Posts Tagged ‘Galaxy S4’
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Earlier this week we had a look at the best accessories for the Galaxy S2 and S3, and now we’re back for the next Galaxy phone in the series: the Galaxy S4. So join us as we recommend five of the very best accessories available for the Galaxy S4!
5. Spigen Glas.t Nano Slim Tempered Glass Screen Protector
We begin with one of the most cost-effective phone accessories ever: the screen protector. This one from Spigen is on the cutting edge, offering a dramatically thin tempered glass that measures just 0.15mm. That glass has a shatter-resistant coating to prevent damage to your phone and is easy to apply – no air bubbles here!
4. Official Samsung Wireless Charging Pad with Cover
This pack includes everything you need to add wireless charging to your Galaxy S4. The first part is a replacement rear cover for the phone, which adds a wireless charging coil beneath the surface. The next is a Qi wireless charger, which you place your phone on to charge. It’s a simple system, but the freedom you gain from ditching wires is fantastic.
3. Car Mount Cradle
If you want to keep your phone charged and easily visible while driving, then this car mount cradle is ideal. The cradle can be easily mounted to your dashboard with its suction cup, and then rotated to the perfect position. The cradle is built specifically for the S4, so you’ll get a perfect fit. The cradle also has an integrated S4 car charger, ensuring that your phone will stay charged throughout your journey.
2. Samsung Smart HDMI Dock
This clever desk dock from Samsung includes basically every connection you could ever need, while keeping your Galaxy S4 charged and in a perfect position. An HDMI output allows you to connect your phone to monitors, TVs and projectors – without the need for a separate MHL adapter. USB ports allow you to connect USB drives, keyboards, mice and gamepads. A 3.5mm stereo jack allows you to hook up external speakers. It’s the easiest way to turn the Galaxy S4 into an Android workstation, and it works really well.
1. Spigen Slim Armor View Case
This Galaxy S4 case is one of the most popular we sell, thanks to its range of features and solid protection at a low price. The case includes a clear plastic window (like the Samsung S View cases), allowing you to see the time, incoming callers and other notifications. The cover protects the screen, and a a dual-layer design provides considerable protection against scratches and impacts. The case looks great too, whether in white or black.
That’s all for now folks! Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Friday, July 18th, 2014
In this article, we’ll recommend batteries and charging accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S4 – ideal for replacing older batteries and extending your battery life. Let’s get right into the selections!
1. Official Samsung Galaxy S4 Standard Battery (2600mAh)
If your original Galaxy S4 battery is getting a bit long in the tooth, then a fresh battery can be a great choice to extend your battery life. This particular battery comes directly from Samsung, and is made to the same specifications as the battery that came in the box. That includes a capacity of 2600 mAh.
2. Mugen Samsung Galaxy S4 Extended Battery (2750mAh)
This extended battery packs more charge into the same space as the original battery, granting you an extra 150 mAh of battery power. The Mugen battery is guaranteed for a year and fits with the original Samsung Galaxy S4 cover, making it easy to install.
3. Mugen Samsung Extended Battery Pack (5500mAh)
Our next battery adds a massive amount of power to your phone, more than doubling its original battery size. That means your battery life will more than double, at the cost of a little added thickness and a new battery cover.
4. Genuine Samsung Galaxy S4 Extra Battery Kit
If you’re planning to pick up a spare battery for your S4, then this extra battery kit might be just what you need. The kit includes a genuine Galaxy S4 battery (like item #1) and a special battery charger, which allows you to charge your spare battery without needing it to be inside your phone. That means you can put your phone and your spare battery on to charge overnight, so in the morning you’ll have both fully charged and ready to go.
5. Veho Aryton Senna Pebble Smartstick+ Portable Charger (3000mAh)
Want loads more battery life without adding a bulky case to your phone? This portable charger is ideal, allowing you to recharge up to 3000mAh in a small and easy-to-carry form factor. Keep it in your car or in your bag, and you’ll have that extra power on tap whenever you need it.
I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful! Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below, and have a great day!
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
Do you have a Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3? How old is your battery? If it’s more than a year old, you may have noticed that you get less battery life than you used to. This is normal for an aging battery, but can also be a sign of dangerous swelling. Here’s what you should check for, and several replacement options for the Galaxy S3 and S4.
A lurking danger
Users across the world, but particularly in Europe, have been reporting cases of the expanding batteries in their Galaxy phones. These batteries swell up, sometimes even preventing the battery cover from fitting on the phone. This is a fairly serious issue, as these batteries have the potential to burst and leak the noxious chemicals inside. Thankfully, it’s usually easy to spot – your battery will have a swollen area instead of the perfect rectangle it started life as.
Even if your battery isn’t noticeably larger, you may want to check it anyway. XDA Forums member axlinside has reported that Samsung have identified Galaxy S4 batteries with serial numbers beginning BD1D and with a date in the range of 401 to 529 as being likely defective.
Batteries lose their effectiveness quickly as they age
Of course, old batteries aren’t just more likely to explode. They’re also likely to have been worn out through use; a typical Lithium-ion battery will lose about 20% of its capacity per year – and if your battery is often at higher temperatures, that loss could be as much as 35% per year.
In any case, replacing your battery is much easier on the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 that it is on many other popular phones, which typically have the battery glued or screwed to prevent user access.
Here are three of our recommended battery replacement options for the S3 and S4:
Recommended Galaxy S3 Batteries
Option 1: Replace with Official Samsung Galaxy S3 Standard Battery
This option simply is a new, fresh replacement battery for the Galaxy S3. You’ll return to the same 2100mAh battery provided by your S3 out of the box, while retaining the slim form factor of the handset. This is also the cheapest option available.
Option 2: Replace with Samsung Extended Battery Kit for Galaxy S3
A more tantalising option is this extended 3000mAh battery for the S3. Again, it’s made by Samsung themselves so you can be assured of perfect compatibility. This time around though, that extra capacity is tempered by a slightly thicker phone once the replacement rear cover and battery are installed.
Option 3: Augment with PowerSkin Extended Battery Case
This option augments your existing S3 battery with a second 1500mAh battery embedded in the PowerSkin case. That means you’ll be looking about 3200 mAh of total capacity, assuming your year-old battery has lost 20% of its original capacity. If you have an older battery, then the Samsung Extended Battery looks like a better bet, while the PowerSkin is slightly better the more recent your battery is.
Recommended Galaxy S4 Batteries
Option 1: Replace with Official Samsung Galaxy S4 Standard Battery
The first and simplest option is to get a fresh battery identical to the one that came from the phone. Unsurprisingly, that battery comes directly from Samsung and provides 2600mAh worth of capacity.
Option 2: Replace with Mugen Samsung Galaxy S4 Extended Battery
Another option is to replace your original battery with one of a much higher capacity. One well-rated option is this extended battery from Mugen, which brings your capacity to a whopping 5500mAh. That requires a noticeably thicker phone, but the increase in longevity should be worth it.
Option 3: Augment with Mophie Juice Pack Case for Samsung Galaxy S4
Our last option is to add an external battery case to the ailing internal battery. The Mophie Juice Pack is the nicest battery case I’ve ever seen, and adds 2300mAh of additional battery capacity to your total reserves. This allows you to remove the case when the extra capacity isn’t needed, and provides good protection as well.
Thanks for checking out our Galaxy S3 / S4 battery guide. Have a great day and let us know what you thought of the article in the comments below.
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!
Monday, May 12th, 2014
The Galaxy S series of smartphones sets sales records each year, often becoming the best selling Android smartphone in the world. One of the best features of the series is its inclusion of a replaceable battery, opening the door for easy replacements, second batteries and battery cases. We’re here to show the best of the bunch, with recommendations for every Galaxy S phone from the S5 to the S2. Let’s get right into it!
Galaxy S5 Batteries
The most recently released Galaxy smartphone is the Galaxy S5, which comes with a 2800mAh battery.
Recommended replacement battery: With no popular extended batteries on the market yet, the Official Samsung Galaxy S5 Standard Battery is our recommended replacement. The battery is identical to the original in every way, and enjoys a perfect rating from its initial reviews.
Recommended battery case: While no battery cases are yet in stock at Mobile Fun, the Flip Power Jacket is a strong choice available on pre-order. The case comes in three colours – silver, black and gold – and includes 3200mAh of power, bringing your total capacity up to a crazy 6,000mAh, more than doubling your total battery life.
Galaxy S4 Batteries
Last year’s Galaxy was the Galaxy S4, which was released with a 2600mAh.
Recommended replacement battery: This Mugen Power 2750mAh Extended Battery squeezes a little extra capacity into a battery that’s the same size as the original. Mugen have a long history of producing top-notch batteries, so we’re happy to recommend them here.
Recommended extended battery: We turn to Mugen again for their ridiculous Extended Battery, a 5500mAh capacity battery that requires the installation of a thicker rear cover.
Recommended battery case: The Mophie Juice Pack is probably the best looking battery case for the Galaxy S4, adding 2300mAh in a relatively slim package. The case comes in black or white.
Galaxy S3 Batteries
The Galaxy S3 was released in 2012, with a 2100 mAh battery that seems small nowadays.
Recommended replacement battery: While Samsung’s official replacement battery isn’t a bad shout, supplies are somewhat low. For that reason, we recommend the Mugen Extended Battery, which comes with the same 2300mAh capacity and fits in the same space.
Recommended extended battery: Samsung produce a great extended battery for their Galaxy S3, called the ‘Official Samsung Extended Battery Kit.’ This is a 3000 mAh kit, offering capacity more similar to the Galaxy S5 than the older Galaxy S3. That means a nice boost to longevity without sacrificing the style or shape of your Galaxy S3.
Recommended battery case: The PowerSkin Extended battery Case for the Galaxy S3 is a fine choice, adding 1500 mAh in a slim case with built-in LED charge level indicator.
Galaxy S2 Batteries
The Galaxy S2 was the first Samsung phone I’d ever owned, when it came out in 2011 with a 1650 mAh battery.
Recommended replacement battery: The official Galaxy S2 standard battery is still available, and is a good choice for anyone looking for a spare or replacement.
Recommended extended battery: The Mugen 3200mAh Battery & Back Cover is an good extended battery, offering more than double the battery life for your Galaxy S2. Unfortunately, your phone will get noticeably bigger and heavier!
Thanks for taking a look at our range of batteries for Galaxy smartphones between the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S5! If you have any questions, ask them in the comments below. Have a great week!