Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
The Surface Pro 3 remains one of the best working tablets in the world, thanks to its impressive specifications, excellent connectivity options and a range of powerful accessories. Today, we’re going to take a look at five cases and accessories which allow you to get the most out of your Surface Pro 3.
1. Surface Pro 3 Premium Accessory Pack - Black
This accessory pack contains a range of essential items for the Surface Pro 3. You’ll receive a leather-style case and a screen protector to keep your SP3 in good condition. The case keeps all ports free and accessible, and also includes a stand. Finally, you’ll get a high-quality Bluetooth keyboard that allows you to use the tablet more like a laptop. This is perfect for writing documents, responding to emails and other long-form writing tasks.
It’s also possible to buy the leather-style case or screen protector separately, if you’re not interested in the other accessories.
2. Urban Armor Gear Scout Folio Case - Red, Black
If you’re looking for considerable protection for your Surface Pro 3, you might consider the Urban Armor Gear Scout. This folio case is a class-leader when it comes to keeping your Note 3 safe, offering protection from impacts, scratches and even water. The lightweight honeycomb interior matches well with a protective outer case, forming a significant barrier against potential damage. The case is fully compatible with the Microsoft Type Cover and has an adjustable viewing stand for that convenient laptop-like form factor. The case comes in red and black.
3. Incipio Roosevelt Slim Folio - Cyan, Red, Black
The Incipio Roosevelt is a slim and stylish addition to your Surface Pro 3. It provides a little less protection than the Scout, but has thinner dimensions and comes with a useful holder for the Surface Pen. Like the other cases we’re highlighting today, the Roosevelt comes with a media stand and full access to the Surface Pro 3′s ports and other features. The cases are available in some cool colours too, including the cyan shown above.
4. Maroo Executive Leather Sleeve - Black
This executive sleeve offers a stylish way to keep your Note 3 fully safe and enclosed when it’s not in use. Unlike other cases which are meant to be worn at all times, this pouch allows you to have a completely unencumbered Surface Pro 3 when you need to use it. The sleeve is made from genuine, high-quality leather and a soft microsuede inside, providing lasting protection against scratches and drops. It looks cool too, with a blue lining and a black exterior.
5. Noreve Tradition B Leather Case - Black
Our final case today is another full genuine leather option, but this one is a folio case instead of a pouch. That means you get protection at all times in exchange for a little added bulk. The case is stunning, with a stylish black / grey leather look, feel and smell. The case includes a desk stand and internal pockets for credit cards or notes. This premium case is perfect for businesspeople and others looking to make a statement with their tablet of choice.
Thanks for checking out our roundup of the best Surface Pro 3 cases and accessories! For more options, please visit our Surface Pro 3 accessories page or leave a comment with your requirements below. You can also ask us questions or for advice on Twitter @mobilefun!
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Following the release of the Google Nexus 9 yesterday, we would like to introduce the Official Bluetooth Keyboard. With an ever increasing number of people wanting to write long emails on their tablet, or have the convenience of a laptop without the bulk, this keyboard offers a tempting solution.
This keyboard offers a protective yet slim design at a mere 5mm thin; protecting from scratches, scrapes and damage whilst not compromising on aesthetics.
With an impressively powerful internal battery that will keep it powered for up to 5 months between charges – perfect for long typing sessions! And to recharge, it’s as simple as plugging it in to a Micro USB compatible charging cable.
Not only does the case fit securely to the tablet with magnets, there’s also no need to go through painful configuration processors to enjoy this official keyboard case from Google. Instead use the built-in NFC pairing, which allows you to connect your keyboard case to your Nexus 9 with ease simply by touching them together.
This Bluetooth keyboard also allows you to position the screen in one of two comfortable viewing angles, enabling working on a desk to be pleasurable and converting your Nexus 9 into a laptop-like experience for increased typing productivity. The viewing angles also allow you to enjoy rich video content while relaxing, at an angle that is easy to view for long periods of time.
Offering a full QWERTY keyboard, with well placed keys, typing away should prove no problem at all. It’s also perfect for a quiet working environment due to the quiet keystrokes achieved with this keyboard. Quality and productivity are by no means compromised, thanks to the mechanical keys that really do feel and react just like a real keyboard.
Although it’s not quite on the market yet, and there’s no definite release date or price, you can register your interest for this promising keyboard here.
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Monday, September 1st, 2014
If you’re looking to get a tablet, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is choosing an iPad or an Android tablet. While the iPad was the only real choice several years ago, nowadays both the iPad and Android tablets have evolved considerably. In this article, we’ll show you the strengths and weaknesses of each platform – as well as a few recommendations on the best iPads or Android tablets to buy. Let’s get started!
- Largest range of accessories and apps
- Easy to use
- Well designed, inside and out
So – the iPad. It’s the quintessential tablet, and its popularity is one of its greatest strengths. It means you’ll find a wide range of iPad accessories, from iPad cases and covers to chargers, screen protectors and stands. You can find accessories to fit pretty much every need and every style. With only two models – iPad Mini and iPad Air – to be released recently, an entire industry can work easily to support them.
The same popularity also makes the iPad the biggest target for app developers, allowing them to finetune their apps to suit the iPad and make the very best use of its screen and capabilities. That translates into better apps, and more of them.
Apple have always tried to make their products easy to use, and that continues with the iPad. The Apple tablet is simple in places, but that ensures that there’s little that you quickly won’t learn how to do. Even complex tasks like cloud printing are presented well, making it easy to get things set up properly.
Finally, the iPad is well designed, with powerful hardware and a stylish look. The tablet’s processor and GPU are regularly listed among the best in the business, and the battery life of the tablet is considerable too. The iPad is also good looking, with a slim metal design that feels solid and dependable in your hands. The most important strength of the iPad is its display though, which is generally pixel-dense, bright and well-calibrated.
- Little customisation
- More expensive
Of course, there are downsides to Apple’s approach. The simplicity they have wrought means that more advanced controls are hidden or not present at all, leaving the operating system far less customisable than its peers. Apple’s tight control of their app store also allows them to remove apps they find objectionable, particularly those on questionable moral or legal ground.
The iPad’s premium materials and hardware command a premium price, making the iPad more expensive than similarly equipped Android tablets. Additional storage is also costly, with a 32GB model costing £80 more than the 16GB option – and there’s no option to add more storage with a microSD card later.
iPad: Recommended tablets
If you’re looking to pick up an iPad, there are only two real models to choose between: the iPad Mini with Retina Display and the iPad Air. The iPad Mini has a gorgeous 7.9-inch display, while the Air moves to 10.1-inches. Both tablets are well crafted out of aluminium, and boast good battery lives in addition to their well-tuned screens. The iPad Mini is the better choice for portable use (with one hand), while the iPad Air makes a better tablet for keeping at home (with two hands).
- Wide range of tablets to suit any need (including low price)
- Deep customisation possible
The strength of the Android operating system for tablets is breadth and depth. In almost any attribute you can name – dimensions, speed, capabilities, camera, price - there will be tablets that hit every point on the range. Sony produce a range of powerful, waterproof tablets with good cameras. Samsung opt for slim workhorses, many with styluses built in. Amazon have a range of high-performance tablets, tied into their own ecosystem, for a low price. These are just the tip of the iceberg; with sufficient time you should be able to find an Android tablet to fit any requirements.
You also have a lot of choice with an Android tablet after you’ve purchased it. It’s possible to buy microSD cards which will extend your available storage cheaply, and there are a decent range of other tablet accessories available too. While there aren’t as many third-party accessories available as there are for the iPad, that means tablet makers like Samsung and Motorola often produce an excellent first-party range.
Customisability is another advantage with Android. It’s often possible to make deeper changes than on iOS, and there’s also the option to install a new variant of the Android operating system (like CyanogenMod) that will allow you even greater control. There are very few questions you can ask that start “Can I…” that end “No.”
The final advantage to Android is often price. Google and Amazon are well known for their low-cost tablets that still deliver an excellent experience with good hardware; their content-first strategies mean that they’re willing to sell tablets at a loss so you use their stores for apps, music, videos and books.
- Some Android tablets are poorly designed inside and out
- Less apps truly optimised for tablets
As we saw with the iPad, there’s a definite trade-off between simplicity and customisability. The average Android tablet errs towards customisability, which can be overwhelming.
There’s also a high amount of variability when it comes to the design of Android tablets, in terms of both software and hardware. Many Android tablets – including barebones Android found on the Nexus series – are well designed and look good, but there are also many tablets saddled with confusing interfaces, poor designs and underpowered hardware.
The final bugbear for Android is that of apps. You’ll find some great tablet apps, but lazily designed, stretched out mobile phone apps are still relatively common. The large range of Android devices also makes it harder for developers to optimise their apps, so you may find you’re arbitrarily unable to install apps if you aren’t using a well-known device.
Android: Recommended tablets
Google make some of the best Android tablets, which come with a clean version of Android, good hardware and an aggressive point. The most recent release, the Nexus 7, is a great choice with a sharp 7-inch display, good battery life and a simple, durable outward design.
Samsung are the biggest sellers of Android tablets, thanks to a massive range of models, a host of software additions to stock Android and slim designs. The Tab S 10.5-inch tablet is the most recent, and offers a good battery life, a bright and beautiful screen, and a slim chassis.
Sony operate at the highest end of the Android market, with top-notch screens and cameras and stylish waterproof bodies. The Xperia Z2 Tablet is a good example of their approach, with a squared-off waterproof body, good screen and relatively untouched version of Android on board.
Thanks for checking out the article – we hope it made it easier for you to choose an Android or iOS tablet! If you have any questions or comments, then please leave them below or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
If you’ve got a Surface Pro 3, you already know how productive you can be on this tablet / laptop hybrid. But if you want to really maximise its capabilities, then you can turn it into a workstation with this official docking station!
The docking station makes it easy to use the Surface Pro 3 on your desk, by adding easy-to-access ports that allow you to connect many more peripherals and devices. You’ll have more USB ports (6 in total!) than many desktop computers, allowing you to connect hard drives, mice, keyboards, gamepads, CD drives and printers.
Connecting multiple monitors is possible too – you can have three displays in total, including the Surface’s own screen, which is fantastic for having multiple windows open at once. For example, you might have Word open on the built-in display, while you look at a reference webpage on a monitor.
There’s even an ethernet port to provide the fastest possible network access with minimal lag and no risk of poor wireless performance.
As well as adding ports, you’ll also find that the Docking Station is a great home for your Surface. You’ll benefit from a convenient upright viewing angle that’s perfect for work or play. Your Surface will also charge while it’s in the dock, ensuring that your battery will always be topped up when you’re ready to hit the road.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is the ultimate upgrade for your Surface. For more information, including live pricing and availability data, please visit the product page linked below. You can also see more accessories in the relevant category, also linked below:
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Monday, November 25th, 2013
Today we’re going to take a look at the Office Nexus Wireless Charging Pad.
As you might expect, this item provides rapid wireless charging for the members of the Nexus family of smartphones and tablets that support Qi wireless charging – at present, this includes the LG-made Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones, as well as the latest Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet (released in 2013). No matter which device you’re using, you’ll find wireless charging an easy alternative to micro USB wires.
It can be difficult to remember to plug in your Nexus every time it could be charging, but with wireless charging this is quite straightforward – just place it on top of your wireless charger and forget about it. Your Nexus will charge up to its full capacity, then automatically disengage from charging until it hits a low enough level once again. This practice is thought to extend battery longevity and prevents unnecessary heat and power use.
The coolest feature of the Nexus Wireless Charging Pad is its built-in magnets, which allow the Nexus tablets with magnets – the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet and Nexus 5 smartphone – to easily stick to the charging pad, locking in the device at an angle that ensures optimum wireless charging. This keeps your Nexus from sliding around or falling off, and makes placement a (literal) snap.
Of course, as this is an official wireless charging pad produced by LG, you’ll find that it matches the style of the Nexus family quite well. It is nondescript but well-proportioned, and will be a nice addition to your desk or bedside table.
For more information on this wireless charger, check out the product page linked below. I’ll also throw in a link to the rest of our Qi wireless chargers, which should also work with the Nexus lineup of smartphones and tablets.
Thanks for reading and be sure to let me know what you think of the article!