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Win an iPhone 5S
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:22:00 -0400

We’ve had the Van Persie and we’ve had the Rodriguez - brilliant skill from the best World Cup since the vintage year of 82’.
Friend of SFS, Archie has sent in his own skill to SmartFoneStore;
He brings to you the Joe Hart.

Yes we know, not quite the same but we had to make up the English skill with a kid in his back garden because there wasn’t a lot to report from Brazil.

He is calling it the Joe Hart because you have to flick your side parting as you hit an overhead.  For anybody over the age of 8 this is just about impossible!

So what’s this got to do with SmartFoneStore?
Well, we love the slow-mo so much that we’ve decided to run a little competition.

How to enter?

Tweet us @SmartFoneStore with your best slow-mo videos using the hash tag #SFS5S and our favourite film maker will win an iPhone 5S.

If you don’t think you can win the 5S then why not buy one from SmartFoneStore?
Used prices start at £339.99.
An absolute bargain when compared to the £529.99 + from the High Street.

Are you festival ready??
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:33:46 -0400

89% of festival goers take their mobile with them to festivals. Undeniably, the pitfalls associated with rain, mud, Portaloos, crowds and general inebriation make mixing mobiles and festivals a risky business.

People need and want their phone with them but….

  • 1/5 won’t use their mobile after day 1 due to a flat battery.
  • 1/10 people break it.
  • 1/20 lose their handset.
  • 1/30 are a victim of theft.
  • 1/60 lose it down the Portaloo!

With this in mind SmartFoneStore has launched two new Festival Survival Packs to try to create a harmonious union between these two former foes and also provide you with many of the items you’re sure to require.

The concept was dreamed up by the SmartFoneStore team, musicians and keen festival goers themselves, after discussing their own needs at festivals

The SmartFone Festival Pack is designed to protect your smart phone, should you choose to take it. The contents will combat all the usual problems of keeping your phone safe, keeping it dry, a drained battery and what to do when you meet that amazing hottie but they’ve lost their phone!

The Old-Skool Phone Festival Pack is for those who decide it’s better safe than sorry and want to leave their expensive smartphones at home, or who want to take it in addition to their smartphone as back up.

”It can be hard to protect your belongings at festivals but these packs mean you never have to be without a working phone or risk leaving it in your tent.” said SmartFoneStore manager Andy Grimshaw.  “Festivals are expensive, no one wants the additional cost of having to replace their phone.”

It’s really good value at only £22.95 so, if you’re off to Glasto or any other festivals this summer – don’t leave home without it!

Why Minirig? You may have noticed that we have recently welcomed...
Fri, 23 May 2014 11:08:49 -0400

Why Minirig?

You may have noticed that we have recently welcomed a new addition to our accessories department, namely the wonderful and super cool Minirig! A portable speaker extraordinaire, built to deliver maximum aural pleasure at an affordable price.

So, what’s so special about this particular portable speaker when the market is flooded with hundreds of products?

First off, the passion of the Bristol based 1 man development team who dedicated 3 years of his life to perfecting the design. And what design! Not only does the single machined piece of anodised aluminium exterior look beautiful, the rings at the top and bottom are hardwearing polycarbonate carved with the Minirig moniker.

Each Minirig has 3 ports; the middle one is a power input, the top one is designed for maximum volume to be gained from low power units and the bottom one is for general use with higher power devices. The multiple inputs also mean that you can chain multiple Minirigs together and connect them to a subwoofer!

Really though, the sound quality is the star selling point. The standard speaker has a range of 100-20,000Hz and a 15 watt digital amplifier. It is loud. It doesn’t distort and the sound quality is beautiful. It’s truly incredible for such a small device.

The battery life is pretty much second to none. Wired magazine did a test and reckoned that if you used it 2-3 hours a day it would last you a two week holiday! You really can’t say fairer than that.

Some might say that it being a wired device is a drawback, but you always have to compromise on sound quality and battery life with wireless – something we would rather not do.

In conclusion, it’s a beautiful, well made, British built, quality speaker that blows the competition out of the water. You may be able to buy cheaper speakers but if you do, you’ll wish you hadn’t. You may not be familiar with Minirigs yet, but once you are you’ll never look back!

How to save hundreds of pounds buying the latest iPhone
Fri, 16 May 2014 09:00:31 -0400

How to save hundreds of pounds buying the latest iPhone:

Great article about us!!!!

Save that battery!!!
Tue, 06 May 2014 12:21:00 -0400

Now it’s summer and we’re all out and about much more it can be challenge to conserve battery life, especially when the camera and maps are so useful for those long walks. So, we thought we’d collect the best battery-saving tips from the web and bring them together, so whether you have an android or an iPhone we’ve got something here to help!

First up iPhones:

(Scroll down for android)


1. Turn on Auto-Brightness

The iPhone has an ambient light sensor that adjusts the brightness of the screen based on the light around it (darker in dark places, brighter when there’s more ambient light) to both save battery and make it easier to see. Turn Auto-Brightness on and you’ll save battery because your screen will need to use less power in dark places.

Find it in the Settings app -> Brightness & Wallpaper -> Auto-Brightness On

2. Reduce Screen Brightness

You can control the default brightness of your iPhone screen with this slider. Needless to say, the brighter the default setting for the screen, the more battery it requires. Keep the screen dimmer to conserve more of your battery.

Find it in Settings -> Brightness & Wallpaper

3. Stop Motion (iOS 7)

One of the coolest features of iOS 7 is called Background Motion. It’s subtle, but if you move your iPhone and watch the app icons and background image, you’ll see them move slightly independently of each other, as if they’re on different planes. This is called a parallax effect. It’s really cool, but it also drains battery. You may want to leave it on to enjoy the effect, but if not, turn it off this way:

Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Reduce Motion -> move slider to green/on

4. Disable Dynamic Backgrounds (iOS 7)

Another neat feature introduced in iOS 7 is animated wallpapers that move underneath your app icons. These dynamic backgrounds offer a cool interface flourish, but they also use more battery than a simple static background image. Dynamic Backgrounds aren’t a feature you have to turn on or off, just don’t select the Dynamic Backgrounds in theWallpapers & Backgrounds menu.

5. Turn Bluetooth Off

Bluetooth wireless networking is especially useful for cell phone users with wireless headsets or earpieces. But transmitting data wirelessly takes battery and leaving Bluetooth on to accept incoming data at all times requires even more juice. Turn off Bluetooth except when you’re using it to squeeze more juice from your battery.

Find it in Settings -> Bluetooth -> Move Slider to Off

6. Turn Off 3G/4G

The iPhone 3G and later models can take advantage the speedy 3G and 4G LTE cellular phone networks. Not surprisingly, using 3G, and especially 4G LTE, requires more battery life to get the quicker data speeds and higher-quality calls. It’s tough to go slower, but if you need more battery, turn off 3G or LTE and just use the older, slower networks. Your battery will last longer (though you’ll need it when you’re downloading websites more slowly!).

Find it in Settings -> General -> Cellular -> Slide Enable 3G to Off on some models or Enable LTE to Off on the iPhone 5 or newer

7. Keep Wi-Fi Off

The other kind of high-speed network that the iPhone can connect to is Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is even faster than 3G, though it’s only available where there’s a hotspot (not virtually everywhere like 3G). Keeping Wi-Fi turned on at all times in hopes that an open hotspot will appear is a sure way to drain your battery life. So, unless you’re using it right this second, keep Wi-Fi turned off.

Find it in Settings -> WiFi -> Slide to Off

8. Turn Off Location Services

One of the coolest features of the iPhone is its built-in GPS. This allows your phone to know where you are and give you exact driving directions, give that information to apps that help you find restaurants, and more. But, like any service that sends data over a network, it needs battery power to work. If you’re not using Location Services, and don’t plan to right away, turn them off and save some power.

Find it in Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> Slide to Off

9. Turn Off Other Location Settings (iOS 5 and up)

Use this tip if your iPhone 4S or devices upgraded to iOS 5 are burning through battery life too quickly. It’s probably a software bug, so Apple may fix it and this tip may go away, but in the meantime, here it is.

A number of additional location services introduced in iOS 5 seem to be draining battery too quickly. Turn them off and you should regain some battery life.

Find it in Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> System Services -> Turn off Diagnostics & Usage, Location-Based iAds, and Setting Time Zone

10. Prevent Background App Refresh (iOS 7)

There are a number of new features in iOS 7 designed to make your iPhone smarter and ready for you whenever you need it. One of these features is Background App Refresh. This feature looks at the apps you use most often, the time of day that you use them, and then automatically updates them for you so that the next time you open the app, the latest information is waiting for you. For instance, if you always check social media at 7:30 am, iOS 7 learns that and automatically updates your social apps before 7:30 am. Needless to say, this useful feature drains battery. To turn it off:

Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh -> Either disable the feature entirely or for specific apps

11. Don’t Automatically Update Apps (iOS 7)

If you’ve got iOS 7, you can forget needing to update your apps by hand. There’s now a feature that automatically updates them for you when new versions are released. Convenient, but also a drain on your battery. To only update apps when you want to, and thus manage your battery better:

Settings -> iTunes & App Store -> Updates -> move slider to off/white

12. Turn Data Push Off

The iPhone can be set to automatically suck email and other data down to it or, for some kinds of accounts, have data pushed out to it whenever new data becomes available. You’re probably realized by now that accessing wireless networks costs you battery life, so turning data push off, and thus reducing the number of times your phone connects to the network, will extend your battery’s life. With push off, you’ll need to set your email to check periodically or do it manually (see the next tip for more on this).

Find it in Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar -> Fetch New Data -> Slide to Off

13. Fetch Email Less Often

The less often your phone accesses a network, the less battery it uses. Save battery life by setting your phone to check your email accounts less often. Try checking every hour or, if you’re really serious about saving battery, manually. Manual checks means you’ll never have email waiting for you on your phone, but you’ll also stave off the red battery icon.

Find it in Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar -> Fetch New Data -> Select Your Preference

14. Auto-Lock Sooner

You can set your iPhone to automatically go to sleep – a feature known as Auto-Lock - after a certain amount of time. The sooner it sleeps, the less power is used to run the screen or other services. Try setting Auto-Lock to 1 or 2 minutes.

Find it in Settings -> General -> Auto-Lock -> Tap your Preference

15. Turn off Equalizer

The iPod app on the iPhone has an Equalizer feature that can adjust music to increase bass, decrease treble, etc. Because these adjustments are made on the fly, they require extra battery. Turn the equalizer off to conserve battery. This means you’ll have a slightly modified listening experience - the battery savings might not be worht it to true audiophiles - but for those hoarding battery power, it’s a good deal.

Find it in Settings -> Music -> EQ -> Tap off

16. Buy an Extended Life Battery

If all else fails, just get more battery. A few accessory makers likemophie and Kensington offer extended life batteries for the iPhone. If you need so much battery life that none of these tips help you enough, an extended life battery is your best bet. With one, you’ll get days more standby time and many hours more use.

17. Do Less-Battery-Intensive Things

Not all ways to save battery life involve settings. Some of them involve the way you use the phone. Things that require the phone be on for long periods of time, or use a lot of system resources, suck the most battery. These things include moviesgames, and browsing the web. If you need to conserve battery, limit your use of battery-intensive apps.



Battery life remains one of the most frustrating things about modern smartphones, which could do so much more if battery technology ever manages to progress as quickly as tech does in other areas. But alas, the battery barrier remains. Making matters significantly more frustrating is the fact that our smartphones are often plagued with bugs that cause excessive battery drain. One such bug was identified recently in Android, but luckily there’s a simple, though annoying fix to improve your battery life with the press of a single button.

As noted recently by ZDNet, there is a bug in Android processes as well as third-party Android apps that causes rapid battery drain. In a nut shell, some background processes used by various Android apps can hang, causing what ZDNet refers to as “Sudden Battery Drain Syndome.” To most users, there’s really no rhyme or reason because the drain begins seemingly without cause, and it can happen at any time.

But as the site points out, the solution is simple: Reboot your phone.

Annoying and frustrating though it may be, rebooting the device will clear the device’s cache and kill any Google services or third-party processes that might have been hanging and causing excessive battery drain.

For more on how to extend your Android phone’s battery life, check out this app, and you should also make note of many of these tips and tricks, which can be applied to iPhones and Android devices alike.


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