Honor launch the “Elite”

Remember HTC Elevate ? It is / was a private, members-only community for HTC fans. I remember, when attending a HTC launch in London once, that the HTC Elevate crew actually got dropped off in private a London Bus before the assembled press. I think they got better …

Discounts available on reconditioned kit at musicMagpie

I love the fact that contracts aren’t as popular as they once were. Why pay nearly £60 per month for a phone every month for two years? It’s nuts when you think about it. Retailers like musicMagpie and, as we mentioned earlier Laptops Direct, are doing PayPal credit …

Honor 9 Lite, now even cheaper

Morning all. How are we today? Well I hope. The sun is out and tomorrow Harry and Meghan tie the knot, so it’s a grand excuse for “popping to the pub for a quick pint” to watch the ceremony. Of course, you know that the next thing you’ll …

All you need to know about VR Apps and Headsets for iOS

It’s easy to assume that Apple doesn’t really have a current interest in virtual reality – the company has yet to release an Apple-branded VR headset, and some point out that even the latest iPhone X is not as VR-display friendly as some Android devices. The iPhone X …

No more 3G from me, says Three

Not too long ago you would still be able to buy phones which wouldn’t have 4G capabilities. The KAZAM Tornado 348 sticks in my head as one of these but hey, that was 2015 and KAZAM went pop anyway. Now, in 2018, you’d be hard-pushed to get a …

Atlas goes for a run..

So, after having to suffer another mind-numbing, spirit-crushing Wix.com pre-roll advert, I dived into the very latest Boston Dynamics footage. It is, as is becoming the norm now, another scarily good and astonishing bit of natural-looking robotics. This is Atlas. He might look big, but he weighs less …

Exercise at work, whilst you work!

Remember my makeshift office / exercise bike? It was basically a free exercise bike I’d got from Freecycle and an old Chromebook that I strapped to the top. It was a bit naff, but it did the job – I could write articles while I trained for the …

HTC U12+ Snapped in leaked shots

Look ma, no notch! A company called “HTC” (you may remember them) have just had their new baby leaked all over the web by @evleaks. Not only is there a set of images.. …but we also have the full specs, courtesy of an “under embargo” document which was …

Sony puts the Xperia™ XZ2 to the ultimate gaming test

Gaming on a mobile is getting more popular by the day due to the power that can be extracted from the modern day device. Sony has put the Xperia XZ2 to the test, by using a PlayStation®4 Remote Play against real-world racing driver Archie Hamilton.  The Passenger Race sees Archie race a …

Huawei P20 Pro Case Roundup

With smartphone prices getting more and more expensive, now more than ever you need to make sure you have some sort of case to protect it from scratching and breaking. The Huawei P20 Pro is one of those flagship devices that has caught a lot of attention, mainly …

Oittm Essential Oil Diffuser – A Review

Following on from our article about Home Automation using Oittm Smart Plugs, I decided to look at other items in the range to see what was within the art of the possible, and one item which caught my eye was the Oittm Essential Oil Diffuser, which again offers …

Nokia 8 Sirocco lands in the UK

OK. This isn’t a VW Scirocco. It’s a Nokia 8 Sirocco. No “C”. This is all-new and, as an extra treat, if you get one you’ll qualify for a free Google Home Mini. If you get a Nokia 6 or a Nokia 7 Plus then you get a …

Honor 10 sells out quickly.

Word up. It’s Thursday. Nearly the end of the week already and yes, the sun is out here in the UK. Here in the Coolsmartphone office we’re still recovering from Prince Harry’s stag do but the Honor press team have been banging down our door since dawn. Their …

Hitman Sniper now free on Google Play

Right, quick one this because I’ve not had a cup of tea yet and I’m not really firing on all cylinders. If you’re looking for an 18-rated shooting game that’s free, try Hitman Sniper. It was 79p (which wasn’t really a lot in the first place), but it …

How to use mobile apps to improve fitness

Right you, I’m going to speak right down the camera to you. This weekend I got chatting to my mates’ wife. She’s started running and, because I do the odd bit of cycling, we started discussing Strava. The app, as you’ll know if you’re a runner or cyclist, …

OnePlus announce Bullets Wireless headset

Many phones these days are doing away with the 3.5mm headset jack to save space. Whilst the OnePlus 6 is not one of them (it has one at the bottom), it has not stopped the company thinking to the future. The ‘OnePlus Bullets Wireless’ headset is a Bluetooth …

OnePlus 6 Unboxing

Here in London, The OnePlus 6 has just been announced. We have been lucky enough to have our hands on this latest flagship for over a week, so we’ve got an unboxing and overview ahead. The unboxing is of a press package we received in the post so …

OnePlus 6 Announced

Today in London OnePlus announced their latest flagship device. It was, as expected, the OnePlus 6. There has been a lot of talk about the next move from OnePlus. Their 5T was well received by both press and consumers around the world, and with OnePlus being a company …

Our sponsors so far…

We would like to thank the following people for their help and support in keeping us online. So far this week we’ve had donations from … Deborah Stringer Alistair Dent Mark Harper Bobby Wallace We’re really can’t quite put into words how appreciative we are. As we’ve done …

EE and BT – Speed, convergence and customer service

So today Marc Allera from BT announced something pretty special. The major plus point, for us at least, was buried in the words “convergence” and “aggregation”. What this basically means is that you’ll be able to get up to 314Mbps ultrafast broadband by 2022. How? Well, BT will …