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August 9 2011 3 09 /08 /August /2011 09:44

When buying a mobile phone, there are many things that you should consider. This article details our top five tips for buying mobile phones in the U.K.

Pick your company

Before choosing a phone, if you're not already tied into mobile plans, you will need to select a carrier. O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile are the major nationwide wireless providers.

However, you can purchase a plan through smaller companies as well. Service offerings vary from region to region, so you should know what's available. These can be found out by visiting the phone company shops that can be found in all High-Street by visiting phone retailers such as Phones4you and the Carphone Warehouse.

Check your location

Coverage should be one of the most important factors in picking a carrier. After all, there's no point in having a mobile phone if you have no reception. If you have ever owned a mobile phone, you know how geographically sensitive mobile phones can be.

Step an inch to the left and your reception suddenly cuts out. When doing your research, your best bet will be to ask everyone around you how their service ranks and, again, ask in phone shops about their local coverage.

Compare plans

All carriers have several calling plans usually broken down by minutes used per month.

Look at old phone bills to see how many minutes you average and then choose your plan accordingly.

Take note of your calling patterns and when peak and off-peak hours begin. Also, you should ensure that you get the best phone tariffs to suit your specific needs.

Test the phones

If you are going to buy a phone online, go to your phone provider's store and check out the unit in person. Do you like the way it feels in your hand? Are the screen and buttons big enough? Is it too heavy? You do not want to buy a phone without testing it and then realise that you do not like. This will be a waste of time and money.

Phones for kids

If you are buying a phone for your child, which many people do these days, you may want to consider one with restricted features. Alternatively, you can ask your provider if there is a way to limit certain features or apply parental controls.

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July 15 2011 6 15 /07 /July /2011 13:39

In 2010, Apple released its revolutionary new iPad. It looked like a giant iPhone but it was most definitely much more than this. In 2011, Apple took this one step further and released the iPad's follow up, the iPad 2. It has not been out for long and there is so much to say about it. However, here is a brief review of the aesthetics of the new Pad 2.

Characteristics

Despite the rumours of the Ipad 2 being thinner than a newspaper and weighing as light as a feather, the reality is that it is only slightly smaller than the original iPad although it is thinner than the most recent iPhone, the iPhone 4.

It stands at 241mm tall, 186mm wide and is only 8.6mm thick. Due to its new curved edge, it is easier to grasp than the iPad. So, the size is not a lot different but those who were saying that it will be as light as a feather are not too far wrong. It is a massive 80g lighter than the iPad and comes in at just 680 grams despite having a metal back thus making all of its competitirs now look overweight and out dated. Aesthestically, the iPad 2 is brilliant.

Quality

As well as being asthetically pleasing, we should talk about the overall quality of the iPad 2. The touch screen is still as good as ever. Although if you have not used such a thing before, it can take some time getting used to it. If you do struggle to get used to it, you can always purchase an Apple keyboard. A nice new touch is how quick it is to turn on. All you have to do is open the cover tand the device automatically powers up. It the device now has two cameras which allow you to do various things, such as Skype or make your own videos.

Downsides

A couple of downsides to the device is that is has no USB port and it will not run flash which makes using gaming websites a difficulty but overall, the iPad 2 is a step up from its predecessor.

Starting prices for the iPad 2 come in at a reasonable £399 and jumps up to £659 for the 64gb w-fi 3g version (price seen on 14.07.2011).

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