Tag: smartphones

The times, they are a-changing

This morning Phones 4u stores up and down the country have closed their doors. They have effectively been blocked from trading by their suppliers. If you operated lots of ice-cream vans but all the suppliers of ice-cream refused to supply you, you’d be pretty much out of business. …

What’s next for innovation?

Innovation is a much abused word these days, manufacturers toss the word around like many other clichéd words and phrases in their press releases and promotional materials, sales reps blurt it out regarding every last tiny feature whatever they are trying to sell has. Even I’m contributing to …

Podcast 95 – the laser assisted camera edition

Welcome to the Coolsmartphone Podcast, joining me this week were Dan, Nirave and Ronnie. You may have noticed that LG announced their latest flagship phone, the G3. Needless to say that as both Nirave and I were at the event things are going to be based around the …

Gaming and social networks are a priority for mobile users

Mobile users in the USA are spending more and more time on their devices than ever before, with gaming and social networks as their priority according to a report by Flurry. In March of last year, research found that users spent an average of 2 hours and 38 …

Kazam! The octa-core Tornado and a peek inside the toy box

Want to start selling your own smartphone? It’s not easy, and the new kid on the block is Kazam. They appeared in June last year and wasted no time in getting several handsets and ranges out onto the market. I sat down with James Atkins, the Kazam CMO. …

There’s gold in them thar.. err.. Smartphones

Now, I’m not going to talk about those trade-in websites that’ll offer you a few quid for your mobile. I’m actually going to talk about those slightly different websites that constantly ask whether you’ve got any gold.  Me, I know the answer already. I’ve got no gold. I …

Nokia Normandy could this be the replacement for the Asha range?

So. over the last few weeks the interwebs have been getting in all sorts of a muddle over a phone called the Nokia Normandy. This phone is purportedly Nokia’s Android handset. What? Nokia running Android? Yep, you read that right. It is believed that the boys and girls …

The future of mobile data – a lot more, a lot quicker

We’ve been having a poke around the Vodafone blog recently. We’ve done this mainly because they stuck £4000 in our hands and told us too*, but there’s some pretty interesting posts about the future of smartphones and the networks they run on. In this post the Vodafone UIK …

Smartphones. What have we done to ourselves?

Hello Monday morning. This is a strange article for me, because it actually criticises the very thing I love and write about on a daily basis. The other day I was in Pizza Hut. Classy huh? I spotted two people come in and they sat directly in my …

Opinion: A naked phone, to be or not to be?

Morning dear reader, I come to you this morning with a question, Do you use a case or do you keep your phone naked? It is a tricky one and one I myself deliberate about regularly. With the manufacturers spending millions (in some case’s) on design, pattern’s and …

Vertu Ti revealed: prepare to weep at the price tag

The Vertu Ti has been revealed today and whilst the smartphone looks like the Ferrari of the mobile world, it’ll actually cost you the price of  a small car to own it. To be exact, the Vertu Ti has a starting price of a whopping £6,700 and for …

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 …

Clove celebrate 20 years – Win stuff!

Two whole decades. 1992 eh? Heck, I wasn’t even born. OK, who’s laughing? The guys at Clove are celebrating the fact that they’ve been in operation for 20 years. You can celebrate too, because Clove are giving away loads of stuff in a daily giveaway draw. There’s 150 …

1.2 Billion sales predicted for Smartphones and Tablets in 2013

Yes, you read that correct…it says ‘billion’. That’s a heck of a lot of devices to be purchased; and to think we at CoolSmartPhone will only account for approximately 50% of that! Let’s get serious for a second. The figure of 1.2 billion smart devices being sold in …

Smartphones – Will we ever get more form factors?

It might surprise you, but I’m a bit simple at heart. OK. Who’s laughing? I have a Samsung Galaxy SII and a laptop, that’s about it. Call it a netbook, call it an ultrabook, whatever, you can get affordable notebooks online pretty easily now and hook up to …

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 …

Something PIG is coming…….

Rovio, the makers of the famed Angry Birds series have launched a teaser trailer for their upcoming spin off, Bad Piggies. Angry Birds is one of the biggest games if not the biggest available on mobile and has seen releases across almost all smartphone platforms. The video ends …

Coolsmartphone Podcast – Episode 7

  It’s friday and that means its time for us to share another podcast with you. This week is a veritable variety bag of topics, including the LG Optimus 4x, the Huawei Ascend P1, 4G in the UK, Android Piracy and Dan has an announcement. This week your …

Shortage Continues – Qualcomm

The chip designer Qualcomm has confirmed that they are still struggling to meet demand. Back in April they reported that they under estimated the need. The chips, 28 nanometre ones, are used in the most popular Android handsets including the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X. This shortage, …

It’s so funny, how we don’t talk anymore

It’s official, we’d rather not speak to each other. Head down, umbrella up, we’d rather use text and data than actually talk. The research, by Ofcom, reveals that 58% of people sent texts daily whilst 47% of people make a phone call every day. The average Brit sends …