874572 samsung galaxy sSamsung S8 from Vodafone

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 19 Jul 2017
I think we all know Samsung took a big hit with last year’s offering The S7 although when I got to see one when all the initial problems were sorted it seemed a nice phone. Here is this year’s offering that you will have to have been away from all advertising to have missed news of it so what does it do and perhaps most of all is it worth all the hype?

874568 Amplicomms Extra Loud Comfort Mobile Phone with Emergency FunctioAmplicomms Phone PowerTel M9500

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 7 Jul 2017
This is not just another phone, nor even another phone for the hard of hearing, I grant you that it looks like a standard smart phone and it has volume levels that would make most with good hearing jump but this unit goes one step further in that …

874526 Motorola Moto G4 Play 16GB SIM Free Android SmartphonMoto G4 Play Handset

Published in Phones by mfereday on 4 Jul 2017
Available on various monthly plans from Vodafone is the Moto G4 Play.

874372 samsung galaxy a5 android smartphonSamsung Galaxy A5 from Vodafone

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 30 June 2017
This is a rather fine phone, not like some that are almost too large to hold, this fits easily in the adult hand. Like other recent phones it arrived courtesy of Vodafone. As I am aware of certain black spot areas south of London these areas always get tried for phone and also 4G coverage as part of my tests on the phone and service offered by Vodafone.
While most of us have at least one mobile phone, only a small proportion of us have a case for it. There are a huge variety of options from a wallet style that also covers the screen to those that just cover the back and sides of your phone.
While cases for phones are an important extra – they should in my opinion be supplied with the phone – I suspect the reason they are not is the same as that I was given many years ago for not supplying a USB lead with a printer the reseller wants the opportunity for an extra sale.

874335 Huawei P10 litA Lite Handset

Published in Phones by mfereday on 15 June 2017
Usually it is Huawei that supplies my review samples of its handsets, but this time Vodafone provided the model.

873265 Huawei Nexus 6P android smart phonHuawei Nexus 6P from Vodafone

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 26 May 2017
Because of the relationship Huawei have with Android they always get the newest and latest version of Android, here the current version is 7.1.1 whereas the only other version of ‘Nougat’ I have seen is Version 7 several point releases behind.

873105 Huawei P8 Lite Android Smart PhonHuawei P8 Lite PRA-LX1

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 1 May 2017
While Android 7 phones are still in the minority this offering from Huawei has it. Until last year Huawei was a name I had not heard of. A huge launch brought the P9 to the world’s attention and although this was launched much later this is the latest version of the P8.

872763 samsung galaxy s7 edgSamsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 24 Apr 2017
A rather nice phone that has the ability to fast charge via wireless, I did not try this, sticking to the perhaps safer micro USB connection. The word ‘Edge’ is taken literally here as the screen has no border at all, so the screen literally goes to the edge.

872759 Vodafone Smart platinum Vodafone Platinum Plus

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 14 Apr 2017
I know the centre of London quite well but move a few miles away it might just as well be a different city so I find Google Maps invaluable and that came into use just south of the Elephant and Castle whilst I was reviewing this unit.

872845 Honor 6X Android SmartphonHuawei Honor 6X

Published in Phones by mfereday on 4 Apr 2017
As part of its presence at CES 2017, Huawei launched its Honor 6X handset. This latest addition to the company’s popular range of handsets comes with the claim of being the world’s first smartphone to come with dual-camera functionality priced at under £250.

872542 wileyfox swift 2x android mobile smart phonWileyFox Swift 2 X

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 27 Mar 2017
At the end of last year WileyFox launched two new SmartPhones, at the event it was let slip that another was soon to be launched, during terrible January weather it was launched and this is what it was all about a larger screen with higher resolution and a larger battery.

872284 Archos Diamond 55 Selfie 64GB 4Archos 55 Diamond Selfie 64GB

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 5 Mar 2017
Removing the back of a phone used for some to be essential in order to get access to the battery, now a lot of phones come sealed so batteries cannot be changed. This phone from Archos arrived without a back as the last reviewers cat had stolen/eaten/hidden it. But as it only performed a fashion role it is not essential; however I would not like to meet that reviewer’s cat on a dark night.

872021 Sony Xperia X Compact 4.6 inch Smart Phon Xperia X Compact from Sony

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 1 Mar 2017
Having recently told you about the larger Xperia XZ here a chance to put the smaller sibling through its paces, like the larger offering both were supplied by Vodafone and with this I got the chance to check their coverage not only in England but also Scotland.

871856 wileyfox swift 2A New Swift Model

Published in Phones by mfereday on 9 Feb 2017
Adding to its range of smartphones, Wileyfox has introduced a new member of its Swift 2 family.

A Personal Mobile Hot Spot

Published in Phones by mfereday on 4 Feb 2017
It’s small, available on a 30-day basis and provides a mobile hot spot service. For more information, read on….

871732 Apple iPhone 7 UK Sim Free SmartphoniPhone 7 Plus from Vodafone

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 3 Feb 2017
Unlike a lot of phones that have a ‘plus’ or extra ‘enhanced’ version where the differences may only be minimal this has a big difference that you do not even need to measure it to see it’s the overall screen size which is a lot larger.

871731 Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus SIM Free SmartphonWileyfox Swift 2 Plus

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 30 Jan 2017
I never saw the first version of this mid-range SmartPhone, I was not even aware they had entry level phones in fact what I knew about this company before the launch in London I could have written on the back of a small postage stamp.

871503 Vodafone Smart Prime Vodafone Platinum Plus

Published in Phones by mfereday on 28 Jan 2017
Vodafone has come up with a choice of special viewing options for its Smart Platinum 7 smartphone.

871693 Huawei Honor 6X UK SIM Free SmartphonThe Latest Honor

Published in Phones by mfereday on 24 Jan 2017
Continuing with its tag line of “For The Brave”, Huawei has released the next product in its popular Honor series.

Cold Calling Nuisances

Published in Phones by mfereday on 21 Jan 2017
“Your computer is infected with a virus” or “we can claim on your behalf for that accident you know nothing about” are just a couple of nuisance call topics.

871377 Doro 8030 8 GB SIM Free SmartphonDoro 8030 SmartPhone

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 20 Jan 2017
I think of Doro for home phones and basic mobiles for those with hearing and sight problems. While they have released a SmartPhone previously I never got to see it. This was shown at their Xmas In July event but only arrived with me in November.

871226 archos_50saphir large_0Archos 50 Saphir

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 11 Jan 2017
Over the years I have looked at a good number of phones from the French company Archos. Here I think I have received their first rugged phone. This is still a normal phone in other ways but it is able to stand up the odd drop or three.

871223 Sony Xperia XZ Sony Xperia XZ

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 4 Jan 2017
This phone has no curves and for some that maybe in vogue, but I am no fashion guru. After Apple and Samsung perhaps the best known brand is Sony and this offering is the latest one from them to come across my desk courtesy of Vodafone.

Samsung A3 6

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 2 Dec 2016
Not everyone wants or needs the largest SmartPhone so this slightly smaller offering from Samsung may fit their needs. It seems that the mobile phone teams to follow are Samsung or iPhone as far as the vast quantity of publicity created.

870802 huawei mate 9 android smartphonMeet Mate 9

Published in Phones by mfereday on 1 Dec 2016
Adding to its range of smartphone handsets, Huawei has released the Mate 9.

A Wileyfox Handset

Published in Phones by mfereday on 26 Nov 2016
A visit to a central London location, just off Oxford Street, introduced me to a new handset from Wileyfox.
Both items from a company called tech21, first a case for an iPhone 7 and also for the same device something that Apple devices certainly seem to need a screen protector and this is called Impact Shield Self Heal 4.7 inches.

870261 Doro 8030 8 GB SIM Free SmartphonDoro 8030 smartphone

Published in Phones by adrianmorant on 11 Nov 2016
The Doro 8030 is an easy to use smart phone tailored to meet the needs of those mature people who form the company’s traditional market but now feel that they are ready to migrate to a smart phone.