895216 OPPO Find X5 Pro 5Oppo Find X5 Pro

Published in Phones by paul_smart on June 15, 2022
Having recently reviewed another Find X5 device that had what I considered a ‘strange’ feature I was more careful when I did the setup and this unit did not have it, however as it also did an update to the ‘Color Overlay’ of the Android operating system this could have been why it now works as I would consider all phones should function.

895071 OPPO Find X5 Pro 5G SmartphonOppo Find X5

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Apr 4, 2022
Having just told you about a very unusual phone the Samsung Fold I expected my next to be more normal the initial setup seemed to go OK but here a cautionary tale do read the choices carefully and I must admit I did not and so after two days trying to switch it off I conceded and started again and read the choices more carefully now I do have a normal phone.

895047 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Mobile PhonSamsung Galaxy Z Fold3

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Mar 14, 2022
This can be considered two phones in one, ‘folded’ it’s a little narrow compared to most recent offering, ‘unfolded’ you need large hands or a flat surface to lay it on. Having told you about the Samsung Flip last year here is its big brother the Samsung Fold.

894981 Google Pixel 4 XGoogle Pixel 4XL

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Feb 16, 2022
Last year I told you about a Pixel 5 and if the advertising is correct the Pixel 6 is available so why should I now get the look at the Pixel 4XL. On the face of it a phone launched at least two years ago would be well past its sell by date. After a few days of use I was offered an upgrade to Android 12 so Google certainly do not consider it past it. Yes more recent phones offer more from their cameras but I still took some excellent pictures and videos.

894920 Apple iPhone 13 Pro MaiPhone 13 Pro Max

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Jan 10, 2022
Like a lot of recent SmartPhones this was one of a range of models. Having told you about one of the lower specification’s model I now get to test the top of the range model – the one they use in the TV ads – so what does this latest offering from Apple have to temp you away from your current SmartPhone?

894850 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 Android SmartphonGalaxy Z Flip 3

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Dec 6, 2021
This phone folds horizontally across the centre of the screen it means when open you are able to have 6.7 inches of depth in a single view. When your finger moves across the central area of the screen there is a little resistance and if you look closely at the darkened screen you can see the crease in the screen, however does this affect anything else?

894831 Apple iPhone 1Apple iPhone13

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Nov 22, 2021
Apple seem to offer new phones each year so here is one of the recently launched iPhone 13 range. I have been using it out and about over the last few weeks with especial attention paid to its photographic abilities. So what does it offer the user apart from a name to justify its high end price?

894775 Motorola Edge 20 PrMotorola Edge 20 Pro

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Oct 25, 2021
The latest offering from Vodafone to cross my desk is the Motorola Edge 20 Pro, this SmartPhone feels nice and well balanced in your hand and comes supplied with a silicon back and sides cover. While the face is of course shiny black it remains almost mirror like as finger marks do not tend to show, the back is a shimmering midnight blue.

892196 fairphone 4   5g smart phonFairphone Goes 5G

Published in Phones by mfereday on Oct 5, 2021
As smartphones enter the 5G environment, Fairphone joins the trend.

892119 OPPO Find X3 Pro 5Oppo Find X3 Pro

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Sep 20, 2021
Oppo are an upcoming company who hit the UK a few years ago, they made a big splash with small well positioned adverts at Wimbledon and other such events. Of course all this would mean nothing if their phones were not up to scratch. This is one of a range of recently released offerings.

891881 Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Android SmartphonSamsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Aug 23, 2021
Samsung are one of the most popular brands of Android Smartphones. As with most recent Smartphones the main advances are made with the cameras and for that reason you could say this is a camera phone as a lot of people no longer bother to carry a camera day to day.

891866 Doogee N40 Pro smartphonDOOGEE Smartphone

Published in Phones by mfereday on Aug 3, 2021
Developed in Spain, a new smartphone arrives to tempt users.

A Free Gift Opportunity

Published in Phones by mfereday on Jul 22, 2021
When purchasing a Xiaomi handset from Affordable Mobile with a specific contract, you could end up with a free gift.

Phones that Grow in Value

Published in Phones by mfereday on Jul 13, 2021
Maybe you should search your drawers, attic, garage or other storage areas to see if you have any old mobile phones long forgotten about.

891785 Alcatel 1T10 SMART 10in 32GB WiFi TableAlcatel Tablet

Published in Phones by mfereday on Jul 8, 2021
While not as convenient as a smartphone when it comes to portability, a tablet can provide various useful for those in a more sedentary environment.

891759 OPPO Find X3 Neo 5Oppo Find X3 Neo 5G

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Jul 7, 2021
This is the latest SmartPhone to cross my desk loaned from Vodafone. I remember when Oppo first arrived in the UK and you saw their name at Wimbledon and I am sure most people had no idea who they were, I noticed it this year at The Queens tennis and I am sure more now know they are a mobile phone company.

891761 Doogee S97 Pro rugged smart phonSmartphone and Laser

Published in Phones by mfereday on June 29, 2021
Sounding a little like a Star Wars device, DOOGEE has developed a smartphone that can act as your message.

891686 Xiaomi Redmi Note 1Redmi Note 10 with 5G

Published in Phones by paul_smart on June 21, 2021
This offering from Xiaomi is another recent offering that is perhaps sold on its photographic and video abilities but instead of it costing a lot it’s more of a mid-range to budget offering. This is a name that may not be known that much in the UK.

891652 Xiaomi Poco M3 SmartphonA New POCO Handset

Published in Phones by mfereday on May 31, 2021
POCO has added to its range of smartphones with the release of its M3 Pro 5G model. The POCO M3 Pro 5G offering comes with MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor. This handset is available in a choice of POCO Yellow, Power Blue or Cool Blue to show off its ergonomic 3D curved back design and glossy finish in the best light.

Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G

Published in Phones by paul_smart on May 10, 2021
This is the latest offering from Samsung to cross my desk. While it supports 5G it also works perfectly well for those of us who do not have those faster transfer speeds available on our doorsteps. The phone feels very solid with what looks to me a light violet back, and, on this back, three cameras in a vertical line at the top left corner that look like a set of traffic lights, for some reason this area is in a gold colour which draws your eye to it, so why not smile.

891472 Emporia ACTIVEglam 4Emporia TALKactive

Published in Phones by paul_smart on May 7, 2021
This offering is a partnership between Emporia and RNIB. So while it can be used by a sighted person, most of those using it will either have severely limited sight or be registered as blind. While most of us take our phones with us to stay in contact and indeed I know of people who run their lives from their phones, for a blind or partially sighted person being in contact can be much more important than that.

Upgrade Syndrome

Published in Phones by mfereday on May 6, 2021
"Worn out" is not a condition often applied to gadgets as we tend to rush and replace them before this state even gets close to occurring.

891429 Emporia SMART SEmporia Smart 5

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Apr 26, 2021
This is both a ‘normal’ SmartPhone and also one with added help for those with hearing and or sight impairments as well as those of us where age has caught up with us. Externally this looks like a perfectly normally recent SmartPhone but Emporia have been producing offerings for those with such problems for longer than even DORO.

891454 POCO F3 5G Android SmartphonNew Smartphones from POCO

Published in Phones by mfereday on Apr 20, 2021
If you are looking for a new smartphone, then POCO has a couple of models that might fit the bill.

891336 Oppo Find XOPPO Find X3 Series

Published in Phones by mfereday on Mar 23, 2021
Looking for the latest smartphone then OPPO has launched a new series of models.

891261 Xiaomi Mi 10T PrXiaomi 10T Pro

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Mar 17, 2021
Having recently told you about the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite now I get the change to test the 10T Pro. This is a larger offering and my ruler tells me it is 6.5 inches from screen corner to corner. As you might expect for such a large screen it is also somewhat heavier.

891157 Apple iPhone 1Apple iPhone 12

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Feb 24, 2021
Having recently looked at one of the previous models in the range 23-9-20, I now get my chance to test the latest version from Apple. Out of the box it seems to me to be rather chunky compared to other phones, this of course may help it to survive the odd drop, while the corners are shaved off the sides are a perfect sandwich shape. This is not the Max or the Mini it’s the iPhone 12.

891070 Xiaomi Mi 10T LitMi 10T Lite

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Jan 27, 2021
Not actually a new company but one that that I have not reviewed before, the company is called Xiaomi, and like a lot of recent SmartPhones comes to me via Vodafone. As far as I can tell this company has not incurred the wrath of the USA as it comes with Google and G-Mail.

TCL at CES 2021

Published in Phones by mfereday on Jan 26, 2021
TCL continues to offer users a choice of handsets with its latest offerings announced at CES 2021

891049 Alcatel 3New Alcatel Handsets

Published in Phones by mfereday on Jan 19, 2021
Adding to its range of Alcatel smartphones, TCL has announced two new models at the recent CES event.