Category: Hardware Reviews

Realme GT 5G – Review

Is there a new “flagship killer” on the block?   That is the question that is being posed in the review of the latest phone from Realme the Realme GT 5G. I have been able to use one for the past few days, and I will try to …

We have the Realme 8 family let’s unbox them

We have the full Realme 8 family in the house here at Coolsmartphone towers. We have had the Realme 8 Pro for a while and it was a great mid-ranger as you see from its review. It is now time to have a look at the Realme 8 …

Realme 8 Pro – Review

A mid-ranger phone with a flagship camera sensor does it work as an alternative to a high-end alternative?This is the question I am going to attempt to answer during the review of the Realme 8 Pro. So for those of you who have not heard of Realme before …

Huawei Mate 40 Pro – Review

Can I use an Android device without Google services for my daily driver and does having an awesome camera makeup for the lack of services? These are the two real questions that I have been trying to answer over the past few weeks in my usage of the …

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro – Review

My first impressions on this one definitely surrounded the size of the phone. It’s quite a weighty and large device at 218 grams and 9.3mm thick. Compare that to the 199g weight and 8.5mm thickness of something like the OnePlus 8 Pro. Sure, the extra 19 grams might …

Huawei Mate 40 Pro – First Impressions

Normally I would do an unboxing on a newly received phone, however this time around I am going to skip the unboxing as most reviewers have done that for me. What I am going to do is give you a bit of a rundown of my experience over …

Vivo X51 5G – Review

This one has taken me by surprise. It’s a phone from – in the UK at least – a relatively unknown manufacturer and it’s £749. That’s a lot to spend on a brand you may not be familiar with, and you’ll need to be looking at places like …

Honor MagicBook Pro – Review

So the time has come to try and get my head around the Honor MagicBook Pro laptop review. I have already done a long piece on the hardware which can be found in my unboxing post. That is well worth a read as it will give you an …

OnePlus 8T – Review

Sit this next to the OnePlus 8 Pro and you’ll notice some obvious differences. First, the screen is a nudge smaller – the 6.78″ AMOLED rounded-edge unit on the Pro (3168 x 1440 pixels @ 513 ppi and 19.8:9) has been switched for a 6.55″ AMOLED flat screen …

Honor 20e Review – This is a whole lot different

We’ve looked at a number of Honor devices lately. The Honor 9X and the Honor 9A– both very good phones considering how cheap they are. However, those phones lack the Google Services. So no Google Play. No Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail and so on. This is because the …

Zepp E Smartwatch – Review

Let’s get one thing out of the way. I like smartwatches. No, that’s not quite right. I really like smartwatches. I have reviewed many smartwatches for Coolsmartphone in my years as a writer for the site. They have varied from the complex, like the TicWatch Pro, to the …

Honor MagicBook Pro unboxing and first impressions.

So it has been a while since I reviewed a full-size laptop or even, for that matter, a small one! I typically gravitate toward the more compact and light style of laptops as I rank portability as more important than screen real estate. The last one I used …

TCL 10 5G – Review

As I’m going through quite a bit of stuff right now, I’ve switched to doing video reviews but hey, we’re still going in-depth. This, for just £19 per month with Three on an unlimited contract (plus £19 upfront), is the TCL 10 5G. Wait, who? Well, don’t worry …

OnePlus Nord – Review

So, let’s take a look at a phone that is definitely not the Oppo Find X2 Lite with a slightly different selfie camera setup (that is £399 by the way). No, this is the OnePlus Nord – a phone which costs £379 if you want the 8GB / …

Honor 9X Pro – Review

This is just £249.99 (at the time of writing) and, as usual with Honor, you get a lot for your money. My initial thoughts were consumed by the absolutely awesome rear-end. It reflects light and bounces it around beautifully on this Phantom Purple model – even with the …

Honor 9A – Up close and personal. Is the App Gallery good enough?

A microUSB port, single-band (2.4GHz only) WiFi and a price-tag of just £129.99. This is entry-level, but (as usual for Honor / Huawei), it’s a beautiful design and seems to tick along relatively well on the MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core 2GHz CPU. It’s 9mm thick and comes with …

Moto G8 Power Review – Part 1

Yes, you can go out there and get yourself a phone with a blazing fast processor. Yes, you can get one that costs nearly £1,000 and has a stack of cameras and a whole bucket-full of tricks. But what if you want one that doesn’t cost the Earth …

Ditching Sky. Life after cancellation with Netgem TV.

I’ve had Sky TV installed for about 15 years. I’ve seen it grow from a normal satellite TV box to a “timeshifting” one and then, as on-demand TV increased in popularity, we got more choice and flexibility than ever. However, we consume TV differently now. There’s a huge …

OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger Overview

The all-new OnePlus 8 Pro gets a 4510mAh battery and, in the box, the super-quick Warp Charge 30T wired charger. However, the OnePlus 8 Pro also gets Wireless charging and , if you want, you can place it on the wireless charging units available to buy on the …

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – Camera test

Both of these phones have pretty solid cameras and I used them both during the reveal of the handsets in order to snap pictures. Both phones have the same 16 megapixel Sony selfie hole-punch camera. Around back though, things are a bit different. The OnePlus 8 Pro, on …

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – Video unboxing

It’s a lovely sunny day and I’m out in the garden to take the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro out of their boxes. This really was my first unboxing of both and, as we’re on lockdown, my quietest place right now is the garden. If you want …

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro – Everything you need to know

Here’s two smartphones from a company that has been around for almost seven years now. During that time OnePlus have achieved a cult following but, with handsets like the OnePlus 7T (reviewed here, here and here) they’re now gaining more mainstream traction. Today marks the launch of two …

Realme 5 – Review Part 1. The Unboxing.

I’ve been wanting to take a look at the Realme 5 Pro since getting a hands-on with it last October. That phone is available to buy for €199, which works out at £168.45. The “Pro” has a 6.3″ screen with a 2340×1080 (409ppi) screen and measures in at …

Asus ROG Phone II – Review

Gaming phones have now become a thing and manufacturers are standing up and taking attention. This all kicked off back in 2017 when Razer released their first Razer Phone. I reviewed it shortly after it arrived on our shores and was very impressed. At the time it was …

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 …

OnePlus 7T Review – Part 3

It’s fair to say that I got a little distracted doing this review. It’s now three parts long (part one is here and part two is here), but I started writing this a month ago now. The truth? It’s become my daily driver. This is a stand-out phone, …

OnePlus 7T Review – Part 2

In our first part of this review the weather was pretty terrible, so I unboxed the OnePlus 7T in the car. During that video I mentioned the camera, so today it’s a deeper look into this. It’s quite a clever setup actually. The main camera that you’ll be …

OnePlus 7T Review – Part 1

I liked this particular phone the minute I saw it at the launch. Sure, there’s a “Pro” model, but I was more impressed with the design of this one. I’m not saying that the other one is bad, because it isn’t – this one was just my preference. …

The OnePlus 7 Pro. Go get yourself one of these.

OK, it’s quickly turning into OnePlus day here at Coolsmartphone. Today we’re going to take another deep-dive into the OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s a phone which has taken up residence at the Coolsmartphone office and yes – we actually got told off by the OnePlus PR people for …

Honor 20 Pro – Review

So you’ve decided that you want to get a top-end smartphone, but you don’t have a spare £800 down the back of the sofa. Well, the good news is that you do have a lot of options these days. You have the likes of OnePlus and Xioami, alongside …

Huawei P30 Lite – Review

Put the word “Lite” into the name of your next smartphone and, well, it doesn’t help with your expectations. It’s like when you’re buying a car. If it’s a Vauxhall Corsa “Life” or a base model Kia Rio, you’re not going to get all the kit and toys …

Honor 20 Pro – First Impressions

Now, normally this is where I would be talking about the unboxing of a new phone and would introduce you to video where I do just that. However, in the case of this phone, I’ll be doing something more. The reason is quite simple. It has been done …

Nokia 1 Plus – Review

We did a really detailed overview a few months back so I’ll just bring you up to speed here. First of all, this is cheap. You can get it right now on Vodafone for a mere £59 when you get it with the £10 Big Value Bundle. Nokia …

Honor 20 – Review

I find myself asking the question sometimes. Why do I spend so much money on expensive flagships? Maybe something a bit cheaper would suffice? When I try to answer this question there is one company that always springs forward as the optimum candidate. That company, if you haven’t …

Honor 20 – Unboxing and mini-review

About a month ago, on a day as similarly hot as it is today, I was down in London attending the launch and announcement of the Honor 20 series. Whilst I was there I was mostly focused on the biggest brother in the lineup – the Honor 20 …

Asus ZenFone 6 – Review

In this review I’m speaking to a select few. You’re special, because if you want this phone you’ll probably not find it at your local mobile phone store. As I type, you’ll need to pre-order and the Asus website is your best bet. They’re offering the 128GB storage …

Asus ZenFone 6 – Battery update

This was never meant to be a battery test. What happened, if I’m honest, is that I forgot to charge the ZenFone 6 one night. This meant that I had to go into uncharted territory. A second day on battery. So that happened, and the 5000mAh battery simply …

Honor 20 Pro – Hands on

So, the launch has happened and it’s now time to get up close and personal with the Honor 20 Pro. Now, before we get into this fully, I would like to thank Ricky West from TechTalk. He has provided us with the close-up shots of the device. I …