Sim Free Phones Vs Pay as You Go Phones

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In this day and age mobile phones have become such a necessity that is practically impossible to live without them. There are certainly choices for mobile phones, you can get a phone on a contract, pay as you go or even SIM free. Having said that in this article we are going to look at SIM free VS pay-as-you-go as this is one of the most heavily discussed topics at the moment.

Pay as You Go

Firstly, we are going to look at the pay-as-you-go phone. The pay-as-you-go phone will usually come with a SIM card to a dedicated network such as Vodafone. This means that the phone can only be used with this network and no other. The benefit of pay-as-you-go is that it is usually cheaper than the SIM free equivalent.

The SIM free phone is open to all networks and therefore can be used with any SIM card. In general these phones are usually more expensive than the pay-as-you-go, however they are not restricted to one network which can be beneficial for people who have multiple SIMs on different networks.

Let’s go into this topic with more detail and see why these would be suitable for certain people.

The benefits of pay-as-you-go phone are that if you are not heavy user and only use your phone occasionally you will end up paying less on pay-as-you-go and you will not be tied to a contract where you have to pay monthly regardless of how much you use the phone. These days on pay-as-you-go there are some great tariffs where you get anything from 150 minutes a month and unlimited texts for £10 a month. You also get the option to renew the following month if you please. If you don’t want to go for one of these types of tariffs used to get the option of SIMply paying for each call. These options you can select one topping up.

Although the range of phones is not as good as what are available on contracts, there are still some good phones available on pay as you talk. So, on this type of tariff it’s about compromise when it comes to selecting the phone, you will not get the best phone, but you also won’t be paying money monthly to SIMply have the phone.

Pay-as-you-go is defiantly ideal for low end users who are not obsessed with having the latest phone with all the latest top-notch features and functions.

SIM Free Phones

SIM free phones have a wider range to select from, in fact you will find some of the bestselling contract phones available SIM free which makes this option a bit more desirable for people who are looking for a top end phone.

SIM free phones are good for people who are midway through a contract but would like to upgrade their phone without having to cancel a contract and getting stuck with cancellation fees which could end up being the same amount as a SIM free phone. Cheap SIM free phones are also a good option for people who have been on pay as you talk for quite a number of years but would like to have a more up-to-date phone with more than a top end features and functions.

So, as you can see the SIM free and pay-as-you-go phones appeal to different people. Pay-as-you-go is ideal for someone who is just looking for a mid-range phone that is used occasionally.

Whereas the SIM free phone should be looked at as an upgrade on your current phone, whether you’re on contract or pay-as-you-go, because of the wide range available in SIM free this is a good option to upgrade without having to cancel a contract or being stuck with the mid-range mobile phones as a pay as you talk user.

I hope this article has helped you understand which type is best for your needs. As you can see, SIM free and pay-as-you-go fulfil very different needs.

Apple iPhone 7 Review

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The much-anticipated Apple iPhone 7 has finally been released. Many diehard Apple fans have been waiting for the iPhone 7 and Apple has been creating quite a buzz around this phone. The question is, what has Apple changed and how they improve the new flagship phone.

The Design

First off, let’s start with the design. To be honest with you there isn’t much to write here as the design is practically identical but with very few less noticeable changes. The few changes Apple have made are the antenna lines on the back have been slightly tweaked and coloured to blend into the body of the matte black and glossy jet black models which actually make them look quite nice. However, various other coloured models, have the lines as dull grey. They also made a slight tweak to the camera bump. They have actually enlarged it but have done a better job of blended into the rear casing.

They have also made changes to the home button which is a bit hit and miss according to reviews. Instead of being a physical button that you can be pressed down, it is a solid button that does not move at all but reacts to the pressure of the finger. The reason why some people don’t like this feature is because it feels like the entire bottom phone is clicking when you press the button.

To sum up the design, to the untrained eye the Apple iPhone 7 looks exactly like the previous model the iPhone 6, in fact if you were to put it in a case could not tell the difference.

The Camera

The cameras see a huge improvement in the iPhone 7. The primary camera is now 12 megapixels where as in the previous model it was 8 megapixels and the front facing camera sees a tremendous increase in quality going from 1.2 megapixels in the iPhone 6 to now 7 megapixels. They have also installed a faster f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilisation. The camera on the iPhone 7 may not be as good as some of the cameras you can find android phones but at least Apple make an attempt to increase the quality of their phones.

Performance

The iPhone 7 sees a huge improvement in performance. It now has Apple’s highly regarded A10 Fusion chip. This chip has 4 cores, 2 of the cause are high-performance whereas the other 2 by low performance cores that are used for the many simple tasks the phone is capable of that don’t require much processing power. This setup will help the iPhones battery last longer high-performance chips only taken when they need to. Apple have also increased the RAM, you now get 2 GB of RAM.

The phone also comes with Apple’s latest iOS 10 which should further help increase in performance of the iPhone 7.

Conclusion

This phone is definitely aimed at people that are well and truly into the Apple family. Spec wise, they have android phones out there that are much better, not to mention look wise as well, with the new Galaxy Samsung 8 and its beautiful edge to edge display makes the Apple iPhone 7 look a bit dated.

If you are an Apple fan, and this is the phone for you. If you’re simply in the market to get the best phone for your money then I highly suggest you look at the android alternatives because you will get a lot more phone for your money.

 

Moto G5 The Best Budget SIM Free Phone

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The Moto G range has been extremely popular ever since its first launch in 2013. In fact, the 2013 model was the best selling smartphone in its class. Now five generations later Motorola’s release the Moto G5 and is no surprise that is one of the best phones you can get for your money.

However, what has changed now is that Moto G is no longer produced by Google but has been taken over by Lenovo.

So, let’s have a closer look at this phone to see exactly what you get for your money…

Display Screen

Let’s start with the display screen, you get an 5 inch 1080p HD touch display screen. What’s impressive is that you get the full HD display screen at this price. If you look at most of its competitors, you will find that they only have 720p HD screen.

Performance/storage

It comes with a fairly decent processor for a phone at this price. This phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset that has a Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor. It also comes with 2 GB of RAM. Considering this is a budget phone, the processor and RAM should be enough to execute tasks that most people use this phone for.

It comes with a decent amount of storage space, as standard you get 16 GB with obviously some of the pre-installed software taking some of that up right out of the box. You can expand the memory with a microSD card.

The Cameras

The rear picture camera is 13 megapixels and has autofocus, face detection as well as LED flash. The front facing camera is 5 megapixels. As for the video camera it has a resolution of 1080p HD at 30 frames per second. For a budget phone, these are fairly good specs and most definitely better than its competition.

The Design

The original Moto G and some of the generations after it were a bit plane in design, however, now with the fifth generation that’s changed. Lenovo have done away with some of the plastic and introduced nice metal sides as well as a more up-to-date colourful design. It seems like they’re trying to add a bit of personality into the phone.

Conclusion

Considering this is a budget phone that you can get for under £160, you do get a good phone for your money. As you can see the specs are fairly decent and the fourth HD 1080p display screen is a nice touch. Having that sort resolution for just general browsing makes the phone a pleasure to use, not only is general browsing impressive on the display screen but viewing the pictures you have taken is a pleasure as well. This is a easy phone to recommend to friends as it is cheap as well as having good specs, in fact, as of now, the best specs you can get for that price. So if you’re looking to upgrade your old Smartphone for something new and cheap, you cannot go wrong with the Moto G5.

 

 

 

LG G6 SIM Free Phone Review

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LG has launched their latest flagship phone, the LG G6. Their previous flagship phone the G5 didn’t go down too well so in this article we are going to have a look if LG learnt their mistakes with the G5 and improved the G6.

As far as technology goes with the G6, it looks like LG decided to use old technology and improve upon that rather than using the latest phone tech. This can instantly cause a problem with buyers that use spec sheets to make their buying decisions. If you are comparing phone side by side on the spec sheet and you see a phone that has old technology you are less likely to purchase that phone.

It seems like the biggest emphasis on the LG G6 is the fact that it has a bigger screen, in fact, it has a much larger screen the previous model yet remains the same size and the G6 phone comes with 18:9 aspect ratio.

The Display Screen

Let’s start with the display screen. The display screen has gone from 5.3 inches to now a quite sizeable 5.7 inches, the resolution stays the same but they have managed to improve the screen to body ratio from 70.1% to now 78.6%. And what’s even more impressive is that they have managed to make the phone slightly smaller than the previous version. The dimensions for height and width in the G5 are 149.4 x 73.9 whereas now in the G6 the dimensions are: 148.9 x 71.9. So as you can see it is slightly smaller in height and quite a bit smaller and width, yet it has a much bigger screen.

They have done this by making the bezel a lot smaller around the front of the phone, the bezel on the sides are even slimmer, they are so slim that they are hard to see which makes this phone looks really nice from the front. Although it’s not quite edge to edge, it is extremely thin.

As for the aspect ratio of 18.9, you will notice the benefits of this aspect ratio when you tilt the phone to its side. You have to bear in mind, that not all apps support this aspect ratio, so you will be left with black bars on the side. So you may not see the benefits of this aspect ratio in some games and various other apps that would potentially benefit from a better aspect ratio. One thing that is a bit odd and disappointing is that they used the old gorilla 3 glass protection rather than the new and improved gorilla sized glass protection.

Dual Camera Technology

It still has the same dual camera technology as the previous model. However, one of the cameras gets downgraded from 16 megapixels to 13 megapixels. But the wide angled camera gets improved from 8 megapixels to 13 megapixels. Although one of the cameras sees a slight reduction in megapixels it is good that the wide-angled one season improvement in megapixels as this camera has the ability to fit a lot more into shots and was becoming more used than the standard 16 megapixel camera.

Procesor

Thankfully they have upgraded the processor from the snapdragon 820 to the 821 series which should help the phone deal with tasks a lot more efficiently. However, there is going to be a serge of flagship phones on the market with them much improved Snapdragon 835 processor. The question is how will be G6 stack up against these phones in terms of performance.

Conclusion

At this present time the moment the LG G6 is a good phone, not to mention also very good looking phone with its metal and glass body. However, the issue is with other manufacturers releasing their flagship phones over the course of the next few months, they will more than likely blow away the LG G6, think Samsung Galaxy S8 for example. If I was currently in the market for a phone I would definitely hold off from purchasing G6 and wait for the other manufacturers to release their flagship phones.

Tips to Help You Find the Right Smartphone

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The Smartphone is currently the best selling gadget in the marketplace at the moment and I cannot see that changing anytime soon. However, there are still many people that are not sure what to look at when buying a smartphone.

The majority of people will simply by phone for its looks then after a while of using it realise it really is not the phone for them. When buying a phone, although looks as important you also need to take into consideration the other aspects of the phone and how they will function with actual usage. Below we will give you some tips to help you quickly identify what type of phone is right for you.

Operating System

If you don’t like the operating system then you will never get along with the phone so that is why it is important to get a phone with an operating system that you like using.

There are currently two main operating systems that the major phone manufacturers use, there is the widely popular Android by Google and Apple’s iOS operating system.

People who generally have other Apple products will easily take to the iOS operating system, not to mention all the Apple devices will interface easily. If you are currently using an iOS operating system, whether that be on a MacBook or an Apple tablet then choosing the Android operating system may not be the best decision for you.

Whereas if you are not familiar with Apple’s iOS operating system. It might be a good idea to go to the local phone shop and play about with both operating systems to see which one you like best. In my experience, many people like Android as there’s a wider phone selection for this operating system and the general specs of android phones are a lot better than Apple’s iPhone.

Battery Life and Usage Time

These are extremely important elements look at. There is nothing worse than having a phone that you have to charge 2 to 3 times a day. When purchasing a phone always look at the talk time, standby time, music playback time and video playback time. This will give you an idea of how often you have to go between charges. Although in general, the smartphone battery is not that good. If you can get a phone that lasts a day without having to charge and this would be ideal if you’re on the move for the time.

CPU and RAM

If you plan to use your phone quite heavily, then it is important that you get a phone that has a good amount of RAM, preferably over 3 gigabytes of RAM and a multicore processor. There are many ways to determine how powerful a processor is and one of the easiest ways is to look at the gigahertz, in general, the more gigahertz the more powerful the processor is. Also be sure to read reviews about this element of the phone to get a better idea of the types of tasks the phone can handle.

Camera Technology

One of the most common uses of phones these days is taking pictures and if you plan to take a lot of pictures that are important and you need to have a camera that will deliver. The latest trend seems to see a slight reduction in megapixels and have now what is called dual camera. This basically means is you get two main cameras in the rear. One is your standard camera and the other is a wide angled camera which allows you to fit in a lot more into your pictures without having to move back. So essentially you can take a close-up of large objects and fit them in.

Set Your Budget

It can be easy to get sold on a more expensive smartphone, when you see all its latest high-tech bells and whistles it can be hard not to want one, therefore you should set yourself a budget and only look at phones within that budget.

Play Around With Phones

Visit your local phone shop and play about with the demos to see which phone you naturally like using and like the look of. Sometimes people buy phones straight off the Internet without seeing it in person. The phone can look good in the picture but not in real life. So always see the phone in person and use it to see how you get along with that.

When you go to purchase your phone keep these tips in mind and hopefully you end up selecting the right phone for your needs are not end up being stuck with something you don’t like and will be stuck with it for quite awhile.

History of Mobile Phones

 

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In this era of high-tech gadgets and toys the mobile phone is definitely the leader in this area and floods the market with products for every type and level of user.

So let’s look at the history of mobile phones. The first patent for a mobile phone unit was issued in 1908. But it wasn’t until 1984 when the actual technology for cellular network calling was established and that was in Japan.first-mobile-phone

Back then mobile phones which is too large to be carried in the pocket in fact they were anything but mobile. So the manufacturers decided to install them in cars to be used as a car phone and these became very popular amongst the rich. This became the most popular means of a mobile phone up until 1990.

Since then the mobile phones have become popular not to mention smaller and more mobile. Believe it or not but the mobile phone has become so popular in some countries that the number of mobile phones is starting to outnumber the population, yes that’s right more phones than population. At the moment Africa has the quickest growth of mobile phones and subscribers. But when it comes to having the largest market that goes to India with a whopping 6 million subscribers every month!

Most people who have a mobile phone these days are not aware how rare and expensive mobile phones used to be. And that is because these days the world of communication has become so cheap and inexpensive that no one even stops to think not long ago not many people had these devices.

Believe it or not but in the US 50% of children have their very own mobile phone, yes that’s right 50% of children, imagine telling that to someone back in the late 80s they would think you’re mad. The growth of north into so big that in many countries is not uncommon that mobile phones outnumber landlines.

And this is simply because mobile phones have become so cheap that in some places is more expensive to phone via your landline then it is free own mobile phone. This is especially true in Third World countries as it is easier for them to carry a mobile phone than to plans expensive lines through villages for landline phones. Hence why mobile phones are growing so fast.

Mobile phones came from simple beginnings the content was simple make a call for a wireless device and now they are likened to miniature personal computers that fit in your pocket.

These days mobile phones can do practically everything from taking HD photographs and videos to viewing HD films on your screen. You also get Internet, emails, play music, games, organise your life and much much more.

It’s amazing to think of the advancement of mobile phones have made in such a short time. Even as little as 10 years ago it was impossible to think of some of the things that mobile phones come with these days. It really makes you wonder what mobile phones will be equipped with within the next 10 years, 3D screens may be? Who knows. One if one thing is sure they are only going to get more popular and popular as the years go by there is no doubt about that.

Tips to Help You Find The Perfect SIM Free Smartphone

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There are so many SIM free Smartphones to choose from these days and if you are currently looking to either purchase your first smartphone or simply upgrade to something new, it can be really confusing when trying to pick one for yourself.

Smartphones with the help of modern-day technology are here to make your life easier so that is why it is crucial that you pick the right one for your needs. So that is why we have put together this guy to help you pick the perfect smartphone, as it is important that you select the right smartphone that has all the right features for your needs.

The phone design – gone are the days of boring black mobile phones and now you have a huge choice of colourful smartphones to choose from. If you’re one of these people with the colourful personality than a colourful phone is for you and you should be looking at something like the iPhone which comes in various bright colours, HTC One red or how about the Samsung Galaxy in its beautiful blue colour. There are many handsets on the market that are available in various colours, so be sure to check out what colours are on offer before you make a purchase.

If you’re in the market for something a little less colourful but different from the boring black phones then you will find many to choose from such as the Motorola Moto G or the LG G5.

If you’re one of these people that sends a lot of messages, email and does a lot of productivity work on their phone then you may want to consider a phone that doesn’t have a touchscreen but comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard found on the BlackBerry .

Smartphone size – smartphones come in many various different sizes, you have mini phones, standard size phones or phablet’s which usually have screen around 6 inches or higher. So think about what you’re going to use the phone for, if it is going to be for gaming and watching lots of videos then maybe want to consider a phablet like the Galaxy Note as its big screen will be perfect for these kinds of things.

If you’re looking for a standard phone that allows you to just text, make calls and does all the basic things a smartphone should do then maybe you should look at something like the Moto G5. You will be spoilt for choice in this range so it’s always good to do a side-by-side comparison before you make a purchase.

Now, if you’re looking for a small but powerful phone, then you will find some good ones in the mini range. For example the Sony Xperia compact is an amazingly powerful phone in a small size, this phone really packs a punch when it comes to performance. You can also consider the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini which is not as powerful as the Sony but comes with a very good spec at a reasonable price.

When it comes operating systems there are four main ones that are currently available on the market and they are: Microsoft Windows Phone which your mainly find on the Nokia Lumia range, iOS which are commonly found on iPhones, BlackBerry OS which obviously found on BlackBerry’s and then you have Google’s Android which is probably the most popular operating system at the moment as it is found on a range of many phones such as Google’s very own Motorola Moto G.

All these operating systems function differently so in order to find the best one for you it’s a good idea to find a working model for each operating system and using yourself and see which one you like the best because the last thing you want is a phone with an operating system that you can’t stand.

This is an extremely important aspect of any smartphone to consider and that is the battery. Because of the functions a smartphone can do these days smartphones drain the battery really fast and don’t last no way near as long as the old handset such as the Nokia 5110.

The average smartphone will give you a days use before charges required unlike the Nokia 5110 which could easily give you three to four days of use before a charges is required. There are some phones at the higher price bracket which will give you up to 2 days of battery use such as the BlackBerry passport, so it’s not all bad. But when it comes to selecting a phone is essential you look at the battery usage times so you can see what sort of talk time and standby times the phone will provide.

As you can see it that wasn’t too difficult, these are just some of the few things you need to keep in mind when purchasing a next phone and hopefully you’ll end up with the right one. Don’t be afraid to ask the sales assistant questions or if you’re buying online always look at the specs before you make a purchase.