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The Blackberry Passport Sim Free is a phablet for business class
Saturday, August 30th, 2014
The Blackberry Passport Sim Free is a phablet for business class

Named after its Passport like proportions, the Blackberry Passport has us all sitting on the edge of our seats.  The handset has already been crowned the go to ‘phablet for the business class’ thanks to the combination of the Blackberry Passport’s  physical keyboard with a 4.5 inch square 1440×1440 LCD display. This winning grouping not only boosts efficiency and productivity for business users, but will also attract gamers , media lovers, architects and designers alike.

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The unusual square proportions of the handset is proving to be a marmite moment, you either love it or hate it. However, the shape and size of the screen is apparently a cleverly thought out plan to further boost our productivity. Blackberry have explained how academic research has allowed them to offer the optimal number of characters on the Passport’s screen to make it the go to device for reading e-books, viewing documents and browsing the web. They have removed the worry of portrait or landscape modes to ensure we won’t miss a thing.  ‘The Passport is like the IMAX of productivity, and you don’t have to sacrifice screen real estate, vertically or horizontally.’ http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/07/passport-design/

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The dimensions of the device have yet to be released, but we know it to be larger than the Blackberry Q10 and the Blackberry Z10. But fear not, Blackberry have promised a palm and pocket friendly feel despite its predicted large proportions.

Inside the Passport is 3GB RAM with Adreno 330 OpenGL and quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor. More on this will follow over the next few weeks. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up as we delve further into what the Blackberry Passport has to offer.

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Register to Pre Order the Samsung Gear S Smartwatch
Friday, August 29th, 2014
Register to Pre Order the Samsung Gear S Smartwatch

Samsung has announced a new wrist wearable device, the Gear S.  And what’s more a smartphone is not needed as the new device has built in 3G connectivity. It can connect to 3G or 2G networks on its own so that calls and notifications can be received without having to rely on a phone. Calls can be made and received and you can send and receive messages on the new SmartWatch. As the device has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi you can of course revert back to using the watch paired alongside your smartphone.

The Gear S has a 1.0 GHz dual core processor together with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 300mAh battery, which should provide up to 2 days usage.  The device is powered by Samsung’s Tizen operating system, which say Samsung is more power efficient than Android.

The device does not have a camera but does come with a standalone music player. The stylish curved display has a rectangular resolution of 360 x 480 and can produce a QWERTY keyboard when needed. The device has 2 inch AMOLED screen and is a conventional watch shape. It has interchangeable straps for you to mix and match according to your taste.

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You can register your interest in the Samsung Gear S SamrtWatch now.

The Battle of the Circular Smartwatches is on
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
The Battle of the Circular Smartwatches is on

Motorola have claimed to offer the first ever circular Smartwatch in the form of the Moto 360. However, LG are putting up a fight with the rumoured unveiling of an LG circular Smartwatch at the IFA 2014 in Berlin next week.

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Rumoured to be called the LG G Watch R, the watch will join the LG G Watch and be the company’s second Google Powered Android wearable. LG uploaded a teaser video earlier this week, showing glimpses of the wearable including several interfaces such as a compass and step counter.

Terms such as ‘round the bends’ and ‘perfect circle’ confirm the devices circular design  and it is also suggested that LG are planning an OLED display for the new smartwatch, rather than the IPS LCD of the first LG G Watch.

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We have also spotted a few Samsung patents that describe round smartwatches, so LG aren’t the only ones chasing the ‘stylish’ Smartwatch label.  Samsung are, however, yet to confirm the existence of such a device leaving the door widely open for LG and Motorola to take the lead.

Keep an eye on our blog, Facebook and Twitter throughout September to stay up to date with all the IFA announcements as they happen.

The Nokia Lumia 530 is now in stock
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
The Nokia Lumia 530 is now in stock

If you’re looking for a Windows 8.1 phone on a budget, look no further than the entry level Nokia Lumia 530, now available.

Whilst Nokia have offered this at a lower price to the entry level Android OS Motorola Moto E ,  they certainly haven’t scrimped on spec.  Offering a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB of RAM, all wrapped up with a 4-inch 854 x 480 LCD display, the Nokia Lumia performs way past its sub-£100 price tag.

Offering an upgraded platform from the Nokia Lumia 520, it includes 4GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card slot up to a further 128GB. The handset also comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office, allowing  students (or professionals) to access work whether they’re on campus or at home, all backed up on 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage included with the purchase.

The Nokia Lumia 530 offers changeable fashion conscious covers and all the latest social networking apps all wrapped up together.  Skype, Viber, Line, Facebook, Shazam, Instagram are all there to keep you connected, alongside streamed Radio, which is cleverly available off line so you can keep the party going even when you’re out of a wifi zone. Another handy ‘off line’ feature is the maps and navigation app which doesn’t require you to be online whilst travelling to your destination.

This is a 5-megapixel camera on the rear which is adequate for quick instagram snaps, however the lack of the front-facing camera rules off selfies and video calls which will disappoint some users. Nevertheless, features such as the Word Flow keyboard and Nokia’s popular Action Centre prove that the Nokia Lumia 530 is a budget smartphone that packs a powerful punch.

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Check the new personal assistant Cortana on Nokia Handsets
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Check the new personal assistant Cortana on Nokia Handsets

Cortana is a new smartphone PA powered by Bing and it certainly impresses us. Inspired by real life personal assistants Cortana intelligently learns your likes, routines and preferences to gain enough knowledge to anticipate your needs. Asking questions to ensure she knows what matters to you, Cortana also promises to gain enough intelligence to schedule you reminders and all your important details to ensure your life runs smoothly.

Whilst many are quick to label Cortana as the Window’s Siri, Nokia and Microsoft are very keen to outline some of the ways Cortana surpasses Apple’s offerings. By answering some questions on start up and allowing access to all your personal details, emails, GPS, tweets, messages etc (which does raise some privacy issues) Cortana will figure out where you live and work, pop reminders on screen when someone calls you (eg say happy anniversary to your wife when she calls) and warn you of traffic backups before you even  start the journey.

A neat trick we liked was the ability to schedule ‘Quiet Hours’ when she’ll intercept calls from everyone apart from those in your ‘Inner Circle of Friends’, allowing you to field calls seamlessly.

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Cortana is currently available as a download on Nokia Lumia 530, Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia Lumia 635, and Nokia Lumia 930.

BlackBerry Passport expected to arrive soon
Friday, August 22nd, 2014
BlackBerry Passport expected to arrive soon

Get ready for what is, perhaps, the most exciting announcement from Blackberry this year… the Blackberry Passport is ready to land. Over the next week we will be bringing you insights into the ‘revolutionary’ new handset, which Blackberry promises will have us clamouring to purchase.

Today we take a look at what is perhaps Blackberry’s signature piece, the QWERTY keyboard, which we have seen on the BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5.

Crackberry addicts often cite their loyalty to the brand due to the easy to use keyboard and it looks like they are about to cash in their loyalty with a very notable upgrade.  This revolutionary new physical keyboard provides you more ways to control and navigate your smartphone thanks to its impressive response to touch. Rows of touch-sensitive keys combine the tactile efficiency we come to expect of Blackberry, with touchscreen like navigation to enhance productivity.

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Blackberry’s QWERTY keyboard’s revolutionary response to touch provides you more ways to control your smartphone without having to use the touchscreen. Whilst it might sound slightly odd to control a Smartphone from the keyboard rather than the touchscreen, Blackberry have cleverly continued to target their loyal Business users, who depend on the ease of a physical keyboard to fire off emails quick fast but want the feel of a smartphone.

The rumoured capacitive touch keyboard will allow users to perform gestures to delete words, predict text or scroll browsers on the actual keys.  Developers will be able to use the new keyboard in their apps, bloggers will navigate web pages and bash out their latest piece on the go, whilst business professionals will be able to read documents faster, all whilst enjoying the ease of fast, efficient typing .

The innovate Blackberry keyboard also promises the following:

  • Faster scrolling
  • Intuitive cursor control
  • Intuitive text selection
  • Contextual virtual keys
  • Flick to type
  • Easer delete
  • Easier access to scented characters

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As Blackberry themselves state, they’ve  ‘taken something great – the BlackBerry 10 keyboard – and innovated with the boundary-breaking design of the BlackBerry Passport form factor, while staying focused on one thing: YOUR productivity.’

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up as we delve further into what the Blackberry Passport has to offer

Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Now in Stock
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Now in Stock

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Style is mid-range smartphone powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s operating system. The device is the follow up to the popular Galaxy Ace 2. It features a 4 inch WVGA display and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Samsung’s Galaxy Ace Style arrives with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera without flash and a front facing VGA camera for video calling. The device also includes NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 together with WiFi.

Featuring a 4 inch display on the Ace Style, with a resolution of 480 x 800 and 512MB of RAM together with 4GB of internal memory. This can be expanded up to 64GB via microSD.

The Galaxy Ace Style has a 1500mAh battery, the same as its predecessor, the Ace 2, even though the Ace Style has a larger screen. Style wise, the device has a vertical stripe down the back of the plastic casing which differentiates it from other Samsung devices. The Galaxy Ace Style is a compact, lightweight device which sits nicely in the hand and is easy to use one handed.

Call quality on the Galaxy Ace Style is good and calls are perfectly audible with clear sounds and a natural tone to the caller’s voice.

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You can order the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style Sim Free online now from Unlocked Mobiles.

Pre Order the Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Pre Order the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The new Samsung Galaxy Alpha is very similar to the Galaxy S5, except that the Alpha arrives with a metal chassis. The sides of the phone are exposed metal while the front of the sturdy device is glass with the rear made of premium plastic. And being just 6.7 mm thick is the thinnest Samsung device to date.

This latest devise from Samsung has a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 312ppi compared to the 5.1 inch screen on the Galaxy S5. The rear camera on the Alpha is 12 megapixel compared with a 16 megapixel camera on the S5. The front of the Alpha has a 2.1 megapixel camera above the screen. At the bottom of the screen is the Home key which has a hidden fingerprint reader which is used to lock the Alpha. The device is also PayPal certified to authorise payments.

The back panel on the alpha is removable to expose the 1860mAh battery. The Alpha also has available Ultra Power Saving Mode, which kills off non-essentials, for when the battery charge gets very low. With its slim design the Alpha includes S Health, Private Mode and connectivity with Samsung Gear Fit, Gear Live and Gear 2 wearables. The Alpha comes with 32GB of storage but has no microSD support. It arrives with the latest version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat and has 2GB of RAM.

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha will be available in black, white, gold, silver and blue and is due for release soon.

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You can pre order the Samsung Galaxy Alpha Sim Free online now from Unlocked Mobiles.

Review of the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Review of the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet

The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a bright and bold tablet very similar in style to the Nokia Sim Free Mobile Phones. The same slick lines and curved edges of the Nokia phones have been used in the 2520 tablet. With its polycarbonate casing the Lumia 2520 is a solid, quality built device and is also very light. It can easily be held quite comfortably in one hand for some time without any effects.

The device runs Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1 and is powered by Qualcomm’s quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU, the same as on the Nokia Lumia 1520. And with 2GB of RAM you can be assured of a fast performance. There is also 32GB of onboard storage which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. The  Lumia 2520 can easily be used as an office with Word, Excel, PowerPoint  and Outlook all available.

Thsi devise form Nokiae also has 4G and a superior battery life. The battery can be charged up to 80% within the space of an hour and maximum power in just 3 hours giving you a full day’s use out of the tablet.

Nokia’s Lumia 2520 has a rear 6.7 megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, the same as Nokia used on the Lumia 720. It produces bright and clear images and with the support of two apps, Storyteller and Video Director, you can make the most of your images and videos. The device also has a 2 megapixel front camera for video calls. You can also stream music for free using Nokia Music.

The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a smart looking, quality Windows tablet with a great screen and good battery life. The device is an ideal partner for people on the move and with its tough Gorilla Glass 2 protection is robust and sturdy for everyday use. It is lightweight and with its modern design and 4G LTE modem and WiFi you can be assured of fast communication wherever you may be.

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You can order the Nokia Lumia 2520 online now.

Low Cost Nokia 208 Now Available
Friday, August 8th, 2014
Low Cost Nokia 208 Now Available

The low cost Nokia 208 has a 2.4 inch QVGA display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels giving a pixel density of 167ppi. It also has a microSD card slot and Bluetooth 3.0 with Nokia’s Slam sharing technology which allows you to share images and videos with friends with no pairing necessary.

This device is very similar to the Nokia 207, except that the 208 has a 1.3 megapixel rear facing camera which has a self guided portrait mode and panorama feature. It has manual settings for white balance, landscape and a self timer.

The Nokia 208 has full 3.5G HSPA internet support allowing fast and speedy access to the internet and online services. The most popular social network services, such as  Facebook Twitter and WhatsApp are pre-installed and other apps are readily available from the Nokia Apps Store.

Nokia’s 208 will be available in red, cyan, white and black, and with the colour going all the way through the case, if your device is scratched or chipped it will still have the same colour underneath retaining its smart appearance. The device has a coloured shell which can be removed and replaced with a different colour if needed. The keypad has no gaps between the keys making the 208 relatively splashproof.

If you are looking for a low cost device packed with features and easy to use then the Nokia 208 is for you.

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You can order the Nokia 208 Sim Free online now from Unlocked Mobiles.