Phew. New Nuu A3L for you.

Phew. New Nuu A3L for you.

Want to spend less than £75 on your next smartphone? Well, you need to be looking at something like this, the A3L Smartphone from Nuu Mobile. You can put two 4G SIMs in and there’s a 5″ 854 x 480 display. It measures in at 143.8 x 71.8 x 9.8 mm and is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a MediaTek MTK6580 1.3Ghz quad core CPU.

Ideal for “on the go mums and festival goers”, it has a 2000mAh battery, 8GB internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front. There’s also a feature called “SmartWake” which lets you make a shortcut to your favourite apps.

You can boost that 8GB storage via a microSD slow (up to 32GB extra) and Nuu have a UK based support centre with a 2 year warranty for peace of mind and assistance.

The handset is just £74.99 and you can also grab a selection of bright cases for £9.99 – all from uk.nuumobile.com

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  • ZTE's Axon 7 Mini Wins Android 7.1.1

    ZTE today began pushing Android 7.1.1 to its Axon 7 Mini smartphone. Like the same update that reached the larger Axon 7 earlier this year, today’s update for the Axon 7 Mini adds support for T-Mobile WiFi Calling; a wider selection of gender-balanced emoji and GIFs; performance improvements to Google’s Daydream VR; and the latest security patches. ZTE says it also fixed bugs and tweaked behaviors throughout the operating system. Android 7.1.1 Nougat heralds split-screen multitasking and better power management. People who own the Axon 7 Mini can download the update manually via the system settings tools on their phone or wait for it to arrive over the air.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Zecti Robot Tripod mini – Review

    I don’t know about you but I love taking photos with my phone. Today we have phone cameras that are really rather excellent. They’re right up there with the compact cameras that we used to carry around a few years ago.

    There is, however, still the long-standing issue of stability whilst using the digital zoom functions on your phone. Some phones have a built-in stability feature, but others don’t. If you’re trying to take a shot then this is especially true when the lighting conditions are not perfect.

    Quite a lot of the time the photo that I am trying to set up comes out as a bit of a blurry mess. This can be frustrating to the point where you just won’t bother anymore.

    I had kinda hit this point recently but instead of letting it get me down I decided to do something about it. This is where the Zecti Robot tripod comes in. For the sake of £12 from Amazon I now have a solution that is both light and easy to use as well as being strong. Zecti Robot Tripod mini   Review

    The way this thing is designed is quite clever. It will adopt to many forms and shapes in an effort to meet all your photographic needs. It will even double up as a handy stand for your phone for watching films and TV shows etc.

    The tripod is said to be able to hold devices of up to 7″ screen size. Unsurprisingly it coped with my Galaxy S7 Edge without a problem. I haven’t been able to try anything with a 7″ screen as I no longer own a device of this size.

    It will also support most small digital cameras as it features a standard-size screw thread if you remove the phone clamp.

    Zecti Robot Tripod mini   Review

    In the box you get the stand and an instruction manual of sorts. It is essentially a set of images showing all the different ways that you can set up the tripod. You also get a very strange looking screwdriver tool to make sure that none of the screws holding it together loosen, a great way to inspire confidence!

    The actual phone bracket has two positions that will flip open to allow you to mount the phone. When putting the phone in I would advise that you place the phone on the bottom of the two mounts, then slide the assembly up until the desired gap is achieved. That way you will minimise any damage you the edges of your device.

    It is then very simply just a case of getting the fold out legs unfolded and setting the angle up your shot. If you need a bit more height then you can actually double the length of the legs by folding then out again. This is really useful for phones and it will also allow for a bit more stability and load spreading for larger devices.

    Zecti Robot Tripod mini   Review

    That is about all I can say about this “robot” tripod but in case you want a bit more here is a small YouTube clip about it that I shot on this glorious sunny summers day.

    Is it worth having this in your kit bag? I would have to say yes. It folds down to a very small size and is very easy to use. I will be keeping this one nearby whenever I am on the hunt for my next David Bailey moment!

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  • Online Trust Alliance Names Device Authority to Honor Roll

    Device Authority today announced that it has received Honor Roll status for the 2017 Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Audit & Honor Roll. The Audit & Honor Roll is the de facto standard for recognizing excellence in consumer protection, data security and responsible privacy practices for the world’s top companies.

    “We are delighted to be on OTA’s Online Trust Honor Roll for the second consecutive year. As a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) security solutions, we know how important website security and privacy is, and encourage others to audit their websites too,” said Device Authority CEO, Darron Antill. “OTA’s efforts also span the IoT and we continue to support the developments of their IoT Framework.”

    Device Authority ensures excellent website security and privacy by implementing best practices which provide customers and partners with transparency and confidence online, while also delivering valuable communications through data driven marketing.

    As the only comprehensive, independent online trust benchmark study, the ninth annual OTA Online Trust Audit evaluates websites in three categories: consumer protection, responsible privacy practices and security. Based on a composite weighted analysis, sites that scored 80 percent or better overall, without failing in any one category, received Honor Roll status.

    “The websites that made the Honor Roll should be proud of their accomplishments because it shows that they value the security and privacy of their customers just as much as profits,” said OTA Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Craig Spiezle. “Every year we make the Honor Roll criteria more stringent and this year was no exception. These companies should be commended for going beyond the status quo by adapting to the evolving threat landscape, and ensuring their privacy policy is transparent and their customers?EU? information is respected.”

    OTA audited approximately 1,000 consumer-facing websites. It…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Doro 6050 – Review

    Doro 6050   Review
    I find myself doing something that I’ve not done for a long, long time. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a flip phone. The last time I reviewed a flip phone might have been the Motorola MPx200. That was a smartphone and, given that it was launched 2003, a lot of you guys might not even remember it – let alone the form factor.

    First though, some things you should know. This is firmly a feature phone. It’s also definitely only 2G. Don’t go expecting it to work on the Three network because, put simply, they don’t have a 2G network. This does 900, 1800 and 1900 Mhz only. I should mention that it’s only £90 and you can actually get it cheaper than that if you look around. However, I should also say that this form factor, the design, the extras and the user interface is more geared towards the senior market. It’s an area that Doro have excelled in and this particular phone has been awarded the Red Dot Award for Product Design – beating over 5,000 other entries.

    Doro 6050   Review

    If you need the specs, then there’s a 3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPRS (yes, I did say GPRS), microSD storage, 3.5mm audio port and a 320×240 2.8″ display. It’s not a smartphone, but definitely benefits the elderly thanks to a really simple UI, hearing-aid compatibility, talking keys, a loud and crisp sound and an external display. Inside there’s also an 800mAh battery that should keep you talking for up to 6 hours.

    Doro 6050   Review

    Now, perhaps not you, but there’s still a healthy amount of people out there who want a mobile, but they might get put off by all the gadgetry and specifications. This is a phone that will help seniors communicate whilst still having fun. It’s a phone where you don’t have to read a huge manual.

    As an example, there’s a number of ways to navigate around the phone. You can either have a large menu list, a normal list or an “action based menu”. Choose the one that you feel is right for you.

    Doro 6050   Review

    With the “Action based menu” you’ll have “Call”, “View”, “Send”, “Listen” options. Click “View” and you’ll then get a sub-menu suggesting what you’d like to view. “My Messages”, “My gallery”, “My contacts” and so on. It’s tapping into the way that people actually think about what they want to achieve. So if you want to listen to music, there’s an option for “Listen” with “FM Radio” or “Voicemail” underneath.

    Doro 6050   Review

    The studies that Doro have used to create this phone suggest that, in addition to texting and calling, a good camera, a big and clear display plus a tactile assistance button are important.

    Doro 6050   Review

    Doro 6050   Review

    Indeed, round the back – on a very grippy and comfortable rear panel – you’ll find that assistance button. You don’t necessarily have to use it, but if you do turn it on (accessible via the “Assistance” menu in Settings), you have a range of options. It can either activate and text up to 5 people when you press and hold for 3 seconds or if you press twice within 1 second. You’ll also have a 5 second delay if you want to prevent a possible false alarm. In addition to the text, which can be sent to all 5 recipients, the phone also calls the first person on the list. If that call is not answered within 25 seconds, it’ll cycle to the next person. This is all repeated 3 times or until a call is answered. You cannot program “999” into the assistance button to prevent unnecessary calls to the emergency services and there’s also the ability to use 0 (zero) to confirm, in order to stop the alarm sequence. To be honest it’s easy to press that button, so these extra measures are required.

    Doro 6050   Review

    Doro 6050   Review

    In the hand the flip-phone design does, when opened, feel a little large to me. This is mainly due to the years of smartphone use, and you’ll also need a “flip” big enough to cope with that 2.8″ screen, so you’ll quickly get used to it. You’ll quickly feel the soft-touch surface, especially around the back and sides, to ensure that you have a good hold. It weighs in at 111 grams and the easy-to-locate number keys are clearly marked.

    Doro 6050   Review

    Above these you’ll see four shortcut buttons for the camera, your top 10 contacts, the torch and the messaging app.

    Doro 6050   Review

    Press that camera button and then press the same key to snap a shot. The image isn’t as high as smartphones and the refresh rate isn’t as watery smooth, but shots are fairly clear and they’re focused well. The 3 megapixel cam allows zooming and exposure level alteration. On the outer shell, next to the cam is the flash which you can use as a torch by pressing the torch button. Additional features include that FM radio I mentioned earlier. You can save stations, adjust the volume, switch the output to the external speaker or do an auto-search of all FM frequencies with stations.

    Doro 6050   Review

    A couple of games are available and you can either dive into the settings and tweak your security lock, file manager, camera and display settings or just use the start-up wizard for a more guided and straightforward method of doing it.

    Doro 6050   Review

    What we should of course mention though is the external 1.3″ LED display. This will show the caller ID, text message notifications, battery information and the time. Some bits of information – the time and battery status, only display when it’s on charge or in the cradle which presumably Doro will sell separately at some point (I couldn’t find it on their site). I feel that they missed a trick here and could perhaps at least display the time on the external screen if you pressed both volume keys or something like that.

    Doro 6050   Review

    The ringtones and message alerts, plus the alarms and calendar appointments that you can set, are very loud and clear. There’s also Hearing Aid Compatibility so that, you can hear the caller even in noisy environments. You can also block unwanted calls via a blacklisting option, which is good. You can also add your “ICE” details (In Case of Emergency) easily.

    Doro 6050   Review Doro 6050   Review

    The Doro 6050 has a really clear and easy-to-understand navigation system which is intuitive.

    Doro 6050   Review

    Overall, it’s a very well designed bit of kit, but you’ve got to understand that there’s pretty much no data connection here, and none of the remote-help features you may get on the “smarter” Doro handsets we’ve reviewed in the past. If you want a browser, an internet connection, GPS features and a richer experience, take a look at the Doro smartphones. This is from the Easy Phones range and the 6050 has thoughtful and considered additions to it that are really beneficial in a £90 phone. Do shop around if you want one though, as I’ve seen it between £69 and £79 on various Google searches.

    Doro 6050   Review

    Sure, I would’ve like to see more use of that external screen, and I couldn’t find a charging stand for it so you’ll need to use the microUSB port on the side, but it’s a nicely designed phone which will be easy to understand and beneficial for the “oldies” or those simply wanting a more straightforward phone which is bereft of social media and online interruptions.

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  • Unlocking that new Galaxy S8

    How to Unlock Samsung Galaxy S8

    If you’ve got one of these sexy new handsets then you’ll have probably gone with a contract deal that has tied you to one network. Some people, though, don’t necessarily want to use the Galaxy S8 on the network they purchased it from, even with the monthly cost. I know a few people who have actually upgraded to one, with the full intention of continuing to use their existing phone.

    Why?

    Well, they’re a lot of money, and it’s a quick way to make a buck. You get the brand new phone and, although you’re still effectively paying for the thing with your monthly contract, you can sell it online and get yourself a quick splodge of cash.

    Thing is, if you’ve got a phone this way it’ll probably be locked. If you choose to switch to another phone or sell the S8, you’ll need to unlock it.

    At this point a lot of people will resort to “that guy on the market” but, perhaps must trustworthy and safer, it’s worth checking the online alternatives.

    Unlocking that new Galaxy S8

    You can now easily unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 in just a few clicks from the comfort of your sofa. This despite the fact that the S8 is an all-new handset which has only just appeared on the shelves. Here we’re talking about a straight network unlock, which frees the phone from the network provider you purchased it from. It won’t damage the phone, it won’t alter the bootloader or the firmware, and it’s pretty easy to do.

    First, find yourself an unlock code provider. There’s quite a few online and within places like eBay, so you need to tread a bit carefully here. I’ve recently recommended UnlockScope.com and UnlockUnit.com to friends after checking them out on Trustpilot. They didn’t have any issues, despite them being non-technically minded.

    You’ll need a few details, most notably the IMEI code of the phone. This is easy to get – just power up the phone and dial *#06#. Write down the code and also make a note of the network you’re currently locked to. Oh, and you’ll also need a valid email address to receive the order details.

    Unlocking that new Galaxy S8

    Once you’ve done that (whether it be online or via the UnlockScope app on this or another phone) you simply use the emailed instructions to unlock Samsung Galaxy S8.

    After completion, you can then test it by putting in a SIM card from a different network and check that you can make calls.

    Yes, it’s as easy as that.

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  • OnePlus 5 – Thoughts from others.

    As the live event happens and we start to turn our attention to the new, shiny Oppo OnePlus 4 5 and we begin to longing to get hold of one to review for you lovely readers. Until we do manage to get our hands on one. Here are some video reviews you may enjoy about the new device.

    Ernest Doku, who is the mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, tells us..

    OnePlus has excelled as a best-kept secret in smartphone circles, steadily gaining street cred from its invite-only initial release to exclusives with tastemakers and influencers.

    With the OnePlus 5, everything from features to form suggests a shot at flagship dominance – albeit this time with a price point to match.

    The vital stats suggests no compromise. Its sleek design would easily pass the ‘pub test’ and with a dual-lens camera as seen in the LG G6 and Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, all signs point to a phone trying to gain dominance through style and photography credentials.

    Hi-end specs without the hi-end price it seems. Indeed, it has a 5.5″ AMOLED screen at 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi), the Oxygen / Android 7.1.1 OS and the Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 CPU. This processor will see you ticking along with octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) power. There’s either a 64GB storage / 6GB RAM option or a 128GB storage and 8GB RAM option, but no microSD card.

    Around back, a dual camera – one 16 megapixel f/1.7 and a 20 megapixel f/2.6 with phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom and dual LED flash. Up front 16 megapixel shooter.

    Other specs include a 3.5mm audio port, WiFi, DLNA, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, USB-C connector and fast charging.

    Note, these videos are copyright of their respective creators and not Coolsmartphone.

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  • OnePlus Reveals the OnePlus 5 with Dual Cameras

    OnePlus today revealed its 2017 flagship handset, the OnePlus 5. The company has long offered high-end Android phones at affordable prices. The OnePlus 5 is the company’s most advanced smartphone yet and it still manages to be affordable. The OnePlus 5 boasts a metal unibody design with a slim and rounded profile. The phone carries over the popular alert slider from earlier OnePlus phones and measures 7.25mm thick. Other hardware features include USB-C, a front-mounted fingerprint reader, 2.5mm headphone jack, and dual-camera array on the back. The two Sony sensors are 20- and 16-megapixels with apertures of f/2.6 and f/1.7, respectively. The 20MP sensor offers telephoto zooming while the 16MP sensor is better at low-light capture. OnePlus says it uses both lenses to help sharpen focus. The phone’s optic AMOLED screen measures 5.5 inches across the diagonal with full HD resolution. OnePlus picked Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and the handset comes with either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. Other specs include a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, WiFi, and Cat 12 LTE with 3x carrier aggregation. The phone relies on Android 7 Nougat as a base with OnePlus’ user interface, which it calls OxygenOS, on top. Some of the features include App Priority, for personal app selection, and reduced latency for quicker input. It also packs Ambient Mode, which relies in sensors to adjust the backlight for eye comfort. The OnePlus 5 comes in black or gray and will cost $479/$529 when it goes on sale later this summer.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T Tied in Network Speed Tests

    Three of the four leading mobile service providers in the U.S. are in a near-tie for fastest networks, according to the eighth annual speed tests by PCMag. Published yesterday, the head-to-head comparisons show that Verizon continues to hold the top spot in overall mobile network speeds nationwide.

    Across three dozen regions, however, the Verizon’s speeds are essentially matched by AT&T and T-Mobile. Sascha Segan, PCMag’s lead mobile analyst, said it was “the first time we’ve seen that kind of an even divide.”

    Meanwhile, the fourth top mobile service provider, Sprint, lags significantly behind its competitors this year, the tests found. While its numbers improved dramatically in 2015 and 2016, its network performance this year was uneven, with low speeds in some regions causing its overall results to suffer.

    After LTE, Faster Speeds Coming with 5G

    Using a customized version of Ookla’s Speedtest software (Ookla is owned by the same parent company that owns PCMag), this year’s network tests gathered more than 124,000 data points across 30 cities and six suburban/rural areas along the East Coast, West Coast and the country’s midsection. The tests were conducted between May 1- May 23 using Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones, which Segan noted is “currently the only device able to access new ‘gigabit LTE’ networks at full speed.”

    By averaging individual scores for each carrier across the U.S., PCMag ranked Verizon in this year’s top spot with an overall score of 97 out of a possible 100. T-Mobile achieved an overall score of 96, followed by AT&T with 93 and Sprint with 74.

    Those scores include numbers for average download speed (counting for 20 percent of the total score), download speeds over a threshold of 5 Mbps (20 percent), ping time (20 percent), reliability (20 percent), average upload speeds (10 percent), and upload speeds over a threshold…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today