Archive for the ‘Mobile News’ Category
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
We recently received some interesting images that purport to be cases for both of the upcoming iPhone 6 models. The one on the right is for an iPhone with a 4.7-inch display, expected to be announced in June. The left case is for an iPhone with an even larger 5.7-inch display. This larger, phablet-sized model would be released in September.
There are a few other details visible on these iPhone 6 cases – namely that we see a similar overall shape to the iPhone 5S, including a camera and flash in the upper left hand corner and the same arrangement of buttons on each side. A Lightning and 3.5mm port are present at the bottom, while another cutout at the bottom is for the speaker.
We’ve seen a number of reports that Apple will be moving to a larger iPhone this year, and the sizes shown above are often mentioned too. For example, this report from Japanese newspaper Nikkei includes drawings of both the 4.7 and 5.7 models.
Both models are expected to be made of metal, with the plastic bodied iPhone 5C’s low sales perhaps making it a one-off event for Apple. The 4.7-inch model has a 137 x 66mm body that’s 7mm thick. The 5.7-inch model is obviously larger at 157 x 77mm, but is also thinner at 6.7mm, requiring the camera protude from the body a small amount.
Perhaps the most compelling evidence is evidence from the ongoing Apple vs Samsung trial, on an internal Apple slide labelled ‘Consumers want what we don’t have.’ The slide goes on to say that all growth in the mobile market is from phones cheaper than $300 or phones with a larger than four inch screen. As Apple aren’t in a position to offer unsubsidised phones at less than $300, the only other option is to go bigger… and it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening.
Thanks for having a look at these first iPhone 6 accessories, and I hope you’ll let us know what you think in the comments below.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Mobile Fun has been selected as the Online Retailer of the Year award in the inaugural edition of the Mobile Choice Accessories Awards. We’re grateful for the votes of thousands of Mobile Choice readers, who selected us as the finest online retailer of mobile accessories.
We’d like to thank all of our customers for their continued support, and special thanks for those of you that took the time for vote for us in these awards. We will continue to do our utmost to ensure that your trust is well placed, through delivering the best mobile phones, accessories and everything first!
Other winners at the Mobile Choice Accessories Awards included the Otterbox Preserver waterproof case, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 quadrocopter.
For additional coverage of the Mobile Choice Accessories Awards, check out the official announcement at Mobile Choice UK.
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Two new official cases have been announced for the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, and we’re going to be stocking them soon at Mobile Fun. These official accessories are all-new Xperia Z2 Tablet cases: the Official Sony Style Cover Stand and the Official Sony Cover Stand with Keyboard. Let’s have a look at each of the new cases in more detail.
Official Sony Style Cover Stand
The Style Cover Stand is a slim folio case for the Z2 tablet. This popular form factor ensures the 10.1-inch display of the Z2 Tablet is well protected from scratches and knocks when the tablet is in your bag. It also adds a convenient media stand to the device, supporting the tablet in landscape mode when the flip cover is folded backwards. This is ideal for watching videos on the tablet, and also comes in handy for games and looking at incoming notifications.
Compared to other folio cases on the market, the Style Cover Stand distinguishes itself with its extremely slim dimensions and light weight. The look of the cover is also top-notch, with rounded edges and a smooth finish matching the tablet itself.
The case is available in black and white, to match or contrast with the white or black finish on your chosen Xperia Z2 Tablet. To see more images of each colourway or to place your pre-order, check out the product pages linked below:
Official Cover Stand with Keyboard
Our second case is a more productive affair, the Cover Stand with Keyboard. This accessory combines the protection of a case with the writing comfort and convenience of a Bluetooth keyboard. The two elements can be used together in a traditional laptop-style form factor, or the keyboard can be removed to place it in a more convenient position for your desk.
Of course, you’ll also enjoy a good measure of protection here too. The thicker case provides better impact protection, while the screen remains covered when the tablet isn’t in use to prevent scratch damage.
For any kind of writing activity – chatting, writing emails or preparing reports – then a Bluetooth keyboard will allow you write faster and more comfortably than with an on-screen keyboard. It really is the secret to making your tablet productive, and Sony’s example here looks top-notch in its quality.
For information and photos, please visit the product page below:
Friday, February 28th, 2014
We’re happy to announce that the highly anticipated HTC One 2014 will be coming soon to Mobile Fun. We are the first in the UK to announce a sim-free price for the phone, which will be £579. The phone is available for pre-order now, so click to visit the HTC One M8 2014 sim-free product page or read on for more info.
The killer feature: a new dual-camera imaging system
The HTC One 2014, aka “the all new One” and “HTC M8″, looks to be an evolution of the One that launched last year. The biggest new feature is the addition of a second rear camera, mounted above the original. It’s thought that one sensor would be a 4-megapixel sensor (mirroring that of the Ultrapixel branded camera in last year’s One), while the other would be a 2-megapixel unit.
This second camera could provide a number of advantages, including the ability to refocus shots after they’ve been taken. Raw image quality would also go up, with the second sensor allowing imaging data to be combined and noise removed. If the new camera system works as intended, it could be a big leap forward for mobile image quality without the bulk that Nokia’s 41 megapixels sensor demands.
Hardware and software upgrades
The rest of the phone will some smaller upgrades as well. We’d expect a Snapdragon 800 processor, a larger 5-inch screen at 1080p and 2 GB of RAM. Android 4.4.2 is expected to ship with the phone, along with a new version of HTC Sense, version 6.0.
The One 2014 will be the first HTC phone to come with on-screen buttons, rather than the capacitive options it has used in the past. This change reduces manufacturing costs, and allows the buttons to be re-positioned as the phone’s orientation changes. With the new full-screen modes introduced in Android 4, it’s also easy for these buttons to be hidden in full-screen apps to maximise the available screen space.
The One 2014 will go up against the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. While each of its competitors include new features (like the Z2′s improved display and the S5′s waterproofing and heart-rate monitor), the One 2014 looks to have the most substantive changes. HTC badly need to have a successful flagship, and the One 2014 looks like a pretty good attempt at this. However, both of its biggest competitors have a higher marketing budget, and it will be difficult for the One 2014 to out-perform either model at retail without absolutely nailing the design.
The HTC One 2014 is less than a month away from being announced – and it looks like it could be the Android enthusiast’s phone of choice for the year to come.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good weekend!
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced in Barcelona, featuring a new waterproof design, a larger screen and a heartrate monitor. The phone is sure to become the best-selling Android phone of the year – and Mobile Fun are the first to announce a UK price for the sim-free Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be sold by Mobile Fun for £579.99. This is for a sim-free and unlocked model featuring a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor at 2.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a larger battery and 16-megapixel camera. The phone will be available worldwide from April 11th.
The Galaxy S5 looks like a strong upgrade over the Galaxy S4, with a new less cluttered UX, a new focus on fitness, and big specification improvements. While many of the crazy rumours didn’t pan out – like a 1440p display or a metal body – I think that Samsung have chosen their features carefully here, building on the strengths of their Galaxy S series and shoring up its weaknesses. While the Sony Xperia Z2 and upcoming HTC M8 are shaping up to be strong competitors, Samsung always deliver a solid and best-selling product.
To place your pre-order, visit the Samsung Galaxy S5 product pages linked below in the colour of your choice. You’ll also find additional information and photos to help you make a decision.
You can also have a look at our wide range of Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories, from Samsung itself and from a bevy of third-party manufacturers. Thanks for checking out the article, and be sure to let us know what you think of the phone and the price in the comments below.