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BlackBerry Z20 Rio rumour roundup and accessories

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The BlackBerry Z20, codenamed Rio, is expected to be the next BlackBerry to be launched later this month. We’ve already got Z20 accessories on the way, but before we get into these let’s have a look at the phone itself.

BlackBerry Z20 ‘Rio’ rumour roundup

According to leaks by N4BB and other sources, the Z20 will include mid-range horsepower: a MSM8960 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage plus micro SD and penta-band LTE. This will be an all-touch model (no keyboard), with a five-inch 1280 x 720p display. When it comes to imaging, the Z20 is a little behind the times – we’ve got an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel shooter up front. Finally, the Z20 is reasonably competitive in terms of size with a 9.5mm thickness.

BlackBerry Z20 ‘Rio’ accessories

We’ve got a raft of official accessories on the way, with stock expected by late February or early March. Here’s what we’ll have available.

Official BlackBerry Leather Flip Shell Case - BlackMilitary

The Leather Flip Shell is a great first choice for a Z20 case, with a stylish look in black or military colour schemes. The flip shell replaces your existing battery cover, resulting in minimal added bulk. Includes embossed BB logos.

Official BlackBerry Leather Pocket Case - BlackWhite

Like the other BlackBerry cases on this list, the Leather Pocket Case one is made with genuine leather and embossed with the BlackBerry logo. Inside, you’ll find soft microfibre to protect your phone’s screen and gently brush it clean each time you remove it from the case with a gentle tug.

Official BlackBerry Leather Swivel Holster - Brown

This professional swivel holster makes it easy to keep your Z20 at your side always. Includes a proximity sensor to save battery life. If you want your phone completely protected when it’s not in use, this is the perfect case to pick.

Official BlackBerry Screen Protector - 2 Pack

This BlackBerry Z20 screen protector will keep your Z20 screen scratch-free. This official accessory fits the Z20 perfectly, and with two protectors in the back you’ll have a spare in case of significant damage to the first. These screen protectors are easy to apply, and leave no residue.

Official BlackBerry Modular Sync Pod with USB Cable - Black

Our final accessory is good-looking and practical. The Modular Sync Pod is a dock for the BlackBerry Z20, giving you a convenient place to charge your phone. You’ll also have your Z20 in the perfect position to keep an eye on incoming notifications, saving you time from picking up your phone or taking it out your pocket. The dock works with your BlackBerry’s case attached and comes with a spare micro USB cable.

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Are you excited for a new mid-range BlackBerry? Let us know in the comments below.

Official accessories coming soon for BlackBerry Passport

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Yesterday we wrote about the BlackBerry Passport’s imminent release as a sim-free phone, and now we’re back to show you some of the the best official Passport accessories for everyone’s favourite square phone. Let’s get right into it!

Official BlackBerry Passport Hard Shell Case – Black, White

Official BlackBerry Passport Hard Shell Case - Black    Official BlackBerry Passport Hard Shell Case - White

Our first accessory is an official case for the BlackBerry, the Hard Shell Case. This case provides a cool modern look for your Passport, while adding much-needed protection for the back and sides of your phone. The left and right hand sides of the phone are kept clear, allowing you easy access to the buttons and easy swipes off the side of the screen. Of course, this design decision also means that less screen protection is afforded. The case is available in black and white, and comes with a fine texture on the back that adds grip and helps prevent accidental drops. The case is NFC-friendly, helping the nascent contactless payment system work unabated. Of course, as this is an official case, you’ll get that perfect BlackBerry look and feel, complete with a metal BlackBerry logo on the rear centre of the phone.

Official BlackBerry Passport Leather Flip Case – Black, Brown

Official BlackBerry Passport Leather Flip Case - Black    Official BlackBerry Passport Leather Flip Case - Brown

Our second case is a more classical look – the Leather Flip Case. This case provides better screen protection compared to the first case, thanks to that flip cover that covers the screen most of the time. The case is made from slim and stylish leather, padded to add comfort and protection. The soft micro-fibre interior keeps the phone inside scratch-free and clean too. The case is quite lightweight for a leather case, and adds very little bulk overall. The case is available in two traditional colours: black and brown. As with the first case, we’ve got the official logos here as this is a genuine product custom-made for the Passport’s unusual shape.

Official BlackBerry Passport Screen Protector – 2 Pack

Official Blackberry Passport Screen Protector - 2 Pack    Official Blackberry Passport Screen Protector - 2 Pack

Our final accessory today is this official screen protector pack. This provides that necessary screen protection, without the bulk and inconvenience of a flip case. The screen protector is easy to apply and leaves no sticky residue when removed. Step-by-step instructions and an applicator card made installation straight-forward. The box contains a pair of screen protectors, so you’re able to use one for a bit, take it off if it gets damaged and then still have a spare to replace it. You could also split the box with a friend, if you know another person that bought the Passport!

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That’s all for now, folks! Be sure to let us know what accessories you’d like to see for the BlackBerry Passport in the future, and stay locked here for more mobile phone accessory news! You can also follow us on Twitter @mobilefun or Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

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LG Tone Bluetooth stereo headsets coming to Mobile Fun

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

LG have announced a range of Bluetooth Wireless Headsets, the LG Tone HBS series. The series includes four headsets, each with distinct features: the HBS700, 730, 750 and 800. Let’s take a closer look at these stylish headsets, which fit around your neck and include noise-cancelling in-ear headphones that magnetically attach to the band when they’re not in your ears.

LG Tone HBS700 Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Black    LG Tone HBS700 Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Black

The LG Tone (HBS700) comes first. This is the most basic model, with a few added features but the same strong design. This includes noise and echo cancellation to ensure excellent sound quality while you’re on the phone. The HBS700 are good for a strong 10 hours of talk time, ensuring that you’re able to get through the day on a single charge. You’ll also benefit from a mighty 360 hours of standby time, so won’t see much reduction in battery power from day to day when the headset remains unused. There’s also a power slide switch which allows you to control music playback; a novel solution for playing and pausing music, flicking through your favourite tunes and adjusting the volume.

LG Tone+ HBS730 Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Black    LG Tone+ HBS730 Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Black

Next we have the LG Tone Plus (HBS730), which comes in a similar design but offers a few added features on top. The 730s include enhanced audio and bass response thanks to the inclusion of larger drivers than the HBS700. You’ll also find a larger battery, which provides up to 15 hours of music playback or 10 hours of talk time. Standby time is also improved, at 500 hours. Finally, we’ve got some more advanced Bluetooth technology on-board, including enhanced multipoint (connecting to multiple devices simultaneously) and text-to-speech control on compatible devices. The HBS730 also steps up to an AptX Bluetooth connection for music streaming, which provides considerably better audio quality than standard Bluetooth.

LG Tone Pro HBS750 Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Black    LG Tone Pro HBS750 Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Black

The LG Tone Pro (HSB750) are the next step up, offering a slightly different design to the HBS730 but no particularly substantive changes to the winning formula.

LG Tone+ HBS730 Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Black    LG Tone+ HBS730 Bluetooth Wireless Headset - Black

Finally we have the premium LG Tone Ultra (HBS800), which provides another big increase to sound quality with JBL signature sound. These headphones also provide the same advanced Bluetooth functionality as well, including the advanced multipoint, text to speech and AptX support for CD-quality Bluetooth audio streaming.

Whichever you choose, the LG Tone series offers a convenient form factor, high-quality Bluetooth music streaming, impressive battery life and excellent noise cancellation. For more information or to place your pre-order, visit the product pages linked below:

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Make your big dumb speaker system smarter with the Moto Stream

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Here’s something pretty cool. You know that big, dumb speaker system in your house? It sounds great, but you gotta hook it up with a stupid cable, and it’s probably only plugged into your CD player anyway. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can make it smarter. You can give it Bluetooth, give it the power to easily stream music from your phone. Or your friend’s phone. At least until they put on that one song you hate, and then you can go back to your music. It’s all possible with the Moto Stream Bluetooth Stereo Adapter. And it’s coming soon to Mobile Fun. Take a look.

The Moto Stream is a tiny icosahedron (a polyhedron with 20 triangular faces… you remember that from maths, right?), weighing just 100 grams. Five of its faces light up in different colours thanks to glowing LEDs, giving you feedback when devices are connected. It’s a cute contemporary design that’ll definitely add a bit of magic to your living room.

So here’s how it works. You’ll run a 3.5mm audio cable to your speaker system. You’ll plug in the power. You’ll tap your phone onto the speaker, and it’ll use NFC to automatically pair over Bluetooth. That’s it – you’re done. Play some music, and the Moto Stream will pipe it over to your faithful (but stupid) speaker system.

Of course, you want to be nice right? Of course. So your flatmates, or family, or friends can play their music too. Just follow the same formula – tap their phone on the Moto Stream to set up a Bluetooth connection – and then they can choose their music too. Up to five devices can be connected at once, and through ‘Heist Mode’, anyone connected can adjust the volume, skip to the next song, or just put on something from their device instead.

If you or your friends aren’t cool enough to have NFC on their phones (e.g. an iPhone), then you can still pair manually over Bluetooth… but it won’t be quite as futuristic. Sorry, Apple. Either way though, you’ll enjoy Bluetooth 3.0 range of up to 300 metres, so you can nip to the kitchen and keep the tunes pumping in the living room.

The Moto Stream is a clever little thing, and it will be available soon at Mobile Fun. For more information written in a much more serious style, please visit our product page.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to let us know what you think of the Moto Stream in the comments below, or on Twitter @mobilefun. Have a good one!

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The complete guide to USB OTG adapters

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Source: Josh Miller/CNET

What is USB OTG?

USB OTG stands for ‘USB On-The-Go’. Basically, USB OTG is a way of connecting USB accessories to smartphones and tablets which don’t have full-size USB ports. These accessories could be USB flash drives, card readers, keyboards, mice or gamepads. There are also some advanced tricks you can pull with USB OTG – more on these later!

What do I need for USB OTG?

Because microUSB and USB are different connectors, you’ll need an adapter which translates one to the other. These USB OTG cables are quite simple, and usually look like just a full size USB connector and a micro USB connector with a short cable connecting them. Here’s one example of a well-rated USB OTG adapter.

Here are device-specific USB OTG cables for some phones: Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Note 3, Note 2, Xperia Z2

What other kinds of USB OTG accessories are there?

You can also get USB OTG adapters baked into other connection kits; essentially translating a micro USB connection into full size USB as well as HDMI, microSD cards and other useful connectors.  Here’s an example of a Connection Kit with USB OTG.

Finally, there are also some USB flash drives with microUSB connectors, designed to be used partially or exclusively with mobile devices. If they work on computers as well, you’ll usually find a full size USB connector on the opposite side. Here’s an example of a USB flash drive with a microSD connector.


Clockwise from left: USB OTG adapter, connection kit with USB OTG, microUSB flash drive

What devices support USB OTG?

Most modern Android devices (running version 3.1 or later) support USB OTG. You can see if your device supports USB OTG with apps like USB Host Diagnostics, available on the Google Play store. Note that you’ll need a USB OTG cable and a USB device in order to run the test.

USB OTG is also available for Windows 8 and BlackBerry 10.2.1 devices with microUSB ports. Unfortunately, USB OTG is not supported on iOS or Windows Phone.

Do all USB accessories work with USB OTG?

Not all USB accessories work with USB OTG. Some USB accessories draw more power than OTG can provide; e.g. a gaming keyboard with LEDs turned on. Your mobile device will also need to support the USB device you have connected, so more esoteric accessories that require special software on Windows or Mac won’t likely work.

Do I need an app for USB OTG?

It depends. Some Android devices require an app to see the contents of USB drives or SD cards connected via OTG. The Nexus Media Importer and USB OTG Helper are two working examples. Note that some apps may require root.

What else can I do with USB OTG?

USB OTG can also be useful for charging phones from tablets. Tablets generally have much bigger batteries than phones, so you can use them as portable chargers. Just connect a USB OTG adapter to the tablet’s microUSB port, then plug your standard microUSB charging cable into the phone and connect it to the USB OTG adapter. You could also do this from phone to phone, but this is less commonly useful.

I have another question!

Sure. Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun, and we’ll answer your question.

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