Category: General

Let the sales commence! Sky Mobile kicks things off

After spending a stack of money in the Black Friday sales and then a stack more money in the run-up to Christmas, what better than another round of sales? Traditionally these would kick off on Boxing Day, but the internet has enabled things to start earlier and run …

Unboxing the Asus ROG Phone 2

So I have been doing this for a while now and in that time I have seen some very cool and very powerful phone’s come across my desk. However, today is a big day as this is the day that I get the chance to unbox one of …

5G – Not quite ready yet

Back in August I parked up near Wembley Stadium to do some “real world” tests with a 5G phone. I did this because I’d seen testers competing to get the highest speeds possible. Usually this involved someone waiting for a quiet day – like a Sunday morning – …

Unlocked handsets could soon be the ONLY type you can buy

Regulator Ofcom is looking into a ban on the sale of phones which are locked to particular networks. Networks that currently don’t lock their phones include Sky Mobile, Three UK, iD Mobile, BT Mobile and giffgaff; but other networks do. The origins of this came from the fact that handsets …

Kippy Evo (V-Pet Tracker) now down in price

Down to just £49.50 (instead of £99), the V-Pet Tracker also includes 12 months of free tracking service so that you can see exactly where your furry friend is, even when they’re out of sight. Not only that, but the WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS-capable tracker will keep up …

Chromebooks – Now showing Bluetooth device battery level

Here at Coolsmartphone towers, a number of writers use Chromebooks as our primary devices. But one thing thing I find annoying when using my Chromebook is guessing at the battery level of my headphones, keyboard and mouse, but a few months back, it was discovered that Google was …

Go, vote. NOW.

Here’s how the different age ranges voted in the Brexit referendum… But here, by age, is how many actually voted.. If more of the “smartphone generation” had gone to the polls, things would have been so much different. But wait – the older generation will change your future …

Asus announce new ROG Phone 2 Ultimate and Strix editions!

Asus have been quietly working on their gaming phone concept for a few years and have released two version of the ROG Phone to date. These have come in the form of the ROG Phone and then more recently the ROG Phone 2 These were pitched as being …

I bought a car that I’d never even sat in

In the last year we’ve continued to see changes in our shopping habits. However, based on the recent Black Friday sales and a range of recent surveys, we’ve seen thing change far more than ever.. Payment Methods The traditional high-street has seen a huge amount of transformation of …

Vodafone shrink SIM card packaging

In an “effort to reduce plastic waste”, Vodafone will be supplying your SIM cards in a more eco-friendly way soon. They’ve (literally) cut the size in half, meaning that your SIM will be delivered in a smaller card. The guys at Voda are keen to point out how …

Register to vote. Do it now.

During the last few years I’ve seen an erosion in trust of traditional media. I’ve seen politicians happy to see this happen and they’ve pushed hard with their “fake news” accusations, spreading their own “version” of what’s real. Now – with general election campaigning well underway, we’re being …

General election 2019 – Liars continue to lie, but make sure you vote

You may remember how I detailed just how much fake news we’re now reading. Printed newspapers are dying and, with smaller budgets, resort to padding out 5-line tweets. Pinch a tweet, add a few random paragraphs, don’t bother with any fact-checking and watch the click-bait money coming in. …

5 Common blogging mistakes

If you’re old enough, you’ll have seen me writing on this site for some 17 years now. Back then there was no social media, no iPhones and no Android phones either. A lot has happened in that time and blogging has become more mainstream.  I sometimes get asked …

How about sticking a floppy drive in your smartphone?

Over the years I’ve put some interesting things into my Android phone. Wow, that’s an opening line isn’t it? It all started when I stuck a mouse into the USB port, just to prove that Android does indeed support a number of peripherals. Things moved on with the …

Huawei Freebuds 3 earphones – Review

I have always been a bit of a luddite when it comes.to earphones staying true to using the classic Apple EarPods since way back when I had the OG iPhone. I even used to solder the Earpods onto the headphone cable that came with my new phone to …

Driving the evolution of mobile phones

As we approach 5G, an entirely new realm of speed and efficiency is opening up to us. As much as this leap promises to offer, however, it also illustrates more of an expansion of what already exists than a complete reshaping of how our mobile lives operate. Despite …

Doogee introduce the S68 Rugged Pro

Doogee have a history of making some really hardcore phones for those who lead a more active lifestyle and they ha e just released a new phone that is going to appeal to those after a alightly.orw affordable alternative. This is the new S68 Pro to give it …

Vodafone – Loadsa new customers

The Vodafone crew have added a lot more customers in the last quarter. In the three months ending September 2019, they saw nearly double the number of mobile contract customers joining compared with the previous quarter. It seems to be a pretty positive time for the network, who …