Five of the most reliable refurbished smartphones

Do you long for the luxurious looks and cutting-edge performance of flagship smartphones but draw the line at paying what you consider to be an exorbitant price? If so, a refurbished phone could be the ideal choice for you! There’s no need to worry that you’ll be limited to a device that looks dated and is in poor condition. Models as young as one year old can be bought refurbished and you’ll have a choice

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Why the iPhone 6S is as popular as ever

The fact that Apple is still selling the iPhone 6S, a handset that will be four years old in three months time, is testament to its excellence. Until now, Apple has offered only the previous generation of iPhone once it announces a new model. If you compare the spec of the iPhone 6S to those of the iPhone 8 or X on Apple’s website, you’ll notice that the phones look rather similar. The main difference

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Will supermarkets stock pre-owned smartphones?

As supermarkets have developed over the years, they now present a one-stop shop for almost every product a consumer could wish to buy. Apart from food and drink, they offer clothing ranges, electrical and electronic goods, entertainment, even franchises for opticians and after-school tutoring for children. Two of the largest, Tesco and Asda, not content with just selling mobile phones, have gone a step further and now run their own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)

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UK’s Least Favourite Mobile Networks

Poor old Vodafone! Rated yet again as the UK’s worst mobile network provider for the eighth year in a row, according to the consumer lobby group Which? in their 2019 survey. The consumer watchdog aims to highlight the best network choice in terms of customer service, technical support and value for money. Thirteen networks in total were included in the survey of 6,135 Which? members in February.

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Best New Simple Cheap Phones

At a time when the smartphone has become the must-have accessory of modern-day life, hard-wired to act as camera, debit card, personal assistant and sat nav, it’s easy to overlook the virtues of a simple phone which focuses on doing the basics. Also known as feature phones, they have specialist functions to assist the hard-of-hearing and vision-impaired, a great option for older people: Torch A very valuable resource during a power cut at home or

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The Most Popular Refurbished Smartphones

As smartphone sales decline in the UK, and the technological advances  from model to model diminish year by year, many consumers are beginning to ditch the conventional smartphone upgrade cycle. If you consider the prices of the latest models, it’s not difficult to see why. You’ll have to part with the best part of £1,000 for a gadget that’s only marginally better than your current phone. Buying a refurbished phone could make perfect sense. But

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Samsung Galaxy Fold: To Buy or Not to Buy?

Ever since Samsung broke the news of launching its upcoming Galaxy Fold smartphone, mobile phone lovers have been in a frenzy. After all, who can blame them? The South Korean giant’s radical, yet innovative approach to smartphone design – the first of its kind – gives users the luxury of a day-to-day smartphone along with the media-rich experience of tablet simply by folding the device.

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New Smartphones Coming in 2019

If you thought smartphones couldn’t get any smarter, they soon will! The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this month unveiled a wealth of upgrades, new features and advanced technology to satisfy the keenest of tech-savvy geeks. 2019 is going to be a game-changer for mobile phone technology. 5G will transform the speed of connection to the internet and enable the downloading of huge amounts of data. We’ll see the first generation of 5G-ready

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When is 5G coming?

5G, the next generation in mobile phone technology, is set to transform our lives by powering businesses, improving our homes and enabling revolutionary products such as driver-less cars. But what is 5G and how and why does it have the ability to change so much? What is 5g? The new technology will use higher frequencies than 4G resulting in more speed and higher bandwidth. 5G could even bring about the end of Wi-Fi, particularly in

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Samsung ‘Ingenius’ Ads Keep on Coming

Last week we shared an a series of adverts from Samsung throwing shade at Apple’s iPhone X. The series titled’ ingenius’. Each one pointing out what Samsung and probably you, believes is wrong with iPhone X. This time we have the multitasking, storage, notch, pen and power to think about. To be fair, these ads are funny and only give Apple more airtime. Ingenius is playing with the Apple store format, if customers want a

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Ingenius Ads from Samsung Throwing Shade

A little over a month ago, we shared an advert from Samsung throwing shade at Apple’s download speeds. The video titled’ ingenious’. We thought it was the only but it turns out there are even more. Each one pointing out what Samsung and probably you, believes is wrong with iPhone X. This time we have the camera, dongle and fast charger to think about. To be fair, these ads are funny and only give Apple

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LG and Sprint to Release the First 5G Smartphone

Sprint and LG are going to release the first 5G smartphone in 2019. Ready for Sprint’s nascent next-gen network. Details about price and the release date are yet to be announced. Both parties are confident their 5G smartphone will be the first to be released in the United States. Despite this being a global rivalry, companies still battle out to be the first in the US. The first commercial 5G networks will go live in

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Huawei Overtakes Apple for the First Time

Huawei has accomplished something no other smartphone manufacturer has, overtaking Apple in sales. Leading the smartphone revolution in China, surpassing Apple for the first time in the second quarter, holding second place globally without the North American market. Based on the analysis carried out by Counterpoint Research. It is also the first time where both Apple and Samsung have not taken the top two positions in the worldwide market. Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones in the

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The Most Expensive Phones to Ever Exist

The iPhone X is an expensive device starting at £999. That is how most people feel. But there is a market for high-end phones layered with extravagance. When you start adding jewels and precious materials, of course, the price will skyrocket. There aren’t as many things that people are attached to like their phones. It’s a portal to everything that goes on in our life. So its no surprise a select few would be willing

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Choose the Right Phone Case

We are attached to our smartphones until we let it slip from our grasp, to turn it over to a shattered screen. We can spend a little more to avoid damage. While smartphones are getting stronger and the new version of Gorilla Glass is to be released soon, but it is still not immune to damage. The main advantage and reason why people buy a phone case is protection. The drawbacks may not affect you

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Fortnite is Coming to Android

What is Fortnite? Drawing in more than 125 million users in less than a year and earning millions of dollar per month, Fortnite is a real cultural phenomenon. Simply put, Fortnite is an online survival shooter game. The game modes include ‘Fornite: Save the World’, a co-op survival shooter game for up to four players to fight off creatures while defending objects through building fortifications. The game modes include ‘Fornite: Save the World‘, a co-op

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Why You Should Consider Buying a Second Hand iPad

For many avid gadget enthusiasts, Apple products are their kryptonite. Successful for their innovative technologies, it is perhaps their sleek design that make many of us willing to commit to a pretty hefty price tag. Over the years, they’ve infiltrated not only our mobile phone usage, but have also since branched out into computers and laptops, watches and of course tablets with the introduction of the iPad back in 2010. Holding annual keynotes for their

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Apple’s Most Beautiful Retail Stores from Around the World.

What words come to mind when you think about Apple’s retail stores? Sleek, attractive, elegant, state-of-the-art, expensive? Whether you like the tech giant or not, there is no denying they know how to present themselves with style and consistency. Apple has received many architectural awards for the craftsmanship instilled into their store designs. The features unique to Apple stores include glass staircases, glass bridges, glass cubes and steel box structures. Inside, all stores look pretty

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Apple Smartphones have the Highest Resale Value

Used iPhones hold their resale value much better than other leading smartphones, according to a phone depreciation study carried out by Decluttr. For example, the iPhone 7 lost 34% of its value after one month of use, the smallest drop from amongst flagship phones over a similar period. During its first month on the market, the Samsung Galaxy S7 lost more than half its value. Like cars, which lose value once they’re driven off from

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The Most Unusual Phones Ever Made

Phones started off the size of bricks, then gradually got smaller, then they could flip and slide. Now we have the smartphone, and we have remained in this bubble for a while. But they are all starting to look alike, and maybe you want to stand out from the crowd. Ever since the release of the iPhone, most manufacturers have focused on the same things. That spark is not there anymore. Changes are so incremental

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Android P. The Latest Beta Test Released by Google.

Google has released the final beta test for the latest Android operating system, before release sometime next month. Ready for the upcoming range of flagship smartphones. The beta release is said to have ‘final systems behaviours’ according to Android VP Dave Burke. What does Android P (9.0) have to offer? Of course, you have the standard improvements to navigation, security, speed, and the amount of control over applications. Android P is taking full advantage of

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Sony’s 48MP Camera Sensor

Apple and Samsung are leading the march of the tech giants, it’s hard to believe and even forget that once Sony had us in awe and excitement. Nearly two decades ago, they were king, with products such as The Walkman, PlayStation, Trinitron televisions etc. Developing formats to store information such as the floppy disk. There used to be pure excitement for every type of device Sony produced. But today paints a different picture. No-one is talking

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Hidden Smartphone Codes

Have you ever tried to use the dialer screen on your smartphone for anything else other than calls? Not surprised, most people haven’t. It’s impossible to figure out what without being told. You can always be surprised as to what your phone can do. The dialer screen is capable of much more than just entering a number and hitting the call button. It’s just not obvious at all, but there are codes available that will

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The Foldable Smartphone

The foldable smartphone which Samsung has been teasing for nearly a decade will finally release in early 2019. Reports have claimed. Mobile is the word again. Enhancing portability of devices is the next immediate big thing.  Internally, the handset is reportedly called ‘Winner’ and planned for a limited launch in the early quatre of next year. Samsung are generally considered to be the best amongst the Android platform. But sales have been tailing off in

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Gorilla Glass 6

Corning Inc has unveiled the latest version of Gorilla Glass, which they say is twice as likely to survive drops from 1 meter than its predecessor. Phones are getting bigger and come with glass on the back as well as the front, the potential for smashed devices has only gone up. While phone cases have helped, it does not make a phone immune to being shattered or facing the impact of stress, being bent, squeezed,

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Samsung Throws Shade at Apple

After the release of the Galaxy S9, it was discovered it had one advantage over the iPhone X. Faster download speeds over cellular networks. Samsung has now used this as part of their new advert. It’s not the first time they have poked fun at Apple in their commercials, and we’re pretty certain it won’t be the last time, either. In the advert, Samsung has recreated the experience found in your typical Apple Store. A

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Best Mid-Range Smartphones

The premium smartphone is not for everyone, it may have the best features you are never going to use, along with an eye-watering price tag.  The Samsung S9 and iPhone X do not fit into everyone’s price range. Choosing not to go with a premium smartphone should not be viewed as a step down in quality, because if you know what you are looking for, you will find the right phone that will match your

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Rise of Chinese Smartphones

There used to be dozens of phone makers. Europeans will remember Bosch and Sendo, while Americans may hold back a tear thinking of Palm Pilots. Meanwhile, the Japanese market was a world apart – dominated by Fuji, Panasonic, Sanyo and others. Then it all got a bit boring. Thank the Chinese manufacturers for making it interesting again. The business got expensive and consumers aspired to a small number of premium brands. For years there was Nokia,

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Save Money with a Second Hand Smartphone

Buying a phone already involves tons of choices: Apple vs. Samsung, black vs. white, 16GB vs. 32GB. But there is another category you might also want to consider: second hand. Phones are mostly used for communication or taking pictures and older generations of smartphones have enough qualities at a much more affordable price. Most people buy used phones to replace broken devices or upgrade to newer models. But a good chunk of consumers are purchasing used

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Second-Hand vs New Smartphones

Second-hand smartphones sold four times faster than new devices in 2017. The global market for refurbished smartphones grew 13% year on year in 2017. In contrast to the new smartphone market that grew only 3% last year. Latest research from ‘Counterpoint’s Refurbished Smartphone Tracker’. Shows the global market for refurbished smartphones grew 13% in 2017. Reaching close to 140 million units. This in contrast with the global new smartphone market that grew only 3% last year. Being outpaced by refurbished “second-hand” smartphones. Refurbished smartphones are

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iOS 12 Supported Devices

Apple’s Craig Federighi touted that Apple has spent a lot of time focusing on the performance of iOS 12 on older devices. Federighi says that users will notice apps launch 40% faster, the keyboard will appear 50% faster, and the camera will launch 70% faster. iOS 12 was accound in June during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Between then and September, iOS developers and public beta members will test a series beta updates. The

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Thinking of buying a Second-Hand Phone?

It’s a second-hand phone, not a second class product. Manufacturers would have you convinced that the only way you can buy a phone with the features you want is to buy a new, up-to-date and expensive device. That you don’t have any other choice if you want the latest camera or emojis. Even while the tech giants dominate, the used phone market has only grown under its shadow. Not long ago it felt like your

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Five Wacky Ways To Charge Your Smartphone

We all dread the moment our smartphone screen turns blank or a ‘low battery’ notification comes up, especially when we’re on the move and can’t find a charge point. But there are some wild and wacky, environmentally friendly ways – alternative and renewable – to recharge your phone without electricity. In recent years, researchers have come up with novel ideas involving physical and naturally occurring phenomena. There’s even a twist on the old idea of

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Where now for Apple?

The very name ‘Apple’ conjures up images of exquisitely designed products, state of the art technology and a deeply satisfying experience for the user. But how has the company fared since the death of its founder, Steve Jobs, in 2011? Is it too big to fail? And will Apple continue to be one of the most successful global companies in terms of earnings and profit? We’ll take a look at how CEO Tim Cook has

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Top 5 Latest Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a big phone that’s designed for big hands – and it takes the very best of what’s on the smartphone market and puts it together in a compelling package that we’ve loved testing. It was released March 2018. Weighing 189g with a dimension 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm, OS: Android 8, CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810, RAM: 6GB and Storage: 64GB/128GB. It’s screen is

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Fascinating facts you should know about your iPhone’s battery life

The recent revelation that Apple firmware sometimes slows down older iPhones with ageing batteries to prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly has created a perfect storm in the tech world. Apple claims that they have never and would never shorten the life of any of their products deliberately to encourage the purchase of upgrades. They would say that, wouldn’t they! On the contrary, they maintain that their aim has always been to design products that

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iPhone Help | How to erase your iPhone

Learn how to clean the information from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and restore your device to factory settings. If you also need to wipe your Apple Watch, you can use these steps to unpair your devices. Tap Settings > General > Reset Then tap Erase All Content and Settings.   If asked, enter your passcode or Apple ID password Then confirm that you want to erase your device. Forgot your passcode or Apple ID?   Wait for

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Apple is planning to release three new smartphones this year

By Nicholas Fearn on 28 February 2018 American tech giant Apple will reportedly release three new smartphones in the autumn, including the largest iPhone it has ever released. According to Bloomberg tech pundit Mark Gurman, the firm is prepping an XL iPhone, a model that is the same size as the iPhone X and a more affordable offering. Each handset will take design ques and features from the current iPhone X. Gurman said Apple wants to appeal to a wider

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will reportedly cost nearly 1,000 euros

We’re only days away from the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S9, but what might be the most important detail about the upcoming smartphone might have just leaked out: the price, which apparently will start at €841 for the S9 and a whopping €997 for the larger S9 Plus, courtesy of reliable leaker Evan Blass. That works out to approximately $1,038 for the S9 and a massive $1,229 for the S9 Plus, putting both phones

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