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Friday, September 12th, 2014
OtterBox cases are among the most popular in the world, so we were keen to have them ready to go for the new iPhone models. Today, we’re happy to confirm that all OtterBox cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available for pre-order from Mobile Fun, to be sent out as soon as they arrive in our warehouse.
There are three varieties available – the lightweight Commuter, the stylish Symmetry, and the heavy-duty Defender. Each of these is available in multiple colours for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Let’s take a closer look at each.
The Commuter is our best-selling OtterBox case, offering a good blend of protection and diminutive dimensions. The Commuter uses a dual-layer system of silicone and polycarbonate to provide protection, preventing damage from both scratches and drops. A self-adhesive screen protector is also included, protecting the screen from scratches and abrasions. Silicone port covers are used to keep your phone’s connectors clear of dirt and dust. If you’re looking for a strong middle-of-the-road option, then the Commuter is a great choice.
The OtterBox Symmetry is the latest case to be developed by OtterBox. It is a dual-layer design like the Commuter, but with synthetic rubber and polycarbonate instead of silicone and polycarbonate. The Symmetry is also a little thinner than its equally-priced peer. A raised lip around the screen helps protect it from impact damage.
The Defender is the biggest and most protective OtterBox case on the market, offering considerable scratch and impact resistance. That’s down to a three-layer system, which includes a thermal-formed screen protector, a polycarbonate inner layer and a silicone outer shell. The combination is a strong one, but it does make the Defender a little thicker than its peers. That’s been addressed with an included holster, which can be attached to let you keep the phone on your belt.
Thanks for checking out the article! Stay tuned for additional cases and accessories for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over the coming days and weeks.
Any questions or comments? Leave them below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
The iPhone 6 was announced just a couple of days ago, and already we’ve got hundreds of accessories online and ready to order. In this article, we’ll share ten of our favourite cases for the iPhone 6. You can also check out some of our best iPhone 6 cases already in stock on YouTube.
1. Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal Case – Champagne Gold, Metal Red, Metallic Blue, Satin Silver, Space Grey
Our first recommended case is the Spigen Neo Hybrid, one of the rare cases that uses real metal. That makes for unparalleled rigidity and edge protection, while also providing a classy look and feel. The case comes in a wide range of colours too, so you’re sure to find one that perfectly suits your style.
2. Cygnett UrbanShield Case – Carbon Fibre, Silver Storm
The UrbanShield is one of our most popular iPhone cases, so we expect similar interest in our iPhone 6 version. The case is available with a cool carbon fibre finish, which gives it a very sleek modern look. The case includes cutouts for all buttons and features, including the Apple symbol on the back of the phone.
3. Melko Air PP Case – Transparent, Black, White
These Melko Air cases are among the thinnest available, adding good scratch protection while minimising bulk and weight. The effect is more of the Apple style that you know and love, and less case to get in the way.
4. Encase Wallet Case – Black, White, Brown, Hot Pink
The Encase Wallet Case is a practical case for the iPhone 6, which adds both screen protection and credit card storage to your phone. The case has that classic leather look, but is made from synthetic materials so no animals were harmed in the making of this case.
5. Cygnett WorkMate Case – Black / Blue, Black / Red, Black / Grey
The WorkMate is one of the most cheerful looking iPhone 6 cases that I’ve yet seen, with a cool red, blue or grey colour scheme that really catches the eye. The case is protective too, with a tri-material design of polycarbonate, TPU and silicone.
6. Spigen Thin Fit Shell Case – Smooth Black, Smooth White, Mint, Crystal Clear
The Thin Fit is a highly agreeable case which balances size, style and protection. The case uses a dual-layer design for protection, while keeping bulk to a minimum. The black, white and mint options add a new look to your iPhone, while the crystal clear option allows you to best show off the iPhone beneath.
7. Power Jacket Battery Case 3000mAh – Black, White
This case includes an integrated 3000mAh battery, which more than doubles your iPhone 6′s battery life. The case is relatively slim for a battery case, ensuring that you don’t pay too high a penalty for that big boost to battery life. If you’re looking for an easy way to survive away from a plug socket for longer, then the Power Jacket is one of the best options.
8. OtterBox Defender Series Case – Black
OtterBox are the most popular case maker in the United States, so it’s no surprise to hear that there’s a lot of interest in their iPhone 6 cases. The Defender Series is their top-of-the-line model, offering comphensive protection against both scratches and impacts. An included screen protector and silicone port covers complete the package, making for one tough case to crack.
9. FlexiShield iPhone 6 Case – Smoke Black, Pink, Light Blue, Purple, Frost White
If you’re looking for a budget option, then you can’t go too far wrong with a FlexiShield case. These slim gel cases add both grip and protection to your phone. With several colour options available and a low price, the FlexiShield is one of the best value-for-money cases on the market.
10. Encase ArmourDillo Hybrid Protective Case – Blue, Black
Our final case is a strong one: the Encase ArmourDillo. Like the namesake animal, the ArmourDillo has a rigid armoured shell that protects against impacts and other damage. The case is a little bulkier than some its peers, but this is balanced with an integrated kickstand. Overall, another good value option that will stand up to heavy use.
Bonus: View our iPhone 6 cases video
Thanks for checking out our iPhone 6 cover selections – we hope that they’re useful to you. Stay tuned for more accessory recommendations for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus!
Any questions or comments? Let us know below or reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Today Apple unveiled their new iPhones, ending months of rumours and speculation. As expected, two models debuted, both far larger than their predecessors. One model measures 4.7 inches, while the other spans a phablet-sized 5.5 inches. The new iPhones include a faster processor, contactless NFC payments, an improved camera and many other upgrades. Let’s take a closer look at what was announced.
The most notable difference between the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 is undoubtedly that of size. The display of the iPhone 5S measured just four inches across the diagonal, but the iPhone 6 is available with a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen. That’s a massive jump for Apple, who just two years ago were shipping a flagship phone with a 3.5-inch screen.
Apple are including a one-handed mode to alleviate some of the ergonomic downsides of these larger displays. The larger height and width of the iPhone has also allowed Apple to shrink the thickness of the iPhone. It’s now 6.9mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus, while maintaining the same weight. The larger size is cleverly considered by Apple, who have added a ‘reachability’ gesture which moves the screen down so you can reach the top buttons.
Size isn’t the only difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5. The new phones also include a noticeably thicker border between the caps on top and bottom and the main rear panel. These are intended to improve reception, giving signals a place to escape the metal body. Other details include a lock button on the right hand side instead of the top, a circular flash and a camera lens that protrudes from the chassis.
One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 6 is contactless payments through a scheme called ApplePay. Like some bank cards in the UK, the NFC chip built into the phone allow you to pay for purchase in stores with a tap onto a point-of-sale terminal. The feature is safeguarded through the TouchID fingerprint sensor and a Secure Element. Apple have partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for contactless payments, which appears in a upgraded Passbook iOS app.
The iPhone 6 will include a higher resolution 1334 x 750 pixel IPS display, which as mentioned earlier measures 4.7 inches. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a 1920 x 1080p screen at 5.5 inches. Inside either phone, you’ll find a new Apple A8 64-bit processor, 1 GB of RAM and at least 16GB of internal storage (up to 128GB). The whole thing is powered with a 1810mAh battery – small by Android standards, but enough for Apple to claim the same battery life as ever.
There’s an upgraded 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 2-megapixel camera up front for all your selfie needs. The iPhone 6 Plus also boasts optical image stabilisation, which allow the camera to operate at slower shutter speeds without being affected by shaking.
One of the biggest new features of the iPhone 6 is its contactless payments system, called Apple Pay. Like some bank cards in the UK, the NFC chip built into the phone allow you to pay for purchase in stores with a tap onto a point-of-sale terminal. The feature is safeguarded through the TouchID fingerprint sensor. Apple have partnered with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for contactless payments, which appears in a upgraded Passbook iOS app.
The iPhone 6 launches with iOS 8, with includes a lot of new features that bridge the feature gap between iOS and Android. Messages now includes multimedia content, third-party keyboards are now possible, and Apple have built a fitness app called Health which interfaces with iPhone sensors and the iWatch. More Android-like features include improved notifications (which can now be actioned directly from their dropdown menu or the lock screen) and widgets (in the notification center).
The iPhone has always enjoyed a wide range of third-party accessories, and the iPhone 6 is no different. We’ve already begun to add both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus accessories to our virtual shelves, and we’ll add dozens if not hundreds of additional accessories over the next few weeks. These range from cases and covers to chargers, in-car accessories like car chargers and car holders, battery packs, desk stands and screen protectors.
Most people will pick up at least one iPhone 6 cover for their new phone, and we’ll be well covered here. The iPhone 6 cases section of our shop already includes nearly 100 items, and will only grow from there. There are slightly fewer iPhone 6 Plus cases available, but these too will grow in number. Expect cases from all the biggest names, including OtterBox, LifeProof, Spigen, Moshi, Zenus, Belkin and many more.
UK price and release date
The iPhone 6 will go on pre-order from Friday, and the full launch will be on September 19th. The iPhone remains a premium handset, and as such will command a full price point when purchased sim-free. The 4.7-inch model comes in at £539, while the 5.5-inch model is slightly more expensive at £619. Of course, the iPhone 6 will also been available on contract.
So – the iPhone 6 has finally been announced! I’m excited to see the public and critical reception to the new phone, so please leave me your comments and impressions below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Two of the biggest mobile launches of the year are slated for early September. According to Recode, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, Apple is planning to announce the iPhone 6 on September 9th. Samsung have invited the press to a Galaxy Note 4 event on September 3rd. Whether you’re an Android or iPhone fan, early next month will be a very interesting time. Let’s take a look at what we expect to see.
Apple iPhone 6 (launch rumoured September 9th)
iPhone 6 concepts by Martin Hajek
The iPhone 6 has been the subject of rumour and speculation even before the iPhone 5S was launched in September last year. According to these rumours and a body of photographic evidence, the next iPhone will be a big departure from its predecessors. The new iPhone is expected to launch with a 4.7-inch screen, a significant increase over the 4-inch iPhone 5S and a massive change from the 3.5-inch iPhone 4S. An even larger model called the iPhone Air, at 5.5 inches, is also rumoured to debut later in the year or in early 2015. The new larger size may have some knock-on effects, such as the lock button moving from the top to the right side of the phone. The screens for these models may be covered with Sapphire-coated glass too, a move that could push prices for the already expensive Apple handset even higher.
The new iPhone(s) will also come with some improved internals. An Apple A8 processor seems likely, which would provide a boost to performance necessary for the higher resolution. A more capacious battery also seems an obvious choice, as even with a rumoured 6mm thick chassis there’ll be plenty of extra room for a larger battery. Other internal changes like additional RAM or additional storage are also possible. Even NFC has been spotted on purported iPhone 6 motherboards, which would be a big addition for Apple, as the company has pointedly avoided the tech so far.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (event announced September 3rd)
Samsung’s Note 4 event invitation
Another Samsung Galaxy Note announced at IFA seems an inevitably after three years, and Samsung have sent out their press invitations right on schedule. The Note 4 will be an important phone for Samsung, as they look to regain market share against incumbents like LG, Lenovo and Huawei.
The new phone should again grow in resolution and features, with a 5.7″ screen running at 2560 x 1440. Features that made it into the Galaxy S5, most notably a waterproof chassis with an IP67 rating, are also likely to make their way to the Note line. While a metal-clad design or even a curved display aren’t impossible, a more standard design with textured plastic seems the safer bet.
Internally, we should also seem some iterative changes. A Snapdragon 801 or even 805 processor seem likely to be used, with a Samsung-made Exynos chipset for some markets (including Samsung’s native South Korea). Expect to see 3 or 4 GB of RAM, backed with the same expandable microSD storage and replaceable battery that have proven so popular with Samsung’s line of phones.
Which handset are you excited for? Let us know in the comments below or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Did you know the World Cup is on? I didn’t know, but apparently it’s happening now and it’s kind of a big deal.
Here at Mobile Fun we’re all big football heads so we’ve produced a range of football style cases that’ll let you support your favourite national team in this international competition. Have a look at the full range of World Cup cases by clicking on that link, or continue reading for more words from me.
We’ve got a range of cases for leading handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. Each case is emblazoned with the flag of a nation that is participating in what is said to be the biggest sporting event of the year. Some of these flags can be held to the side or upside-down to become other national flags too, so that’s a bonus.
There are also some cases that look more like the shirts of countries participating, with numbers on them that suggest some of their biggest stars. These are quite fetching, with a nice football shirt looking texture.
There are a wide range of countries represented here too, just like the World Cup itself. There are the favourites like Brazil, Germany, and England as well as outside shots like Georgia, Jamaica and the USA, and a whole lot of teams in the middle that’ll probably take offence to my classification of their chances.
The cases are well made and quite slim, allowing you to show your support of your chosen nation without bulking down your phone. They are also easy to install and remove, so if your team is losing you can swap it quickly for a different one and no one will notice.
I hope you have a look at our World Cup cases, and that all of your chosen teams win the cup. Have fun watching and don’t forget to tell us how we did with these cases in the comments below and on Twitter @mobilefun!