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Vertu Ti revealed: prepare to weep at the price tag

Vertu Ti

The Vertu Ti has been revealed today and whilst the smartphone looks like the Ferrari of the mobile world, it’ll actually cost you the price of  a small car to own it.

To be exact, the Vertu Ti has a starting price of a whopping £6,700 and for your money you’d be expecting this phone to do amazing things. Well here’s the problem… it doesn’t!

The Vertu Ti only runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich for a start. The 8MP camera isn’t anything to write home about either, plus add in a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 3.7″ display and a 1250mAh battery and really all you’ve got is a bog standard smartphone.

So why is the Vertu Ti so expensive?  The look of the phone plays a big part – it has a titanium body and sapphire crystal display. Also the Vertu offers one button access to a 24 hour concierge service, just incase you ever need to know where you can grab a bite to eat at 3am.

As classy as it may look, sadly the Vertu Ti is doomed to obscurity.



Vertu Ti revealed: prepare to weep at the price tag is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Deal – do you fancy a cheap 10″ Android tablet?

The phrase “cheap Android tablet” usually makes me shudder a little bit and then it makes me cross my fingers hoping I’m not forced to review one of the wretched things.

Yesterday I got an interesting email, you know the sort you get from a company you once bought something from. Well normally I just delete them, but this time I spotted the word “Android” which grabbed my attention. Once the images had loaded I was confronted by a 10″ Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with the Google Play Store all for under £100.

So what is it then? Well it’s a GoTab 10″ Android 4.0 tablet and it costs £83.99 and you can read all about here over at Misco.

They are classed as “Open Box” but I’ve enquired and they have hundreds of them. As regards specs it’s pretty basic and you only really get a bare minimum.

Here are the specs:

Processor ARM A8 – 1.2Ghz CPU
Storage 4GB Onboard Storage (Expand upto 32GB via micro SD Card)
Display 10.0” LED Display 16:9 Aspect Capacitive Touchscreen 1024 x 600 WVGA
Networking Wireless N 802.11b/g
Ports HDMI 1080p Out Micro SD Card Slot Micro USB Port
Built in Camera Front VGA Camera 0.3MP
Battery 2,300 mAh, 5 Hrs Battery (WiFi) 20 Hrs Battery (Music)
Box Contents DC Power Adaptor, Quick Start Guide & 1 Year Warranty Details
Unit Dimensions (W x D x H) 172 x 270 x 14mm
Weight 645g

What this would be ideal for is to take on holiday, or give the kids, or throw in the back of the car to try and induce travel sickness upon your kids on long journeys or something else as equally fraught with danger.

Deal – do you fancy a cheap 10″ Android tablet? is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Jelly Bean claims 10.2% of Android distribution, Gingerbread falls to 47.6%

Jelly Bean claims 10.2% of Android distribution, Gingerbread falls to 47.6%

Android Jelly Bean is the latest version of the Operating System and the most coveted version of Android available today.  However, if an uninformed individual took a look at the distribution numbers, he/she would likely believe that Gingerbread is the most coveted version of Android since it is still the overwhelming majority.

Six months after launching Android Jelly Bean, only 10.2% of all Android users are running the latest version.  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is also another popular release owns 29.1% of Android distribution.  Gingerbread, while it may have lost some market share, still owns 47.6% of all users.

The major, and obvious, plight of Android is fragmentation and users are often stuck on lower versions of the Operating Systems.  With Nexus devices in such high demand, we are hoping non-Nexus manufacturers understand that the users want devices that will receive updates for the duration of at least two years and those updates should be timely.

Hopefully the next time the Android distribution numbers are published, Jelly Bean and ICS will have more users than Gingerbread.

[Android Developers]

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MetroPCS intros 4-inch ZTE Avid 4G, brings LTE and ICS for a mere $149

MetroPCS intros 4inch ZTE Avid 4G, brings LTE and ICS for a mere $149

Despite announcing a couple of budget-friendly handset options in recent months, it's clear MetroPCS doesn't plan to stay put, as the company today let it be known that it's making yet another addition to its affordable Android lineup. And while the newfangled Avid 4G will come on the cheap, it could still be seen as a much better choice than that other pricier ZTE offering on MetroPCS -- albeit the former is carrying a slightly smaller 4-inch, 800 x 480 display, though it does come with a similar (unspecified) 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and a much fresher version of Google's OS (Ice Cream Sandwich). In addition, ZTE's Avid 4G also features a 5-megapixel camera on the back (VGA on the front), the ability to turn into a mobile hotspot with a few extra bucks per month and, naturally, LTE connectivity. For the relatively small amount of $149, and without any contracts attached, it wouldn't surprise us if the new Wireless for All smartphone on the block ends up gift wrapped in some places come next week's festivities. Speaking of which, folks interested can snag the Avid 4G now from the carrier's site, otherwise a quick trip to the nearest MetroPCS retail store should suffice.

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Sony Announce New Xperia E

Sony have today announced the brand new Xperia E handset.

Billed as a “No nonsense Android smartphone”, the entry level device sports a 3.5″ TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 320×480 pixels.

Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich the device also has a 3.2 megapixel rear camera.

There is HD voice, 512mb RAM and a MicroSD expansion slot is also included.

According to the official Sony page, there is a Sony Walkman app, a manual equaliser and dedicated gaming keys.  The handset will come in black, white and pink.

There is no official word yet as to pricing or availability dates but rest assured as soon as we have these we will bring them to you.

Sony Announce New Xperia E is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Acer Iconia A510 – Initial Impressions

The 10″ Android tablet market just got dumped on its head recently. As with the other current Nexus devices Google are offering them direct to customers rather cheaply. This move makes selling a tablet difficult as the other OEMs have to cut corners to keep the prices low. Acer have sent us a 10″ Tegra 3 touting tablet and we’re going to put it through its paces over the next few weeks. It’s even going on holiday with me this week.

As I like to do when I get a device to review I put up a quick Initial Impressions article starting with good and bad points about the device.

Good Points

  • Tegra 3 CPU / GPU means a whole host of great games are available
  • MicroSD slot
  • Micro HDMI port
  • Some custom Acer widgets and tweaks
  • Budget pricing
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dolby Digital sound

Bad Points

  • Plasticy build
  • Rather chunky
  • Jelly Bean upgrade may be a long way away
  • Quite weighty


Tablets all seem to follow a shared hardware spec sheet and the Iconia A510 is no different. Packing a Tegra 3 SOC, 16GB memory, MicroSD slot, Micro HDMI port, Ice Cream Sandwich, etc etc. Here is the rest of the spec:

  • Processor – NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30S 1.30 GHz Quad-core
  • Memory – 1 GB LPDDR2
  • MicroSD
  • Memory Capacity – 16 GB (32GB also available)
  • Display – TFT Colour LCD 16:10 WXGA 1280 x 800 Backlight LED
  • GPS
  • HDMI
  • Battery – 2-cell Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer) 9800 mAh 36.26 Wh
  • Dimensions – Height 11.0 mm, Width 260.0 mm, Depth 175.0 mm


Design wise the Iconia A510 is an odd one. Acer were one of the Olympic partner companies and because of that they decided to brand the A510 with the Olympic rings. The rest of the device is a mix of silver plastic, a few bits of metal and the nice big screen. The overall thickness is quite thick which leads to it being a little weighty.

As regards buttons there is one little thing that differentiates itself from other Android tablets. That one thing is a manual mute switch which is much like the iPad one. A nice touch that saves you having to hunt through menus to turn off individual audio channels.

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The Iconia runs Ice Cream Sandwich and Acer have added their current range of clock and weather widgets. I like these, having seen them on the Liquid Gallant Duo and the S500 Cloud Mobile. They have also added something else, something that at first I wondered what it was.

Basically along the bottom bar is a green dot. It is visible most of the time. Once I had plucked up courage to press it up popped a big widget, containing a few shortcuts and what looked like a huge swipey scrolling list of bookmarks. It is really useful as you can set what apps appear on this widget. Acer have also tweaked the lockscreen allowing you to add app shortcuts to the lockscreen. Little touches like that really make Acer devices nice to use.

Initial Conclusion

My initial conclusion is that the Iconia A510 is a great tablet, it has some nice software tweaks and some nice hardware features. I plan to fully test the Iconia out over the next few weeks and in preparation for my holiday I have loaded it up with books, games, movies, music and some travel apps that will work offline. I feel the Iconia is going to handle whatever I throw at it.

So if you’re interested and you would like something specific testing out on the Iconia A510 leave a comment and I’ll do my best to try it out.

Acer Iconia A510 – Initial Impressions is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Huawei G300 ICS update next week

Anyone with a Huawei G300 on Vodafone (and at the price it is selling for I would expect there are LOTS), a new software version is due to be rolled out over the air next week which will address a few issues found in the existing version.

Costing just £100 on PAYG this is an ideal Christmas present. The new ICS update makes it even better value for money, so get a real bargain of a smartphone here with thousands of apps at your fingertips.

Over on EuroDroid they have a quote from Vodafone about this stating…

I’m pleased to say that Huawei will begin rolling out the new G300 software (B952), that will address the broken dictionary issue, from Wednesday 28th November. We’ve tested the other problems you’ve reported and haven’t been able to reproduce them in this new software.

Link – EuroDroid

Huawei G300 ICS update next week is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Huawei announce G330 and Y201

Huawei have today announced two new models for its line up of Android handsets.

Firstly the Ascend G330, the follow up to the G300, runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, has a 4″ screen, is powered by a 1Ghz dual core processor and  incorporates Huawei’s own HAP 5.1 Android interface.  The Ascend G 330 also includes a 5 megapixel camera with flash, and fast 3G and WiFi ‘n’ connectivity.

The Ascend G330 will be available on contract from TalkTalk for the rather inexpensive price of £10, £15 or £25 per month with the handset being provided for free.

The Ascend Y201 is an entry-level handset running  Android 2.3 Gingerbread with  a 3.5-inch IPS touchscreen and 3.2 megapixel camera. It has an 800MHz processor provides horsepower to support a range of mobile applications, game-play and video-rendering, and its with a 1250mAh Li-ion battery that gives up to five hours’ talk time. It also comes with a 4GB micro SD card in the box, expandable to 32GB.

The Y201 will be available for free on contracts priced at £5, £10 and £20.

The full press release is below:

London, UK, November 23, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announces its powerful new Ascend G 330 smartphone is to launch in the UK with BBC iPlayer and BBC News apps included, plus a top EA Games title. The Ascend G 330 will be available in the UK from TalkTalk for free from £10 per month on contract next month.


TalkTalk has also launched the Huawei Ascend Y 201 in black, which is available for free from£5 per month on contract now.


The Ascend G 330 follows hugely successful Ascend G 300 smartphone in Huawei’s G-series smartphone family, designed for consumers looking for the kind of blockbusting power and functionality not delivered by entry-level smartphones. The Ascend G 330 runs Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and incorporates Huawei’s own HAP 5.1 Android interface, which enables easy one-step access to key features from the unlock screen, including call, messaging and camera functions.

Entertainment powerhouse

The Ascend G 330’s combination of 1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch screen and 1500mAhbattery enables a powerful entertainment experience, ideal for catch-up TV, video and gaming. It also comes with high-quality DTS sound. Huawei has pre-loaded BBC iPlayer and BBC News apps, alongside EA Games’ award-winning Sims Freeplay onto the handset to ensure it is the best-informed and most fun purchase from the get-go. Android’s Play Store offers access to a rich world of entertainment beyond.


Huawei Device UK and Ireland Product and Solutions Director James Powell said: “The Ascend G 330 sees Huawei, again, set a new standard for entry-level smartphones. It brings together phenomenal power and functionality, marked out by the fact it comes with two essential BBC apps and a killer EA Games title in Sims Freeplay. For discerning shoppers who want knock-out performance and new windows on the world of mobile entertainment, without breaking the bank, the Ascend G 330 can’t be touched.”


The Ascend G 330 also includes a 5 megapixel camera with flash, and fast 3G and WiFi ‘n’ connectivity.


TalkTalk partnership

Huawei has a long-running relationship with TalkTalk in the UK. The Ascend G 330 is the latest Huawei-branded product to be launched by TalkTalk, following on the heels of Huawei’s Y 201 smartphone, which launched this week, and its innovative YouView set-top box, which TalkTalk is currently installing at a rate of more than 1,000 per day.


TalkTalk Commercial Director Tristia Clarke said: “We have a long standing partnership with Huawei in our connectivity and TV products and we are delighted to now extend that relationship with the launch of mobile handsets. We are confident that the new handsets coupled with our great value deals will be very popular with our customers.”


Powell said: “The relationship with TalkTalk has informed much of our UK business across other product lines, and our strategies have developed broadly together. We have launched our set-top box business as TalkTalk has introduced its TV service, and our Ascend Y 201 and G 330 smartphones debut with its new TalkTalk Mobile proposition. Across all, we are aligned to offer cutting-edge technologies to the very broadest of audiences.”


The entry-level Ascend Y 201 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and boasts a 3.5-inch IPS touchscreen and 3.2 megapixel camera. Its 800MHz processor provides horsepower to support a range of mobile applications, game-play and video-rendering, and its 1250mAh Li-ion battery powers up to five hours’ talk time. It comes with a 4GB micro SD card in the box, expandable to 32GB.


The Ascend G 330 will be available for free on contracts of £10, £15 and £25 per month, with varying airtime allowances. The Ascend Y 201 is available for free on contracts of £5, £10 and £20. For more information, please visit http://mobile.talktalk.co.uk/.


Huawei announce G330 and Y201 is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Samsung’s SCH-W2013 is a quad-core, dual-screen flip phone, designed for Jackie Chan

Samsung's quadcore, dualscreen flip phone SCHW2013 designed for Jackie Chan

It's been almost a year since the ridiculously expensive SCH-W999 launched on China Telecom, so it's about time for Samsung to come up with yet another dual-screen flip phone to lure folks with too much money. Launched in conjunction with a big charity concert (again) earlier today is the SCH-W2013, a 1.4GHz quad-core (likely an Exynos 4412) device with Android 4.0 and dual-3.7-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED touchscreens. On top of that there's 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 64GB, 1,850mAh of battery juice, an eight-megapixel main imager plus a whopping 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. As with many flagship devices on China Telecom, the W2013 comes with dual-SIM support: one for CDMA2000 800/1900 and the other for GSM 900/1800/1900. The damage? Well, there's nothing official yet, but it's believed to be somewhere between ¥18,000 ($2,900) and ¥20,000 ($3,210). After all, it ain't cheap to hire Jackie Chan (and he was also given a W2013 at the concert).

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with LTE now available at Verizon, $500 sans contract

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 101 with LTE no available at Verizon, yours for $500

Been clamoring for a Samsung Galaxy 2 10.1 with LTE? While you may have known about Sprint's variant which launched 10 days ago, Verizon is now laying claim to the tablet as well. Big Red's model will cost you a cool $500 ($150 than its 7-inch sibling) with "month-to-month service" that'll run you between $30 for 4GB of data to $60 for 10GB. Details on the slate's internals are light, but you can expect it to be loaded with Android 4.0 and 8GB of flash storage (expandable to 64GB via microSD) -- whether this one has the beefed-up 1.5GHz dual-core CPU like Sprint's remains to be seen, but it is 50 dollars less. Verizon's listing the 10-incher as being ready to ship by the 26th, so hit up the source links below if it's up your alley.

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