By November 20, 2015 Read More →

Are you ready to join the revolution? The Wileyfox Swift Review

WFA phone that gives you complete control is now a reality with thanks to London based company Wileyfox.  This new company has launched with two devices the swift and the storm, today I will be reviewing the swift their cheaper phone but by no means does cheap mean basic. Don’t forget to check out the hands on video with Gareth to see the swift in action.

Product Specifications

  • Dimensions  141.15mm x 71mm x 9.37mm
  • Display 5 Inch
  • Resolution1280 x 720 at 294ppi
  • Weight 135g
  • Processor 64-bit Quad-core 1.2GHz
  • Battery Removable 2500mAh battery
  • Camera 13MP primary camera
    5MP front camera
  • Features 4G LTE
    HD video recording

Wileyfox use Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on android lollipop 5.1.1. The swift comes packed with a 13mp primary camera, 5mp front facing camera, a Quad core Snapdragon 410 8916, 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM, Expandable memory up to 32GB, Dual SIM functionality,4G LTE, 5″ HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 IPS Display.  This all comes packaged with a very reasonable price of £129. So will this be enough for the average phone user to take a chance on the Wileyfox?


A hidden game when checking out the phones software. More annoying than fun.


The phone looks and feels like a high end device at a budget price.  The rear cover with the Wileyfox embossed logo really makes the phone stand out. The phone has a plastic casing but has a nice non slip feel.


At top of the phone you have the 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone.


On the right hand side of the phone you have the volume rocker and power button.


At the bottom of the phone you have the usb charge point and two grills where lies the phones impressive speakers.


On the left hand side there is nothing but smooth plastic. Pop off the cover and you have the removable 2500mh battery, two slots for your sim cards and the micro sd card slot.


On the rear of the swift you have the 13 megapixel camera with led flash and below this the indented Wileyfox logo.


On the front of the phone you have the ear speaker at the top, with the LED notification light to the right of this.  To the left you have the 5 megapixel front facing camera. There is no capacitive buttons at the bottom of the swift they are on screen.


Smart phones are increasing in size, the phone I currently use is 5.5inches making the Wiley fox’s decision to use the popular 5 inch size a downsizing of screen for me. However this was not a problem as the 5 inch screen is the perfect size screen for any user.  Its bright vivid 720p display makes using the phone, watching video playback, capturing images with the camera a dream.  Wileyfox also offer screen replacement cover for £9.99 per year, which is a fantastic option to have.


Cyanogen OS

The swift uses Cyanogen 12.1 with android 5.1.1 it looks and feels like android so don’t be alarmed that this is too 1much of a change when choosing this phone.  It is close to almost naked android.  In fact the Cyanogen OS allows consumers the chance to delete any or all the apps that are preloaded on the device and download only the apps that you need.  This feature is great as some apps run tirelessly in the background of my current phone and if I could uninstall them I would free up some valuable space.  From the main menu screen you can access the app drawer which is laid out in an alphabetical list format. The bottom of the screen there is an a-z list which you can fast track the letter you are looking for.


You have the option to have android or cyanogen themes on the phone.


The operating system runs smoothly with a 64-bit CPU at 1.2GHzsnapdragon processor although when running the performance test it scored quite low.  When playing high spec games like Batman the dark knight rises on the swift there was a noticeable lag at times however gameplay was still enjoyable.  Less graphic enduring games such as Minecraft and Jurassic World builder app played seamless.

Thankfully Wileyfox did not opt for the pitiful option of 4 gb or 8 gb on board storage.  The swift comes with 16 gb on board storage. This is all powered by the 2500mh battery which does last 24 hours with general use. The battery for me lasted about 8 hours before I had it drained although I had used the swift to its full capacity.  On my daily commute to work I could watch a 30min programme, listen to music when walking to work, general use during the working day, another 30 min programme on my way home as well as the occasional phone call.

The camera quality is average. The 13 megapixel camera performs well however the quality reduces in low light conditions.  Below are a few examples of the 13mp camera and a short video for you to make up your own mind. 


The video quality is fine, however when the digital zoom option is used the quality reduces dramatically. 

The panorama option was my favorite option when using the camera.





There are plenty of options and filters to use within the camera app, so perhaps with extra time and tweaking the settings you can utilise the camera to its full potential.


The speakers are loud, with twin speakers located at the bottom of the phone. Built in to the swift there is an equalizer option which is always handy to have.

Should you join the Wileyfox revolution? In my opinion yes! If you are looking for a smart phone as a gift for Christmas or looking for a phone that can perform on a budget you cant go wrong with the swift.  Take a chance on Wileyfox as I expect them to make a huge splash in the mobile phone arena. The swift packs a lot of hardware for its £129 price and with the additional 3 year phone replacement at £9.99 and screen protection at a further £9.99 per year this should make a killer selling point.

I do not want to renew my membership to the cracked screen club but for the protection at this price it makes the to join the Wileyfox revolution an easy choice.  There are other smartphones available around this price with similar specs but if you want something a little different and a break from the norm they sign up with Wileyfox who in their own words provide unrivalled customisation, privacy and security and freedom.

“Unrivalled customisation: give your phone a look and personality that’s as unique as yours.

Unrivalled privacy and security: choose precisely the data you wish to share; protect apps with additional PINs; prevent spam with Truecaller Integrated Dialler.

Unrivalled freedom: curate your own suite of apps – delete any or all of the apps we preload to get you started and download the ones you need. Enriching your life, extending your battery life; keeping you connected everywhere, to everyone, for longer. “



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By November 6, 2015 Read More →

Huawei Nexus 6P Unboxing

vlcsnap-error992This is the Huawei Nexus 6P, the flagship Android device. Google have put out two Nexus devices this year and this is the Nexus 5X’s bigger brother. Packed to the gills with the latest tech the 6P is easily one of the most eye catching devices on the market, but it is any good?

Over a series of videos we will take a look at the Nexus 6P’s various features starting the the routine unboxing. 

Huawei Nexus 6P spec list:

Operating System

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 5.7 inches
  • WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display at 518 ppi
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
Rear Camera
  • 12.3 MP¹
  • 1.55 µm pixels
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • IR Laser assisted autofocus
  • 4K (30 fps) video capture
  • Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
Front Camera
  • 8MP camera
  • 1.4 µm pixels
  • f/2.4 aperture
  • HD video capture (30 fps)
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1, 2.0 GHz Octa-core 64-bit
  • Adreno 430 GPU
Memory & Storage²
  • RAM: 3 GB LPDDR4
  • Internal storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB
  • 159.3 X 77.8 X 7.3 mm
  • 178 g
  • Aluminium
  • Graphite
  • Frost
  • Dual front-facing stereo speakers
  • 3 microphones (2 front, 1 rear) with noise cancellation
  • 3,450 mAh battery
  • Fast charging: up to 7 hours of use from only 10 minutes of charging
Wireless & Location
  • LTE cat. 6
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • NFC
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi use requires 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access point (router). Syncing services, such as backup, require a Google Account.
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
  • TD-SCDMA: 34/39
  • CDMA: BC0/1
  • LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/19/20/28
  • LTE (TDD): B38/B39/40/41
  • CA DL: B1-B5, B1-B8, B1-B19, B3-B3, B3-B5, B3-B7, B3-B8, B3-B19, B3-B20, B3-B28, B5-B7, B7-B7, B7-B20, B7-B28, B39-B39, B40-B40, B41-B41
  • Phone is carrier-unlocked with wide-range band support for service providers worldwide. Check with your service provider for more information.
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Hall sensor
  • Android Sensor Hub
  • Single USB Type-C
  • Single Nano SIM slot
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Anodized aluminum
  • RGB LED notification light
Posted in: Phones, Videos/Unboxings
By October 21, 2015 Read More →

HTC One A9 has arrived

one a9 coverAnnounced on 20 October was HTC’s new flagship, originally codenamed the Hima Aero, the HTC One A9. HTC One A9 has a 5-inch display on the front, topped with Gorilla Glass 4. With a pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080 giving for a ppi of 440 leaving a beautiful crisp display. The HTC One A9 measures 145.75 x 70.8 x 7.26mm and is a lightweight 143g. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset.

Like a number of manufacturers seem to be offering, there will be two versions available, one with 2gb and one with 3gb of RAM. Different territories will get different models. In the UK, we are penciled to get the 2GB version. There will be 16 and 32GB storage options too, although the HTC One A9 supports microSD card expansion up to 2TB.

The battery only has a capacity of 2150mAh which is likely to attract some criticism, however the 617 chipset maybe refined enough to make a difference alongside Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s battery saving techniques. HTC is promising you’ll get 16 hours of talk time from it, 60 hours of music playback or 18 days of standby.

one a9 white

A 13-megapixel sensor, with F/2.0 aperture, and optical image stablisation sits at the very top of the rear next to a dual tone flash. Video capture is limited to full HD so 4K UHD is not an option here, sadly. Like the M9 a 4-megapixel UltraPixel sensor has been placed on the front to increase selfie quality. However, missing from this is HTC’s much loved BoomSound speakers on the front, instead opting for a single speaker in the bottom.

The HTC One A9 will be available in Opal Silver, Deep Garnet, Topaz Gold and Carbon Grey.

UK availability

The 2GB of RAM and 16GB version of the HTC One A9 will be available SIM free from for £429.99. The HTC One A9 will be available in November.

Only two networks have announced the phone. O2 will offer the HTC One A9, including an exclusive Topaz Gold version. And if you want to trade in your old phone, you can use O2′s Recycle scheme. Giffgaff will offer the HTC One A9, but we’re waiting on specific pricing and release details.

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By October 9, 2015 Read More →

Archos and Sikur deliver privacy with GranitePhone

graniteARCHOS today announces the forthcoming availability of thousands of the GranitePhone by SIKUR, allowing both companies to enter the global market of private communications smartphones, where the need for voice and data protection is a growing concern.

The GranitePhone, unveiled at MWC, has immediately attracted the attention of government, defense agencies as well as private companies and individual users concerned by their privacy, generating huge quantities of pre-sales on the Granitephone website.

With a 5 inch screen Full HD, Granite OS, 4G and a 16MP camera the phone has all the latest hardware specs along with an unrivaled focus on security, eliminating loopholes which could allow data theft and spying.


The security architecture has been carefully designed with multiple layers of protection to mitigate security issues whilst still delivering the best in mobile technology today.

For additional flexibility, the device’s data storage is also kept in an encrypted form in the cloud so that GranitePhone’s users can access safely to their data from anywhere, using SIKUR applications.

They can do so from a computer and from other mobile devices, either Android and even iOS, which ensures great flexibility without compromising privacy.

“ARCHOS, through its subsidiary Logic Instrument is pleased to have been selected as industrial and development partner for this project as the demand for secured mobile solutions is increasing” says Loïc POIRIER CEO of ARCHOS.

“With GranitePhone, you can create a corporate digital environment, secure for the exchange of strategic information, without compromising productivity and speed offered by mobile devices,” says Frederico D’Avila, CEO of Sikur.

The GranitePhone, the first smartphone entirely focused on user privacy can be ordered through the website

By October 6, 2015 Read More →

Wileyfox Swift Unboxing

vlcsnap-error452Wileyfox is a new name on the block and they are here to impress. The Swift delivers outstanding specifications at an incredible market beating price. 4G LTE connectivity, stunning picture quality from the 13MP rear camera and a quad core Snapdragon™ 410 processor brings this phone to the forefront of affordable smartphone technology.



  • Cyanogen OS 12.1 (based on Lollipop 5.1.1.)
  • 13MP primary camera, 
  • 5MP front camera,
  • a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 8916, 
  • 16GB ROM +
  • 2GB RAM, 
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB, 
  • Dual SIM functionality,
  • 4G LTE, 
  • 5″ HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 IPS Display

Cyanogen OS is used in place of a typical flavour of Android to incease customization, privacy & security, and enhanced experiences. 

Posted in: Phones, Videos/Unboxings
By September 30, 2015 Read More →

Could we see an HTC Aero next month?

HTCHTC has a little marshmallow secret up it’s sleeve as an event it being teased in the latter half of October. There have been several leaks recently of a device known as the HTC Aero or some might know it as the One A9, a device rumoured to have a deca-core (ten-core) MediaTek Helio X20 SoC processor clocked at 1.96GHz. Then again other have the idea that it might contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon 620 chipset with 3GB of RAM. Perhaps there will be two devices and both of these rumours might be correct. Stranger things have happened.

Posted in: News, Phones, Rumours
By September 30, 2015 Read More →

The Nexus 5X vs the Nexus 6P

879fKcccOpaHtaqKgOFey0RsqmuSWtcHItUxu-G4M1cNow we have the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The market just got a whole lot tastier, but which one is for you? Here we have a direct and to the point look at the two new phones from Google. If Wireless charging, Expandable storage or optical image stabilization are high on your list then need to be looking elsewhere. Google have unfortunately omitted these from the new line. So whats in then then?

LG Nexus 5X
Huawei Nexus 6P
Screen5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080, 424 ppi, Full HD5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440, 515 ppi, AMOLED
Processor1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8082.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1
Storage options16GB
Camera12.3MP Rear, 5MP front12.3MP Rear, 8MP front
NetworksCDMA: BC0/1/10
GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
LTE (TDD): B41
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
CDMA: BC0/1/10
GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
LTE (TDD): B41
UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
Connections3.5mm Headphone jack
3.5mm Headphone jack
Length147 mm (5.79 inches)159.4 mm (6.28 inches)
Width72.6 mm (2.86 inches)77.8 mm (3.06 inches)
Depth7.9 mm (0.31 inches)7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight136 g (4.80 oz)178 g (6.28 oz)
Available coloursCarbon, Ice, QuartzAluminium, Frost, Graphite
Anything elseAccelerometer
Ambient ight
Digital compass
Ambient light
Digital Compass

 It’s true, neither device is perfect hopwever there is enough of a difference to make any Nexus fan sit and think which they will be wanting.


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By September 23, 2015 Read More →

Three colours of LG Nexus 5X coming

LGGoogleNexus5X-LGeM0Cb.c2.w150Looks like FindYogi have jumped the gun and listed 3 colours of the LG Nexus 5X alongside a spec break down ahead of the expected announcement on September 29th. According to  the site four colours will be available, Amazon India, Charcoal Black, Ice Blue and Quartz White. Several features are listed as Unconfirmed however they make for interesting reading. USB C and fast charging are onboard however worryingly there is only selection for 16gb or 32gb and it appears there is 2Gb or RAM. The Indian Rupee to British pound conversion for the 32gb works out around £240 whilst the 32gb is £270.


Sim Support Single Sim, NaNo-SIM, GSM
Phone Weight 175 grams


Screen Size 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels, 424 ppi
Screen Type IPS
Touch Type Capacitive With Multitouch

Photo & Video

Camera Yes, 12.3 Megapixel
Flash Yes, LED flash
Front Camera Yes, 5.0 Megapixel
Video Recording Yes
Front Flash No


Operating System Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
Processor 1.8 GHz Quad Core Processor
Processor Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992, ARM Cortex A53
Additional Processor Dual Core ARM Cortex A57
GPU (Graphics) Qualcomm Adreno 418
User Interface Pure Android


Battery 2700 mAh, Li-ion
Battery Standby Up to 300 Hours (3G)
Battery Talk Time Up to 17 Hours (3G)


3G Yes
4G Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, with Tethering
USB Connectivity Yes, USB Type-C Port
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support, GLONASS
Bluetooth Yes, v4.1
Support NFC Yes
External Display Connectivity Wifi Direct, DLNA


Internal Memory 16 GB or 32GB

Other Features

Sensors Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, eCompass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Quick Charging Yes

Additional Features Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology



The Huawei Google Nexus 6 also gets a look in at £350, there is much less information on the site and again the specs are unconfirmed.

  • General

    Single Sim, GSM


    Screen Size 5.7 inches
    Screen Resolution 1440 x 2560 Pixels, 515 ppi
    Screen Type IPS
    Touch Type Capacitive With Multitouch


    Operating System Android 6.0 – Marshmallow
    RAM 3 GB

Posted in: News, Phones, Rumours
By September 23, 2015 Read More →

Spigen Stealth Universal Cradle Unboxing

vlcsnap-error001The name Spigen is fast becoming one of the favorites when it comes to mobile accessories. Ever reliable cases and peripherals that might cost a little more but the quality is easily impressive. There has been a bit of a wait for their Steatlh cradle and now it has arrived I am far from disappointed.

Combining quality with a simple approach is the way to most people hearts. The Stealth is essentially a clam shell that holds you phone in place, in landscape orientation. There are two notches to pitch your phone depending on the height of your dashboard and this is about all of the functionality. When the phone is not in the holder it folds down to be almost out of sight. No rubber suction cups, not long necks or arms pushing the device out from the windscreen and a significantly smaller footprint to see past, even when in use.

The styling of the Stealth is much like that of a Stealth bomber. The rubberised exterior has facets allowing for a more stylish look and appeal. The interior is a little more plain however there is a small groove behind the phone large enough to take a coin… for your trolley perhaps?

The cradle is attached to the dashboard by a large, super sticky pad on the underside. Packaged are two alcohol wipes, one for the first time you attach it to you dashboard, the second for an hour later when you decide to move it a little as it’s in the way.

The only problem I have encountered with the Stealth is the limitation to landscape. Invariably this will mean the buttons on the side of the phone are more likely to be pressed, therefore the phone has to sit at a point whereby the buttons are not being touched by either part of the Cradle clamp mechanism. No buttons on the sides of your phone? This is the one for you. Another small problem is the landscape orientation, this isn’t ideal for some. Quite a few phones on the market lack the ability to rotate their home screen. It really isn’t designed to take a device in portrait mode.

The Spigen Stealth is a great cradle for your car, simple in design and simple to use. You can purchase the Spigen Stealth Universal Cradle from Mobilefun for £24.99

By September 19, 2015 Read More →

Strike Hands Free car cradle

vlcsnap-error122There are are couple of things that will become obvious about the Strike Alpha Cradle when you consider it for your in car docking solution. Some good, some bad. There is still no perfect solution and there likely never will.

The Strike Alpha Cradle is a well constructed and sturdy phone holder. This is evident as soon as you touch it. If you are dedicated to your phone and want the most serious solution then this is the one to be looking at. The combination of features and design is second to none.

This brings us to the crossroads of how far do you take something. Back in the late 90′s cars were being fitted with holders that latched onto the dashboard and specifically designed for particular phones. If you had a work/business phone then this was the norm. A nokia phone mount was in nearly all fleet cars in the UK. Eventually this was done away with as mobile phones became more popular and everyone had one. Apple and Blackberry become more popular in the business world and the phone cradle had to be more flexible. People changed their phone yearly or even 6 monthly and an expensive install of a phone holder gave way to a suction cup and a cheaper universal holder from Ebay.

Strike cater to all desires. Offering suction mounts, dash mounts, hard wiring solutions, NFC or Bluetooth integration. It is hard to measure the fast charge capabilities of the mount and some might be a little confused between fast charge compatibility and the super fast charging terminology used here. There will even be a wireless charger compatible version available in the future.

Are a mount there are a lot of options and out of the box this performs well. There are a few liberties that work out for the best. The USB connector is a welcome one, whilst it might not suit everyone it suits me as I would be plugging this into an already existing USB cable and there was a little extra cable to play with. The signal booster cable wasn’t terribly useful as I am unable to find a use for it or even a fitment to install in the car to accommodate it.

Strike are treading a line between specific build and universal fitting. It’s a dangerous one but for someone picking up a particular phone, a Samsung Galaxy for example and knowing that they will be keeping it for the 24 months of a contract then this a good choice as it is a well build and a very convenient design. If you are likely to be looking for a new phone after 6 months and are not the type to stay loyal to a manufacturer then there is little to recommend here unless you have money to burn.

Strike Alpha Cradle for Samsung Galaxy Xcover is available RRP GBP is £84.99.

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