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Spigen announce iPhone 6 cases ahead of official launch

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The iPhone 6 is coming soon, and Spigen are wasting no time in getting cases ready for the hotly anticipated handset. The Korean company has already produced a range of iPhone 6 cases, and they look fantastic. Let’s see what they’ve announced so far!

Spigen have prepared four cases for the iPhone 6 in multiple colours, making for 18 unique combinations. These are:

Each case looks to fit the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 perfectly, with all of the features of the phone looking exactly as rumoured. The cases include cutouts wherever necessary to keep all elements of the phone easily accessible. That includes a lock button on the right hand side (moved from the top) and a headphone jack on the bottom of the phone (moved from the top). There’s even a window for the Apple logo on the back of the phone, so you’re able to wield your newly enlarged model iPhone with as much style as the original.

The cases are a perfect style match as well, with some gorgeous metallic colour options on the table. The dark gunmetal gray is definitely my taste, but the other options – silver, gold, blues, greens and blacks – are also fine choices that’ll allow your iPhone 6 to stand out from the crowd without losing the industrial elegance that Apple bake into each of their phones.

No matter your budget, there should be a Spigen iPhone 6 case that’ll suit ya. The Thin Fit and Thin Fit A are two lower cost options, with a thin, lightweight build that emphasises convenience over protection – although you’ll still find good scratch resistance and light impact resistance here. The standard Fit comes in metallic colours and has a window for the Apple logo, while the Fit A comes in more colourful shades and doesn’t include the window.

The next step up is the Ultra Hybrid, which is available as a simply transparent case that allows the industrial design of the iPhone inside to shine through. The case adds protection without changing the look of the phone, and this makes it one of our most highly recommended covers for the iPhone 6. There are other opaque colours following the same design, too.

The top end of the lineup is the Spigen Tough Armour, which provides unparalleled protection for the as-of-yet unannounced iPhone 6. Air cushion corners are able to absorb even the mightiest of impacts, while a 1.5mm lip around the periphery of the screen ensures that no harm can come to the screen from knocks and bumps. Despite this protection, the Tough Armour remains one of the lightest cases on the market – not a bad combination at all.

All of these Spigen cases and more will be coming soon for the iPhone 6. For more information, please visit the product pages linked below once again:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the cases in the comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

Take control of your smartphone games with these handy joysticks

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Smartphone Joystick    Smartphone Joystick

Mobile phones and tablets have brought a new gaming revolution, with the keyboard and controller paradigms of yesteryear playing second fiddle to touch screens and accelerometers on these gadgets. Yet sometimes touch controls just aren’t precise enough, and to really excel you need to go back to these earlier input methods. It’s possible to get a full-blown controller and hook it up to your phone or tablet, but sometimes that’s just not necessary.

Instead, just grab one or two of these tiny joysticks and attach them directly to the screen with their suction cup. Once attached, moving the joystick will produce an effect on the screen below, letting you play touch-screen games with ease. You’ll be able to control your game much more cleanly, making it easier to score headshots or juke past defenders. You’ll get tactile feedback, and the same easy controls that you’d find on retro arcade cabinets to modern console controllers… and all without batteries, pairing, setup or hassle. Just stick and play. And when you want to play a different game or stop entirely, it’s simple to unstick the suction cups and re-attach when you want to play again.

Smartphone Joystick    Smartphone Joystick

The Smartphone Joystick is made from milled aluminium, granting a perfect feel and long-lasting durability. Each joystick is tiny too, so you can easily keep a couple in your pocket or in your bag. The joysticks are sold in packs of one or two, and even with two you’ll be paying the fraction of the cost of a traditional mobile phone controller. One will allow you to play games designed around a single thumb stick, while two will let you play shooters and other dual-stick games.

The smartphone joysticks provide an easy middle ground between touch screen controls and a traditional console-style game controller. For more information on these helpful joysticks, please visit the product pages linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of this handy gadget in the comments below!

Top 10 addictive iPhone and iPad games 2014

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.

4. Micromon

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.

7. Godus

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.

9. Hoplite

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.

Bonus: 868-HACK

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.

Conclusion

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!

Top 5 iPhone 5S / 5 cases for July 2014

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Today we’ll be looking at some of the best iPhone 5S cases available today. Let’s get right into our selections and recommendations!

5. Spigen SGP Touch Armor Case

Spigen SGP Tough Armor Case for iPhone 5C - Metal Slate    Spigen SGP Tough Armor Case for iPhone 5C - Metal Slate

The Spigen SGP Touch Armor is our first case, offering considerable protection against a range of hazards including scratches, knocks and impacts. The Touch Armor uses a combination of TPU and Polycarbonate to produce a stellar defense, while maintaining a light weight and small dimensions. The case is available in many colourways too, including gold (shown above), black, slate, white and silver.

4. enCharge Qi Wireless Charging Case

enCharge Qi iPhone 5S / 5 Wireless Charging Case    enCharge Qi iPhone 5S / 5 Wireless Charging Case

This case is quite unique, adding wireless charging to the iPhone 5S’ list of capabilities. That means you’re able to recharge your iPhone just by placing it on one our Qi wireless chargers, and you’re free to say goodbye to the hassle of plugging and unplugging cables forever.

3. Zenus Estime Diary Leather Case

Zenus Estime Diary Leather Case for iPhone 5 - Brown    Zenus Estime Diary Leather Case for iPhone 5 - Brown

The Zenus Estime Diary is one of the most stylish cases we have, with a traditional leather design that looks as good in the bedroom as the boardroom. The Estime Diary has a smart design, with a flip cover protecting the vulnerable screen and obviating the need for iPhone 5S screen protectors. A series of credit card pockets and a secure fastening complete the picture.

2. Draco Design Aluminium Bumper

Draco IV Design Aluminium Bumper for the iPhone 5 - Silver    Draco IV Design Aluminium Bumper for the iPhone 5 - Silver

This award-winning bumper for the iPhone 5S adds some tremendous curves to the device, made of aircraft-grade aluminium. The bumper provides considerable rigidity and impact protection, but unlike some other metal cases doesn’t interfere with your iPhone’s signal. A beautiful, classy case that should appeal to almost everyone.

1. Moshi SenseCover

Moshi SenseCover for iPhone 5S / 5 - Brushed Titanium    Moshi SenseCover for iPhone 5S / 5 - Brushed Titanium

The Moshi SenseCover is our winning case today, providing a unique way of answering incoming calls and seeing the time without opening the flip cover. This is achieved through a small cutout window, which shows the time and caller ID of your iPhone while keeping the screen protected. When you want to answer or reject the call, it’s a simple case of swiping along the strip on the front of the cover. The case is stylish too, in steel black or brushed titanium.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the iPhone 5S covers we’ve selected in the comments below!

6 recommended iPhone 5 chargers

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

There are many methods to charge an iPhone 5. Let us count the ways.

6. Lightning USB cables

The simplest method for charging your iPhone is the one that everyone will know: just hook your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. That provides a small amount of power (500mA), so charging takes a while. Of course, the USB connection is also used to sync music, films and apps to your phone.

iBoltz XL 2m Apple Lightning to USB Sync and Charge Cable    iBoltz XL 2m Apple Lightning to USB Sync and Charge Cable

There are plenty of Lightning cables on the market, but I’m a fan of this extra-long two metre cable from iBoltz. It’s convenient, inexpensive and still rolls up into a nicely portable loop for easy transport. If you’re looking for something different, why not try a coloured Lightning cable or this reinforced version?

5. Mains chargers

The next method that most people will know is to use an AC adapter that plugs into the wall. This gives you faster charging (1.1A, or 1100mA), letting your battery fill up more than twice as fast.

Belkin Single Micro AC 2.1A Wall Charger with 4ft Lightning Cable    Belkin Single AC Wall Charger 2.1A - Red

You can get wall chargers in both detachable and one-piece varieties, but I favour the flexibility of the detachable option. This example from Belkin is a good choice, with a sensibly long four foot cable, 2.1A output (for iPads too!) and a simple plug design. Belkin also do a line of coloured versions sans cables, in redpinkblue and purple.

4. Car chargers

If you’re on the road, then you’ve got access to another option for charging your iPhone. Using a car charger, you can plug your iPhone into the cigarette lighter / auxiliary power socket, letting you draw power at a rate equal to a wall socket (1.1A).

Kensignton Powerbolt 3400 mA Dual Car Charger with Lightning Cable    Kensignton Powerbolt 3400 mA Dual Car Charger with Lightning Cable

It’s fairly likely that you’ll have some other people in the car with you, so it can make sense to get a car charger with multiple USB inputs. The Kensington Powerbolt is my go-to option, with a reasonable 3.4A output spread across two USB ports. A cheaper Olixar car charger is also available if you’re on a budget.

3. iPhone 5 desk docks

Another good specialised charging solution is a dock. These typically serve as a combination of desk stands and chargers, keeping your phone topped up while holding it at a convenient position to watch videos or see notifications. It’s important to note that the dock has to be plugged into a power source, which’ll determine the speed of your charging. Plugging directly into a PC will provide that familiar 500mA, while a wall charger should provide the faster 1.1A speed.

iPhone 5 Charge and Sync Cradle - White    iPhone 5 Charge and Sync Cradle - White

My thinking for desk docks is “the simpler, the better.” That’s why I favour this minimal Lightning charge and sync dock, which provides an upright position for the iPhone 5 with a simple Apple style in black or white. If you want to get fancier, why not go all the way and get a KitSound speaker dock with clock radio?

2. Power banks and portable chargers

If you’re away from sockets in buildings or cars, what options do you have for charging your phone? One good option is a portable battery pack, which you charge beforehand to have a large stockpile of energy ready when you need it. These battery packs typically pack at least one full recharge, and some can charge a phone half a dozen times or more.

Power Bank Portable Charger for iPhone 5S / 5 and Micro USB Devices    Kit: High Power 15000mAh Dual USB Emergency Charger

There are two directions you can go here. One way is to get one extra full charge in the smallest and most convenient form factor possible. The Power Bank Portable Charger is a great example of this, with an integrated Lightning connector and a 2600mAh capacity in a tiny pocketable shell. On the other hand, if you’re going to go big then you may as well do it properly – the Kit: High Power is a 15,000mAh portable battery pack that’s significantly bigger, but will let you charge your iPhone 5 almost ten times, which is frankly insane.

1. iPhone 5 batttery cases

The other option for charging wherever you are is to use a battery case. This is a simple marriage of a battery pack and a protective case, where the battery is constantly providing power to your phone. The bulk of the battery provides additional protection from impacts and scratches, although your phone will get noticeably thicker and heavier.

Kit Magnetic Battery Case for iPhone 5S / 5 - Red    Boostcase Hybrid Case 1500Mah Battery iPhone 5S / 5 - Champagne Gold

Once again, there’s a choice to be made here – do you want to go all-out and get a much thicker but longer lasting phone case, or would you prefer a small boost that doesn’t affect the shape of your iPhone 5 too much? The former is exemplified by the Kit Magnetic Battery Case, which adds 2800mAh of charge to your phone in a bulky but easily removable package. On the other hand, the Boostcase adds about half that – just 1500mAh – but comes in a much tidier package. The choice is yours.

Conclusion

That’s all folks! I hope you’ve found this breakdown of iPhone 5 chargers helpful. For more information, please check out the links in the article above or ask us a question in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks and have a great week!

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