Archive for June, 2012

By June 11, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 171: Don’t hold your breath!

Web bannerGareth and James are joined by Vince, a review writer from Tracyandmatt to get his opinions on the Samsung Galaxy SIII and the HTC One X.  The Nokia Lumia 710 and Motorola Motoluxe are both looked at with differing attitudes and James awaits a new service from Blackberry.

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By June 10, 2012 Read More →

Save money with

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Fancy saving some money on your mobile bill? Well billmonitor may well just do that for you. Tracyandmatt readers can get free early-access to billmonitor’s unique mobile service, Bill Check-up, before it’s launched commercially to the general public. By analysing your bills every month, Bill Check-up helps you to save money and ensures you get the most from your existing mobile contract. Sounds alright doesn’t it?

Created by Oxford mathematicians and accredited by Ofcom since 2009, started as a free to use mobile price comparison site.  It analyses your online bills to find out how you use your mobile phone, evaluates all the contract deals in the market and then matches you to exactly the right contract so you pay no more than you should. 76% of the UK is on the wrong contract and billmonitor has already helped thousands of customers switch to the right contract for them. have now extended the service to include ‘Bill Check-up’ to help people get the best value throughout the lifetime of their mobile contract, not just when they get a new contract.  Bill Check-up:

· Lets you know whether you’re under-using or over-using your mobile phone contract for minutes, text, and data. It gives advice on how to make the most of your allowances and optimise your current tariff so that you can save money

· Advises on roaming/international/other bundles as needed, based on usage data

· Provides a reminder of how long you have left on your current contract. When you reach 5 or less months to go, billmonitor will match you to alternative contracts suited to your individual usage pattern

billmonitor realises that many people are locked in to contracts and need to know how to use them most effectively. The new Bill Check-up service tells you what changes you can make to your usage and your current tariff to get the most from your existing contract without paying more

Head on over to and check it out.


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By June 9, 2012 Read More →

Clash of the Titans Part 2: Samsung Galaxy SIII vs HTC One X–Software

IMG_0252The hardware has been covered here, and now it’s time to look more closely at the software. Although both devices run Android 4.0, they each have their own ‘skins’ applied. The SIII runs Samsung’s new TouchWiz, while HTC has the ever present Sense UI, albeit new for the One series. What is interesting is how both of these skins have changed over the past few years. They have gone from being animation-heavy and cutesy-icon laden software tweaks all over the shop, into comparatively light and well thought out tweaks as Android has progressed as an OS.

When comparing, both the SIII and the One X, it is in the software they run where they differ the most, and which one you chose is partly down to how useful and optimised it is, but also personal preference.

So which is best, and which should you choose? Read on to find out what I think.


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By June 8, 2012 Read More →

Clash of the Titans Part 1: Samsung Galaxy SIII vs HTC One X – Hardware

sg-siiiThe Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the biggest smartphones of 2012, and for that we’ve decided to do something a little different for the review. Instead of a conventional review, a special device such as this deserves special treatment; the ‘review’ will be a multi-part and in-depth look at both the hardware and the software.

The Galaxy SIII is a cream-of-the-crop superphone, and so naturally it does of course have some direct competition in the form of HTC’s highly acclaimed One X. With very similar hardware at very similar (read: high) price points, they’ll be going head to head for top Android smartphone sales for the rest of 2012 – and we’ll be putting them head to head for this review. Mind you, we’ll still be concentrating mainly on the SIII – there is already plenty of information on the One X on the web, like James’ video review.

So, put the kettle on, pour yourself a cup of tea, and join us for the first part of our long hard look at Samsung’s latest and greatest.


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O2 and Vodafone team up to share cell sites


First Orange and T-Mobile got together under the rebranding of Everything Everywhere and now it looks like Vodafone and O2 are teaming up to share cell sites – Yay!

  • Companies to pool basic network infrastructure to create one national grid of 18,500 sites. Both companies will be running independent spectrum and competing services
  • Both companies pledge to close the digital divide between rural and urban areas targeting 98% indoor population coverage across 2G and 3G by 2015
  • Agreement will lay the foundations for two competing 4G networks to deliver the capability for a nationwide 4G service faster than could be achieved independently

Full press release below:

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Mix it up on your mobile as Bacardi comes to Shop Scan Save


Shop Scan Save®, the new app that saves money on your shopping, has partnered with Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands to bring exclusive savings on their range in one easy scan of a phone. With the free app on your smartphone, Shop Scan Save users can save money on hundreds of branded products including BACARDI Superior rum, Jack Daniel’s, Bombay Sapphire, Breezer and Southern Comfort.

Shop Scan Save is the first smartphone-based savings scheme providing users with unique offers in more than 22,000 convenience stores across the length and breadth of Britain. Once the free app is downloaded to a smartphone, users aged over 18 can get personalised money-off promotions including Bacardi’s famous drinks.

Matthew Critchlow, Director of Sale (Convenience) at Bacardi, said: “Shop Scan Save is a simple and convenient way to reward customers and support the convenience sector in driving their spirits sales.  Shop Scan Save is a new way for shoppers to interact with our brands and give us feedback on what they like”

Claes Kockum, Commercial Director of Mobilize Systems, the company that created Shop Scan Save said: “Shop Scan Save means you have access to a range of great money saving offers on your mobile including top quality branded products, such as BACARDI rum.  Consumers have access to the best money saving deals to hand, wherever they are.”

The app includes a store finder, which shows the location of the nearest Pay Point supporting stores which include Spar, Co-op, Costcutter, Londis, Nisa and thousands of independent retailers.

The Shop Scan Save app is free to download now from Google Play and the Apple App Store.


Posted by: James

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By June 7, 2012 Read More →

Mock images of an Asus Google Nexus tablet appear

Google-Nexus-tablet-AsusPhoneArena found something exciting for you guys this morning. The pics included are supposedly first draft (practice) press shots of Google’s new Asus-made Nexus Tablet. The "tipster" who shared these images claims that the tablet will still be a 7-inch Tegra 3 based device, and that it will be coming with Android 4.1, which will not be Jelly Bean, (which he claims will be Android 5.0). This is in contrast to earlier rumours that Jelly Bean would be just an updated & improved ICS version 4.1. Still, we aren’t even sure these pics are legit. The front pic certainly looks like a phone, because it has an earpiece slit. They do look pretty convincing other than that.


Posted by: Gareth

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By June 7, 2012 Read More →

New Acer budget tabs look swish

172830-iconiataba110Acer has just unveiled a couple of new entries into the tablet market during Computex. One of them could be a real breakthrough for Android tablets. First, we will share the less revolutionary product. This is one we have heard hyped in the past: the Iconia Tab A210. This one is designed to be a mid-range product, although details on pricing are scarce. Here are the specs on this one:

  • Front camera
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 10.1" 1280×800 display
  • USB 2.0 port
  • microSD slot
  • 3620mAh battery
  • 8GB and 16GB versions

This next one is the more interesting of the two. It is the Iconia A110, and what makes it unique is its pricing. This one is definitely geared toward the budget-friendly crowd, but you wouldn’t think so by looking at the processor in it. This little 7-inch tablet also has the Tegra 3 quad-core chip in it, yet rumors suggest they are pricing this tablet at just $199.99. Could this be one of the first of the NVIDIA Kai Tegra 3 configurations? It seems likely, and it seems like this tablet is a no brainer when you compare it to the other tablets in this price range. Here is its spec breakdown:

  • The 7" display with 1024×600 resolution
  • 1GB RAM
  • Tegra 3 processor
  • 8GB on-board storage (expandable via microSD)
  • microUSB and micro-HDMI ports

Could this be one of the first of an onslaught of inexpensive tablet devices? Android quickly rose to the top of the heap with smartphones, but it has been a bit slower for them to get competitive with Apple in the tablet market. It seems the "little android that could" just keeps on trucking forward, and eventually just might topple the mighty fruit, even in its tablet-dominating fortress.


Posted by: Gareth

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Assassin’s Creed for Windows Phone gets a price drop


According to the guys over at WPCentral Assassins Creed has dropped in price and is now $2.99, down from $4.99. The game is not everyone’s cup of tea but has been a huge success on other platforms. Like many Windows Phone apps you can try before you buy but I’m going straight in for the plunge and making my purchase now. Maybe we will bring you a video review later in the week.

Jerusalem, 1191 AD. The Third Crusade between the Crusaders and Saracens is tearing the Holy Land apart.
You are Altaïr, a Master Assassin sent by the Order of the Assassins on a quest to steal the Chalice from the Templars in order to end the Crusades. The fate of the Holy Land depends on you…

Plunge into this direct prequel to the critically acclaimed Assassin’s CreedT, offering rich gameplay and a well balanced mix of stealth, chaotic action, and puzzle-solving exploration in the midst of the fully 3D-rendered, historical Middle Eastern environments of the Crusades.

– Incredible variety of acrobatic moves for a very rewarding gaming experience.

– 6 weapons for both close combat and long-range attacks: swords, daggers, grappling hooks, and bombs.

– Skill-based mini-games put your patience & dexterity to the test: perform pickpocket maneuvers and make informants talk.

– Unique dramatic tension, intensified by 3D cinematic cut scenes and character voices.

– Collect orbs to upgrade health and weapons.

– Highly polished 3D graphics providing full immersion into a true-to-life Medieval Middle East environment.

You can find more details here on the Windows Marketplace.


Posted by: James

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A quick heads up and a twist on our Samsung Galaxy S III Review


I’m sure you saw our Samsung Galaxy S III unboxing the other day, if not I do hope you have a good excuse! Anyway, our man Vince now has the device but rather than just doing our normal style of review I decided we would add a little twist to it.

With the Samsung Galaxy S III being dubbed as the Android smartphone of the year I thought it may be a good option to put the GSIII up against the HTC One X which is clearly Samsungs main competitor at the moment.

So the nice people at HTC have kindly sent us another One X and Vince is going to put the two flagship devices head to head in the review.

Which one comes out on top is anyone’s guess and to be honest if you are in the market the decision may just well come down to personal preference.

So Vince has his work cut out this week. If you have any specific questions you would like to put to him of features you would like comparing in the review please feel free to comment in the forum.

Fingers crossed the review (battle) will be live later this week.


Posted by: James

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