841495 Sony Xperia M2 AquSony Xperia M2 Aqua

Published in Phones by mfereday on 30 May 2015
Continuing my look at mobile devices available from Vodafone, it is the turn of the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua offering.

841426 Huawei P8 android smart phonA New Smartphone

Published in Phones by mfereday on 26 May 2015
Typed the characters “P8” into your favourite search engine and you are likely to get hits that refer to aircrafts, pistols and even electrical engineering software. You should also get links to a new smartphone from Huawei. This is the company’s latest addition to its P series of handsets, namely the P8 which was presented to the world at large at London’s Old Billingsgate event centre.

840885 Sony Xperia ZSony Xperia Z3

Published in Phones by mfereday on 18 Apr 2015
The Sony Xperia Z3 is a waterproof smartphone. This particular model is available in a choice of white, green, copper or black with my review sample being of the latter colour. I have to thank Vodafone for kindly provided the unit that is the basis of this review.

840795 Alcatel Pop D5 SmartphonAlcatel OneTouch Pop D5

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 13 Apr 2015
This is a value phone that looks like it should cost more. It has bright easy to read screen apart from when you are in strong sunlight and then those who hanker for a mirror should be accommodated by the ultra-reflective screen.

840702 NomadKey Apple MFi certified Lightning to USB CablThe NomadKey Lightning

Published in Phones by bidmead on 5 Apr 2015
At this year's Wearable Technology Show in East London's ExCel Exhibition Centre one ubiquitous topic of conversation was the staying power of today's batteries. Smartphones, ever hungrier for power while dieting down to wafer thinness, exemplify the problem. My own solution is to stick with phones like Samsung's Galaxy Note series that have easily replaceable batteries, but these are becoming rarer as designers seek to outdo each other in the race towards edge-on invisibility.

840618 Motorola Moto E 2nd editioSecond Generation Moto E

Published in Phones by mfereday on 4 Apr 2015
As with some of the company’s other products, such as Moto G and Moto X, Lenovo has released the second generation of its Moto E smartphone offering. Aimed specifically at the budget market sector, this latest version of the Moto E is now available in 3G and 4G LTE varieties depending upon the needs of the user.
While I am very happy with my Moto G the Moto E is a cheaper phone and it now comes with, or is upgrades to Android V5 so is this upgrade and other improvements such as 4G and the larger 2390mAh battery worth doing?

840492 Microsoft Nokia Lumia 930 Windows SmartphonMicrosoft Lumia 930

Published in Phones by mfereday on 21 Mar 2015
Taking on the role of Microsoft’s flagship smartphone offering is the task currently assigned to the Lumia 930 as it battles for market share against the dominant forces of the iPhone and numerous Android handsets. The Johnny-come-lately will certainly have a fight on its hands and there well could be tears before bedtime or maybe there is room for three heavyweight contenders within this particular market.

839512 Doro Phone Easy 632 SIM Free Mobile TelephonDoro PhoneEasy 632

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 8 Feb 2015
While Doro phones are extremely easy to use and have lots of features to suit those with sight and or hearing problems why should those people have to accept a phone that does not have basic features that other able bodied have, none whatsoever hence the PhoneEasy 632.

839067 Amplicomms Powertel M8000 Mobile PhonPhones from Amplicomm

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 18 Jan 2015
Both of the phones I am looking at here are designed for those with a hearing impairment, before you think this is not you, just think does anyone complain your TV is up too loud, do you often have to ask people to repeat what they are saying?

838954 BT8500 Advanced Call Blocker Cordless Home PhonUnwanted Call Blocking

Published in Phones by mfereday on 13 Jan 2015
Working from home, I regularly find myself having to put up with unwanted calls from companies wanting to provide a so-called service I do not want or have asked for. Maybe this next product could help.

837449 motorola moto x 2nd generatioSecond Generation Moto X

Published in Phones by mfereday on 16 Dec 2014
As with the Moto G, reviewed earlier, the Moto X is now available as a second generation product. Motorola has taken this opportunity to make a number of changes to enhance the appeal of the company’s top of the range product.

837850 Doro Phone Easy 624 Mobile TelephonDoro PhoneEasy 624

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 8 Dec 2014
Doro phones have always been easy to use and had features designed to help those with limited sight and or hearing. Now here a unit that looks more like those available to those people without such disabilities to worry about.

837101 Doro PhoneEasy 62Doro PhoneEasy 624

Published in Phones by mfereday on 22 Nov 2014
Not everybody wants or needs a smartphone with all its “bells and whistles”. There are many users, especially those often referred to as “silver surfers”, who are more than happy to find their mobile communication needs adequately covered by a feature phone such as the latest addition to Doro’s growing 3G feature handset portfolio. This new addition to the Doro catalogue is the PhoneEasy 624 model.

836973 motorola moto g second generation smart phonSecond Generation Moto G

Published in Phones by mfereday on 11 Nov 2014
Ever since the original launch, my smartphone of choice has been the Motorola Moto G device which combines good performance with a reasonable price point. Motorola has recently upgrading this excellent handset with the new second generation version which is available in single or dual SIM flavours with a choice of either 8GB or 16GB. Also included with this second generation of the product is a micro SD card slot enabling the user to increase storage by a further 32

836150 Motorola  Moto E 4GB Android SmartphoneMotorola Moto E

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 1 Oct 2014
The latest entry level phone offering from the company that first brought you a SmartPhone at a price that broke through the glass ceiling. Here is a smart phone that has corners cut to produce something acceptable at a lower price.

835763 Alcatel Pop C1 Android smartphonAlcatel OneTouch Pop C1

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 14 Sep 2014
Having recently looked at the Alcatel PopS3 this even smaller offering came onto my desk. Surprisingly my bigger fear was not realised. So what has this 3.5inch screen unit have to offer in the hugely over crowded SmartPhone market.

835764 Moto G 4G 8GB SIM Free SmartphonMotorola Moto G 4G

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 12 Sep 2014
This is an updated version of the excellent ground breaking mobile offering launched last year by Motorola. A few of the missing items that people wanted included have been so what exactly does this updated phone have to offer?

835475 motorola motog g lte android smart phonMotorola Moto G LTE (XT1039)

Published in Phones by bidmead on 1 Sep 2014
Smartphone prices are falling fast, reaching the point where you may be thinking of buying your next one outright and topping up monthly with PAYG. Budget smartphones are the sweetspot, but you'll need to choose carefully if you're not going to end up lumbered with rapidly obsolescent technology. The brand new Moto G LTE at around £150 looks like a pretty good bet.

835234 motorola motog 4g android smart phonMoto G goes 4G

Published in Phones by adrianmorant on 18 Aug 2014
Now that Motorola has launched its Moto G 4G, users will be able to choose between the 3G and the new 4G version. It is an upgrade to its existing 3G version -- a powerful Android smartphone which has already attracted a great deal of attention because of its performance and value for money and which has already become the phone of choice to many who have been deterred by the high prices of other smartphones.
The Alcatel One Touch Pop S3, available on the EE network as a pay-as-you-go phone for £79, is one of the cheapest – if not the cheapest – available 4G phones. It is an entry level phone that will meet the needs of a great many people at an acceptable price.

835104 alcatel pop3 android smart phonAlcatel Pop S3 with EE

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 10 Aug 2014
For those who want – and can receive - 4G this item is currently the cheapest PAYG 4G phone on the market. It is a smaller handset that is probably best suited to someone with smaller hands; certainly my large mitts struggled with the onscreen keyboard.

834656 motorola moto e android smart phonMotorola Moto E

Published in Phones by mfereday on 2 Aug 2014
Despite a couple of changes in ownership, Motorola continues to develop an interesting range of new handsets for the smartphone market. A recent addition to this range is the Moto E. This handset has been designed with the first-time smartphone owner in mind – especially those who are looking for a well made handset at an affordable price.

834529 vodafone smart 4 android smart phonVodafone Smart 4

Published in Phones by mfereday on 26 Jul 2014
Adding to the range of budget priced smartphones, Vodafone has released another member of its Smart family.

834412 Doro Liberto 810 smart phonDoro’s First Smartphone

Published in Phones by mfereday on 19 Jul 2014
Making a change from the usual offerings from Doro, this next handset has a name change to reflect its additional functionality.
Doro have long been the company to look after those who have limited hearing and or sight. Here is what even for Doro is an entry level product. However for not that much money it could for a vulnerable person be a real lifesaver.

825404 Prestigio Multiphone PAP 5500 DUO Smartphone CompacA Dual SIM Handset

Published in Phones by mfereday on 21 June 2014
Keeping your work and social life separate can result in having a separate mobile phone for each type of activity. There is another solution.

821407 Prestigio PAP5500 MultiPhone DUO Dual Sim Mobile PhonPrestigio MultiPhone 5500 Duo

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 16 June 2014
The Duo stands for dual SIM and with various companies offering good deals for one service or another having a dual SIM phone can save a lot of money. As Prestigio phones are sold unlocked you can even use SIMs from two different companies.

814801 doro phone easy 508 mobile phonDoro PhoneEasy 508

Published in Phones by mfereday on 10 June 2014
Around a year has passed since I last looked at a Doro handset. This latest handset has cut back of features and has a reduced price tag.

811179 samsung galaxy S5 android smart phonSamsung Galaxy S5 on O2

Published in Phones by paul_smart on 2 June 2014
Often new phones are available from the large providers before the actual company who manufacture them. This is a case in point this unit was supplied by O2. It is the most recent Samsung SmartPhone to become available in the UK.