Order before 6pm for same day despatch *
order by
6pm for
despatch
today *
 

Archive for the ‘Mobile Phones’ Category

OnePlus One announced, coming SIM-free to Mobile Fun

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The OnePlus One is the “Flagship Killer.” It’s a bold claim from OnePlus on its smartphone debut, but it could well be true — the One has all the ingredients of a killer smartphone. The design is subtle but cleverly conceived, the hardware is powerful and modern, the software elegant and bleeding-edge. In almost every aspect, it’s equal or better to the best flagship phones from Samsung, Sony and HTC.

All of that isn’t worth a damn if the price is too high, but the 16 GB One is debuting in the US for just $299. That’s about half what a typical flagship phone costs, and it’s a move that could bring OnePlus into the mainstream. The strategy worked well for Google with the Nexus 4, and OnePlus will be looking to achieve a similarly strong result.

A Closer Look

Let’s take a closer look at the OnePlus One, starting with the phone’s design. The One forms a clever shape, with a slim 9mm body slimming to around 5mm at the left and right edges. The back cover is coloured white or black, and can be replaced by a number of official covers wrought in materials like denim, wood or kevlar. Even beneath the cover OnePlus have worked hard to make a good-looking phone, with circuitry carefully coloured and aligned.

Next up is hardware. We’ve got a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor running at 2.5 GHz here, backed with 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 64 GB of flash storage. The phone has a 5.5″ display with small bezels, and a 1080p resolution that works out to over 400 pixels per inch. Beneath the removable back cover is a 3100 mAh battery. Connectivity is good too, with global 4G LTE support and the usual range of Bluetooth 4.1, Dual-band WiFi ac and NFC. All in all, the OnePlus One is a hardware titan, eclipsing the best phones on the market.

CyanogenMod 11S is the operating system on-board the One. Android 4.4 is the heart of the OS, but the CyanogenMod team and OnePlus have made some key alterations. Customisation is key here, with Cyanogen exposing much more of Android’s nuts and bolts than you’d see on any other phone – even Google’s own. If you don’t want to mess, the OS still seems an improvement over stock Android – CyanogenMod features like Quiet Hours, an improved home screen and a flatter theme all make for small improvements.

SIM-free price and accessories

The final stage is that killer price. The $299 16 GB model is already excellent, but the kicker is that moving up to 64 GB of storage costs only $50 extra – something that Apple charges $200 for. That 64 GB $349 price point is really unrivalled.

If you’d like to order the OnePlus One, you can get the phone sim-free and unlocked from Mobile Fun in its 16 GB Silk White or 64 GB Sandstone Black versions. Visit the products pages linked above to see pricing and availability information. Of course, we’ll also be sourcing a wide range of OnePlus One accessories including cases, covers, chargers, docks and more.

Our Top 5 HTC One M8 Cases

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Our Top 5 HTC One M8 Cases

Are you ready for the HTC One M8? The new handset from HTC is another beautifully designed smartphone, being more rounded and feeling natural in your hands. The M8 is going head to head with the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 both great devices, but what will HTC bring to the table?

Here at Mobile Fun we are more than ready for the release of the HTC One M8, already stocking a wide range of accessories including cases, chargers, and screen protectors. With the HTC One M8 being such a sleek and beautiful device (like its predecessor) a case is a must; here are our top 5 cases in stock today:

 

5. ArmourDillo Hybrid Protective Case for HTC One M8

If it is protection you are looking for then this case is perfect. The ArmourDillo offers two layers to provide shock and impact absorption. The first layer is a light weight TPU Polymer that fits inside the precision cut hard outer skeleton, the raised bevel of the second layer means it protects the vulnerable parts of your new HTC One M8.

The ArmourDillo case also comes with a built in flip-out stand for landscape viewing. The stand pulls out of the exoskeleton layer remaining hidden when not in use but supplying a sturdy feature for viewing videos and pictures when needed.

 

4. Case-Mate Barely There for HTC One M8

If you’re like me then you prefer a case that offers protection but still shows off the design of your device. This is something you need to think about when buying a phone like the HTC One M8. The Case-Mate is made from a clear impact-resistant flexible plastic shell, which is just over 1mm thick, meaning you don’t have to worry about added bulk. The case also provides access to all ports and features.

 

3. FlexiShield Skin for the HTC One M8

If you are looking for something a little cheaper but don’t want to skimp on protection or design then the FlexiShield is for you. This case is made from a tough gel material that remains Flexible offering a perfect fit but also keeps your M8 protected. Another handy benefit to the FlexiShield is the added grip, the gel material helps you keep hold of your device meaning less chance of dropping it. Again this case is made specifically for the HTC One M8 so offers access to all ports.

 

2. Official HTC One M8 Double Dip Hard Shell

Moving on to the official cases from HTC we have the Double Dip. This case is again very slim offering little added bulk. The Double Dip is made from a tough polycarbonate shell which snaps into place using a separate bottom piece. With this case being an official HTC product you can expect high quality and a perfect fit. A nice added feature with this case is that you are supplied with 2 bottom pieces one in red and one in grey, so depending on your mood you can switch it up. The Double Dip is also available in three different colours: Red, Blue and Pink.

 

1.  HTC One M8 Dot View Case

Moving on to our last in the list, this is another official HTC product. The Dot view is an interactive case that becomes an extension of your M8 while offering protection. The Dot View is a flip cover so offers front and back protection and a stylish design, the dot matrix effect gives a retro look to your phone.

The Dot View see-through notification technology is new from HTCand an ingenious way of keeping you updated.  Hundreds of perforations allow your display to relay information to you through the case cover, so you can respond to calls, alarms & calendar alerts and see notifications without opening the case. This case is also available in a wide range of colours: Black, Grey, Red, Blue, Green and Orange.

To view our full range of cases for the new HTC One M8 just check them out here.

 

HTC One M8 2014 UK price announced, now available for pre-order

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.

Competitors

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.

Conclusion

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!

Sim-free Sony Xperia Z1 Compact now available at Mobile Fun

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The Xperia Z1 Compact is an awesome phone, now available from Mobile Fun. The Z1 Compact breaks the trend of ever-increasing Android screen sizes, delivering an eminently pocketable smartphone that includes the most powerful hardware on the market. In a phone not much bigger than the iPhone 5, you’ll get a powerful Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, a 20 megapixel camera and a fully waterproof  design.

The Z1 Compact is a triumph of Sony’s modern design too, with a single piece of milled aluminium used as the frame and coated in glass. The phone is a bit angular in your hand, but it looks good enough on a coffee table that I don’t mind. The frame, besides being dustproof and waterproof (at a depth of two metres for 30 minutes), also includes everything you’d need on a phone. That includes a microSD card slot for adding up to 64 GB of storage, a shutter key for that 20 megapixel camera and a dock connector for the various Z1 Compact accessories.

Inside, the Compact is just as impressive. It’s recorded some of the best benchmark scores of any phone, and that’s backed up with a very fluid feel in day-to-day use. The phone never seems to skip or lag, and animations and app launches remain buttery smooth. With 2 GB of RAM on tap, multi-tasking is also effortless.

The only real compromises that the Xperia Z1 Compact makes are quite sensible. Take the 720p display – that’s lower resolution and slightly less dense than the standard 5″ 1080p display that’s in vogue at the moment, but it means that the phone uses way less power when the display is active. That makes for battery life that can easy stretch into two days, even with moderate use. Thanks to Sony’s Stamina mode, you can extend this even further by silencing the phone’s wireless radios when the screen is off. It’s a clever design for sure.

The Z1 Compact is ordered on request in white and black, sim-free and unlocked. It’s a damn good phone, and I’m really happy with mine. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask them below – I’ll always answer where I can.

The first Sony Xperia Z2 case announced: Muvit Carbon Case

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Muvit Carbon Case for Sony Xperia Z2 - Black Muvit Carbon Case for Sony Xperia Z2 - Pink

The Sony Xperia Z2 is the next big smartphone from Sony, and we’re already preparing accessories for the widely leaked phone. The first case comes from Muvit, an Xperia partner with close ties to Sony. It’s called the Carbon Case - now let’s take a look.

We will have these cases as soon as they have been officially announced at the Mobile World Congress in late February.

Stylish, modern look

The Carbon Case is a stark, modern case with clean lines and a carbon fibre texture. The sleek look should provide a fitting evolution to the Xperia design language we’ve seen over the past few generations, with the carbon fibre adding an exotic edge to the proceedings.

Slim protective profile

The Carbon Case includes rubberised edges to provide impact protection, but is otherwise slim and light. That means you get the protection that you need on your new Xperia Z2, but you avoid the bulk of a traditional protective case.

Built for the Xperia Z2

This case was built just for the Xperia Z2, with cutouts in all the right places to allow easy access to ports, the camera and buttons. The case’s colour was also finely tuned to match the phone, and will be available in four shades – the original black carbon fibre, plus white, pink and purple.

Product page links

Muvit Carbon Case for Sony Xperia Z2 – Black
Muvit Carbon Case for Sony Xperia Z2 - White
Muvit Carbon Case for Sony Xperia Z2 - Pink
Muvit Carbon Case for Sony Xperia Z2 - Purple

Conclusion

So what do you think of the first Xperia Z2 case? I reckon it’s a winner – but if it’s not to your taste, I’m sure we’ll see a whole host of additional cases and other Z2 accessories in the near future here at Mobile Fun. Thanks for joining me and be sure to let us know if you have any other questions or comments about the phone or the case!

Tags: , , , ,

Comments Off

Index of Mobile Phones