Live – Realme lands in Europe

We were in London just days ago at the OnePlus 7T launch and now we’re in Madrid. Arriving yesterday it was raining heavily, but the view this morning from our breakfast table is absolutely stunning. Today it’s the turn of Realme, who are hoping for an equally bright …

Fortnite and Fortnite fans explode.

In a masterclass of hype, free PR and a way to regain interest in the game, the Fortnite world has been blown to bits. It’s sent ardent fans into a frenzy of disbelief, as Epic Games ended season 10 by deleting almost all their Fortnite tweets, stopping people …

Let’s start talking again

Smartphones and technology, as we’ve mentioned before, are stopping us talking to each other. My nephew looked at me in horror at the weekend after I told him that he’d have to actually talk to another human being in order to approve the Apple Pay connection to his …

The gaming apps that blur the line between the virtual and the real

Our smartphone screens are getting bigger. The picture quality is getting better too, and mobile gaming apps are now able to deliver a more immersive experience than ever before. Most mobile apps have taken advantage of this technological progress by looking for ways to improve the detail and depth …

Preserving battery life on your smartphone

As you’ll have no doubt seen here at Coolsmartphone, there’s a definite increase in powerful gaming phones of late. They’re brilliant. There’s enhanced graphics capabilities, a number of faster processors and bigger, faster-charging batteries. However, if you’re trying to play a game on your phone which is both graphic and …

OnePlus 7T Pro and the 7T Pro McLaren – Up close and personal

Available for £699 in a few days time (Amazon, John Lewis and the OnePlus website), this is the OnePlus 7T Pro. It sits quite neatly next to it’s more expensive £799 brother – the OnePlus 7T Pro Mclaren Edition. The latter won’t be available until November 5th. The …

The OnePlus 7T – Up close and personal

So, we have a bit of a problem here. We were in London for the rather large OnePlus 7T Series yesterday. It was, without doubt, the biggest OnePlus launch we’ve ever been to. Again, and I’ll be honest, the problems Huawei are currently experiencing mean that the competition …

OnePlus 7T Pro Series launch – LIVE

As we mentioned a bit earlier, we’re in London for the launch of the new OnePlus 7T Series launch. A lot of this has already leaked, with details of all that here, but there’ll hopefully be a few surprises in store for us too. The live feed is …

Wake more naturally with the Light Curve

Waking up at 6AM is now a very dark and dismal experience. With Autumn in full swing and Winter on the way, those first few minutes after your alarm has gone off can be particularly painful – especially when you put the infamous “big light” on. For £39.99 …

Realme 5 Pro upcoming. All the details here. But wait, who are Realme?

This is a company on the march. However, it’s one that you might find weirdly familiar because of the firm behind it. BBK Electronics are a Chinese electronics company producing TVs, cameras and smartphones. The latter are marketed under a number of brand names. Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and …

Fibre direct! For everyone! If you’re in Hull.

Got broadband? Well yes, of course you have. However, unless you’re at work it’s probably delivered over copper cabling at some point. Even if you’ve got Virgin cable broadband, which we covered in detail here, it’s still delivered partly over a coax cable – which is copper. Here …

Stick a very small camera in your ear. Apparently.

You should see my inbox. It’s absolutely nuts at the minute. Outside, the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Inside, I’m getting emails asking me to publish stuff like this. Well, OK. I’ve cracked. I’ll pimp your utterly random and totally weird thing, because with the …

UMIDIGI F2 on the way. Lots of spec for little money.

Fancy Android 10? A 32 megapixel selfie camera? A 48 megapixel quad camera and a ma-hoo-sive 5120mAh battery? How about a side-mounted fingerprint reader? How about a Helio P70 octa-core (4×2.1GHz & 4×2.0GHz) CPU, 6GB memory and 128GB storage? Sound good? Right, now how about all that for …

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4 – Review

As some of you may know I have been on the hunt for a wearable device recently that will give me 3 things, along with battery life, simple and easy to use the software, affordability. Up until now, I have been mainly focused on the Smartwatch end of …

Lies everywhere. The truth is dead.

I write about this topic fairly regularly because the internet gives you strange mixture of perspective and pessimism about well, everything really. Real journalism, journalism that costs money and takes time, is dying. Real printed newspapers are seeing their circulation falling off a cliff, and with the internet …

Personal improvement. Ring. Now.

It’s been a while since I did this, but here’s a story which wasn’t sent to us via a PR company. This is about a fitness tracker, but it’s not a watch and it doesn’t involve a strap. This is a ring. Just a ring. First up, yes, …

When tech DOES help your mental health

You’ll have no doubt seen the stories detailing how smartphones affect your mental health. Constant social media use and an open gateway for those who wish to contact you can be damaging, but apps like Flow, which is currently only available for iOS, are trying to help. The …

The digital anatomy of a phone number

Remember when things were analogue? A crackling radio? Getting interference on your TV? Reading newspapers that were printed… on paper? Now it seems that nearly every aspect of our lives are digitized and digital. Phone numbers are no exception to this, benefiting from the digital revolution and modernizing …