Lockdown success for developers

As we’ve seen in the UK, now we’re seeing it in the US too. The lockdowns, the COVID-19 restrictions, the closure of many pubs, bars, nightclubs and other social venues – it’s changed our habits. We’re now spending more time indoors and, although we’re using social media more …

Starlink – Now 800 satellites up in orbit

Earlier in the year I sat in the garden and watched the string of Elon Musk Starlink satellites fly by in the night sky. They’re relatively easy to see because they’re quite low and there’s a lot of them. In fact, there’s now even more. A launch today …

Top 14 things that make iPadOS so great

The iOS innovations more or less stopped impressing us a long time ago. There’s almost nothing that they’re changing except for a dark theme, a volume control indicator, and a keyboard with swipes. There is nothing more to highlight. However, when it comes to the iPad, more innovations …

Quick! 12GB data plan on Three SIM-only for £5.25 per month

This Topcashback promo is ending today and, if you’re in the market for a SIM-only 12-month deal on Three, it’s definitely worth a look. Here’s a look at the plan – before the cashback is applied.. OK, so it’s £10 per month for a SIM with unlimited texts and calls …

Huawei P smart 2021 Arriving in the UK on Thursday

No Google services here, but the Huawei P smart 2021 will be arriving here in the UK for a mere £199 and – as we’ve mentioned before – there are ways to get your favourite apps onto Honor and Huawei phones that don’t have Google Play. This phone …

Honor Watch ES – Review

So its that time again where we put a device under the microscope to find out if it is any good. This time around it is the turn of the Honor Watch ES. I want to get one thing out of the way first though. Even though this …

Get the Google Pixel 5

The all new Pixel 5 is already out of stock on the official Google Store. It’s selling for £599, or you can pay Google £24.96 per month to buy it (0% APR for 24 months) and then whack a SIM-only card in. The phone has been getting rave …

Moving away from regular upgrades

There’s been a noticeable shift in recent years away from regular phone upgrades. Customers are becoming more savvy, and with smartphones no longer taking such big “leaps” in technology, many are looking for ways to prolong the life of their existing phone instead of upgrading. In the post-COVID …

Driving? Don’t touch that phone!

The UK government are to firm up the law on mobile phones in cars. Next year the loopholes which allowed drivers take photos or film will be changed and it’ll be illegal for anyone to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving. You’ll still be able …

Meet the Nubia Watch. Oooo, proper lush.

Available to buy from the Nubia website for $219 / €219 / £189, this is the Nubia Watch. Doesn’t it look nice eh?! It’s got a curved 4.01″ AMOLED flexible display with a unique design, Bluetooth calling, on-board music control, easy scroll-based interaction, customisable display messages, heart rate …

Huawei prep for Mate 40 Series launch

Well, we know it won’t have the Google Play services. We know there’ll be no YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps or Google Play, but we’ve detailed ways around it and it’s definitely not slowing Huawei down. With rumours swirling about a possible sell-off of sub-brand Honor, Huawei are also …

Yet more iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro deals

So we’ve got pricing from Sky Mobile and from Virgin Media, but what about the other offers out there? Well, iD Mobile (which sits on the Three network) seem to have a really good offering, provided you don’t mend a slightly hefty upfront cost. You can get the …

5G Oppo Reno4 handsets available widely in the UK

Well, we’ve already mentioned that Virgin Mobile have the Reno4 Pro on sale, but you can now get your hands on the latest 5G Oppo handsets from EE, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and Vodafone too SIM-free, you can pick up the Reno4 Z for £329, the Reno4 for …

Oppo A53 lands in the UK. Cheap as chips.

Smashing hard into the budget category, the Oppo A53 should be available on Carphone Warehouse (in a lovely Mint Cream and Black) or, in just Black, on Amazon, AO, Very and – a little later this month – on O2, EE and Virgin Media. The handset has a …

Sky Mobile announce iPhone pre-order pricing

At 1PM the guys at Sky Mobile (sitting on the O2 network) will be putting their iPhone 12 and 12 Pro pre-orders live. Prices start from £34 a month for the iPhone 12 with 4GB with no upfront costs. Meanwhile the iPhone 12 Pro will be £47 a …

Virgin Media iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro deals go live

Following our iPhone 12 coverage, we now have pricing and pre-order details from Virgin Media. They operate on EE masts currently but will be switching over to the Vodafone infrastructure later in 2021. You can pre-order here and get the brand new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. …

Unlimited data with Three. Just £16 per month SIM-only.

If you’ve got a strong Three signal in your area (check that here with the Ofcom checker), it’s definitely worth checking out this unlimited SIM-only deal. On a 12 month contract, it’ll deliver unlimited data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts for a mere £16 per month. That’s £192 …

Podcast 255 – The Cancer Edition

No flashy intro on this one. No smartphone news. It’s all a bit serious I’m afraid. Cancer. It’s not a nice thing to talk about and it’s not something I’d ever imagine doing a podcast about, but since the last Coolsmartphone Podcast (in July!) I basically very nearly …

Just £1 for your first month with SMARTY. 30GB SIM-only.

This is a virtual network, but – like VOXI and Vodafone – SMARTY is very closely aligned to their parent – Three. It’s basically a sub-brand of Three company and they’re aiming to attract customers who are mainly looking for cheaper deals. That’s me then, because I’ve just …