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CAT S50 Smartphone Review

CAT S50 Smartphone Review

Design

CAT Phones are designed specifically for use in challenging environments, making them the ideal handsets for builders, plumbers or outdoor workers. While more rugged models are commonly stereotyped for practicality over fashion, the S50 from CAT is far from a ‘brick’. Sporting a black and silver exterior and weighing just 10 grams more than the iPhone 6 Plus, at 182 grams, the S50 remains aesthetically appealing while being oh so tough.

Cat S50 smartphone review

Key durability features

  • IP67 Certified: Waterproof up to 1 metre (3’3″) for 30 minutes (ports must be closed), with ‘wet-finger’ tracking,
  • Impervious to dust,
  • Military Standard 810G: Shock and Drop Category 4,
  • Drop Test: Up to 1.2 M (4′) – (even onto concrete!),
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 55°C.

The S50 is built to withstand whatever your working environment may entail, from the wet and cold winters, to the most dusty and dirty building sites. With the S50, you can relax more. Browse with wet fingers thanks to the waterproof screen. Stay calm with scratch-resistance that will shelter the odd bumps and scrapes. Drop it in the mud, the sand, the pond, in a bucket or even in the loo. Unlike other smartphones, the S50 will not be compromised – potentially saving you £100’s on repairs that less durable smartphones would need – while giving you the ability to stay connected wherever you may be.

CAT durability

Tech specs

  •  4G ready,
  • Qualcomm MSM8926 Quad-core 1.2GHz processor running the Android 4.4. KitKat,
  • 8MP camera with flash and HD video,
  • 8GB storage – with micro SD card support up to 64GB,
  • Audio enhancing technology developed by Waves MaxxAudio®,
  • 2630mAh battery offering up to 16 hours of talk time, and up to 33 days of standby time.

4G ready and running on the latest version of Android KitKat, you’ll be able to access all the Google Services such as Chrome, Drive, Search, Maps, Books, Games, Movies, Music, Newsstand, YouTube and more. Better yet, the S50 is the first CAT phone to be launched pre-loaded with a dedicated App Store offering a hand picked collection of apps suitable to you.

Price and overview

Retailing at £429.00, the S50 is a serious contender in the rugged smartphone market – combining it’s tough durability, with a modern style and high-end features, for a more premium option. The S50 is the perfect companion for those in a trade, emergency service personnel, mountain rescue or even just the accidental prone user looking for a tougher phone.

Project Beacon

Introducing Project Beacon

Project Beacon involves two competing mobile networks, Vodafone and O2, joining forces to improve your mobile experience. Far from a merge, the partnership is focusing on the physical infrastructure of the networks. Vodafone and O2 are putting their masts together, removing duplicates and creating some news ones to give you even better mobile coverage across the UK. Vodafone will be in charge of the network maintenance in the West of the UK and Wales, while O2 will be looking after the East, including Northern Ireland.

Project Beacon Vodafone and O2

This doesn’t mean that Vodafone and O2 will be sharing signal, spectrum, fibre backbone network or services – but will mean that when they’re finished, there will be about 18,500 masts across one grid – allowing Vodafone and O2 customers to receive signal from each of the masts across the UK. This will equal a 40% increase on sites available to either network currently – but a 10% reduction in total. The partnership will also see indoor network coverage improve for both networks to keep your workforce better connected. Project Beacon is already underway and is expected to be finished by the end of 2015 – 2 years ahead of Ofcom’s own deadline for 4G coverage (of which was only outdoor).

Key figures:

  • 40% increase on sites available to either network currently
  • 10% decrease in total
  • Aim to offer 2G and 3G coverage to 98% of the UK population, and deliver indoor 4G coverage to 98% of the population on a brand new spectrum, by the end of 2015.

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EE’s new WiFi Calling Service

EE LogoEE’s new WiFi Calling Service

EE has officially launched it’s new WiFi Calling Feature – giving you the ability to make and receive calls and texts over WiFi. By doing so, you can stay connected even in areas with weak or no mobile reception – whether that be at home, in the office or even on the underground. While O2 and Three offer smartphone apps that allow you to make calls over WiFi, EE’s solution takes it up another level. The new feature does not require an app, just your phone’s regular dialer and messaging app, making usage effortless for you as a user. Incoming and outgoing calls and messages will automatically be routed over WiFi (as long as you’re connected to a WiFi network) with no app launching or special efforts required.

Who can use the new feature?

  • Pay monthly customers – not pay as you go customers
  • With a compatible EE-issued handset that supports WiFi calling: Samsung Galaxy S6 or the S6 Edge, Microsoft Lumia 640, Apple iPhone: 5s, 5c, 6 or 6 Plus running on iOS 8.3. (See how to download the latest Apple operating system here).

* EE’s service will not work abroad to preserve roaming revenues

Apple releases new software update: iOS 8.3

Apple releases new software update: iOS 8.3

Apple has released it’s third major update on the iOS 8 operating system – iOS 8.3. The latest version offers you a redesigned keyboard – complete with more than 300 new emoji characters. Created in partnership with the Unicode Consortium, the hands, face and bodies of the emoji characters are now available in a variety of six different skin tones to reflect more human diversity. An additional 32 country flags have also been added to the emoji collection, as well as computer, iPhone and even Apple watch emoji’s.

Apple releases software update IOS 8.3 emojis in different skin tonesBeyond diverse emojis, the new update also allows iPhone 5c, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus owners to use EE’s WiFi Calling feature. Once activated, the feature uses a Wifi connection to push incoming audio calls and text messages to your phone, allowing you to stay connected in areas with weak or no mobile reception – whether that be in your home, at the office or even on the underground.

iMessage has seen improvements with the ability to now report junk messages directly from the Messages app and the ability to now filter out iMessages received from unknown contacts.

Apple’s digital assistant Siri has also been updated to support more languages including: Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Thai and Turkish. View our post on how to use Apple’s Siri and unveil our top 6 tips to get more from Siri.

The new update also contains improved performance for your app launches and responsiveness, control center and safari tabs, and fixes issues involving WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

iOS 8.3 is currently available for download over air or at the iTunes store. How do I update my Apple software?

How to download iOS 8.3

How to download iOS 8.3

1) Firstly, back up your device via iTunes or iCloud. Below are the instructions for each:

Back up via iTunes:

  1. Make sure your computer has the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  3. Choose File > Devices > Back up.
    If you’re using iTunes 10.7 or earlier, right-click the device and choose Backup Now.

Back up via iCloud:

  1. Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup. If you’re using iOS 7 or earlier, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
    iOS 8 FAQ iCloud Back up
  2. Make sure iCloud Backup is on.
  3. Tap Back Up Now.

2) The easiest way to update your device is to do so wirelessly, or ‘over air’. Plug your device into a power source or ensure you have over 50% battery and tap Settings > General > Software Update.

3) Tap “Download and Install” to download the update.

4) Tap Install when the download completes if you want to complete it now. Tap Later to install the update later. If your device is passcode enabled, it will ask you to enter the passcode before installing the update.

If you can’t update wirelessly, you can update via iTunes.

  1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Plug in your device to your computer.
  3. In iTunes, select your device.
  4. In the Summary pane, click “Check for Update.”
  5. Click “Download and Update.”

Tips:

  • Make sure your device has enough space for the new operating system, you can check this by  going to Settings > General > Usage to see how much space your content uses. If you’re running low on room, you can use iTunes to create space or remove content from your device.

Which Apple devices are compatible with iOS 8.3?

iPhone: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus. 

iPad: iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, Retina iPad Mini and 1st Gen iPad Mini.

& iPod Touch 5th Gen.