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.

890963 Google Pixel 5 Android Mobile PhonGoogle Pixel 5

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Jan 6, 2021
This is the latest 5G SmartPhone from Google, in comparison to some recent offerings it is quite small and because of the lack of size it is also quite light. So apart from being one of the first units to have Android 11 what else does this have to offer.

Unwanted Devices

Published in Phones by mfereday on Dec 15, 2020
While Spring is many months away, it might be time to consider having a clear our of technical devices.

890856 realme 7 5g Android Smart Phonrealme 7 5G

Published in Phones by mfereday on Dec 10, 2020
Adding to its smartphone family of products, Realme has launched its new realme 7 model. This is a 5G smartphone that comes with the claim of being the best value 5G phone launched this year.

890736 myfirst fone rA Watch and Phone

Published in Phones by mfereday on Nov 26, 2020
With a title that clearly identifies the product's purpose, myFirst Fone is a watch-phone that is aimed at the young child member of the family. As the term watch-phone might not be too familiar to you, I should explain that this multifunction device combines the functionality of a wristwatch and a phone within a single product. The myFirst Fone is being aimed at children within the 6 to 12 year age group.

890635 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Mobile PhonSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Nov 23, 2020
Having recently told you about a Samsung Tablet that could make and receive calls here something a little smaller that can be held to your ear without attracting attention as it is more normal in size for a SmartPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G.

890506 Doogee S96 Pro Rugged SmartphonNews from DOOGEE

Published in Phones by mfereday on Nov 5, 2020
For the more energetic, outdoor customer, DOOGEE has a possible handset.

Golden Weekend

Published in Phones by mfereday on Nov 3, 2020
It's sale time for a weekend with Huawei.

890428 Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro SmartphonNew Releases from Xiaomi

Published in Phones by mfereday on Oct 27, 2020
An online launch event introduced a new Xiaomi family of smartphones plus a wrist adornment.

890346 huawei P90 Android 10 Smart PhonNews from Huawei

Published in Phones by mfereday on Oct 20, 2020
Huawei does seem to prefer targeting the younger market with its new products such as this latest offering.

890234 infinix Zero 8 Android Smart PhonInfinix Zero 8

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Oct 14, 2020
This is a new phone brand – to me anyway – it comes from Nigeria and seems to be a good build quality with components to match. My initial observations note that the rear mounted cameras seem to extend by more than a normal amount from the rest of the case.

890105 Apple iPhone 11 Pro MaThe iPhone 11 Pro Max

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Sep 23, 2020
I rarely get a chance to see an Apple device as they do not seem interested in UK journalists. So it is nice when a telecoms company offer one for review. It looks very smart and while it uses much the same system to turn on you are met with a wall of permissions just to get to the Home screen.

889749 Motorola moto g 5G pluMoto G 5G Plus Smartphone

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Aug 26, 2020
This is a new SmartPhone designed for 5G but that still works using 4G if you live or work in an area currently without 5G coverage. This is supplied with a transparent back and sides silicon cover that stops the cameras being proud on the back which means that you can lay it on any surface without any danger of scratching that surface.

889695 TCL 10 5G android smart phonTCL 5G Smartphone

Published in Phones by mfereday on Aug 18, 2020
Adding to its range of smartphone handsets, TCL Communications has launched its first 5G-enabled model.

889633 DOOGEE N20 Pro Android SmartphoneNews of a New Handset

Published in Phones by mfereday on Aug 11, 2020
The N20 Pro is a new handset arriving from Spain.

889583 HONOR 9X LitHonor 9x Lite

Published in Phones by paul_smart on Aug 5, 2020
This is the latest value offering from Honor, unlike recent offerings from their parent company Honor still seem to have access to Google and therefore no different to other manufacturers and for you the user all the Apps you use are still available from the Google Play Store.

889401 oppo a72 android smart phonAn OPPO Handset

Published in Phones by mfereday on Jul 7, 2020
Despite Lockdown, new smartphone handsets continue to arrive, including this model from OPPO.
I have seen several grips some that seemingly defy gravity likewise stands that keep your phone at the correct viewing angle. Here is a device that does both allowing a couple of fingers to slip through a gap or by opening up the aperture to lean or hang in the correct position to view ‘handless’.

889163 Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro 5G android phonNews from Xiaomi

Published in Phones by mfereday on June 25, 2020
Looking for a new handset, then Xiaomi has a new model that might suit.