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28 October 2014 ~ 8 Comments

Top 5 value-for-money smartphones

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Everyone knows about the latest and greatest superpowered smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Apple iPhone 5S and the HTC One M8. They pack in the latest technology and the most features and are really at the cutting edge of modern industrial design. However, despite the high performance, they have a price tag to match.

Not everyone can afford £1000+ on a new mobile phone and commitment to a contract of two years or more. Furthermore, anyone following technology knows that early adopters pay over the odds and sometimes even subsidise other consumers for the right to boast that they a device at the bleeding edge of tech.

Smarter customers often look for bargains instead of obsessing over the very best. By going for a phone that’s a generation or two behind the curve, you not only get a product with amazing performance but you also save a lot of money. Simply, it’s the best way to maximise the bang for your buck. And it’s pretty clear that nowadays, even a phone that came out two years ago offers a blisteringly fast user experience, the same solid build quality and more features than you’d probably ever use. If you want better value for money, you can still get amazing performance – after all, most phones today offer better tech specs than laptops and digital cameras from just a few years ago.

We now have bargain smartphones available that refuse to compromise on performance. Today we’re rounding up the top five phones that offer the best value. These handsets are all less than half the price of a new Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5S but still keep up with the latest games and apps. In our opinion, they are easily the best value for money smartphones you can currently get. Have a look for yourself!

Nokia Lumia 520

Only £79.84

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Smooth, stylish and smart, the new Lumia 520 is packed with great features it’s hard to live without. Windows Mobile has massively improved recently and on top of that, there’s no denying that Nokia, with all their experience, make stunning-looking devices.

At an incredible pricepoint of under £80, it’s hard to argue with the Lumia 520. Anything else this cheap without a contract will be sluggish and unresponsive in comparison.

It also boasts a super-sharp 4″ screen, crystal call quality and many other perks such as a physical shutter button and digital lenses.

If you don’t mind a Windows Phone device, there is absolutely nothing that comes close to the price/quality ratio of the Nokia Lumia 520.

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Lenovo A820

Only £109.22

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When looking at Chinese phones like the Lenovo A820, the main selling points is just how much phone you’re getting for your money. It has 1 GB of RAM and a quad core processor but still costs just over 100 quid. If you don’t have hundreds and hundreds of pounds to spend on your mobile phone but still want all the bells and whistles of a smartphone, this is a great choice to go for.

We’ve already written a full in-depth review of the Lenovo A820 but to summarise, the highlights of this handset are the power saving features, the long-lasting removable 2000 mAh power cell, the amazing dual-SIM ports and the fact it comes with a quad core processor.

This handset is incredibly cheap for the hardware you’re getting and it offers incomparable value compared to almost any phone available on British high streets.

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Moto G

Was £159.99 Now only £149.99

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Yes, you read it right. The Moto G is a Android KitKat 4G smartphone that only costs £150! It boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, boatloads of RAM and much more besides.

The battery is great and the two cameras produce snaps of amazingly good quality. Perhaps best of all in the impressive curved 4.5″ screen coated with Gorilla Glass. The casing is even water-resistant!

LTE 4G, HD display, Quad-Core Speed Android 4.4 KitKat and all for less than £150. A bargain!

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Nexus 5

Only £260.00

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The Nexus 5 surely needs no introduction. Built by LG, the Google-branded Android handset comes with an 8 MP OIS camera featuring HDR+ and Photo Sphere‚ a 4.95″ Full HD IPS Display, fast 4G LTE and a 2‚300 mAh battery.

The phone has a nice matt rubberised back and feels great to hold. Compared to high end competitors like the iPhone 5S, you get a bigger, better quality screen and the Nexus is just as blisteringly fast.

The Nexus 5 is outstanding and comes at an incredible price for a well-specced product that just exudes quality.

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LG G2

Was £489.00 Now only £275.79

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If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can still get great value for your cash. The LG G2 blows away most of its competition with a 2.26Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 13 megapixel OIS camera and a 5.2″ full HD display.

On top of that it boasts a massive battery to keep it going all day and genuinely useful software features such as tracking zoom, Knockon and Capture PLus.

The phone is gorgeous to look at with the bezel-less screen and amazing build quality throughout. The display density is 424 ppi and the colour reproduction is clear and vivid. Overall, the LG G2 is a great handset and an utter bargain at this price.

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27 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Aeromobile interview (part 1)

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Aeromobile is a British company that, finally, provides GSM mobile connectivity on commercial passenger flights using satellite technology. Their services allow you to make calls and texts whilst in flight and even use mobile data to connect to the internet.

The viability of this technology was first demonstrated in September 2004 but they have actually been providing in-flight mobile communications since 2008. Already since 2012, there were over 12 million users of the AeroMobile service. In fact, it really seems to be taking off with a 30% increase in the availability of AeroMobile in-flight roaming in the first half of this year.

Aeromobile is currently available on Aer Lingus, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, EVA Air, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Transaero and Virgin Atlantic and a roll-out is planned for Garuda Indonesia, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines over the next year.

We wanted to learn more so got together with Jack Gordon, Marketing & Revenue Development Director at AeroMobile for an interview.

Hi Jack, thanks for chatting to us. Can you tell about the genesis of Aeromobile as well as who’s funding it, who runs it and what sort of experience do they have?

AeroMobile’s in flight network enables passengers to use their mobile phones to talk, text and browse the internet during a flight, just as they do on the ground. Revenues are generated through roaming agreements with network operators all over the world. With more than 275 active roaming agreements in place with mobile phone operators in over 128 countries worldwide, not being connected while travelling will soon be a thing of the past!

AeroMobile’s management team has extensive experience in the telco and aviation industry. CEO Kevin Rogers joined AeroMobile in February 2008 from Telenor, where he was Director and Vice President of Group Marketing. Jack Gordon, Head of Revenue & Development has 15 years’ experience in the telco industry, spanning both handset manufacture with NEC and mobile operator with Telefonica O2.

John Little, AeroMobile’s Chief Operating and Technical Officer, brings over 30 years of experience including Director roles at ARINC and Tenzing Communications. He was responsible for the original concept of AeroMobile from planning, to EASA safety approval and technical implementation.

AeroMobile is a subsidiary of Panasonic Avionics, a world leader in state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and communication (IFEC) solutions. The AeroMobile system is available as part of its Global Connectivity Suite or as a standalone product.

So it sounds like you guys know your stuff. How did you come to be the first company providing this sort of service?

AeroMobile was formed from the success of a project within ARINC (now Rockwell Collins) to develop an in-flight mobile service prototype that would operate over existing and future satellite technologies. Existing seat back phone technologies did not offer an easily usable or affordable service so there was a clear need to move to on board mobile technology. It was obvious that we had to work on a system to allow the passengers’ own mobile phones to be used in flight.

A small project team developed a prototype that was demonstrated to a number of airlines at a conference in Seattle. This demonstration proved what many airlines and sceptics thought was impossible – that a mobile phone service could operate in flight using satellite technologies. This sparked a great interest in the system.

It was from these early beginnings that AeroMobile Communcations Ltd was formed. The first mobile service on a commercial flight was in March 2008 on the Emirates EK751 from Dubai to Casablanca. Since then, AeroMobile’s fully developed and certified system has been installed in many airlines around the world and over 20 million passengers have successfully connected to the AeroMobile network.

Even though they make no scientific sense, we’ve long been told that it’s not safe to use mobile phones on aeroplanes. There’s even a special mode on most mobile to cut off all wireless communication. Please can you go into some detail about how would you respond to safety concerns about airborne cellular connectivity?

Using your mobile phone in flight on the AeroMobile network is safe; the system has been thoroughly tested and is approved for use by aviation authorities around the world, including the FAA and EASA.

Do you have a target market in mind for this service and your pricing structure?

A SITA 2014 Air Transport Industry Insights report recently revealed that 97 per cent of passengers bring their own mobile device (laptop, mobile or tablet) on board. This reflects the needs of the modern, connected passenger – and, broadly speaking, it’s this demographic we’re targeting. Whether it be a business traveller staying in contact with the office or a holiday maker texting or tweeting a selfie to envious friends and family, the service allows passengers to stay connected inflight.

Pricing for the service is just like roaming abroad and charges will appear on the customer’s mobile phone bill, so no credit card or onboard payment is required on the flight.Receiving a text message is free of charge.

Cost is a key factor for our customers and we are constantly looking at how we can reduce roaming costs to make inflight connectivity even more attractive to passengers.

So what do you make of it? Would you pay to use your mobile phone on flights? What do you think about Aeromobile? Let us know if you have any questions you want us to put to them and stay tuned for part 2 of this interview.

20 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Top 5 iPhone 6 accessories

So it’s been a few weeks since the release of the new iPhone 6 and its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus. No matter what you think of Apple’s latest offering, there’s no denying that it’s massively popular and one of the best phones on the market.

Whether you’re delighted that it’s finally got a useful version of NFC or terrified that you’re going to end up with a warped smartphone, one thing all users of the new iPhone are after is the latest and greatest accessories for the most recent model.

With 20 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets out on the market already in less than a month, there’s clearly a huge demand. And especially with the various issues about bending and hair-pulling, it’s clear there are some great oppurtunities. Even if you think it’s perfect as it is, there are some cool toys and additions that make it an even better phone.

So without further ado, here’s our roundup of the coolest, most useful and generally most awesome accessories specially designed for the new iPhones.

Rheme One Easytouch In Car Holder

Only £6.99

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Rheme One Easytouch In Car Holder

First up, something cheap but super useful. With a new phone, you need some way to mount it in your car especially now the iPhone 6 is a great music player and GPS device.

The Rheme One Easytouch In Car Holder may only be £6.99 but it works perfectly with a strong windscreen suction cup. It will also do fully adjustable with 360 degree rotation and quick portrait and landscape views.

Best of all it fits perfectly with both the iPhone 6 Plus and the iPhone 6. This is a simple good product which is easy to use: just push it home against a button on the holder and it grips the phone. Sturdy, sticks brilliantly and convenient. You can rely on this to hold your new phone.

 

Snugg iPhone 6 Plus Leather Flip Case

Was £39.98 Now only £19.99

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Snugg iPhone 6 Plus Leather Flip Case

Whether you’re worried about scuffing your new iPhone or scared it will bend in your pocket, the Snugg iPhone 6 Plus Leather Flip Case is the perfect solution. It made out of high quality materials to keep your device safe and has a easy flip cover to ensure the screen remains pristine and unscrached.

In addition to this, it also features credit card slots and a secure hidden pocket. We especially like the built-in stand which offers multiple viewing angles and the the fact it has a magnetic strap to keep your iPhone 6 Plus securely seated.

The stitching is high quality and the material inside seems soft. Snugg is a quality brand for a quality handset and with a lifetime guarantee you’ve got nothing to worry about. It also looks great!

 

PINPO Extendable Waterproof Selfie Monopod

Only £15.47

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PINPO Extendable Waterproof Selfie Monopod

The PINPO Extendable Waterproof Selfie Monopod might be a bit of a mouthful but it’s also one of the coolest accessories that works with the new iPhones.

This funky handheld monopod makes selfies easier than ever. Its super convenient remote shutter controller is compatible with the latest iPhones and the easily-adjustable design allows you to rotate the viewing angle to capture the perfect shot.

Does exactly what it’s meant to and really makes taking selfies all that more enjoyable. A must-have for photography fanatics.

 

Anker Astro Mini 3200mAh Ultra-Compact Portable Power Pack

Was £39.99 Now only £13.99

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Anker Astro Mini 3200mAh Ultra-Compact Portable Power Pack

The battery looks great – it’s really tiny, about the size of a lipstick so it fits easily in any pocket or handbag. It’s the perfect solution to add more than a full charge or 9 hours of additional talk time to your iPhone 6.

The external chargers is stylish, comes with a small bag. The charger leverages PowerIQ™ technology to maximize the charge and current for recharging. It’s constructed using Grade A cells and premium microchips to ensure the highest quality.

This little gadget has saved our bacon already on a few occasions. It will do one nearly full charge or two smaller ones and at this price is a no-brainer.

 

iKross WaterProof Bicycle Mount

Only £21.99

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iKross WaterProof Bicycle Mount

The iKross WaterProof Bicycle Mount comes with with a water proof pouch that will weather seal your iPhone 6 so you don’t need to worry about rain, snow, dust or mud. It features a fully adjustable ball head joint with 360 degree rotation and locking system for customized portrait and landscape view. In our opinion it’s the best way to mount your iPhone whilst on your bike.

Simply put, the protection it offers is excellent. We really can’t think of a more robust way of secure your expensive phone. It’s really clear that that this case has had a lot of thought put into it. The phone fits snugly and the unit mounts nicely on the bicycle handlebars. It looks great and surely could take any drop or hit. Not bad for the price.