Archive for the ‘iPad’ Category
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:
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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!
Friday, May 23rd, 2014
The Lightning connector divided opinion upon its release with the iPhone 5. On the one hand, it was a smaller, more convenient connector that was reversible. On the other, it meant that Apple’s long-standing 30 Pin connector was obsolete, a move that sent millions of accessories to the grave – from cheap charging cables to expensive speaker systems. Whatever your opinion on the matter, Lightning is here to stay so you may as well make the most of it! In that spirit, let’s take a look at ten of the best accessories for the now ubiquitous Apple connector.
1. Dexim Universal Dock Station (iPhone & iPad with Lightning Connector)
Our first Lightning accessory is this dock from Dexim. The dock is rare in being outfitted for both iPad and iPhone, allowing you to connect either device as required. The 2.1A output ensures all devices will charge rapidly, and the adjustable connector allows for cases to be kept on while charging.
2. Qi iPhone 5S / 5C / 5 Wireless Charging Receiver
Qi is a popular wireless charging standard in Android world, but don’t expect it to appear on an iPhone any time soon. Thankfully you can get this wireless charging receiver which plugs into your phone’s lightning port, then can be tucked into a case of your choice. Then you’ll have the convenience of wireless charging when you want it, in a package that’s compatible with all Lightning iPhones and a wide range of cases.
3. Griffin Wired Keyboard for Apple Lightning Devices
If you want to get some work done on an iPad or iPhone, then a full-size keyboard is quite helpful. One option is a Bluetooth keyboard, but these are expensive and require recharging. A good alternative then, is this Griffin Wired Keyboard, which plugs directly into the Lightning port and works immediately.
4. Genuine Lightning Digital AV Adapter
Want to show your iPhone, iPod or iPad content on the biggest screen in the room? This Digital AV adapter lets you easily connect your Lightning device to HDTVs, monitors and projectors. Again, everything is plug-and-play; just connect up the relevant cables and away you go. Perfect for screening HD movies, showing off photos and playing music. Definitely one of the most helpful Lightning adapters for the iPhone 5.
5. KitSound X-Dock 2 Lightning Clock Radio Dock for iPhone 5S / 5C /5
This clock radio dock is a powerful piece of kit, with room for an iPhone 5S, 5C or 5 next to a digital display. This is the ideal accessory for your bedside table or desk, allowing you to keep an eye on the time, charge your iPhone, set alarms and listen to the radio. You can wake up to your favourite FM station, your favourite iTunes songs or even the standard ‘bzzz’ alarm clock sound.
6. Kit: Lightning to Micro USB Adapter – White
This simple adapter ensures that you don’t always need a Lightning cable around all the time. Instead, you can use the rather more numerous microUSB cables and accessories to charge and sync. And since the adapter is so small, there’s no excuse not to bring it with you!
7. High Power Lightning Car Charger with USB Port – Black
Car chargers are brilliant, particularly if you’re trying to entertain your kids in the back seat with an iPad or navigate with an iPhone. This one offers 2.4A of charging power, allowing an iPad – or two iPhones – to be charged at full speed. That means even if you’re draining a lot of power from playing movies or using GPS navigation, you’ll still end up with way more battery life than you started with. An integrated USB port allows other devices to be charged too.
8. Kit 4-in-1 Connection Kit
This tiny box is one of the most useful accessories you can own for the iPhone or iPad. Plug the Lightning connector into your device, and then you can plug in a USB device (like a keyboard or flash drive) as well as SD cards. That makes it really easy to get stuff on or off your iPad, or plug in a full-size keyboard for a better typing experience. There’s even a Lightning port, so you can keep charging your device while everything else is connected.
9. Kit Magnetic Battery Case for iPhone 5S
This clever case includes an battery pack which allows you to recharge your phone on the go. The battery is magnetically attached to the rest of the case, and can be used in situ or removed from the case as necessary. With 2800 mAh you’ll have three times the battery life, and that makes a big difference.
10. iMee Sync and Charge Lightning to USB Cable – Gold
Our final Lightning accessory is also the simplest: a stylish Lightning cable in Gold. This is a great fit with the Champagne Gold iPhone 5S, but looks great with other colours as well. Otherwise, this is just the same as your Apple Lightning cable, offering charging and syncing at full speeds.
OK, so these are our selections! We hope you’ve found this blog helpful, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments below!