Top 5 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cases – October

Wednesday 1st October 2014 by William Judd in Android, Mobile Accessories.

October is a big month for phablet fans, as Samsung are finally releasing their Galaxy Note 4. The phone is expected to hit around the 10th of the month, so fans are already placing their pre-orders and preparing their accessories. We’d like to help out on that latter point, so here are five of our favourite cases for the Note 4 - and all of them will be ready by the time your Note 4 arrives!

5. Encase FlexiShield - Smoke Black, Frost White, Blue, Purple

Encase FlexiShield Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case - Blue    Encase FlexiShield Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case - Blue

Our first case is the Encase FlexiShield, one of our longest-running and most popular cases. The FlexiShield comes with a thin gel design that’s proven both flexible and protective. While impact protection is limited, you do get reasonable scratch protection with complete coverage for the back and sides. Cutouts are available throughout too, ensuring that all ports and features remain fully accessible. The case comes in four colours, giving you the opportunity to change the look of your new smartphone.

4. Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Cover - White, Noble Navy

Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Qi Wireless Charging Cover - White    Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Qi Wireless Charging Cover - White

 

This official cover for the Note 4 does one thing, and it does it well: it adds wireless charging capabilities to the Galaxy Note 4 with a simple replacement back. As you’re replacing the back instead of strapping something on top of it, you enjoy the same slim dimensions as the original Note 4. And as this is made by Samsung themselves, you’re assured of a perfect match: in colour, style and capabilities. Pick this up with a Qi charging pad and you’ll be on your way to a more convenient charging experience.

3. Encase Rotating Leather Style Universal Phone Case - Red, Black

Encase Rotating 5.5 Inch Leather-Style Universal Phone Case - Black    Encase Rotating 5.5 Inch Leather-Style Universal Phone Case - Black

This universal case fits the Galaxy Note 4 well, and offers a classy leather-style look that hasn’t been replicated with a bespoke Note 4 case yet. The Encase comes in black or red, with a classically beautiful folio form factor. The folio design provides two further abilities: a built-in landscape media stand and space for your cash and credit cards. It’s a practical inclusion that makes this case a good choice for the Note 4.

2. Samsung S View Cover - Charcoal Black, White, Pink, Plum, Mint, Gold

Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S View Cover Case - Charcoal Black    Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S View Cover Case - Gold

Our next case is almost always in the top 3, thanks to its combination of a thin design, good protection, Samsung styling and unmatched functionality. The S View case includes a windowed flip cover, through which you can access your phone. You can check the time, see incoming notifications or even answer calls. Being able to use your phone without opening the cover every time is surprisingly liberating. The S View Cover also gets extra points for variety; there are more colour varieties here than for any other Note 4 case that we stock.

1. Spigen Tough Armor Case - Gunmetal, Metal Slate, Red, Satin Silver

Spigen Tough Armor Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case - Gunmetal    Spigen Tough Armor Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case - Red

Our winning case this time around is one that combines protection with style and practicality: the Spigen Tough Armor Case. The Tough Armor uses a dual-layer TPU/polycarbonate case for excellent drop and scratch protection, with Air Cushion corner technology and a special 1.5mm lip around the screen to protect against fall damage. The case is handy too, with a flip-out Spigen logo that serves as a kick stand. I’m also quite partial to the look of this case, particularly in the bolder colours like red or slate. For all these reasons and a few more besides, the Spigen Tough Armour is our number 1 recommended case right now!

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out our selection of cases! We’ll have many more over the next few weeks, so please stay tuned to the blog and our Twitter @mobilefun for more announcements!

Gecko glow-in-the-dark iPhone 6 cases coming soon

Wednesday 1st October 2014 by William Judd in iPhone, Mobile Accessories.

Gecko Glow iPhone 6 Glow in the Dark case

We’re really going all out with the iPhone 6, and we may have just launched our craziest category yet: glow in the dark iPhone 6 cases! We’ll have three cases to start off with, but these should be joined by additional examples over the coming weeks and months. For now, let’s take a look at the new additions!

Gecko Glow iPhone 6 Glow in the Dark case    Gecko Glow iPhone 6 Glow in the Dark case

The Gecko Glow is our glow in the dark case of choice. Its unique back panel contains a phosphorescent coating which absorbs light energy during the daylight hours, which is re-emitted at a lower intensity for minutes or hours after the lights go off. This makes your iPhone 6 light up, making it easy to find in the dark – but the dull glow isn’t enough to stop you from going to sleep.

Of course, aside from practical concerns these cases just look cool, in the light and in the dark. The case, which comes in three colours, has a unique pattern on the back that catches the eye. And you’ll certainly be noticed for your glow-in-the-dark phone after dark too!

Gecko Glow iPhone 6 Glow in the Dark case    Gecko Glow iPhone 6 Glow in the Dark case

Back to the practical side: these cases will also protect your iPhone 6. The flexible gel material used is scratch resistant, helping to keep your iPhone unblemished from scratches. It’s also quite grippy, preventing your phone from sliding off your desk – or out of your hand.

The case also evens out the back side of the phone, stopping the iPhone 6 from resting on top of its protruding camera assembly. All ports and features of the phone remain fully accessible too, so you’ll still be able to use your iPhone 6 as easily as before.

Gecko Glow iPhone 6 Glow in the Dark case    Gecko Glow iPhone 6 Glow in the Dark case

All three Gecko glow in the dark cases are coming soon to Mobile Fun. To place your pre-order or be notified of availability, please visit the product pages linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Best iPhone 6 Plus docks

Monday 29th September 2014 by William Judd in iPhone, Mobile Accessories.

Today we’re going to have a look at five of the best iPhone 6 Plus docks available. Many of these docks will work well for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5 series phones too, but the iPhone 6 Plus is our focus this time around. Let’s get started!

5. Cover-Mate Charge & Sync Case-Compatible Dock

Cover-Mate iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Charge & Sync Case Compatible Dock    Cover-Mate iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Charge & Sync Case Compatible Dock

We begin with perhaps our most easily recommended case, the Cover-Mate Charge & Sync. This inexpensive dock lacks some of the sophisticated style of some of our other options, but makes up for it with full functionality and excellent value. The dock works with or without a case attached to your iPhone,thanks to an included adapter. The design is small and portable too, ensuring you’re easily able to take this dock with you on your travels.

4. Rugged Case-Compatible Charging Dock

Rugged Case Compatible iPhone 6 / 5 Charging Dock    Rugged Case Compatible iPhone 6 / 5 Charging Dock

If you’re using a particularly thick and rugged case, then this rugged case-compatible charging dock is the ideal solution. The Rugged Dock comes with even more clearance thanks to a different shape and style of adapter; it also works well enough with iPhone 6 Plus models with small or no cases installed. I’m quite fond the red connector section as well.

3. Belkin Lightning Charge & Sync Dock

Belkin iPhone 6 / 5 Series Lightning Charge & Sync Dock - Pink    Belkin Lightning Charge and Sync Dock for iPhone 6 / 5 Series - Blue

If colour is important to you, then the Belkin Lightning Dock may be just the ticket. This dock is available in some great colours, including the pink and blue options show above. Silver, green and purple variants are also available, although some are out of stock at the time of writing. The case is simple and stylish, with a nice two-tone design.

2. DODOcase Wooden Charging Nest Dock

Charging Nest 6 / 5 Charging Dock    Charging Nest 6 / 5 Charging Dock

This unique charging dock is made from wood, giving a classy and stylish place for your iPhone 6 Plus / 6 to rest. The dock is hand-crafted in California from natural materials, using smooth orchard walnut with a leather wrap. This is by far the most beautiful iPhone 6 Plus dock on the market, and simply can’t be compared to the more pedestrian plastic creations on the rest of this list. The dock is currently available for pre-order, and will be coming soon to Mobile Fun.

1. Just Mobile AluBolt Sync & Charge Dock

Just Mobile AluBolt Sync&Charge Dock for iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPad Mini    Just Mobile AluBolt Sync&Charge Dock for iPhone 5/5S/5C, iPad Minig

Our final dock is the Just Mobile AluBolt. This dock has a stylish design that sets it apart from its peers, without the expense and weight of real wood as we saw with the DODOcase dock. The AluBolt’s design includes a chic curved backrest, a rubberised base and a fully sprung Lightning connector. It’s a classy dock, and it’s available right now from Mobile Fun.

Signing off

Thanks for checking out this roundup of the best iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 docks on the market! For more details, please visit the product pages linked above. If you have any questions, you can ask us on Twitter @mobilefun or in the comments below. Thanks again and have a good week ahead!

How to add wireless charging to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Monday 29th September 2014 by William Judd in iPhone, Mobile Accessories.

Qi iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Wireless Charging Receiver    Qi iPhone 5S / 5C / 5 Wireless Charging Receiver

Apple embraced NFC with their contactless payment system on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but there’s one wireless standard that they’re still refusing to support: Qi wireless charging. If you’re looking for an easy way to add this helpful ability to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, then we have just the thing for you: a Qi Wireless Charging Receiver.

No more messy cables

The advantage of wireless charging is that you avoid the hassle and clutter of cables.  Instead of needing to plug a cable every time you want to charge and remove it when you’re done, all you need to do is place your iPhone on your Qi wireless charging pad and everything will happen automatically.

Qi iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Wireless Charging Receiver    Qi iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Wireless Charging Receiver

Easy to install

The Wireless Charging Receiver is easy to install and works well with any case. All you need to do is plug one end into the Lightning cable, then fold the charging receiver behind your iPhone. Next, place your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus into its case, with the wireless charging coil inside. The best iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus cases are those with an opaque back, so the wireless charging receiver is hidden from view.

Qi iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Wireless Charging Receiver    Qi iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Wireless Charging Receiver

You’ll get the convenience of wireless charging, without any modifications to the internals of your iPhone. If you want to switch to traditional wired charging at any time, just unplug the charging coil to free up your Lightning port.

Coming soon to Mobile Fun

For more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the product page linked below:

You might also want to see our range of Qi wireless charging pads, to use with your newly Qi-enabled iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus:

Thanks for checking out the article, and be sure to let us know what you make of this new accessory in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile if you’d prefer.

How to bypass a forgotten Android lock screen PIN, password or pattern

Monday 29th September 2014 by William Judd in Android, How to Guides.

Maybe you’re using an old phone for the first time in a long time, and you can’t remember that unlock PIN. Maybe your foolish friend tried to guess your pattern unlock, and kept trying longer than they should have done. Either way, you’re stuck – you can’t log into your phone. Thankfully, there is a surprisingly easy way to bypass the unlock screen, and it works on basically any modern Android device that’s been registered with your Google account.

The control panel in Android Device Manager

Here’s how it works: Access the Android Device Center online. This website shows all of your Android devices and their last known locations. That part isn’t helpful right now, but you also get three options: ring, lock and erase. The middle one, lock, is what we’re going to use. The locking system is intended to prevent a third-party from fooling around with a found or stolen phone, but it also handily resets whatever PIN or other security is currently set on your Android phone.

Re-locking your device with a new password

Simply type in a new password, and hit ‘Lock.’ Your current PIN / gesture / password will be erased, and the password you set will be used instead. From there, you just have to enter that password onto your device, and you’re in!

Reset success!

From there, you can enter the security or lock screen settings menu to change your unlock code back to whatever you want.

That was easy, huh?

Let me know if this worked for you in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun and at Love Your Mobile on Facebook.

Note: This isn’t guaranteed to work on all phones, but it does work for many models and it’s definitely worth a try. It’s also worth noting that isn’t at all useful for phone thieves, as they won’t know your Google username and password… so rest easy!