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  1. On the hunt for a cheap SIM only deal? iD Mobile, the Carphone Warehouse MVNO that runs on the 3 network, is offering 10GB of 4G data with rollover, unlimited SMS, 300 mins and spend capping for £10 a month on a 30 day contract, via uSwitch. Bargain! The headline feature for me, aside from the 10GB data, is data rollover. How does it work? It automatically rolls over your unused data allowance to the next month, giving you a second chance to use it. Last month you had some data left over. Data Rollover gives you a second chance to use it. Your unused data is rolled over to this month, and gets used first. You've got all month to use it up. Your unused monthly data allowance always rolls over to the next month. Pretty cool eh! To sign up for the offer, head on over to the uSwitch site. View full item
  2. On the hunt for a cheap SIM only deal? iD Mobile, the Carphone Warehouse MVNO that runs on the 3 network, is offering 10GB of 4G data with rollover, unlimited SMS, 300 mins and spend capping for £10 a month on a 30 day contract, via uSwitch. Bargain! The headline feature for me, aside from the 10GB data, is data rollover. How does it work? It automatically rolls over your unused data allowance to the next month, giving you a second chance to use it. Last month you had some data left over. Data Rollover gives you a second chance to use it. Your unused data is rolled over to this month, and gets used first. You've got all month to use it up. Your unused monthly data allowance always rolls over to the next month. Pretty cool eh! To sign up for the offer, head on over to the uSwitch site.
  3. It might feel like Android tablets are dead (on the whole, it's hard to argue, let's be honest), but there are still some pretty compelling devices out there. One of my personal favourite tablets is the Samsung Tab S2 8.0, which I have in Qualcomm / LTE flavour. It's great, but unlike the Tab S3 (which unfortunately is only available in the larger size) it doesn't have any specific stylus support. So, as a big fan of previous Adonit stylii, I jumped at the chance to try the new 'Droid' model. The Droid is Adonit's first 'micro precision disc stylus' specifically designed with Android users in mind. Currently priced at £16.99 on Amazon in black, blue or silver, it features a newly engineered 4.75mm non-removable micro-size disc. So what's is this 'micro disc'? The majority of capacitive stylus models on sale today feature either a foam / rubber tip or a metallic fabric tip. This is because the screens on tablets are not designed for precision stylii, and need a larger capacitive surface area than a fine tip will provide. Of course, the risk of scratching or marking the screen has to be mitigated too. Adonit pioneered the alternative approach (which admittedly has now been replicated by others) of having a very fine tip, but providing the larger surface area required with a transparent disc. While this might sound a little odd in theory, it's always worked exceptionally well in practice with the original large disc - now that it's been reduced in size, is it still as good? The Droid's micro disc is 32% smaller than on previous models and is ideal both for tablets of all sizes and for phones too. The disc itself is made from PET material, designed to never scratch your screen. It's hinged so you can write or draw at any angle and the dampening tip also helps to provide a more natural writing experience. The stylus body itself has an ultra slim, stylish design with a 7mm diameter and weighs just 13g. The threaded lid, which protects the disc when it's not being used, has a handy clip which I find ideal for keeping it handy in my bag. So this all sounds great in theory... but how well does it work? I'm pleased to report - just as well as its predecessors. The smaller disc really does improve the experience while not compromising on the overall feel or accuracy. While the body of the stylus itself is slimmed down, it's not reduced to such a level that it's uncomfortable to hold for extended periods of time. I could imagine wanting a slightly chunkier version with the same small disc to keep in the pen pot at home, but it's definitely a win for me. My usage scenario is mostly around diagrams or taking notes, but my daughter, who also uses a Tab S2 8.0 is a far more demanding customer - she uses Adobe Draw extensively on her tablet to create 'signs' she posts on Instagram (kids today eh?). I gave her the stylus to try and... I fear I'm never getting it back! The Droid is her first experience of a micro disc stylus, having previously used a narrow foam tipped model. As will be the case for most people, she found the switch a little bit odd at first, as the feel is very different. After a short period of acclimatisation however, she's really happy. I recently gave her an iPad 2018 to try and an Apple Pencil and she preferred the feel of the Adonit! Should you buy one? If you're looking for a stylus for your phone or tablet, I would recommend giving the Droid a try. But really giving it a try, don't discount it because it feels a bit different at first. It's well made, very accurate, fantastically portable and very reasonably priced. I like the blue one best! View full item
  4. It might feel like Android tablets are dead (on the whole, it's hard to argue, let's be honest), but there are still some pretty compelling devices out there. One of my personal favourite tablets is the Samsung Tab S2 8.0, which I have in Qualcomm / LTE flavour. It's great, but unlike the Tab S3 (which unfortunately is only available in the larger size) it doesn't have any specific stylus support. So, as a big fan of previous Adonit stylii, I jumped at the chance to try the new 'Droid' model. The Droid is Adonit's first 'micro precision disc stylus' specifically designed with Android users in mind. Currently priced at £16.99 on Amazon in black, blue or silver, it features a newly engineered 4.75mm non-removable micro-size disc. So what's is this 'micro disc'? The majority of capacitive stylus models on sale today feature either a foam / rubber tip or a metallic fabric tip. This is because the screens on tablets are not designed for precision stylii, and need a larger capacitive surface area than a fine tip will provide. Of course, the risk of scratching or marking the screen has to be mitigated too. Adonit pioneered the alternative approach (which admittedly has now been replicated by others) of having a very fine tip, but providing the larger surface area required with a transparent disc. While this might sound a little odd in theory, it's always worked exceptionally well in practice with the original large disc - now that it's been reduced in size, is it still as good? The Droid's micro disc is 32% smaller than on previous models and is ideal both for tablets of all sizes and for phones too. The disc itself is made from PET material, designed to never scratch your screen. It's hinged so you can write or draw at any angle and the dampening tip also helps to provide a more natural writing experience. The stylus body itself has an ultra slim, stylish design with a 7mm diameter and weighs just 13g. The threaded lid, which protects the disc when it's not being used, has a handy clip which I find ideal for keeping it handy in my bag. So this all sounds great in theory... but how well does it work? I'm pleased to report - just as well as its predecessors. The smaller disc really does improve the experience while not compromising on the overall feel or accuracy. While the body of the stylus itself is slimmed down, it's not reduced to such a level that it's uncomfortable to hold for extended periods of time. I could imagine wanting a slightly chunkier version with the same small disc to keep in the pen pot at home, but it's definitely a win for me. My usage scenario is mostly around diagrams or taking notes, but my daughter, who also uses a Tab S2 8.0 is a far more demanding customer - she uses Adobe Draw extensively on her tablet to create 'signs' she posts on Instagram (kids today eh?). I gave her the stylus to try and... I fear I'm never getting it back! The Droid is her first experience of a micro disc stylus, having previously used a narrow foam tipped model. As will be the case for most people, she found the switch a little bit odd at first, as the feel is very different. After a short period of acclimatisation however, she's really happy. I recently gave her an iPad 2018 to try and an Apple Pencil and she preferred the feel of the Adonit! Should you buy one? If you're looking for a stylus for your phone or tablet, I would recommend giving the Droid a try. But really giving it a try, don't discount it because it feels a bit different at first. It's well made, very accurate, fantastically portable and very reasonably priced. I like the blue one best!
  5. As detailed at http://www.carloudy.com/ Brand new and super rare! Myself and a friend both backed it on Kickstarter, we've both been waiting a long time and have since changed our cars, so these are surplus to requirements. £100 inc delivery. P
  6. Android has a feature known as 'FRP', or 'Factory Reset Protection'. This is designed to prevent someone stealing your phone, performing a factory reset, then selling it on. If you don't do things in the right way however, this can also trip you up when selling your device (perhaps in our new Classified Ads area!). What does this mean? If you don't wipe your device in a 'FRP friendly way', when the new owner tries to use the device for the first time, they will need to sign in with a previously used Google account first - i.e. yours. Unless you want to be giving your Google account details out, this is not ideal. When does this normally occur? FRP is most commonly triggered when you perform a factory reset from recovery or bootloader directly. How can I prevent this happening? The key thing to do is ensure that you always reset your device from the settings menu. Anywhere else, any other way, you're at risk of tripping FRP. OK, got it. Any other tips? When I'm selling on a device, I always perform the reset, connect to Wi-Fi, skip through the wizard to the home screen to ensure everything is OK, then reset one more time. It might be overkill, but I then know that FRP is disabled. View full item
  7. Android has a feature known as 'FRP', or 'Factory Reset Protection'. This is designed to prevent someone stealing your phone, performing a factory reset, then selling it on. If you don't do things in the right way however, this can also trip you up when selling your device (perhaps in our new Classified Ads area!). What does this mean? If you don't wipe your device in a 'FRP friendly way', when the new owner tries to use the device for the first time, they will need to sign in with a previously used Google account first - i.e. yours. Unless you want to be giving your Google account details out, this is not ideal. When does this normally occur? FRP is most commonly triggered when you perform a factory reset from recovery or bootloader directly. How can I prevent this happening? The key thing to do is ensure that you always reset your device from the settings menu. Anywhere else, any other way, you're at risk of tripping FRP. OK, got it. Any other tips? When I'm selling on a device, I always perform the reset, connect to Wi-Fi, skip through the wizard to the home screen to ensure everything is OK, then reset one more time. It might be overkill, but I then know that FRP is disabled.
  8. On Twitter, one of the most common questions I get asked is 'should I buy from this site, the price seems too cheap?'. The site in question is normally one of the big grey importers, such as eGlobalCentral, Tobydeals, Quality Deals. So what are they, why are they so cheap and should you use them? A grey importer is a site that sells devices originally intended for sale in another country, in the UK. This means that they can get the device potentially cheaper abroad and still sell it in the UK at a reduced price, even after (theoretically) paying all applicable taxes and shipping. As a consumer, what are the implications of using these sites? Aside from the fact that what you buy may have the wrong plug on, the obvious one is around warranties. As the devices aren't intended for the UK, making a warranty claim with the manufacturer is going to be complex at best, potentially expensive if you need to return the device and completely impossible at worst. What about returns to the seller? Again, as the companies are not UK based you won't receive the same consumer protection you would here, but there's no doubt the discounts are very appealing. If you do decide to take the plunge, there's a few things you can do to protect yourself and help smooth the process. The first thing to understand is that you're unlikely to get your product quickly. The way things seem to work is that the seller will ship from abroad (typically China) to a UK 'warehouse' who will then ship on to you, removing any risk of import taxes for the buyer. This is OK, but it often takes a while unless there just so happens to be local stock, so you'll have a bit of a wait. The actual purchase and delivery process can also be a bit strange because of the process involved. Many sellers like to issue a local tracking number soon after order confirmation, however this number will then appear to 'do nothing' while the package makes its way to the UK, before suddenly showing progress as the UK leg of the shipment begins. We said above that normal buyer protections don't apply, but what can you do to help protect yourself in the event of an issue or dispute? We've learned the hard way, but always, always try and pay using either PayPal or your credit card. Both offer buyer focused protection policies which don't necessarily guarantee you'll see a positive outcome, but do tip things in your favour. Always opt for shipping insurance. Even more important than this is to document everything as evidence should issues arise later. When the package arrives? Take a photo. When you open and unbox it? Video it in case there's problems. If you find issues later? Make the problem as clear as possible with media you can share with both the seller and the payment handler. Follow the above and chances are you'll be OK. Ultimately you need to decide... Is the risk worth the reward? I recently purchased a Gear Sport from eGlobalCentral. UK street price - £250. Their price - £155. Saving - 38%. It's easy to see why these sites are very popular. One final tip for this piece - many grey importers offer cashback via the main UK cashback sites such as Quidco or Topcashback, so always remember to check there before buying. How has your experience of these sites been? Share in the comments!
  9. On Twitter, one of the most common questions I get asked is 'should I buy from this site, the price seems too cheap?'. The site in question is normally one of the big grey importers, such as eGlobalCentral, Tobydeals, Quality Deals. So what are they, why are they so cheap and should you use them? A grey importer is a site that sells devices originally intended for sale in another country, in the UK. This means that they can get the device potentially cheaper abroad and still sell it in the UK at a reduced price, even after (theoretically) paying all applicable taxes and shipping. As a consumer, what are the implications of using these sites? Aside from the fact that what you buy may have the wrong plug on, the obvious one is around warranties. As the devices aren't intended for the UK, making a warranty claim with the manufacturer is going to be complex at best, potentially expensive if you need to return the device and completely impossible at worst. What about returns to the seller? Again, as the companies are not UK based you won't receive the same consumer protection you would here, but there's no doubt the discounts are very appealing. If you do decide to take the plunge, there's a few things you can do to protect yourself and help smooth the process. The first thing to understand is that you're unlikely to get your product quickly. The way things seem to work is that the seller will ship from abroad (typically China) to a UK 'warehouse' who will then ship on to you, removing any risk of import taxes for the buyer. This is OK, but it often takes a while unless there just so happens to be local stock, so you'll have a bit of a wait. The actual purchase and delivery process can also be a bit strange because of the process involved. Many sellers like to issue a local tracking number soon after order confirmation, however this number will then appear to 'do nothing' while the package makes its way to the UK, before suddenly showing progress as the UK leg of the shipment begins. We said above that normal buyer protections don't apply, but what can you do to help protect yourself in the event of an issue or dispute? We've learned the hard way, but always, always try and pay using either PayPal or your credit card. Both offer buyer focused protection policies which don't necessarily guarantee you'll see a positive outcome, but do tip things in your favour. Always opt for shipping insurance. Even more important than this is to document everything as evidence should issues arise later. When the package arrives? Take a photo. When you open and unbox it? Video it in case there's problems. If you find issues later? Make the problem as clear as possible with media you can share with both the seller and the payment handler. Follow the above and chances are you'll be OK. Ultimately you need to decide... Is the risk worth the reward? I recently purchased a Gear Sport from eGlobalCentral. UK street price - £250. Their price - £155. Saving - 38%. It's easy to see why these sites are very popular. One final tip for this piece - many grey importers offer cashback via the main UK cashback sites such as Quidco or Topcashback, so always remember to check there before buying. How has your experience of these sites been? Share in the comments! View full item
  10. I have too many phones atm, but this is a stunning phone and that's a great price!
  11. Please log in and visit this page - https://www.modaco.com/settings/deletemyaccount/ - to request account deletion. Thanks.
  12. Of course, click the 'messages' icon at the top, or click on a member name and press 'message'. P
  13. I wouldn't advise posting your e-mail address in a public forum.
  14. If you want your MoDaCo username updated to reflect your Twitter name let me know! P
  15. Selling my EE 4G Action Cam with Remote Control Watch, mint, boxed and unlocked, £30 inc postage. I recently bought a GoPro so it's surplus to requirements!
  16. A few little hints for getting the most out of the Classified Ads forum! You can quickly access this forum by using the URL https://classifiedads.modaco.com You can follow the Classified Ads forum on Twitter via https://twitter.com/MoDaCoAds You can get emails on new topics by using the 'follow' button in the main forum list You can sign up to a RSS feed of the Classified Ads forum on http://www.modaco.com/rss/1-classified-ads.xml Enjoy! :) P
  17. Have you always wondered what goes on at a phone launch event? Want to meet the Honor and MoDaCo teams? Well here's your chance to find out - and meet us! MoDaCo together with Honor UK is offering 5 lucky readers the chance to come along to the Honor 10 launch in London on the 15th May! All you need to do to enter is complete the steps on the Gleam entry form below and ensure you are available on the big day. Honor will cover your travel to the event (up to a limit of £60) and as well as enjoying a the launch you'll leave with your very own Honor goody bag. Good luck, and hopefully we'll see you there! Win a ticket to the Honor 10 UK launch on 15th May
  18. Have you always wondered what goes on at a phone launch event? Want to meet the Honor and MoDaCo teams? Well here's your chance to find out - and meet us! MoDaCo together with Honor UK is offering 5 lucky readers the chance to come along to the Honor 10 launch in London on the 15th May! All you need to do to enter is complete the steps on the Gleam entry form below and ensure you are available on the big day. Honor will cover your travel to the event (up to a limit of £60) and as well as enjoying a the launch you'll leave with your very own Honor goody bag. Good luck, and hopefully we'll see you there! Win a ticket to the Honor 10 UK launch on 15th May View full item
  19. Thanks to Huawei Mobile UK, we're giving away a Huawei P Smart in the rarer Gold and White colour, featuring 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, a 5.65" Fullview display, 13MP+2MP cameras and super-quick fingerprint unlock. To go with your phone you'll also win a Huawei Band 2 Pro (that's the higher spec one with GPS built in). Entering is easy, with a required Twitter re-tweet and additional options for more entries! The competition is not region restricted and the winner will be chosen at random using the Gleam system. Visit this page to enter! View full item
  20. Thanks to Huawei Mobile UK, we're giving away a Huawei P Smart in the rarer Gold and White colour, featuring 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, a 5.65" Fullview display, 13MP+2MP cameras and super-quick fingerprint unlock. To go with your phone you'll also win a Huawei Band 2 Pro (that's the higher spec one with GPS built in). Entering is easy, with a required Twitter re-tweet and additional options for more entries! The competition is not region restricted and the winner will be chosen at random using the Gleam system. Visit this page to enter!
  21. Glad it's useful, perhaps something similar for the 16:9 models, of which there are many, is in order! P
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