Archive for the ‘Mobile Phones’ Category
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are its best phones in years, thanks to their bold new designs built from premium metal and glass materials. That’s according to early reviews of the phones, which have appeared in publications like Recombu, Android Authority and MobileSyrup ahead of their official release date.
If you’re planning to pick up the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, why not do so at Mobile Fun?
Choose your desired SIM free Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge to the right to visit its product page. There, you’ll see more information on each model and be able to place your pre-order.
We will be stocking the Galaxy S6 in 32GB, and the Galaxy S6 Edge in 32GB and 64GB models.
Black, White and Gold colour options are available for each model.
Please note that model availability and pricing is subject to change; check product pages for the latest pricing and availability information.
Of course, we already have a wide range of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge accessories available, with many more to come!
Questions? Comments? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Black Galaxy S6 – 32GB
White Galaxy S6 – 32GB
Gold Galaxy S6 – 32GB
Black Galaxy S6 Edge – 32GB
White Galaxy S6 Edge – 32GB
Gold Galaxy S6 Edge – 32GB
Black Galaxy S6 Edge – 64GB
White Galaxy S6 Edge – 64GB
Gold Galaxy S6 Edge – 64GB
Monday, March 16th, 2015
With the recent release of all the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S6, there’s a lot of speculation as to whether the S6 trumps the iPhone 6. Obviously the usual Apple vs Android will play a big part in your personal preference, but I’m going to take a look and compare the hard facts of the two devices.
||138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
||143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
||16/64/128 GB, 1 GB RAM
||32/64/128 GB, 3 GB RAM
|Memory Card Slot
||750 x 1334 pixels
||1440 x 2560 pixels
||iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.2
||Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
||8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels
||16 MP, 2988 x 5312 pixels
||1.2 MP, 720p@30fps
||5 MP, 1080p@30fps
||Non-removable Li-Po 1810 mAh
||Non-removable Li-Ion 2550 mAh
Build: According to Samsung, the S6 is 50% stronger than previous models with it’s metal chassis, and although it doesn’t look much different at first glance, it’s clear from the feel of the phone that Samsung have upped their game. And of course, Samsung can boast that the S6 doesn’t bend! However, the iPhone 6 definitely tops the S6 with it’s smooth and sleek design – Samsung still don’t seem to have mastered building the camera into the phone – the S6′s camera sticks out even more than previous models! With the iPhone 6 and S6 at 129 and 138g respectively, there’s not a lot of difference as far as weight is concerned, with the S6 slightly heavier – as to be expected with it’s slightly larger dimensions.
Screen: Despite the increased iPhone screen size of 4.7″, the S6 has maintained the same size as the S5 at a sizeable 5.1″, bench-marked perfectly between the size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. I guess it depends what you use your smartphone for most, but with the S6 far surpassing the iPhone 6′s 326ppi screen with it’s impressive 577ppi QHD standard display, if you want to watch films on your smartphone, the S6 certainly wins on this feature!
Camera: Again consistent with the S5, the S6 has a 16mp rear camera and a 5mp front camera, but that does not mean that no improvements have been made – a f/1.9 aperture lens now features on both of the S6′s cameras, massively enhancing the quality of photos taken in low light. There’s no doubt that this tops the iPhone 6′s 8mp rear camera and 1.2mp front camera with a f/2.2 aperture lens.
Storage: Samsung have decided to remove the memory card slot for the Galaxy S6, which may deter some potential customers, and make the buyer’s decision more about iOS vs Android than iPhone 6 vs Galaxy S6. The iPhone 6 is available in 16,64 & 128gb varieties whereas the Samsung are offering 32, 64 & 128 S6s. It’s also worth noting that the S6 comes with OneDrive with 155GB of storage, provided to the user for 2 years. Although the options are similar, for the entry level customer, the S6 does has more to offer!
Software: With the iPhone 6 using iOS, and the S6 using Android 5.0 Lollipop, individual opinion may act as a major factor when it comes to deciding which device is ultimately the best. There’s been a lot of recent criticism with regard to Samsung’s decision here – TouchWiz UI have become known for needless apps, and many think that Samsung should have perhaps toned this down for the S6! Many argue that day to day usability of iOS seems to exceed that of Android 5.0 Lollipop and that the OS generally seems a lot cleaner.
Overview: Samsung seem to be veering in the direction of Apple. With emphasis on the design and finish of the S6, as well as the removal of the memory card slot. Combined with the amazing specifications that Samsung have always provided, and the incredible camera quality that the S6 provides, Samsung have definitely created a huge contender for the iPhone 6. If they could just improve upon the TouchWiz UI, then Samsung may be on to a winner. Although Apple haven’t really pulled anything amazing out the bag with the iPhone 6, with so many dedicated iOS users, and the outstanding usability of the iOS system, it was always going to be a success.
Friday, March 13th, 2015
Last week we wrote about the SIM free Nokia Lumia 640 coming to our virtual shelves, and now we’re back to report that the XL model will also be available at Mobile Fun! The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is available for pre-order now, with the UK price of £180. The phone looks like a strong mid-range contender, so let’s take a closer look at what we’re offering here.
You’d expect the Nokia Lumia 640 XL to look like a larger version of the Lumia 640, and by and in large that’s exactly what you get. The phablet has a generous 5.7-inch IPS display, running at a reasonable 1280 x 720 resolution and protected by Gorilla Glass 3. There’s also a five-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera here, letting you have great-looking selfies and crystal clear video calls. On the other side of the phone, you’ll find a 13-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and LED flash.
Internally, the Lumia 640 XL is more than capable of making your Windows experience fast and fluid. You’ll get a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, backed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. This storage can also be extended via micro SD – it’ll even work with Sandisk’s recent 200GB card!
All of this is powered by a sizeable 3000mAh battery, which should provide up to 936 hours of 3G standby or nearly a full day (23 hours, 40 minutes) of 3G talk time.
The Lumia 640 XL will come with Windows Phone 8.1, specifically the Lumia Denim update. This means you’ll get full access to the latest features, including the word flow keyboard, the redesigned Camera app and Nokia’s HERE maps for navigation and turn-by-turn directions.
The phone will also be upgraded to Windows 10 once the mobile OS is released later this year. That update will include a nice range of upgrades, including a redesigned settings menu and compatibility with a much wider range of apps than Windows Phone 8.1.
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know whether or not you’ll be picking up a sim-free Nokia Lumia 640 XL in the weeks ahead! You can also check our store to find a nice range of Lumia 640 XL accessories.
You can also ask questions or offer other feedback. That’s via the comments below, or you can get in touch on Twitter @mobilefun!
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
We’re happy to announce we have a UK price for the HTC One M9, sim-free and unlocked. We’ll be selling the phone for £575 for the 32GB model in gold & silver.
The One M9 is the widely anticipated follow-up to HTC’s One M8, with an evolved aluminium unibody design, refreshed internal hardware and the same comfortable physical dimensions. If you’re looking for a premium look and top-notch hardware, then the One M9 seems like a strong choice.
We’ll also have a wide range of accessories ready for the phone on launch. You might start out with our Ultimate One M9 Accessory Pack, which is already in stock. That includes a case, a screen protector pack, a pair of desk stands and an in-car charger and holder. It’s everything you need to protect and extend your One M9.
We also have a wide range of One M9 cases ready to go, including official cases and third-party options from names like Case-Mate, Encase and Spigen. We’ll continue to expand our offerings in the weeks to come.
Thanks for checking out the article! Be sure to let us know what you think of the price we’ve announced, and your thoughts on the phone in general! You can reach us via the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun.
Thursday, March 5th, 2015
We joined Samsung for their Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in Barcelona this weekend, where Samsung unveiled its latest flagship phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 marks a new age in Samsung design, with a glass back and metal frame that provide a markedly more premium in-hand feel. The S6 Edge goes even further, with a screen that bends back on both sides to provide a wider view and extra space for controls and notifications.
Let’s have a look at each of the phones in turn to see where the differences lie.
Samsung Galaxy S6
The Galaxy S6 is a big step forward when it comes to design. The plasticky exterior of the Galaxy S5 and its predecessors is gone, replaced with a stylish metal frame and Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back. The phone is incredibly thin too, measuring just 6.8mm thick. It feels great in your hand, and the 5.1-inch 1440p display looks incredibly sharp too.
The S6 is available in a unique colour, blue topaz, as well as the three colours it shares with the S6 Edge: white, black and gold. Each colour gleams and changes as you adjust the angle, even though the blanket of fingerprints does reduce the effect somewhat. This is definitely a phone you’ll have to keep clean with a cloth or in a case – and with a glass back, a case may be a real requirement.
Another downside to a glass back is that we lose that battery cover… and with it, both having a removable battery and the microSD card slot.
Samsung calls their efforts “design with purpose”, and for once I’d be hesitant to disagree. This is an excellently engineered phone, which knocks everything else Samsung have done into a cocked hat… and may yet rival HTC or Apple’s efforts.
The Galaxy S6 is powered by Samsung’s latest Exynos processor, the Exynos 7 Octa. It uses a new 14nm process, meaning it can fit many more transistors into a similar space. According to Samsung, that increases performance by 20% while reducing power usage by 35% – not bad. Samsung have also paid attention to the backing elements, with 3GB of DDR4 RAM (“80% faster”) and a hybrid storage solution which promises to offer speeds more akin to solid state drives (SSDs) than traditional flash storage. Storage options have been upgraded too, with 32GB being the smallest option, with 64GB and 128GB models also available. Together, these upgrades could make the Galaxy S6 a performance titan.
When it comes to battery power, we’re looking at a smaller unit than shipped in the S5 – 2550mAh compared to 2800mAh. Samsung say that the phone will last for a long time though – 12 hours of WiFi, 11 hours of LTE, 13 hours of video or 49 hours of music. This is complemented by Samsung’s fast charging tech, which promises to deliver 4 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes of charging. Charging from empty to 100% will take half the time of an iPhone 6, despite that phone’s much smaller battery. Samsung are also building in wireless charging to a Galaxy phone for the first time.
The camera setup is the final area that Samsung are focusing their attention. They’re using a 16-megapixel rear sensor on the back, with an f1.9 lens and optical image stabilisation. On the front, they’ve upgraded to a 5-megapixel shooter with f1.9 and a special low-light mode. The camera can be launched in less than a second by double-tapping the home button, which worked very effectively in my testing. There are also some fun modes, including a cartoon mode that surprised the demonstrator Samsung provided at the hands-on session.
The Galaxy S6 runs Android 5 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Samsung made a big point of showing how they had upgraded their apps to comply with Google’s Material Design guidelines. One notable example is the camera app, which now uses labels to make functionality more obvious, and has a single screen for common functions.
Samsung are debuting ‘Samsung Pay’ with the Galaxy S6, which can use either NFC or mag-stripe technology to work with a massive range of existing terminals. Samsung are promising a launch in the summer for the US and South Korea, alongside partnerships with VISA, Mastercard and (mostly American) banks.
Overall, the experience seems smoother and faster, with fewer added features and other assorted bloatware. Interestingly, the phone comes with Microsoft apps pre-installed, which would suggest a partnership between the two companies.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
The S6 Edge utilises a dual-curved screen, bending subtly backwards on the left and right sides. That means there’s essentially no bezel on the sides at all. The phone is slightly thicker than the S6 (7.0mm vs 6.8mm), but the difference isn’t noticeable in-hand. What you do notice is that the phone is a bit sharper on the edges, although its overall shape is more comfortable to grip and hold to your face. Otherwise, the phone is near-identical to the standard S6, with the same glass back and metal frame. The S6 Edge is available in a unique colour, green emerald.
The Galaxy S6 Edge is almost entirely the same when it comes to specifications: the same processor, the same storage, the same camera. The only slight difference is the battery, which is slightly larger (2600mAh vs 2550mAh) on the S6 Edge. Otherwise, you’ll benefit from the same Exynos 7 processor, 3GB of DDR4 RAM and 32, 64 or 128GB of ‘eMMC / SSD universal flash storage 2.0′.
The S6 Edge has a few unique software features compared to the S6, thanks to that curved screen. You can set up to five contacts as your favourites, giving them each a unique colour. Then, when these contacts call when your phone is face-down, you’ll see a beautiful neon underglow in their colour so you’ll know who’s calling.
You can also access these favourites by swiping in from the side of the screen, letting you call or text them quickly from any screen. Finally, notifications also appear on the side of the screen; you can pull them out to see the full notification and respond right there.
||Galaxy S6 Edge
||5.1-inch dual curve
||£579 for 32GB
||£649 for 32GB
Samsung slipped in the last year, but the release of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge shows that the company is serious about renewing its efforts to craft great phones. The new design of the S6 and S6 Edge are miles ahead of what we saw from Samsung last year, and together with meaningful hardware and software upgrades, the next series of Galaxy phones looks incredible.
What do you think of the new phones? Let us know in the comments below!