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Protect your iPad Air with the rugged Gumdrop Drop Series case

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Looking for a rugged case for your iPad Air 2? We’ve just added Gumdrop cases to our iPad Air 2 accessories range, which should be just perfect for you. These Gumdrop Drop Series cases include a dual material construction, non-slip grip texture and an integrated screen protector. For more details, read on!

Dual-material construction for complete drop protection

Gumdrop Drop Series iPad Air 2 Rugged CaseGumdrop Drop Series iPad Air 2 Rugged Case

You’ll find that the Drop Series is one of the most rugged Air 2 cases on the market, and the choice of materials here is key. The Drop Series uses a combination of a hard polycarbonate and a soft silicone shell, providing more rigidity and drop protection than a single-material solution.

Non-slip grip texture for reduced drop potential

Gumdrop Drop Series iPad Air 2 Rugged Case    Gumdrop Drop Series iPad Air 2 Rugged Case

The Drop Series also has a noticeable ridged texture, like tiles on a roof or an off-road car tyre. This looks cool, but also serves a practical purpose. That’s to reduce the chance of you dropping your iPad, by providing a lot of grip. With the chunky wedges provided here, there’s plenty to hold on to.

Includes integrated screen cover for screen protection

The final touch of this useful Air 2 case is the integrated screen cover, which negates the need for a separate Air 2 screen protector. This means you only have to buy the one case to get complete protection for your iPad – simple.

Beautiful in black or blue

Gumdrop Drop Series iPad Air 2 Rugged Case - Black    Gumdrop Drop Series iPad Air 2 Rugged Case - Blue / Lime

The Gumdrop Drop Series is also quite a stylish case, whether you pick it up in black or blue / lime. The case has a bold look that won’t be confused with other cases, so if you want to make a statement then you can do that with this case.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a rugged, dependable Air 2 case, then the GumDrop Drop Series is one of the best choices available right now.

New Griffin cases announced for iPad Air 2

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Griffin have unveiled a new line of protective cases for the iPad Air 2 today. We have the incredibly protective Survivor All-Terrain, the svelte Survivor Slim and the productive Slim Folio Keyboard Case. Let’s take a closer look at each of the new arrivals!

Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Tough Case - BlackBluePink

Griffin Survivor All-Terrain iPad Air 2 Tough Case - Black    Griffin Survivor All-Terrain iPad Air 2 Tough Case - Pink / Black

The Griffin Survivor is the company’s classic handle-everything case, able to protect your iPad Air 2 from dangers common and uncommon. That includes drops, knocks and falls; vibrations and abrasions; rain, snow, sleet and sand. The case is certified to US and UK military standards, and won’t let you down. The Survivor All-Terrain also includes a built-in viewing stand for watching films and full access to the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

Griffin Survivor Slim Tough Case - Black

Griffin Survivor Slim iPad Air 2 Tough Case - Black    Griffin Survivor Slim iPad Air 2 Tough Case - Black

The Survivor Slim is exactly what you’d expect, a carefully crafted slimmer version of the Survivor case. You’ll enjoy similar levels of protection in a slimmer shell, even without sacrificing access to Touch ID or the integrated viewing stand. This case is also built to UK and US military standards, and includes the same rigid internal frame and integral display shield for excellent protection.

Griffin Slim Folio Keyboard Case - Black

Griffin Slim Folio iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case - Black    Griffin Slim Folio iPad Air 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case - Black

Our final case is the Slim Folio Keyboard Case, which brings Griffin’s traditional strengths to a new laptop-like form factor. This case is ideal for getting work done, with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard that lets you type faster and more accurately. There are even iPad-specific shortcut keys included, something you won’t find on a generic Bluetooth keyboard. This slim case also includes a built-in viewing stand, perfect for typing or watching films. Of course, you’ll also enjoy great protection from the keyboard’s tough construction and full coverage of the screen while closed.

Conclusion

That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the new arrivals in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile. Thanks again and have a good week!

Check out these top 5 iPad Air 2 cases

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

With the iPad Air 2 shipping now, we’d like to highlight some of the great cases that are coming soon or already available at Mobile Fun. We’ll be highlight five top cases, from thin and light options to more protectively-minded alternatives. Let’s get right into it!

5. Encase FlexiShield Gel Case - BlackFrost WhiteHot PinkLight BluePurpleSmoke Black

Encase FlexiShield iPad Air 2 Gel Case - Frost White    Encase FlexiShield iPad Air 2 Gel Case - Hot Pink

Our first iPad Air case is this one from Encase: the FlexiShield Gel Case, which is available in six beautiful colours. The case is one of the lightest available, adding a thin gel material to the back and sides of your iPad. This prevents your iPad Air 2 from getting scratched, and provides a bit of protection from drops and falls too. This case retains the fully accessible screen of a caseless iPad, which is useful if you use your iPad often.

4. Apple Leather Smart Case - BlackBrownCreamMidnight BlueRed

Apple Leather Smart Case for iPad Air 2 - Black    Apple iPad Air 2 Leather Smart Case - Red

Apple’s Leather Smart Case is one of the best premium options, adding back-and-side protection to their traditional folding Smart Cover. The case is rendered from high quality leather, ensuring a great in-hand feel and long-lasting durability. The cover’s three segments fold and latch together magnetically, becoming a useful stand. The case is available in five different colours, from classical brown and black choices to more contemporary red and midnight blue options. Whichever colour you choose, you’ll end up with a great looking Air 2 case.

3. Encase Transparent Shell Folding Stand Case - BlackOrangeWhite

Encase Transparent Shell iPad Air 2 Folding Stand Case - White    Encase Transparent Shell iPad Air 2 Folding Stand Case - Orange

Our second Encase entry is this Transparent Shell, which incorporates a similar design to Apple’s Smart Case at a dramatically lower price. The case provides full protection to the screen, back and sides, protecting your investment. The Transparent Shell also includes a folding flip cover, which can become a typing or viewing stand with suitable folding. It’s a comprehensive package that serves a good low-cost alternative to Apple’s own offerings.

1. Krusell Malmo FlipCover - BlackWhite

Krusell Malmo FlipCover for iPad Air 2 - White        Krusell Malmo FlipCover for iPad Air 2 - Black

Our runner-up case today is the Krusell Malmo, a cunning flip cover case for the iPad Air 2 that offers minimal bulk yet good protection. The case’s thin design even includes an elegant viewing stand, perfect for watching films or playing games on the iPad Air 2. The case looks great in black or white, and comes in at a great price too.

1. Walk on Water Drop Off Case - BlackOrangeGreyYellow

Walk on Water Drop-Off Case for iPad Air 2    Walk on Water Drop-Off Case for iPad Air 2

This clever case is one of our most anticipated items, offering water-resistant protection to your iPad Air 2. The Walk on Water Drop Off features a cushioned inner lining and a padded exterior, adding some bulk to your iPad but protecting it well from scratches, knocks and falls. The case zips open and closed, securely protecting the iPad within. Once unzipped, you’re able to access your iPad and even prop it upright at two angles for typing or watching films. The Walk on Water will be available in four colours to start: grey, black, orange and yellow.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful! We’ll be back in the days and weeks to come with many more iPad Air 2 covers and accessories as they become available.

Any questions or comments? Leave them below or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

Here’s why you shouldn’t buy the iPad Mini 3

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Last week Apple announced their latest tablets: the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. Both tablets are on pre-order now for £80 more than their predecessors, but only one is worth buying. Here’s why.

The Air 2 is something of a technical triumph for Apple, incorporating a faster processor, Touch ID sensor and improved camera in a dramatically thinner frame. Apple spent the bulk of their presentation over the Air 2, and it makes sense – the tablet is a significant advancement over the original Air, and is now probably the most desirable tablet in the world.

Conversely, the iPad Mini 3 was touched upon with uncharacteristic haste. That’s because there simply aren’t any real substantive changes between the Mini 3 and the Mini 2. In fact, the list of useful changes is precisely two items long: the tablet now includes the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and is available in gold. That’s it – no thinner chassis, no upgraded processor, and no improved camera.

If you had a choice between the two tablets at the same price, then you’d pick the Mini 3 – why not? But instead, Apple are selling this tablet for an £80 premium, which makes no sense at all.

So my advice to you is this: if you want a small Apple tablet, pick up the Mini 2 while you still can, and avoid the Mini 3 unless you simply must own a tablet rendered in champagne gold. At £239 the Mini 2 is simply the far better deal.

n.b. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus, you may want to steer clear of the Mini line altogether. The increased screen size of the newer iPhone models means you’ll get much less of a boost in screen real estate when moving from an iPhone to an iPad Mini than owners of previous iPhones did. Already many 6 Plus owners are leaving their iPad Minis at home because they already feel  they have a big enough screen in their pocket.

iPad or Android tablet?

Monday, September 1st, 2014

If you’re looking to get a tablet, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is choosing an iPad or an Android tablet. While the iPad was the only real choice several years ago, nowadays both the iPad and Android tablets have evolved considerably. In this article, we’ll show you the strengths and weaknesses of each platform – as well as a few recommendations on the best iPads or Android tablets to buy. Let’s get started!

iPad: Strengths

  • Largest range of accessories and apps
  • Easy to use
  • Well designed, inside and out

So – the iPad. It’s the quintessential tablet, and its popularity is one of its greatest strengths. It means you’ll find a wide range of iPad accessories, from iPad cases and covers to chargers, screen protectors and stands. You can find accessories to fit pretty much every need and every style. With only two models – iPad Mini and iPad Air – to be released recently, an entire industry can work easily to support them.

The same popularity also makes the iPad the biggest target for app developers, allowing them to finetune their apps to suit the iPad and make the very best use of its screen and capabilities. That translates into better apps, and more of them.

Apple have always tried to make their products easy to use, and that continues with the iPad. The Apple tablet is simple in places, but that ensures that there’s little that you quickly won’t learn how to do. Even complex tasks like cloud printing are presented well, making it easy to get things set up properly.

Finally, the iPad is well designed, with powerful hardware and a stylish look. The tablet’s processor and GPU are regularly listed among the best in the business, and the battery life of the tablet is considerable too. The iPad is also good looking, with a slim metal design that feels solid and dependable in your hands. The most important strength of the iPad is its display though, which is generally pixel-dense, bright and well-calibrated. 

iPad: Weaknesses

  • Little customisation
  • More expensive

Of course, there are downsides to Apple’s approach. The simplicity they have wrought means that more advanced controls are hidden or not present at all, leaving the operating system far less customisable than its peers. Apple’s tight control of their app store also allows them to remove apps they find objectionable, particularly those on questionable moral or legal ground.

The iPad’s premium materials and hardware command a premium price, making the iPad more expensive than similarly equipped Android tablets. Additional storage is also costly, with a 32GB model costing £80 more than the 16GB option – and there’s no option to add more storage with a microSD card later.

iPad: Recommended tablets

If you’re looking to pick up an iPad, there are only two real models to choose between: the iPad Mini with Retina Display and the iPad Air. The iPad Mini has a gorgeous 7.9-inch display, while the Air moves to 10.1-inches. Both tablets are well crafted out of aluminium, and boast good battery lives in addition to their well-tuned screens. The iPad Mini is the better choice for portable use (with one hand), while the iPad Air makes a better tablet for keeping at home (with two hands).

Android: Strengths

  • Wide range of tablets to suit any need (including low price)
  • Deep customisation possible

The strength of the Android operating system for tablets is breadth and depth. In almost any attribute you can name – dimensions, speed, capabilities, camera, price - there will be tablets that hit every point on the range. Sony produce a range of powerful, waterproof tablets with good cameras. Samsung opt for slim workhorses, many with styluses built in. Amazon have a range of high-performance tablets, tied into their own ecosystem, for a low price. These are just the tip of the iceberg; with sufficient time you should be able to find an Android tablet to fit any requirements.

You also have a lot of choice with an Android tablet after you’ve purchased it. It’s possible to buy microSD cards which will extend your available storage cheaply, and there are a decent range of other tablet accessories available too. While there aren’t as many third-party accessories available as there are for the iPad, that means tablet makers like Samsung and Motorola often produce an excellent first-party range.

Customisability is another advantage with Android. It’s often possible to make deeper changes than on iOS, and there’s also the option to install a new variant of the Android operating system (like CyanogenMod) that will allow you even greater control. There are very few questions you can ask that start “Can I…” that end “No.”

The final advantage to Android is often price. Google and Amazon are well known for their low-cost tablets that still deliver an excellent experience with good hardware; their content-first strategies mean that they’re willing to sell tablets at a loss so you use their stores for apps, music, videos and books.

Android: Weaknesses

  • Some Android tablets are poorly designed inside and out
  • Less apps truly optimised for tablets

As we saw with the iPad, there’s a definite trade-off between simplicity and customisability. The average Android tablet errs towards customisability, which can be overwhelming.

There’s also a high amount of variability when it comes to the design of Android tablets, in terms of both software and hardware. Many Android tablets – including barebones Android found on the Nexus series – are well designed and look good, but there are also many tablets saddled with confusing interfaces, poor designs and underpowered hardware.

The final bugbear for Android is that of apps. You’ll find some great tablet apps, but lazily designed, stretched out mobile phone apps are still relatively common. The large range of Android devices also makes it harder for developers to optimise their apps, so you may find you’re arbitrarily unable to install apps if you aren’t using a well-known device.

Android: Recommended tablets

Google make some of the best Android tablets, which come with a clean version of Android, good hardware and an aggressive point. The most recent release, the Nexus 7, is a great choice with a sharp 7-inch display, good battery life and a simple, durable outward design.

Samsung are the biggest sellers of Android tablets, thanks to a massive range of models, a host of software additions to stock Android and slim designs. The Tab S 10.5-inch tablet is the most recent, and offers a good battery life, a bright and beautiful screen, and a slim chassis.

Sony operate at the highest end of the Android market, with top-notch screens and cameras and stylish waterproof bodies. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is a good example of their approach, with a squared-off waterproof body, good screen and relatively untouched version of Android on board.

Signing off

Thanks for checking out the article – we hope it made it easier for you to choose an Android or iOS tablet! If you have any questions or comments, then please leave them below or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

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