Tag: phone

Got the original ASUS ROG Phone? You’ll be getting some lovely Pie soon.

The people at ASUS have just got in touch to confirm that their ROG Phone (the ZS600KL) will be receiving the Android Pie update very soon indeed. New features such as advanced user experience, fully customised themes, a redesigned on-screen navigation bar and adaptive battery power management are …

Best phones for gaming?

If you love to game, gamble and blast baddies away, then you’ll want a phone that can keep up with your demands. You’ll be needing a device that can do more than just update social media. You’ll need more horsepower, a better screen, excellent performance and a long-lasting …

A new slick smartphone for seniors. Meet the Doro 8080.

This is a new phone from the mobile phone company that is dedicated to helping seniors live a better life. Most modern phones are confusing and fiddly, so Doro is determined to deliver the same tech to the elderly but in a more approachable and simpler package. With …

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 …

Realme X2 Pro on the horizon, looking good

Despite what people may say, here in the UK we’ll still be part of Europe no matter what happens. That, bear with me, matters because companies like Realme are heading to Europe and they’ve got some serious kit in tow. This, the Realme X2 Pro, is on 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 …

Xiaomi go utterly bananas. Meet the Mi MIX Alpha!

It’s a concept phone, surely? You won’t be able to buy it.. will you? Oh wait. No, Xiaomi tell me that they’re going to start small-scale production of this one at the end of September! The Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is pretty much all screen. A 180% screen-to-body …

What services are included in mobile app development?

Are you considering building an app to promote your business, keep in touch with customers or to launch a startup You’re probably busy shortlisting development companies right now, trying to find a team with a good portfolio and skills. Although a lot of companies offer a similar package …

Mobile Phones: Is free really free?

The economy is tough all over the world and everyone is looking to save money. Whether you are buying food, filling your car up with fuel or grabbing clothes everyone is looking for bargains, discounts, and deals. The same is true for your mobile phone, with handset manufacturers …

Vodafone 5G expands further across Europe

Thanks to the many benefits of being in the EU, you can go abroad right now and benefit from inclusive roaming on your phone. If you’re on Vodafone, you get 5G roaming, and this has just expanded so that 62 towns and cities deliver the super-speedy system. Vodafone …

ASUS RoG II Gaming phone on display here at IFA

It’s September and, as Britain’s government is collapsing, we decided to head to Berlin for IFA instead. Today ASUS have got their highly anticipated RoG Phone II. This is a phone that we’ve already covered in July but it’s worth going over the phone again. It’s the first …

Did you relax on holiday? Many are still glued to their phones

Here in England we’re starting to see the onset of Autumn, with leaves only clinging on and the weather turning a bit cooler.  Our suitcases are still cluttering up the house though, because many of us will only just be returning from our summer holidays. But, is it …

Fairphone 3 available next week with Sky Mobile

OK, wind the clock back to 2016 and you may remember our early hands-on with the Fairphone. The premise is really quite simple. It’s a smartphone, but one that’s actually easy to fix. I listened to Daria from Fairphone who explained just how easy it is to fix …

Nubia – Dual-screen smartphone? Look over here!

With LG teasing a dual-screen V60 ThinQ at IFA, the guys at Nubia want you to remember the fact that they’ve already shown one off. The Nubia X appeared at CES, but now they’re bringing that same dual-screen technology to the new Nubia Z20, and it’ll be available …

Honor juggle their marketing messages

There has always been a perceived notion amongst the older generation that young people use their phones too much. On the flip-side, the younger generation seem to think that the older generation don’t use them enough due to lack of understanding. This, as with most perceived notions, is …

Rog Phone II – Pre-orders hit 2 million in less than 24 hours

It seems like just days ago since we covered the launch of the Rog Phone II but already things are going very well indeed. Sold exclusively in China, the pre-orders are already stacking up following the launch event on July 23rd. Asus have just emailed to tell us …

OPPO Reno 5G arrives on EE

As expected, the rather cool OPPO Reno 5G has now made it’s way to the EE website in both ocean green and jet black. You get 256GB of on-board RAM, a healthy 4065mAh battery to keep things ticking along and, of course, that 5G capability. Other specs include …

Asus ROG Phone II Unveiled

You may remember our recent trip to Valencia to see the all-new Asus ZenFone 6. It’s a great phone for the money and the flip over camera works very well indeed. Now there’s another, with Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) unveiling their ROG Phone II. This has a …

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 …

Don’t just renew your contract. Go SIM only.

You’ll see me writing about SIM only deals quite a bit here. My journey with SIM only started a few years ago, when I reached the end of my contract. I was, like many, fairly comfortable with renewing my contract after 24 months and getting a new phone. …

Changing networks – Text to Switch Explained

Today marks the start of a new method of changing networks. For all too long people here in the UK have had to call the infamous “Retentions Team”. They will try lots of things to keep hold of you as a customer. Sometimes this process has a good …

Unlocking your iPhone and removing the iCloud lock too

A few months ago I told you my story about buying a reconditioned phone and generally saving a bit of cash in the process. It pinged back in my head following our earlier eBay sales story because there’s a number of places selling really cheap iPhones which are …

When is it the right time to bin your smartphone?

Back in the day, people used to replace their phone every single year. Once a shiny new model came around, they would toss their old model away. Now that phones are no longer the size and shape of bricks, you may be wondering how long you should wait …

Honor 8S launched, plus new price drops on other Honor phones!

The Honor 8S us now official. It’s only £99.99 and is available from Amazon, Carphone Warehouse and Very. It weighs 146 grams and runs Android 9 (Pie). There’s a microUSB charging port, 3020mAh battery and 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Around back a 13 megapixel shooter and, up …

Oppo Reno – Up close

We mentioned the fact that the Reno 5G was, in the UK at least, scheduled as an exclusive to EE. However, Jonathan Morris, from the excellent jmcomms.com, has sent over some more pictures of the Reno range, including the new Reno 5G. It shows that cool motorised pop-up …

EE goes 5G for Glastonbury

Heading to the Glastonbury Festival on June 26th? Well, EE are going to be the technology partner for the sixth year and will be installing the latest 5G network at Worthy Farm in a landmark trial – creating the UK’s first 5G-connected Festival. A predicted 70 terabytes of …

Total phone content protection and monitoring. SpyMyPhone.

Just recently I’ve been looking for a way to keep tabs on my son. He’s just got his first ever proper smartphone and, although I don’t want to snoop on him too much, I do want to ensure he’s safe. One app that has pinged my radar is …

The Coolsmartphone Podcast – Now on Spotify too!

We published our first ever podcast, unbelievably, way back in 2012. On Tuesday we’ll be publishing Episode 244. The number 244, as you may be aware, is the dialling code for Angola. It’s also the year that Philip the Arab became the new Roman Emperor. So… ermm.. to …

New mobile phone detectors deployed by police

Using your phone whilst driving? Perhaps you have a cheeky look at it when you’re stuck in traffic or in a long tail-back? Well, beware, because the police are now starting to roll out automatic systems which will attempt to spot your phone usage and then flash a …

Three 5G Update – Second live site now online

Way back in the day, a new network called “Three” appeared on the scene. They were the first 3G network at the time and, if you had a rather bulky 3G video phone, you could do video calls and browse the internet on the move. At the time …

New study reveals big increase in phone usage

It goes without saying that, right now, you’re using your phone. After all, you’re reading this. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t seem that long ago that people used laptops and – yes – desktop PCs. Web designers only spent a small amount of time actually creating a “mobile …

Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy A70

The fairly random “A range” of Samsung devices don’t usually get the same level of coverage as the Galaxy S handsets, so let’s take a look at the new Samsung Galaxy A70 which was announced yesterday. This one has a 6.7″ FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED Infinity display with …

Smartphone safety and security. It’s still a big deal.

As we saw just yesterday, your phone can open you up to scams and other dangers. This is even true if you’ve got a “dumb” mobile without all the clever smartphone extras. Out there, on the other end of your phone, are endless people who want to extract …

Three roll out their own Brexit bus

OOoohh… bit dangerous this. Driving a bus round with promises written on the side. How much do we believe that ? 🙂 So, whilst Parliament goes into a full-on meltdown about a Brexit which nobody can agree on, Three have driven up and down the road outside to …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 239 – 1.21 gigawatts!

In this episode we’re going to turn the clock back. We’re going to do a full Back to the Future show for you this week and, although we don’t have any plutonium and we don’t have a flux capacitor, we do have a car. So, a quick update …

You’re spending longer on the toilet because of your phone

Are you reading this on the toilet? Right now? Chances are, you’re not alone. It’s something we don’t discuss, but in reality we all take a bit of “time out” and browse on our phones while we’re “making a delivery”. Now, here at Coolsmartphone we do get a …

MWC – Doogee S90 shown off

Just before I left MWC I was able to see one last phone and this was one that I was particularly interested in. It is from a company called Doogee, which is a Chinese brand that has been specialising in making ruggedised phones. They have been doing this for a while …

MWC – Meet the nubia Alpha wearable phone

We’ve seen foldable phones in Barcelona, and – in years past (actually, it was 2016!) – we’ve seen flexible displays. The latter was actually first brought to our attention as a possible wearable by FlexEnable but they didn’t have the necessary capacity to make it a full-on production …

Create your own online shop easily

Mobile phones have made it easier than ever to browse and buy things. Amazon and eBay are the most well-known, but you’ll regularly find my wife on Next, Very or another clothing website. They’re big, they’re well-designed and they’re full of choice. Not only that, but they look …