Posts Tagged ‘samsung’

Virtual reality for everyone: Zeiss VR One for iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

The VR game is heating up. After the attention lavished upon the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset for the PC, quite a few companies are now trying to bring the same experience to smartphone users. Google released a lightweight cardboard headset that used only a few lenses and a smartphone to produce a VR experience, which was followed by a higher-end option from Samsung for the Note 4. Now, a new player is joining the game: Carl Zeiss.

Zeiss VR ONE iPhone 6 Virtual Reality Headset    Zeiss VR ONE iPhone 6 Virtual Reality Headset

The optical systems manufacturer has put their name to a new headset, the Zeiss VR ONE. Like the Samsung VR headset, it was designed and built in cooperation with Oculus. Unlike the Samsung model though, the headset is designed to accommodate several smartphones, with versions available for the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5.

The VR ONE works pretty simply. You install a VR app on your smartphone, then slide it into the front of the headset. The display of the phone is used with Zeiss lenses to provide images for each of your eyes, while the phone’s camera sees through the front of the headset to be used for augmented reality.  The headset includes speakers to extend the experience and straps to keep the VR headset on your head.

Zeiss VR ONE Samsung Galaxy S5 Virtual Reality Headset    Zeiss VR ONE Samsung Galaxy S5 Virtual Reality Headset

Once everything’s in place, what can you actually do? You can watch movies on a massive virtual screen, see a performance in 360 degree 3D video, play VR games and try augmented reality. More apps are being released all the time, and with a special VR ONE media launcher, you can easily find and launch apps that are compatible with your headset.

Zeiss VR ONE iPhone 6 Virtual Reality Headset

The Carl Zeiss VR ONE is available for less than £100, and is due in stock in January 2015. For live pricing and availability information – or to place your pre-order! – visit the product page linked below for the phone of your choice:

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TechSkin screen protector for Note Edge coming soon

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Skinomi TechSkin Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Screen Protector    Skinomi TechSkin Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Screen Protector

The Skinomi TechSkin Screen Protector is the very first screen protector for the Galaxy Note Edge. Screen protectors are usually quite standard affairs, covering flat screens with plastic or tempered glass, but the Note Edge is different by virtue of its curved display. That means you need a more advanced approach to screen protector production, and it’s exactly this that the Skinomi TechSkin provides.

The TechSkin is made from the same materials used to protect luxury cars, military aircraft and even NASA space shuttles. The screen protector has a four layer design, which starts with a UV clear coat on top of thermoplastic urethane, which then sits above a clear acrylic adhesive and a protective liner. This layered approach results in a screen protector that protects better than more common and basic implementations. The screen’s self-healing capabilities and scratch resistance make it virtually indestructible, ensuring that it will last the life of your phone with ease.

While many screen protectors offer protection, many come with downsides like reduced touch response, dimmer screens or reduced clarity. By contrast, the TechSkin should avoid all of these issues, thanks to its unique design. The soft, flexible skin has excellent transparency and won’t distort the colours on your screen.

We may see more screen protectors for the Galaxy Note Edge in the weeks and months to come, but for now the TechSkin is your first and best option if you have this rare phone. The screen protector is coming soon to Mobile Fun – check the link below for live pricing and availability data!

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Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 announced; official cases to be available at Mobile Fun

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Samsung’s latest smartphones are the Galaxy A3 and A5, which bring the enviable style of the Galaxy Alpha to a more reasonable price point. Both phones are incredibly slim – 6.7 and 6.9mm for the A5 and A3, respectively – and include powerful 5-megapixel front-facing cameras, which should make them good selfie phones. The A3 and A5 have already been released in Taiwan and China, and will come to the UK in the coming months – alongside a raft of official cases, which we’ll stock here at Mobile Fun.

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The Samsung Galaxy A3

The two phones are almost identical when it comes to looks, and share a lot of internal hardware as well. That includes a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4, a 13-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.4 KitKat. The big difference is a 5-inch 720p display for the A5, compared to a 4.5-inch display for the A3. The A5 also has a bit more RAM (2GB vs 1GB) and a more capacious battery (2300mAh vs 1900mAh).

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The Samsung Galaxy A5

The Galaxy A3 and A5 will benefit from Samsung’s case-making prowess, as the Korean chaebol will be producing a nice range of covers for both phones. We’ll be stocking these cases – and some third-party alternatives – in the weeks ahead.

The Galaxy A3 will receive the Flip Wallet Cover in charcoal and white, which should be a good option for keeping your screen scratch-free. You’ll also get a convenient place to store your credit cards and ID on the inside of the flip cover. The other official option is the Protective Cover Plus Case, which adds good drop protection with a gloss finish in light grey or brown.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy A3 will receive cases too. The first option is the S View Cover, which you may remember from the Galaxy S4 and S5 (amongst others). This case has a plastic window in the front cover, letting you access the time and notifications, and answer phone calls, without needing to open the cover. This comes in white and charcoal colour options. The other alternative is the Protective Cover Plus once again, which prevents damage from drops and comes in light grey and brown.

We’ll have photos and more information about these Galaxy A3 cases and Galaxy A5 cases in the weeks to come. Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

Top 5 stylish Galaxy Note 4 cases – Christmas 2014

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Got a Galaxy Note 4? Cool, me too. Let’s take a look at some of the most stylish cases available for our favourite phablet!

5. Encase Wood Patterned Case  - Wood

Encase Wood Patterned Back Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case    Encase Wood Patterned Back Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case

This cool case for the Note 4 adds the look of real wood, without the weight and expense of the real deal. The case is lightweight and adds good protection, covering the back and sides while shielding the screen with a small lip. The effect is quite convincing, and makes for a good conversation piece.

4. Otterbox Symmetry Case - Eden TealGlacierBlue PrintFloral PondPoppy PetalDamson Berry

OtterBox Symmetry Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case - Poppy Petal Otterbox Symmetry Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case - Eden Teal

Our next case is the Otterbox Symmetry, a multi-faceted case available in a range of colours and designs. The Eden Teal look we’ve highlighted above is pretty neat, with carefully drawn flowers taking over a teal case. You get trusted OtterBox protection no matter which design you choose, with good drop protection and a scratch-resistant shell.

3. Nillkin Armor Border Bumper Case - OrangeBlueRedBlack

Nillkin Armor Border Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Bumper Case - Orange    Nillkin Armor Border Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Bumper Case - Blue

The Nillkin Armor Border is another cool case, with an eye-catching bumper design in orange, blue, red or black. The modern design leaves the front and rear panel of your Note 4 free, showing off the colour you’ve chosen and serving as a nice contrast to the bumper itself. The bumper adds anti-collision pads, which prevent damage when the phone is dropped on its back or front.

2. Encase Leather-Style Wallet Case - Tan / Black

Encase Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Leather-Style Wallet Case - Black / Tan    Encase Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Leather-Style Wallet Case - Tan / Black

Next up is the Encase Leather-Style Wallet Case, a lovely number in tan and black that gives a rather professional look. The case is made from high-quality synthetic materials, with space for three credit cards and a larger pocket in the front cover. The cover also prevents damage from scratches, keeping your screen in tip-top shape.

1. Obliq Skyline Pro Case - GoldBlackGunmetalPinkMint

Obliq Skyline Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Stand Case - Gold    Obliq Skyline Pro Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Stand Case - Mint

Our final and winning case this time around is the Obliq Skyline Pro, a case that mixes a cool modern look with a range of colours – from the ostentatious gold and reserved black and gunmetal to cooler pink and mint options. The case is dual-layered for extra protection, with a chamfered bezel that protects the screen and a built-in kickstand for easy viewing of videos and other media. A beautiful case, no matter which colour you choose it in.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out our roundup of the best Galaxy Note 4 cases. Please let me know what you thought of my selections, either the comments below or Twitter @mobilefun!

Top 5 cases for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The Galaxy Alpha marks a new era of design for Samsung, with its metal edges serving as a sharp contrast from the plastic that preceded it. In this article, we’ll show you five of the best cases that maximise the look of the Galaxy Alpha, retaining its svelte signature while adding protection and functionality. Let’s get started.

5. Encase ToughGuard Case - BlackWhiteRedBlue

Encase ToughGuard Samsung Galaxy Alpha Case - RedEncase ToughGuard Samsung Galaxy Alpha Case - Black

 

Our first case is the good old Encase ToughGuard case, which adds a slim but powerful layer of protection to your Note Edge. The case is a little on the budget side of the spectrum, but sometimes that’s exactly what you want from a  case.

4. Official Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Cover - WhiteBlack

Official Samsung Galaxy Alpha Qi Wireless Charging Cover - White    Official Samsung Galaxy Alpha Qi Wireless Charging Cover - Black

This case is simple: in exchange for a bit of added thickness, you get the ability to wirelessly charge your Galaxy Alpha. The wireless charging uses the Qi standard, so you have a great range of Qi charging pads to choose from.

3. Encase ArmourDillo Hybrid Protective Case - BlueBlackOrangeGreenRed

Encase ArmourDillo Hybrid Samsung Galaxy Alpha Case - Orange        Encase ArmourDillo Hybrid Samsung Galaxy Alpha Protective Case - Red

If you want something a little more protective, the dual-layer ArmourDillo is a great choice. The case offers rugged impact resistance and scratch protection, while adding a dash of colour with a range of options available.

2. Official Samsung Flip Cover - WhiteSilverGoldBlack

Official Samsung Galaxy Alpha Flip Cover - Gold    Official Samsung Galaxy Alpha Flip Cover - Gold

 

The official Samsung Flip Cover is a stylish, minimal addition to your Galaxy Edge. The flip cover protects the screen from scratches and obviates the need for a Galaxy Alpha screen protector; very handy. The case comes in the same shades as the phone itself, although of course you’re free to mix and match as much as you are to coordinate.

1. Spigen Neo Hybrid Case - Electric BlueGunmetalChampagne Gold

Spigen Neo Hybrid Samsung Galaxy Alpha Case - Electric Blue    Spigen Neo Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Our winning case is the Spigen Neo Hybrid, a top-notch case with many top qualities: a cool modern look, minimal bulk, good protection and a nice range of colours. The electric blue model shown above is my all-time favourite, but all varieties are quite spectacular.

Conclusion

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