Posts Tagged ‘apple’
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!
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
2014 will be remembered as the year of the wearable, with the quickly ubiquitous smartwatch at the fore. These new devices combine the function of a smartphone with the form of a watch, and with almost all leading mobile companies making one, there’s plenty to look forward to. Here are our five most heavily anticipated smartwatches of 2014!
5. Kreyos Meteor
The first smartwatch on our list is also the one most likely to be released first: the Kreyos Meteor. The watch’s claim to fame is that it includes voice, gesture and button controls in lieu of a touch-screen. That allows the Meteor to hit an impressive seven days of battery life. The Meteor design also includes fitness functionality, notification support, waterproofing and compatibility with iOS, Android and Windows 8. Two further accessories for the Meteor, a lanyard and a belt-clip, are also available.
4. Samsung Gear 2 Solo
Samsung are already one of the major players in the smartwatch space, with the recent release of three big watches: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Samsung are reportedly working on another smartwatch too, which will have a built-in SIM card and GPS unit, allowing it to operate independently of a phone. Judging by recent patent filings, the watch may also utilise a circular Android Wear dial and gesture controls. A camera, microphone, speaker and touch-screen seem obvious candidates for inclusion too.
3. LG G Watch
The LG G Watch is one of two watches announced as part of Google’s Android Wear program. It features a square always-on display with a slim and waterproof chassis. The G Watch will ship in black and gold options, and may appear as early as next month for around €200.
Apple have announced many times that they’re looking to launch new product categories this year, and the category on everyone’s minds is a smartwatch. The watch, expected to be called the iWatch based on patent filings, has the potential to be on the of the most audacious designs. Little concrete evidence has surfaced about the iWatch, but rumours suggest a curved glass or sapphire display, a curved battery, and some fitness functionality. The upcoming iOS 8 announcement at WWDC this June could hint towards iWatch functionality, although the watch isn’t expected to be announced at the event.
1. Moto 360
Our most anticipated smartwatch this time around is the Moto 360. While it’s unlikely to be as big a hit as the iWatch, it has the benefit of actually being announced – and what we’ve heard so far is impressive. The phone has a gorgeous large circular dial, and may come with a steel frame and leather band. That points to a premium price point, but at least one model may be much cheaper. Motorola recently pegged the price of the smartwatch at $249 for the purposes of a contest; Motorola later said that the move was for tax reasons, but it gives a ballpark figure for the watch. If Motorola are able to deliver good battery life and a natural UI in that beautiful chassis, then they might just have a winner on their hands.
I hope you’ve found this roundup helpful. For smartwatches that you can order today, why not check out our dedicated smartwatches section?
Tags: apple, G Watch, Gear 2 Solo, iWatch, Kreyos, lg, Meteor, Moto 360, motorola, samsung, smartwatch, smartwatches,
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Rokform is a brand of phone cases, but it’s also the name of a mounting system that these cases share. With the right accessories, you can mount your phone almost anywhere – on your bike, in your car, on your desk or anywhere magnetic. Let’s have a look at the pieces that make it possible!
First, you’ll need a case for your phone. We’re currently offering the Rokshield case for the iPhone 5 and 5S, and the Rokbed case for the Galaxy S4. These cases offer good protection for either phone, and also include the Rokform mounting system on the rear of the case.
Once you’ve got your case, then you can choose another accessory which it can fit onto it perfectly, thanks to the unique opening on the rear of the case. The Universal Windshield Suction Swivel Mount is a good example – it affixes to windscreens and dashboards with aplomb, and even works on a desk in a pinch. The locking mechanism provides a lot more stability than you’d get with a standard car holder, too.
Of course, you don’t always need to buy the accessories piecemeal. You can also get a kit, which includes the case and the mount in one easy-to-use package. For example, you can get the Rokform Bike Mount Kit for the Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5S / 5. This provides the case, which can be used day-to-day, and the special mount that’ll sit on your bicycle or motorcycle. Again, the locking mechanism provides a good amount of stability.
Of course, these elements are only a piece of the full Rokform ecosystem. It’s a well thought out business, and if you’re looking to mount your phone in multiple places then it makes a lot of sense.
Have a look at the full array on display at the Rokform section of our site, and if you have any questions ask them in the comments below (or on the relevant product pages!)
Thanks for checking out the article, and have a good one!
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
2013 was the year of the selfie. This year, HTC added a five-megapixel selfie cam to their One M8 phone. This week, London was named the selfie capital of the world. Now, Mobile Fun are writing the next chapter in selfie history with the launch of the ShutterBall.
A convenient way to take better photos
Well, put simply the ShutterBall is a small ball that works as a remote control for taking photos. The ShutterBall eliminates the awkward button press that triggers each selfie. Instead of awkwardly stretching for a button on your phone’s screen, you can take selfies in a completely natural way by squeezing the ShutterBall in your hand. This makes it easy to take good-looking photos that are still, focussed and perfectly framed.
Smart extras for convenient mobile photography
The ShutterBall comes with a few extras that make it even more useful, too. The ShutterBall itself has a strap that can be looped around a bag, belt or sleeve for easy access at all times. You’ll also find a Smart Stand in the box, which expands to easily hold up your smartphone in landscape or portrait orientations so you get a perfect picture each time.
Use the ShutterPanorama app to pair and take photos
The ShutterBall works by connecting to your phone over Bluetooth. Pairing is simple – just download the ShutterPanorama app on Google Play or the iOS App Store and follow the on-screen instructions. Once you’ve paired, you can take photos inside the app by pressing the ShutterBall’s button. Of course, as well as selfies you can take photos with the rear-facing camera too.
Compatibility and availability
The ShutterBall is compatible with all phones and tablets running Android 4.3 or iOS 6.0 and later. The Shutterball is available in four colours: green, pink, blue and black.
If you want to improve your selfie game, then the Shutterball is the accessory for you. For more information or to place your order, visit the product page in the colour of your choice below:
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Have a good week!