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The best of Android

The best of Android

LG G4 – Android 5.1

The LG G4 features a 5.5″ screen and a rather unique design with premium back covers ranging from metallic grey, ceramic white, gold and even genuine leather. While the coloured backs have an array patterned texture, the leather backs have a threaded stitch with the choice of brown, black and red shades. Standing out from the crowd, the LG G4 also features a 16MP camera with an ultra-bright F1.8 Lens for stunning visuals, particularly ideal for low light and portraits. Snap quick and clear pictures with laser detection auto-focus and OIS 2.0, an improved optical image stabiliser that reduces camera shake.

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Big on productivity, the G4 offers ‘Smart Notice’ allowing you to automate routine tasks with action formulas and even receive personalised recommendations for weather, travel and more. Better yet, the G4 has a removable 3,000mAh Battery giving you the option to swap in a full battery for an empty one without stopping to recharge – and thus allowing you to stay connected with your business all day long.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium – Android 5.1

While the LG G4 may offer a unique design, Sony’s latest flagship device steals the spotlight with 4K technology. Allowing you to view your images and videos in four times the resolution of Full HD. Though the battery may not be removable, you will be able to power up your Sony Xperia Z5 Premium at lightning speed thanks to quick charge enabling. In fact, just 10 minutes of charging will offer up to 5.5 hours of power, or a full day’s usage from just 45 minutes. For the full review on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, please click here.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ – Android 5.1.1

With Android devices going big on their power capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ takes a different approach with a wide range of innovative wired and wireless charging accessories available to suit your needs. Slightly bigger than previous models, the Edge+ features a 5.7″ display, but carries the same styling as the S6 with a metal, curved glass exterior. The larger screen is protected by the very latest Gorilla Glass on both sides for improved damage resistance.

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Featuring the same fingerprint reader on its home button as the other S6 models, both have been vastly improved since the S5, offering heightened security with unlocking and working alongside Samsung’s new contactless payment system – Samsung Pay. Recommended for existing Samsung fans, the Edge+ offers an improved version of the S6, with a bigger screen, larger battery, and faster wireless charging.

HTC One M9 – Android 5.0

HTC put it’s focus on bringing a premium look to the M9, achieved with a dual-tone design and stunning mirrored edges. With each model undergoing a detailed CNC process that machines and polishes the sidewall for a tight, durable and seamless build. In fact, each M9 has been anodised twice to achieve this classy looking exterior. Boasting a 5″ screen constructed with scratch-resistant glass, the M9 offers both style and durability, and even features ambient light sensors that automatically adjust the screen’s optimum brightness level – to suit your surroundings.

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Not just a pretty face, the One M9 features various hardware developments from it’s predecessor, the M8, with a new 20MP camera, faster processor and a bigger battery. Better yet, the One M9 offers some serious audio capabilities. With innovative BoomSound technology, the M9 is able to achieve a remarkable 5.1 surround sound experience improving your films, music, games and more. Similarly to Samsung, the HTC One M9 is highly recommend to existing fans of the HTC range looking to upgrade their existing model.

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iPhone storage full again? Follow our tips to free up space

iPhone storage full again? Follow our tips to free up space

Clear your browser cache

Your iPhone may be storing Web history and data that you simply do not need.

For Safari Users: Open up Settings then tap Safari, scroll down and click Clear History and Website Data.

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For Chrome Users: Open up the Chrome app, tap the menu icon in the upper right corner (three vertical dots). Tap History and at the bottom of the screen tap Clear browsing data.

Reduce your message storage time

Any text messages sent or received on your iPhone are by default, stored forever. However, you can open up Settings > Messages, scroll down to Message History, tap Keep Messages and change Forever to 30 days to 1 Year.

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Remove HDR photo saving

If you’re a keen Instagram user or tend to use HDR mode a lot when taking photos on your iPhone, duplicate photos may be saved – the HDR version, normal version, Instagram, the filtered, cropped Instagram version and the normal version. 

To stop double-saving HDR photos, open Settings and scroll to Photos & Camera, at the bottom you can un-tick the toggle next to Keep Normal Photo.

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For Instagram, go into the app and tap your profile tab, then Settings (the gear icon) in the upper right corner. Under Settings, un-tick the toggle next to Save Original Photos.

Identify what’s taking space

Head to Settings > General > Usage > Manage Data. Here you’ll see a list of apps sorted by the amount of storage space they are taking up. You can delete an app directly from this menu or use this information to adjust your apps accordingly, for example you may notice Photos & Camera or Music are the top culprits and remove a few albums.

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Making the most of iOS 9 for your business

Making the most of iOS 9 for your business

Maximise productivity

  • Your personal Apple assistant, Siri, features further improvements in iOS 9. Now offering suggestions on people and apps to use based on your location and time of day. More impressively, Siri will even give you a nudge when it’s time to head off for your next meeting – and factor in the current traffic conditions to ensure you arrive on time.
  • Apple ‘Notes’ has also been updated, providing you with the ability to create check-lists and tick off items as you go, with the option to add photos, map locations and even URLS to new and existing notes.
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  • Deploy iPads? iOS 9 introduces ‘Split view’ mode that lets you have two active applications on the screen,  allowing you to have Word and Excel open simultaneously, and swap between them seamlessly.
  • Apple has also introduced ‘Transit view’ into iOS 9 Maps, offering you directions that include public transportation.  You can also take advantage of the ‘Multi-modal’ route feature that incorporates public transport, other transport and walking. Finally use ‘Nearby’ that displays Food, Drinks, Shopping, Travel, Services, Fun, Health and Transport located near you, to quickly and conveniently grab a coffee and fill up on petrol before you head to next your next meeting.

Tighten up security & take advantage of enhanced MDM capabilities

  • With iOS 9, passcodes can now be 6 digits long instead of four, giving you one million possible combinations rather than 10,000, ensuring your business devices are tougher to crack, and thus reducing the chances of anyone gaining unauthorised access.
  • iOS 9 gives your IT team more ways to control your business devices, apps and data. With prompts to perform an update, the ability to install and update managed apps while restricting general access to the App Store and new network policies; restricting the app’s ability to connect over cellular when roaming on other networks – allowing your organisation to specify how your managed apps use your network.

Devices compatible with iOS 9:

iPhone: 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus
iPad: 2, 3, 4, Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2, Mini 3, Pro
iPod: Touch 5th

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Using EE Abroad

Using EE Abroad

EE offers a variety of International Add On’s for those on Small Business Plans with different allowances, costs and terms available for use when abroad and from the UK.

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While standard EU roaming rates are as follows:

  • Making a call 13.8p/min
  • Receiving a call is 3.6p/min
  • Sending an SMS 4.4p each
  • Receiving an SMS is free

EE Euro Pass

EE also offers Euro Pass, giving you unlimited calls and texts, plus a load of data, to save you getting separate roaming minutes, texts and data add-ons when you head across the channel.

Euro Pass can be purchased for £3.33 a day for those on small business plans, and £4 a day for EE pay monthly and SIM only customers.

Opt in once by texting EUROPASS to 150 before you go or when you’re abroad, within 24 hours it will available to use and you’ll receive a text to let you know when it’s all set up. Once opted in, you will only be charged for the days you use your phone in the Europe Zone.

The daily charge will be automatically triggered each day when you make or receive a call, send a text or use mobile data when you’re abroad in the Europe zone. Please note that if your phone has apps that automatically update in the background, this will also trigger the charge.

Included:

  • Calls and texts to standard UK landline and mobile numbers
  • Calls and texts to standard Europe Zone landline and mobile numbers
  • All calls and texts you receive
  • 100MB each day at full speed – then an additional 400MB a day at a slower speed (for no extra charge).

Countries included:

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Islands, Romania, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.

Using Vodafone Abroad

Using Vodafone Abroad

Vodafone EuroTraveller

Vodafone’s EuroTraveller is just £3 a day and gives you the ability to use your UK minutes, texts and data abroad. EuroTraveller is applied midnight to 11.59pm UK time (local time). And you will not be charged for any calls or text received. Better yet, EuroTraveller can be used on your phone, tablet, dongle or Mobile WiFi device.

Please contact your account manager to find out if you have this bolt on in place or are applicable to use EuroTraveller, alternatively, you can activate EuroTraveller by texting ADD to 40506 or call 5555 free from your Vodafone mobile. To opt out, text REMOVE to 40506.

Countries covered:

Zone 1 – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (inc. Monaco), French Territories, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (inc. Vatican City), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (inc. Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (inc. Balearic Islands), Sweden.

Zone 2 – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey), Faroe Islands, Isle of Man, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey. 

Vodafone WorldTraveller

Vodafone’s WorldTraveller is available to Pay Monthly customers and those on certain business plans – please check with your CMM account manager if you’re unsure. For £5 a day, midnight to midnight in the capital city of the country you’re visiting, you can use your UK minutes, texts and data anywhere in the WorldTraveller Zone. As with EuroTraveller, WorldTraveller can also be used on your phone, tablet, dongle or Mobile WiFi device and you won’t pay a penny to receive calls or texts.

Please contact your account manager to find out if you have this bolt on in place or are applicable to use WorldTraveller, alternatively, you can activate WorldTraveller on your device, by texting ADD to 40508 or call 5555 (+447836115555 from abroad) free from your Vodafone mobile.

Countries covered:

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Panama, Qatar, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Suriname, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America

On the 1st December 2015, the following 28 destinations will be added:

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands.

Using O2 Abroad

Using O2 Abroad

O2 Travel

For Pay Monthly customers: 

With O2 Travel, data is just £1.99 per day in Europe, with the daily charge applying from midnight to midnight UK time.

Calls made and received have a connection charge of 50p, after that it’s free to talk for up to an hour, however we recommend you hang up after 59 minutes at the latest.

Texts sent to the UK and Europe cos 5p but are free to receive, while media messages sent  will cost the same as your UK tariff.

To opt into O2 Travel, text O2TRAVEL to 23336 (it can take up to 24hrs to be applied to your account).

To opt out, text NOTRAVEL to 23336. You’ll then be charged standard roaming rates (this can also take up to 24hrs).

For Pay & Go customers:

With O2 Travel, 50MB of data can be bought for £1.99 each day, running from midnight to midnight UK time or when you have finished all 50MB – whichever comes first. If you run out, and want more data on the same day, you can text MORETRAVEL to 21300 and receive another 50MB for £1.99.

Calls you make back to the UK and within Europe are charged at 16p a minute, while receiving calls in Europe will cost 4p a minute.

Texts sent to the UK and Europe cost 5p, but are free to receive, while sending a media message will cost the same as your UK tariff.

To opt into O2 Travel, text TRAVELON to 21300 to activate (it can take up to 24hrs to be applied to your account).

To opt out, text TRAVELOFF to 21300, you will then be charged standard roaming rates (this can also take up to 24hrs).

Countries covered:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Monaco, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Vatican, San Marino, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

O2 Worldwide 24hr Data Bolt On

The Worldwide 24hr Data Bolt On is designed for use virtually anywhere outside of Europe. For £7.50 you’ll receive a certain amount of data for 24 hours dependent on which zone you are in.

1 Bolt On per day:
Text  BUYWORLD24CAP1 to +44 786 002 7993

2 Bolt Ons per day:
Text BUYWORLD24CAP2 to +44 786 002 7993

4 Bolt Ons per month:
Text BUYWORLD24CAP to +44 786 002 7993

Unlimited Bolts Ons per month:
Text BUYWORLD24 to +44 786 002 7993

Zones covered:

£7.50 200MB for 24 hours in Zone 2 covering:
Canada, United States of America.

£7.50 100MB for 24 hours in Zone 3 covering:
Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Republic of Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia.

£7.50 for 25MB for 24 hours in Zone 4 covering:
Afghanistan, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kosovo, Kuwait, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Mauritania, Netherlands Antilles, Niger, Paraguay, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen.

£7.50 for 2MB for 24 hours in Zone 5 covering:
Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Greenland, Guam, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macau, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Palestine, Senegal, St Lucia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Satellite providers: OnWaves, AeroMobile, Maritime Communications, OnAir.

Quick guide to data usage

For those unfamiliar with MB, we’ve put together a quick guide to give you an understanding of how much you would be able to do with your selected data package:

Data usage