. During the height of the lockdown, I was definitely a regular customer at Screwfix. If you need anything for yoru DIY, …

A VPN can do a lot more than you think

We’ve all spent quite a lot of time indoors of late and, despite the wide range of entertainment available through the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Rakuten, you may find that you’ve watched nearly everything that’s out there. However, you may feel like you’ve gone through every …

Honor launch the new Router 3

Need a new router? Fed up of the one your ISP gave you and want to perhaps get a far better coverage by whacking something better in? For £79.99, this is the new HONOR Router 3. It’s got WiFi 6 Plus (3000Mbps speeds), OFDMA technology (super-quick simultaneous connections …

LuckyCrush – Chat and pair up easily

The coronavirus lockdown has certainly taught me some things. Firstly, the idea of being at home more seemed like a dream at some point. However, now all I want to do is go outside. Despite the restrictions easing, there’s still limits to what you can and can’t do, …

Vodafone add Prime and YouTube Premium to Entertainment offerings

Vodafone have long offered a set of “bolt ons” to their plans. You’ve been able to add on Spotify, Now TV and Sky Sports Mobile TV for a while now, with the charges going onto your single bill. Now the network is adding a couple of additional services …

Responsive design. Your smartphone would be in trouble without it

Not many are aware of the simply massive change that has happened on the web in recent years. It’s not too long ago that most sites has a completely separate mobile website. It was a cut-down version of the desktop version, with less functionality. Not only that, but …

I love gold! More data for the same price with giffgaff

No, it’s not quite Willy Wonker, but there’s now a “Golden goodybag” being trialled by giffgaff. It still costs £10, but you get 3GB more data – a full 9GB in total plus unlimited texts and minutes. The existing £10 goodybag will still be available, but you can …

OnePlus Buds. Hands on!

These have a passing resemblance to the new Google Pixel Buds (which cost £179) but they’re £100 less at just £79 from the OnePlus website. I’ve given these a try and they give a very similar sound quality to the Honor Magic Earbuds, but there’s no active noise …

Essential apps for college student survival 

The last few months have been a very strange time. A lot of people have had their lives put on hold. We’ve seen students missing their exams, children no longer going to school and a a lot of uncertainty about university and college courses in September. However, with …

Motorola G 5G Plus comes to giffgaff

With giffgaff working on 5G (they operate on O2 masts), they’ve today announced that the Motorola G 5G Plus will be available shortly on their network. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 765-powered smartphone runs Android 10 and has a 6.7″ 1080 x 2520 pixel screen (21:9 ratio at 409 ppi) …

It’s all about the summer sales. Virgin Media drop prices

Looking at getting the iPhone 11 and Samsung S20? Want the EE coverage? Have a nose at Virgin Media. They’ve kicked off some of their deals, which include savings of up to £108 on all iPhone & AirPod bundles, including: o iPhone 7 & Airpods, from £19, Save …

New connected laptops coming to EE

It’s certainly been a while since a network got in touch to tell us about a new laptop they’re ranging. EE are taking the Windows-powered Lenovo Yoga C640 4G laptop. It’s the first in a range of connected laptops available on EE and, if you choose one of …

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G. Now in red exclusively with Voda

Want the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G but you want it in red? Easy fix, my friend, just get some red paint and… Nah, maybe not. Perhaps the best way is to go to Vodafone. They’ve got the phone exclusively available in Aura Red and, if you get it …

Mi Smart Band 5 sells out quick. More stock now added.

Well, they went fast! The newly announced Mi Smart Band 5 sold out here in the UK in less than half an hour yesterday. The guys from Xiaomi are getting additional stock as we speak and should have them available on their website here as soon as I …

Importance of Artificial Intelligence in gaming

Many online games – whether they’re racing car games, first-person shooters, or strategy games – have various parts controlled by AI. As an example, the enemy bots, enemy characters or vehicles that move around your game. The main reason for using AI in gaming is to deliver a …

Tribit Flybuds 1 – Review

Good Points :-  Price. Feature Packed. Qi Wireless Charging For The Carry Case. Lightweight. Waterproof IPX8 Rated. Bluetooth 5.0.   Bad Points :- Carry Case Hinge A Little Fragile. USB Charging Port A Little Small. Mid Range Sound Missing Some Presence. No Volume Control. I have reviewed a …

Announced – The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic

Wireless headphones are definitely appearing in the Coolsmartphone offices more and more of late. Now it’s the turn of Xiaomi, who have developed their £49.99 Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic Bluetooth ones. One full charge will deliver 5 hours of tune, then you can recharge it from …

The new Vodafone Smart GPS Tracker – Curve

This is a little tracker doo-hickey that you pop into or onto your valuables. It’s just £20 from Vodafone to buy, then you pay £2 per month to keep it working. Called “Curve” it’s part of a range of Vodafone smart tech products and will track your stuff …

Comparing mobile phone insurance. Get it right!

It’s got to the point where I now have the cheapest mobile deal in the house. My wife, however, is spending nearly £58 per month on her two-year contract. It’s a crazy amount for a Galaxy S9, however there’s a few “additions” to the package she’s got. The …

Brexit. The roaming nightmare could return.

Britain is now spending billions on Brexit. Those in charge and the British elite have now been given free reign – without EU oversight – to dodge tax regulations and to force businesses into spending £13 billion every year to continue trading with the EU. Those costs, of …

No new Huawei mobile kit after December 31st. All gone by 2027

In a move that is likely going to cost UK mobile networks (and therefore, their customers) billions, the UK government has today announced that mobile providers will be banned from buying any new Huawei 5G equipment after the end of this year. This will delay the rollout of …

EarFun Air Wireless Earbuds – Review

Available for £54.99 as I type, these have a number of attractive benefits. First, the play time is long – some 7 hours before you even consider putting them into the supplied case, which adds another 28 hours of playtime. Also worth noting is that the case, which …

Huawei 5G – It can’t be ripped out easily

Until now, the UK government have decided to allow Huawei to play a role in the 5G deployment here in the UK. Despite US concerns, the UK allowed Huawei to be used in “non-core” kit. However, GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre has delivered new findings into Huawei and …

Why you should never film in portrait

I always flinch when I see “mobile phone footage” on news channels filmed in horrific portrait style. People tend to forget, then when they get home and want to watch their holiday videos on the TV it appears in a tower-thin strip in the middle of their wide-screen …

Old Skool FM and AM to continue for another decade at least in the UK

Despite the growth of DAB and the increasing choice of radio stations, the government here in the UK has reversed plans to close down analogue stations by extending licenses for another 10 years. It means that older car radio equipment will still receive signals until at least 2032. …

How smartphones are changing the way we buy

With a number of challenges for high-street retailers right now, taking money from customers really shouldn’t be one of them. Let’s face it, with coronavirus concerns and high rent, you don’t want to be spending cash on extra staff to keep your stock in check and then accepting …

Centreforce radio. This is why I love technology.

I’ve spoken previously about my annoyance with the selection of music available when you’re out and about. In the “old days” we’d perhaps get in the car and have a crummy selection of FM radio stations which all sounded very similar and very dull. Heart FM, Free Radio, …