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Try These Relaxation Activities For Free

It is crucial to find a moment in your day to unwind, relax and recharge. We've picked a few free relaxation activities that you can do to help you reduce your anxiety and stress.

What Is Royal Mail's Parcel Collect?

Did you know that you can use Royal Mail’s Parcel Collect service to send your phone to a recycler listed on our site? Here are the steps to book your collection with Royal Mail.

Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra: What’s New in the Latest Galaxy Flagship Series?

Samsung has announced its new S21 series and we take a look at what's changed in the latest Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra.

How to Clean Your Phone

Find out how to make your phone germ-free.

How Much Can I Sell My Samsung Galaxy For?

There’s absolutely one thing that you should do before upgrading to one of the new Galaxy S21 and that is finding the best price to sell your current Samsung phone. Let’s find out just how much you can sell your Samsung Galaxy S20, S10, S9 or S8 for.

Smartphones in 2021: Trends We Are Expecting Next Year

The smartphone trends we’re expecting to see in 2021.

Sustainable Smartphone Companies That Made Our "Nice List" in 2020

We've looked at organisations in the smartphone industry this year and decided who we think deserves a spot on our "Nice List". Read on to find out more.

How To Be Eco-Friendly if You're Buying on Black Friday This Year

Here's how you can make the most out of Black Friday in a more eco-friendly way.

Understanding 5G on Your iPhone 12: A Guide

Learn more about 5G settings and how it works on your iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max so you can make the most of it.

Tips To Protect the Value of Your New iPhone 12

In this post we're discussing some common cases of how the resale value of your iPhone 12 can be affected within the first year, and we’ll give you the relevant tips on how to prevent your iPhone from losing you money when the time comes to sell it.

UK Mobile Networks Will Be Banned From Selling Locked Phones

Ever tried to unlock your phone, only to discover that the process was trickier than expected? Don't worry, you're not the only one. The good news is as of December 2021, all of the UK’s mobile networks will be banned from selling locked handsets. A locked phone is a device which will only work from the provider that you initially bought it from.

Apple's Environmental Report 2020 Highlights

Apple have released their environmental report for 2020, which outlines their sustainability practices across all stages of the supply chain, from manufacturing to packaging across all stages of the production cycle. We will be analysing this information and highlighting some of the key facts that Apple have disclosed in their report to see if they are on track to achieving their sustainability goals in 2030.

iPhone 12 Environmental Reports

The new iPhone range has been released alongside their environmental reports, we analyse the individual reports and find out where any improvements have been made. Apple have an ambitious target of zero net emissions by 2030, we take a look to see if their devices are taking a step in the right direction.

Which iPhone 12 Should I Get? iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 model that you should get will depend on a number of factors, namely your budget and your preferences for your device’s features. In summary, the iPhone 12 Mini is a smaller version of the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a larger version of the iPhone 12 Pro with some more sophisticated photography features.

iPhone 12 Drops the Charging Adaptor, Gains 5G

This is our take on the brand new iPhone 12 lineup

Find Out How to Get 90% More for Your iPhone When You Upgrade in 2020

We decided to do the hard work for you and compare the iPhone prices offered by Apple, network providers and merchants at Compare and Recycle to find out where you can secure the biggest payout for your iPhone.

Apple Translate iOS 14 vs Google Translate

With a new translation app on the scene, iPhone users will be wondering how Translate (a new default for iPhones compatible with iOS 14) compares to Google Translate.

How To Customise Your Apps for Free on iOS 14

iOS 14 recently became available on some of the later iPhone models from the 16th of September onwards. Alongside the usual security updates and slight alterations to device interfaces, Apple added widgets to iOS 14, which offers a new way to view your home screen.

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition: This Is What You Get for Your Money

Samsung did another Unpacked event on Wednesday the 23rd of September at 3pm (BST) to announce an unknown device. Now that the launch has happened, we know that the device in question is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition. This model is a rehash of the Samsung Galaxy S20 which came out in February 2020, but with some notable additions. Read on to find out what Samsung had to offer.

What Happened at the Apple Launch Event?

We will be discussing exactly what Apple showed us at their ‘Time Flies’ event on Tuesday the 15th of September 2020 at 6pm.

Apple One: How Much Money Can It Save You?

Apple have introduced their new Apple One subscription bundles and while monthly fees might sound a bit costly at first, we will be breaking down exactly how much money each of Apple One’s bundles can save you in the long run.

September 2020 iPhone Price Predictions

When upgrading your old device, you want to know how much it's worth, so whether you are eyeing up the iPhone announcement or considering chopping in your old iPhone for something different, September is the month that has the most price fluctuations of any month.

Does This September Offer the Best Prices Ever to Sell Your iPhone?

We have found that in September 2020, it could be the best time ever to sell certain iPhone models, due to some of the changes that we have seen. For some iPhone models, trade-in prices have increased in September alongside the annual hike in offers before the much-anticipated launch of the new iPhone 12 in a week’s time. Read on to find out more.

What To Expect From the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Samsung has addressed the issues that were raised regarding the original Galaxy Fold, and they have since added several exciting new features that many consumers are likely to find useful. We will be explaining in detail what the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has to offer.

What We Know So Far About the iPhone 12 Series

We will be looking at the rumours that have emerged regarding the iPhone 12 series, so that you can get an idea of what to expect to see from Apple next month.

Everything You Need To Know About the Fairphone 3 Plus

As it has been emphasised often that the way the smartphone industry currently impacts the environment is unsustainable, there has been an outcry among environmentalists for a smartphone which adheres to the circular economy. Fairphone once again have succeeded at this with the Fairphone 3 Plus.

Apple Versus Prepear: Another Case of Bullying?

Apple have opposed the use of a pear logo by a meal prep company known as Prepear, as they argue that the logo looks to similar to Apple’s. Prepear is an app which allows users to create and organise recipes and meal plans, and they have a minimalist green image of a pear as their company logo. Prepear’s problems began when the parent company Super Healthy Kids filed to register a trademark for the Prepear logo.

2020: A Strange Year for iPhone Pricing

2020 is the year where we surrendered to chaos. Nothing followed the predictable routines and patterns that we were accustomed to, and when everything was upended by COVID-19, we saw that many things that we took for granted could change before our eyes, which then forced us to adapt and embrace change.

You Snooze, You Lose: Time To Get The Most Money For Your iPhone

In the most comprehensive price tracking study that we have ever created, updated for 2020, we have looked at every iPhone recycling price since the iPhone 6 to understand what previous iPhone generations are worth now and how the upcoming iPhone 12 release will affect the value of older iPhones when you come to sell your iPhone.

iPhone Trade-In Prices: Compare and Recycle vs Apple

As we’re getting closer to that time of the year when Tim Cook takes it to the stage to announce the latest lineup of iPhones, here at Compare and Recycle we’re seeing iPhone trade-in prices going up, while Apple has quietly devalued previous iPhone generations.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Devices Are Here, But We Wanted More

The Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event introduced us to a plethora of new devices in the Samsung ecosystem, including two new smartphone models. These are the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. We have gathered all the information and will be giving you our hot take on these greatly anticipated Note 20 devices.

What Happened at the Samsung Unpacked Event?

The greatly anticipated virtual Android launch of 2020 took place on Wednesday the 5th of August, and not only did Samsung unveil the long awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but we also got to see some other products in the ecosystem if you want to buy complementary items to go with your new Galaxy device.

Google Pixel 4a First Impressions and Sustainability

The Google Pixel 4a was released without much fanfare as it became available to order on the Google website rather than through the usual pomp of a phone release ceremony. While we missed out on the usual glamorous affair of a smartphone manufacturer presentation, all the specs are available to view online, meaning that you can still decide easily whether this is the phone for you. Without further ado, here are our first impressions of Google’s latest budget handset.

How To Keep Your Phone Cool In A Heatwave

We all know what measures to take to protect ourselves from getting too hot: sun cream, hats, flip flops and staying hydrated. But how can we protect our phones from overheating? If you don't know the answer, no worries, as we have some tips that you can follow to help your phone survive a heatwave.

Is the iPhone 11 Holding Its Value?

Make an informed decision when buying a new phone by looking at the rate of depreciation of last years' devices.

Everything You Need to Know About Contactless Payments on Mobile Phones

It is becoming increasingly popular to make payments by using our mobile phones or our smartwatches. Here is everything you need to know about these kinds of contactless payments.

OnePlus Nord Launch: Finally, a Phone to Get Excited About

So now that the event has happened, has the OnePlus Nord lived up to our expectations? The short answer is: yes, we are very impressed and we have not seen such an attractive smartphone offering for quite some time. Without further ado, here are our impressions of the OnePlus Nord.

Huawei to Be Banned From UK 5G Networks by 2027

The UK’s mobile providers, which includes O2, EE, Three and Vodafone have all been banned from buying Huawei equipment after the 31st of December, and are all required to remove Huawei’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

What to Expect From the Google Pixel 4a [Updated]

We’ve looked at the Google Pixel 4a rumours that are currently circulating, and we’ve identified the believable from the outlandish, so we can give you a good idea of what to expect from the Pixel 4a.

Everything You Need to Know About the OnePlus Nord

There has been a great deal of hype and speculation surrounding OnePlus’ newest smartphone model, and the wait is finally over, as the OnePlus Nord has been made official.

What We’ve Heard About the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 So Far [Updated]

The Galaxy Note 20 series launch is fast approaching and it is expected to bring various camera and functionality improvements over the Galaxy S20 devices. Let’s talk through the whispers and confirmed features of the Note 20 series.

What to Expect From the iPhone 12

So what exactly can we expect from the highly anticipated iPhone 12 series?

Android Pie Comes to Fairphone 2 and Why You Should Care!

Android 9 is coming to Fairphone 2, 5 years after release. Showing the android community that updates beyond two years is possible. Here's why it matters to even those without a Fairphone 2.

iOS 14: New Features Coming to the iPhone

During WWDC 2020 Apple have previewed iOS 14 and announced which iPhones will support the latest iOS. Curious to find out what new features are coming to the iPhone? Read on.

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus Is All About the Zoom Lens Technology

Year after year we see more manufacturers aiming for breakthroughs in smartphone photography going above and beyond smartphone camera capabilities and packing smartphones with three, four and even five rear lenses. So what makes the Huawei P40 Pro Plus stand out from its 2020 flagship siblings and how Huawei justifies the premium price tag? Let’s dive in.

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Social Distancing

We’ve compiled a list of our top three tech gift ideas that work while social distancing, so that your dad can make the most of lockdown this Father’s Day.

Android 11 Preview

The official Android 11 rollout is still some time away, but but developers and user of the Pixel 2 and newer already have an early access to the upcoming Android 11. We’ll be going through some of Android 11 features to get a rough idea what we might see in the latest Android version later this year.

How to Get Extra Cash for Your Summer

This is a guide that will show you where your money can go when you sell your spare gadgets on Compare and Recycle. The activities that we mention can be done while social distancing, so we hope that these will give you some inspiration for ways to spend your time during the summer months.

COVID-19: Compare and Recycle Service Update

As it has been several months since we were first instructed to stay at home by the UK government, the following update will explain what you can expect from comparing prices on Compare and Recycle to sell your device to one of our merchants.

Recycling to Save the Planet: How You Can Be an Ethical Smartphone Consumer

We’re going to be focusing on guiding you towards becoming a responsible smartphone consumer by encouraging you to consider how you’re currently consuming your tech. We’re going to be discussing some specific examples of how e-waste can impact biodiversity, and we also have a quiz that will help you to determine what type of recycler you are.

Mental Health and Phones in Lockdown: Should You Have a Digital Detox?

These are considerable challenges that we’re facing in lockdown, which is why now is the ideal time to work towards having a healthier relationship with your phone if you feel that it’s using you, as opposed to you using it. Read on to find out more.