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Nokia N1 Android tablet announced, looks like an upgraded iPad Mini 3

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Nokia has just unveiled their first device after splitting from Microsoft: the Nokia N1. This Android tablet looks the spitting image of the iPad Mini 3, but there’s more here than meets the eye. Take a look.

Like an iPad Mini 3, but better

The design of the N1 is similar to the iPad Mini 3, but Nokia appear to have made some worthy improvements. They’ve started with an identical 2048×1536 resolution and 7.9-inch screen size, matching the Mini 3′s 4:3 Retina display. There are some differences though; Nokia’s N1 display is ‘fully laminated’, allowing the N1 to be thinner and lighter than the Mini 3 at 6.9mm and 318 grams, respectively.

Nokia have used a single piece of anodised aluminium for the frame, in grey or silver. The camera, buttons, ports and speakers are in the same places too, although Nokia have traded Apple’s Lightning port for a reversible USB Type C connector (you can get a Type C reversible cable here). This is one of the first implementations of the Type C port, and the shape of the port makes it look near-identical to Apple’s connector.

Reasonable tablet specifications

Internally, the Nokia N1 is respectable if not industry-leading. The tablet comes with an Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core processor, backed with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Interestingly, the CPU is paired with the same PowerVR G6430 GPU as the iPad Mini 3. A 5300mAh non-removable battery sits inside, which is a bit smaller than what Apple use with the iPad Mini 3.

When it comes to connectivity, we’re looking at the latest 802.11ac WiFi, but no cellular connection. Bluetooth 4.0 and an infrared port are also included. For imaging, we have a 5-megapixel selfie cam up front, and an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear.

A platform for Nokia’s Z Launcher

The Nokia N1 will launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest release of the operating system. This will be a near-stock installation, but will come with Nokia’s Z Launcher replacement as standard. The Z Launcher was apparently the catalyst of the whole project, as Nokia wanted a good platform to show off the launcher. The idea behind the Z Launcher is a ‘Z’ gesture that shows a context-aware list of apps and contacts when drawn. You can also write letters in the middle of the homescreen to perform Google searches of the internet or your phone.

Coming in spring 2015

The Nokia N1 will be produced by Foxconn, where Nokia is targeting a Chinese launch date of February 19th (Chinese New Year). The Chinese launch will be followed by a European release, starting in Russia and a few other selected countries. The price of the N1 will be $249 before taxes for the Chinese release, putting this tablet on the lower end of the price spectrum; $150 cheaper than the iPad Mini 3.

We’ll be stocking a wide range of Nokia N1 accessories in the weeks and months ahead, although who knows – maybe iPad Mini 3 cases will already fit!

What do you think of the Nokia N1? iPad Mini 3 knock-off, or a genuine improvement to the 8-inch tablet? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

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Google Nexus 6 coming SIM-free to Mobile Fun

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The Google Nexus 6 is the latest smartphone from Google. As the name suggests, this is a handset with a larger screen than the Nexus 5 – we’re up to 5.9 inches. The phone is an enlarged version of Motorola’s well-received Moto X 2014, with the same metal frame, dual front-facing speakers and even the Moto back dimple. We’ll be getting the Nexus 6 sim-free and unlocked, so let’s take a closer look at what makes it tick.

Design

If you’ve seen the Moto X that was released earlier this year, then the Nexus 6 will seem very familiar to you. The phone is dominated with a massive 5.9-inch display, running at 2560×1440 resolution to ensure pin-sharp text and images. Above and below the display we have front-facing speakers, which provide a louder and better directed sound than the traditional downward or backward firing speakers. There’s a metal trim around the edge to provide a more premium feel, and other Moto X elements like the circular flash ring and dimpled logo make a reappearance too.

Hardware

Internally, the Nexus 6 comes with the very latest in mobile technology. The phone’s Snapdragon 805 processor is faster and more power-efficient than both the Snapdragon 800 and 801 that was used in phones earlier this year, and this is backed with 2GB RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage. A 3220mAh battery is also present, which should provide day-long battery life with moderate use. We’ve got a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel unit up front; both reasonable specifications that should provide pretty good imaging capabilities.

Software

The Nexus 6 runs the very latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop. The new OS boasts a large visual redesign for Android, with a new ‘Material Design’ that promotes bold colours, realistic animations and a unified experience across a range of platforms and device sizes. There’s plenty going in the background too, with new notification controls, a battery saving mode, multiple accounts, security settings and more than 5,000 new APIs for developers to use.

Pricing and availability

Google have yet to confirm UK pricing and availability, but the phone is expected to cost slightly more than the previous Nexus 5. The phone should be available next month. For live pricing and availability, please check the product pages linked below:

We’ll also have a wide range of cases and accessories for the Nexus 6. Earlier today, we showed you Spigen cases for the new phone.

Conclusion

That’s all for now! Be sure to let us know what you think of the Nexus 6 in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good weekend!

Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 announced

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Today Google announced two new Nexus devices: the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet. Both devices will debut with Android 5.0 Lollipop later this month – which includes a new look called Material Design, a battery-saving mode and thousands of new features for app developers. Let’s take a closer look at the two new Nexus devices Google have revealed.

Google Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is the latest flagship Google phone, and is made by Motorola. It’s essentially an enlarged version of Motorola’s latest Moto X smartphone, with the same rounded design, metal trim, circular flash ring and a dimpled Motorola logo on the rear. There are even dual front-facing speakers – a new feature for a Nexus phone. The phone will be available in white and blue varieties.

The Nexus 6′s most noticeable feature is its 5.9-inch 2560 x 1440 display, which is significantly bigger than that of the Nexus 5. Internally, the Nexus 6 is impressive too. The phone comes with a Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of internal storage and a sizeable 3220 mAh battery. The camera situation seems reasonable, with a 2-megapixel unit on the front and a 13-megapixel shooter on the back.

The Nexus 6 will go on pre-order on October 29th, with in-store availability coming in early November. You’ll be able to order from Google’s Play Store, third-party retailers or the Three and O2 networks. UK pricing has yet to be announced for the smartphone, but in the United States we’re looking at a minimum price of $649 for the 32GB version – a higher than previous Nexus devices. The 64GB version will cost $699.

We’ll be supporting the new smartphone with a full range of Nexus 6 accessories. We’ve already launched a range of FlexiShield Nexus 6 cases, and we’ll be following up with several Nexus 6 chargers, car holders, screen protectors and many other categories.

Google Nexus 9

Google worked with HTC to produce their latest tablet, the Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 is quite unusual for an Android tablet, with a 4:3 aspect ratio display that mimics Apple’s line of iPad tablets. The 8.9-inch 2048×1536 display is flanked by dual front-facing BoomSound speakers, and set within a metal frame.

The Nexus 9 is being launched alongside a keyboard attachment, which magnetically attaches to the metal frame to produce a laptop-like form factor. This provides a way to be productive on the go, and makes the Nexus 9 a competitor to Microsoft’s line of Surface tablets.

The tablet is one of the first devices to debut with Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chipset; it’s also the first 64-bit processor to be used in a Nexus product. This is backed with 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage (with optional LTE in the 32GB variety) and a battery good for about 9 hours of solid use.

The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order on October 17th – this Friday. It’ll ship in November. Once again, UK prices have not been announced, but the Nexus 9 will cost $399 in the United States for the 16GB model without LTE. The 32GB and LTE 32GB versions will cost $479 and $599, respectively.

We’ll also have a load of Nexus 9 accessories, which includes protective items like Nexus 9 cases and screen protectors, alongside more general items like chargers, docks and so forth. We’ll have more accessories to announce over the coming days and weeks!

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out our coverage of Google’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablets! We’ll have plenty of accessories and other news to release soon, so please stay tuned!

HTC announce Desire Eye: killer selfies, water resistance and strong hardware

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Selfies are an important social currency on Twitter and other networks, so it’s no surprise to see phone makers produce new selfie-focussed phone designs. Today HTC announced their effort, the Desire Eye. It combines a massive 13-megapixel front-facing camera with a beautiful, water-resistant design and strong internals. Let’s take a closer look.

The selfie master

The Desire Eye comes with the largest front-facing camera on a smartphone, with a 13-megapixel sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 28mm focal length, autofocus, dual LED flash and 1080p video recording. All of this tech should add up to one of the best-looking front-facing cameras ever: just the thing for social media butterflies.

HTC are making use of that upgraded hardware with some new camera modes. You can take photos with the front and rear cameras simultaneously or merge your face with another person’s face to create a combined ‘mutant’ selfie. You can take selfies or record video with your voice; there’s also an automatic selfie mode that takes a picture once your phone is still and your face is in the right place.

Beautiful and water-resistant

The Desire Eye comes in a double-shot polycarbonate body, which is available in two-tone white/red or blue/navy colourways. The 5.2-inch display makes the phone a little larger than the One M8, but it is 1.35mm thinner and weighs 154 grams. The body is water resistant thanks to internal gaskets and short protection, with an IPX7 rating. That means it should be able to withstand immersion in 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes, all without the annoying flaps that come with most water-resistant phones.

Surprisingly capable mid-ranger

Internally, the Desire Eye has much of the same hardware as their flagship One M8. You’ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage plus microSD and a 5.2-inch 1080p display. The only differences are a smaller battery for the Eye (2400mAh vs 2600mah) and no Duo camera on the back (instead we have a standard 13-megapixel unit).

In terms of software, we’re looking at a near-identical loadout (apart from those unique selfie features mentioned earlier). That includes Android 4.4 Kit Kat and HTC’s Sense 6 UI.

The most desirable Desire for some time

The Desire Eye looks like a really strong phone on paper; it’ll be interesting to see the first reviews and impressions come in. The phone is scheduled to be released in October, and should cost around the same as the One E8 – around £350 sim-free.

Here at Mobile Fun, we’ll be providing a wide range of HTC Desire Eye accessories – including cases, chargers and other necessities. We’ll have more details on these in the weeks ahead.

Are you tempted by the Desire Eye’s selfie credentials and other strong features? Let me know in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Google Nexus 9 coming soon with unique keyboard cover

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

In October last year, Google unveiled their latest Nexus device: the LG-made Nexus 5. Almost twelve months later, and the Nexus 5 remains the newest Nexus. Other phones like the Moto G and OnePlus One have stepped into the void, but the Nexus family line has ceased… until now. According to The Wall Street Journal and The Verge, Google is soon to unveil a new Nexus device: an HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet.

News of the Nexus 9 was first broke earlier this month, when a patent lawsuit filed by Nvidia mentioned the Nexus 9 by name and slated it for a ‘third quarter 2014′ release. They also stated that the tablet would use their latest Tegra K1 mobile processor. Now, it seems that accidental release was right on the money.

No further specifications about the device have been released, but previous leaks have suggested an 8.9-inch 2048×1440 display, stereo front-facing speakers, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and 2 or 4GB RAM. Of course, the tablet will launch alongside the forthcoming Android L release of Android, and will come with that new OS onboard.

The Nexus 9 is also suspected to come with some unique accessories, including a keyboard cover first unveiled by Android Police. The keyboard cover will pair using NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, and will attach to the tablet magnetically.

We’re already preparing for the arrival of the new Google with a range of Nexus 9 accessories. Once the tablet is officially announced, we’ll bring you more Nexus 9 cases, covers, chargers and pretty much everything else you could want for a new tablet.

What do you think of the rumoured Google Nexus 9? Let us know in the comments below! If you’d prefer, you can also reach us on various social media including Facebook at Love Your Mobile and @MobileFun on Twitter. Thanks for checking out the article and have a great day!

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