Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Today we’d like to introduce the latest Kickstarter success story: the Phonejoy gamepad for smartphones and tablets. The Phonejoy provides easy, tactile controls for your favourite games and is uniquely adapted to fit smartphones of all sizes. Patented EasySlider technology allowing the controller to fit your phone and then shrink down for storage or use with tablets and computers.
The Phonejoy is a far cry from touchscreen glass and even earlier smartphone controllers when it comes to speed, accuracy and ease of use. You get a console-quality feel here, with accurate dual analogue thumbsticks, a clicky d-pad and action buttons, and snappy quad triggers. These combine to make for an easier play experience than ever, giving you a competitive advantage against the suckers using inferior controllers.
To adapt that classic phrase, the best controller is the one you have with you. The Phonejoy aims to be just that, as it shrinks down to be smaller than your wallet – perfectly pocket-sized.
So – you’ve got your Phonejoy, now what do you play? There are already hundreds of quality games on Android and iOS that support the controller out of the box. You can also use the Phonejoy on Windows and Mac OS X, granting you access to thousands of additional games with gamepad support. Phonejoy maintain a list of compatible games on their site, making it easy to find new games to play with your new controller. These range from classics like Sonic and Grand Theft Auto to new mobile games like Real Racing and FIFA.
Interested in picking up a Phonejoy for yourself? Have a look at our product page linked below, and you can place a pre-order or register your interest. The Phonejoy is expected to be in stock in just a couple days’ time, so you won’t have long to wait!
Thanks for checking out the Phonejoy. If you’d like to look at some less expensive smartphone controllers, you might want to see the Official Samsung Wireless Smartphone Gamepad for Android or the MOGA Ace Power Gamepad for Lightning iPhones.
Be sure to let us know what you think of the controller in the comments below, or see us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Friday, October 17th, 2014
Fitness trackers have become increasingly popular over the last few years, so it’s not a surprise to see a fitness tracker specialised towards tracking the activity levels of children. The KidFit Fitness Tracking Wristband is just that, offering kid-specific fitness tracking through a small, durable wristband.
The KidFit connects to iPhone or Android phone over Bluetooth, and works with devices running iOS 7 (or later) and Android 4.3 (or later) – which includes most phones made in the last couple of years. You just install the free KifFit app, wirelessly sync the wristband, and away you go.
You can set goals and tasks for your child, encouraging them to stay active during the day and to sleep well at night. There’s an easy-to-understand scoring system, which gives marks out of 100 to judge how well they’re doing at accomplishing these goals. You’ll also see direct information on how many steps they’ve taken, miles they’ve walked, and hours they’ve slept. Four LED indicators on the wristband itself show you when the wristband is tracking sleep or activity, syncing or charging.
Anything produced for kids needs to be robust, and happily the KidFit is just that. The durable snap-on design is rated X3 for water and dust resistance, ensuring that it can withstand rain showers or dunks in the sink. The band is one-size-fits-all, so all you need to do is pick a colour that your child will enjoy. There are four available:
Be sure to let us know what you think of the KidFit in the comments below! We’re happy to answer your questions there too. If you prefer, you can talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Apple held a small press event today to announce their latest iPad tablets: the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. Let’s take a closer look at what was announced.
iPad Mini 3
The new tablets have extremely similar designs to their predecessors, with 4:3 aspect ratio displays set within aluminium bodies. Both tablets now feature a Touch ID home button, which allows users to unlock their iPad or authorise purchases using their fingerprints.
New display technologies allow the iPad Mini 3 and Air 2 to be thinner and lighter than their predecessors. The iPad Air 2 measures 6.1 mm thick (18% thinner), while the iPad Mini 3 is 7.5 mm thick. Both tablets are now available in gold for the first time, in addition to space grey and silver.
The iPad Air 2 utilises an improved version of the chip that powers the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s called the Apple A8X, and Apple are claiming it is 40% faster than its predecessor. The iPad Mini 3 comes with a previous-gen A7 processor.
The new iPads also have an NFC chip built in, which works with Apple’s contactless payment system Apple Pay. The system is launching later this month in the United States, and is expected to reach the UK in the next few months.
The camera on the iPad Air 2 has been improved too, with an 8-megapixel sensor, 1.12 micron pixels and a f/2.4 aperture lens. The software side of things has been nailed too, with 1080p video recording capability, slow-motion video, burst mode, panoramas and time lapses. The iPad Mini 3 has a smaller 5-megapixel sensor, although 1080p video recording is still included.
iPad Air 2
The new iPads will run iOS 8.1, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. The headline feature here is Apple Pay, but there are some other small feature additions and bug fixes here too. Apple Pay will allow US customers (initially) to pay for goods with a tap at thousands of stores from hundreds of banks.
Pricing and Availability
The iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 retain the pricing structure of their predecessors, although as with the iPhone 6 we see that the 32GB model has been removed from the lineup. That leaves the 16GB model, a 64GB model and a new 128GB variety. LTE-capable versions of both tablets at all capacities are also available. The Air 2 starts at $499, while the Mini 3 starts at $399.
The full pricing table is replicated below:
|iPad Air 2
|iPad Mini 3
The new iPad models will be available for pre-order tomorrow, with orders shipping by the end of next week.
Both tablets will be supported by the wide Apple accessory ecosystem, including a few items from Apple themselves and many thousands of accessories from third-party manufacturers. We’ve already begun adding iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 accessories, and we’ll announce many more over the coming days and weeks. Expect full round-ups of recommended iPad Air 2 cases and iPad Mini 3 cases as the tablets are launched.
That’s it for now! Thanks for checking out our coverage of Apple’s 2014 iPad event, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun and on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Wireless charging is pretty cool and convenient, but so far Apple haven’t brought the technology to their iPhones – so accessory manufacturers have stepped in to fill the gap. Last month we showed you a standalone Qi wireless charging receiver that you could add to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus; today we’re showing another option for those of you that want to add Qi wireless charging to your new iPhones. The new option is the Qi Charging Case, which combines a Qi charging coil with a protective iPhone case, a single piece solution. Let’s take a closer look.
The Qi Charging Case is a simple plastic case which adds good scratch protection and a bit of impact protection as well. Of course, the real magic is inside – there’s a Qi charging coil that will work with a wide range of Qi charging pads. This is joined up with a Lightning connector that can be plugged or unplugged without taking the case off. That’s quite useful if you need to charge your phone using a wired connection or connect it to your PC to sync media and apps.
The Qi Charging Case is available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in black and gold. For more information, to pre-order or to receive a notification of stock availability, please visit the relevant product page linked below:
Thanks for checking out the article! Stay tuned to the Mobile Fun blog for more new accessories for the iPhone 6 and many more phones besides. Please feel free to leave a comment below or reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Today we’re going to take a look at five of our favourite iPhone 6 cases. We’ve selected from a range of styles and form factors, so we’re confident that you’ll find at least one case that you can’t live without. Let’s get right into it!
Our top choice today is the Man&Wood Wooden Case. This unique case is made from real sustainably-sourced wood, masterfully crafted to produce an eye-catching effect. The case prevents the iPhone 6 from resting on its camera lens, and offers some good scratch and knock protection as well. With plenty of varieties to choose from, you’ll find a one-of-a-kind style with the Man&Wood Wooden Case.
The Case-Mate Barely There is a long-time favourite, offering good scratch and minor impact protection while maintaining the iPhone 6′s slim profile. The Barely There is even available in a 100% clear variant that lets you really show off the iPhone 6 inside, without worrying about scratches or dents.
3. Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Case - Black, Pink, Blue
The Griffin Survivor is one of the best protective cases on the market, protecting against drops, scratches, vibration, rain, dirt, snow and dirt. The Survivor is made to UK and US military specifications and has been trusted by thousands of satisfied customers. The case does add considerable bulk to your iPhone, but you can keep the case on your belt with the included heavy duty carrying clip.
4. Case-Mate Stand Folio Case - Black
Folio cases are always popular (just look at these for the iPhone 6 Plus), and Case-Mate one of the best around. It’s called the Case-Mate Stand Folio, and it includes both screen protection, internal credit card pockets and a built-in media stand. The case is gorgeous too, with a look that balances modern and classic styles.
We conclude with one of our most popular iPhone 6 cases, the FlexiShield. This case is popular because it offers a slim protective bundle at a very low price. The case is made from a flexible gel material, getting the case on and off your phone a cinch. The FlexiShield is also available in a wide range of colours, letting you add your own style to the iPhone while keeping the logo and other details visible behind.
That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for checking out the articles and be sure to let us know your own preferences and selections in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.