Orange launch Fanbois funpack – iPad and iPhone on a single contract

Orange have created the ultimate Apple Fanbois pack – an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 together in on package on a single contract.

For £99 upfront and £65 a month you get the following:orange-ipad-and-iphone

  • iPad 2 16GB
  • iPhone 4 16GB
  • 600 minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • 2GB data shared across both devices
  • BT Openzone access for both devices

It’s worth mentioning that you can pay a higher upfront fee to get an iPhone or iPad with a larger memory if you prefer.

This does seem to be a cracking deal as you save around £230 on the upfront cost versus getting an iPad and iPhone individually form Orange.  That said you do pay £5 more per month.

You have to sign up to a 24 month contract so make sure you check your 3G coverage in your area before signing up.  24 months of poor 3G coverage will be a long and frustrating time!

Read more about the deal at Orange’s website.

iPad2 unveiled – is it really iPad V1.1?

Steve Jobs last night unveiled the iPad 2, the second generation of the gadget that introduced the tablet computer to the world.

Almost 15 million iPads have been sold around the world so the announcement of the iPad 2 was eagerly anticipated with daily alleged ‘leaks’ and stories from Elton John’s supposed informed slip that it would launch in March (although he probably just read’s the same tech blogs as the rest of us) to last week’s claims that iPad 2 production had been delayed by 2 months pushing launch into June.

Back in reality, the well-oiled Apple product and presentation machine announced the new iPad in March and first deliveries will hit stores on March 11 in the US and March 25 in 26 more countries, presumably including the UK. Pricing will match that of the current iPad.  Expect iPad on Contract deals to be announced by the UK mobile phone operators very soon.

So what’s new in iPad 2? Not as much as you might expect. It has the same display as before but an ‘all-new’ product design that’s 33% slimmer and 15% lighter.  There’s a new dual core A5 processor that delivers faster performance, with graphics rendered up to 9 times faster which should make gaming and movie editing much much slicker.  The iPad 2 also comes in white and black, although the back is still the lovely aluminium.

The rumoured, and much needed, cameras have been added with a VGA front facing camera for video calling via FaceTime and presumably Skype.  A rear facing camera captures ‘720p video’ which presumably makes it a roughly 3 megapixel camera.The video calling feature will delight many folk, mainly work away Dad’s and geo-divided families, but I have to say I rarely use it on my Mac so I’m less excited than some.  I’ve no idea what use the rear facing camera has so far – the iPad 2 is going to  be pretty unwieldy to use as a camcorder or for augmented reality Apps and games.  Answers on a postcard…

The other major design ‘change’ is the additional of an optional cover that doubles up as stand.  The jury is still out on this accessory.

Jobs waxed lyrical as ever, spinning the new second coming as he always does.  His use of language and reference to the copy cat tablets from Samsung and HP suggests the iPad 2 is really a defensive move, aimed at keeping half a step ahead of the competition rather than reinventing the iPad all over again.

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”

So the iPad 2 will undoubtedly be a huge success and it is an improvement, but you should view this as a smaller step like the difference between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 3G.  Expect more innovation in the inevitable iPad 3 this time next year.

Oh, and if you’re not bothered about cameras, a little bloatedness and the need to run video heavy Apps why not buy the iPad 1 when prices are slashed by retailers over the next few weeks!

3 new money saving mobile deal comparison tables

The launch of SIM Only tariffs a few years ago has made it even easier and cheaper to tailor-make your ideal mobile phone deal.  SIM Only deals are £10 to £15 cheaper per month because the operator doesn’t have to include the price of a phone in the price.

We’ve recently added a few comparison tables for SIM Only deals that could help you save loads of cash and save you searching around lots of different websites!iPhone SIM Only deals

Have you got an old ex-work Blackberry knocking around that you want to give to your wife, husband or uni-bound kid? Maybe you want to upgrade from a Pay as you go Blackberry deal to a monthly tariff?  Either way a SIM Only Blackberry tariff may be the cheapest way to get going with Blackberry without the hassle of signing up to a long contract.

Compare Blackberry SIM Only Deals

The annual release of new iPhones versus the 18 month to 24 month contracts has created a huge second hand iPhone market to explode, which in turn creates the opportunity to sign up for cheaper SIM Only contracts.

Compare iPhone SIM Only deals

Bought or buying a swanky new 3G Apple iPad?  You’ll want to find the best 3G data plan to keep your iPad connected when out and about.

Compare iPad data plans


iPhone iOS 4 is live! Tips for updating your iPhone and iPod Touch

Apple have released the new iPhone software – iOS 4. This is a substantial improvement to the old software and best of all it’s free!  But do you know how to download iOS 4 onto your iPhone 3G, 3GS or iPod Touch?

Will iOS 4 work on my iPhone or iPod Touch?

iPhone Software Updates iOS 4

iOS 4 is available for:

  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4 (when launched)
  • iPod touch second generation
  • iPod touch third generation

Not all features will work on all products but it will provide lots of new – and free! – features to the phones listed above.

How do I get iOS 4?

Don’t know how to update to iOS 4?How to update to iOS4

  1. Download the latest version of iTunes on to the Mac or PC you used to install or last update your iPhone.
  2. Plug your iPhone into  to the computer via the USB connector.
  3. Click on the iPhone or iPod Touch icon in the list on the left.
  4. Select the Summary tab and then click the  ‘Check for Update’ button.
  5. Follow the simple instructions and within 30 minutes it’s all done!

Don’t worry – it’s all straightforward and pretty easy to do.  Just allow a bit of time to download the software from the internet and then install it on your iPhone.

Please leave a comment below to tell us what you think of iOS 4 and to leave your own tips :)

What’s new in iPhone 4?

As widely predicted the Apple iPhone 4 has today been announced by Steve Jobs. It’s a totally new iPhone featuring some really big improvements along with some very cool new features. I’ll cut straight to the important stuff and tell you about the big new features that have been revealed so far.

iPhone 4 in black and whiteSexy, slim, glass and steel design

The iPhone 4 has a brand new design. It’s the slimmest smartphone in the world at only 9.3mm thick.  I haven’t checked this so don’t castrate me if Apple’s statement is a little fanciful – they are famed for making up their own definition for what constitutes a ‘smartphone’ in the past.  iPhone - Glass and stainless steel

Gone is the scratchy, slightly cheap and crack prone plastic.  The iPhone 4 has a super slick looking glass front and back with stainless steel around the edges.  They’ve even created a new grade of stainless steel just for this product!

Rather cleverly the stainless steel edges are used as the antenna.  Genius design.  The ‘aluminosilcate’ glass is “chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic”.

The design looks amazing in the photos and I can’t wait to get one in my grubby mitts. I may pitch my tent on Regent St tomorrow (for full disclosure I must admit to not owning a tent…).

New ‘Retina’ super high resolution displayiPhone 4 - Retina display

The iPhone 4 will have the highest resolution display ever built into a mobile phone.  Their new ‘Retina display’ shows 326 pixels per inch, which is so dense that the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels (when held at a normal distance).  The display has four times the resolution of an iPhone 3GS. It features IPS technology which according to Jobs is “quite a bit better than OLED”.

The display is likely to set a new benchmark in mobile and I think it will come into it’s own when you see it in the flesh. The only downside is the display is no larger than the iPhone 3GS at 3.5 inches.  I would have preferred to see it grow a little but I guess the trade off would be a bigger product that wouldn’t fit in my pocket.

New 5 megapixel camera and HD video capture

The iPhone 4’s camera is a big improvement.  Not only is it a 5 megapixel camera but it records HD video too. The HD video captures 720p at 30 frames per second – HD TV quality video recording in your mobile phone.  Sweet.

The camera has finally got an LED flash and the new camera technology is claimed to work extremely well in low light thanks to it’s ‘backside illuminated sensor’. I hope this lives up to the hype. There’s also a front facing camera for self-portraits and the new FaceTime video calling feature.

FaceTime video calling

iPhone 4 will feature the brand new FaceTime video calling feature.  You can video call other iPhone 4 users (over WiFi only for now) using the aforementioned front facing camera, switch to share something you can see with the main camera and flip between landscape and portrait mode mid-call.  I’m not sure how this will work for the person on the other end… will they need to change to modes at the same time?iPhone 4 - Facetime video calling

Now, this is the only feature I’m not sold on.  Video calling has been available for years via 3G – Vodafone’s 3G launch in 2004 seemed to be built around it – but it hasn’t ever caught on.  I also have video conferencing available via Skype on my laptop but I’m quite happy to stick with IM and occasional voice calls – I’m not bothered about using the power of the interweb to watch my mates pick their nose 200 miles away.

Maybe it would be different if I had kids? Perhaps Apple will do it properly and bring video calling to the mainstream? However given that both parties need an iPhone 4 and WiFi I suspect this will only be used by a small minority on rare occasions, at least for a couple of years as the base grows.

iMovie for iPhone

To make the most of the new HD video capture Apple are releasing an iMovie App (for the princely sum of $5) that will let you create movies with your video clips, photos and music which you can then email directly to your friends.iPhone 4 - iMovie App

It looks very cool and easy to use.  Ideal for shooting, editing and sharing mini-movies on the fly.

I’m hoping you’ll be able to upload straight to You Tube and Facebook too – perfect for embarrassing your friends before you leave the club or showing off your snowboard skills whilst still on the slope.

The $5 charge – which I assume will end up at £3.99 in the UK – is a little bit of a surprise.  Maybe this is the start of Apple charging for more of it’s coolest new features?

Gyro and Accelerometer

It took me three attempts to spell it correctly but the iPhone will be the first phone to have a built-in three-axis gyroscope as well as the accelerometer of old.  This enables lots of technical sounding cool things such as capturing angular velocity (presumably the precise speed and angle you’ve dropped your beloved iPhone 4?)  but in real speak it means you will be able to have an even more awesome gaming experience because it will be loads more accurate to your every move.

Multi-tasking and more talk timeiPhone 4 - A4 Processor

iPhone 4 will feature the Apple A4 processor which will support multi-tasking.  It will also help the iPhone 4 to give you 40% more talk-time than the 3GS – fixing the biggest issue I have with my iPhone.

Better call quality

The iPhone 4 has a second microphone which works with the main mic to suppress background noise and improve your call quality.

Verdict

This is the biggest iPhone upgrade yet.  It’s a totally new phone with a stunning new look, some great new features and improvements that tackle it’s previous weaknesses around the camera and battery life.

I can’t bloody wait until it launches!  :)  Now how much will it cost to cancel my O2 contract early….

Let everyone know your first impressions by leaving a comment below!