Argos is selling the SIM free, black Samsung Galaxy S4 for the slightly unorthodox – but significantly appealing – price of £273.68. Was £369.95.
Oddly, someone asked just the other day if many current phones use an LED for notifications, and there’s a surprise addition to the group.
Turns out the Google Nexus 6 has a secret RGB LED, one that can be activated if you’re happy enough to root your device.
Amazon has knocked £100 off the 16GB third-generation Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, bringing it down from £199 to £99. Pay a further £10 to get rid of sponsored screensavers, if you fancy.
What the heck is Plex? Check it out: “Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any device,” and it’s currently less than half price at £1.27 on Google Play.
What happened this week? The 0-10 Oakland Raiders beat the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs; that was pretty weird. We won’t dwell too much on Scotland vs. England in the soccerball; that was just a friendly.
In mobile (that is, after all, why we’re here), Nokia surprised us with an Android Lollipop tablet, the N1, and Finnish startup Jolla secured over $1m in three days for its own take on the tablet thing.
Bit of a strange one here, but bear with us. On O2 Refresh, you can grab a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S5 in gold for £29.99 up front. We don’t care about the Airtime Plan, because we’re going to cancel that immediately and pay off the monthly £10 Device Plan, so that’s £10 (Device Plan) x 24 (months) = £240 + £29.99 (up front) = £269.99 for a Samsung Galaxy S5.
I’d admittedly grown to feel a little sorry for Jolla, a group of well-meaning individuals seemingly doomed to live in the shadow of the big money-grabbing mobile players.
But the Finns clearly don’t need any sympathy, as their Jolla Tablet has secured a ridiculous $1.1 MILLION funding in just three days.
Not exactly a new deal, admittedly, but this is definitely your best bet if you’re on the lookout for unlimited 4G data. Specifically, this Three SIM only deal comes in at £15PM with a minimum 12-month agreement.
Having spent a couple of decades growing up without all this newfangled mobile technology, I find it endlessly amusing that you no longer need to know anything; just “Google it”. In that sense, the internet’s almost like external storage for your brain.
Similarly, Google wants to make things easier for us unilingual idiots, with an app that enables a real-time, local, screen-based conversation with someone else in an entirely different language. Sacré bleu!
Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 is found in a multitude of phones, from the wallet-friendly Motorola Moto G, to high-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 and HTC One M8.
The inevitable Gorilla Glass 4 has been officially announced, and needless to say it’s “dramatically improved” with the headline feature being its ability to laugh off 1m drops on rough surfaces. Er, most of the time.
Using code ASTROMSG, you can knock £3.99 off this Anker Astro Mini – wait for it – “Ultra-Compact Lipstick-Sized Portable Power Bank Pack External Battery Charger with PowerIQ Technology” (3,200mAh), so that’s £10 instead of £13.99. Neat!
This ties in quite nicely with not only How to access US South Park Studios from your UK Android smartphone or tablet, but also No more ‘Free’ games on the App Store, but you can still ‘Get’ them. Nice work, me.
I speak of South Park’s tongue-in-cheek guide (though it is remarkably accurate) for building the perfect money-grabbing freemium mobile game.
Even better than the recent £315 mobilephonesdirect deal, it's the LG G3, notable for being one of the first phones with a QHD display (2560 x 1440 = 3.7 MILLION pixels), now yours for £299.99 SIM free from Ebuyer.
It’s amusing that every time a new high-end BlackBerry phone is rumoured, the collective blogosphere wonders: ‘Could this be BlackBerry’s saviour?’ Never say never, I guess.
The latest candidate for reversing the Canadian manufacturer’s ailing fortunes is something called the BlackBerry Rio, an all-touch flagship.
Floating around in the increasingly interesting no man’s land between Motorola Moto G-esque affordability and wallet-punching flagship territory, it’s the Moto X 2013 – SIM free, white and with 16GB storage – going for £229.99 at Expansys.
Following on nicely from our Four of the best phones under £150 feature, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has today introduced the spanking new Honor 3C, with a wallet-friendly price tag of £109.99.
The Huawei Honor 3C certainly offers plenty of bang for your buck, following the grand Chinese tradition of decent-but-affordable phones, but the picture's not entirely rosy.
There’s an ever-growing army of phones - not just phones but smartphones - below the £150 mark, with at least three hands required to count recent sub-£150 mobile deals.
Here we’re focusing on the £100-150 range, with four very different phones from four very different manufacturers.
If you’re thinking of forking out significant buckage on a shiny new Apple product, head over to John Lewis, where you can take advantage of a free 3-year guarantee. That’ll save a few quid on AppleCare.
The Google Play Store recently bowed to pressure from angry customers and the European Commission over the use of the word ‘Free’ in relation to gratis apps that offer – or sometimes demand – in-app purchases in order to unlock content, or perhaps to progress in a game. "Freemium" apps, for short.
In a similar move, App Store apps that are free to download are no longer listed as ‘Free’, with the button now labelled ‘Get’.