Posts Tagged ‘iPhone 5’
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Earlier today we reported on OtterBox’s new line of Resurgence battery cases, but that’s not the only thing that the American phone accessories company announced today. OtterBox have unveiled Alpha Glass, a new series of tempered glass screen protectors. The initial release covers the Galaxy S5, iPhone 5, 5S and 5C, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see screen protectors for the iPhone 6 and other popular smartphones soon afterwards. Let’s take a closer look at what OtterBox have revealed so far.
Scratch and shatter protection
The primary purpose of any screen protector is to prevent damage to your phone’s screen. Of course, the Alpha Glass series provides just that. A thin layer of tempered glass covers the screen below, preventing any scratches or abrasions from damaging the display. The Alpha Glass screen protector also includes an anti-shatter film, ensuring that even if the glass breaks, it remains in a single inert piece to be safely removed.
Hardly noticeable once installed
OtterBox have delivered one of the thinnest tempered glass screen protectors on the market, with tiny proportions that are barely noticeable. With Alpha Glass installed, your phone also retains its original touch screen sensitivity, brightness and clarity. Even installation is a cinch, as the package comes with everything you need to install the screen protector cleanly and without bubbles. You don’t have to worry about a thing.
Links and signing off
The OtterBox Alpha Glass screen protectors are coming soon to Mobile Fun. For more information–including live pricing and availability data–please visit the product pages listed below.
If you’re in a hurry to find a tempered glass screen protector, then you might check out Spigen’s line of Glas.t screen protectors in the meantime.
Thanks for checking out the article. Let us know what you think on Twitter @mobilefun or in the comments below.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
OtterBox have announced a new case for the iPhone 5 and 5S called the Resurgence. The Resurgence provides both military-standard drop protection and an integrated battery pack. That means you’ll get more than double the battery life while keeping your phone safe – not a bad combination!
Make your iPhone 5S last longer
The iPhone 5S comes with a 1560mAh internal battery, usually good for a day or two of moderate use. The OtterBox Resurgence adds another 2000mAh of battery power, more than doubling your iPhone’s total battery life to three or even four days.
That means your phone can endure more than 22 hours of web browsing, 24 hours of videos or even 24 hours of talk time… before it needs to be recharged.
The Resurgence battery case is simple to use, too, thanks to an easy-to-read battery indicator on the front of the case and systems which prevent over-charging.
Protect your iPhone 5S from drops and scratches
Of course, having a long-lasting iPhone 5S isn’t just about battery life. You also want your phone to survive the rigours of daily life, from minor scratches to more serious drops, knocks and falls. Thankfully the OtterBox Resurgence is well equipped to handle these challenges as well.
The two-piece OtterBox design provides comprehensive protection, with full coverage of your phone to prevent scratches and scrapes. The phone is also highly rated for drop protection, and has been certified with a MIL STD 810G rating.
Keep your iPhone 5S looking good
The OtterBox Resurgence belies its broad feature set with a surprisingly thin and light body. The case is among the least bulky battery cases on the market for the iPhone 5S. The Resurgence is available in two colours from Mobile Fun, black and white glacier.
Links and sign-off
For more information on the OtterBox resurgence, including live pricing and availability data, please visit the product pages linked below:
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the new Resurgence case in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Today we’ll be looking at some of the best iPhone 5S cases available today. Let’s get right into our selections and recommendations!
The Spigen SGP Touch Armor is our first case, offering considerable protection against a range of hazards including scratches, knocks and impacts. The Touch Armor uses a combination of TPU and Polycarbonate to produce a stellar defense, while maintaining a light weight and small dimensions. The case is available in many colourways too, including gold (shown above), black, slate, white and silver.
This case is quite unique, adding wireless charging to the iPhone 5S’ list of capabilities. That means you’re able to recharge your iPhone just by placing it on one our Qi wireless chargers, and you’re free to say goodbye to the hassle of plugging and unplugging cables forever.
The Zenus Estime Diary is one of the most stylish cases we have, with a traditional leather design that looks as good in the bedroom as the boardroom. The Estime Diary has a smart design, with a flip cover protecting the vulnerable screen and obviating the need for iPhone 5S screen protectors. A series of credit card pockets and a secure fastening complete the picture.
This award-winning bumper for the iPhone 5S adds some tremendous curves to the device, made of aircraft-grade aluminium. The bumper provides considerable rigidity and impact protection, but unlike some other metal cases doesn’t interfere with your iPhone’s signal. A beautiful, classy case that should appeal to almost everyone.
The Moshi SenseCover is our winning case today, providing a unique way of answering incoming calls and seeing the time without opening the flip cover. This is achieved through a small cutout window, which shows the time and caller ID of your iPhone while keeping the screen protected. When you want to answer or reject the call, it’s a simple case of swiping along the strip on the front of the cover. The case is stylish too, in steel black or brushed titanium.
Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think of the iPhone 5S covers we’ve selected in the comments below!
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
There are many methods to charge an iPhone 5. Let us count the ways.
The simplest method for charging your iPhone is the one that everyone will know: just hook your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. That provides a small amount of power (500mA), so charging takes a while. Of course, the USB connection is also used to sync music, films and apps to your phone.
There are plenty of Lightning cables on the market, but I’m a fan of this extra-long two metre cable from iBoltz. It’s convenient, inexpensive and still rolls up into a nicely portable loop for easy transport. If you’re looking for something different, why not try a coloured Lightning cable or this reinforced version?
The next method that most people will know is to use an AC adapter that plugs into the wall. This gives you faster charging (1.1A, or 1100mA), letting your battery fill up more than twice as fast.
You can get wall chargers in both detachable and one-piece varieties, but I favour the flexibility of the detachable option. This example from Belkin is a good choice, with a sensibly long four foot cable, 2.1A output (for iPads too!) and a simple plug design. Belkin also do a line of coloured versions sans cables, in red, pink, blue and purple.
If you’re on the road, then you’ve got access to another option for charging your iPhone. Using a car charger, you can plug your iPhone into the cigarette lighter / auxiliary power socket, letting you draw power at a rate equal to a wall socket (1.1A).
It’s fairly likely that you’ll have some other people in the car with you, so it can make sense to get a car charger with multiple USB inputs. The Kensington Powerbolt is my go-to option, with a reasonable 3.4A output spread across two USB ports. A cheaper Olixar car charger is also available if you’re on a budget.
Another good specialised charging solution is a dock. These typically serve as a combination of desk stands and chargers, keeping your phone topped up while holding it at a convenient position to watch videos or see notifications. It’s important to note that the dock has to be plugged into a power source, which’ll determine the speed of your charging. Plugging directly into a PC will provide that familiar 500mA, while a wall charger should provide the faster 1.1A speed.
My thinking for desk docks is “the simpler, the better.” That’s why I favour this minimal Lightning charge and sync dock, which provides an upright position for the iPhone 5 with a simple Apple style in black or white. If you want to get fancier, why not go all the way and get a KitSound speaker dock with clock radio?
If you’re away from sockets in buildings or cars, what options do you have for charging your phone? One good option is a portable battery pack, which you charge beforehand to have a large stockpile of energy ready when you need it. These battery packs typically pack at least one full recharge, and some can charge a phone half a dozen times or more.
There are two directions you can go here. One way is to get one extra full charge in the smallest and most convenient form factor possible. The Power Bank Portable Charger is a great example of this, with an integrated Lightning connector and a 2600mAh capacity in a tiny pocketable shell. On the other hand, if you’re going to go big then you may as well do it properly – the Kit: High Power is a 15,000mAh portable battery pack that’s significantly bigger, but will let you charge your iPhone 5 almost ten times, which is frankly insane.
The other option for charging wherever you are is to use a battery case. This is a simple marriage of a battery pack and a protective case, where the battery is constantly providing power to your phone. The bulk of the battery provides additional protection from impacts and scratches, although your phone will get noticeably thicker and heavier.
Once again, there’s a choice to be made here – do you want to go all-out and get a much thicker but longer lasting phone case, or would you prefer a small boost that doesn’t affect the shape of your iPhone 5 too much? The former is exemplified by the Kit Magnetic Battery Case, which adds 2800mAh of charge to your phone in a bulky but easily removable package. On the other hand, the Boostcase adds about half that – just 1500mAh – but comes in a much tidier package. The choice is yours.
That’s all folks! I hope you’ve found this breakdown of iPhone 5 chargers helpful. For more information, please check out the links in the article above or ask us a question in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks and have a great week!
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Case-Mate is most well known for their popular lines of protective phone cases, but that’s hardly the only thing that they’re producing right now. The company has also developed a couple of innovative wearable phone accessories. Today, we’d like to introduce the Case-Mate Page and Case-Mate Pair.
Let’s have a look at the Case-Mate Page first. The Page is a stylish bracelet, made with 14 karat gold and mother of pearl. It’s a glitzy look, and it doesn’t look like a gadget at all. But of course, this is Case-Mate – so underneath the classy outward apearance, you’ll find a very useful function indeed. The Page vibrates subtly, clueing you into notifications on your paired smartphone. These subtle vibrations won’t be noticed by anyone else, so you’re free to ignore them or attend to them without distracting from the conversation at hand.
Despite its inner circuitry, the Page remains quite hardy. It is water-resistant, fits comfortably and lasts for four weeks at a time, thanks to its use of Bluetooth Low Energy technology. If you’re looking for a way to get notifications from your phone but a smartwatch is too far, this is a nice way of getting that essential functionality without sacrificing style or comfort.
Next up is the Case-Mate Pair. Again, to a casual observer the Pair looks like a stylish bracelet – but inside, you’ll find another burst of hidden utility. The Pair conceals a flexible Lightning charging cable, ensuring you’re always able to charge your phone if you need to.
The cable is MiFi certified by Apple as well, a distinction that means full compatibility with the full Apple device ecosystem that uses Lightning connectors. The Pair is ideal for use with the iPhone 5S and other Lightning-enabled Apple devices like the iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPod Touch.
So there we have it – two stylish iPhone accessories from Case-Mate. Let us know what you think of the Pair and the Page in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for checking out the article and have a great weekend ahead of you!