Tag: video

The HTC Desire 530, 630 and 825 at Mobile World Congress

HTC decided to quietly push out this handset here in Barcelona. No big launch, no explosions, just a funky mid-range handset. Well, three actually, but we’ll get to the other two in a minute. They all have an extremely similar design and this, the HTC Desire 530, packs …

MWC – Samsung Unpacked – Watch LIVE

Well, we’re here in Barcelona and it’s time for the big Samsung launch. We’re in the huge CCIB exhibition centre but wait – the good news is that you can join us for the fun! Watch the YouTube video live below, or keep an eye on our Twitter …

WhatsApp grabs one billion users

Well, personal experience already led me to think that WhatsApp was becoming pretty commonplace, but now we’ve got the figures to back it up. The messaging app now has one billion users sharing 42 billion messages per day, 1.6 billion photos and 250 million videos.   To get an …

How to – Download music videos as audio files

I’ve posted about this before, but I do get asked quite a bit and I’m really tired of people telling me that it’s strictly “not legal”. In truth, it probably isn’t if you’re using it to download copyrighted music, but then again so many people know about this …

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ video overview

Yesterday you’ll have hopefully seen our Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ review. It’s a big-screen phone with a sexy curved screen which can display additional information down the side of the handset. It’ll also let you hop quickly into your favourite contacts and apps. However, there’s more tricks available, …

Hexo+ – A faster autonomous flying camera

A short while ago you may remember just how impressed we were about the Lily drone. It’s basically a very intelligent camera attached to a drone that knows where you are. You chuck it up in the air and it follows your adventures from on high. However, there …

MWC – Full hands-on with the HTC One M9

During the big HTC One M9 event we only had a brief and very sweaty few minutes with the device on video. Sadly, even when we went to the stand today, there wasn’t any HTC staff to give us a demo or show the device off. So, we …

KAZAM Tornado 348 unboxing and photo special

You get the feeling that KAZAM missed a trick with the naming of this particular handset. Perhaps they should’ve gone for the “KAZAM Wafer” or the “KAZAM Slim”. Something to signify just how thin this octa-core handset is. No matter, it arrived last night and I, with the …

4K Drone video shot using a smartphone

We’ve probably all seen those rather beautiful videos filmed using super-steady drones. However, if you want to step things up a bit and film in full 4K video you could have a slight problem. You might need to upgrade the camera hanging under the drone or perhaps get …

Creating a low-level smartphone strap-on for your car

We’ve featured the READYACTION mount a number of times here. It’s basically a low-cost system for strapping your smartphone to your bike, yourself, your windscreen or anything else you fancy. Initially I showed how it could hold onto a digital camera via a chest-harness mount to film some …

You want a serious amount of online storage?

Whether you’ve got a big microSD card in your phone or you’ve got plenty of on-board storage, backing your stuff up to the cloud is always a good idea. There’s a big selection of online storage providers, or you can get yourself a NAS drive and backup those …

Example footage from the new HTC RE camera

Yes, the new pipe camera that HTC launched just the other day doesn’t have an in-built viewfinder. Although you can use your phone as a viewfinder and although it has a 146 degree wide-angle lens, some are questioning just how accurate the “point and hope” shooting will actually …

All-new HTC Zoe app now available to download

The beta version of the HTC Zoe app received a “mixed” reception (we’re being kind here) and became available for all Android devices a couple of months ago. Last night HTC announced a new improved version, which has just popped up on Google Play. It’s coming to iOS …

My Xperia Z2 and its organising skills.

For the past few weeks I have been working on organising a charity sailing event. Why is this relevant to Coolsmartphone? Well there are a few reasons for that. Number one, I have been doing most of the organisational work for this event on my smartphone. Secondly, my smartphone will be …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge – Up close

A phone with a screen that wraps around the edge of the handset? The Note Edge does just that, and although the edge is getting used as a notification area for the most part, it’s a sign of what’s possible. Something to Note though (see what I did …

Google Glass unboxing

Ever since I saw the demo video at Google I/O back in 2012 I have been amazed by Glass and what it can offer. Sure, it is not for everyone, but there are so many possibilities not even imagined yet. Until recently you had to live in America …

Edit your video footage on the go – Video Tuner for Lumia handsets

Having all our video footage securely stored on our smartphones is great, but editing it can be a bit of a pain. If you’re using Windows Phone then it’s well worth giving Video Tuner a spin. Available for Lumia handsets, it’ll give Windows Phone 8.1 users the ability …

Up-close with the LG G Watch

Packing an always-on display, 400mAh battery (which is enough for a day of activity) and powered by Android Wear, this is the LG G Watch. It’s both dust and water resistant, plus you can just say “OK Google” to ask it questions, such as “Come on KITT buddy, …

LG G3 videos leak

Following the leak of promotional slides and the announcement of the QuickCircle case you might think there is nothing left to announce on Tuesday at the official launch, and with the leak of these latest promotional videos you might be right. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYLM_YFoD1g The first shows off the design of the …

Unboxing of the Huawei Ascend P7 and first impressions

I have now had the Huawei Ascend P7 in my hands for a little under 12 hours and in that time I have had a play with the device properly. This includes that new “Panoramic Selfie” feature. All in all I think it is a very nice handset. …

New Lenovo tricks in action

During our time with Lenovo last week we got chance to have a look at a couple of software additions that you’ll find on their new handsets. The first is SHAREit – which is an app you can download on iPhone and Android. It’s an incredibly simple way …

RealVNC – Use your car to control your phone

We’ve just come back from a rather cool demonstration with the guys at RealVNC. Their in-car management system will connect to your smartphone, iPhone or tablet and allows you to control all aspects of the device through a screen-mirroring system. The demo, as you’ll see below, shows how …

LG G2 Jelly Bean vs KitKat video

The LG G2 is a cracking phone that many people have been wondering when it will be updated to KitKat, well LG have answered that by saying mid March. They’ve also made a video showing the speed differences in the UI. With the KitKat OS upgrade, the LG …

Google Nexus 5 – Unboxing

The Nexus 5 must have been one of the most leaked phones of all time, thankfully the wait is over and on 31st October Google announced the Nexus 5 to the world at 6pm…… and the next day it was available in Carphone Warehouse to purchase! Not wanting …

LG G Flex gets man-handled

Not so much a leak this one. Perhaps more of a complete and utter waterfall of bendy LG action. Either way, the curvy creature has somehow found its way onto Argentinian TV with yet more photos appearing along with this professional TV appearance.. The screen, apparently, is a …

Our Saturday Omnibus

Hello weekend people. I’ve been told this morning that a couple of videos I uploaded this week were a little corrupted. I’ve now re-uploaded them, and I firmly blame a combination of bad weather, a droppy WiFi connection and wholesale gas prices. First, our look at some of …

Rideye – A black box bike recorder

Yes, it’s time for your daily dose of Kickstarter action. This time it’s my beer fund. If you choose to invest, you’ll get no return on your money but you’ll be able to read some really long and rambling news articles. Yay. No, seriously, it’s this – the …

Sony Xperia Z1 promo video leaks just before launch

Not long to go now. We’ll soon have the official announcement but, just to keep you interested, here’s a leaked video showing the Z1 on action. We’ve already got the full Sony Xperia Z1 specs and press release, so all we need now is for someone to actually …

Huawei Ascend P6 – Review

So I’ve mentioned this new handset already. Out of the box it’s a corking design. Glance at it from the sides and you there’s a whiff of iPhone about it. Before I start though, I should also mention something else. I’m becoming increasingly impressed with Huawei. Sure, no-one …

YouTube gets an update. Search for a video whilst watching one

There’s a fresh, clean look to the YouTube app in the newly updated version, released today. Get the latest version now and, when clicking on the top left of the video, you can pop the video out like this… It basically means that you can then search for …

Watch the LG G2 launch, live from New York

Welcome aboard. Take your seats for the live feed. Popcorn and drinks are available from your friendly Coolsmartphone staff. The live coverage is below, but if you want more we’ve managed to grab a big truck-load of videos to show off the new LG G2, so if you …

Almost a week with the HTC One mini. Send me your questions!

Looking to get yourself the HTC One mini? Well, we’ve already got some up-close shots, but today a man in a van dropped off the handset so that we can have a bit of time with it. If you’re a long-time reader then you’ll probably remember something we’ve …

HTC One mini announced

HTC have today announced the smaller version of the HTC One, the HTC One mini. Packing a lot of the same design language seen in the One, the mini does have a few changes to mention which we will go through now. First of all the screen is …

Givit Video Editor – Fast, free film creation

You, you video whore. You love to film everything on your iPhone or iPad. You’ve got hours of footage and, if you sit down and look in the mirror, you should admit to yourself that only about 20 minutes of it is any good. So step forward Givit …

Watch a real person use the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Yesterday the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom was announced. It seems to be becoming a marmite device, some people like it and some people hate it. Personally I think there is definitely a need for a product like this, it’s just for me the design seems a bit off. …

OPPO Find 5 unboxing video

The OPPO Find 5 is the Android phone with a 5″ full HD screen that costs only 399 Euros. It has the potential to be a giant killer, but it wasn’t available in Europe until last week, and it crept in beneath the radar of most people even …