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Archive for the ‘Wearables’ Category

Replacement G Watch and Gear Live chargers coming soon

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live came out earlier this month, and already we’re having a lot of fun with them. The two new Android Wear smartwatches are great, but they do have one big flaw: to charge them, you need a special charger that clips to the bottom of each watch.

That’s not a bad thing by itself, but it’s a bit risky – if you ever lose or damage that charger, you can’t charge your watch. The Samsung Gear Live’s charger is particularly worrisome, as we’ve already have reports that it is very easy to break accidentally.

LG G Watch charger

Samsung Gear Live charger

LG and Samsung do not sell replacement chargers, so we’re sourcing our own chargers to serve as replacements and spares. These chargers will offer the same charging speed syncing capabilities and other features, so you’ll have 100% compatibility with each smartwatch.

Pictured: Broken Gear Live chargers

These chargers will be coming soon to Mobile Fun. In the meantime, you can register your interest and see more information via the product pages linked below:

We’ll bring you more information on these replacement chargers and other LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live accessories as we have them, including a potential release date and price.

Thanks for joining us and stay tuned for more accessories, news and updates from Mobile Fun. Please feel free to leave your comments below or talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun. We’re always happy to hear from you!

Top 5 smartwatches: July 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

2014 is the year of the smartwatch. These wearable accessories offer notifications, fitness tracking and even the time, all on your wrist. In this article, we’ll share our recommendations for the five best smartwatches on the market.

5. Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony SmartWatch Android Watch - Black MetalSony SmartWatch Android Watch

Sony were one of the first mobile companies to create a smartwatch, letting them hit a second generation before most companies had come out with their first. The SmartWatch 2 is a solid choice, with a transflective display that’s easy to read in sunlight, decent battery life and a reasonable amount of apps. The price is right too, usually coming in a fair bit under £100. Unfortunately for Sony, Google’s new Android Wear OS is gaining speed fast, and the SmartWatch 2 is far less attractive as a development target – meaning we’ll see less apps in the future.

4. Samsung Gear 2

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Smartwatch - Black    Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Smartwatch - Black

The Samsung Gear 2 is another watch to be released just before Android Wear, so it too will have to fight for developers to create apps for it, despite quite strong sales. The Gear 2 is the ultimate do-everything watch, with tons of functionality you won’t find anywhere else – including a built-in camera and speaker, so you can take phone calls and photos from your wrist. It’s all very futuristic, but poor battery life, medicore interface and relatively high price point make the Gear 2 a poor choice if you’re not interested in its additional functions and/or you don’t have a Samsung phone to use it with.

3. LG G Watch

LG G Watch for Android Smartphones - Stealth Black    LG G Watch for Android Smartphones - Stealth Black

The LG G Watch is one of two Android Wear smartwatches to be released this month, giving the watch a clean touch and voice interface and a rapidly growing stable of apps. The watch’s square design isn’t ground-breaking, but it does the job, and its 400 mAh battery and Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor provide lasting performance. At £150, the G Watch is decently priced too.

2. Pebble

Black Pebble Smartwatch - Jet Black    Black Pebble Smartwatch - Jet Black

The Pebble is the first popular smartwatch, the result of a record-breaking crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. Unlike the other watches on this list, the Pebble opts for a Kindle-style e-ink display, allowing it to last much longer – you can get about a week from a Pebble, compared to a day or two from LCD/AMOLED screens. The black-and-white display has a low refresh rate though, limited the kind of apps that can run on it.

In terms of style, the Pebble is a mixed bag. The original, cheaper model is plasticky and hobbyist in looks, although the later Pebble Steel improves on this front considerably. Another plus point is that the Pebble works with iOS and Android equally well, making it one of the few good cross-platform options. The final consideration, apps, goes the Pebble’s favour as well, thanks to a hearty developer community that has been working for a long time now.

1. Samsung Gear Live

Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch - Black    Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch - Black

The Gear Live is the other Android Wear smartwatch to debut this month. Compared to the G Watch, the Gear Live has a cleaner look with a more form-fitting shape, a neater watch-band and a higher-resolution Super AMOLED display. The G Watch does compare favourably on some points though, as the Gear Live has a 25% smaller battery and fewer watch-faces pre-installed. On balance, the Gear Live is probably the better option of the two, and that’s enough to give it the first place ranking this time around.

Conclusion

While the G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are two great additions to the smartwatch ecosystem, there’s still much more to come that’ll certainly shake up the rankings. The Moto 360 from Motorola launches this fall and has a beautiful circular dial, and runs the same excellent Android Wear OS as the G Watch and Gear Live. Apple’s rumoured iWatch is another big contender, although we don’t yet know what exactly what it will look like. Knowing Apple though, it could be a blockbuster.

It looks like it’ll be an exciting few months. Stay tuned for the latest smartwatch news right here at Mobile Fun, and be sure to let us know what you thought of the ranking in our comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Charge your smartwatch with your phone and a power sharing cable

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Power Sharing Cable - Black    Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Power Sharing Cable - White

Android Wear smartwatches like the Gear Live and G Watch are quite useful, but a constantly on LCD or AMOLED display ensures that you’ll only get a day or two of battery life. Thankfully, their tiny internal capacities mean that you can fully recharge them quickly if you have a power source. When you don’t have a PC or wall socket nearby, then your phone is often the best bet for a quick fill-up. Using a Samsung Power Sharing Cable, it’s possible to connect directly from your phone to your watch, allowing the phone’s larger battery to refill the watch’s smaller one. With a 3000mAh battery standard on some phones, you could recharge a Gear Live’s 300mAh battery fully while only losing 10% of your phone’s power.

The same principle applies to charging other Bluetooth accessories from your phone too, from Bluetooth headsets to fitness trackers. If you’ve got a tablet on hand, you can even use its even bigger battery (typically 5000mAh or more) to charge your phone as well. One phone can even charge another, so if you’re running low and a mate is nearly full, you can transfer charge from one to the other so you both have enough juice to last the day.

The Samsung Phone microUSB Charging Cable is available now from Mobile Fun. To see more information, please visit the product pages linked below:

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Try Virtual Reality the easy way: Google Cardboard by DODOcase

Friday, July 11th, 2014

DODOcase Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit with NFC Tag    DODOcase Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit with NFC Tag

Google concluded their I/O conference this year with something unexpected: Google Cardboard. At first glance, Cardboard looks decidedly low-tech for Google – it’s just a small kit of cardboard and plastic; the most advanced thing included is an NFC tag. But when you follow the directions and assemble the finished product, you get something quite special: a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift.

You slide your phone into Cardboard, and run a special Cardboard app that shows different images for each eye. Then it’s just a case of putting Google Cardboard on your face, and you’re away on a virtual reality voyage – whether that’s flying over Google Earth, watching YouTube videos or handling virtual objects.

DODOcase Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit with NFC Tag    DODOcase Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit with NFC Tag

Google Cardboard was only given out to Google I/O attendees, but don’t worry – you can get your own! Google made the designs freely available, and DODOcase have stepped in to produce a complete kit that’ll let you make a set of Google Cardboard for yourself. It’s made to the same specifications as what Google provided, and works perfectly with the Cardboard app.

DODOcase Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Kit with NFC Tag

It only takes about five minutes to create Google Cardboard, so why not order a set for yourself? Whether you haven’t tried Virtual Reality yet or you just want a portable demo unit to show your grandma, Google Cardboard by DODOcase is the perfect choice.

To see more information or place your order, visit the product page linked below:

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First screen protectors for LG G Watch coming soon

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Spigen are well known for their screen protectors for smartphones and tablets, but these devices aren’t the only ones covered by the South Korean company. Spigen have also begun to create screen protectors for smartwatches, including the product we’re highlighting today: a screen protector for the LG G Watch.

The idea behind the screen protector is fairly obvious: to keep your watch’s display in good condition. While the glass used here is quite good, it can still be scratched or shattered – and as it is constantly on your wrist, you may run into more situations in which the face is scratched compared to a phone.

This pack includes three screen protectors in all, so you are able to replace them as they take damage, ensuring you always have a clear and distinct display. There are four layers to the screen protector, so you’ll find the last much longer than single-layer alternatives, too. Each is cut precisely to put the G Watch, ensuring an easy installation every time.

The Spigen Crystal Screen Protector Three Pack is coming soon to Mobile Fun. For more information, including live pricing and availability information, please see the product page linked below:

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