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By June 15, 2012 Read More →

Great deal on the Samsung Galaxy Note from Carphone Warehouse

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Here’s a fantastic super money saving “Smart Deal of the Week’ from Carphone Warehouse, The fun and versatile Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Note has all the features and mobility of a smart phone combined with the practicality of a handheld tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has the ability to capture notes and memos like a notepad using the S Pen supplied.  The generous 5.3″ screen is the first to include HD Super AMOLED technology, making it one of the highest quality displays on any phone allowing you watch movies in amazing high definition and combined with an 8MP camera means your pictures will never look better.

For the next seven days, the Samsung Galaxy Note will available for free to new customers* on T-Mobile for just £21 a month. This deal, exclusively available with Carphone Warehouse, will give users 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 750 MB of data per month.

The Carphone Warehouse Smart Deal of the Week is available in store, online at www.carphonewarehouse.com or by calling 0800 925 925.

Sounds like a bargain to me!

See our Samsung Galaxy Note review here.
*Smart Deal of the week is only available to new Carphone Warehouse customers and not on upgrade.

 

Posted by: Rob

Posted in: Deals & Offers
By June 15, 2012 Read More →

Three Value MiFi unboxing and speed test – Video

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The Huawei E5331 Value MiFi from Three offers affordable fast, secure Wi-Fi access, for up to 5 of your Wi-Fi gadgets at once, making it the perfect accompaniment to tablets, laptops and handheld gaming consoles wherever you are so you don’t need to rely on public hotspots or expensive coffee shops to get online. Fast and secure just for you; no waiting and no need to share unless you want to

The Huawei E5331 Value MiFi is available for a one-off upfront cost of £29.99 on a one-month rolling contract at £15.99 per month for 5 GB of data or from £49.99 on Pay As You Go with 1GB of data.

Key features:

  • LED screen with clear icon display

  • One button connection

  • Up to 21.1 Mbps technical standard Download (HSPA+)

  • Up to 5.76 Mbps technical standard Uplink (HSUPA)

  • 4.5 hours battery life

You can see the video below:

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings
By June 15, 2012 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 172: Clash of the Titans!

Web bannerGareth and James are joined by Vince for a full comparison between the two biggest phones on the market, the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. James also gives us a neat preview of what to expect from Blackberry 10 having had an extensive play with their latest operating system. Apple manage to squeeze out a few updates to their iPhone and Macbook range as the guys attempt to muster up a little excitement about the announcement.

Posted in: News
By June 14, 2012 Read More →

Clash of the Titans Finale: Samsung Galaxy SIII vs HTC One X–Verdict

IMG_0296So here we are – after covering every inch of the Samsung Galaxy SIII both inside and out and then comparing it with HTC’s One X, it’s time for a verdict. These two devices are likely to be the closest top-dog Android competitors this year, as both manufacturers are relying on their respective handsets to take their premium Android sales into 2013. In fact, these two are probably going to end up as two of the most successful smartphones of 2012, and not just in the UK. That is, until the next iPhone hits of course. But there’s a good few months to go before that comes along, and for now these are the hottest devices around.

So which one offers the best overall package for you? Read on to find out.

Posted in: Reviews
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Acer high end tablet about to arrive

Acer-Iconia-Tab-A700Acer just announced their newest Android tablet offering, and this one is designed to take aim directly at the Apple iPad. This new Acer tablet is called the Iconia A700, and will come with an impressive array of specs to truly give all tablets a run for their money. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.3-GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • Measures 10.2 by 6.9 by 0.43 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.47 pounds
  • 10.1-inch full HD 1,920-by-1,200-pixel display, with 224 pixels per inch, an 800:1 contrast ratio and a 178-degree viewing angle
  • Wi-Fi only with 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity
  • A micro USB and micro HDMI port
  • A microSD card slot
  • 9800mAh battery good for 10.5 hours of video playback
  • 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera
  • 1-megapixel, front-facing camera for HD video chats

Pre-sales for this new Acer flagship device will begin June 13. The tablets are expected to ship later this month.

 

Poster by: Gareth

Posted in: News
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Are 24 month contracts good value for money?

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The answer quite simply is no. No 24 month contract, whatever you get with it, is worth being stuck into for two years. I myself have an iPhone 4S 16gb on Three’s One plan and I damn near had a heart attack when I discovered the cost of my contract (including the £99 cost of the phone) is £940 over the two year period. To get the same phone via PAYG with a sim 600 ‘All-you-can-eat data’ plan I’d be £260 better off in my pocket.

For my £35 a month I get All-you-can-eat data, 2,000 minutes, 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes and 5,000 texts. It all sounds okay but if like me you don’t really text or call people and use the internet side of things more you are paying for things you don’t actually want. Also throw in the fact no phone is bullet proof and will start showing signs of failure before the 24 month period is over.

A lot of providers now do sim only options which can either be a one month rolling plan or a twelve month contract. These can offer better value for money and save you being tied to the same phone for such a long period of time.

Below is a comparison of a 24 month and a 12 month contract including a PAYG Blackberry 9320 on the Three network:

Posted in: Editorial
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Sony announce the Xperia Miro – via Facebook

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The Xperia range just keeps on growing. The Miro is the latest edition and looks to be a budget Android smartphone although at the time of writing this we have no pricing confirmed. Announced today on Facebook, Sony say that the Miro is here although I am pretty certain this will actually be in Q3 2012.

Launching with Android 4.0 on board is going to please many people and with a 800MHz processor this one could well go head to head with the new HTC Desire C?

Let’s hope the price is right.

Thoughts?

You can see specs and some more images below:

Posted in: News
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Clash of the Titans Part 5: Samsung Galaxy SIII vs HTC One X–Performance and Battery life

IMG_0252When the next generation of superphones loaded with quad core processors and expansive screens, squeezed into svelte ultrathin bodies, naturally, battery life and power consumption became a concern. Surely faster hardware and smaller bodies means more power draw from smaller batteries? Or would the hardware have to be speed limited in order to get respectable battery lives? Luckily, neither of those fears have been realised, at least with the two turbocharged devices we focus on today – the Samsung Galaxy SIII and the HTC One X.

Which one manages to last the longest? Which one is the fastest? Read on to see the answers to both those questions.

Posted in: Reviews
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Three open up EU data roaming!

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At last: From today, Three pay monthly phone customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of the internet on their smartphones whilst holidaying in the EU without the fear of running up a massive bill.

For just a fiver a day, customers can tweet, tag, browse, book, update, upload, search, send, and Google as much as they want without worrying about how much they’re spending.

So, if you’re trying to find that perfect pizzeria, you can just Google it and track it down on a map. If you can’t remember the word for donkey in Spanish, download a translation app. Or, if you really can’t resist finding out what’s going on at work, you can pick up your emails whenever you like and wherever you are. But best of all, you can make everyone back home insanely jealous with loads of gloaty “look where I am right now” type status updates and photos.

Thomas Malleschitz, marketing director at Three said, “We love the mobile internet at Three and we want our customers to enjoy it on holiday as much as they do at home. The Euro Internet Pass gives our customers the freedom to use the internet in the EU without having to think about how many megabytes or gigabytes they are using or where the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot is.

"We’ve been campaigning for lower data roaming rates and welcome the new regulation from Europe. These changes promote competition and allow us to offer our customers a better deal so they no longer have to worry about running up a massive bill when using the internet”.

Fantastic news for Three customers. Happy holidays.

 

Posted by: James

Posted in: Press Releases
By June 12, 2012 Read More →

HTC Desire C unboxing and hands on video

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HTC once again are in the budget smartphone market but this time with a little beauty.

The HTC Desire C runs Android 4.0 and comes with a price tag of about the £169.99 mark on Pay As You Go. I would imagine that on contract we will see this one at the £10 – £15 per month on a two year deal.

While the Desire C may not have the best specs compared to its brothers in the One Series it is bringing pretty good value to the table. With Sense 4.0 running smoothly, new smartphone users on a budget may well find the Android device of their dreams?

You can see the unboxing and hands on video below:

 

Posted in: Videos/Unboxings