Tag: phones

Nokia Lumia 925 availability update

We’ve been keeping you up to date with the various networks offering this handset, but here’s a round-up. The handset has a metal design and uses the latest PureView camera innovation. There’s also a Man of Steel app on there, so you can pretend to be Superman. Yeah. …

The term “Phablets” becomes mainstream

You know that moment when a buzzword is adopted by more than just a few people and it “sticks”? Well, that moment appears to have happened for phablets. They’re too big to be phones and a little too small to be called tablets, so “phablets” is juuuuussst right. …

Chameleon Launcher has been updated for phones

I got an email yesterday that made me a little excited. A while back I and many others backed Chameleon Launcher on Kickstarter. It gave us an early beta to try on our tablets. I was really impressed at the time but I didn’t stay using it for …

MWC – Doro continue to grow, more simple smartphones on the way

Doro, like Fujitsu and their Stylistic S01, are pushing phones to elderly / senior customers. Is there room for two competing companies in this sector? Well yes, and it’s only going to get bigger. Doro tell me that some 80% of people aged over 65 now have access …

Dell to stop making smartphones

When was the last time you saw a Dell smartphone? There were some. Honestly their were. In recent years we saw the Dell Streak, which I always typed as “Steak” before getting uncontrollably hungry. Tesco were selling it earlier this year for a knock-down price. It had a …

Are us Brits obsessed with mobile devices?

Well a recent survey commissioned by Storage Options seems to suggest that yes we are obsessed. The results certainly do make for some interesting reading. Such as: · 57% use mobile devices in bed and 40% use them on the toilet · 45% say they can ‘never switch off’ …

Cleaning out a dirty hole

Yesterday my rather battered Samsung Galaxy SII started doing something weird. It seemed to develop magical powers, and was charging even when it wasn’t plugged in. I plugged and then unplugged it and it seemed to correct the problem but, after a few hours, it happened again. I …

ZTE Hit trouble – Profit warnings send shares tumbling

Shares in mobile-maker ZTE have fallen 17% following warnings that half-year profits could go down by a massive 80%. To make matters worse there’s rumours that 12,000 staff are to be pushed out the door, plus the FBI are investigating the sale of banned kit to Iran. ZTE …

O2 Network falters (Update 5)

On O2? Got a network problem? You’re not the only one. Mo Bhayat emailed us this afternoon to tell us that he’d lost his connection on his O2 phone. We checked the O2 Status Page but got …err… this… ..looks like there’s a bit of an issue. Mo …

IDAPT i4 Universal Charger Review

So, you know how it is. Charging your phone can be a pain. You’ve probably got more than one charger, and there’s bound to be tangled cables everywhere. This is the IDAPT i4 Universal Charger. It’s called the i4 because you can charge 4 devices at once. It …

Do you own a classic ?

It’s about 2AM here in Barcelona as I type this, but I’ve noticed something that keeps happening fairly regularly at Coolsmartphone. Every week or so, I get notified of a comment on a really, really, really old handset review we did years back. Today it’s the turn of …

The Countdown To Mobile World Congress

Next Sunday (26th) we have the unofficial start to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona…. why unofficial? Well the real conference starts on the 27th but every year more and more manufacturers want to show off their new gadgets a day early, and this year is no different with …

Drunken purchases help online sales

I’ll admit that I’m one of the people who have accepted a parcel that I knew nothing about. It has your name on the box, it’s addressed correctly, but you’re not expecting any deliveries. Hmmm.. Perhaps you’ve won a prize? As you open it and examine the Potty …

Editorial: What’s “Nexus” for Smartphones?

OK, ignore the pithy title a second and let’s be serious. What is next?  Where do we go from here? Let’s look at the background. Apple and Google have created and sustained the smart phone market respectively, since it’s coming-of-age era around a 5 years ago.  We can …

Android – With Intel Inside

Your next Android handset may well include an Intel chip inside after the company agreed a deal with Google. Atom CPU’s could pave the way to mobile success with future versions of Android working out-of-the-box on Intel chips. The CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini, stated that… The smartphone …