Category: Gadgets & Tech

Nissan want me to test drive their new GT-R

Yeah, so two phone calls this morning. One from Nissan wanting me to test-drive this thing, then another from Theresa May shouting, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO” whilst crying hysterically. Then, after a lie down, I suddenly realised that I’d added Baileys to my coffee and none …

The Elderly are becoming more tech-savvy with smartphones

On a recent train journey to London I had a rather heart-warming experience whilst sat next to a group of elderly ladies. They had a paper map, stuck together, and were planning their day trip to the city. They happily discussed where to go, what to see first …

Pixel 3 – Review

I thought that I would always need a large screen phone, but this has changed my mind. Good Points: Great haptic feedback (really does feel like buttons are being pressed) Amazing camera Feels great in the hand Excellent front-facing dual stereo speakers Gorgeous screen Just runs so well …

Amazon Launchpad – Great Gadget Gift Ideas

Looking for gift ideas this Christmas? Yeah you are. Admit it, if you’re anything like me you won’t have even started buying stuff. So, before the panic sets in, here’s a list of stuff that could spark your interest. It’s all part of the Amazon Launchpad gadget range, …

How clean is your phone?

The answer that despite our best efforts is going to be not very. In fact research has suggested that the average persons phone is dirty that a toilet seat! Add this to the fact that a lot of us will now use our phones when we are doing …

Research reveals our tech-addicted kids

If you’ve got children then you’ll probably be having the same tech battle as many other parents up and down the land. You’ve no doubt remembered how you used to play outside as a child but now, in 2018, kids find the lure of a gadget, a TV, …

HP X2, 2 in 1 Chromebook – Review

A number of writers here at Coolsmartphone Towers predominantly use a Chromebook as our main devices. I have been using an Asus Chromebook flip since its release a number of years ago, and it still runs as fast today as it did the day I bought it. This …

Samsung unveils the 8nm Exynos 9820 Chipset.

Following on from Huawei’s release of its latest 7nm Kirin 980 processor, Samsung has announced its own flagship chipset for 2019, the 8um Exynos 9820, with the Galaxy s10 being the first device to have this new chipset. The Exynos 9820 has a dedicated neural processing unit or …

KitSound BoomCube Bluetooth Speaker – A Review

Most of us like listening and sharing our music, however there was a time when small pocket-sized speakers provided half-hearted, tiny, and rather poor audio. But that was a long time ago and technology moves on, so perhaps things have improved. Enter then the KitSound BoomCube, a device …

Asus bring the thunder, ROG Phone launches in the UK

So in the past year we have seen a new catagory of mobile users emerge. They are not power users, or camera geeks but the do share alot of the things that these users demand. That is first and foremost power. Power for multi-tasking and switching between apps …

JLab Audio introduces JBuds Air

Finding comfortable earbuds for running can be very trial and error, however, JLab Audio has launched the new JBuds Air true wireless earbud with custom EQ3 sound, which allows users to customise the sound to their taste with the option of Signature, Balanced, and Bass Boost. The JBuds Air are …

Your smartphone can now warm you up

What’s that you say? a new knitted wearable tech that heats up? That’ll keep you warm for up to 8 hours? That you can control with your smartphone? Well, sign me up for that baby. This one has just been launched on Kickstarter and is called SKIINCore. It’s a self-heating and wire-free …

Hër, the Stylish On-Ear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Lightweight, good looking headphones are not as common as you may think. European audio specialist, Hër, has launched a very stylish on-ear Bluetooth headphone design in partnership with the retailer, Selfridges. As well as a stylish look and great quality sound, the company also donates 3% of its profits …

Samsung releases a new high end flip phone.

Nearly a year ago, Samsung revealed a high-end, premium flip phone called the W2018. Well, it appears the company is about to release the next generation: the imaginatively-named W2019. The W2019 has an aluminium body and a Gorilla Glass back, but we unsure if the front and internal screens …

Brainwavz M2 – Video Review

It has been a while since my last post from Coolsmartphone Towers but we have had so much to review! I have been on my travels around the UK and Europe wearing my new Brainwavz M2 earbuds, so they have had a thorough beating through lots of airports …

What to do with your old mobile phone

I don’t like to change much. I get used to the way that my phone feels and how it operates. I love having a phone that I can use one-handed and I get used to where all the icons are. I’m a creature of habit and like everything …

Unveiled. The Zap i300 fully electric scooter.

Earlier we saw the sneaky peek of the all-electric i300 scooter from British brand Zapp. Ideal for commuting in cities, this has a range of 35 miles and you can fully charge the removable 5kg battery in less than three hours. Prices start at £5,250 prior to the …

Roav Viva by Anker – Review

The Roav Viva from Anker is a Bluetooth enabled smart speaker charger that would charge for car accessories such as mobile phone or tablet whilst you are out and about but it will also allow you to utilise the power of Amazon Alexa for search. The actual unit …

Curve introduces fee-free card spending abroad

If you read my earlier post then you’ll already know that I like this whole Curve thing. It’s a card which you control via a smartphone app. The app lets you add your other cards (debit, credit, business etc) and then you simply choose which one you want …

Say hello to our new disco dog overlords

Apologies, I’ve dived yet again into the fantastic robotic world that is Boston Dynamics. Only a couple of days ago we mentioned the Parkour-Powered robot that they’d created. Now though, Spot the robotic dog appears to have learned how to dance. A dancing robotic dog. Yes, they’ve made …

Stop it. Stop it now. This is just plain scary.

What are these robots going to be used for? Is this the start of the Terminator? Are Boston Dynamics looking for world domination? Does Britain need to replace lots of hard-working EU people soon or something? Whatever the reason, these robots are getting very nimble and human-like in …

Zapp i300 electric scooter to be unveiled later this month

So, this is a British company and they’ve nudged me quite a few times. They’re called Zapp and they’re working to launch the UK’s first electric scooter. We’ve managed to get a teaser video to show you a sneak peek… They tell me that the i300 “re-thinks how …

Zombies descend on the UK.. Well, the virtual kind..

The world’s first free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality entertainment experience has just been announced. Revolutionary social VR gaming company Zero Latency, is to launch the UK’s first site on Friday 19th October in Nottingham. You can dive into a 15 or 30-minute “social VR experience” to work together with your …

Smart bike lighting. Get Blinkers

Cycling at any time can be a bit risky. I do tend to bore my family about the charity bike rides I do, but the more you cycle, the more you realise that you have to share the road and everybody should take a bit of time. As …

Gladius Mini – For when you want an underwater drone

I’ve just been watching the utterly disastrous Donald Trump saying how Hurricane Florence has been one of the wettest from the standpoint of water. He also, amazingly, tells the world that the Hurricane was “not good”. Wow. So, after I’d finished laughing at the utter fool, I received …

OnePlus 6T to abandon the headphone jack

I have had every OnePlus device, since the very beginning was the OnePlus One, and like with many others I was eagerly awaiting the latest “Flagship Killer”. We’re talking about the OnePlus 6T which rumoured to be heading our way in October. Well, it is with a heavy …

A scary new world of holographic companions. It’s here now.

Before I say anything, watch this video. Soak it in. Look at the grin on the face of the guy.. It’s more than a little creepy, however this virtual lady seems to be proving quite popular. They call it / her, the “Gatebox” in the PR email. “She’ll …

Add walkie-talkie capability to your iPhone

This one hasn’t even gone fully live on Indigogo as yet but, from what I can see, this is a case, an extra battery for your iPhone and a walkie-talkie, all in one. Cheap data, better coverage and apps like WhatsApp, which has an inbuilt audio recording / …

Mobike stops operating in Manchester due to crime

Remember how this bike-rental was experiencing a crime-wave in Manchester? Well, it’s now hitting their margins enough for them to totally quit to city. Anti-social behaviour, dumped, smashed and lost bikes have now meant that the cycle-sharing firm has pulled out of Manchester. Some 10% of bikes were …

Mi Mix 3 ‘leaked’ by Xiaomi CEO

Xiaomi CEO Lin Bin posted an image on the social network Weibo, which is believed to be the Mi Mix 3. This was a much clearer image than those blurry cam pics that had been leaked previously. If this is the Mi Mix 3, we can see that there …

Jump on my USB-powered hot seat.

Right, short version. This is on Kickstarter right now and you can (if you’re really very quick), pledge just $69 to get one. It’s basically a comfortable, portable, self-supporting seat which has a heat pad to warm your bottom. The power for this is provided via any portable …

Now Xiaomi work with Yeelight to launch latest smart lighting

Remember how Xiaomi helped bring us the ROIDMI cordless vacuum? Well, they’re now branching out into light strips too. Light strips can be placed into or under cupboards, on walls, skirting boards or on ceilings. They’re flexible and can be cut and pasted onto objects around your home …

Look at my twanger!

Ever wanted to try archery? Now, with the help of £31.95 virtual archer, you can do it anywhere. OK, so it’s not carved out of walnut, but the plastic device adds a smartphone holder which, when paired with Bluetooth and used with the relevant app, gives you a …

An alternative to Amazon Echo and Google Home. Meet Volareo.

There seems to be quite a buzz about this thing. It’s a fully crowdfunded smart speaker. They guys behind it want to make the whole process more simple, and everything is open source. This clever gadget will let you access your audio, video, entertainment and information available with …

QT3 quad driver ear buds from RevoNext

RevoNext, a Swedish company built by audio engineers have launched the QT3 quad driver in-ear earphones. The QT3 earphones feature double balanced armatures and double dynamic drivers to deliver an apparent superior sound quality, hopefully, we can get a set to test in the coming months. The QT3 are …

Groov–e Connect Wireless Headphones – Review

Good Points: Lightweight Ability Pair to 2 devices Magnetic clasp Up to 9 hours playback Price Excellent sound quality Bad Points: Range suffered as the battery got low Design: The Connect Wireless headphones are Bluetooth headphones that are of the neckband type, with magnetism holding the earbuds in …

The Lyric Speaker Canvas

Before Christmas, tech company COTODAMA released the Lyric Speaker, which was lots of fun at Coolsmartphone Towers. Well, they are back with the Lyric Speaker Canvas, which is a picture canvas for your wall which displays lyrics from songs being played from your favourite music service. Karim Fanous, …