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Google Nexus 6 coming SIM-free to Mobile Fun

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The Google Nexus 6 is the latest smartphone from Google. As the name suggests, this is a handset with a larger screen than the Nexus 5 – we’re up to 5.9 inches. The phone is an enlarged version of Motorola’s well-received Moto X 2014, with the same metal frame, dual front-facing speakers and even the Moto back dimple. We’ll be getting the Nexus 6 sim-free and unlocked, so let’s take a closer look at what makes it tick.

Design

If you’ve seen the Moto X that was released earlier this year, then the Nexus 6 will seem very familiar to you. The phone is dominated with a massive 5.9-inch display, running at 2560×1440 resolution to ensure pin-sharp text and images. Above and below the display we have front-facing speakers, which provide a louder and better directed sound than the traditional downward or backward firing speakers. There’s a metal trim around the edge to provide a more premium feel, and other Moto X elements like the circular flash ring and dimpled logo make a reappearance too.

Hardware

Internally, the Nexus 6 comes with the very latest in mobile technology. The phone’s Snapdragon 805 processor is faster and more power-efficient than both the Snapdragon 800 and 801 that was used in phones earlier this year, and this is backed with 2GB RAM and 32 or 64GB of internal storage. A 3220mAh battery is also present, which should provide day-long battery life with moderate use. We’ve got a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel unit up front; both reasonable specifications that should provide pretty good imaging capabilities.

Software

The Nexus 6 runs the very latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop. The new OS boasts a large visual redesign for Android, with a new ‘Material Design’ that promotes bold colours, realistic animations and a unified experience across a range of platforms and device sizes. There’s plenty going in the background too, with new notification controls, a battery saving mode, multiple accounts, security settings and more than 5,000 new APIs for developers to use.

Pricing and availability

Google have yet to confirm UK pricing and availability, but the phone is expected to cost slightly more than the previous Nexus 5. The phone should be available next month. For live pricing and availability, please check the product pages linked below:

We’ll also have a wide range of cases and accessories for the Nexus 6. Earlier today, we showed you Spigen cases for the new phone.

Conclusion

That’s all for now! Be sure to let us know what you think of the Nexus 6 in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good weekend!

Apple announce iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 at press event

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

Design

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.

Hardware

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

Software

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:

16GB WiFi 64GB WiFi 128GB WiFi 16GB LTE 64GB LTE 128GB LTE
iPad Air 2 £399 £479 £559 £499 £579 £659
iPad Mini 3 £319 £399 £479 £419 £499 £579

 

The new iPad models will be available for pre-order tomorrow, with orders shipping by the end of next week.

Accessories

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.

Conclusion

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.

Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 announced

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Today Google announced two new Nexus devices: the Nexus 6 smartphone and the Nexus 9 tablet. Both devices will debut with Android 5.0 Lollipop later this month – which includes a new look called Material Design, a battery-saving mode and thousands of new features for app developers. Let’s take a closer look at the two new Nexus devices Google have revealed.

Google Nexus 6

The Nexus 6 is the latest flagship Google phone, and is made by Motorola. It’s essentially an enlarged version of Motorola’s latest Moto X smartphone, with the same rounded design, metal trim, circular flash ring and a dimpled Motorola logo on the rear. There are even dual front-facing speakers – a new feature for a Nexus phone. The phone will be available in white and blue varieties.

The Nexus 6′s most noticeable feature is its 5.9-inch 2560 x 1440 display, which is significantly bigger than that of the Nexus 5. Internally, the Nexus 6 is impressive too. The phone comes with a Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of internal storage and a sizeable 3220 mAh battery. The camera situation seems reasonable, with a 2-megapixel unit on the front and a 13-megapixel shooter on the back.

The Nexus 6 will go on pre-order on October 29th, with in-store availability coming in early November. You’ll be able to order from Google’s Play Store, third-party retailers or the Three and O2 networks. UK pricing has yet to be announced for the smartphone, but in the United States we’re looking at a minimum price of $649 for the 32GB version – a higher than previous Nexus devices. The 64GB version will cost $699.

We’ll be supporting the new smartphone with a full range of Nexus 6 accessories. We’ve already launched a range of FlexiShield Nexus 6 cases, and we’ll be following up with several Nexus 6 chargers, car holders, screen protectors and many other categories.

Google Nexus 9

Google worked with HTC to produce their latest tablet, the Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 is quite unusual for an Android tablet, with a 4:3 aspect ratio display that mimics Apple’s line of iPad tablets. The 8.9-inch 2048×1536 display is flanked by dual front-facing BoomSound speakers, and set within a metal frame.

The Nexus 9 is being launched alongside a keyboard attachment, which magnetically attaches to the metal frame to produce a laptop-like form factor. This provides a way to be productive on the go, and makes the Nexus 9 a competitor to Microsoft’s line of Surface tablets.

The tablet is one of the first devices to debut with Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chipset; it’s also the first 64-bit processor to be used in a Nexus product. This is backed with 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage (with optional LTE in the 32GB variety) and a battery good for about 9 hours of solid use.

The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order on October 17th – this Friday. It’ll ship in November. Once again, UK prices have not been announced, but the Nexus 9 will cost $399 in the United States for the 16GB model without LTE. The 32GB and LTE 32GB versions will cost $479 and $599, respectively.

We’ll also have a load of Nexus 9 accessories, which includes protective items like Nexus 9 cases and screen protectors, alongside more general items like chargers, docks and so forth. We’ll have more accessories to announce over the coming days and weeks!

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out our coverage of Google’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablets! We’ll have plenty of accessories and other news to release soon, so please stay tuned!

4.7″ iPhone 6 and 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus announced: bigger, faster, smarter

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Today Apple unveiled their new iPhones, ending months of rumours and speculation. As expected, two models debuted, both far larger than their predecessors. One model measures 4.7 inches, while the other spans a phablet-sized 5.5 inches. The new iPhones include a faster processor, contactless NFC payments, an improved camera and many other upgrades. Let’s take a closer look at what was announced.

Design

The most notable difference between the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 is undoubtedly that of size. The display of the iPhone 5S measured just four inches across the diagonal, but the iPhone 6 is available with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen. That’s a massive jump for Apple, who just two years ago were shipping a flagship phone with a 3.5-inch screen.

Apple are including a one-handed mode to alleviate some of the ergonomic downsides of these larger displays. The larger height and width of the iPhone has also allowed Apple to shrink the thickness of the iPhone. It’s now 6.9mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus, while maintaining the same weight. The larger size is cleverly considered by Apple, who have added a ‘reachability’ gesture which moves the screen down so you can reach the top buttons.

Size isn’t the only difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5. The new phones also include a noticeably thicker border between the caps on top and bottom and the main rear panel. These are intended to improve reception, giving signals a place to escape the metal body. Other details include a lock button on the right hand side instead of the top, a circular flash and a camera lens that protrudes from the chassis.

Specifications

One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 6 is contactless payments through a scheme called ApplePay. Like some bank cards in the UK, the NFC chip built into the phone allow you to pay for purchase in stores with a tap onto a point-of-sale terminal. The feature is safeguarded through the TouchID fingerprint sensor and a Secure Element. Apple have partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for contactless payments, which appears in a upgraded Passbook iOS app.

The iPhone 6 will include a higher resolution 1334 x 750 pixel IPS display, which as mentioned earlier measures 4.7 inches. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a 1920 x 1080p screen at 5.5 inches. Inside either phone, you’ll find a new Apple A8 64-bit processor, 1 GB of RAM and at least 16GB of internal storage (up to 128GB). The whole thing is powered with a 1810mAh battery – small by Android standards, but enough for Apple to claim the same battery life as ever.

There’s an upgraded 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 2-megapixel camera up front for all your selfie needs. The iPhone 6 Plus also boasts optical image stabilisation, which allow the camera to operate at slower shutter speeds without being affected by shaking.

Features

One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 6 is its contactless payments system, called Apple Pay. Like some bank cards in the UK, the NFC chip built into the phone allow you to pay for purchase in stores with a tap onto a point-of-sale terminal. The feature is safeguarded through the TouchID fingerprint sensor. Apple have partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for contactless payments, which appears in a upgraded Passbook iOS app.

The iPhone 6 launches with iOS 8, with includes a lot of new features that bridge the feature gap between iOS and Android. Messages now includes multimedia content, third-party keyboards are now possible, and Apple have built a fitness app called Health which interfaces with iPhone sensors and the iWatch. More Android-like features include improved notifications (which can now be actioned directly from their dropdown menu or the lock screen) and widgets (in the notification center).

Accessories

The iPhone has always enjoyed a wide range of third-party accessories, and the iPhone 6 is no different. We’ve already begun to add both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus accessories to our virtual shelves, and we’ll add dozens if not hundreds of additional accessories over the next few weeks. These range from cases and covers to chargers, in-car accessories like car chargers and car holders, battery packs, desk stands and screen protectors.

Most people will pick up at least one iPhone 6 cover for their new phone, and we’ll be well covered here. The iPhone 6 cases section of our shop already includes nearly 100 items, and will only grow from there. There are slightly fewer iPhone 6 Plus cases available, but these too will grow in number. Expect cases from all the biggest names, including OtterBox, LifeProof, Spigen, Moshi, Zenus, Belkin and many more.

UK price and release date

The iPhone 6 will go on pre-order from Friday, and the full launch will be on September 19th. The iPhone remains a premium handset, and as such will command a full price point when purchased sim-free. The 4.7-inch model comes in at £539, while the 5.5-inch model is slightly more expensive at £619. Of course, the iPhone 6 will also been available on contract.

Conclusion

So – the iPhone 6 has finally been announced! I’m excited to see the public and critical reception to the new phone, so please leave me your comments and impressions below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

LG announce L Fino and L Bello mid-range phones

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

This week LG added a couple new mid-range phones to their arsenal, the L Fino and the L Bello. The phones, which are set to be announced formally at IFA 2014 in Berlin, are intended as “first smartphones” for teenagers or those in emerging markets. They include some features which have proved popular on the LG G3, such as rear-mounted buttons and minimal front bezels. Some software elements have also made it over, most notably the “Knock Code” feature that allows you to unlock the phone by tapping your pattern on the screen, forgoing the need to tap the rear-mounted buttons to wake the phone.

In terms of specifications, both phones are pretty reasonable. The Fino is the smaller and less powerful of the two, with a 4.5-inch 480×800 display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 4 GB of internal storage. The Bello is marginally better equipped, with a 5-inch 480×854 screen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 8 GB of internal storage. Both phones share 1 GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras, 3G connectivity and Android 4.4.2 on board.

The phones look to be well-supported with accessories as well. QuickCircle cases, like those for the LG G3, will be available. If you’re not familiar with them, these are flip cases with a circular window cut into the front cover. The window allows you to touch and control the screen beneath, as well as let you read status and notifications without needing to open the cover. You can see the time, answer or reject calls, and even run QuickCircle-specific games in the window. We’ll have more details on both LG L Fino and LG L Bello accessories and their availability in the days to come.

What do you think of the LG L Fino and L Bello? Let us know in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good weekend!

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