ZTE Blade V8 comes to Three

Three has just announced the ZTE Blade V8 smartphone, which will be available on their network from today. Starting from just £12 a month, customers get an Android-powered smartphone that doesn’t break the bank, especially at Christmas time. Three also lists the V8 on PAYG for £139.99, making it …

Android Wear updated for Oreo 8.0

Android Wear 2.0 is getting a bit old now and while there have been a few minor updates, none have introduced anything particularly novel or exciting.  A few days ago Google announced the Oreo 8.0 update for Android Wear.  While this isn’t a major update, it does provide …

A week abroad with the Note 8

Usually when I go on holiday I like to reach out to contacts I have made over the years to loan a recent device to road test. This year, Three kindly stepped up and loaned me a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for me to use. You may remember …

Smartphones – Opening the door for you and to you

I mentioned recently how smartphones can pose a danger to kids. This is because of the ease and the instant nature to which live video feeds can be pushed out onto the internet. Gone are the days when smutty websites were the only ones offering webcam content. Now …

iDeaUSA AtomicX V201 Headphones – Review

I do tend to wear headphones quite a bit. At work, at home when I’m typing this stuff out and even when mowing the lawn. These ones are over-ear headphones from a company called iDeaUSA. They’ve got a lot of tech inside, most notably something called “AtomicX Audio …

Know a gamer? Looking for a Christmas gift?

If you’re an Android or iPhone user then you’ll either be enjoying free games or perhaps paying a relatively small amount to buy them. However, if you’re one of those flash PC gamers using Steam, Origin, Uplay or Battle.net, you’ll find that gaming can be a little expensive. …

VKWORLD T2 Plus brings back those flip phone memories

Even for the most ardent smartphone fan, the continual release of very similar-looking slabs can dent the enthusiasm somewhat. Back in the day, when this website was young and wearing nappies, we used to review phones of all shapes and sizes. Some had sliding keyboards, some were foldable …

Stuck for gift ideas? Try these out for size!

The guys at Prezzybox have got your back if you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas this festive season. They’ve got a stack of gadgets for almost every taste. They’ve got stocking fillers like this personalised headphone holder plus these gloves which let you use your smartphone …

Get a free PS4 for Christmas!

We’ve all probably had our last pay packet before Christmas and now we’re probably already running low on cash. So, if you fancy gifting or getting yourself a brand new PlayStation 4 Slim (500GB in white) with a copy of Gran Turismo Sport, you can. Right now iD …

Canvio for Smartphone – Review

Back in April I reviewed the Toshiba Canvio Connect II. It’s a portable storage device that you can plug into your smartphone to send, receive, organise, backup, restore and view files. This, what we have here, builds on that. The Canvio for Smartphone is a charger and an …

It’s (nearly) Christmas! Get yourself a Nokia 8!

Hello my fun festive friends. There’s a bit of a story to this one. Just a few weeks back I jokingly poked a bit of fun at an email we’d received from the lovely, lovely people at Nokia PR. Basically it was a brief email with a picture …

Honor 7X – Thoughts and Unboxing

Yesterday I was allowed to leave the confines of Coolsmartphone Towers and escape into the depths of London for a few hours. During my brief sojourn into the real world, I was able to attend a small gathering of phone enthusiasts and bloggers (okay it wasn’t that small, there …

Smartphones and kids. Perfect for sexual harassment and grooming

If you’ve been around the website for a while you’ll probably be aware that I tend to talk about how we should protect kids from potential dangers online. As I’ve said before, there’s no magical group of people looking after your kids. YouTube, Facebook, Musical.ly, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, …

GoPro captures quite an amazing crash

Strap a GoPro to anything and you’re half hoping that you capture some good footage whilst also half hoping that you don’t smash the thing because, let’s be honest, these diddy little action cameras cost an absolute fortune. Anyhow, this one got stuck onto a rally car. Sadly, …

(Update) Welcome your new look. The Honor View 10

Honor have today launched their now familiar “well priced but still very, very good” handset in the shape of the Honor 7X. However, if you want to spend £449.99 and get some artificial intelligence, have a look at this – the new Honor View 10. It doesn’t look …

The Honor 7X touches down in the UK. Time to max your view..

Remember our full hands-on of the Honor 7X ? Well, time to open a bottle my friends, it’s coming to the UK and – as we suspected – it’s going to be pretty cheap too. The Honor 7X has that 5.93″ (2160 X 1080) edge-to-edge almost bezel-less screen …

Honor have got something to unveil…

Today we have travelled down to London Town to secure what it is that Honor are going to unveil to allow us to “Max our view”. We know that there will be at least the confirmation of price in the Honor 7x that was invited a few weeks …

New Xmas Toy? Go on then – GoXtreme Vision 4K!

Christmas is nearly upon us here at Coolsmartphone Towers but Leigh hasn’t put out tree up yet. So the rest of us elves are having fun hearing about the new GoXtreme Vision 4K which we will be using on our Coolsmartphone Sleigh 5000. Seriously, the GoXtreme comes with …

Mixcder MS301 wireless Bluetooth headphones – Review

Just recently I have been sent through the Mixcder premium MS301 wireless Bluetooth headphones for review, and to be honest the offer couldn’t have come at a better time, as I was just about to embark on a holiday to the USA, and therefore I could use them predominantly …

Watch – Hydrofoil surf board is basically brilliant in every way

Click-bait title? Check. A story which has nothing to do with smartphones? Check. This is something I spotted last night and it’s frankly brilliant. I love proper back-to-basic inventions like this. It makes me wish I had one at my previous job – then I would’ve travelled up …