Archive for the ‘Coming Soon’ Category
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!
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Today Apple unveiled their new iPhones, ending months of rumours and speculation. As expected, two models debuted, both far larger than their predecessors. One model measures 4.7 inches, while the other spans a phablet-sized 5.5 inches. The new iPhones include a faster processor, contactless NFC payments, an improved camera and many other upgrades. Let’s take a closer look at what was announced.
The most notable difference between the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 is undoubtedly that of size. The display of the iPhone 5S measured just four inches across the diagonal, but the iPhone 6 is available with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen. That’s a massive jump for Apple, who just two years ago were shipping a flagship phone with a 3.5-inch screen.
Apple are including a one-handed mode to alleviate some of the ergonomic downsides of these larger displays. The larger height and width of the iPhone has also allowed Apple to shrink the thickness of the iPhone. It’s now 6.9mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus, while maintaining the same weight. The larger size is cleverly considered by Apple, who have added a ‘reachability’ gesture which moves the screen down so you can reach the top buttons.
Size isn’t the only difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5. The new phones also include a noticeably thicker border between the caps on top and bottom and the main rear panel. These are intended to improve reception, giving signals a place to escape the metal body. Other details include a lock button on the right hand side instead of the top, a circular flash and a camera lens that protrudes from the chassis.
One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 6 is contactless payments through a scheme called ApplePay. Like some bank cards in the UK, the NFC chip built into the phone allow you to pay for purchase in stores with a tap onto a point-of-sale terminal. The feature is safeguarded through the TouchID fingerprint sensor and a Secure Element. Apple have partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for contactless payments, which appears in a upgraded Passbook iOS app.
The iPhone 6 will include a higher resolution 1334 x 750 pixel IPS display, which as mentioned earlier measures 4.7 inches. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a 1920 x 1080p screen at 5.5 inches. Inside either phone, you’ll find a new Apple A8 64-bit processor, 1 GB of RAM and at least 16GB of internal storage (up to 128GB). The whole thing is powered with a 1810mAh battery – small by Android standards, but enough for Apple to claim the same battery life as ever.
There’s an upgraded 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 2-megapixel camera up front for all your selfie needs. The iPhone 6 Plus also boasts optical image stabilisation, which allow the camera to operate at slower shutter speeds without being affected by shaking.
One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 6 is its contactless payments system, called Apple Pay. Like some bank cards in the UK, the NFC chip built into the phone allow you to pay for purchase in stores with a tap onto a point-of-sale terminal. The feature is safeguarded through the TouchID fingerprint sensor. Apple have partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for contactless payments, which appears in a upgraded Passbook iOS app.
The iPhone 6 launches with iOS 8, with includes a lot of new features that bridge the feature gap between iOS and Android. Messages now includes multimedia content, third-party keyboards are now possible, and Apple have built a fitness app called Health which interfaces with iPhone sensors and the iWatch. More Android-like features include improved notifications (which can now be actioned directly from their dropdown menu or the lock screen) and widgets (in the notification center).
The iPhone has always enjoyed a wide range of third-party accessories, and the iPhone 6 is no different. We’ve already begun to add both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus accessories to our virtual shelves, and we’ll add dozens if not hundreds of additional accessories over the next few weeks. These range from cases and covers to chargers, in-car accessories like car chargers and car holders, battery packs, desk stands and screen protectors.
Most people will pick up at least one iPhone 6 cover for their new phone, and we’ll be well covered here. The iPhone 6 cases section of our shop already includes nearly 100 items, and will only grow from there. There are slightly fewer iPhone 6 Plus cases available, but these too will grow in number. Expect cases from all the biggest names, including OtterBox, LifeProof, Spigen, Moshi, Zenus, Belkin and many more.
UK price and release date
The iPhone 6 will go on pre-order from Friday, and the full launch will be on September 19th. The iPhone remains a premium handset, and as such will command a full price point when purchased sim-free. The 4.7-inch model comes in at £539, while the 5.5-inch model is slightly more expensive at £619. Of course, the iPhone 6 will also been available on contract.
So – the iPhone 6 has finally been announced! I’m excited to see the public and critical reception to the new phone, so please leave me your comments and impressions below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Last month, I advised that you wait until September to pick up a new phone as so many new models were being announced. Now September has arrived, so I’m going to show you five of the most promising new smartphones. All of these phones will go on sale in the coming weeks, so if your contract is up or you’re looking to buy a new smartphone sim-free, these are the ones to look out for.
What it is: A smaller version of Sony’s flagship Z3 smartphone.
Why it’s worth it: The Z3 Compact is a calculated reaction to the trend of ever-larger flagship phones. Unlike most ‘mini’ phones, the Z3 Compact is just as powerful as its full-size brother, offering top-notch internals and an excellent camera. The body looks and feels high-end too, with a gorgeous squared off glass look that’s also waterproof. If you want a reasonably-sized phone without settling for 2012-era specifications, the Z3 Compact is a good shout.
Read more about the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact or see Xperia Z3 Compact accessories.
What it is: Microsoft’s self-described affordable flagship Windows Phone.
Why it’s worth it: High-end Nokia Lumia phones come with great PureView cameras, beautiful bodies and the slick Windows Phone OS. The Lumia 830 is Microsoft’s attempt to bring these features down to the middle range of the market, and includes a 10-megapixel PureView OIS camera, wireless charging and a svelte premium body wrought from polycarbonate and aluminium. If you’d like an introduction or an update to the world of Windows Phone, the 830 is just the ticket.
Read more about the Nokia Lumia 830 or see Lumia 830 accessories.
What it is: Samsung’s best looking phone, designed to compete with the iPhone 6.
Why it’s worth it: Samsung have made plasticky phones for years, but that’s slowly beginning to change. The Galaxy Alpha is their first attempt at a new design language, and comes clad with a chamfered aluminium frame that measures just 6.7mm thick. It looks a little like an iPhone, and comes with specs to match the upcoming iPhone 6. That includes a 4.7-inch 720p display, 32 GB non-removable storage and a 12-megapixel camera.
Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha or see Galaxy Alpha accessories.
2. iPhone 6
What it is: The next iPhone, aka the best selling phone worldwide in Q4 2014.
Why it’s worth it: The iPhone 6 is the first properly large iPhone. Two years ago Apple first made the jump to four inches, and now they’re going all the way up to 4.7… and later, 5.5 inches. That means more screen real estate, more readable text and bigger movies and games. The iPhone 6 also includes NFC for the first time – for contactless payments – and the latest and greatest Apple A8 processor.
Read more about the Apple iPhone 6 or see iPhone 6 accessories or iPhone 6 Plus accessories.
The original Moto X was a critical darling, with a highly customisable and classy design and clever software features that people actually used… but it lost the spec war, and sales didn’t meet expectations because of that. Now the second-generation Moto X is here, and now it’s firing on all cylinders. The new X has a new metal frame that looks great (and it’s still fully customisable, even including wood and leather backs). It’s got those great features (voice controls and battery saving over clean Android. Maybe most importantly, it’s got leading specs as well: a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, latest Snapdragon 801 processor and good 13-megapixel camera. The Verge have already called it the best Android smartphone, and from what I’ve seen I’m inclined to agree.
Read more about the Motorola Moto X or see Moto X (second gen) accessories.
Of course, there are probably more than five smartphones that are worth considering. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which will probably sell millions of units, is a great choice for anyone that really wants a big screen or stylus support. The One M8 remains a paragon of industrial design several months after its release. The Sharp Aquous Crystal won’t see a UK release date, but does look futuristic and gorgeous. And of course, the second-generation Motorola Moto G looks set to be a big success with an incredible amount of performance and features for the price… but this is a top 5, not a top 10 or a top 20.
What do you think of the selections? Got any questions? Let me know in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Friday, September 5th, 2014
This week Motorola invited the press to a private event at their Chicago headquarters. The company showed off four new products at the event – the round Moto 360 smartwatch, an upgraded Moto X flagship and a new Moto G budget smartphone. Let’s take a closer look at what was announced!
The Moto 360 has been the most anticipated Android Wear smartwatch since the platform was announced earlier this year, and now it’s finally close to release. Motorola are already selling the watch in the US, but it’ll take until October until the phone hits the UK. The watch will launch at £199 in grey leather or black leather options. One bad indicator from early reviews? Battery life is very limited, at only 12 hours with typical use.
Motorola’s flagship phone just got a lot better. The new Moto X has a larger 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and comes with a real metal frame that looks and feels high end. The camera has also been boosted, from 10 megapixels to 13, with a new circular diffused flash. Inside, you’ll find a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and Android KitKat on board – soon to be Android L. The phone feels a lot more competitive when it comes to raw specs than its predecessor, but still comes with the enviable (and customisable!) body that made its name. The phone will go on sale from the end of September for around £420 – with more expensive models coming with more storage and/or premium rear cover materials like leather or wood.
The second-generation Moto G is a solid update to Motorola’s most popular phone ever. The phone includes a bigger screen at 5 inches, front-facing stereo speakers, a microSD card slot, and better rear and front-facing cameras. Despite the upgrades, the Moto G remains cheap at £150 – this is the ultimate cheap Android phone that still does it all.
The Moto Hint is something we didn’t expect – a super tiny Bluetooth headset. The headset is a lot smarter than some of its brethren, with passthrough audio so it doesn’t feel like there’s anything blocking your hearing and an automatic on/off switch that detects when you put it in your ear. As well as phone calls, the Hint is also ideal for getting directions, doing voice searches and otherwise making the most of Google Now. The coolest part? The headset comes with its own mobile charging dock, allowing it to reach 10 hours of constant use.
So there we have it – the creative output of Motorola for the latter half of 2014. Let us know what you think of the new handsets and accessories in the comments below!
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Sony is one of many manufacturers planning to announce phones in early September. Their last flagship phone was the Xperia Z2, so it seems natural to expect an Xperia Z3 at their IFA press event on September 3rd. We’ll also likely see a few variations on that theme, including a smaller phone called the Z3 Compact and a small tablet called the Z3 Tablet Compact. Let’s take a closer look at what’s expected.
Sony Xperia Z3
The Xperia Z3 will be the proper flagship of the group, and looks like it’ll be quite similar to its predecessor, with the same 5.2-inch display and similar dimensions. The internals are also mostly the same, including 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage plus microSD. What’s changed is a faster Snapdragon 801 processor (to replace the slower and less efficient Snapdragon 800) and Android 4.4.4 on board. The design of the phone has changed too, with leaked pictures showing a simplified body that still adheres to Sony’s distinctive design language.
Official accessories for the Xperia Z3 are already being added to our site. One of these is the Z3 Style Cover Stand Case, which should be available in four colours (silver green, copper, white and black). The case’s big feature is a protective flip cover that can also turn into a folding stand.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
The Z3 Compact likewise is a straight upgrade over its predecessor, with a faster and more battery-efficient Snapdragon 801 processor replacing the Snapdragon 800 and 3GB RAM instead of 2GB. The screen gets bigger once again as well, to 4.6 inches across the diagonal, but smaller bezels ensure a minimally larger footprint.
Details on Xperia Z3 Compact cases have also been made available. Once again, we’re looking at a Style Cover Stand Case, which should come in four colours (sunset orange, aqua green, black and white).
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
The Z3 Tablet Compact is the least well leaked device, but we do know it exists thanks to a mention in a Sony support document. Specifications aren’t confirmed, but a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and 7 or 8-inch display all would seem logical inclusions. A high-end rear-facing camera should be included as well, but it’s unlikely that we’ll see the full 20.7-megapixel units used on the Z3 and Z3 Compact.
No accessories have yet been leaked or announced for the tablet, but we’ll add them to the site as soon as information about them appears.
So there you have it – three new Sony tablets, all likely to be announced at Sony’s IFA press conference on September 3rd. Let us know what you think of the devices in the comments below, and remember to hold off on any smartphone purchases until after the glut of early September! Thanks for checking out the article and have a good one.