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Cherrypick: less hassle, saving time and money!

Time for a coffee?

Smartphone shopping made easy

A mobile phone is a necessity which can make a healthy dent in your pocket.

Doing your own research, haggling with your current provider, scouring the Internet or visiting shops and building a spreadsheet to compare offers is tedious, boring and nerve-wracking! We all have busy lives. Is there an alternative?

Cherrypick can save you time and money. In the time it takes to have a coffee break you can choose the right deal for you. Subscribe, answer a few questions and we do the rest!

Here is how Cherrypick works:

  • Subscribe to the website
  • You receive a confirmation email with a few questions
  • Based on your answers our team will take care of the rest
  • We send you Cherrypick offers to your inbox
  • You select and buy these directly
  • It’s that simple

Enough of us. Your turn. Feel free to fill in the survey and we’ll take care of the rest – Get more for Less with Cherrypick.

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How to Choose the Best Smartphone Camera

Looking for a new smartphone? We’ve got a quick guide of what you need to consider related to the camera built into your next phone.

In the age of the smartphone, everyone is taking selfies, photos of what’s around them, memories and any other photos they can think of with the press of a button to be stored in their pocket. So why not at least make sure you have the best camera for capturing these important life memories?

Taking a picture with your Smartphone

Today the technology built into smartphone cameras allows you to conveniently take quality pictures. You can also manage, edit and republish in one place, up- and download as well as stream video in real time.

Although smartphone images are good because of the compact physical nature of the phones, they do not quite match the quality of the images you can achieve from a high-end Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera. Increasingly, though, people find the embedded camera in a smartphone satisfies their needs. If, however, you are unwilling to compromise, you will still need to consider purchasing a separate DSLR camera.

Smartphone manufacturers focus their attention on camera features to fit consumers’ needs and price points. The smartphone battleground is no longer general overall processor power. It is equally related to camera performance.

What to look out for in your smartphone camera?

You cannot get away from the fact that good quality images are captured by good quality cameras.

Megapixel myth

Many mobile brands suggest the number of pixels automatically translates into high-quality image output, but, in truth, this is only part of the picture (excuse the pun!). The more pixels your camera has, the more detailed the image and the greater the resolution. For example, 12MP can produce a perfect quality printed image up to 11” x 24”. One thing that a large pixel number does is create large files particularly when shooting video which need to be stored on and off the camera.

Beyond megapixels we think you need to consider other camera features and specifications which you can normally find on the smartphone box packaging or in the accompanying manual.

What are the other attributes to consider?

Sensor

If the processor is the heart of the smartphone, the sensor is the heart of the camera. Its job is to sense light and light is important to create an image. If the sensor catches more light, then it produces better images. Larger sensors capture more light than smaller ones. That is why an 8MP with a larger sensor can outperform a 13MP camera with a smaller sensor. A good sensor will perform and capture beautiful images.

Lens

The lens affects the overall quality of the image. Your choice will depend on where you would use it and for what purpose. In certain smartphones you can find world famous lens manufacturer brands such as Carl Zeiss.

Aperture

The aperture (f-value) refers to the opening in the camera lens controlling the amount of light that travels through. The number indicates the size of the aperture stop. The smaller the ‘f’ number, the wider the aperture which results in a shallow depth of field. For example, f/8 is smaller than f/1.4. If the camera has an f/1.7 aperture, it means the lens opening is wider and more light can travel through than one which has a f/2.2. So, if you like blurring effects such as bokeh in your image, consider the aperture size.

Zoom

The zoom feature is used when you are capturing photos from afar. There are two types of zoom in a smartphone camera: digital and optical. Digital zoom is a software process that simply crops an area of an image and enlarges it, sometimes resulting in a pixelated image. Optical zoom refers to the actual optical lens (hardware) of the camera zooming in to get a closer look at the subject. Thus, an optical lens produces a better zoomed image. Remember, a more powerful optical lens is preferable to an equivalently powerful digital zoom.

 

Are you ready to pick up your smartphone now?

These wont make a hole in your wallet, but have one of the best cameras on phones on the market: iPhone8, Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei P20, OnePlus 6.

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Best mobile deals to access your favourite PayTV channels?

If you want to make the most of your mobile subscription have you thought about how you can access PayTV channels as part of your mobile subscription? A number of the mobile operators have interesting packages to allow you to continue to watch your favourite TV services on the move.

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Keeping your number when switching mobile provider

One of the things which might be putting you off switching mobile provider is whether you can keep your number.

The simple answer is YES you should be able to take the mobile number.

The reason we write ‘should’ is that in reality you don’t own the number but are custodian of the number and if you are the bill payer and account owner have first right to keep it. When writing this I think of employees who have corporate phones. Here you will need to rely on the goodwill of your employer.

How does keeping your number work?
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Sky Mobile – A breath of fresh air?

SkyTV subscribers who are looking for their next mobile deal should definitely take a closer look as well as other users who are mainly interested in competitive data packages providing flexibility.

Sky is known for its TV output where it excels in Sports and News and has expanded to become a leading quadplay provider with 12.9 m retail customers subscriptions beginning of 2018.

Using the Telefonica O2 network infrastructure, Sky Mobile in its own right, brings innovations to the UK mobile market focusing on flexibility in providing data services and putting the consumer in the driving seat regarding choice.

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The New Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – now available

Samsung’s biggest and most powerful phone of the year is now available for purchase.  The Galaxy Note 9.

Compared with its predecessor the Note 9 has improvements in storage, RAM, camera performance, highlights being the improved S Pen and battery life.  Tests have shown it runs an impressive 14% longer than the Note 8 with 20% increase in battery capacity with recharge times shown to be less than 2 hours from flat.

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Make sure you are on the right data plan

Most phone contracts have unlimited minutes and texts included. What matters now is data. In fact, almost all apps on a mobile require data to work. You’ll need data when browsing the internet, when sending messages on WhatsApp, when reading your e-mails… You’ll also need data to use applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Skype and YouTube. Unfortunately, different apps and activities consume data at substantially different rates. This can make it a bit tricky to work out how much data you’ll need each month.

Three major factors to consider when choosing a data plan are:

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Why Cherrypick?

Our mission is to provide you with the best the mobile world has to offer in one place. Currently website with an app planned. No strings attached.

Cambridge dictionary defines Cherrypick as:

“To choose only the best or most suitable from a group of things”

Leading mobile operators EE, O2, Three and Vodafone are already covered by Cherrypick and we are adding the other exciting brands and offers on a continual basis. For example we already have Giffgaff and ID mobile offers as well. We are striving to ensure our offers remain relevant for you.

Let’s work together to make shopping for mobiles easier than ever before.

We would love to hear from you if you think you can contribute to our success and especially if you are one of the following:

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