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Black Friday – OnePlus open sales and holiday deals

Black Friday OnePlus open sales and holiday deals OnePlus have opened up their shop to allow the purchase of both the OnePlus Two and the OnePlus X without the need for an invite. At the time of writing this post both the OnePlus Two 64Gb version is up for £289, and the OnePlus X will be available. The OnePlus X is also available in Onyx only, not the Ceramic variant unfortunately. For those of you who have been following OnePlus devices, they have once again delivered high specification devices at a very attractive price point. Enough has already been written about the way delivery of the phones have  unfortunately been spoilt by the invite system they have used. Well, this is your chance to get one of their new devices without having to get an invite. Hurrah! As another piece of good news, these devices have both been updated to the latest version of Oxygen Os – 2.1.2 which includes the much-enhanced Camera app. They are also offering up to 90% off their prices (we assume RRP) for accessories. This is also now live and it seems to be that the heaviest discounts on the site are for the OnePlusOne accessories, which is understandable.    

Does the “butter side down theory” apply to phones?

You all know it the legend that states if you drop a piece of toast, it will land butter side down the vast majority of the time. It has even been scientifically proven by this guy.

Does the butter side down theory apply to phones?

In a number of tests he ascertained that the majority of falls will end in a buttery floor. Honestly, these professors need to get back to making a time machine and stop messing around!

Does the butter side down theory apply to phones?

However Motorola were interested in this theory. They’ve recently revealed the Moto X-Force, with its unbreakable screen, and vit seemed like a good idea amongst those crazy kids to see if their new phone followed this rule. To be honest, it seems like they have had a bit too much of the ol’ Kool-Aid, but if you claim your new phone has an unbreakable screen, then you better have the cojones to back it up.

Tyey have worked with the Prof to see if their phone will land screen first when dropped. Now, believe me or not, they have used real science to show that this does indeed happen. I have tried to break it down below..

How physics leads to an increase in probability of screen-down landings

Professor Matthews notes that smartphones are often held loosely in one hand, with the user’s fingers below the phone’s centre of gravity. This makes the phone both more at risk of being dropped, and more likely to pivot about the fingers. Once the phone leaves the hand, it spins at a rate dictated by the various forces acting on the phone (see diagram)..
Does the butter side down theory apply to phones?

By solving the equations describing these forces, the rate at which the smartphone spins as it falls towards the ground can be estimated using the formula..

Does the butter side down theory apply to phones?

L is the length of the smartphone, g is the acceleration due to gravity, p = 2?/L is the “overhang parameter”,   ?  is the overhang distance, and ? is the angle of the smartphone when it starts its descent.

Applied to smartphones, the formula shows that because they are so sleek and smooth, they’re unlikely to break contact with the fingers before they’ve achieved a high enough spin-rate to attain a safe, screen-up landing. That’s why being clumsy with a smartphone so often results in screen-down landings, reducing the chances of leaving your screen intact. 

Does the butter side down theory apply to phones?

Wow, that was confusing, but it kinda makes sense doesn’t it? So if you don’t want to fall foul of the “butter-phone drop theory” as it shall now be called, nip over to Motorola’s website and have a look at what the MotoX can offer you, you clumsy fool.


Moto X-force

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  • Black Friday – Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    Black Friday   Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    Wow – where do we start? It feels like there’s at least one of everything on offer over at Mobile Fun for Black Friday… which isn’t surprising, seeing as they cover the whole gamut for your mobile needs.

    Lessee, we’ve got Names, like Ted Baker, Samsung, Tylt, Olixar, Motorola, MiPow, Sony, Sphero, and of course, Star Wars. Because, why not?

    You will already have seen that we’ve covered quite a bit of gear from these companies already, so you may want to go back and have a quick search to see our thoughts on them to familiarise yourself with some of this Black Friday’s not-so-well- known manufacturers.

    Black Friday   Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    Starting with Wearables, some of the more interesting pieces on offer are:

    • Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen SmartWatch (Cognac Leather) – Only £220 (19% Off) – Link
    • Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen SmartWatch (Rose Gold)  – Only £199 (17% Off) – Link
    • Samsung Gear S2 Classic Smartwatch (Black) – Only £295 (16% Off) – Link

    There are more, including the Pebble Time for £150 (17% off) – Link for black and red.

    Black Friday   Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    Star Wars makes a timely tie-in with some classic faces with a few flash drive key rings for 35% off, at £12.99. Yoda, stormtroopers, R2-D2 and the Sith Lord Vader are on offer. Also on offer in keeping with the Star Wars Theme the much wanted Sphero BB-8 droid is available at the discounted price of £115 (12% Off)- Link

    Black Friday   Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    • PowerUp 3.0 App Controlled Paper Airplane for iOS and Android – Only £25 (38% Off) – Link
    • Kitvision Escape HD5 Action Video Camera – Only £24.99 (50% Off) – Link

    Black Friday   Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    • Ted Baker Rockall Premium Headphones (Black / Silver) – Only £49.99 (72% Off) – Link
    • Ted Baker Rockall Premium Headphones (White / Gold) – Only £49.99 (72% Off) – Link
    • Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 Earphones with In-Line Mic & 3x Tuning Filters- Only £34.99 (13% Off) – Link

    Black Friday   Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    • MiPow Playbulb Candle – Only £14.49 (42% Off) – Link
    • Smarter Coffee Machine with Wi-Fi for Apple iOS and Android Devices – Only £170 (6% Off) – Link
    • Perfect Bake App Controlled Smart Baking – Only £39.99 (20% Off) – Link

    Black Friday   Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    • Olixar Pocketsize Selfie Stick with Mirror (Black) – Only £7.49 (63% Off) – Link
    • Mophie PowerStation Reserve Micro USB Key Ring Power Bank – 1,000mAh – Only £12.99 (63% Off) – Link
    • TYLT Syncable-Duo Charge & Sync Cable – Only £9.99 (50% Off) – Link

    Black Friday   Mobile Fun piles up the offers

    • Official Samsung Galaxy Qi Wireless Fast Charge Pad (Black) – £30 (45% Off) – Link
    • Official Samsung Galaxy Qi Wireless Fast Charge Pad (White) – £30 (45% Off) – Link

    So as you can see, there is a ridiculous amount of goodies that you can get via the Mobile Fun site starting tomorrow morning going live at 9 am.

    Enjoy Black Friday guys and girls. We look forward to hearing what you’re going to be getting, so feel free to throw up some comments or tweet us on @coolsmartphone.

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  • Black Friday – Honor vMall deals

    Honor are as you would expect haveing a bit of a thing for black Friday and are inviting people to claim vouchers through their vMall store to get some tidy discounts off the Honor 7.
    Black Friday   Honor vMall deals

    It seems like the sign-up bonus will discount the price of the Honor 7 from its full RRP of £249.99 to £209.99. This is not a bad price for a very good and well-specced phone. If you want to know more about this phone then check out Leigh’s review of it for a more thorough insight.Black Friday   Honor vMall deals

    The specs you get are awesome for the price and it is definitely punching above its weight.
    Screen – 5.2? 1080×1920 (424 ppi)
    CPU – HiSilicon Kirin 935 CPU (Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53)
    SIM – Optional Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
    Features – Fingerprint sensor, Emotion UI 3.1
    OS – Android v5.0 (Lollipop)
    Storage – microSD plus (on this mode) 16GB storage.
    RAM – 3 GB RAM
    Cameras – Rear 20 megapixel with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
    – Front 8 megapixel shooter with LED flash
    Other features – 3.5mm audio, IR blaster, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and an FM radio

    We are not sure if Honor is doing any other promo’s tomorrow but if you are looking for a new phone and like what Honor have to offer then it is definitely worth a peek. Something to bear in mind though is that last time they had a sale the phones sold out in seconds so you will need to be on the vMall site and ready to click buy at 9:30 on the dot.

    Don’t forget to register first tho as if you don’t you will not get the discount.

    vMall

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  • Forget Black Friday, meet Vodafone Red Thursday

    Forget Black Friday, meet Vodafone Red Thursday

    Those canny folk over at Big Red have stolen a march on Black Friday by coming up with Vodafone Red Thursday… to cut a longish story short, Vodafone Red Thursday – today – is offering some pretty neat deals. They’re starting today, but there are more to come over the Black Friday Weekend. which they haven’t yet released what they might be yet over on their Black Friday site.

    The things you need to know:

    • Today’s offers may not be tomorrow’s offers, and they might not be the same offers available over the weekend.
    • At time of writing this, today’s offers are only available for the next eight hours or so. If you like the offer, grab it. When it’s gone, it’s gone.
    • There are three sets of offers – for pay monthly, pay as you go, and tablets. Choose which you’re interested in to see if anything takes your fancy.

    Forget Black Friday, meet Vodafone Red Thursday

    Pay monthly – today there’s only the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (not the plus variant). Vodafone has a savings of £240 on the handset, and for £29 a month and a £9 upfront. For that money, you gets the 32GB version, with a plan that gives you 1000 UK minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data (although it’s 4G/LTE) on a 24-month plan. You have four colours of handset to choose from, with black, gold, green and white being your options. Interestingly, there are slots for two more phones, so what they might be filled with is anyone’s guess.

    Forget Black Friday, meet Vodafone Red Thursday

    For those who choose to buy their phone outright, the Pay as you go section gives you the solitary option for the LG G4 with the red leather covers. This comes in at £299, down from £425 and giving you a saving of £126. Not bad at all, and brings a 2015 flagship way down into upper-midrange prices.

    Forget Black Friday, meet Vodafone Red Thursday

    The tablet section continues the theme with just the one offer of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 (I do not make these names up). This is £37 a month, with no down-payment, and 10GB of 4G/LTE data. Again, this is a standard 24-month plan and the tablet comes in both gold and white.

    You now have just under 8 hours and change to go.

    source: Vodafone Black Friday site.

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  • Huawei still thinks 6-inch phablets is the way to go

    It's been well over a year since Huawei launched its premium Mate 7 phablet, and as of August, over five million units have been sold worldwide. That's far more impressive than the original goal of just one million phones. While the smaller Mate S has since been released, the company still believes in sticking to the masculine roots of the Mate series, which brings us to the Mate 8. Like before, this model sports the same 6-inch 1080p display spec but now also covers 95 percent of NTSC gamut. As a bonus, there's a piece of 2.5D glass on top of that. Of course, the biggest selling point this time is the new octa-core Kirin 950 chipset which promises much higher performance and efficiency at the same time, mainly thanks to the new 16nm FinFET+ process, some more powerful CPUs (4 x Cortex-A72 and 4 x Cortex-A53), ARM's flagship Mali-T880 GPU and integrated LTE Cat 6 modem.

    Lara Croft’s awesome mobile adventure adds a free tomb to raid

    Lara Croft has a pretty big adventure on Xbox One this fall with Rise of the Tomb Raider, but her grand mobile mission is about grow too. Developer Square Enix Montreal announced it's dropping "The Shard of Life" expansion for Lara Croft GO tomorrow for free on Android and iOS (sorry, Windows Phone folks) with some 26 fresh puzzles to tackle while you're waiting in line at the grocery store. More than that, the publisher is knocking 40 percent off the game's price -- it'll run you $2.99 for a limited time. Oh and its hosting a Twitch event tasking the game's community to solve the new puzzles.

    Source: Square Enix

    Giphy Cam finally lets you make GIFs from videos

    Giphy Cam, the app that lets you become a master GIFs-man (or woman, it doesn't discriminate) has just released its first major update. Before, users were only able to create GIFs using the native camera, either capturing 10 second full-motion clips or 5-shot bursts that are then stitched-together. Now users can import photos and videos from their camera rolls. What's more, people are able to trim their clips, apply more than one filter to the GIF and add text, giving their creations even more personality. Giphy Cam is still only available on iOS devices with no mention of when it'll cross platforms. In the meantime, Android users will have to rely on the Giphy bank of pre-made GIFs to express their animated points.

    Source: Techcrunch

    Xiaomi announces more lifestyle products

    Yesterday Xiaomi officially unveiled the Redmi Note 3, but this wasn’t all the company had to announce. During the same event Xiaomi announced the Mi Pad 2 and the Mi Air Purifier 2.

    Xiaomi announces more lifestyle products

    Lets start with the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, which as the name suggests is the second iteration of the Mi Pad. The Mi Pad 2 is thinner, lighter and has a new chipset compared to the first Mi Pad. Gone is the Nvidia K1 chipset, replaced by an Intel Atom X-5 Quad-core processor with Intel HD graphics (this is an x86 chip). The rest of the specs have been improved mainly for aesthetics, while the 7.9″ screen is the same as the one found on the original Mi Pad.

    Xiaomi announces more lifestyle products

    Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 specifications:

    • Full metal body (dark grey or champagne gold), 322g, 200.4 x 132.6 x 6.95mm (38g lighter and 18 percent thinner than first-generation Mi Pad)
    • Intel Atom processor with Quad-core X5-Z8500 2.24GHz and Intel HD graphics
    • 2GB DDR3 RAM with 16GB  or 64GB internal storage
    • MicroSD slot, supports up to 128GB
    • 7.9-inch IPS display (2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 PPI)
    • 8MP rear camera (f/2.0) with 1080p video recording
    • 5MP front camera with 75-degree wide-angle lens
    • 6190mAh battery with 5V/2A fast charging
    • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
    • USB Type-C port
    • MIUI 7 Android-based OS (based on Android 5.1) or Windows 10

    Xiaomi announces more lifestyle productsSo, while the 16GB version comes with Miui 7, Xiaomi’s Android-based OS, the 64GB version will have the option of Windows 10. This is apparently at no extra cost (Windows 10 is free for devices under a certain screen size), and the Mi Pad 2 can run the full desktop OS and desktop applications thanks to that x86 chipset. While the Miui 7 versions of the Mi Pad 2 will be available from November 27th, the Windows 10 version will be available from the end of December. The Mi Pad 2 will be available in silver or gold.

    Just as with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, one of the killer features of the Mi Pad 2 is the price: RMB 999 for the 16GB model (approximately £105) and RMB 1299 for the 64GB model (approximately £135). These prices are for China, so expect VAT and Duty if you are planning on purchasing one online and having it shipped to the UK.

    Xiaomi announces more lifestyle productsOn to the Mi Air Purifier 2: an air purifier which follows on from the first generation by being smaller, quieter and more efficient. For RMB 699 (approximately £72) you get an air purifier which filter out particulate matter from the air. Very useful for people with allergies, this lifestyle product is very popular in China, and I’m tempted to get one myself before next spring.

    Xiaomi are more than just “the Apple of China” as many refer to them. They are truly a lifestyle company which offers smartphones, TVs, soundbars, set-top boxes, segways and other household goods, and not just smartphones and tablets. Are you thinking on buying some Xiaomi lifestyle good? Let us know in the comments below.

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