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Apple Self Repair Service: Will They Do it Right?

Apple has announced the launch of the Self Service Repair program which is rolling out from 2022 in the US and expanding into other countries later that year. Is the long fought battle over Right to Repair coming to an end? That’s definitely something every repair advocate is thinking right now, but while it’s a bit early to celebrate victory, it is undoubtedly a fantastic first step from Apple and it is going to be a brilliant initiative if Apple do it right.

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What Is Mobile Phones Eco Rating and Where To Find It?

Earlier this year Eco Rating scheme was launched to provide consumers with an insight on smartphones' lifecycle environmental impact to help them make better purchase decisions keeping sustainability in mind. Read on to find out what is Eco Rating and where it can be found.

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Smartphone Repair Kits - A Beginners Guide

We have a guest article written by the guys over at Repair Outlet, where they provide advice for those of you looking to build yourself a phone repair kit. If you want to be able to replace your screen or battery, or any other of the more simpler jobs, then you will need the right tools for the job.

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Is The Fairphone 4’s Long Lasting Warranty Sustainable?

Fairphone 4 has been released and if you buy it before the new year, you can get 5 years warranty, does that make it worth it? Does that make it more sustainable? Here at Compare and Recycle we love to scrutinise these types of claims. Read on to find out what we think.

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Buying a Brand-New Phone Doesn't Make Sense Anymore and Here's Why

Read on why we think that upgrading to a brand-new phone no longer makes sense.

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iPhone 13 Environmental Reports Reviewed

Let's take a read of the Apple Environmental Reports

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This Is Why Mobile Phone Recycling Matters

While e-waste isn't only small electronics such as mobile phones, our frequently upgraded phones do add up and they fuel the year-on-year increase of this rapidly growing waste stream.

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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 2021, 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 13 release will affect the value of older iPhones when you come to sell your iPhone.

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World Water Week: How Much Water Does Your Smartphone Use?

We have a guest post here from a talented and passionate writer Olivia Wood that wanted to talk about water usage in mobile phones and tech in time for World Water Week that starts on the 23rd of August.

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iPhone 13: What It Will Be Like?

Several details about the upcoming iPhone 13 range have emerged over the past months and we have a somewhat clear understanding of what the latest iPhone lineup will be like.

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How Much Plastic Is In Your Phone?

We discover how much plastic is in our mobile phone and decide whether that's a good or bad place to have it.

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Guide to Mobile Phone Repairs: Ways to Fix a Broken Phone

Repairing a broken phone can be a costly affair, but it is definitely worth it from environmental standpoint. If you're considering a mobile phone repair, comparing repair options is crucial to make sure you're getting the right service for your money. In this article we explore repairs of common smartphone damages and guide you through repair options available to you.

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5 Simple Tips to Protect Your Phone From Overheating

While we are all aware how to keep ourselves cool, do you know that your phone needs protection from heat as well? We've got five tips to share, so your phone is protected from overheating in the summer.

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Overview of the New iOS 15 Features

iOS 15 is going to bring a number of tweaks to already existing and loved applications as well as a few key features that are going to make our digital lives easier. iOS 15 is expected to roll out to devices starting from iPhone 6s and newer some time in September following the release of the iPhone 13 lineup.

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Huawei’s HarmonyOS 2 is Here to Rival Android and iOS

HarmonyOS 2 will be powering devices including phones, tablets, TVs, smartwatches and wearables and is coming to an extensive list of older generations of Huawei and Honor devices. Let's talk about HarmonyOS compatibility, relation to Android and availability of Google Services.

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iPhone 13 Latest Leaks and News about Release Date

A comprehensive roundup of the leaks and rumours surrounding the upcoming iPhone 13 launch, including features, specifications and dates.

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Buying Refurbished: iPhone X and Galaxy S8 Are Still a Popular Choice

Refurbished smartphones are an appealing choice in a number of ways. But what phones do people go for when buying refurbished in 2021?

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Google Pixel Environmental Reports

With the release of the new Pixel environmental report, we analyse Google's device specific environmental documentation to find out what steps they are taking to make their devices more sustainable and what they predict the total greenhouse gas emissions will be over the lifetime of the device.

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iOS 14.5 Update: New Features and Privacy Control Tool

The latest iOS update is available to download and here are the main features coming to your iPhone and iPad.

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Apple AirTag: Everything You Should Know

Apple AirTags are official and available to order, but there are still so many questions around them. Read on if you want to know how does AirTag work, how much it costs, what iPhones is it compatible with and more.

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Apple 2021 Environmental Report: What Progress Is Apple Making On Its Sustainability Journey?

Apple has released its environmental report for fiscal year 2020 and we summarise the highlights and achievements Apple reports on.

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Apple “Spring Loaded” Event 2021 Highlights

Apple hosted its virtual April event revealing updates to iPhone 12, iMac, iPad and making the long-anticipated AirTag official.

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Best Gaming Phones 2021

We take a look at best gaming phones of 2021 and what you can get for your money. Featuring the ASUS ROG, the New Black Shark and more!

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Understanding LTPO Displays: What Is It and Why Are They So Good?

We're taking a deep dive into LTPO displays to help understand what is behind the technology and its benefits for smartphones.

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What Are the Best Bluetooth Speakers?

We’ll be outlining our recommendations for the best bluetooth speakers currently available on the market that are low in cost but high in sound quality.

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OnePlus 9 Series: OnePlus Just Dropped Their Next Big Flagships

Find out what the new OnePlus 9 series bring to the table and what OnePlus have achieved in partnership with Hasselblad.

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How To Do Emergency Call Shortcuts on Mobile Phones

This article will outline how to enable emergency call shortcuts on mobile phones, which can be a useful feature to have if you ever feel that you’re in a dangerous situation.

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Finding Colour with the Oppo Find X3

The Oppo Find X3 is hitting the UK market exclusively with Vodafone, so you will want to know what makes the Find X3 special if you are going to drop over a grand on it.

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National Day of Unplugging

Why not take the time to unplug from your devices? Read on to find out how.

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Mate X2: Huawei’s Third Foldable Phone is Official

Huawei has officially announced the Mate X2- its third generation of foldable smartphone, and we take a look at the design improvements, features and specifications.

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The 70+ Age Group in the UK Has Been Using Technology Like Never Before

We asked a selection of people in the 70+ age group about their relationship to technology to see how the pandemic has changed their tech consumption habits.

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What Is GaN Technology and Why Is It the Next Big Thing for Smartphones

We’ve reached the point where components made of silicon such as transistors are as good as they’ll probably get to match our growing demand for high performance. Thankfully, research proves that gallium nitride is far more superior in properties and is on track to replace silicon in electronics. Let's discuss GaN's benefits and application methods in smartphones.

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Best Budget Phones under £200 to Choose From in 2021

Cheaper these days doesn’t mean worse as the models that have made our list offer a lot for the price, and make it even more attractive delivering superb performance for a considerably lower cost than the headline-grabbing flagships. Here are the very best budget smartphones £200 can buy.

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Valentine's Day Tech Gifts For Him

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift? We've got some great suggestions that will make your partner happy this Sunday.

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Best Mid-range Smartphones: Top 5 Picks for 2021

Many of the high-end feature sets made their way to mid-range phones in the past year, making these top five picks worth considering if you’re looking for a decent mid-range smartphone that doesn’t cost a fortune in 2021.

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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.

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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.

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How to Clean Your Phone

Find out how to make your phone germ-free.

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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.

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Smartphones in 2021: Trends We Are Expecting Next Year

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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iPhone 12 Drops the Charging Adaptor, Gains 5G

This is our take on the brand new iPhone 12 lineup

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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.

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