Best smartphones between £100 and £200

Best smartphones between £100 and £200
I’ll be honest, we totally robbed this from HotUKDeals. Basically put, member Genki has put together a list of Black Friday deals for phones costing between £100 and £200.

We could’ve done the same thing that a lot of tech sites do. Y’know, slightly re-write the text and pass it off as our own, but no, we though it best just to trim bits and point the original post here.

Anyway, it all came about when he started looking around for cheap phones for a family friend.

He found the Honor 6A for £148.49, the Honor 6X for £189 from AO.com, the Honor P8 Lite for £149, the P10 Lite for £179 and a stack of Motorola and Nokia handsets too. If Sony is more your thing, the Sony Xperia XA1 is £169.99. There’s also some cheap Wileyfox devices. The Swift 2 is £99.99, the Swift 2 Plus is £149.99 and the Wileyfox Swift 2X is £144.98

There’s more though, so head to the HotUKDeals for the full list.

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  • Wait a minute. Unlimited data? £20 per month?!

    Wait a minute. Unlimited data? £20 per month?!
    Until about 10 minutes ago, if you wanted unlimited data on a SIM only plan I would’ve pointed you to this Three UK deal which delivers unlimited data with 200 minutes of chatter and unlimited texts.

    However, Virgin Mobile have just added another Black Friday deal. I really do mean just now. This went live 10 minutes ago. It’s available only until November 27th November and they use the EE network. For £20 per month you get, to put simply, unlimited everything. It’s a a 4G 12 month SIM-only deal which also includes data rollover and data-free messaging on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter.

    Better still, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve got Virgin TV / broadband or not. It’s the same price for everyone and anyone.

    So that’s £20 for unlimited 4G data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts. Boom!

    Head to their SIM only page for the deal.

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  • Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones – Review

    Bluetooth headphones do have a bit of a problem.

    You need to power the things.

    Previously we took a look at the Syllable D900 headphones and you’ll see from that review that they sat inside your ears. All good, but the battery life meant that you’d have to take them out of your ears and charge them up when the battery went flat.

    Some Bluetooth headphone manufacturers have tried to resolve this by putting the battery pack around your neck on a wire, like this Leophile one. However, if you don’t want any wires at all, but you want continual audio entertainment, these Syllable D9X headphones we’re reviewing today could be just the thing.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    They come in a really nice hard-rubber zip-close case and, when you first take it out of the box, you’ll find a microUSB cable in there and various differently-sized ear-tips so that they fit comfortably. There’s also a carabiner so that you can attach the case to a bag.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    At the bottom of the case you’ll find three things. The first, which looks like something from a vaping kit, is the “intelligent charging box”. In here are the tiny batteries that power the Bluetooth earphones. Inside the box there’s two charging “pods” and two storage “pods”.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

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    These batteries are easily stored and easily attached to the bottom of the earphones thanks to the magnets inside. You simply pop them onto the bottom of the earphones and they’ll turn on and pair with each other. It’s then simply a matter of you pairing with the Syllable D9X Bluetooth name and you’re away.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    When you’re using one set of batteries, simply put the other set into the charging “pods” and they’ll charge.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    Oh wait.. I know what you’re thinking. Sure, that’s all well and good if you’re sitting at your desk – you can charge those additional batteries whilst the intelligent charging box is plugged in. What if I’m out and about?

    Well, this is where it gets even better.

    That intelligent charging box has actually got a battery inside of it, so you charge the box when you’re near a USB port (with the supplied cable), then you take the box out with you in the case and it’ll charge the earphone batteries as you go. Brilliant.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    Charging, without any cables. The two tiny earphone batteries are now charging from the battery inside the case

    Once those batteries go flat, you just pull them out. You can even do this without taking the earphones out of your ears. There’s enough magnetic force to hold them in, and I’ve gone jogging in these things – they don’t fall out – but you can tap them side-ways to release them and then simply get the ready-charged replacement batteries out of that clever charging box. Even without using your eyes you can locate and “stick” the batteries back onto the earphones via that strong magnetic force.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    When you do this, the headphones will automatically power up. Obviously, when you take the old batteries off they’ll power down. You can also press and hold for 5 seconds to power them off if you want to keep the batteries attached.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    The earphones also have a button each. Press the Syllable logo and you can dial, answer calls or double-tap to reject calls. You can also control play and pause and, again by double-pressing, you can skip tracks.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    That charging box takes around 2 hours to charge, and thanks to those 4 batteries you can rotate the two batteries around and listen to your tunes endlessly. The box itself, once that has charged fully, can be carried around and will supply 4 to 6 recharges of your batteries, meaning an all-day listening experience is a definite possibility as each set of batteries will last around 2 hours. I’ve had more than this as it varies depending on your volume setting.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    You can also, if you’re in an office environment, just use one earpiece if you still want to hear your colleagues.

    One other thing I should mention is that these are noise cancelling, and I can definitely vouch for the noise cancelling abilities as I missed two calls on my home phone whilst using them on a fairly low volume. Sound wise, again – these are Bluetooth and they’re designed to be lightweight. There was enough bass but it’s not earth shattering. There’s a definite quality and clearness about the sound.

    Syllable D9X Wireless Bluetooth Headphones   Review

    Above you can see that you have a range of hooks and earbuds to make sure it’s comfortable. Wait a minute! We’ve got this far down without a hands-on video demonstration! Here’s a look at how it works.

    Overall, I’d definitely recommend these. I did have a few instances where I knocked the batteries as they were in my ears. They didn’t fall out, but they did momentarily break the connection to the power and it was a bit annoying. I had to teach myself not to fiddle too much and they it was fine.

    Sound-wise, there’s just enough bass and a very good audio reproduction. They’re not going to replace the over-ear headphones but they do sit solidly in your ears and the battery technology, which works brilliantly in this setup, is an absolutely fantastic idea.

    Yes, £59.99 might sound a bit much, but for a completely wireless experience, these are really very good indeed. Get them from Amazon.

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  • FCC Chairman Reveals Full Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today published a draft order that details how he intends to roll back the current net neutrality regulations. Pai said the order “would return to the bipartisan consensus on light-touch regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the internet.” The goal, says Pai, is to “promote future innovation and investment.” To start, Pai would strip the internet of its current classification as a “utility” and reclassify it as an “information service.” Pai would also reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet service. Rather than force ISPs to comply with bright-line rules, Pai would have them adopt “transparency requirements” to disclose information about their practices to consumers, entrepreneurs, and the Commission. The idea is that if they are open about their practices, it will be easy for consumers to choose their service. The order also would restore the FTC’s oversight of the broadband industry, giving it the power to protect consumers online from any unfair, deceptive, and anticompetitive practices. With the order now public, the FCC will field comments over the next few weeks before it is expected to vote on the matter at its December 14 open meeting. Pai insists that today’s net neutrality regulations are overly burdensome to ISPs and have dampened investment in new services. He believes removing these regulations will encourage investment and growth. The move is seen as a win for internet companies.

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    Billionaire Meg Whitman Stepping Down as HP Enterprise CEO

    Meg Whitman, who oversaw the breakup of one of Silicon Valley’s pioneering companies, is stepping down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

    HPE said Tuesday that Whitman [seen here] will hand over the reins of the company to its president, Antonio Neri, on Feb. 1.

    Whitman, 61, took over in 2011 at the former Hewlett-Packard Co., a company founded in 1939 and for years a tech bellwether. But it had struggled to keep up with industry trends toward mobile and cloud computing, shedding thousands of jobs in the process.

    In 2015, Hewlett Packard was split in two: one company, HP Inc., sells PCs and printers. The other led by Whitman, HPE, is focused on selling data-center hardware and other commercial tech gear to other big organizations.

    Since the breakup, Palo Alto, California-based HPE has furthered its transformation, spinning off a big chunk of its business software line-up last year in an $8.8 billion deal with Micro Focus International PLC.

    Both Whitman and Neri, 50, will serve on HPE’s board.

    Whitman said Tuesday she plans on taking “a little bit of downtime” after a 35-year career. And she ruled out working for a competitor.

    “I’ve become quite loyal to Hewlett-Packard and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise,” she said. “I love this company and I wouldn’t ever go to a competitor.”

    She was in the running to replace Travis Kalanick as the CEO of ride-hailing app Uber but that job went to Dara Khosrowshahi in August.

    Before HP, Whitman served as chief executive of eBay Inc., a company she steered from a fledgling startup with just 30 employees into a household name beginning in 1998 until 2008. She also ran an unsuccessful California gubernatorial campaign, which cost her $144 million.

    Forbes recently listed her net worth as $3.2 billion. That makes her No. 6 on the magazine’s list of U.S. women who made their…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Apple Served with Warrant for Texas Gunman's iPhone Data

    Apple could again find itself at odds with authorities in a high-profile case involving unlocking a gunman’s iPhone.


    The gunman in the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas earlier this month was found dead with an iPhone, and Texas authorities have served Apple with a warrant seeking access to his information.


    This might bring to mind another infamous mass shooting that thrust Apple and an iPhone into the spotlight — the 2015 San Bernardino attack, after which Apple refused the FBI’s request to fashion a “back door” to unlock one of the shooters’ iPhones. The Silicon Valley giant’s reason: It did not want to compromise other iPhone users’ privacy and security.


    In this case, though, Apple says it offered help to the FBI after the shooting, saying it would “expedite” a response to “any legal process they send us,” according to BuzzFeed, which obtained a statement from Apple.


    However, the FBI reportedly did not take Apple up on its offer within 48 hours, which means the time for accessing the iPhone using Touch ID — without a passcode — has passed.


    Apple’s legal-process guidelines for law enforcement state that the company may provide iCloud content to authorities who show probable cause. But when it comes to physically unlocking an iPhone without knowing the passcode, the guidelines say: “For all devices running iOS 8.0 and later versions, Apple is unable to perform an iOS device data extraction as the data typically sought by law enforcement is encrypted, and Apple does not possess the encryption key.”


    The warrants obtained by Texas authorities seek the digital photos, messages and files from the iPhone and iCloud account of Devin Patrick Kelley, the San Antonio News-Express reported last week.


    Kelley killed 26 people and injured 20 others in the Nov. 5 shooting massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. He…
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    FCC Chairman Aims To Scrap Open Internet Access Rules

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission set out Tuesday to scrap rules around open internet access, a move that would allow giant cable and telecom companies to throttle broadband speeds and favor their own services if they wish.

    Ajit Pai followed through on a pledge to try to repeal “net neutrality” regulations enacted under the Obama administration. The current rules treat internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon as if they were utility companies that provide essential services, like electricity. The rules mandate that they give equal access to all online content and apps.

    Pai said those rules discourage investments that could provide even better and faster online access. Instead, he said new rules would force ISPs to be transparent about their services and management policies, and then would let the market decide.

    “Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet,” Pai said in a statement.

    Pai distributed his alternative plan to other FCC commissioners Tuesday in preparation for a Dec. 14 vote. Pai promised to release his entire proposal Wednesday. Although the FCC’s two Democrats said they will oppose the proposal, the repeal is likely to prevail as Republicans dominate 3-2. The vote for net neutrality in 2015 was also along party lines, but Democrats dominated then.

    Equal treatment for all web traffic has been a fundamental principle of the internet since its creation but companies have increasingly put their thumb on the scales of access. AT&T, for example, doesn’t count use of its streaming service DirecTV Now against wireless data caps, potentially making it seem cheaper to its cellphone customers than rival TV services. Rivals would have to pay AT&T for that privilege.

    Regulators, consumer advocates and some tech companies are concerned that repealing net neutrality will give ISPs even more power to block or slow down rival…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Shopping for a Laptop? What To Look for on Black Friday

    At this point we imagine Black Friday is a holiday that’s very familiar to you. Where once it was a single day of discounts after Thanksgiving in the US, it’s now a full week of deals that spans several countries. It’s also the perfect time to pick up some impressively discounted technology and gadgets.

    As you’d expect, the tech and gadgets on offer always include Windows laptops (or those running other operating systems, which we’ll touch on briefly here, too).

    No matter what your budget, you’re likely to find a piece of hardware that suits your needs. Indeed, anyone that’s on the lookout for something on the more expensive side, especially a premium notebook, will likely find chunky discounts applied by a variety of retailers.

    With such tempting discounts around, Black Friday is the perfect time to pick up the brand new laptop you’ve been searching for. However, it’s worth exercising some caution because hidden among the gems, you might find a few dud deals that aren’t nearly as good as they seem on first glance.

    You might, for example, come across some retailers attempting to flog off older models with aging components or laptops which were never any good in the first place as apparent ‘bargains.’

    At TechRadar we will, of course, highlight the best laptop as they appear on Black Friday. However, ahead of the big day we’ve got some advice for you that will help you to pick out the best notebook for your needs and separate the deals from the dross.

    The Features To Look Out For

    So what should you be looking for in any purchase of a Windows laptop?

    First things first, look at the brand name. On the one hand, something like Microsoft’s Surface Book is very expensive, and you can easily get a much cheaper…
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    Motorola Rolls Out Savings On Smartphones And Mods

    Motorola is running a sale this week on a number of its products. Through Monday, November 27 the Moto Z is reduced from $499 to $399, the Moto Z2 Play is reduced from $499 to $399, the Moto X4 is reduced from $399 to $339, and the Moto E4 is reduced from $199 to $169. Motorola is also offering 25% of all Moto Mods. Moreover, most purchases made through Motorola.com qualify for free shipping.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Black Friday deals from Mobiles.co.uk – Google Pixel 2 with 12GB monthly data – £29 p/m

    Black Friday deals from Mobiles.co.uk   Google Pixel 2 with 12GB monthly data   £29 p/m
    At this time of year I’m basically just pimping out the Black Friday deals for various companies. This time it’s Mobiles.co.uk, who have 48 deals rolling right now on their website.

    Not only that, but you can also get £10 off any Pay Monthly and Upgrade plan by using the special code – DEALENVY10

    The full list of current deals is available here but, if you’re quick, we’ve spotted that the Google Pixel 2 is available with them via O2 for £29 per month. The deal means that you only pay £75 up-front, and that £29 gets you unlimited texts and minutes plus a stocking great 12GB of data. Don’t forget to use that code too.

    Meanwhile, Apple fans can grab the iPhone 8 64GB on the same deal, but with £175 up front. It’s still £29 per month after that though.

    Don’t forget, if you want to keep an eye on all the SIM-only and contract deals that are available, head over to our friends at Total Phone Deals for all the latest offers.

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