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Will the iPhone 8 be worth the Upgrade?

Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 4:28pm

With just over 4 months to go until the iPhone 8’s release what could we possibly expect from Apple’s latest entry this autumn and is it worth upgrading your current handset?

Re-Positioned Vertical Dual Camera

  • Another striking difference will be on the back of the phone. Again it’s highly speculated that the camera position will be moving to a vertical position as opposed to the horizontal layout that has been in use since the first IPhone. Who knows what benefits this may have? But it’s definitely worth noting!

Home Button is no more and a Rear Fingerprint Scanner

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The Smartphone Spectrum

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 4:00pm

To the unpretentious, most smartphones come in black, white, gold, silver, grey and pink. Some are a little fancier, red, yellow, green, blue, orange, brown and purple, but to handset designers they have more specific names.

It’s important to know, because you don’t buy a second hand iPhone 7 Black, you purchase an iPhone 7 ‘Jet’ Black – defined as such to avoid you getting one in regular black (which is more greyish), which would be a real disaster!

And sometimes black isn’t black at all; Samsung have ‘Black Sapphire’ which is really a quite beautiful and shiny type of two-tone navy.

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Huawei P10 lite

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - 9:30am

Let’s not kid ourselves; smartphones are not cheap! For a box fresh device that’s not been on the market very long you’ll have to be willing to part with more than £500.

Huawei’s latest offering, the P10, is currently £549 and the Plus model is priced at an eye-watering £649. Thankfully, for Huawei fans, they have ‘lite’ versions – all lower case to make a point – with the aim of providing high-end smartphones to the financially restricted.

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Samsung S3 Tab review

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 - 3:56pm

With Samsung’s S8 due for general release later this month, after a wave of rave reviews and excitement, it’s easy to miss that the company released a new tablet just over a month ago.

The S3 Tab is out and, while it may not have quite as much hype as the S8, it’s arguably the best tablet on the market at the moment.

4gadgets have reviewed everything from its new design to the improved software and we’ve listed our favourite new features of the S3 Tab bellow.  

Design

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Ask Siri

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 3:43pm

Last week’s unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S8 introduced the world to ‘Bixby’, the Korean Giant’s new voice assistant. Developed by one of the men that helped bring Siri to iPhone, Bixby is said to be ready to take the feature to the next level.

Part of what made Siri such a hit though, was the software’s sense of humour. We’ve listed our favourite Siri comebacks to certain questions.

1 – Lost something? Ask Siri, 'Where did I put my Keys?'

The response is deadpan: ‘It will probably be in the second-to-last place you look. Does that help?’

2 – Siri isn’t much help in the kitchen either. Ask to make you a sandwich.

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Samsung Galaxy S8

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 - 4:01pm

All eyes will be on Samsung as their highly anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be unveiled at a special event on the 29th March, which will hopefully put an end to the endless discussion of what features the phone might have.

Speculation about the flagship smartphone is, and has been, all over the web and in the national newspapers, but with the handset being unveiled this week, Fone Wizard takes a look at what could be unveiled.

Home button

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Retro-Tech

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 - 3:14pm

Here at Fone Wizard we believe in finding a place for your old phone, unwanted tablets and faulty gadgets. Be it to save the environment, refurbish them for reuse or simply help someone find that certain something. There are a lot of old electrical gizmos out there that have a value to someone, somewhere, and the need for ‘Retro-Tech’ is a growing trend.

From the computers humble beginnings, through the digital revolution, the 80’s, the 90’s the noughties right upto today, there is a plethora of ‘Retro’ devices and technology that has a price to make you think twice about throwing the box away!  

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Phone maintenance

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - 9:25am

When you need to sell your phone it pays to keep it in good condition, because structural damage, cosmetic faults or poor sound quality can reduce the amount of money you can get for your old mobile. However, a few simple preventative steps and some TLC can help you to sell your phone and help us here at Fone Wizard find it a new home. 

 

Screen protectors

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The iPhone Decade

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 - 4:34pm

The iPhone 8 is not set to be unveiled until September, but leaks are already making their way onto the internet about the device that will mark the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iconic smartphone.

Rumours of a larger 5.8in display and a ‘Function’ area, possibly a TouchBar similar to the Macbook Pro, hint that Apple are going all out to bring an innovative new handset for 2017.

Here we look back over the last ten years and see how the ground breaking series of smart phones have evolved.

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Return of the Nokia 3310

Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 4:33pm

Huge crowds gathered at this year’s Mobile World Congress ready for the latest innovation in smartphone technology, but of all the stylish new handsets unveiled, an update of a 17-year-old classic stole the show.

Nokia turned the event into a nostalgia trip with news of the 3310 making a comeback, in a leaner and prettier form, with the iconic game Snake too!

The supposedly indestructible feature phones from 2000 has been rereleased by new mobile firm HMD Global, who has licensed the Nokia brand, and hope to continue dominating the feature or ‘dumbphone’ market.

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Samsung To Release Updated Versions Of Their A-Series Devices

Friday, 6 January 2017 - 12:34pm

Samsung have updated their A-series of phones for 2017 and they are looking good. New models of the A3, A5 and A7 have all been given a revamp borrowing some of the new features from the flagship S7. Although Samsung have announced it will be bringing them out this year, they have yet to confirm a release date for the UK or give an idea of pricing as of yet.  Improvements have been made to the cameras, storage and display and they will also now all come with waterproofing which should please a lot of people.

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Christmas and New Years Opening Times

Friday, 23 December 2016 - 2:07pm

Just a quick update for our customers. Here are our opening times over the holiday period. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

24th December - Closed

25th December - Closed

26th December - Closed

27th December - Closed

28th December - 10am to 4pm – Orders processed and paid same day

29th December - 10am to 4pm – Orders processed and paid same day

​30th December - 10am to 4pm – Orders processed and paid same day

31st December - Closed

1st January - Closed

2nd January - Closed

3rd January - Back to Business as Usual!

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Update on the Samsung Galaxy S8

Thursday, 22 December 2016 - 3:25pm

The Samsung Galaxy S8 now looks as if it will be released in a standalone event in New York later in April, instead of the traditional reveal date at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona in February.

Despite rumours of a delayed release, fans are patiently waiting for the release of the most anticipated device for 2017 so far. The S8 will feature Samsung’s most advanced hardware to date, and with a super high definition screen, and further improvements to its cameras, the S8 should be one of the top devices on the market next year.

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30 Mobile Phone Facts You Didn’t Know

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 - 1:43pm

With mobile phones being such a big part of our lives now, did you know these facts about them? No? Neither did we until now. Here are 30 eye openers.

  1. Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computer used for the Apollo 11 moon landing

 

  1. The first mobile phone call was in 1973 by Martin Cooper, a former Motorola inventor

 

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Christmas Opening Times and Payment Dates

Friday, 16 December 2016 - 10:07am

Want to clear some space for all those new gifts you will be getting this Christmas? Don’t worry you can still send us your old unwanted devices over the Christmas Period. Orders received on the dates below will be processed as followed

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What do we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8?

Friday, 2 December 2016 - 8:27am

The Galaxy S8 is eagerly awaited by Samsung fans across the world despite Samsung having a bit of a rocky year. The huge success of the S7 was countered with the explosive failure of the Note 7, if you excuse the pun…

This doesn’t seem to have made an impact on Samsung in terms of getting the next flagship ready for production however. Most information about the S8 is being kept secret but rumours are all over the internet and social media. Improvements to the design, processor Selfie cam (finally) and the screen are some of the changes people seem to think will happen.

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5 Games You Need On Your Smartphone For Christmas

Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 5:01pm
There you are sat down after a massive Christmas dinner, presents have been opened and maybe a few bottles of wine too when someone suggests bringing out the same yearly board games….
Well how about modernising by bringing your smartphone or tablet into the party?
Here are our top 5 cheap and fun games for everyone to enjoy.
 

5.  Ticket To Ride

An old board game turned into an app, you have to compete to build as many railroad lines as long as possible. It can be played as a multiplayer through the ‘pass to play’ option where you share turns on one device or you can make use of the cross platform support between android and iOS so that people can play against you on their own phone or tablet.

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12 Weird Mobile Phone Accessories

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 1:36pm

There are many different types of weird and wonderful accessories for your phones out there and some are just downright bizarre. Lets take a look at a few of them.

Txtrng

  • Are you a clumsy texter? Well if your thumb is always pressing the wrong button or you just want some more control over your texting then the Txtrng is probably useful for you as will allow for better control on a touchscreen.

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Hidden Android Features

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 4:14pm

Just like iOS, Android has many hidden features too.

Let’s review some of the useful ones and see how they can benefit us.

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Hidden iPhone features

Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 1:32pm

There are a lot of hidden features on iPhones that not many people know about and most you will be shocked you never found before. We take a look at some of the best ones.

Quick replies

  • Can’t answer a call yet? There are three customisable, pre-set messages you can send instead of answering by either swiping up on the phone icon as they call or click on the message icon above the call button.
  • You can also ask to be reminded of the call later.

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Keep track of your stuff with TrackR!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 - 11:42am

Never worry about losing your keys, your wallet, your car or even your pet ever again! A small company based in California have come up with an affordable solution to allow people to always find the things important to them. And with the app available for both android AND iOS it looks to be a life changer.

Forget expensive GPS tracking systems that require a monthly subscription, the TrackR will cost you just over £20 per device with no monthly fees and as it operates through a free app you won’t ever have to pay anything more. Roughly the size of a 10p coin, it can easily be attached to most items ensuring you can always locate them in a rush.

Let’s take a look.

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Our phones could save the Rainforests!

Monday, 14 November 2016 - 1:16pm

The modern day explorer, Topher White has found an ingenious use for old mobile phones. He set out to stop global forest destruction using a simple device made from an old mobile phone powered by some unused solar panel parts and an extra microphone attached. 

With rainforests like the Amazon losing almost a fifth of its forest cover in the last 40 years to deforestation, this also contributes around 18% of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That's more than all the transport emissions globally in a year and with most of this being done illegally, it is often hard to catch people in the act.

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What can Android learn from iOS?

Friday, 11 November 2016 - 9:33am

There is no question that Android has come a long way since it was introduced back in 2007, and has fast become popular due to its customisation options. It is slick and efficient and easily adapted for what a company needs from it, but iOS still has some things it does better and we take a look at a few.

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Weird and wonderful Nokia phones of the past

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - 10:47am

Nokia are probably well known in the industry for releasing some questionable and innovative design ideas for their phones, and with a new range of mobile handsets due to be released soon we thought we should take a look at some standout designs of the past few years.

2001

Nokia 5510

Released in 2001, it cost around £200 and was a sideways phone with 45 keys. 

2002

Nokia 3650

A weird design, featuring a circular keyboard this phone however supported an advanced software system making it a decent phone for its time.

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Do you care about the Environment?

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - 11:59am

Do you care about the environment?

Wondering how you can make a difference?

Well if you have an old device laying around at home you could recycle it with Fone Wizard and prevent further pollution from landfill and additional resource gathering!

Read on to discover how you can do your part to help create a greener future!

The problem

Are you aware of just how many resources are required to make one smartphone or tablet? Most people would be forgiven for thinking something so small couldn’t possibly cause much damage to our environment but you would be surprised.

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Is the new Sony Xperia XZ any good?

Thursday, 3 November 2016 - 12:18pm

The Sony Xperia XZ is the new flagship device set to take over from the popular Z range, but just how does it compare to its predecessors? Boasting improved tech such as improvements to the camera, the X range can be seen to be slightly confusing as it will encompass all sizes and budgets of phone unlike other companies such as Samsung or Apple that clearly define their variations.

Sony mobiles

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Can the Google Pixel beat the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7?

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 - 2:03pm

Google’s first home-grown smartphone, the Pixel, may be the company’s attempt to challenge the likes of Apple and Samsung. Here at Fone Wizard we decided to review it.

Google Pixel

What’s good?

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Recycled Smartphones - The only difference is the cost

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 - 4:03pm

Mobile phones are steadily becoming highly desirable in the UK, with Ofcom reporting 93% of adults owning a mobile device in early 2016, 71% of which are smartphones. So with releases of newer and better phones many consumers seem to prefer SIM only contracts and invest in second hand refurbished smartphones to stay up to date for a cheaper cost! This also gives the consumer more flexibility, allowing them to change phones whenever they want as they are tied into a network and not a device. Purchasing unlocked devices has been beneficial too as this allows people to put any SIM into the device and have it work straight away, which can be very useful when travelling.

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Welcome to FoneWizard

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 - 3:32pm

Welcome to FoneWizard! We are a new company who are driven to ensuring our environment stays unpolluted. We care deeply about the environment which is why we reuse and recycle EVERY device that we receive.  Even our packaging is made from recycled materials, so instead of having old devices gathering dust at home and eventually finding their way to landfill, why not help us to recycle them and give them a better home? By saving many disused devices from landfill and recycling them we aim to ensure every phone and tablet gets a long and useful life!

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Save the Environment

Friday, 21 October 2016 - 3:59pm

Do you have any old phones or tablets lying around your house? Unwanted gifts just gathering dust? Why not sell them to FoneWizard and let us magic them into money for you, freeing up some shelf space and helping the environment at the same time!

With roughly 80 million devices in UK homes sitting unused and unloved, we can give them a new home to live out the rest of their electronic lives!

There isn’t a single person out there that hasn’t benefited or relied on some form of electronic device at some point. They can bring the world closer, allow us to be better connected, direct us, entertain us and also inform us.

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