Tag: gadget

Some gadget Father’s Day fun from Honor

No matter if you’re in the USA or the UK, Father’s Day is June 21st, so there’s only one weekend to go. You may remember how the boys at Honor loaned us the Honor MagicWatch 2 and the Magic Earbuds recently. Both are brilliant and come highly recommended. …

The all-new Xiaomi handheld you won’t see anywhere else

After getting my 8 thousandth email from TomTop.com today I thought I’d spotted a new Xiaomi phone. Sadly no, it’s a nail clipper. Not just any nail clipper though, oh no. This is an “anti-splash defence spatter nauil knife 420”. Yowser. For just £5.75 you can this anti-rust …

Podcast 253 – MoDaCo and Coolsmartphone lock it down

This one is a bit special and if you want to see the video version just head here. Paul O’Brien gave me a nudge and suggested we just have a relaxed chat and a discussion about the current coronavirus situation plus our favourite gadgets at the moment. The …

Cool little timer – Ticktime

Asking Alexa to set a timer is one thing, but what if you had a gadget that took less time to set and went with you everywhere? This is Ticktime. The makers tell me that it’s “more than just a timer” and they’ve reinvented how timer looks and …

Nokia become the official No Time To Die partner

If I think about a Bond film, I nearly always think about Sony Ericsson or just Sony phones. The franchise has long used “product placement” but today it’s the turn of the HMD Global Nokia phones. They’ll be featured in the upcoming “No Time To Die” movie, which …

Coronavirus – Will tech will save us?!

With the UK just moments away from crazed panic-buying and a full lock-down thanks to endless click-bait hype-tastic news stories, there’s no shortage of “opportunities” for those wanting to make a swift profit from it. This week we’ve had online stores doing Flash Deals on face masks (which …

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 …

Honor MagicWatch 2 Unveiled. Available to buy shortly.

This badger costs just £159.99 as a pre-order deal via on the Amazon website or the eBay store, then it’ll no doubt pop up on the official Honor site too. Headline stats then, and this has a 14-day battery, a Huawei Kirin A1 CPU, an ultra-thin profile, Bluetooth …

Zero – Real time translation via a clever little microphone

Created by the Timekettle team, this is a great way to break down language barriers. It’s an affordable, super-portable translator which lets you do real time translation with a multi-directional microphone. This means you can speak to someone else in your language, with the gadget translating, and they …

Review – Crash Bandicoot XL Smartphone and gadget holder

We recently had a look at the Cable Guys Spiderman smartphone holder. This one is similar, but far taller and look – it’s Crash Bandicoot! Available from Amazon for £24.99, there’s free delivery in the UK. This is 32cm hig and weighs in at 1.1 KG. It’s a …

Fake gadget porn or new foldable Xiaomi device?

The jury is out on this one, but it comes via Mr Blass, who’s the kind of leaks round these parts. Is this real? Is this fake? It’s up to you decide. Even if it is real, would you use or want something like this? Or are we …

A scary new world of holographic companions. It’s here now.

Before I say anything, watch this video. Soak it in. Look at the grin on the face of the guy.. It’s more than a little creepy, however this virtual lady seems to be proving quite popular. They call it / her, the “Gatebox” in the PR email. “She’ll …

Jump on my USB-powered hot seat.

Right, short version. This is on Kickstarter right now and you can (if you’re really very quick), pledge just $69 to get one. It’s basically a comfortable, portable, self-supporting seat which has a heat pad to warm your bottom. The power for this is provided via any portable …

Look at my twanger!

Ever wanted to try archery? Now, with the help of £31.95 virtual archer, you can do it anywhere. OK, so it’s not carved out of walnut, but the plastic device adds a smartphone holder which, when paired with Bluetooth and used with the relevant app, gives you a …

V-Auto by Vodafone – Review

In your car there’s a magical port. It sits under your dashboard usually and you’ll find that the AA man will plug his laptop into it. I remember once I broke down and had to call them out. It was in a car I was renting and his …

Conbrov Mini Dashcam – Example footage

Following my initial hands-on last week, I’ve now mounted the camera and recorded some footage for you. The tiny 1080p HD dashcam is easy to use and comes with a straightforward menu and navigation system too. It’s available from Amazon for a mere £39.99 right now and, for …

SmartHalo – Finally, an easy to use navigation device for your bike

We’ve seen similar things in the past, but I’ll confess that this is the first one selling on Apple.com. The Montreal-based startup has sent us oodles of details for their SmartHalo gadget, but for me it’s probably easier to just watch this demo video. I promise I didn’t …

Vodafone will now help you track your pet too.

Remember when I stuck the Paby Pet Tracker on our cat? The gadget sat on her collar and sent live GPS data back to my smartphone. It meant that I could see where she was on a live map. Now Voda are doing something very similar with the …

The Tamagotchi returns!

Every once in a while there seems to be a game, gadget or accessory that captures the imagination with kids and becomes a “fad”. Fidget spinners, remember them? Well, many, many years prior to those there was something called a Tamagotchi. It was basically a small digital pet …

Gaming with Android and Windows, Mobile? PGS has an update.

Yes people, I’m learning the Daily Mail-style of click-bait again, in the vein hope that we’ll have enough advertising revenue to pay for the servers this month (sadly, ad-blocking is killing our revenue). OK, long story short. Imagine you want to create a Portable Gaming System. Something running …

Zecti Robot Tripod mini – Review

I don’t know about you but I love taking photos with my phone. Today we have phone cameras that are really rather excellent. They’re right up there with the compact cameras that we used to carry around a few years ago. There is, however, still the long-standing issue of …

The evolution of bunny rabbit ears

During my twelve years of using smartphones, I’ve never felt the need to use a case. I’ve instead kept my phone in good condition by ensuring that it gets a pocket to itself alongside nothing else such as keys to scratch it. I also ensure that I handle …

A remote controller actuator. What could be greater?

So, I’m pretty geeky guy with the home automation gadgets. I started off with a Nest thermostat, which a lot of even my non-geeky friends are getting into. It’s a simple and clever way to save cash on your heating bills. Put simply, it knows when you’re not …

Another flying Selfie Shooter – AirSelfie

Just the other week we had the SELFLY. It was a flying camera which, when it wasn’t in the air, formed a case around your phone. Now, we’ve got a competitor in the form of the AirSelfie. It looks to be a smaller and ultra-portable. The people behind …

So, you’re going abroad and want to stay in touch huh?

It’s the season to be jolly, but not everyone gets to be at home with their family. If you’re in a different country, whether it be because of work, holiday or you just don’t like your family very much, you’ll probably be huddled around a WiFi access point …

Want to look like you’ve just stepped off the USS Enterprise?

On Sunday I mentioned a particular YouTube channel that I like to follow (in addition to our rather fantastic channel, which you absolutely must follow too). It’s from a guy called Mat, who is known on YouTube as Techmoan. He also has a website, called Techmoan.com, and you …

Seek announce a new cheap version of their thermal camera

In August last year we took a look at the Seek Thermal camera. It basically slots onto the bottom of your phone and, in real time, shows you what’s hot and what’s not. Now you can get an affordable model in the shape of the Seek CompactPRO. It’s …

Talk to the animals with a KYON Pet Tracker

Watching your pet from work or anywhere else is pretty simple. Just get a camera or perhaps use a spare smartphone to act as an IP camera. It’s a good way to have a quick look at your dog or cat from afar, but… wouldn’t it be good …

Five reasons to buy a Chromecast (or another one)

Unbelievably, I’ve had my Chromecast for a couple of years now. Despite my TV and a set-top box having the ability to show stuff from my phone, I still default to the Chromecast. It sits wedged into a random HDMI port on the back of my TV and …

Here is your new pen Mr Bond

James, while you are in the field you must keep your smartphone charged otherwise we will never catch the bad guys. Queue music! Well not quite, Beuler sent me this nifty little pen to test recently. It’s a pen, stylus and charger! Yes charger! Just when you need …

Garmin Dash Cam 35 Review

The purpose of dash cams is varied. Some would say that they’re an essential tool for reporting exactly what happened in those moments before a crash. Others would tell you that they’re a great tool for showing terrible driving on YouTube. Personally, from what I’ve seen on YouTube, …

ZUS – A car charger with a cool addition. Reviewed.

The people at nonda got in touch with us and wanted to send us a car charger. We said yes. Then, because it was a car charger, it kinda went into our review queue and I didn’t really look at the great additional feature this thing has. Nonda …

Become the Breakfast Master!

No, I don’t care that this has nothing to do with smartphones. I’ve not had lunch and this looks like something I need in my life right now. You could call it a toaster with an egg poaching / boiling gadget on the side. I’d call it a …

Smiling with Triby

We have covered the wonderful kitchen connected speaker Triby before, when it went on sale in September 2015. Now Triby has been updated to handle emoticons! Not a huge revelation but it brings the Triby in-line with every other device that you would expect the Internet of Things …

Have a miniature rave with this LED Cube Speaker

I was never a fan of the Rubik’s Cube as a kid. I think I probably took it out of the box, moved all the squares around and then instantly lost my rag with it. A few weeks later you could’ve probably found it on the floor, with …

A backpack that gives you a gentle rub

Sooooo….. apparently this is a thing. I’ll be honest, if you’re wearing this in a public place people will, quite rightly, point at you. You will look bonkers and, even if you somehow manage to put a coat over it, you’re still going to look like a right …