Tag: smartphones

Opinion: Nexus 7 – Dawn of a new age, or failure of an existing one?

Well most people will be waking up this morning to the news that Ebuyer and Google either are, or will shortly be dispatching Google’s new Flagship Nexus device, the Nexus 7 tablet, running Jelly Bean 4.1 OS. Let’s just run through the key specs of Google’s newest device: …

Nokia – Iceberg, right ahead.

This morning, like you, I read about the Nokia cuts. Nokia appear, in my opinion, to be hitting the same issue that Microsoft and Windows Mobile tackled four or five years ago. Complacency. There was far too much washing about. Nokia were the undisputed king of the mobile …

Lost your phone? Symantec find out what happens next

The people at Symantec decided to do something a bit nuts. They put 50 smartphones around major American cities and equipped them with tracking and usage software. Their “Honey Stick Project” (shouldn’t that be Honey Pot?) found some pretty interesting, if not unsurprising results. The phones, by the …

Do Budget Android Phones Need a non-Crash Diet?

Android phones have grown from an interest to a bit of an obsession with me, but that’s not the only way they’ve grown recently, and I’m a little worried that all this excess is going to harm our cute green friend. I’m a proud owner of a Samsung …

Don’t know how to text? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one

We get a few press releases and research results posted through our door here at Coolsmartphone towers. This one flashed up on our radar and well, we figured it was worth telling you about. The Geek Squad asked 1,837 people about their mobile phone usage and found that …

Just what is Mobile World Congress?

I know, for the tech-hungry phone lovers out there this might seem like a weird question. In just a matter of days you WILL see an explosion of Twitter hash-tags (#mwc #mobileworldcongress) and more news items per hour than at any other time of year. Put simply, Mobile …

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 …

New iPhone launch – how was it for you?

So, the wait is over and Apple have finally announced their latest object of desire. Months of increasingly fevered speculation had us gadget freaks desperate for news of the iPhone 5/4S/4G or whatever it would be called. Rumours about a new shape, aluminium body, bigger screen… all were …

Do you still wear a watch?

I was out for most of this weekend. Being the geek I am I noticed what phones people were using as I visited shops, a restaurant and a few pubs. There’s a lot of HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire phones out there, but I noticed something else too. …

Notsocoolsmartphones?

My 18 months contract with Orange for my HTC Hero expired last month and for the first time ever I’ve plumped for a 12 month SIM only deal. My Hero, great phone as it was, only lasted me 7 months before I caved in and bought a HTC …

The battle of the smartphones – Nielson figures revealed

Stats from number-crunchers Nielson show a rather huge jump in Android Smartphone OS share. It now has 22.7% share against Windows Mobile, which was around 19% at the start of this year but - according to these October details - has a 14% share now. W...

Upcoming reviews – Video highlights..

We've got a number of reviews coming in the next week or so but, with the videos already recorded, we thought we'd give you a little look at what's ahead. Today we've spent our final day with the Herotab M802 / aPad MX515 with a special close-up tour …

A day in the garage

Something weird happened today. I had two hours - two whole hours .. free. To be honest I'd forgotten what it was like. I dropped our son off at pre-school, came home, made a cup of tea, then somehow ended up in the garage. It's a mans domain …

Business is key for HTC

HTC UK have just launched HTC Business. There's a new team and a new website dedicated to supporting smartphone use within the business environment. It's fair to say that a number of recent HTC devices have been aimed squarely at the consumer market, ...

Is Android Too Broken Up?

There is no doubt that the iPhone changed the mobile phone market and gave birth to a real downloadable application store which is something others had either not launched yet or launched but not really had much success with. Android is in reality qui...

20% Off T-Mobile PAYG Today!

T-Mobile UK are having a special 20% off day today when you order online between 10am and 10pm.  This is the perfect time to bag yourself a bargain.  Some of the best offers are: Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro £183.99 (Was £229.99) ...

HTC to launch online app store?

Another app store? Really? Many of you will already have seen some Android handsets packing two, sometimes three different app stores. More choice must be a good thing, especially if you're using a HTC handset. Word has it that HTC are planning to lau...

Mobile phones in use back in 1928 ?

Now hitting over 2 million views, this Charlie Chaplin boxset will no doubt gain extra sales after this strange scene appeared on the internet. It's part of some “behind the scenes” footage and appears to show someone talking on a mobile phone.. i...

Android and Windows Phone reveal app numbers

Windows Phone 7 apppears to have broken the 1000 app mark today. Meanwhile, Android has hit a similar - if not much bigger - landmark. Google themselves now confirm 100,000 apps, a number which you may have seen some months back. That, though, was a n...

HTC Android and Windows Phone arrivals

A number of phones have appeared recently so we'd just like to bring you up to speed on availability. Firstly, the HTC 7 Mozart is now available to buy on the Orange online store. It's the new Windows Phone 7 device from Orange we'll be reviewing, plu...