iPhone 5c All You Need to Know

Overview

The release of the iPhone 5c this year marks a monumental change for Apple; it is the first time that the company has offered a choice of new handsets for its customers. And while the rumours all pointed towards a budget iPhone, Apple has ensured that the iPhone 5c still embraces everything that Apple stands for, but that it offers a more fun and personalised take on the traditional premium iPhone.

The iPhone 5c is available in five colours: blue, green, white, pink and yellow, and it is made of plastic rather than the usual aluminium that you might be familiar with. Apart from its design, though, the iPhone 5c is remarkably similar to the iPhone 5; it has the same 4-inch screen size, 8 megapixel camera and dimensions, the only difference is that it comes pre-loaded with Apple’s latest iOS 7.

iOS 7 has completely revolutionised the iPhone, and this isn’t more apparent than on the iPhone 5c. With a bright and vibrant colour scheme (which coincidentally mimics the colour of each iPhone 5c handset), iOS 7 has moved away from the boring, corporate appearance of iOS, and essentially given the user interface an uplift.

iOS 7 also features new functions to make the iPhone 5c easier to navigate around, including a double tap function and new control panel.

And with iPhone deals for the 5c starting from just £31 per month, the iPhone 5c certainly succeeds as being the more viable option when it comes to getting a top of the range iPhone. 

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Apple iPhone 5c 16GB blue Review

The iPhone 5c is Apple’s ever-so-slightly cheaper iPhone which was revealed to an eagerly awaiting audience alongside the iPhone 5s this month.

However, after all the rumours gearing us up to see a budget version of the popular iPhone, critics have come down hard on the iPhone 5c’s £469 price tag.

But with Apple having sold 9 million devices in the first weekend of sales, the iPhone 5c can’t be that bad. And with iPhone deals for the iPhone 5c coming in at around £10 a month cheaper, the iPhone 5c could provide users a more viable alternative to the iPhone 5s.

Here we take a look at whether critics are being too hard on the iPhone 5c, or whether Apple has compromised on quality with this colourful, plastic-clad iPhone. 

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Our Rating

Build Quality
17/20
Phone Set Up
17/20
Features
16/20
Camera & Video
16/20
Battery Life
17/20

Top 5 colourful phones

The top 5 colourful phones are going to be of great interest to you if you want to let personality burst out. So check out the best colourful mobile phones below.

5. Apple iPhone 7

Apple’s latest rendition of its iPhone gave us a big surprise by beefing up its colour range, which includes rose gold, black, gold and silver, by adding jet black. The high-gloss jet black iPhone 7 (and dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus) couldn’t look more premium and Apple reserved its use for the higher memory versions of the iPhone 7, which includes the 128GB and 256GB variants.

Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

The jet black iPhone 7 was created using a nine-step rotational polishing and anodisation process, which makes it almost impossible to see where the glass ends and the aluminium begins. Apple removed the characteristic antenna stripes, which after all have been copied by just about everyone, and this created a more minimalist and futuristic look. 

iPhone 7 deals

At the end of the day, Apple is supreme when it comes to design and they proved that point with the iPhone 7. All that needs to be done now, is to see what the iPhone 8 looks like in 2017.


4. Huawei Honor 8

The Huawei Honor 8, which further refined the experience originally seen on the Huawei P9, made one of the bolder statements this year by going blue. The sapphire blue colouring has been added to the heavy 2.5D glass, which creates both the front and rear surfaces.

Huawei Honor 8

The 15 layer craftsmanship of the glass means that it catches the eye and the glass has been contrasted against with an aluminium alloy frame that has an ultra narrow bezel. The design oozes even more kerb-appeal with its dual camera lens and fingerprint sensor on the back, while on the bottom, the speaker grill has been etched out of the aluminium frame. 

Honor 8 deals

The Huawei Honor 8 is has the best design yet and best of all, it doesn’t have the high price tag that many other premium phones do.


3. Sony Xperia X

Sony showed us once again that it is possible to introduce colour and not look childish. The Sony Xperia X looks just as refined in lime gold and rose gold, as it does in graphite black and white.

Sony Xperia X lime gold

The Sony Xperia X features a seamless metal back that meets curved glass edges, all in the same hue. Sony goes one step further though, by giving the user a colour matched lock screen and user interface.

Xperia X deals

The design of the Sony Xperia X includes a fingerprint sensor that is built into the power key and the camera’s predictive focus makes the deal all that more attractive.


2. LG G5

Resisting the urge to label the LG G5 as rose gold, the pink LG G5 was accompanied by gold, silver and titan (grey) colour variants. The design is characterised by a metal alloy body and metallic frame.

LG G5 pink

The back of the LG G5 looks pretty unique with a swollen camera bump, which is due to the dual camera. The use of 3D arc glass gives a slightly curved look to the surface and further character is given by a fingerprint sensor that is highlighted by a reflective silver rim.

LG G5 deals

The LG G5 has a display that is also pretty remarkable and can generate a brightness of 850 nits, which is equivalent to 850 candles. 


1. LG K8

We leave the bragging rights of the most colourful phone of the year to the relatively overlooked LG K8. Coloured in indigo blue, the LG K8 has a woven back cover that adds both texture and grip.

LG K8 indigo blue

The back of the LG G5 is home to the rigid LG multi-function rear key, which can be used to lock and unlock the phone or adjust the volume. On the front a 2.5D arched glass screen completes the look.

LG K8 deals

This low to mid range smartphone can be picked up for just £7 per month on a two year deal, making it a true bargain buy with style.


Written by: Michael Brown

Feeling nostalgic? Take a look at the five most colourful phones of 2015 below:

5. BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry Passport has been embraced by those who love a physical keyboard and after its launch in black, BlackBerry spiced things up a little by giving this professional’s favourite a red paint job. On the front, the keys have a red background with white lettering, while on the back the red casing is accentuated with a black stripe, camera module and BlackBerry logo.

BlackBerry Passport Red

The BlackBerry Passport has a cracking spec that includes a square screen for optimal web browsing and document viewing, a 13MP camera, high capacity battery and BlackBerry OS that has access to Android apps through the Amazon Appstore.


See the BlackBerry Passport Red deals here.


4. Apple iPhone 6s

Just as the Apple colour palette was starting to feel stale, the Apple iPhone 6s Rose Gold popped onto the scene, delivering a subtle shade of pink. There is little evidence of this on the front but the pink colouring sprawls across the back and sides and is accentuated with white lines at the top and bottom.

Apple iPhone 6s Rose Gold

The Apple iPhone 6s introduced the world to 3D Touch where soft and hard presses enable the owner to either Peek at content or Pop it open. The best camera yet on an iPhone is included (12MP) and the aluminium body makes sure that everyone who holds it knows it is a premium smartphone.


See the Apple iPhone 6s Rose Gold deals here.


3. LG G4

LG paired genuine full grain leather with a splash of colour on the LG G4, which is available in brown leather or red leather. Both colours really make a statement and are achieved through a vegetable tanning process.

LG G4 Red Leather 

The exquisite thread stitch that runs down the centre ensures that everyone knows that this is no fake.

LG G4 Brown Leather

The spec of the LG G4 is superb with a 16MP camera tailored towards low-light photography, an 8MP selfie camera and large 5.5” Quantum Display. This Android smartphone has a high capacity 3,000mAh battery, which is wireless charging ready.


See the LG G4 Brown Leather deals and LG G4 Red Leather deals here.


2. Microsoft Lumia 640

Microsoft have been producing highly coloured mobile phones for a time now and that trend didn’t fall by the wayside when they released the Microsoft Lumia 640 range. The sheer vibrancy of the blue and orange used will get you noticed and the colour reaches from the back, around to the sides and finishes in a coloured trim around the screen.

Microsoft Lumia 640 Blue

Perfect for the budget shopper, the Lumia 640 has an ample 5” display, 8MP camera and Cortana digital assistant.

Microsoft Lumia 640 Orange

The best piece of news for potential owners though is that a free upgrade to the Microsoft Windows 10 OS will be provided as soon as it becomes available.


See the Microsoft Lumia 640 Blue deals and Microsoft Lumia 640 Orange deals here.


1. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony take the crown for having the most colourful mobile phones in 2015, with the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact taking vivid to new levels with the pink and yellow colour schemes. A small trim of colour is visible from the front but the sides and back are coloured to the max. 

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Pink

This Sony phone may be the smallest in out list of top 5 colourful phones, with a 4.6” display, but it packs plenty of power with an octa-core processor, 23MP camera and S-Force Front Surround sound, which gives that Walkman style experience.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Yellow

The Xperia Z5 Compact also has a fingerprint sensor built into the power button and the Lifelog app, which blends fitness and life-tracking into one application.


See the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Pink deals and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Yellow deals here.


These may be the most colourful phones but are they the best looking? Find out by reading 'The best looking phones of 2016'.

Written by: Michael Brown

Best Free Gifts with Mobile Phone Deals

It’s not too often you get something for free nowadays, in fact, it’s very rare! But to tempt you into getting deals with them, plenty of smartphone retailers offer you some goodies with their mobile phone contracts.

But what are the best freebies you can get with your next smartphone contract? Is it really worth grabbing a deal with a free gift? Let’s take a look!

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Flat screen TVs

Let’s face it, who doesn’t have a TV in their house? But if your TV is on the fritz, or if you fancy an upgrade, why not get a TV for free with your mobile phone contract?

There are plenty of deals out there available with 32” or 42” TVs included, meaning you won’t need to stick with that tiny screen in your bedroom anymore.

Whilst deals with TVs do tend to be more expensive than those with some other gifts, it’s easily one of the more attractive deals you can find on the market if you’re after a free gift.

Games Consoles

Free games consoles with mobile phone deals

If you’re more of a gamer than a television nut then this is the free gift to suit you.

Even some of the latest game console offerings, like the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 are available for free with phone contracts, meaning you can play to your heart’s content whilst you’re on the phone with whomever you happen to call.

Of course, some deals with older consoles can be found at a lower monthly cost, but if you need a new phone and fancy a new games console as well, why not consider getting one for free?


Tablets

Free tablets with mobile phone deals

Tablets and smartphones go hand in hand, so if you fancy grabbing one of each, you could be lucky enough to get one of them for free if you find the right deal.

Some deals can offer a brand new top of the range iPad Air with their mobiles, whilst other opt for a more budget based tablet to go with your phone, but either way you’ll be leaving with two of the latest technological innovations.

Prices tend to be fairly cheap compared to other deals with free gifts, especially with less powerful tablets, so you won’t be paying through the nose for your new deal either.

Audio Equipment

Free Beats headphones with mobile phone deals

A favourite amongst many smartphone retailers, deals with headphones, speakers and other musical equipment often being used to tempt customers in.

The best part of these deals is that the added gift doesn’t normally alter the monthly price of the handset all that much, and you can actually use the phone with the gift you’re getting.

It is even possible to get a pair of high-quality and high-value Beats headphones.

Cashback

Yeah sure, a TV, games console or tablet is all well and good, but sometimes nothing can beat cold, hard cash.

Thankfully there are plenty of deals out there which you can get with free cashback, normally coming in two different kinds.

Automatic Cashback: This is the type of cashback is given to you the moment you take out a smartphone contract, often in one lump sum.

Cashback by Redemption: Cashback by Redemption is when you have to speak to your network supplier during specific windows. Whilst cashback by redemption deals often offer more money overall, it requires you to ring your provider, not the other way around. This means that if you miss your opportunity, you’ll no longer get your cashback.

Automatic cashback can be lower in terms of payment, but is easier to handle as it’s given to you right away, making for an easier transaction in the long term.

Free gift vouchers with mobile phones

So there you have it, there are some of the best gifts you can get with a brand new mobile contract. What would be your preferred gift? Why not let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google+?

Written by: Michael Brown

How to plan the best Christmas day ever!

Christmas isn't too far off now, so make sure that you have the best Christmas day ever by downloading this selection of apps. Enjoy!

Ocado

Free for iOS/Android/Windows Phone

When you’re stressed out up to your eyeballs thinking about presents, decorations and finding enough chairs so that everyone can fit around the dinner table this Christmas, take a weight off your mind by downloading the Ocado app.

Made famous by that sweet, but horribly memorable jingle (“Ocado dot com”), Ocado can make your Christmas dinner simple.

Order all of your ingredients from the comfort of your sofa, and avoid those stressful late night panics, and more importantly, the last minute Supermarket Sweep-esque dash on Christmas Eve.

Amazon

Free for iOS/Android/Windows Phone

Continuing on the lazy-sit-on-your-sofa theme (after all, Christmas is busy enough as it is), why not try downloading the Amazon app?

Choose and pay for all of your Christmas presents in one fell swoop, from DVDs and Bluerays to books, clothes and gift cards.

Why waste time and money traipsing round the shops when you can do it all online?

Mary Berry Christmas recipe app

£1.99 for iOS

Forget Nigella, Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver, if there’s a special way to baste a turkey, set a Christmas pudding on fire or roast potatoes, then you can be sure that Mary Berry knows about it. 

And, if the mere fact that Mary Berry has released an app isn’t a Christmas present in itself, you can recreate a range of tasty treats- fit for the Queen of cakes- for your own family.

With step by step guides and even a build-in timer, you can go from zero to hero in the kitchen. Just don’t invite Paul Hollywood…

Christmas Music

Free for iOS and Android

Christmas day wouldn’t be complete without a medley of Christmas tunes, from Wham! to Mariah Carey and all things in between.

So rather than digging out the old CD player, download the huge range of Christmas music apps for iPhones and Android including the aptly-named Christmas Music app for iOS and the Classic Christmas Songs app for Android…

Charades

Free for iOS and Android

Another key part of Christmas day is the compulsory post-dinner festivities. So before you stick on It’s a Wonderful Life, work off your turkey dinner with a game of old fashioned charades!

By downloading one of the many charades apps available in the Apple, Google Play and Windows Phone stores, you can generate hours of fun using the various film titles, songs and books, bringing the whole family together.  

To get you even better prepared for Christmas, take a look at the best online shopping apps.

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

Best phones for Christmas

With only a matter of Saturdays until Christmas left (I know, I cringed at that thought too), it won’t be long until lights will start lining our streets and carollers knocking on our doors.

Make someone’s big day extra special this year with one of these best phones on the market just in time for Christmas. Whatever your budget, there’s a phone out there that will be perfect for a loved one…

Budget: >£550 or from £40/month

iPhone 6

You will no doubt be aware that the newest phone on the market is the latest iPhone. The iPhone 6 was launched in September, and is generally considered the crème de la crème of all smartphones.

Available in gold, silver or “space Grey”, the iPhone 6 is a sleek-looking handset which offers the latest in iPhone features, including iOS 8, an impressive 8MP camera and access to the all-important App Store.

You can guarantee that no-one will be disappointed on unwrapping the iPhone 6 on Christmas day, though with deals starting from £43/month (or £539 for a SIM-free handset) it might be the only present you’ll be buying this year!

iPhone 6 deals

HTC One M8

Despite the HTC One M8 having been around since March this year, it is still one of the most popular Android phones around, and for good reason. It has a premium-looking aluminium casing, a brilliant UltraPixel camera with incredible additional camera features, and HTC BlinkFeed, an alternative to the usual Android interface.

The HTC One can be yours for just £22/month, or £449.99 for the SIM-free handset.

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Sony Xperia Z3

The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony’s new flagship for 2014, and is idea for all the budding photographers, music fanatics and gamers out there.

Building on Sony’s expertise in the music, TV and games industry, the Z3 offers a wide selection of bespoke apps and camera features to suit everyone’s needs. And with respectable offers coming in at around the £30 mark, you need look no further than that Xperia Z3 this Christmas.

Xperia Z3 deals

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is another impressive handset to hit our shelves this year, and has proved a huge success in the smartphone arena. The lightweight, sleek phone has amazed Android fans with its new and improved range of features and bespoke Samsung apps, on top of its impressive 13MP camera.

And the Samsung Galaxy S4 could be yours from £25/month or £490 for a SIM-free handset.

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

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Budget: >£300 or from £20/month

If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, why not take a look at our selection of mid-range smartphones available for a fraction of the cost?

iPhone 5c

If the iPhone 6 or 5s are a bit above your budget, why not take a look at the iPhone 5c, a slightly cheaper version of the top of the range iPhone 5s? It features the same immaculate design, up-to-date operating system and 8MP camera, but at a snip of the cost!

What’s more, available in 5 colours, you can get the iPhone 5c to make this year’s Christmas gift that extra bit special.

With a SIM-free handset costing £369 or deals offering a free handset starting at £18, your loved ones can get the one of the newest iPhones on the market, without breaking the bank!

 review

iPhone 5c deals

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

Like the look of the Samsung Galaxy S4 but not its price tag? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is the perfect solution- it offers the same array of features as the flagship model, but costs just £379 or £20.50 on a monthly contract.

S5 Mini review

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HTC One mini 2

The same goes for the HTC One Mini; manufacturers seem to be jumping on the ‘mini’ bandwagon, rereleasing their best handsets in a variety of sizes to suit all budgets, and this year, HTC is no exception.

The HTC One mini 2 can be found for the same price as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, or from £14 on a pay monthly tariff.

HTC One mini 2 deals

Budget: >£100 or from £10/month

If you’re not feeling flush enough to purchase some of the deals listed above, these budget phones can be found from as little as £10 per month.

Nokia Lumia 520

The Nokia Lumia range of smartphones have revolutionised the mobile phone arena, offering an alternative to the Android and iOS operating systems which currently dominate the market.

The Windows Phone operating system is really easy to operate, and is therefore a great option for a first-time smartphone user. It’s also available in red, yellow, blue, white and black, and features a vibrant customisable home screen, making it stand out from all the rest.

With prices for the Nokia Lumia 520 starting from just £8.50, you really can’t go wrong!

Nokia Lumia 520 deals

Sony Xperia E3

​Last but not least is the Sony Xperia E3, a budget Sony smartphone which features all the same features and design elements as your typical flagship phones. With Android built-in, users can access Google’s Pay Store, offering a wealth of apps and programmes to easily download.

Unlike so many of the flagship handsets, the Xperia E3 is really dinky, and won’t weigh down your pockets, like the others. And it won’t make too much of a dent in your bank balance either, with a price tag of less than £149, or deals starting from just £6.50 on a monthly contract. 

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Top Christmas Stocking Fillers

These wonderful stocking fillers for Christmas are a fun and practical way to make the most out of your mobile phone.

Whether they are used to make the device more personalised to the user or to enhance the features offered by the handset, these stocking fillers are both useful and entertaining.

We’ve put together a list of top stocking filler ideas for the mobile phone lover in your life.

Mobile Phone Covers

Mobile phone covers and cases are really popular accessory for mobile phones. They protect the handset as well as providing opportunity to add that personal touch.

The majority of phone cases and covers on the high street are for iPhone, but there are also plenty of great cases for BlackBerrys, Samsungs and HTCs.

iPhone CaseS5 Case

Speakers

Speakers are a fantastic mobile phone stocking filler for Christmas. As mobile phones are now the most popular way to listen to music on the go, speakers are a great way to enjoy your music with people around you. 

There are so many speakers on the market, the most high tech priced in the thousands. But for a stocking filler there are also some great smaller speakers available at a more reasonable price.

Portable speakers are available and can be plugged in to a mobile device with a 3.5mm jack so music can be played anywhere.

Portable Charger

A common complaint about mobile phones is that the battery life is too short. When on a long journey with no access to a plug socket or when completely out in the wilderness on a camping trip, you don't have to worry about your phone being out of battery and rendering you un-contactable if you have a portable battery.

Portable chargers are recharged at the mains, and most will then hold enough charge to fully recharge your phone on the go. They can be very small so easily transported, and are compatible with most phones.

Phone ChargerPhone Charger

Touch Screen Gloves

The major downfall of touch screen phones is using them in the cold weather. When your hands are toasty and warm inside your gloves, the last thing you want to do it take your gloves off and expose your extremities to the elements to use your phone.

The fingertips of these gloves contain a conductive material that work with any touch screen, so you can stay cosy while using your phone. A pair of touch screen gloves is ideal for the winter months to keep hands warm outside and it is a brilliant idea for a stocking filler at Christmas time.

Touch Screen Gloves

Ear Muff Headphones

Another cold-weather saviour, ear muff headphones are a fanctastic way to keep warm while listening to music on the cold walk to work. They come in a variety of colours and work with any device that has a 3.5mm jack. Some ear muff headphones can even be used for phone calls if they include an inbuilt microphone.

Tripod

Many people are doing away with cameras and just using their mobile phone for taking photos. So for phoneographers a mobile phone tripod that allows you to really make the use of the ever improving mobile phone cameras, is a great stocking filler.

A tripod will keep the phone steady when taking a video, will save tired arms for having to hold the phone up for a video chat, and it can be used to position the phone for when you want to use a self-timer to take a photo of yourself without having to adopt the obvious ‘selfie’ pose.

Hands Free Kit

A hands free kit is important for concentrating on the road, when using a navigation system or when making hands free phone calls. Hands free kits contain a holder for the mobile phone that attaches to the car’s dashboard or windscreen so you can see the display while still concentrating on the road – great for when using satnav apps.

They also include a lead which allows the phone to be charged via the cigarette lighter. Alternatively, a Bluetooth headset would also be a great stocking filler as it will connect to the mobile phone wirelessly so calls can be made while driving.

This would be a great stocking filler for people who do a lot of long journeys.

Also check out our Christmas Mobile Phone Brochure to compare the best deals on mobile phones this Christmas. 

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Written by Isabelle Barker

Should you buy Android or Apple?

The Android vs Apple argument has been a much journeyed debate, with fans of each system throwing in specs, features and design into the fray.

So if you have to pick up a new phone for friend or loved one, there’s a high chance that the words ‘iPhone’ and ‘Android’ will have crept up.

Well to help you out, here’s a simple guide to Android and Apple to give you some information for which one to go for.  

iPhones use iOS

Let’s start with Apple smartphones. All phones made by Apple are called iPhones and use iOS, and you can currently buy the iPhone 4, 4s, 5c, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus.

iPhone 6
iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the newest (and more importantly, the most expensive) iPhones, and are widely considered the best smartphone on the market.

iPhones in general are known for their strong build, sleek appearance and impressive operating system which can be used in conjunction with other Apple products such as the iPod or iPad.

This year Apple also released the iPhone 6 Plus, which is a slight variation on the iPhone 6. It has a much larger display and improved battery and camera. Although the iPhone 6 is smaller, it’s cheaper than the 6 Plus, so you have to make a choice on whether you want the added specs!

iPhone 4s iPhone 5s iPhone 5c

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to that needed for the newest iPhone, then the iPhone 5c, 5s or 4s are also options. They feature a slightly older version of Apple’s operating system (iOS) but offer the same high quality and premium build that you’d expect from Apple.

Check out our iPhone deals page to see which deal is right for your budget. Alternatively, look at our iPhone reviews:

Android

Comparing Apple and Android isn’t, strictly speaking, a fair comparison: Apple is a manufacturer whilst Android is an operating system powered by Google. As a result, Android phones can be made by a number of manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG, to name just a few.

Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC One M8 Sony Xperia Z2

This is good news if you’re looking for variety; depending on your needs or budget, you are sure to find an Android phone which suits you. Whereas Apple only launches one or two phones each year dozens of Android handsets hit the market within a 12 month period.

If you’re looking for an Android phone which can match the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, then take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 or the HTC One M8. These handsets are the flagship models for 2014 and offer much the same, if not more than the iPhone. And what’s more, you’ll find that a brand new Android handset will come in a lot cheaper than the iPhone equivalent.

Alternatively, if you were looking at a slightly cheaper Android handset, there are plenty of brand new mid-range or budget smartphones which cost the same as an iPhone model dating back from two years ago. Take a look at the Moto G, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini or the Huawei Ascend P1.

Moto G Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Huawei Ascend P1

The only difference is, because you’re likely to be paying less for an Android smartphone than for an iPhone, the same build and high quality specs aren’t always guaranteed.

So should you buy Android or Apple?

This brings us to the final question: should you buy Android or Apple? When it comes to smartphones, users are very clearly defined into the two camps. But which is better?

In short, Android tends to be cheaper and more varied in make, size, shape and colour. On the other hand, iPhones are a little pricier, but more solidly built. If your budget only stretches to an iPhone 4s, then you might get a better deal looking at newly released Android handsets, however.

So to answer your question: if you’re a first-time smartphone user, or if getting a lot of phone for your money is of paramount importance, then Android is for you. If you’re all about style and want the best that the smartphone world can offer, then it’s got to be iPhone.

Which have you chosen? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Pic Scanner app review

Today I review Pic Scanner, one of the most useful apps that I have had the pleasure of testing this year.

Pic Scanner appWe all have treasured old photos and family photos from the archaic days of printed photographs and whilst I still remember eagerly waiting for my 24 roll of film to come back from Kodak, I like you have inherited a serious problem.

Printed photographs deteriorate over time with degradation caused by heat, light and humidity, leaving you with a lifespan and preservation conundrum.

Pic Scanner download

There is however a nifty solution that you will find extremely useful in this and other scenarios.

If you own an Apple iPhone or iPad then the Pic Scanner app should be on your download list and I can assure you that even grandad can use it.

You can download Pic Scanner from iTunes here and there is a free 5 Minute Guide available in 14 languages.

The app has been designed for iOS 7 but will also run on older smartphones and tablets that have iOS 6.

Pic Scanner app

Once downloaded the Pic Scanner app allows you to use the camera on your iPhone or iPad to capture and preserve 2, 3 or 4 photo prints in one go.

Cropping images with Pic Scanner

The process couldn’t be simpler, just place the photo prints 1/2” apart on a white background such as a piece of paper and Pic Scanner will crop and save them automatically.

Adding effects with Pic Scanner

This is’t the end of the story though as the app has many other useful features:

Create albums with Pic Scanner

Overall this app succeeds extremely well and you could even use it in modern scenarios such as capturing business cards and saving or sharing QR codes.

Sharing photos with Pic Scanner

Trial version of Pic Scanner

The Pic Scanner app is available in a trial version that allows you to test out the flexibilty and power of the app.

The trial version allows you to make 10 free scans and gives you the opportunity to share 3 photos. After this you can purchase the app for a one-time fee of $2.99 (£1.80), which really is a bargain!

Written by: Michael Brown

Best apps for the winter

Winter has well and truly begun, and boy, hasn’t it got cold?!

Here are just a selection of apps which can help you get prepared for the winter…

RAC Traffic

When the front pages of the newspapers are plastered with weather-related warnings, you’re going to need to know whether it’s worth making the trip into work, or whether you can simply roll over and go back to sleep in the morning…

One simple way of ensuring that you don’t get trapped by closed roads, icy motorways and flooded paths is to download the RAC Traffic app, for free from the Google Play Store.

It only takes a matter of seconds to identify whether your normal route is affected by any insurgence of snow, rain or ice, saving you a whole lot of hassle.

Swackett

Swackett isn’t just any regular weather app; when it’s cold outside, it’s hard to tell whether 10°C means ‘grab a scarf’ or ‘take your duvet to work with you’, and that’s where Swackett steps in.

Not only does the app tell you the temperature outside, it also tells you what temperature it will actually feel like, depending to the rain or wind.

 You can even get an insight into what you should wear, with Swackett’s little ‘peeps’ donning the latest fashions in the form of high-vis coats and big-style sunglasses.

Crackle

Crackle is the perfect Android app for those cold winter nights. Without having to sign up or subscribe, you can access thousands of movies and TV shows, including all the Christmas favourites.

So next time you fancy sheltering from the cold with a mug of hot chocolate and a pair of fluffy slippers, take a look at what Crackle has to offer!

Christmas Recipes - Winter Drinks for Christmas & Holiday Season

No festive season is complete without a healthy dose of winter warming drinks, and this iPhone app is great for keeping the ideas flowing when it comes to jazzing up your simple eggnog at Christmas.

    

Create some real delights, from Viennese warm chocolate to orange punch tea, using the simple to follow recipes, all for $0.99 (60p)!

Allthecooks Recipes

When it’s cold outside all you need is a nice hearty soup to warm your cockles, then all you need is the Allthecooks Recipes app, free to download from the Google Play store.

Choose from the range of home-cooked recipes, from soups to stews, casseroles to roast dinners to ensure you don’t go hungry this season. Everyone needs an extra layer of fat during the winter, right?

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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

Top 5 Apps for Bonfire Night

Remember, Remember the 5th of November...

Whether you're hosting your own bonfire party, heading out to see a firework display, or just staying in with your phone, remember these app essentials this Bonfire Night and make sure you do it right! 

iLightningCam

Designed for taking photos of lightning, this app works wonderfully for photographing fireworks too. It even takes the photos automatically! Just point your phone camera towards where the fireworks will be and as the app will recognise the firework straight away and takes a photo of it immediately. It takes full resolution photographs using zero shutter lag, for beautifully sharp firework shots.

   

Pocket heat

It can get very cold standing outside to watch the fireworks at this time of year, but suffer no more – there’s even an app for that! Pocket heat works by putting your phone into overdrive, making the components overheat and thus transforming your phone into a hand warmer! The app uses up the battery pretty fast but when it’s a choice between a loss of battery or a loss of fingers, this app is a Bonfire Night must have!

   

AccuWeather

Check the forecast before you plan your Bonfire Night celebrations to ensure it’s not too wet or windy to set the fireworks off, or to make sure you know to pack your umbrella when you go to watch the display. AccuWeather is one of the best weather apps out there, showing a 15 day forecast, with updates every 5 minutes and optional severe weather alerts. You can even share weather information through Facebook, Twitter and email, so that all your friends are prepared this Bonfire Night too.

   

iLoveFireworks

If it’s too wet for fireworks this Bonfire Night - which, let’s face it, is a very possible situation in this country – then don’t despair that you will be without fireworks this year, watch them on your phone! iLoveFireworks allows you to create beautiful multi-coloured displays with a simple tap of the screen. You can even set your displays to music from your iTunes, to create a firework spectacular whatever the weather.

   

Anonymous Mask – Cool Guy Fawkes

Get in to the historical spirit of Bonfire Night by making yourself look like the man who sparked it all off (pun intended!), Guy Fawkes. This app allows you to upload a photo or take one there and then and add on a Guy Fawkes mask. Choose from four variations on the classic Guy Fawkes mask, resize them to fit your face, and even add a smoky background for that just-about-to-blow-up-Parliament look.

   

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iPhone 5c: hands-on

With hundreds of Apple fans queuing outside of Apple stores across the globe today, we have had our iPhone 5c delivered. Here we give it a once-over to provide a hands-on review covering our first impressions of the [ever-so-slightly] budget iPhone.

Design

After much deliberation in the Mobilephones.com offices, we [or more accurately, I] eventually decided on the pastel-ly blue iPhone 5c.

Although a number of people have commented that the device looks like a Lego brick, I really like the vibrant shades in which the iPhone 5c is available, and think it makes the phone really fun; at the end of the day, most iPhone users put colourful plastic cases on their phones, so what Apple has really done here is to do a job for you…

In terms of build, the iPhone 5c is really light and slim, as you would expect from a new iPhone. However, compared to the specs of the existing iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c is great deal heavier (132g vs 112g), which, while not being bulky, surprises me, especially because of the 5c’s plastic body.

Again, compared with the iPhone 5, the 5c is slightly thicker at 9mm thick compared with the 5’s 7.6mm dimensions, though you really wouldn’t be able to tell by simply looking at the 5c which feels and looks just like any other high-spec iPhone.

iOS 7

I will admit, I’m quite new to iOS full stop, let alone iOS 7. However, comparing the 5c’s iOS 7 to iOS 6, there are vast differences, and I already much prefer the look and feel of the former.

First of all, iOS 7 is far more user-friendly, fun and modern, with its rounded, colourful icons which move the user interface away from the corporate feel of iOS 6. Although I have heard that the look of iOS 7 is a bit childish, which I can see, I really like it, and think that it matches the fun, vibrant feel of the iPhone 5c really well.

Another feature of iOS 7 that everyone’s talking about is the new control panel which can be swiped up from the bottom of the screen. Not only does this house your settings (as with most Android handsets), but it also gives you quick access to various apps such as your calculator, camera and music.

Set-up

The first thing I noticed about the iPhone 5c in terms of set-up was just how fast its processor worked. Although most top of the range smartphones feature quad-core processors, the 5c only has a dual-core 1.3GHz processor. That said, it performs at lightning speed regardless of what you’re doing; I quickly switched from browsing the internet, to launching an app, to checking the weather with absolutely no lag or delay.

The only complaint that I did have with the iPhone 5c was that I often had to select an icon a couple of times before the phone responded, which was a little annoying.

Features

Apple isn’t one for gimmicky features (unlike other manufacturers, cough, Samsung…) so commenting on the iPhone 5c’s features isn’t really relevant. That said, I wanted to test out the Maps app, especially after Map-gate last year after the iPhone 5 was released.

Luckily the Map app downloaded onto iOS 7 was really fast- I might even go as far as saying it was the fastest maps app that I have used on any phone- and it discovered by exact location within a second of me turning my location settings on.

Another feature which is new to iOS 7 (not just on the iPhone 5c) is Air Drop, which essentiually allows iOs 7 users to share images, files and videos within seconds similarly to using Bluetooth. Just press ‘share’ and iOS 7 gives you the option of sharing it with Air Drop, alongside your favourite social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Vine.

Camera

Again the iPhone 5c doesn’t offer any gimmicky features alongside its camera; you get a really crisp 8 megapixel lens and four options when taking a shot: auto, square photo, panoramic and video. Because Apple doesn't offer an array of camera options, it allows users to do what you'ree supposed to do with a camera: take amazing photographs.

Take a look at some quick snaps we took in and around the Mobilephones.com offices:

Now look at the image below of the iPhone 5c compared to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S:

iPhone 4S iPhone 5c iPhone 5

Verdict

So there you have it; a short hands-on review of the iPhone 5c. I really like its colourful design, smooth shape and friendly user interface.

Although I know a lot of critics are divided on the plastic coating and colourful design, I feel that Apple has tried to offer something different from the usual premium iPhone without compromising on quality, style or quality. And that’s exactly what Apple has achieved with the iPhone 5c.

iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S: which to buy?

Apple broke from tradition by launching two new phones at their annual media event on September the 10th this year.

The iPhone 5S, Apple's premium flagship model will come with new software in the form of iOS 7, and new hardware with the new 64 -bit A7 + M7 processors, finger print scanner, upgraded camera and battery.

The iPhone 5C, touted as their `cheap’ or budget model, also comes with iOS 7; using the A6 processor of its predecessor, the main difference is that it will be constructed from steel reinforced high-quality polycarbonate available in 5 colours.

If you are in the market to upgrade your phone from an existing iPhone or looking to join the Apple ecosystem for the first time the choice of which model can be a bit overwhelming.

Below is a table detailing the specs of each of the iPhone models to help you make an educated decision about which iPhone to go for...

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Recommendations

If you currently have an iPhone older than the iPhone 5 now would be a good time to upgrade as the trend suggests that the 30-pin technology and the smaller 3.5” screen may be on its way out.

What’s more you would have the choice of 2 new phones to go for both with much better specs; if you are price conscious and like the fact that it is available if 5 attractive colours, the iPhone 5C would be your best option. If price is not an issue and you like to have the most up to date tech then the iPhone 5S would be the one to go for.

If you currently own the iPhone 5 you would probably look at upgrading to the more powerful 5S with its new 64 -bit A7 + M7 processors rather than the 5C as the 5C is basically the iPhone 5 in a new colourful shell, or alternatively get a SIM Only contract and hold on to your current phone and wait for the iPhone 6 launch next year.

For the newcomer to the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone 4S will still be available, unlike the iPhone 5 which is likely to be discontinued, and will be free on contract, this phone would be suit light smartphone users or it would even make a great first phone for a teen.

The choice between the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S will come down to price sensitivity vs cutting edge technology. If you want the latest cutting edge iPhone and you can afford it, then you’ll buy the iPhone 5S.

If you want a decent iPhone at a reasonable price then you’ll opt for the iPhone 5C.

For the best deals on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S visit Mobilephones.com’s best iPhone contracts and iPhone deals.

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