Category: Handsets (General)

Early New Year Resolutions – Trying to be Smartphone Safe

As you’ll know, I tend to walk around without a case on my phone. Handsets like the new Mi 8 Pro, from Xiaomi, have some really cool design elements that would be a shame to hide. I still, then, tend to walk around with the phone lacking any …

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 …

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 …

Samsung reveal a foldable smartphone

If you’re a sci-fi fan like me, you might have seen HBO’s remake of WestWorld, in which the staff at the park have mobile phones that fold out into a tablet to control the features of the park. Well, today phone giant Samsung has showcased a foldable smartphone …

Planet Computers announce a successor to the Gemini, the Cosmo!

A few months back after returning from MWC 18, I was lucky enough to get hold of a true reborn icon in the form of the Gemini from Planet Computers. This was the companies entry product into the market and it was, on the whole, a well-received device. …

OnePlus 6T to be revealed October 30th

  Today Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus has announced that the latest device in there line up the OnePlus 6T, the new device is rumoured to have a under display fingerprint reader and a much smaller teardrop notch than the latest iPhone and the upcoming Pixel 3XL. The 3.5mm …

Keeping the smartphone addiction at bay

Psychologists believe that smartphones have become the “third wheel” in a relationship, distracting partners from each other. Surveys have found that many people in long-term relationships feel that phones are getting in the way of their private lives.  Others complain that their partners have fiddled with their phones …

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 …

The best ways to minimize your battery usage

We have all now accepted the unrivaled role of smartphones in our lives. There is rarely a moment they are not accompanying us through the various different activities of our day; at work, during our commute, out with friends and even at the gym. Giving us direct access …

Huawei P20 – Review

The introduction Huawei are no longer a company who are sitting on the sidelines letting everyone else steal the show. Since the P9 their devices have really been impressive and put them on the map. Now everyone is sitting up and watching as the company are producing some …

Galaxy Note 9 with improved battery life.

In just two week’s time, Samsung will release the new Galaxy Note 9, and the latest rumours point to a huge 4,000 mAh battery in the Galaxy Note 9. That will be a 20 per cent boost over the Galaxy Note 8’s 3,300 mAh model, indicating that the …

Gemini from Planet Computers – Review

A few months ago I got a little bit excited about a device that I had seen on Indiegogo. It wasn’t because it was the fastest or the most powerful device. It didn’t have the best camera either. It also wasn’t designed to be a gaming monolith. So, …

Sony puts the Xperia™ XZ2 to the ultimate gaming test

Gaming on a mobile is getting more popular by the day due to the power that can be extracted from the modern day device. Sony has put the Xperia XZ2 to the test, by using a PlayStation®4 Remote Play against real-world racing driver Archie Hamilton.  The Passenger Race sees Archie race a …

Gemini from Planet Computers – First Impressions

I have it in my hands finally: the Gemini from Planet Computers. I have been waiting to get hold of this device for nearly 6 months since I first caught wind of it back in November last year. It is a unique product on the market and some …

Samsung Galaxy S9 – Review

The introduction Samsung is one of the largest players in the Android arena, and their Galaxy handsets have become iconic around the world. This year at MWC, the company announced their latest versions – the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Both of these are on sale now. We were lucky …

Huawei P20 Pro Review: Is this the best cameraphone?

  As you can see I have made a fairly bold statement up there. That my friends, was not just for clickbait. It was a serious intended question, which during the course of this review I intend to answer. I have had the privilege of testing a few of …

Essential Phone is now available to order for the UK

Well, it was only a matter of time wasn’t it? Sure, it’s felt like an age since the phone was first released, but now the Essential Phone PH01 is available to buy for us in the UK. The Essential phone got a lot of media attention as it was …

Pursuit of Burdenless Speed – OnePlus 6

Did you ‘6et Ready’? If you have been under a rock recently, OnePlus have started their teaser campaign for the upcoming flagship phone – OnePlus 6. The new handset was previously rumoured to be quite a beast using the new SnapDragon 845 processor and in three variations 64GB, …

Carphone Warehouse offering P20 SIM FREE for £599

Yesterday, we told you about EE launching the Huawei P20 with a pair of Bose Bluetooth headphones. Well, Carphone Warehouse is selling the handset SIM FREE for £599 and they include the Bose QC 35 II headphones which retail at £329.95. Very good bargain for the music lovers …

Samsung Galaxy S8 still outselling the S9

According to Business Korea, despite heavily advertising its latest flagship sales of the Galaxy S9 in its home market, Samsung has failed to reach the expected levels as the previous Galaxy flagship the S8, which is currently outselling is successor. Samsung states that consumers don’t believe there is enough …

#MWC18 – Essential Phone. Hands on

I decided to take a bit of a wander down to the Essential Booth today to go and find out about their phone. Also, the burning question that I wanted to ask. Just when will we will see them in the UK? Unfortunately, I was unable to get an answer …

#MWC18 Gemini PDA from Planet Computers

I have talked about the Gemini PDA on the site before and I am a huge fan of what they are doing. Today I had the chance to get hands-on with a full production unit of it in its Android version. The device has been made of the …

More Galaxy S9 and S9+ details

Samsung is now gearing up to launch the 2018 versions of its flagship Galaxy series, the S9 and the S9+. They have an unpacked event scheduled for the 25th February, which is just prior to this years Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona. Both handsets will be powered by …

Honor View 10 photo special

We are deep into the mid festive slump but, for some of us, work has to carry on for a few more days before the shenanigans of the New Year begin. In an effort to cheer you all up, I have been busy taking pictures of the soon-to-be-released …

Unboxing the Honor View 10

A few weeks ago I was down in good old London town where I bore witness to the latest Honor flagship. Today I have received a pre-production unit for review here at Coolsmartphone Towers. The phone is now available for preorder from the Honor website and, if it is …

Watch out for the phone zombies!

Some years ago China tried to control smartphone zombies. They were everywhere, heads down and drifting into each other. It got so bad that a separate smartphone lane was installed so that very low-speed accidents no longer happened. Now, in Sweden they’re trying something very similar. Their solution …

Honor 7X – Thoughts and Unboxing

Yesterday I was allowed to leave the confines of Coolsmartphone Towers and escape into the depths of London for a few hours. During my brief sojourn into the real world, I was able to attend a small gathering of phone enthusiasts and bloggers (okay it wasn’t that small, there …

The Razer Phone has arrived. Here is our unboxing

We have had something very special arrive at Coolsmartphone Towers today. At least, it’s something that I have been looking forward to for a few weeks. Today we’ve got one of the boldest new phones to come out this year (IMHO). Yes, it’s the Razer Phone! You’re obviously …

Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Review

These days there are so many different smartphones out there it is hard to find things to distinguish them from each other. I genuinely struggle sometimes in finding what makes one phone better than another. That being said, there are things out there that can help to lift one phone above …

Huawei set the launch date for the Mate 10 Pro

Hauwai has now released the launch date for the Mate 10 Pro, and it is coming very soon. We have been lucky enough to get our hands on with the Mate 10 Pro from Huawei, and the good news is that if you to want to get one …

Nokia 2 with 2 days battery!

Nokia, currently owned by HMD Global, is trying to make the next breed of handsets relive the glory days of strong battery life. This is something that has not been possible with the current era of smartphones. The new Nokia 2, which is due for release in the UK …

Three receive criticism over £117 iPhone contract.

Think about what you could actually buy for £117 per month. Well, I’ve had my eye on this Citroen C4 lease agreement. Sure, you’re not going to end up fully owning the thing unless you pay a big balloon payment later, but for this sort of money, you …

Vodafone release iPhone X contract prices

Update – We’re starting to see prices from other networks too. Head here to see the iPhone X deals. In the early hours of this morning here at Coolsmartphone towers, we had a piece of paper pushed under the portcullis door. It had some very interesting information from …

Buy a WileyFox and get a free Amazon Echo Dot!

Here at Coolsmartphone Towers we always like a bargain, and we also love supporting the underdog. Which is why this deal seems to appeal to all my senses, especially after the shock of the iPhone X pricing! Small upstart brand WileyFox have been bashing out smartphones for the …

Google in talks to buy HTC

If you have been a smartphone user over the past few years there’s a good chance you have used a device made by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC. For many years the company made many devices under different brand names. Remember XDA, MDA, SPV? Even HP branded devices were made …

Huawei now above Apple in market share

Huawei are now the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. The latest data from market research firm Counterpoint Research shows Huawei overtaking Apple to become even bigger. This result is from strong sales in June and July, which have allowed the Chinese manufacturer to inch past Apple into …

SanDisk to release a whopping 400GB SD Card.

Western Digital has announced the world’s largest capacity microSD card: the whopping 400GB SanDisk Ultra. Priced at $249.99, or £193, this new card should theoretically work with all major flagship Android devices which feature a microSD card, (although a number of manufacturers are moving to sealed storage options). …

Here’s your Olympic medal. Some of it used to be a Nokia.

Provided that Japan still exists and North Korea haven’t fired another ruddy missile at it, then they’ll be holding the Olympics in 2020. The medals, which usually cost a small fortune to create, are going to be made in a very different way this time. Members of Japan’s …

First Snapdragon 845 chips bagged by Samsung

At the beginning of this year, Samsung managed to broker a deal with Qualcomm to reserve the first batch of the Snapdragon 835 chips for their latest flagship device – the Galaxy S8. This gave the Korean mobile giant the jump on other OEMs for releasing devices with …