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Microsoft Lumia 640 UK price announced

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The Microsoft Lumia 640 was announced earlier this week at the Mobile World Congress, and now we’re happy to announce a price for the phone. The UK price for the Lumia 640 will be just £150, making this phone a strong budget option thanks to its inclusion of Microsoft Office 365.

Click the link below to see the product page, or read on for more information.

The Lumia 640 is the successor to the Lumia 630, with a 5-inch 720p AMOLED display covered in Gorilla Glass 3. Internally, we’re looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, backed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. That’s competitive for a budget smartphone, and should mean that the Lumia 640 should remain snappy and responsive.

SIM Free Microsoft Lumia 640 - Black    SIM Free Microsoft Lumia 640 - Black

When it comes to cameras, we have an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, matching the megapixel count (if not the overall quality) of Apple’s flagship phones. That’s an impressive inclusion given that only flagship phones would have had this camera only a few years ago. There’s also a 1-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera for selfies and Skype video calls. The phone will also come with Microsoft’s latest Lumia camera software, so you’ll get a similar shooting experience to the best recent Lumia handsets in Microsoft’s range.

The Lumia 640 is expected to be released in April, and is available for pre-order now. Colour options include black, white, cyan and orange, although the black model is the only one we’ve added to our store at the present time.

This looks like a strong budget Windows Phone handset – are you interested? Let us know in the comments below, and check the link below to place your pre-order or see more information on the phone and its accessories.

How do I improve my Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 Edge battery life?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Worried about poor battery life on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge? No fear, Mobile Fun is here. We’ve collected our best tips and fixes for improving your battery life, whether that’s by picking up a new accessory or adjusting your phone’s software to minimise your battery use. Let’s get started.

Hardware fixes

These tips require new hardware to work, but they provide the biggest benefit without affecting how you use your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge.

Use a battery case

One great option is to get a Samsung Galaxy S6 battery in the form of a case, such as the Galaxy S6 Power Bank Case. This case straps to the Galaxy S6 and provides both protection and extra battery power, extending your phone’s lifetime considerably. This particular case provides 2800mAh of battery power, more than doubling your expected battery life at a low cost.

Mophie have also announced a battery case for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, which will extend your battery life considerably at the expense of some added bulk. The Mophie Juice Pack includes a 3300mAh battery which will more than double your battery life, thanks to the smaller batteries used inside the Galaxy S6 compared to the S5. Combined with the Galaxy S6′s more efficient processor, you should see great results. The Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S6 will be available soon at Mobile Fun.

Use a portable charger / battery pack

If you’d like to get more battery power on the go without using a case, then a portable charger can be the way to go. There a wide range available in various sizes and capacities; generally larger capacities will also be physically larger and cost more.

Samsung’s official option is the simply-titled Samsung Battery Pack, which is available in pearl and gold. This battery pack matches the look and style of the S6 and S6 Edge, but do come in at a premium price point. Still, you do get a beautiful portable charger that boasts the same enviable design as the Galaxy S6. More information on this product – including a precise capacity count – is coming soon.

A good low-cost, portable charger is the Encharge 2000mAh Portable Power Bank, which is available for under £20. If you’d prefer a higher capacity, then the Veho Pebble Explorer 8400mAh is under £50 at the time of writing. For reference, the S6 has a 2550mAh battery, while the S6 Edge has a slightly larger 2600mAh battery.

Replace the existing battery with a spare

The Galaxy S6 may not have an easily replaceable battery, but with the right tools and a little know-how it can be done. If you feel up to the challenge, you can check out our genuine Samsung standard Galaxy S6 battery, which is precisely the same as the one that ships inside the phone. The battery costs just £20, and could well be key to restoring strong battery life months or years down the road.

Software fixes

These software fixes cost nothing to implement, but make your shiny smartphone a little less exciting. Still, a balance between battery life and shininess is definitely worth pursuing, so read on.

Find out which apps and features are using the most battery

Android 5 Lollipop includes a comprehensive breakdown of what is using your battery, available by going to Settings > Battery. You can see which apps have consumed the most battery, as well as other features like the screen, WiFi and your cellular connection.

Once you’ve discovered which apps are using the most battery, you can take steps to fix the problem. By clicking on each entry in the list, you’ll be able to quickly disable or uninstall apps and adjust relevant settings. For example, clicking on the screen entry will show a button to Display settings, allowing you to turn down the brightness or set a faster timeout period.

Galaxy S6 Edge battery life tips

The Galaxy S6′s dual curved display provides some new features and a bold look, but it can also contribute to increased battery usage. You can disable some features if you don’t need them to help extend your battery life. For example, you can disable the ‘underglow’ effect which appears when a favourite contact is calling you.

Anything we missed?

Thanks for checking out the article. If you have any questions that we didn’t answer or you’re confused about something, let us know. You can reach us by the comments below, or talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Best wireless chargers for the Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 Edge

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have a new party trick: wireless charging is now built in, instead of requiring a special case. Both phones use Qi or PMA wireless charging, depending on their market. For now, we’ll cover the more common Qi chargers.

Official wireless charging accessory: Samsung S6 Charging Pad

The official Samsung S6 Charging Pad is a classy option, matching the style of the new S6 and S6 Edge. No price has yet been announced, but we’re expecting this to be a premium product. Available in black and white.

Desktop wireless charging: Nillkin Qi Magic Disk

 

For desktop charging, the Nillkin Magic Disk is ideal. This low-cost Qi charging pad sits unobtrusively on your desk or nightstand, with a small LED to indicate when charging has begun. The Magic Disk is a perfect first wireless charger, letting you experience the simplicity and ease of wireless charging.

Car wireless charger: Samsung Car Holder and Qi Charger

Samsung’s in-car charger and car holder is a perfect fit for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The holder is stylish and strong, with a secure design that holds the S6 and S6 Edge in portrait or landscape modes. Charging begins immediately as you place your phone in the holder, and stops automatically when the phone is removed or it reaches 100%.

Portable wireless charger: Aukey N11 4800mAh

Aukey N11 4800mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank - Black Aukey N11 4800mAh Wireless Charging Power Bank - Black

This Aukey N11 provides the best portable solution for wireless charging. You get a Qi wireless charger mashed up with a portable battery, letting you charge without needing a power source. Whether you choose wired or wireless modes, you’ll appreciate the charger’s slim signature and light weight.

Conclusion

We hope you found these Galaxy S6 wireless charging suggestions useful. Did this help you? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Never be without a charger with the Olixar Bead Bracelet

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Olixar Bead Bracelet Lightning Cable - Black Olixar Bead Bracelet Micro USB Cable - Red

The Olixar Bead is a clever piece of functional jewellery that will ensure you’re never without a cable to charge your phone or tablet. Normally, the bead bracelet will look entirely normal… but pull apart one of the beads, and you’ll find it splits apart into the two ends of a USB charging cable. Connect these ends to your phone or tablet, and you’ll be able to recharge and sync via USB.

Olixar Bead Bracelet Lightning Cable - Black Olixar Bead Bracelet Micro USB Cable - Red

There are two varieties available – a black model with a Lightning connector, and a red model with a micro USB connector. The Lightning connector works with iPhone, iPad and iPod, while the micro USB connector is used with the remained of the mobile market: Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and others.

Olixar Bead Bracelet Lightning Cable - Black Olixar Bead Bracelet Micro USB Cable - Red

If you’d like to see different colours, then let us know in the comments below or by contacting us on Twitter @mobilefun. If we see sufficient demand for a given combination, we’ll do our best to get that combination in stock.

The Olixar Bead Bracelet is in stock now in black, with the red version coming in late March. To place an order or see more information, please visit the product pages linked below:

Thanks for checking out the Bead Bracelets, and have a good weekend!

Sony Xperia E4g UK price announced

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Sony Xperia E4 was impressive enough when it was announced earlier this month, but now Sony have sweetened the deal. They announced the Xperia E4g today, which is a 4G version of the phone (see what they did there?). The Xperia E4g will be available sim-free and unlocked from Mobile Fun, where we’re happy to announce a UK price of £110!

Let’s take a closer look at the E4g. The phone is reasonable powerful given its low price point, with a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (plus micro SD expansion). The phone has a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel shooter up front, allowing it to take decent photos from either end. The phone has a good-sized screen for this price range as well, with a 4.7-inch display that has a qHD (960 x 540) resolution. All of this is powered by a 2300mAh battery, which Sony promises will offer up to 12 hours and 40 minutes of 3G talk time. When it comes to software, we’re expecting Android 4.4.4 KitKat, with an upgrade to Android 5.0 likely for later this year.

The Xperia E4g will compete against the also-recently-announced 2nd Gen Motorola Moto E, which also launches with 4G LTE support and a similar 4.5-inch form factor. Both phones also share a near-stock level of Android, although Sony offer more customisations than Motorola.

As the E4g has different dimensions than the the E4, not all E4 cases will work for the E4g and vice versa. We’re in the process of adding cases and covers for the Xperia E4g, as well as a broader range of applicable E4g accessories.

What do you think of the Xperia E4g – will you be picking one up at this price? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun! Thanks for checking out the article and have a great week ahead!

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