Tag: bluetooth

Getting your music in your car. The easy way.

I come from a different world. A world where, if you wanted to get your own music in your car, you had to buy a CD and put it in your car CD player. Heck, who am I kidding? I come from a world even earlier than that. …

TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Wireless Stereo Earbuds – Review

Wireless headphones can cost quite a bit of cash. Indeed, if you go with the top-end Apple Airpods then you’ll easily be forking out three-figure sums for your music. These, though, are £29.99 and, in all fairness, I wasn’t expecting a great deal from them. TaoTronics, however, seem …

Tribit Flybuds 1 – Review

Good Points :-  Price. Feature Packed. Qi Wireless Charging For The Carry Case. Lightweight. Waterproof IPX8 Rated. Bluetooth 5.0.   Bad Points :- Carry Case Hinge A Little Fragile. USB Charging Port A Little Small. Mid Range Sound Missing Some Presence. No Volume Control. I have reviewed a …

Announced – The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic

Wireless headphones are definitely appearing in the Coolsmartphone offices more and more of late. Now it’s the turn of Xiaomi, who have developed their £49.99 Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic Bluetooth ones. One full charge will deliver 5 hours of tune, then you can recharge it from …

The new Vodafone Smart GPS Tracker – Curve

This is a little tracker doo-hickey that you pop into or onto your valuables. It’s just £20 from Vodafone to buy, then you pay £2 per month to keep it working. Called “Curve” it’s part of a range of Vodafone smart tech products and will track your stuff …

OnePlus Buds. More info and a sneaky look.

Those new OnePlus Buds are on the way and today we get a bit more information courtesy of Pete Lau himself. Along with a sneak peek of the Buds, there’s also a few more details too. Performance at a “reasonable price” is promised, along with a super-comfortable design …

EarFun Air Wireless Earbuds – Review

Available for £54.99 as I type, these have a number of attractive benefits. First, the play time is long – some 7 hours before you even consider putting them into the supplied case, which adds another 28 hours of playtime. Also worth noting is that the case, which …

Honor 9A now available, complete with freebies .. but no Google Play

This is the all-new Honor 9A. It’s an entry-level smartphone but comes with some very decent specs, including Android 10, a 6.3″ 1600x720p screen, 3GB RAM, a 5000 mAh battery, a triple megapixel rear camera arrangement and 64GB of on-board storage that can be boosted with microSD storage. …

HONOR Magic EarBuds – Review

After having my perception of all non-Apple AirPods ruined by some shady £10 in-ear replicas, I didn’t hold out too much hope for these Magic Earbuds from HONOR. They’re available in the UK now and you can find them on the new HONOR website here. That new website – …

Just how hot is your meat? Your smartphone can help you become a BBQ King!

With summer holidays written off, we’ll probably be spending more time and money in our own gardens this year. If you’ve got yourself (or you’re planning on getting) a barbeque, there’s always that worrying “is it or isn’t it” cooked question. So this, my friends, is the ultimate …

H&M and Urbanista collaborate on audio goodness

If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth speaker, the guys at Urbanista have teamed up with H&M HOME to create a limited-edition Bluetooth speaker. The Sydney speaker is £34.90 but, if you hang around on the site, you’ll get a 10% discount code to make it a bit cheaper. …

Pimp my horn!

I have a very mad belief that there’s a direct correlation between the quality of a car and the sound of a car horn. Get in a Fiat Cinquecento and sound the horn. You’re gonna hear a “meep”. However, get yourself in a big Merc and you’ll gear …

Tribit XBoom becomes the Tribit StormBox

Before the world fell apart we did our top gadget awards and the “Best Bluetooth Speaker” gong went to the Tribit XBoom. We reviewed it here and it was quite pricey at the time. Don’t let that put you off though, because it’s still an utterly brilliant bit …

Sudio Regent II Wireless Headphones – Review

These are classed as over-ear headphones but do sit more on your ears. They are, let me tell you, rather classy in appearance. Price-wise they’re classy too, at £79 in either black or white, but do check our exclusive coupon code later on in this review to get …

Groov-e Zen ANC Headphones – Review

Good Points: Price Battery life Active Noise Cancelling Good mid-range sound quality Lightweight Bad Points: Plastic build quality Sound distortion at high volume Bluetooth 4.1 Design: The Zen Wireless ANC (active noise cancelling) headphones are the latest in the budget range from Groov-e. Coming in at an MSRP …

Coolsmartphone – The 2019 Awards

OK, you know the drill. Its the end of the year and we’re here to give you a run-down on the best of the best in 2019. We’ve reviewed a huge amount of kit but here’s what impressed us the most. Best Bluetooth Speaker – The Tribit XBoom …

Mixcder HD901 Bluetooth Headphones – Review

The nice people at Mixcder sent me these back in July. Yes, July. It’s now December and I’ve literally just found them. What makes this whole thing worse is the fact that they’re really very good indeed. Why? Well, let’s kick off with the price shall we? At …

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 …

Voxos Smart Glasses – Review

It’s the middle of winter here in the UK so the perfect time to check out some .. err… sunglasses. These, though, are a bit special, because they also play sound into your head via bone conduction technology. What? Well, imagine a cool-looking pair of headphones first of all. …

Tribit Flybuds Wireless Earbuds – Review

Good Points: Bluetooth 5.0. Noise Cancelling. IPX 5 Waterproof rating. Up to 36hrs of listening time. USB Type C charging. Simple Pairing. Stylish carrying case. Lightweight. Ability to sync with 2 devices. Bad Points : Profile a bit large for some people. Bass quality lacking. What’s In The …

EarFun Go Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Priced at £35.99 on Amazon you might be thinking, “Oooh, that’s a bit much for a speaker”. Indeed, you can pay less for your next Bluetooth speaker, but – when you’re shopping on the internet – a lot of speakers do look the same. The sound and build …

UMIDIGI Uwake Bluetooth speaker and Smart Clock available soon.

This one seems to be available already on AliExpress at $29.99. Normally it’s $49.98 but, if you’re lucky enough to get one of the first 500 units during their September sale, you can get one for just $19.99. It’s an alarm clock and Bluetooth 5.0 speaker, which is …

Garmin fēnix 6 smartwatches now available

If you’re an active person and you’ve got a lot of cash stashed away, this could be for you. Garmin tell me that the new fēnix 6 Series smartwatch is .. Built on the exploits of countless explorers. It’s a rugged smartwatch “designed for life” with GPS and, …

PuroQuiet™ active noise cancelling children’s headphones

As a father of two and as someone who has listened to far too much rock ‘n’ roll over the years, finding headphones suitable for my kids is not as easy as you might think. Before World Hearing Day in March this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) …

Diggit XL Bluetooth speaker. Ideal for your outdoor adventures

I went camping this weekend and, as usual, took a fairly rugged outdoor speaker. However, after seeing this new Diggit XL speaker pop into my inbox I’m fairly impressed by the helpful little addition – a stake. It’ll push into the sand or ground to keep the speaker …

Tribit X-Boom / StormBox Speaker – Review

Small Bluetooth speaker. Situation normal then. As I always start these reviews, the Bluetooth speakers tend to slot into to different categories. First, there’s the diddy small speakers, like this one, that don’t have a great deal of bass and tend to be OK for the odd bit …

Hër, the Stylish On-Ear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Lightweight, good looking headphones are not as common as you may think. European audio specialist, Hër, has launched a very stylish on-ear Bluetooth headphone design in partnership with the retailer, Selfridges. As well as a stylish look and great quality sound, the company also donates 3% of its profits …

Pure Elan IR5 – Review

At home I get about 70-odd digital radio stations. I’m quite lucky. Here in the UK there’s now a big range of DAB stations alongside the FM and MW / LW / SW stations. However, this particular radio is a bit different. It’s an internet radio, a Bluetooth …

Groov-e Air Buds – Review

Specs  Up to 3 hours music playback and up to an additional 7 hours using the changing case Music controls and answer/reject calls Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSPSPP Wireless range up to 10m Standby time 20 hours Charging Case: Box recharge capacity: 350mA Charging time for case …

Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650 Wireless Smart Soundbar – Review

I am not an audiophile by any means – I don’t have a finely tuned ear, and I couldn’t tell you what a chord was if it slapped me in the face! However, I do like to listen to music, and anything that makes that easier and better is appealing …

My kitchen radio setup

I mentioned in a post yesterday about my kitchen radio setup. Many years ago, before DAB was ever really a “thing”, I got an internet radio because the choice of FM stations was a bit bland. Now, we’ve got smartphones that can get on-demand content, live radio and …

An alternative to Amazon Echo and Google Home. Meet Volareo.

There seems to be quite a buzz about this thing. It’s a fully crowdfunded smart speaker. They guys behind it want to make the whole process more simple, and everything is open source. This clever gadget will let you access your audio, video, entertainment and information available with …

KitSound BoomBar 2+ Portable Bluetooth Speaker – A Review

Since joining CoolSmartphone, I’ve always enjoyed KitSound products and their perfect mix between quality and value.  As technology has changed, their products have evolved to match. (does anyone the KitSound Glow? – great for its time but shows how far KitSound has come.) Most of us like our …

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 …

Chipolo Reviewed – Find your stuff.

In the soft squishy bits of my brain – the bits that have been impacted by alcohol the most – I vaguely remember similar products in the past, but this Chipolo solution is stylish and just easy to setup. Basically it’s a small “doo-hickey” which connects to your …

Groov-e Wave II Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Summer has finally arrived here in the UK. It’s nearly 32 degrees as I type this and now everyone is moaning that it’s too hot! This all means lots of time outdoors, and as such I’ve been reviewing the Groov-e Wave II Outdoor Bluetooth speaker. Good Points: Price. …

Pure Move T4 DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Morning people. I’ve just aged. I took this one out of the box and asked my son to guess what it is. We’ve not really got a radio in the house. There’s an alarm clock but I use an old Android phone with a Bluetooth speaker in the …