The Android Bike Computer – On test

The Android Bike Computer   On test
A few days ago I used lots of cable-tie to strap the ultra-small Unihertz Atom smartphone to my bike. You can have a look at the rather rudimentary fixings here or get up-close with the Atom in my earlier story.

Yes, there’s a proper bike mount for this phone and yes, I should really have bought that. I’m cheap though πŸ™‚

The phone is a fully-fledged Android device but has a smaller 240×432 pixel 2.45″ display. In truth, doing lots of data input is a bit of a nightmare, but it has lots of other uses. You can use it to stream music when you’re out running or cycling. You can record your exercise, you can listen to the excellent Coolsmartphone Podcast at the gym or – as I’ve done here – use it as a speedometer.

Today it worked very well indeed. I went for a quick lunch ride and the speedometer app showed my top speed and average speed at the bottom along with the battery meter and current speed. In the background, Strava recorded everything else.

The Android Bike Computer   On test

The only down point is the relatively weak 2000mAh battery, and that’s mainly due to the size of the device itself.

Despite my strange cable-tie arrangement, it also didn’t fall off, so a big tick so far from me. Get one on Amazon here if you fancy one.

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LG G8 Launches mid-April on All Major US Carriers

In two weeks, the LG G8 ThinQ will be offered by all major US carriers, with several offering major discounts at launch. This flagship phone from LG has a unique 3D depth camera on the front, supporting mid-air gestures, hand vein scanning, and 3D face scanning. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, and Xfinity Mobile will carry the G8, as well as Best Buy and B&H. The standard retail price is $820, although some carriers are offering significant discounts and deals. Read on for carrier deal specifics, color options, and pre-order dates.

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Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

Yes, an iPhone. Wait though, let me explain. πŸ™‚

I’ve always pushed back on giving my son a phone, but this year he’s heading to high school and will be travelling further, plus all his mates now communicate via Facetime, WhatsApp or text. He’s used an Android tablet for a while but none of those communication options are available, so I bit the bullet and decided to get him a SIM card and an iPhone for his birthday.

Trouble is, all of this stuff is expensive. I’ve known some parents spending £40 or £50 per month for one child to have an iPhone. It’s absolutely bonkers, and there’s a high chance that the phone will be dropped or damaged some other way, so you then have to consider phone insurance and so on.

So I took a different route. First, getting the phone itself. I had a look on the giffgaff pre-owned marketplace. It’s a good starter if you’re looking for a refurbished handset. All phones are unlocked and they range in condition, with “Good” having some minor wear and tear (slight marks on the screen and scuffs on the back maybe), “Very Good” means it might have only a very slight light scratch, and “Excellent”-graded devices are pretty much as new.

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

The giffgaff marketplace

You can also check MusicMagpie, where there’s unlocked phones AND locked ones.

Getting an iPhone unlocked can be quite a pricey business. I’ve seen costs of £60-£65 for unlocking a device, so if you’re not sure what network the phone will be on, go for an unlocked device. However, if you want to save a bit more cash, you can perhaps get a locked one on (for example) Vodafone and then get yourself a Vodafone SIM-only plan. It’ll cost less to buy a locked one than an unlocked one.

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

Music Magpie

As an example, I was looking for an iPhone 7 128GB model. Locked to Vodafone, you can get a “Good” condition locked one for £199.99 (oh, and little tip for you – if you hang around their site you can get a discount code if you sign up to the newsletter). However, an unlocked one is £239.99 for the same thing.

I ended up on the Music Magpie eBay store though, because eBay have a 10% off code right now and I found one for £229.99. After adding the code, I saved £23, bringing it down to £206.99. There was free delivery via a 48-hour courier and it comes with a 12 month warranty too.

Anyways.. why am I telling you all this?

Well, it’s because I wanted to show you what a typical “Good” condition phone is like and why you shouldn’t pay over the odds for a phone.

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

You may have noticed that I mentioned getting a 128GB iPhone 7 in “Good” condition just now. I personally thought that I was taking a risk, and it’d be scuffed and scratched quite noticeably, but I think the recon guys have really high standards when they’re classifying these devices. Also, and I’ll be honest here, I don’t think my son would be bothered about the odd scratch on the back because there’s going to be a cover on it all the time anyway.

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

Here’s the phone we got. There’s a noticeable scratch on the rear (to the right of the Apple logo) and a very, very. very slight scuff on the screen which I couldn’t pick up on camera despite many attempts. The “Battery Health” is 90% and the phone – when we put it in the case – is perfect. Sure, you don’t get the flashy Apple box, but that’s gone in the bin seconds after he unwrapped it.

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

So that’s the unlocked iPhone 7 128GB in the photos here, for £206.99.

Next, to get a SIM card. I had a look at the SIM-only deals and was going to plumb for a 3GB SIM-only monthly package for £7 with Virgin Media. This delivers 3GB of data over the EE masts and you get 1500 minutes plus unlimited texts. That should do it.

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

However, I’d actually purchased a Three SIM-only deal last year (when we were going abroad and I wanted to use their inclusive roaming functionality) and had forgotten to stop paying for it. So, I called them to cancel and switch the number over as it was quite memorable. Their retentions team didn’t want me to go, so I told them about the deal I’d found and they offered me a better option to stay – 4GB for £7 per month and unlimited everything else.

Well, I couldn’t argue with that, so that’s what I’ve gone for.

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

So there we have it. An unlocked iPhone 7 (128GB) for a one-off hit of £206.99. Then it’s £7 per month. Done.

If you were to put those figures together over two years, it’d be £206.99 for the phone and £168 for the airtime. That’s £374.99 total, or £15.63 a month for the plan and the phone. Getting a new iPhone 7 128GB from a major network right now (without an upfront cost) is around £33-£36 per month over a two year contract for 4GB of data..

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

With an upfront cost of £200 (which is about the amount I spent on the entire phone), it’s £26.85 per month..

Buying a reconditioned iPhone and saving money. My story..

At the end of the day, I want to get the best deal possible – and you don’t always need to buy new. Check the reconditioned offers, check the SIM only deals and comparisons. It really is worth while.

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Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy A70

The fairly random “A range” of Samsung devices don’t usually get the same level of coverage as the Galaxy S handsets, so let’s take a look at the new Samsung Galaxy A70 which was announced yesterday.

This one has a 6.7″ FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED Infinity display with a 20:9 display ratio. Around back, there’s a 32 megapixel camera (f1.7) and an ultra-wide 8 megapixel shooter alongside it (f2.2). There’s also a 5 megapixel depth sensor plus AI to detect up to 20 scenes and tweaking the shot to make it as good as it can be.

Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy A70

Up front, and cranking out the high megapixels, is a 32 megapixel (f2.0) lens.

This is powered by Android 9.0 (Pie) and has an octa-core (dual 2.0GHz + six 1.7GHz) CPU. There’s either 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the configuration plus 128GB of storage on board. You can boost that by up to another 512GB via a microSD card slot. Oh, and you can put two SIM cards in it alongside a microSD – so finally a phone for work, for home and still a slot for your microSD.

This has a 4500 mAh battery, Super Fast Charging and an on-screen fingerprint system.

Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy A70

Available colours include blue, black and white.

We’ve not been approached by any particular network offering this, but you’ll be able to buy it for the very reasonable sum of £369 from 26th April. Head to the Samsung news pages for more info.

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Huawei P30 and P30 Pro – Deals and opinion

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro   Deals and opinion

OK, so after the leaks we got a look at the P30 and the P30 Pro from Huawei here in Paris.

As we expected, there’s a clever camera setup with a 10x zoom. The P30 Pro gets a Leica Quad Main Camera, whilst the P30 has a Leica Triple Main Camera. Great for low-light and night shots. We saw a demo against the new Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and iPhone XS Max. Those comparison shots showed a clear difference, with the P30 and P30 Pro producing excellent shots.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro   Deals and opinion

The Pro definitely raised some eyebrows with the 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid and 50x digital zoom. Oh, and the on-screen fingerprint reader worked very quickly, so we had to slow it down somewhat … πŸ™‚

What was interesting for me was the fact that it runs the same CPU as the Honor View20 – the Kirin 980. It also has a similar screen. There’s a 2340×1080 on the P30 / P30 Pro, compared to 2310×1080 on the View20, and the bigger 6.47″ screen on the P30 Pro is very close to the 6.4″ on on the View20. There’s a similar memory and storage setup and the battery on the View20 is bigger than the P30 (although the P30 Pro beats it).

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro   Deals and opinion

I’ve no doubt that the camera tech is better on the P30 and P30 Pro, and yes – those curved screens are great – but all these phones are made by Huawei and the Honor View20 is £499.99, whereas the Huawei P30 is £699 for the base model whilst the P30 Pro starts at £899.

OK, I’ve had my little rant.. Now, we’ve got a number of mobile networks who want you to know about their P30 and P30 Pro deals, so here’s an overview. If you get the P30 or the P30 Pro on pre-order you’ll get yourself a Sonos One (Gen 2), which is worth £199.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro   Deals and opinion

– Virgin Mobile

No up-front cost here and the UK’s lowest monthly price according to the network. Virgin operates across the EE masts and they’re doing the P30 from £28 per month or the P30 Pro for £34 per month. If you have Virgin Media cable you can get the Huawei P30 or P30 Pro with unlimited texts, minutes and data on the “Truly Unlimited” plan from £49 a month for the P30 and £55 a month for the P30 Pro. The network also do WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter data for free, so it doesn’t use your allowance.

Both devices are available in Aurora, Midnight Black and “Breathing Crystal” (I know). The P30 Pro (512GB) will also be available in Amber Sunrise.

The P30 Pro is available here and the P30 here.

– EE

The network will be ranging both devices and you can head to ee.co.uk/huawei to pre-order. Again, there’s a free Sonos One on offer if you buy. The P30 is available from £39 per month and the P30 Pro from £49 per month.

Should you choose the 128GB Huawei P30, you can perhaps choose the 10GB data plan, which gets you unlimited everything else for £43 per month. That needs a £30 up-front free. £48 per month gets you a massive 60GB of data for the same price as 20GB. £10 upfront on that and unlimited everything else.

The P30 Pro is also available for £53 on an Essential plan with 10GB data, unlimited texts and minutes plus £30 upfront. The 60GB-for-the-price-of-20GB offering is £58 per month and £10 upfront. There’ll also be an “Amber Sunshine” P30 Pro (512GB) version with prices starting at £59 per month.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro   Deals and opinion

– Sky Mobile

Sitting on the O2 network, Sky are offering the P30 and P30 Pro from 32 and £39 respectively on a Swap24 plan with 1GB of data and unlimtied everything else. You’re going to want more data though, so you can choose 2GB, 8GB and 25GB monthly allowances for an additional £6, £4 (usually £9) or £19 a month respectively.

Sky offer a range of plans allowing you to either roll over your data allowance, alter your plan monthly, binge on TV with data-inclusive TV or their “Swap” option which lets you upgrade your phone earlier than usual contracts.

Head here for the deals.

– Vodafone

Again, free speaker if you pre-order and they’re eager for me to tell you about the Red Entertainment plans which deliver either Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV.

Get a Red Entertainment plan and you also get unlimited texts and unlimited minutes. The 50GB deal for the Huawei P30 is £49 per month (£9 upfront cost), whilst the Huawei P30 Pro is £53 per month (£29 upfront cost).

Voda are also offering other plans, including the P30 on a Vodafone Red Extra plan for £46 per month (£29 upfront cost). That gets 60GB data plus unlimited everything else. The P30 Pro is £50 per month with a £49 upfront cost on that same plan.

Go to Vodafone for more info.

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Smartphone safety and security. It’s still a big deal.

As we saw just yesterday, your phone can open you up to scams and other dangers. This is even true if you’ve got a “dumb” mobile without all the clever smartphone extras. Out there, on the other end of your phone, are endless people who want to extract money from you. It’s something we’ve also seen coming through the traditional “old style” home phone.

Smartphone safety and security. It’s still a big deal.

Getting a smartphone, and then coming here and excitedly downloading all the apps that take your fancy, is something we’re always going to encourage. Moving from a basic phone, or even a slower Android handset which perhaps couldn’t handle the installation of lots of apps, and getting yourself a powerful and fast phone will open up a whole world of games and applications.

Let’s be honest, antivirus programs and encryption aren’t the first things that come to mind when you’re playing with your new smartphone. However, your phone is susceptible to being hacked and infected if you stray from the standard app stores. In addition, browsing to certain parts of the internet and getting bombarded with the wrong type of pop-up advertisement can infect your phone. It’s something that can happen right under people’s noses, and many simply don’t know what to look for. So here’s a quick reminder if you’re new to these parts πŸ™‚

  1. Be on alert for phishing scams

Phishing scams aren’t exclusively pushed through email or websites. As we saw recently, you can receive an unexpected call requesting personal information. A lot of “social engineering” will be used during the call with the clear intention of gaining your trust. Caller ID details can be spoofed and, using your publicly-available information (from Facebook, Twitter and other sources such as Government websites etc), they can fool you into thinking that they are a real and trustworthy company.

Smartphone safety and security. It’s still a big deal.

I usually ignore calls from unknown numbers, and tend to look online to see whether the call was from a real and recognised company. In the USA, if the caller is using Verizon, you can perform a Verizon phone number lookup and then use the information in the results to scour the net for reports of abuse. Elsewhere, you can use websites which allow users to quickly report scam numbers so that others are sufficiently warned about the possible dangers.

  1. Get an anti-virus app on your phone

Even the most careful owner can fall prey to online tricks, dodgy apps and adverts which take you off to the darker sections of the web. Anti-virus, anti-theft, and privacy features are the main components in apps such as McAfee’s mobile security suite. In essence, your smartphone is a computer that needs to be protected against viruses, spyware, ransomware, and malware. You also need protection against malicious websites.

Smartphone safety and security. It’s still a big deal.

With McAfee’s mobile security suite, you’ll also be protected against theft. You can locate, track, and send yourself an alarm if your phone goes missing. This suite also allows you to lock your phone remotely, and even get a snapshot of the person holding your mobile device.

  1. Don’t go crazy downloading apps from all over the place!

Be careful with any app which is available to download off the normal Apple iTunes or Google Play stores. Although there are other app stores (such as Amazon Appstore etc), it’s all too easy to also go out and find paid-for-apps for free on shady websites. It’s tempting to get these, but you’re effectively “dropping your shields” by allowing apps to be installed directly and without checks.

 

  1. Put a screen lock on!

Locked phones prevent theft, but not in the way you might think. A lot of people, and I include myself in this, don’t tend to like the faff which can be associated with unlocking a phone. Now, however, you can use face unlock and very quick fingerprint unlock systems to get into your phone without needing to put PIN numbers or patterns into the screen each time.

Smartphone safety and security. It’s still a big deal.

Also, while we’re talking about locking, it’s important to mention why some networks lock phones down. This type of lock is slightly different – it’s where you buy a phone from (say) EE and they lock it so that you can’t put a Vodafone SIM card. Unlocking a phone, however, makes it easier to sell. It’s for this reason that networks like Verizon implement a 60-day lock on all new phones. A 60-day lock should ensure that Verizon could collect and verify the first payment for the device. This stops the new customer from being able to sell the phone so easily. After those 60 days, the phone is automatically be unlocked.  

Other networks have similar policies but, here in the UK, some networks sell their phones with no network lock at all. Three is one of these

Smartphone safety and security. It’s still a big deal.

Don’t let your guard down

Welcome to the world of smartphones! But, like any internet-connected gadget, you need to secure down your data. Put a screen lock on your phone to protect your data (photos, videos, emails, texts and more), monitor what you’re downloading, check what you’re being offered, and always defend yourself with anti-virus.

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Samsung Grows A-Series with Four New Models

Samsung today published selected details of the new Galaxy A70, A40, A20, and A10 Android phones. These complement the Galaxy A30 and A50 the company announced a month ago. The A70 is the highest-end of the bunch. Although Samsung’s A series is generally mid-range, the A10 is a decidedly entry-level model. It’s not yet clear which models may come to the US, although the FCC has approved a version of the Galaxy A20 that’s relatively friendly with the US networks. All of the new models have extra-tall displays with small centered notches and Android 9.0 (Pie).

  • A70: Sports a large 6.7-inch AMOLED display with full-HD resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. It also has 32-megapixel cameras on the front and back, additional wide and depth cameras on the back, a huge 4,500 mAh battery, 25W Super-Fast Charging, in-display fingerprint reader, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and a “Glasstic” body like the A50.
  • A40: A compact model around the size of the Galaxy S10e, it has a 5.9-inch AMOLED display with full-HD resolution and 19.5:9 ratio. It also sports a 25-megapixel selfie camera, 16-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel wide camera, 4 GB of RAM, 3,100 mAh battery, rear fingerprint reader, and a “Glasstic” body. (not pictured)
  • A20: A more affordable model with a large display and battery. The AMOLED display measures 6.4 inches and has HD resolution. It has a 4,000 mAh battery, fast charging, 13 megapixel main camera with f/1.9 aperture, 5-megapixel wide camera, 3 GB of RAM, and a rear fingerprint reader.
  • A10: The LCD display measures 6.2 inches and had HD resolution. The battery rates 3,400 mAh, the rear camera is 13-megapixel, and the selfie camera is 5-megapixel. It has 2 GB of RAM and a memory card slot. (not pictured)

An unannounced Galaxy A60 has also been approved by the FCC, although the approval reveals little about that model.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Huawei announce P30 Series in Paris

Huawei have today announced the brand new P30 Series here in Paris and both devices come with a very impressive set of specifications.

The headline of the two is of course the Huawei P30 Pro which takes mobile photogrophy to another level thanks to the improved four camera setup complete with amazing zoom capabilities, almost unheard of in mobile phone cameras until now.

Huawei announce P30 Series in Paris

The main camera is a new 40 Megapixel Leica engenerrered lens but with something new called Super Spectrum, this allows even more light into the camera to get amazing low light photos which really impresses.

You also get a 20 megapixel super wide angle camera which we saw last year on the Mate 20 series and helps get some really interesting photos that a normal camera just cannot get.

Huawei announce P30 Series in Paris

There is a 8 megapixel lens too which now allows 5X optical zoom thanks to the new periscope technology included, and also boosts the hybrid zoom to 10x which is incredible.

Huawei have also managed to improve the ISO level the P30 Pro can capture at, with the P20 Pro it was an impressive 102400 for great low light opportunities, but with the new P30 Pro it smashes that with 409600 ISO, the largest on any mobile device.

Huawei announce P30 Series in Paris

For anyone interested in getting those impressive portrait photos, the ToF sensor on the back allows for just this, amazing bokeh photos on the move, always with you and in your pocket.

Of course it is not all just about the rear camera, a good selfie camera is important too, and the P30 Pro features a huge 32 megapixel selfie camera, more than enough for any social media expert.

Huawei announce P30 Series in Paris

The screen on the P30 Pro comes in at 6.47 inches with FullHD+ resolution which not only shows off the content you love, but also has great performance on the battery.

The smaller P30 model has the same FHD+ resolution but with a display size of 6.1 inches, allowing for those who like a slightly smaller screen on their phone.

Battery performance continues from where the Mate 20Pro left off, the P30 Pro packs a huge 4200mAh battery which also has 40w Super Charge, as well as the new faster Wireless Charging feature.

Huawei announce P30 Series in Paris

The P30 has a 3650mAh battery with Super Charge which will still charge your device really fast, something many of us take for granted still.

Both devices are powered by the latest processor, the Kirin 980 which we saw back in the Mate 20 that has impressed many people with it’s speed and performance.

Both devices also feature IP68 water resistance for the times you need to use the phone in the rain, Dolby Atmos sound for amazing sound quality and come in 128/256/512GB storage options.

They also both include 8GB RAM and run Android 9 Pie with their traditional EMUI skin that we have become used too.

Anyone wanting to use a wired headset will have to opt for the P30 model as the Pro lacks the headphone jack yet the P30 does include this.

Huawei announce P30 Series in Paris

Devices will launch in Pearl White, Breathing Crystal, Black, Amber Sunrise and Aurora, Twilight no longer seems an option which is a shame, but the new colours look simply amazing.

Both the P30 and P30 Pro will launch in April and pricing will be made available shortly.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Range – Hands on

Samsung Galaxy S10 Range   Hands onRight, if you’re at the end of a contract or thinking about buying an additional phone, the Galaxy S10 range could well be on your radar. We’ve covered all the Galaxy phones during Mobile World Congress, but I think it’s worth looking again at the hands-on overview we did at the time.

Below Garry gives you a great tour of the Samsung stand. It was, unsurprisingly, incredibly busy and very big. The handsets had only been announced days before, so people were keen to get their hands on the phones. In this footage we take a look at the Galaxy 5G, the S10e with the canary yellow rear, the S10 and the S10+. There’s also a lot of people furiously cleaning the devices, which is situation normal at Mobile World Congress. No fingerprints!

There’s also sneaky peek at the Galaxy Fold, although it was hidden behind some crazy-reflective glass sadly.

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New rural EE masts in North Yorkshire

Getting a mast put up is relatively easy if you’re in a major town or city. The biggest problem, as always, is planning consent and getting the land to build on. However, once you’ve done that it’s just a matter of getting some power, some clever kit and a fast data feed.

Once the equipment is in and the masts are up, you’re done. Customers get a blisteringly-fast 4G connection and everybody is happy.

Indeed, things are so good that – at home – I tend to switch to my mobile connection for uploading YouTube videos or the Coolsmartphone podcast as it’s faster than the upload speeds on my home broadband.

New rural EE masts in North Yorkshire

However, if you’re in a rural area there’s going to be problems. Backhaul – which is that fast data feed from the mast to the internet and the mobile network – is tricky when the mast is in the middle of no-where in a field. Traditionally this has been solved by microwave links, but with 5G on the horizon and demand rising, new technology needs to be used.

If you’re interested in how this problem is solved, check out the video by @PedroClarke1 below. He knows his onions and gives us a tour of two new EE rural 4G sites in North Yorkshire. The first is fed by fibre from the ground whilst the second has a satellite feed too.

All of this so you can browse Facebook whilst sheering the sheep…

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