It’s been one of the prevalent rumours surrounding smartphone and tablet technology for some time now – but 2017 might just be the year that a foldable hybrid of tablet and phone arrives.

According to leaked designs from LG, they are working on a phone which unfolds into a full size tablet, offering users the best of both worlds in a single device. Samsung are also among the companies thought to be looking into the idea, an innovation which could really establish one of these companies as an Apple rival thanks to this innovation.

Early specs seem to suggest that the new technology will allow a 5.5 inch phone screen to be folded out into a 7 inch tablet. If and how this will affect the use of apps and other features remains to be seen, but the Quite Great Mobile App team are very much looking forward to getting their hands on one to try it out.

Only time will tell when this will be, but with models set to be produced for testing later this year, it may be sooner than we think.
As far as it’s possible to be from the sleek style of most modern smartphones, the new offering from Dewalt is built around its very solid USP – unbeatable ‘ruggedness’.

Designed for adventurers who want to take their phone along for their outdoor explorations, this will withstand a much rougher ride than your average Samsung or Apple phone.

Fittingly, the non-smash case also comes with added grip, and the Android operating system – while old – is perfectly serviceable. Aside from that, this has everything you’d expect from a smartphone. Only without the worry that it’ll be obliterated when you accidentally drop it on the kitchen floor.

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If you’re looking into getting an iPhone 7, hold off for the time being. You may be wondering why we’d give this advice, but let me explain.

Every year, Apple release a new updated phone, and early whispers for this year’s updates are – shall we say – not ground breaking. However, our experience tells us that the tech giant save their biggest upgrades for every other year. And next year is a big year for Apple.

After all, it’s the tenth anniversary of the iPhone next year, and we’re betting that there’s something big coming. Early rumours suggest that a hugely improved display is just the beginning, with wireless charging expected as standard as well. And that’s just a couple of examples.

Meanwhile, this year’s model has already started getting negative buzz, especially with the announcement that the headphone socket will be no more. Simple things like this show that, perhaps, Apple isn’t listening to its audience.

So, if you’re thinking of getting the new phone this year, it may pay to be patient. After all, good things come to those who wait.

So there are more iPhone 6 reviews out there than you could shake a 30-pin cable we thought we’d do it a little differently. We thought we’d mix it up a little and mash it together with a review of the one of the most beautiful phones around, the Porsche Design Blackberry P’9983.

This new beauty comes in firmly at the top end of the Smartphone market; Blackberry’s latest was designed by Porsche and launched at Harrods, no less. It’s very expensive, marketed as a luxury product, and sees the return of the keyboard layout which saw Blackberry make their name.

So onto the iPhone 6...where to start...
We really couldn’t consider ourselves techies without casting an eye over Apple’s newest flagship phone, much publicised thanks to its huge launch and bendy pocket rumours. The stylish design is a definite upgrade on predecessors, and the bigger size is a nod to the growing threat from competitors’ best selling items. The software is smoother than ever in this iteration, though it’s odd that – having made room for a larger screen – it’s not fully HD. Still, iPhone fans will doubtless be singing its praises until the next one. We do think it’s a winner!

Sony's previous flagship, the Xperia Z has had a surprisingly short spell as top dog because now we have the Xperia Z1 which addresses all the Z's failings. What makes the Z1 as good as it gets in Sony's  (or anyone else's for that matter) smartphone universe is a more powerful quad-core processor, much improved 1080p screen, 20-megapixel camera and a waterproof glass and aluminium body that doesn't require you to faff about with a plug in the 3.5mm audio jack. Could this be the best smartphone in the world?


Samsung started this whole phablet business with the first Galaxy Note which sold surprisingly well. Its successor the Note 2 upped the stakes with a 5.5-inch screen compared to the Mk. 1's 5.3. It sold in huge quantities. The moral? Bigger is better. That's why the Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch display plus a 2.3GHz quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM. Being a Note device it naturally packs a stylus too. Samsung has also added a 13-megapixel camera into the mix to give it a pretty impressive all-round technical specification.


Unless you've been under a rock for the last six months it can't have escaped your notice that all the major British telecos now offer 4G services. Well, almost all. 3 is due to launch it's network in a few weeks. Vodafone and O2 have just done so while EE got the ball rolling last year. To date 4G has meant expense but with 3 promising that it's 4G service will cost not more than it's 3G offering prices should start to drop across the board. Timely then that Nokia has launched a decent 4G large screen phone for less than £200, unlocked and SIM-free.


If two years ago I has suggested that mobile phones would soon sport 6.4-inch screens and processors more powerful than laptops you would have laughed in my face. Hell, I'd have laughed in my face. But that is exactly what Sony's new Xperia Z Ultra is. For a phone the Ultra boasts an almost ludicrously high-end specification - 6.4-inch screen? Check. 2.2GHz quad-core CPU? Check. 1920 x 1080 display resolution? Check. Waterproof and dust resistant? Check. Cor blimey as they used to say.


Yesterday Apple announced two new iPhones. In years gone by that news would have riveted people to their seats, had crowds out in the streets chanting Steve Job's name and set the press all a-quiver. But this time around media coverage was remarkably muted as was the public reaction. Has Apple lost it's mojo? Is its kit simply no longer that exciting? Have we gotten blasé about new tech? Is Apple simply being beaten by the likes of Samsung whose Gear smartwatch pulled in the headlines last week? Should you give a monkey's about Apple's new iPhone handsets? Read on.


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