EVER dropped a smartphone and felt your heart stop? As phone prices rise north of £1,000, the danger of smashing our most-used gadgets is higher than ever. So what's the safest phone to drop? One brave tech site has dropped $18,000 (£13,380) worth of smartphones...so you don't have to. Research released by O2 last year revealed that 7.5million unlucky Brits are walking around with a cracked phone screen at any one time. And 6million of us have dropped and cracked our phones immediately after purchasing. Part of the problem is that not all phones are made equal – some handsets are simply far tougher than their rivals. Tech blog Tom's Guide has dropped thousands of pounds worth of phones to find the toughest (and weakest handsets), and the results might surprise you. All of the phones were tested over the course of four rounds, falling from four feet and six feet onto wood and concrete. The phones were even plonked into a toilet during one quirky round. A second batch of … [Read more...] about This £13,000 smartphone drop test reveals the 2018’s toughest mobile – and it’s NOT the iPhone
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Usually we try to use The Big Deal to shed light on some mobile phone deal options you may not have considered, or to eke out every last pound of saving on the latest flagship mobile phone.But this week's a bit different. This week we just want to tell you about a superb deal you can get this weekend on the iPhone 8. It's the best-value contract out there on Apple's 2017 corker, it gives you a heck of a lot of data to play with each month, and the best price is exclusive to TechRadar readers.Even though it's been more than half a year since the iPhone 8's release, the price has taken a while to truly come down. But in the last few weeks we've just started to see it become more affordable, culminating in some astonishing deals that have landed this very week.But enough context – let's just get to the price. Read on to find out more about this exclusive iPhone 8 deal, as well as a few other options in case there's something different you want from your contract. Just think: you … [Read more...] about Mobile phone deal of the week: iPhone 8 with 30GB data on O2 is fantastic value
The Big Deal has had plenty to say about the Samsung Galaxy S9 since it was presented to the world with only a little less fanfare than Prince Louis. But prices haven't been cheap since the phone went on sale in mid-March – the S9 is a phone most definitely aimed more towards princes than paupers.Well, at least it was until last Friday, when Carphone Warehouse-owned Mobiles.co.uk delivered a Galaxy S9 deal on contract that blew the rest out of the proverbial. £23 per month. £180 upfront. 4GB of data and unlimited calls and texts. As deals go that's about as beautiful as a new-born babe.Perhaps the most outlandish thing about this deal is that over the course of the two-year contract, the total amount of money you'd pay actually equates to a few quid less than the £739 RRP of buying the Galaxy S9 SIM-free outright. And if you did splash the cash on the phone, you'd then have to pay at least £4 a month for a SIM plan – and for £4 you'd only get … [Read more...] about Contract vs SIM-free mobile phone deals: which is the prince of price?
Prachi Bhardwaj, provided by Published 3:14 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Business Insider A lot of sports fans are looking forward to the possibility of watching sporting events using immersive technology like virtual reality and augmented reality, but few know how far along it is. At this year's Tribeca Film Festival, sports fan and director of product for Watson Developer Labs & AR/VR Labs at IBM Michael Ludden talked about the obstacles facing VR and AR in sports, during a panel moderated by Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget. Also participating in the panel was Mitzi Reaugh, VP of development and strategy at Jaunt, who brought up some alternative use cases that show how AR and VR could be here sooner than we think. Among the many opportunities presented by virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), people are really excited at the prospect of being able to wear a headset and feel like you're courtside at a basketball game, or on the sidelines at a … [Read more...] about Two technologies could transform the way we all watch live sports — here’s how close they are to becoming reality
Recent data breach incidences have taught us a lot. Most importantly, it has made us realise if our data goes in the wrong hand, then we are left vulnerable forever. Businesses are taking robust measures to keep their systems secure with firewalls and antivirus software. But, it has still not gotten into the heads of many that their phones and tablets are home to a wealth of personal info that can be quite easily broadcasted to the entire world if left unprotected. Mobile apps don’t just collate our data but also broadcast it to ad networks. Because of poor security features of different mobile apps, chances of your mobile data going into wrong hands is high.Do you know? At least one on the four mobile apps (which accounts for more than 24 percent) consists of at least one security flaw with high risk!This astonishing fact puts the security of your credentials shared with different mobile apps in doubt.Here’re the different ways in which your mobile apps are compromising … [Read more...] about Five ways mobile apps are putting your credentials at risk
First, we’ll take a look at the four main providers - Orange, SFR, Bouygues, and Free - followed by a closer look at what you can get and where you can get it. Orange is the biggest If you want safety in numbers, stick with Orange. It’s by far the biggest operator in France with over 10 million users. The company also has around 100,000 employees in France, which is worth taking into consideration because it means you’re (probably) more likely to have your phone call answered or your technician actually arrive. Of course, Orange isn’t perfect. It gets its fair share of complaints and had the second-highest number of disgruntled customers in a study published earlier in 2018. The facts: According to France's telecoms communications authority Arcep, 4G mobile internet from Orange reaches 96 percent of the population and 77 percent of the country geographically. Orange leads all operators for both these stats. Cheapest offer: … [Read more...] about Living in France: So which mobile phone provider should I go with?
posted on 01 Mar 2018, 16:55 7 1. surethom (Posts: 1151; Member since: 04 Mar 2009) eBay has been my go-to for every mobile phone for the last 13 years, I get a new one almost every year. I have saved myself thousands. posted on 01 Mar 2018, 17:16 0 2. DolmioMan (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2018) I doubt you’ve saved yourself thousands. posted on 01 Mar 2018, 17:59 8 4. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2375; Member since: 23 Jan 2014) You could save a Grand in just 5 years. Knock off $200/year and you're there. This man's been doing it for 13. 11. Boast_Rider (Posts: 266; Member since: 14 Sep 2017) Would you call it savings though. He would be spending about the same as the guy who changes his phones less often but goes for new ones. posted on 01 Mar 2018, 17:28 7 3. Settings (Posts: 2739; Member since: 02 Jul 2014) Buying last year's flagship is a wise move too. posted on 01 Mar 2018, 18:02 8 7. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2375; Member since: … [Read more...] about Comments for : Refurbished phones are getting a lot of love as the price of new handsets soar
If you’re looking to move to a prepaid carrier in the United States, you have a ton of options. One of the best quality prepaid carriers out there is Boost Mobile, powered by Sprint. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Here, we take you through the best Boost Mobile phones. This prepaid carrier has a wide selection of premium devices, and to be honest, it can get a little confusing at times. So, we’re here to help you make the best decision. Related: Best Sprint Android phones | Best Boost Mobile deals Many of the best Boost Mobile phones are pretty pricey when buying directly through the carrier. Keep in mind that these are all off-contract prices. You’ll likely be able to find them a bit cheaper on Amazon. Without any more hesitation, let’s get started! Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market. Samsung Galaxy S8 See more … [Read more...] about Best Boost Mobile phones (January 2018)
Top-tier smartphones have always been a reasonably expensive purchase, but the close to $1,000 price tag of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone refresh has put many consumer heads (and wallets) into a spin. They’re ultra-expensive, no doubt, but some will argue that the sheer amount of cutting edge technology packed into these phones justifies the price hike. Let’s face it though, charging $1,000 or more is just as much about setting the brand up as a premium player in the eyes of consumers as it is about paying for cutting edge technology. There are plenty of phones out there already that offer snappy performance, excellent pictures, a crystal clear display, and all the software features you could want for $500 or even less, but they seldom permeate the headlines. Innovation vs commoditization Of course we know that this whole exercise isn’t a new phenomenon. Smartphone companies are perpetually trying to one up each other by being the first to a new … [Read more...] about $1,000 phones are an inevitable side effect of commoditization
I’ve had the pleasure of spending the last week or so getting to know the new Nokia 3310, the company’s latest feature phone designed in the spirit of the much beloved original 3310 from the turn of the millennium. Originally I had planned to relive my nostalgia for my first mobile phones, the Siemens A55, Nokia 3410 and my beloved Sony Ericsson K750i. Unfortunately, I encountered a number of niggles, setbacks, and outright roadblocks that made spending a week with the device much more difficult that I’d first thought. My experience ended up being a frustrating one, and as much as there is to like about the new Nokia 3310, over the course of the week I’ve remembered just how much phones have changed over the past decade. So I’d like to share a few of my observations with you. Right out of the box, getting started with the Nokia 3310 harkened back to a much more primitive experience. There’s no easily accessible SIM tray here, … [Read more...] about A week with the Nokia 3310 reminds me how far phones have come