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  1. For some reason, Vodafone seem to want to pick a fight with Three. In a bundle 'exclusive to Three customers' (although there doesn't seem to be any validation of this), they are offering 20GB of 4G data (with unlimited data for the first 2 months), unlimited calls, unlimited texts, Euro Traveller Plus and one of their media services (Spotify, NowTV Entertainment, Sky Sports Mobile TV or Netflix), all for £20 a month on a 12 month SIM only contract. There might be some cashback on offer too, courtesy of TopCashback, who are currently listing £78 back on £17-£22 contracts. Wow! The offer is running until March 3rd (although the cashback ends sooner), so if you want to take advantage, you best move quickly. Sadly, I won't be taking them up on the offer as Norfolk is an almost exclusive 2G zone in my experience... Head on over to TCB (and click through to Vodafone) to order!
  2. For some reason, Vodafone seem to want to pick a fight with Three. In a bundle 'exclusive to Three customers' (although there doesn't seem to be any validation of this), they are offering 20GB of 4G data (with unlimited data for the first 2 months), unlimited calls, unlimited texts, Euro Traveller Plus and one of their media services (Spotify, NowTV Entertainment, Sky Sports Mobile TV or Netflix), all for £20 a month on a 12 month SIM only contract. There might be some cashback on offer too, courtesy of TopCashback, who are currently listing £78 back on £17-£22 contracts. Wow! The offer is running until March 3rd (although the cashback ends sooner), so if you want to take advantage, you best move quickly. Sadly, I won't be taking them up on the offer as Norfolk is an almost exclusive 2G zone in my experience... Head on over to TCB (and click through to Vodafone) to order! View full item
  3. I want 4000mAh+ batteries in all my devices

    Yeah, agree @Gee8300 - I'm very impressed with the latest devices from both manufacturers. P
  4. The more we want our devices to do, the more the batteries take a battering (pun-ish intended). It makes sense, imagine a 3000mAh battery in a device 3 or 4 years ago... battery life would likely have been measured in weeks rather than days. 2015 flagships however often struggled to see a full day of use because of a combination of factors - svelte bodies, power hungry chips and lacklustre power optimisations. It doesn't have to be this way however and one company in particularly is showing us the way forward... Xiaomi! I recently took delivery of the Redmi 3 and the Redmi Note 3 Pro. Both of these devices from the Chinese manufacturer are notable because they pack Qualcomm processors (Snapdragon 616 and Snapdragon 650 respectively), rather than the more common Mediatek CPUs. More importantly though, they both pack huge batteries (4100mAh and 4000mAh) in relatively thin bodies (less than 8.7mm thick). The result? Epic battery life. Historically, MIUI - the Xiaomi Android fork - isn't the most battery efficient, but both of these devices are blowing away anything else I've ever owned. This is backed by early battery tests around the Internet too. They are no slouches either, by virtue of their modern chips. Everyone's battery life experiences are unique, because we all use our phones very differently. I'm particularly hard on battery - I have everything turned on, stay hooked up to a Wear device and a Fitbit all day - which means I struggle to hit 3 hours of screen on time, even on devices with good size batteries like the S6 edge +. On the Note 3 Pro? 5 hours screen on time is no problem, even with MIUI's background process management completely disabled. Xiaomi aren't the only company taking battery life seriously, Huawei / Honor deserve a mention too. I've found battery life on the Honor 7 to be very good (it has a 3100mAh mAh battery), and the new Honor 5X looks to be a good performer too. With the imminent arrival of a raft of Snapdragon 820 devices at MWC later this month, I hope manufacturers build on the improved efficiency over the Snapdragon 810 by adding larger capacity batteries too and in 2016 devices, battery anxiety might become a thing of the past. For now... I'll stick with my Xiaomi and Honor phones I think... View full item
  5. The more we want our devices to do, the more the batteries take a battering (pun-ish intended). It makes sense, imagine a 3000mAh battery in a device 3 or 4 years ago... battery life would likely have been measured in weeks rather than days. 2015 flagships however often struggled to see a full day of use because of a combination of factors - svelte bodies, power hungry chips and lacklustre power optimisations. It doesn't have to be this way however and one company in particularly is showing us the way forward... Xiaomi! I recently took delivery of the Redmi 3 and the Redmi Note 3 Pro. Both of these devices from the Chinese manufacturer are notable because they pack Qualcomm processors (Snapdragon 616 and Snapdragon 650 respectively), rather than the more common Mediatek CPUs. More importantly though, they both pack huge batteries (4100mAh and 4000mAh) in relatively thin bodies (less than 8.7mm thick). The result? Epic battery life. Historically, MIUI - the Xiaomi Android fork - isn't the most battery efficient, but both of these devices are blowing away anything else I've ever owned. This is backed by early battery tests around the Internet too. They are no slouches either, by virtue of their modern chips. Everyone's battery life experiences are unique, because we all use our phones very differently. I'm particularly hard on battery - I have everything turned on, stay hooked up to a Wear device and a Fitbit all day - which means I struggle to hit 3 hours of screen on time, even on devices with good size batteries like the S6 edge +. On the Note 3 Pro? 5 hours screen on time is no problem, even with MIUI's background process management completely disabled. Xiaomi aren't the only company taking battery life seriously, Huawei / Honor deserve a mention too. I've found battery life on the Honor 7 to be very good (it has a 3100mAh mAh battery), and the new Honor 5X looks to be a good performer too. With the imminent arrival of a raft of Snapdragon 820 devices at MWC later this month, I hope manufacturers build on the improved efficiency over the Snapdragon 810 by adding larger capacity batteries too and in 2016 devices, battery anxiety might become a thing of the past. For now... I'll stick with my Xiaomi and Honor phones I think...
  6. Or £193 with faster delivery and guaranteed no duty... http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Original-Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-3-Pro-Snapdragon-650-Hexa-Core-5-5-3GB-RAM-32GB-ROM/342812_32597684693.html P
  7. The 5X supports all UK bands. P
  8. Swift? As in the cheaper one? LOTS of reasons! Or do you mean the Storm? P
  9. Just a ton of stuff on of late. Regular service will be resumed very soon, I'm also looking for contributors who can help with news. :) P
  10. A little bit of lag, I suspect the build can be optimised a little bit. Screen is very good, camera is good enough and the fingerprint reader is excellent. The fingerprint reader WILL use Marshmallow APIs when it gets updated (like the Honor 7 M Beta does). P
  11. Ask away folks! :) P
  12. The Honor 5X UK pricing has finally been revealed - Honor's attack on the mid-range market (or is it the low end market? It's hard to tell with the Honor 7 being such good value too!) has a RRP of £189.99, but will currently set you back just £169.99 and you'll also get a £10 voucher for a future vMall purchase too. The handset is available in silver (with a white front) and grey (with a black front) now, with an all-gold version shipping next week. We have the gold version in the MoDaCo offices now, so we're ready to take your questions! A reminder of the specs for you... Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1 (Marshmallow + EMUI 4 update to follow) Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 16GB ROM 2GB RAM Dedicated microSD slot (up to 128GB) 5.5" Full HD (1920x1080)IPS display 13 Megapixel rear camera 5 Megapixel front camera 4G: LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz 3G: 900/1900/2100 MHz GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz Dual SIM (1 x Micro, 1 x Nano) Bluetooth: 4.1 Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n Micro-USB GPS/AGPS + GLONASS Fingerprint sensor Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor 3000 mAh battery Metal construction 151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm Pretty impressive for the price eh? Three have also just announced that they will have a UK network contract exclusive on the device and will have the 5X on sale from the 12th February (colour options TBC). Head on over to Vmall to buy, and visit this topic (in the new Honor 5X forum!) to ask any questions - we'll endeavour to answer them for you! View full item
  13. The Honor 5X UK pricing has finally been revealed - Honor's attack on the mid-range market (or is it the low end market? It's hard to tell with the Honor 7 being such good value too!) has a RRP of £189.99, but will currently set you back just £169.99 and you'll also get a £10 voucher for a future vMall purchase too. The handset is available in silver (with a white front) and grey (with a black front) now, with an all-gold version shipping next week. We have the gold version in the MoDaCo offices now, so we're ready to take your questions! A reminder of the specs for you... Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1 (Marshmallow + EMUI 4 update to follow) Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 16GB ROM 2GB RAM Dedicated microSD slot (up to 128GB) 5.5" Full HD (1920x1080)IPS display 13 Megapixel rear camera 5 Megapixel front camera 4G: LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz 3G: 900/1900/2100 MHz GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz Dual SIM (1 x Micro, 1 x Nano) Bluetooth: 4.1 Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n Micro-USB GPS/AGPS + GLONASS Fingerprint sensor Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Hall sensor, Proximity sensor 3000 mAh battery Metal construction 151.3 x 76.3 x 8.15 mm Pretty impressive for the price eh? Three have also just announced that they will have a UK network contract exclusive on the device and will have the 5X on sale from the 12th February (colour options TBC). Head on over to Vmall to buy, and visit this topic (in the new Honor 5X forum!) to ask any questions - we'll endeavour to answer them for you!
  14. Do you have trouble getting to sleep because you mess around on your phone right up to the minute you go to sleep? If so, that may be due to over exposure to blue light from your device. "The cause is the photoreceptor in your eyes, called Melanopsin. This receptor is sensitive to a narrow band of blue light in the 460-480nm range which may suppress Melatonin production - a hormone responsible for your healthy sleep-wake cycles. In experimental scientific studies it has been shown an average person reading on a tablet or smart phone for a couple of hours before bed time may find their sleep delayed by about an hour." Twilight is one of the best (non root) options for managing this problem (if you are a root user you should check out CF.Lumen) and at 10p for the pro version, it's a no-brainer purchase right now. The app makes applies a filter to your device screen appropriate to the time of the day. It filters the flux of blue light emitted by your phone or tablet between sunrise and sunset to protect your eyes. The filter intensity is smoothly adjusted to the sun cycle based on your local sunset and sunrise times. The newly updated release also includes support for Android TV and Android Wear as well as auto-pause for specific apps. Interested? Head on over to the Play Store to download (and upgrade via the in app purchase). View full item
  15. Do you have trouble getting to sleep because you mess around on your phone right up to the minute you go to sleep? If so, that may be due to over exposure to blue light from your device. "The cause is the photoreceptor in your eyes, called Melanopsin. This receptor is sensitive to a narrow band of blue light in the 460-480nm range which may suppress Melatonin production - a hormone responsible for your healthy sleep-wake cycles. In experimental scientific studies it has been shown an average person reading on a tablet or smart phone for a couple of hours before bed time may find their sleep delayed by about an hour." Twilight is one of the best (non root) options for managing this problem (if you are a root user you should check out CF.Lumen) and at 10p for the pro version, it's a no-brainer purchase right now. The app makes applies a filter to your device screen appropriate to the time of the day. It filters the flux of blue light emitted by your phone or tablet between sunrise and sunset to protect your eyes. The filter intensity is smoothly adjusted to the sun cycle based on your local sunset and sunrise times. The newly updated release also includes support for Android TV and Android Wear as well as auto-pause for specific apps. Interested? Head on over to the Play Store to download (and upgrade via the in app purchase).

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