Tech21 have become famous for creating incredibly sturdy cases through superior technology. In fact, they’ve come up with the word ‘impactology’ which describes their process of creating impressive protective smartphone gear. The core of this is D30, a non-Euclidean substance which is normally soft, but instantly hardens when it receives the force of an impact. Now Tech21 are bringing their design and materials to bear on new cases for the iPhone 6 - which are in stock now at Mobile Fun.
The Classic Trio is the first of two Tech21 designs for the iPhone 6. The focus here is on minimalism, with a simple yet stylish bumper that covers the edges and corners of your iPhone 6. The case is impregnated with the D3O material, allowing it to provide better impact protection than a more naïve implementation of simple silicone. A clear back design allows you to show off your choice of colour too, making this a fine case for those that appreciate the beauty of Apple’s design.
The Classic Frame is the second design, and comes in at a slightly higher price point. For the extra cash, you’ll get more protection, care of a thicker frame made from TPU and impregnated once again with D3O. The case’s raised dotted surface increases grip as well, helping to stop your phone slipping out of your fingers. There’s also a raised lip around the screen, helping to prevent nasty cracks or scratches to the screen.
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Last week Apple unveiled their new iPhone… or should I say their new iPhones. For the first time, it’s possible to get a new iPhone in two different sizes: the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. While the choice is no doubt appreciated by many, for others it’s an unprecedented conundrum–which should you buy? This article seeks to answer that question.
So first things first–from a design perspective, these phones are identical. Both offer an aluminium construction, with bands of plastic separating the top and bottom caps from the main body of the phone. The only difference is that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is bigger than the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 6 Plus is way bigger than the iPhone 5.
That means if you’re used to the size of previous iPhone, you’re going to be more comfortable with the iPhone 6. All things considered, the iPhone 6 should be the ‘default’ choice chosen by most people, and best supported by accessory makers.
Left to right: iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C
When you look at the phones more closely, not too many more differences are apparent beyond the size of their screens and bodies. I’ve highlighted the differences in the table below:
Apple A8 1.4GHz dual-core
Apple A8 1.4GHz dual-core
16 / 64 / 128GB
16 / 64 / 128GB
Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi ac
Apple Pay only
Apple Pay only
250 h standby, 14 h 3G
384 h standby, 24 h 3G
8MP dual-LED, 1.2MP
8MP dual-LED w/ OIS, 1.2MP
138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm
158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm
So beyond the different screens, sizes and weights, there are precisely two hardware differences. First, the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger battery, allowing it to last a little longer – particularly when the screen is off. Secondly, the camera has optical image stabilisation. The OIS works to counteract hand shake, allowing you to take less blurry photos–but it’s worth noting it’ll do nothing for capturing fast-moving subjects, like sportspeople and children.
So given these differences, there are three immediate kinds of people that might want the iPhone 6 Plus over the ‘default’ iPhone 6.
1. Fans of massive Android phones like the Note 4 or LG G3
2. Frequent iPhone photographers looking for the best hardware
3. People who need that extra boost in battery power
Of course, in these latter two cases there’s a trade-off: you’re getting a massive iPhone which weighs more and is harder to use with one hand – particularly if those hands are smaller than average.
Apple have anticipated this issue, and have made some changes to the hardware and to iOS 8 to (partially) alleviate it. Firstly, the lock button is now on the right hand side of the phone instead of the top (on both new models). They’ve also made a ‘reachability’ gesture: tap the home button twice to have the screen move down towards your fingers, allowing you to reach controls at the top of the phone more easily.
A tablet replacement
Even with these in place, you’re getting an iPhone that’s feels closer to the iPad Mini than to the original iPhone. In fact, when you compare an iPad Mini and an iPhone 6 Plus playing videos, the usable screen size is surprisingly close because the iPad Mini uses only the middle portion of its 4:3 display to show 16:9 videos.
Left to right: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini
The similarities with a small tablet don’t stop there. Apple have also adopted the iPad’s split view for many landscape-mode iPhone 6 Plus apps. That means you’ll get an additional pane on the left or right, showing you more information at a glance than you’d find on the iPhone 6 or 5 version.
That makes for an iPhone 6 Plus that can replace both phone and tablet–and maybe even your laptop too. If you’re tired of carrying around multiple devices, then the 6 Plus could be ideal.
The final choice
I think, all things considered, the iPhone 6 will appeal to more people than the 6 Plus. A jump from 4 to 4.7 inches is already substantial; a further jump to 5.5 is almost too much. Of course, if you’re coming from the Android ecosystem, you may already be used to phones in that kind of region, and the 6 Plus becomes more appealing.
Otherwise, the advantages of the 6 Plus–longer battery life, a slightly better camera–are well balanced by the inherent clumsiness of using a larger phone, despite Apple’s best efforts. If you are a keen photographer, or you need a boost in battery life desperately, then the iPhone 6 Plus can make sense. For everyone else, the iPhone 6 is the better choice.
Which iPhone are you choosing? Let me know in the comments below, or speak to us on social media. We’re @mobilefun on Twitter and Love Your Mobile on Facebook.
One of the most protective iPhone cases of all time is coming for the new iPhone models: the Griffin Survivor. This all-terrain iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus tough case is made to military standards, and is rated to withstand dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration and drops.
The Survivor works so well thanks to a rigid polycarbonate internal frame, which is clad in shock-absorbent silicone. That should protect your iPhone 6 from a 1.8m drop onto a flat concrete surface. Sealed ports and an integrated display shield prevent water, dirt, dust and wind. The case has also been shown to resist vibration from 20 to 2000Hz for 18 hours, making it effective even in industrial environments.
The Survivor does necessarily make your iPhone 6 thicker and heavier, so Griffin have included a heavy-duty detachable belt clip that gives you a nice alternative to placing the iPhone 6 in your pocket.
The Griffin Survivor was the star of an entertaining series of videos, where the case survived hazards common and uncommon; the case was immersed in maple syrup, dropped off a bridge and dragged behind a car. If you haven’t seen the videos before, they’re definitely worth a few minutes of your time:
For more information or to pre-order the Griffin Survivor cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, please visit the product pages linked below:
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The Moshi SenseCover proved a big hit for the iPhone 5S, and now we’re happy to announce the case will be available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus too.
The case comes with a unique windowed flip cover design. Combined with a touch-sensitive strip further down the cover, you can see incoming callers and then reject or accept these calls. This saves you from opening the cover to check calls or the time, while maintaining full screen protection for your iPhone 6.
You can see a brief demonstration of this feature below. Please note that the iPhone 5 version of the case is shown, but of course the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus version will work identically.
The SenseCover is made from high quality synthetic materials, providing lasting protection for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. The case is tough enough to withstand day-to-day punishment without blemishing, so it’ll stay in good condition for a long time. With full coverage – including the back and sides – your iPhone 6 is in good hands.
Even the smallest details have been thought of here. The flip cover is secured with a magnetic clasp, preventing the screen from being exposed to any dust or scratches. This helps obviate the need for a dedicated iPhone 6 screen protector.
For more information on the Moshi SenseCover, please visit the appropriate product page below for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus version in the colour of your choice.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is hitting stores next month, but we’ve already prepared a wide range of Note 4 cases and accessories that’ll be arriving way before that. Let’s take a look at the top 5 Note 4 covers on the market for September.
Our first case is the Encase FlexiShield, one of the most popular cases ever sold on Mobile Fun. This gel case combines flexibility with good scratch protection, allowing your Note 4 to avoid scratches and stay in good condition longer. The case is inexpensive too, allowing you to add protection and a splash of colour without a significant investment.
Our next case is another classic budget option, but this time the focus is on heavier protection. The ArmourDillo has an armoured TPU exoskeleton, providing excellent scratch and impact protection. The case is available in several colours too, allowing you to customise the look of your Note 4. The ArmourDillo even includes a built-in kickstand, brilliant for watching videos or keeping an eye on incoming notifications.
Our third case is the precise opposite of the first two. The Meisterstuck is one of the most premium cases on the market, made by the famed designers Montblanc. The finest materials are used here, with the basis of the case wrought in full grain calf skin leather. The slim, padded design provides a good amount of protection as well. If you’re looking for a classy case, there are few better options.
The Spigen Tough Armor is a more moderate case, which combines good protection with a stylish look and reasonable price. The case uses a dual-material design, with both TPU and polycarbonate used to provide considerable impact and scratch protection. Air Cushion technology on all four corners and a 1.5mm lip around the screen enhance the case’s impact protection credentials. The case even includes a flip-out stand.
The S View Cover is one of the best official cases on the market, with that industry-leading windowed flip cover providing unparalleled utility. The plastic window allows you to see the time and notifications, while keeping your screen beneath fully protected. The S View Cover replaces your existing Note 4 battery, so you’ll find that barely any thickness is added to your phone – and because this case is made by Samsung, it matches the Note 4′s style perfectly.
If you’re picking up the S View Cover, here’s a helpful add-on: a magnetic clip, which helps the cover stay closed at all times. Without it, the cover has a tendency to be slightly open at rest. Of course, the addition of the Magnetic Clip doesn’t interfere with the responsiveness or performance of your Note 4.
I hope you’ve found this roundup helpful! Be sure to let us know what you think of these selections in the comments below, and let us know if there are any cases that you’d like us to stock! Thanks for reading the article and have a good week ahead.
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