Archive for July, 2013

By July 8, 2013 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy Mega unboxing video

Samsung Galaxy Mega Samsung have released a boat load of new smartphones lately, from the Galaxy S4, S4 Mini and S4 Active to the Samsung Galaxy Mega that we are looking at here.

Smartphones are undoubtedly getting bigger and they really don’t come much bigger than the Galaxy Mega. With its 6.3″ screen it stands out as being one of the biggest devices on the market and starts to knock on the ‘phablet’ territory. In fact when does a phone become a phablet anyway?

If you are looking for a mobile device that can perform the function of a smartphone and a tablet in one then the Galaxy Mega may well be worth a look. The 720p screen is great for web browsing and video watching and despite being a sizable device manages to remain extremely slim.

Check out the unboxing and demo video below to see the Samsung Galaxy mega in a little more detail. Our thanks to Clove Technology for supply our review unit.

 

By July 6, 2013 Read More →

CAT B15 unboxing video

CAT B15 We’ve looked at a variety of waterproof, dust proof and ruggedised phones in the past. Many of them, from the likes of JCB, are pretty basic or non-smartphones whereas those from Motorola may be water or dust proof but they lack true ruggedness.

Here we have something a little different that may appeal to those wanting something rather more robust than your average smartphone while still offering true smartphone features with less compromise.

The CAT B15, supplied to us by our friends over at Clove Technology, is an Android OS 4.1 smartphone with touchscreen, 1GHz dual core CPU, 5 Megapixel camera and built in 4BG storage all wrapped up in a strong IP 67 rated package.

In the video below you’ll get to see the device in a little more detail.

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By July 5, 2013 Read More →

Retro Tech Addicts Podcast -5: Golden Master

RTA Logo 1Gareth and Matt enjoy a warm and fuzzy recollection of days gone by in this the latest installment of the Retro Tech Addicts podcast.

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By July 4, 2013 Read More →

No more updates for HTC One S

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A little more than a year ago we were singing the praises of a new smartphone, the HTC One S, the little brother of the popular HTC One X.

However, in worrying news from HTC we’ve now had confirmation that the HTC One S will not receive any further updates leaving it stuck on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.

This has incensed many HTC One S owners to the point that a petition has already been filed to get HTC to release Jelly Bean and Sense 5 for their beloved devices.

The word from HTC:

"We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense"

"We realise this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimised with our amazing camera and audio experiences."

This is extremely troubling news. HTC have always provided good support for ‘older’ devices and we hope that this is not the shape of things to come.

 

Posted by: Matt

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By July 3, 2013 Read More →

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 204: Little Big Mini

Web bannerGareth, Matt and Dan are here with another UK update on the mobile front. HTC announce a big mini and Gareth gets excited over Three’s plans.

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By July 2, 2013 Read More →

HTC One Mini on its way

One_Mini We love a good rumour but here’s one that’s starting to gather momentum thanks to information reportedly leaked by a Taiwanese parts supplier.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a possible mini version of the extremely popular HTC One and other sources cite that the HTC One Mini will have a smaller, 4.3″ 720p display but will externally look much the same as its bigger brother.

HTC One Mini, it is believed, will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core chip clocked at 1.4GHz with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. We hope that it will still have the Boomsound speakers and 4MP ultrapixel camera.

More as we get it.

 

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By July 2, 2013 Read More →

The Red Arrows take Lewis Hamilton and his BlackBerry Q10 for a spin!

Here’s a short video for all you BlackBerry and Lewis Hamilton fans out there.

Lewis Hamilton recently took a training flight with the Royal Air Force Red Arrows and took his new BlackBerry Q10 along for the ride!

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By July 1, 2013 Read More →

Three announces new PAYG plans

3_logo Three have always been a good value for money network, especially where data use is concerned. However, today Three have announced a new Pay As You Go plan that could well be game changing. Not only are the rates extremely competitive but they are also much easier to understand.

  • Simple rates and clear value of 3p a minute, 2p a text and 1p a MB.
  • Flexibility that lets you pay only for what you use without the need to convert your credit.

Today, Three launches a new simplified Pay As You Go offer with rates that will allow customers to top up and get great value across voice, text and internet use, paying only for the services they choose to use.

In a market with a confusing 179 Pay As You Go combinations currently available, Three customers now have the flexibility to use their top up as they choose based on clear and simple basic rates of:

  • 3p a minute
  • 2p a text
  • 1p a MB of internet

Customers will not be forced to pick one value option over another. Pay As you Go price plans typically push people to make value trade-offs and choose between weekend or weekday use, UK or international calls, and use of texts, calls or data. Three’s new approach puts an end to confusing tariffs and value trade-offs by bringing Pay As You Go back to its roots. There’s no need to convert your credit to a 30-day add-on to get the best value. Credit lasts until the last penny is spent.

As the network built for the internet, Three’s cost per MB provides significantly better value than competitors’ standard rates.

Thomas Malleschitz, marketing director at Three said: "The number of complex Pay As You Go tariffs, Add-ons and options available is mindboggling. Consumers are forced into choosing where they want best value – whether that’s calls, texts or internet. Our new rates strip things right back to basics with a simple, clear and transparent rate for calls, texts and internet use that offers clear value across the board. It’s important to us that our Pay As You Go customers can use our Ultrafast network to chat, text and enjoy the internet without making a trade-off on value. This is Pay as You Go in its purest form.”

Once customers top up, they can use credit for talking, texting and the internet, safe in the knowledge that if they send more emails than text one month they won’t be penalised for doing the things they love on their smartphone.

Existing Three Pay As You Go customers can also enjoy Three’s new rates without having to change their tariff and they will be able to use their remaining credit as they wish. “We’re not just saving this for our new customers,” added Malleschitz.

 

Posted by: Matt

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