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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini UK price revealed for SIM-free, unlocked model

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Yesterday we announced that Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini accessories would be coming to Mobile Fun, and today we are happy to confirm that the new Samsung phone itself will also be available for order here, SIM-free and unlocked. We are the first to announce a UK price for the new handset, which will be £369.00.

Pre-orders can be placed via the link below, which will have the latest pricing and availability information:

The Galaxy S5 Mini looks like a surprisingly strong mid-range device, thanks to an improved set of specifications compared to the previous S4 Mini. The phone includes a quad-core Exynos 3470 processor running at 1.4 GHz, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot. The latest connectivity standards are also supported, including 4G LTE internet, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wireless N. A 2100 mAh battery keeps the phone ticking for quite some time.

The display is improved here too, with a new larger 4.5″ size and a reasonable 1280 x 720 resolution. An 8 megapixel rear-facing camera provides good performance in well lit scenes, while a 2.1 megapixel camera on the front allows you to take selfies and make video calls with ease. Samsung’s myriad camera modes also make an appearance here, allowing you to take some clever and unique photos compared to the software on stock Android.

Even some of Samsung’s signature features from the Galaxy S5 have made it to the S5 Mini, including a heart-rate sensor and an IP67 waterproof rating. The waterproof rating is incredibly unusual for a mid-range device, so we’re excited to see it for the S5 Mini.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will be coming soon to Mobile Fun, along with a hearty helping of cases and other accessories. To see more information and our full accessory collection, please visit the product pages and categories linked below:

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Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A: UK sim-free price announced

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Sim Free Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A - Black - 16GB    Sim Free Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A - Black - 16GB

Today Samsung confirmed a phone that’s been rumoured for a long time: the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (also known as the Galaxy S5 Prime). We are the first in Europe to offer the phone on pre-order with a price of £749.99.

The phone’s headline feature is its upgraded 5.1-inch display, boasting a 2560×1440 resolution that works out to a crazy 576 pixels per inch. This is the highest resolution smartphone screen ever, a feat shared with the LG G3 and the Oppo Find 7.

The internals have been upgraded too, with a brand new Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor running at 2.5GHz, including an advanced Adreno 420 GPU. The phone also comes with 3 GB of RAM on board, 1 GB more than the standard Samsung Galaxy S5. 32 GB of storage is also the norm, up from 16 GB on the vanilla S5.

The phone also includes LTE-A connectivity, allowing it to connect to the fastest 4G networks in the world. These networks are still under development in Europe, but we’ve seen speeds of 225 Mb/s down and 50 MB/s down in South Korea. Of course, slower but more common networks in Europe are also supported by the phone.

Otherwise, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A shares its features with the original Galaxy S5 released just a few short months ago. You’ll get a 16 megapixel camera that excels in good light, an IP67 waterproof rating, a fingerprint scanner and heartrate monitor. The phone also comes with Android 4.4.2 on board, with Samsung’s newly redesigned TouchWiz UI on top.

The Galaxy S5 LTE-A has the same dimensions and weight as its predecessor, so all existing Galaxy S5 accessories should work for the phone.

The Galaxy S5 LTE-A looks like a strong upgrade over the S5, and we’ll be looking to have it in stock as soon as we can. To place your pre-order or see more information, visit the product apge linked below:

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Kickstarter Roundup: 10 crowd-funded mobile accessories

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Crowd-funding on sites like Kickstarter has become the latest trend, letting small creators with big ideas to be funded by their future customers. Here are ten crowd-funded mobile accessory projects, hand-picked by our experts, that you should check out.

1. Legion Meter: Charge your smartphone 92% faster

The Legion Meter is a small dongle, about the size of a USB drive, that allows your smartphone to charge much faster. You plug one end into your USB port, and then your charging cable into the Legion Meter. The Legion Meter automatically disconnects the USB data connections and pulls additional power through the port. An OLED display on the device shows how much power is being drawn, and can also be used to determine the storage capacity of your battery.

2. iStick USB Flash Drive with Lightning for iPhone and iPad

The iStick is a USB flash drive with a standard USB connector on one end, and a Lightning connector on the other. This allows you to copy files between your PC and iOS device, and is quicker and easier than many wireless options.

3. MBLOK –  One memory for all devices. Always by your side.

MBLOK is a kind of personal cloud, providing easy access to 256 GB of flash memory via USB and Bluetooth Smart Ready. The MBLOK is tiny, but can last for 300 hours between charges and should make it simple to access any of its files, whether you’re on a computer, phone or tablet.

4. Smash: The game changing tennis wearable

Smash is a motion-sensing wristband that connects to an app on your phone, helping you improve your skill at tennis. The app can show you stats as well as curated advice on how to improve your technique.

5. iFind – the world’s first battery-free item locating tag

iFind is the first Bluetooth item locator that doesn’t require charging. Instead, the iFind generates its own energy as it moves. Once attached to your belongings, you can easily find them using an app on your phone. You can also shake your iFind tag to find your phone.

6. ODIN: Android smart projector to carry in your pocket

ODIN is a battery-powered projector with Android on board, allowing it to beam apps like Netflix, iPlayer or games to your wall. It also has an HDMI input, so you can connect laptops, PCs, tablets, smartphones and games consoles.

7. Sherlybox – a private and shareable cloud on your desk

The Sherlybox is a small egg-shaped box that acts as a personal cloud, providing secure access to your files no matter what device you’re using. The files and folders therein can also be shared with the people you want, making it easy to collaborate without trusting another company with your data.

8. Umbrella USB

This simple device prevents ‘juice jacking’, where an attacker accesses your phone via a public USB port. The Umbrella USB device sits between the USB port and your cable, blocking all data connections and just allowing power to flow through.

9. Headbones: bone conducting headphones deliver great sound

Damson Headbones transmit audio to your inner ear, leaving your ears clear to hear what’s going on around you, making them ideal for use when exercising or travelling. A built-in microphone provides call capabilities.

10. Hug Your Tablet: a new generation of hand-crafted tablet cases

Hug Your Tablet cases are handmade from bamboo, paper board and leather. The case uses a multiple panel hard cover which magnetically folds backward to allow for easy standing and typing.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter selections! Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun. You can also recommend accessories for our next Kickstarter roundup!

Top 5 upcoming smartwatches to look out for in 2014

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

2014 will be remembered as the year of the wearable, with the quickly ubiquitous smartwatch at the fore. These new devices combine the function of a smartphone with the form of a watch, and with almost all leading mobile companies making one, there’s plenty to look forward to. Here are our five most heavily anticipated smartwatches of 2014!

5. Kreyos Meteor

The first smartwatch on our list is also the one most likely to be released first: the Kreyos Meteor. The watch’s claim to fame is that it includes voice, gesture and button controls in lieu of a touch-screen. That allows the Meteor to hit an impressive seven days of battery life. The Meteor design also includes fitness functionality, notification support, waterproofing and compatibility with iOS, Android and Windows 8. Two further accessories for the Meteor, a lanyard and a belt-clip, are also available.

4. Samsung Gear 2 Solo

Samsung are already one of the major players in the smartwatch space, with the recent release of three big watches: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Samsung are reportedly working on another smartwatch too, which will have a built-in SIM card and GPS unit, allowing it to operate independently of a phone. Judging by recent patent filings, the watch may also utilise a circular Android Wear dial and gesture controls. A camera, microphone, speaker and touch-screen seem obvious candidates for inclusion too.

3. LG G Watch

The LG G Watch is one of two watches announced as part of Google’s Android Wear program. It features a square always-on display with a slim and waterproof chassis. The G Watch will ship in black and gold options, and may appear as early as next month for around €200.

2. iWatch

Apple have announced many times that they’re looking to launch new product categories this year, and the category on everyone’s minds is a smartwatch. The watch, expected to be called the iWatch based on patent filings, has the potential to be on the of the most audacious designs. Little concrete evidence has surfaced about the iWatch, but rumours suggest a curved glass or sapphire display, a curved battery, and some fitness functionality. The upcoming iOS 8 announcement at WWDC this June could hint towards iWatch functionality, although the watch isn’t expected to be announced at the event.

1. Moto 360

Our most anticipated smartwatch this time around is the Moto 360. While it’s unlikely to be as big a hit as the iWatch, it has the benefit of actually being announced – and what we’ve heard so far is impressive. The phone has a gorgeous large circular dial, and may come with a steel frame and leather band. That points to a premium price point, but at least one model may be much cheaper. Motorola recently pegged the price of the smartwatch at $249 for the purposes of a contest; Motorola later said that the move was for tax reasons, but it gives a ballpark figure for the watch. If Motorola are able to deliver good battery life and a natural UI in that beautiful chassis, then they might just have a winner on their hands.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve found this roundup helpful. For smartwatches that you can order today, why not check out our dedicated smartwatches section?

Samsung Smart Bulb

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Samsung Smart Bulb

Everything is smart these days. Smart phones, smart homes, smart cars. This week, Samsung unveiled another ‘smart’ thing: a smart LED light bulb, called simply Smart Bulb.

The idea behind the smart bulb is that this is a light bulb that can be controlled from an app on your phone or tablet. A connection to up to 64 bulbs is made via Bluetooth, and then you’re able to control these individually or en masse. Most previous smart bulbs have required a Wi-Fi connection with a router in the middle; using Bluetooth is simpler and cheaper.

The bulb is able to dim to 10% brightness, and can provide light from a warm 2700K to a cool 6500K. Each bulb has a life expectancy of 15,000 hours, or about 10 years.

It’s also possible to automate the control of the bulbs using a third-party ZigBee Bluetooth hub, allowing automatic turning on and off of lights to match your schedule or to make your home appear occupied while you’re out, deterring would-be thieves.

The Samsung Smart Bulb is expected to cost around $30 (£18), although final UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. That means it’s quite possible to outfit a room or an entire house without incredible expense.

For more information on the Samsung Smart Bulb or to place your pre-order, visit the product page linked below:

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