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 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!
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.
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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
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!
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Gold phones are all the rage these days. Phones in gold sell particularly well in the Middle East and Asia, but they’re becoming increasingly popular in North America and Europe as well. Apple have released their latest iPhone with a gold colour option, and Android manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have continued to offer their latest wares with a gold coloured façade. Today we’re looking a very desirable phone indeed – the HTC One, sim-free and unlocked, in gold.
A powerful phone
The HTC One is a powerful phone, even a few months after it was originally released. You’ll get a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a 4.7-inch 1080p display. Powerful front-facing stereo speakers make this one of the best smartphones for listening to music, watching videos or playing games, too. The metal design is probably my favourite out of all 2013 flagships, and is both durable and seriously cool looking. Inside, you’ll find a much more sedated HTC Sense UX than versions past, running on Android 4.4 KitKat (after OTA update). All in all, a powerful phone near the top of the market.
A golden finish
The HTC One does look mighty good in gold as well. It’s not too brash or over-the-top, just a chilled champagne colour that adds a real touch of class. You can pair the phone with one of our HTC One cases for a two-tone design, or keep the phone bare with an HTC One screen protector or even nothing at all.
Ordered on request from today only
The sim-free HTC One in gold is now available to order from Mobile Fun for £470.00 (as of this writing – please check the product page linked below for live information). We’re not currently holding any in stock, but the phone will be ordered on request and arrive for dispatch promptly.
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below!
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
The Motorola Moto X was a big hit when it was released in the United States late last year, thanks to its clever voice controls and sensors. Of course, a near-stock version of Android, powerful hardware in a slim shell and all-American construction didn’t hurt either. Now the Moto X is coming to Europe – and to Mobile Fun, sim-free and unlocked!
The Moto X is first and foremost a smart phone. One part is something Motorola call “Touchless Controls.” Basically, it means that you can set up the phone to always listen for your commands, even when the screen is off or you’re in an app. Your phone learns your voice, then you can use a litany of commands to do almost anything on your phone. You can make notes, send texts, begin a phone call or just search Google. It works really well, and the fact that you don’t need to touch your phone to begin – as you do with Siri or Google Now – makes it a whole lot more convenient.
The Moto X also has a bunch of extra sensors, which are used in something called “Motorola Assist”. That means your phone can automatically tell when you’re at the office or at home, walking, taking public transit or driving – and adjust its settings accordingly. You can silence your phone during meeting times (gleaned from your calendar), automatically engage hands-free when you enter your car, or any number of other automatic actions. While you can set up these contexts yourself, the examples included out of the box are incredibly impressive by themselves.
Active notifications are the other major software component Motorola have added. It’s a replacement lock screen that shows new notifications on a small portion of the screen, while keeping the rest of the AMOLED screen unlit. That means less blinding lights at night, and less power use too. Notifications can be tapped for a preview, then opened by swiping up. This means that you don’t need to unlock your phone for every notification – instead, you can check to see if it’s important with the preview, then only open it if you need to. It looks cool, and it’s a big time-saver as well.
The rest of the Moto X is almost tame in comparison – although still impressive compared to other phones on the market! You’ll get a 4.7-inch 720p display, a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of on-board storage. Android 4.2 is the software of choice, although the phone can be updated to the latest version of Android, 4.4.
The Moto X is a cool, clever phone that you’ll quickly love. For more information on the phone, check out our sim-free Motorola Moto X product page or check out The Verge’s favourable review. We’ll have the phone – and a whole host of Moto X accessories – soon, so if you’re interested you can pre-order today!