Microsoft launches the new X Box One

xbox_one1111111111111Last night Microsoft launched the new X Box One, whetting the appetite of gamers everywhere.

Given that its predecessor, the X Box 360, was released nearly eight years ago, it’s been a long time in the making. So has it been worth the wait?

In a word, absolutely. The new X Box One may look like an old school CD player, but within its unremarkable black casing lies the future of games consoles.

And the future is exciting. A far cry from games consoles of old, which required you to change inputs in order to use either TV or games console, the X Box One works in synergy with your existing entertainment system and integrates TV and internet applications, such as Skype, to the gaming experience. You can even have the TV screen take up two thirds of the screen.

Microsoft’s new Kinect is integral to the X Box One and you’ll get one with each new console. Everything is voice activated and you can even change TV channels with voice control. The new Kinect has been redesigned to be extremely accurate and can recognise individual users, work in the dark, and even pick up your heartbeat. It also uses gesture controls on the X Box home screen.

The new console also has increased social media capability and it will be even easier to share clips and hook up with other gamers.

In terms of hardware, it will feature an eight-core CPU, 8 gigs of RAM, a 500 gig HDD, a Blu-Ray Drive, 802.11 Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI and USB 3.0.

As for games, there’s a new improved EA game engine, EA Sports Live, which makes everything even more realistic. FIFA 14, Madden and UFC are all coming to the Xbox, and there are 15 new Microsoft games promised within the first year, including a Max Payne one and the new Call of Duty.

Microsoft didn’t disclose an exact release date or price point, but it will almost certainly be out later in the year.

When that time comes and you want to upgrade your existing console to this revolutionary box of awesomeness, don’t forget that you’ll find the best price for recycling your old console right here, by using our clever Recycle Your Gadget widget.

Triumph of the tablets

Best_tabletsTablets sales are set to overtake those of PCs within months according to new statistics released by the International Data Corp, with sales expected to exceed those of laptops by the end of next year.

The IDC’s figures revealed that tablet sales have increased by 80% since 2011, while PC sales have plummeted by a massive 14% in the last 3 months alone.

The figures are perhaps not particularly surprising. With people on the move more than ever, both professionally and in their own time, a bulky, stationary PC is no longer practical for the majority.

Slightly more unexpected is the prediction that tablet sales will overtake laptops so quickly. However, with the tablet market expanding and devices becoming increasingly sophisticated, perhaps it’s little wonder that people are opting to replace, still bulky, laptops with a much more portable alternative.

Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 12.04.36The only downside for consumers in the rapidly growing tablet market is that models are quickly becoming outdated. However, this need not be a concern as there are many companies who will pay you good money for recycling your old devices, making it feasible for you to keep up to date with the latest technology.

Here at Recycle Your Gadget we search all the recycling companies to find you the best possible price for recycling your old device. All you have to do is enter the make and model into our nifty little widget and it’ll find you the best deal within seconds. And it’s not just for recycling tablets – you can recycle a whole range of devices, from iPods to games consoles. Give it a try and earn yourself some cash to spend on a nice new tablet!

Windows Phone 8: upgrade without breaking the bank or compromising your conscience!

Microsoft have just announced the arrival of Windows Phone 8, and with multi core support, a new start screen, native code sharing with Windows 8 and Windows RT, a wallet feature for making mobile payments, and Internet Explorer 10, it looks like it’s going to be a real contender on the already bountiful smartphone market.

The only downside, at least for existing Windows Phone users, is that the new system won’t be compatible with existing Windows devices. While some are seeing this as a two fingers to exiting customers, others argue that it’s necessary in order for Microsoft to create one platform that runs on its desktops, laptops, tablets and phones, like its arch rival, Apple.

Get £155.50 for recycling your HTC Titan on Recycle Your Gadget

Either way, the inevitable outcome is that it will lead to a large number of seemingly redundant handsets, as the need for the modern, technically minded consumer to have the latest model, manifests itself. This willingness to cast aside perfectly good handsets raises obvious ethical issues, but there is a way to get your hands on the latest technology without compromising your conscience, and whilst also making a decent amount of cash to put towards your new purchase!

Recycle Your Gadget is a one-stop price comparison site for recycling unwanted gadgets, ranging from mobile phones and iPods to cameras and games consoles. By using the clever widget on our homepage, you can find the best price for your gadget in an instant. So, not only will you be safe in the knowledge that your old phone will be put to good use rather than cluttering up your drawers or ending up on a landfill site, but you’ll also have some cash to help justify that purchase of the latest model. What better excuse do you need?!

The iPod: revolution and evolution. Win an iPod shuffle!

The arrival of the iPod in 2001 not only revolutionised the way we listen to music on the move, but the way we consume music in general. It consigned its predecessor, the mini disc, to the annals of music history, alongside its ancestor the cassette, and saw the, previously well-established format of the CD become the folly of musos and the technically challenged.

The ease with which we could download and transfer music held an appeal for everyone, and even the most dedicated of vinyl collectors couldn’t deny its place in the modern music scene.

The iPod has evolved enormously since its inception, spawning more specialised and sophisticated offspring in the form of the iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch. There have now been seven generations of the iPod Classic, as it’s now known, and while it has largely retained the same physical dimensions, its capacity has increased from 5GB to a massive 160GB.

One of the iPod’s most popular incarnations has been the ultra portable iPod Nano which is now also into its sixth generation since it evolved from the iPod (not so) Mini in 2005. During that time the Nano has not only increased in capacity from 1GB to 16GB, but, after a series of different morphs, has now more than halved in size and, in its current guise, is a nifty little touch screen device, more akin to its cousin, the iPod Shuffle.

Even though it has been slightly usurped by the growth of the one-gadget-does-all smartphone, there is still a place on the market for the massive capacity of the iPod Classic or convenience and ultra portability of the iPod Nano or Shuffle.

If you have an old iPod that you no longer use, or would like to upgrade to the latest model, why not use our clever widget to find the best price that you can get for recycling it. You’ll get £80 for a 6th generation iPod Classic (160GB), which is a nice little sum to put towards a new one.

Or, why not enter our competition to win an iPod Shuffle? To win all you have to do is ‘like’ our Facebook page and leave a comment in answer to the following question:

Using the widget on the Recycle Your Gadget homepage, what is the best price you can get for recycling a 6th generation iPod Classic (80GB)?

Visit our Facebook page to enter now! All correct answers will be entered into a draw and we’ll announce the winner next week. Good luck!

iPad envy? Trade in your old pretender for the real contender

The tablet market is huge now with all the major tech brands having released their own versions, but there really is only one contender for the throne: Apple’s iPad. The others are all just pretenders. The original is still the best, and it’s just got even better.

In its dormant state, the new iPad 3 might look almost identical to its predecessor, but switch it on and its enhancements come to life. One of the biggest upgrades is its new ‘Retina Display’ which crams a massive 1536 x 2048 pixels into its 9.7 inch screen (four times more than the iPad 2), and makes text and images extremely sharp, and colours wonderfully vibrant. Other upgraded features include the 5 megapixel ‘iSight’ camera, a powerful new A5X chip and quad core graphics processor for increased responsiveness, and much improved internet browsing, photo viewing and movie screening. iPad 3 promo video

If you decided to opt for an iPad imitator but are now wishing you’d gone for the real deal, or are already an Apple convert but want to update your iPad 1 or 2 to the new iPad 3, why not recycle your old tablet and earn £££ to put towards a new model?

Recycle your Gadget is a new website which allows you to get the best price for trading in your old phones, iPods, tablets, cameras, games consoles and sat navs, via one easy to use widget. All you have to do is enter the type of gadget, the make and model, hit ‘Compare Recycling Prices’ and the site generates a list of the best deals that you’ll get for trading in your old device.

For example, if you want to trade in an HTC Flyer 32GB you can get £155 from Fone Bank (see above), and for an iPad 2 64GB you’ll get £310! Put that cash towards a new iPad 3 and you’ll be getting the king of tablets for a fraction of the price. What are you waiting for?!

Apple offer free replacement of latest iPod Nano to owners of 1st generation iPod

Do you still have a 1st generation iPod nano? Under normal circumstances we’d advise that if you wanted to upgrade to the latest model, you should use the Recycle Your Gadget website to get the best price for your old one, thus giving you a tidy sum to put toward a new one.  However, we’ve learned that Apple have discovered a fault with the battery in the 1st generation models and are offering a free replacement (of the latest model) to 1st generation owners who return their old iPod to them.

The 1st generation nano is quite distinctive as they have a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back (see image above).  All later models have a metal front and back.

To order your replacement iPod simply follow this link to the Apple website and complete the steps. You’ll need the serial number for your iPod, which you’ll find printed on the back. You’ll also need to return your iPod to Apple, but you’ll receive a brand new, latest edition, 6th generation nano within 6 weeks of them receiving your old one. Not a bad upgrade when you consider how much the iPod nano has improved since the 1st generation model! Just make sure you back up all the data on your iPod on iTunes before sending it off.

This is a genuine programme being run by Apple and two of our followers have already received shiny new nanos courtesy of it.

So, if you still happen to have an old 1st gen nano, get involved! And if you have any other model that you’d like to upgrade then check out our home page to get the best price for recycling your old one.

Click here to see Apple’s official line on the replacement programme.

RecycleYourGadget in The Metro

An exciting day for us – RecycleYourGadget was today covered in hugely popular commuter newspaper The Metro!

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We're spreading the word about gadget recycling!

In a half page article RYG fan Lee Farrer shared the story of how she made £240 from recycling the old iPod and mobile phones that had had been gathering dust in her cupboards.

We’re really pleased to be spreading the word – recycling iPods, cameras and mobiles is great for the environment and our pockets!  Please continue to spread the word and let us know if there is any way we can improve our service for you.

If you’d like to write a feature about Recycle Your Gadget in your newspaper or website, or you just want to say hello, please get in touch via the Contact Us form.

Get up to £314 towards an iPad by recycling your old iPad!

Want the new iPad 3? Why not recycle your old iPad and get up to £314 towards it!

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Recycle your iPad - Get up to £314

Today’s launch of the iPad 3 has convinced many a gadget fan to splash the cash on Apple’s new iPad. If you’re a huge gadget fan like the team at Recycle Your Gadget you’ll probably be tempted by the iPad 3’s new ‘retina’ display, the promise of 4G mobile network access and the new faster processor.

But what what if you already have an iPad 2 or iPad 1? Good news. If you compare the best gadget recycling prices in the UK you can get up to £314 in cash for trading in your old iPad covering as much as 75% of the cost of an iPad 3!

RecycleYourGadget.co.uk will help you compare thousands of recycling deals in seconds from all the UK’s top recycling sites to help you get the most cash for recycling your iPad.

Much like mobile phone recycling, all you need to do is compare recycling prices using our very simple to use tool, complete the form on the recycling company’s website and then send in your iPad or iPad 2. Within days you’ll have cash in your bank account ready for you to spend on iPad 3… or anything else you’d like to spend it on!

Getting the iPhone 4S? Recycle you old mobile now!

Just pre-ordered the iPhone 4S?  Wondering what to do with your old iPhone or non-Apple mobile phone? Why not recycle your iPhone for cash?

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Ordering the iPhone 4S? Offset the costs by recycling your old mobile!

Like many iPhone fans who’ve been waiting an eternity for the new iPhone, we at Recycle Your Gadget Towers are busy pre-ordering or planning our queue strategy to get the new iPhone 4S when it comes out on Friday. But what should you do with your old mobile?

You could eBay your iPhone if it’s good nick or give it to your Mum, son or partner, but the simplest way to get plenty of cash in your pocket is to recycle it with one of the myriad mobile phone recycling companies.

But how do you know you’re getting the best deal? The same as when you use price comparison sites to compare the price of products and services you buy it’s really important to check the prices on offer for recycling your phone.

At the time of writing you could get as much as £272 for recycling an iPhone 4 16GB with SellOldPhone.co.uk – that’s a hefty contribution to your iPhone 4S funds!!

You can compare iPhone recycling prices or recycling prices for any phone with our handy tool – just select the make and model or your mobile in the drop down menus near the top of this page.

Welcome to RecycleYourGadget.co.uk

We’ve all heard of recycling our phones and getting cash for it – now many recycling companies are letting you recycle your MP3 players and digital cameras, as well as many more gadgets.

This site will soon show you the best places to recycle your old or broken iPod, MP3 player, digital camera and anything else that can make you some money – whilst doing your bit for the environment at the same time!