Archive for the ‘iPad’ Category
Monday, August 11th, 2014
In this article, we’ll share ten of the most fun and addictive iOS games for the iPhone and iPad in 2014. Take a look!
1. Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft
Blizzard are well known for creating addictive game franchises, from World of WarCraft, to StarCraft, to Diablo. Their latest is a (digital) collectible card game called Hearthstone, which vaguely resembles Magic: the Gathering. Like that game, it’s incredibly deep, with satisfying strategic battles against AIs and online opponents, but here you don’t have to pay a penny for the pleasure.
2. Monument Valley
Monument Valley is probably the most beautiful game on iOS right now, with a brilliant style inspired by the drawings of M.C. Escher. Each level is an impossible puzzle with its own rules, and discovering them is an absolute joy.
3. Walking Dead: The Game
Telltale are the best in the business at creating point-and-click adventure games, and The Walking Dead is one of their best efforts. The game is set in the same world as the TV show, but with a different cast of characters. There are puzzles to solve here, but the biggest challenge is making tough decisions under stress with long-reaching consequences. Each episode is punctuated with a few of these really big choices, and your decision will stay with you for some time afterwards – particularly if things don’t go to plan.
Micromon is a Pokémon clone, with the same familiar formula of capturing, training and battling. The game is currently #1 on the App Store with a 4.5/5 rating. While the game doesn’t have the depth or the polish that Pokémon is famous for, it’s still one of the best creature-hunting games created for Apple devices.
5. Hitman GO
Hitman GO is a surprisingly good strategy adaption of the assassination-focussed Hitman series. You take turns positioning your hitman, making your hit through stealth or outright bloodshed. The game’s simple rules are extended through the layout and equipment found in each level, and it becomes increasingly challenging to complete each objective as the game progresses. The game has cool “scale model style” graphics too, like you’re playing with a board game.
6. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
In this game, you attempt to become a major celebrity through fashion, dating, modelling and other such things. While this game looks like it ought to be awful, it’s surprisingly well constructed. Two words of warning, though: in-app purchases. Progressing in the game without spending real money gets increasingly difficult, and the game is making millions of dollars. Don’t get sucked in.
Godus is the latest god game from Peter Molyneux, who created Black & White back in the day. As the name suggests, you act as a god for a growing group of followers, sculpting the landscape, influencing nature and setting an example for your people. The game looks quite beautiful, and developers 22cans have promised more powers to come.
8. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
Minecraft is a leviathan in the gaming world, where players build the most fantastic contraptions from harvested wood, stone and metal. The Pocket Edition is a faithful recreation of the full experience you’ll find on PC and consoles, and is a perfect fix for anyone that’s jonesing for a little creative construction on the go.
Hoplite isn’t much to look at, but beneath the simple pixel graphics there’s a game of immense strategic depth. Like other roguelikes, you’ll find elements of randomisation and permanent death, so it’s important to choose each move carefully if you want to survive long. It’s an addictive experience for strategy aficionados.
10. Two Dots
Dots was a simple but brilliant game, tasking you with connecting the dots in a colourful and frantic manner to beat your high score. Two Dots is the sequel, an extension of that basic concept into a deeper game with adorable artwork and more varied objectives.
868-HACK is probably the most challenging game on this list. It’s a roguelike set in a 6×6 grid, where you’re tasked with hacking “precious data while the world sleeps.” Threats like viruses and glitches will seek to distract and destroy you, while you seek siphons to gain cash, energy and abilities – and ultimately to escape to the next level. It’s very hard, and very addictive. Good luck.
I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful. If you’d like to share your own selections, please do so via the comments below or talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for reading the article and have a good one!
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Today we’re going to have a look at some of our most popular iPad Air cases. Let’s get right into the selections!
Our first featured case is the Stand and Type. The case is one of the most affordable folio-style cases for the iPad Air, offering good screen protection and a stylish contemporary look. The Stand and Type part of the name refers to the built-in stand, which allows you to keep the case at one of two convenient angles. The case includes wake/lock functionality, with a small magnet ensuring that the screen turns on and off when the cover is opened and closed. A stylus is included with this case, which is a nice value bonus as well.
The FlexiShield Skin is an unusual iPad Air case in that it isn’t a flip cover or folio; this is a simple gel case that covers the back and sides of the iPad Air, while leaving the screen fully accessible. That means you’ll likely need a screen protector, but you do get the benefit of a thinner case and no flip cover to get in the way. The FlexiShield is inexpensive too, so it’s a good value option.
The Smart Cover with Hard Back Case is a nice slim flip cover case which includes additional protection to the rear and a wider variety of colours available. The case even includes sleep/wake locking and a folding stand that looks great.
If you’re looking for considerably better protection, the OtterBox Defender is one of the best options available. The Defender includes a triple-layer design, comprising of strong polycarbonate shell, a silicone skin and a detachable holster that also serves as a stand. This design ensures that you will able to put the case through a lot of punishment without risking your iPad inside.
Our winning case today is the L.LA Case and Stand. This case is one of the most stylish options on the market, with a cool two-tone design. There are plenty of colourways available as well, so it’s easy to find a look that fits your style. The case is practical too, with a built-in stand and sleep/wake functionality. In recognition of this style and the case’s slim design, we’re recommending the L.LA Case and Stand as our number one option this time.
Thanks for checking out the article! Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
A Chinese case manufacturer recently published photos of cases made for the upcoming sixth generation iPad, aka the iPad Air 2. These cases show a few interesting details about Apple’s next full-size tablet, so let’s take a look.
Probably the most interesting addition to the iPad Air 2 is TouchID, Apple’s system for unlocking devices with a fingerprint scanner. Touch ID is exclusive to the iPhone 5S at the moment, but it would make sense to see the system be included on tablets like the iPad Air 2 as well. You can see the ringed home button which signifies the inclusion of TouchID in each of these photos.
Internally, it’s expected that we’ll see an A8 processor (to debut in the iPhone 6 before the iPad Air 2) and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. Screen size and resolution are expected to stay the same, although the thickness of the screen (and therefore the tablet) should be reduced by a small amount.
It’s possible that we’ll see an increase in storage space, with the base size moving to 32 GB of internal memory. Apple have seen a decline in iPad sales while their iPhone and Mac lines have continued to grow, so they’ll be looking to shake things up a bit and prompt greater sales of the new model.
They’ll be helped in this aim by the release of iOS 8, which is already slated to include “Continuity” features between Mac 10.10 and iOS, widgets in the notification centre and updates to almost all core iOS apps.
The iPad Air 2 will likely be released in November 2014, at a similar price point to the existing Air, around £399.
Are you interested in picking up the Air 2 once it is released? Let us know in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for reading the article and have a good week!
Friday, July 18th, 2014
The king of styluses is coming to Mobile Fun. The Pencil stylus by FiftyThree has consistently gotten some of the best reviews around, with a beautiful wooden body and a clever technological core. Its tip is quite remarkable, with pressure sensitivity and a unique shape that allows for both fine detail (with the point) and broad strokes (with the angled edge). These properties have made the Pencil a strong favourite in the United States, and now Pencil will be available in the United Kingdom as well!
The Pencil stylus is designed to work with Apple’s App of the Year, Paper. Paper and Pencil join to make one of the most natural and pleasant drawing experiences available on tablets. Paper’s interface is intuitive and easy to use, and it’s easy to add shading and blend colours by smudging with your finger. Advanced palm rejection is another great feature for Paper, allowing you to really treat your iPad like a very expensive piece of magic paper.
Of course, the Pencil iPad stylus still works with a range of other apps on iPad and other tablets, even though you’ll get the most out of that Pencil and Paper combination.
Pencil offers some of the most impressive tech in the business too. Advanced palm rejection, kiss to pair Bluetooth connectivity and month-long battery life all provide that premium edge that you just don’t find on other styluses.
For more information on FiftyThree’s Pencil, please visit the product pages linked below:
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
OtterBox have announced a new line of cases and accessories under the Agility System brand. The idea is that you buy a slim case called the Shell, and then you can get a range of larger cases and accessories which magnetically locks to the Shell. These could add more protection, media stands and other functionality. So far OtterBox have announced accessories for the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2. Let’s take a closer look at what OtterBox has been planning!
This is where it starts: the Shell Case
The first thing you’ll need is the OtterBox Agility System Shell Case. This light case clips around your iPad Air or iPad Mini, protecting it from light knocks and scratches. At the back, you’ll find the Agility mount, which allows the case to attach to the ecosystem of Agility System cases and accessories through a combination of magnets and black magic (OK, that second part might not be true).
Now add a case of your choice
OtterBox are well known for offering high protection cases that still look good, and that’s exactly what you’ll find on offer here with the new Agility System cases. There are three to choose from – a Folio Case, a Portfolio Case and a Deluxe Folio Case. Each has a distinct look, adds plenty of protection and many offer internal pockets and media stands as well.
Or a helpful stand
The Agility System range also includes some stands, helping your iPad stay easily accessible. The Dock is a cleverly designed desk stand that keeps your iPad hovering above your desk in the air, while the Wall Mount is brilliant for keeping an iPad in your kitchen for mess-free cooking instructions.
The OtterBox Agility System is coming soon to Mobile Fun. Visit our product pages linked above for the iPad Air or iPad Mini 2 to learn more, and keep an eye out as these new accessories arrive on our shelves!