Category: General

Mounting losses force LG to stop smartphone production

LG Electronics said on Monday it would close down its loss-making smartphone business. Back in 2013 LG was the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, and now it appears phone manufacturer is going the same route as HTC. In January, the South Korean electronics giant said it …

Realme 8 Pro launched along with a few accessories

You may have noticed that we have been busy with a new device from Realme over the past week or so. This has been the brand new and just released Realme 8 Pro. I have been lucky enough to have been able to use the phone for the …

DOOGEE release the rugged S59 Pro smartphone with a whopping 10,050mAh battery.

    DooGee has announced its latest super-rugged smartphone the S59 Pro, features include numerous durability certifications, a gigantic 10,050mAh battery and a powerful 2W loudspeaker. The S59 Pro is wrapped in industrial rubber to enable it to have an IP68/IP69K certification and military-grade MIL-STD-810 G rating, which …

Realme 8 Pro -1st Impressions of this 108MP beauty!!

So today we have a new phone that is yet to be fully announced but we have been given early access and are allowed to share some of the information about it with you prior to its full launch in the next few weeks. This new phone is …

Speck Cases – Review

Have you bought a new phone recently? Did it cost you a small fortune? Are you handling like you would handle a baby? If you can answer all three of these questions then I would recommend that you read this article as I like you have just bought …

XtremeSkins X30 and Skins for Galaxy S21 Ultra – Review

New phones are great but you want to keep them clean and shiny for as long as you can after you take them out of the box especially when you are spending the amount of money that the latest flagships like the Galaxy S21 Ultra demands.Well, the good …

Buy a Moto g 5G Plus and get a Moto e7 Plus for free.

If you are quick enough and you want to get a great bargain then this is a great offer and one not to be missed. As part of their Valentines special, they are offering you a Moto g 5G Plus and there is a Moto e7 Plus thrown …

ViewSonic supporting teachers with new campaign

Teachers are awesome, I never thought I would have reason to say that but they are. They are currently doing a fantastic job with some severe limitations. Dont get me wrong some teachers for some fancy pants private schools will have all the equipment that they could possibly …

Sad news

Hi guy’s and girl’s this going to be a difficult piece to write but it is time that we cover it. Some of you may have noticed that the site went a bit quiet over the last few weeks. This has been due to a unforseen and devastating …

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. …