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By October 13, 2011 Read More →

Motorola Fire available now


The Smartphone Centre have dropped us a line to let us know that the Motorola Fire is now in stock. Seeing Android phones in this form factor is becoming a little more common now and the Fire looks to be pretty decent with the added bonus of a low price tag at just £159.95 inc vat & delivery.

Never compromise individuality with the Motorola Fire. A touchscreen plus QWERTY keypad for easy use. Powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for quick web access and a long life battery that won’t want to stop.

The Motorola Fire has a sleek, modern design and a sophisticated finish. It’s full QWERTY keyboard and 2.8″ touchscreen display provide the perfect combination of tools for emailing, texting and browsing the Web. Users can stay in constant contact with friends and family through the world’s leading social media applications.

As with all our smartphones, the Motorola Fire is SIM Free and Network unlocked. We also offer FREE UK Delivery.


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By October 13, 2011 Read More →

Bose announce the OE2 and OE2i audio headphones


Bose has introduced its next-generation of on-ear headphones: the OE2 and OE2i audio headphones.  The OE2 and OE2i headphones deliver demonstrably better audio performance than their predecessors, and feature an updated look and design.  Music is reproduced with improved depth and clarity, and the new contoured styling creates a closer, more comfortable fit.
The OE2i headphones come with an inline remote and microphone that lets owners interact with select Apple products, including the latest iPhone, iPod, iPad, MacBook, and MacBook Pro models.  Users can easily control volume, tracks, voice applications, and switch between music and calls on an iPhone.  The OE2 headphones come with a standard audio cable.  In every other way, the OE2i and OE2 headphones are identical, reproducing all genres of music accurately.
Bose’s three decades of continuous on-head audio research enables a distinct performance difference in the industry.  The OE2 and OE2i headphones feature an enhanced proprietary TriPort® acoustic headphone structure.  With redesigned and newly tuned ear cup ports, audio reproduction is more balanced and natural.  There is no manufactured “boost” across the frequency range; low notes are full and rich, and mid-high frequencies are smooth and clear.

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By October 13, 2011 Read More →

RIM address the BIS outage – Video

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It has been a rather rocky and somewhat embarrassing week for Research in Motion. Unless you had your head buried in the sand you will be aware that BlackBerry Smartphones in much of the world have been without data for three days. Here in the UK the Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) was restored early this morning so users are pretty much back to normal.

RIM have today released a video where Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis explains and apologizes about the issues they have been having.
Many have criticized RIM for not being more open and forthcoming with the BIS problems, so it is encouraging to see the main man hold his hands up and say they are sorry and are doing everything they can to fix the problem.

You can see the video below:

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By October 13, 2011 Read More →

ZTE Libra review

ZTE Libra review ZTE are a company that specialise in selling very good-for-your-money phones and the ZTE Libra is another well priced addition to their line-up.

ZTE aren’t a well advertised phone maker, in fact, before this review, I hadn’t personally heard of them myself. But I shall definitely be taking a look at their future line-up after using this phone.

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By October 12, 2011 Read More →

Motorola announce the Motorola Lapdock 100


Remember the laptop dock that you could get for the Motorola Atrix? Well yesterday in the USA Motorola announced an new improved Lapdock, the 100.

The main issue we had here with the Atrix one was its cost. It was so expensive it was ridiculous. Motorola are saying the Lapdock 100 will be more affordable which is good news.

The problem is that it was announced as coming to some U.S carrier but no mention of the UK so we will have to wait and see what happens.

It looks alright though.

You can see more details below:

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By October 12, 2011 Read More →

Capped contracts on Tesco Mobile


I saw a TV advert last night for Tesco Mobile. Now not only was it a very nice advert but the fact they are offering capped contracts stood out for me. What a superb idea. Do any other networks offer this? If so then I have never seen it marketed.

In this day and age most children, maybe 10 years and up, carry a mobile phone. I would imagine that the majority of these kids use PAYG which in itself is the near perfect solution as you don’t want the little angels running up high bills. However, surely having a contract with a cap on the maximum usage would be an easier option. No more topping up and chances are you may well get a better deal on a contract than PAYG in terms of monthly allowance. One of the benefits is that switching to Tesco’s capped contract is that it is sim only meaning if you have an unlocked phone or one running on O2 it is just a case of putting the new sim card in and away you go. With the option of a 12 month or rolling 30 day contact it couldn’t be easier.

So i just thought I would highlight Tesco Mobile to you if you are a parent. It may not be the perfect solution but looking at the Tesco Mobile website it looks pretty attractive.

You can see some more details below:

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By October 11, 2011 Read More →

Vodafone reduce the price of the iPhone 4S


What nice people Vodafone are. They have lowered the upfront cost of getting an iPhone 4S on contract. In addition there are some other benefits which you will see detailed below.

Data Test Drive
All new and upgrading consumer pay monthly customers will be able to use as much data as they like, for whatever they like, for three months so they can fully explore what the latest version of Apple’s iPhone can do.
Vodafone’s Data Test Drive is designed to give customers the confidence to experiment with their new iPhone, get to grips with the new features in iOS5 and explore all the apps that are available for it. At the end of the three month period we’ll let the customer know exactly how much data they’ve used and whether the price plan they have chosen suits their needs.
Buy Back
We will buy back a customer’s current handset – up to the value of £270 – and guarantee to match the best price available today. Customers can bring their old phone back, or send it to us and in return we’ll give them a new phone at a reduced price, a high street voucher or cash.
Collect in store
Our customers lead busy lives and may not wish to wait for their phone to arrive at their home.  They can choose to collect the iPhone4S in a store convenient to them – we’ll let them know when it’s there.

The new plans are set out below – those highlighted have been lowered:

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By October 11, 2011 Read More →

BlackBerry Curve 9360 now available on Orange


The Blackberry Curve was the best selling Smartphone in the UK last year. The latest version, the 9360 has now rolled out on Orange, packing an improved processor compared to previous Curve models and also running BlackBerry 7, the latest version of operating system.

You can pick up the BlackBerry Curve 9360 from £249.99 on pay as you go or from free on a contract.

We now have the Curve 9360 here at trayandmatt towers so expect a full review in the coming weeks.

You can see a bit more information about the device below:

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By October 11, 2011 Read More →

ViewSonic launch the View Pad 10e

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ViewSonic is launching the ViewPad 10e, a thin powerful 9.7″ 4:3 ratio tablet aimed at providing value conscious consumers with a superior display experience combined with Android technology.
ViewSonic has utilised its pedigree display history and coupled this with its innovative tablet expertise to create a 9.7″ mobile device that measures only 9.1mm thin and weighs only 620grams, making it perfectly portable. Powered by the more than ample 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor, the ViewPad 10e has extremely fast DDR3 memory, combined with 4GB built-in memory which can be expanded with an additional 32GB via the Micro SD slot.
Virtually hidden within the slim device is a range of connectivity options that ensures the ViewPad 10e is connected and makes an impact wherever it goes.  The Wireless b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity ensure high speed data transfer when required.  The Mini HDMI connector offers a display output of up to 720p resolution, making the ViewPad 10e a strong portable media playing device.
The ViewPad 10e does not just have impressive hardware specifications; Amazon Kindle is pre-installed providing immediate access to 700k+ books, magazines and papers, all displayed as  they were meant to appear on the extra wide viewing angles an IPS panel brings. In addition ViewSonic includes a market place application which allows access to 000’s of additional applications and games.
ViewScene 3D completes the ViewPad 10e by providing a customisable 3D style user interface that really maximises the IPS panel technology.  Offering 16 customisable panels, intelligent interactive grouping, 3D style widgets and multiple time zone support, ViewScene 3D takes the ViewPad 10e to the next level.

The ViewSonic ViewPad10e will be available from the beginning of November initially in the UK; pricing will be released at time of launch.

Sounds pretty good. We will of course be trying to get one of these in for a review.


Posted by: James

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By October 11, 2011 Read More →

Pre order the HTC Explorer from The Smart Phone Centre


We posted just a couple of weeks ago that The HTC Explorer had been announced. The Smart Phone Centre are now taking pre orders and the device will set you back a reasonable £179.95 which includes VAT and delivery.

HTC Explorer Overview
With HTC Explorer we’ve put what’s most important to you right at your fingertips. The lockscreen lets you access your contacts, mail, camera, and messages in one swipe even when your phone is locked. And to make things convenient for you, HTC Explorer offers an intuitive, clean homescreen design that focuses on the most frequently used features and notifies you when you’ve received an email or text message or have a calendar event.
Web browsing similar to your desktop computer.
With HTC Explorer, you’ll enjoy web browsing that’s similar to your desktop computer. Websites are easy to find and easy to read. To make your viewing even easier, the HTC Explorer automatically adjusts the text on your screen so you won’t have to pan left and right to get all the news. Zoom in and dial a phone number on the web page in one easy step. And when you click on an address, a map opens up instantly for you to check out its location.

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