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Samsung to release ultimate Qi wireless charging car holder

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Car Holder and Charger - Black    Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Car Holder and Charger - Black

Samsung have always been good at crafting accessories, but their latest effort is quite spectacular. The Korean company have unveiled their Qi Wireless Charging Car Holder, an all-in one solution for wireless-enabled Samsung smartphones.

Wireless charging for the win

Samsung are well known for releasing wireless charging covers for their upper-tier smartphones, allowing interested early adopters to make use of Qi-standard wireless charging while keeping their phone prices low. They’re producing the Wireless Charging Car Holder in order to satisfy these early adopters, letting them conveniently charge their smartphones on the go.

Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Car Holder and Charger - Black    Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Car Holder and Charger - Black

The advantage of wireless charging is that it’s so simple; just place your phone in the car holder and take it away again when you’re done, without the hassle of plugging and unplugging wires. Wireless charging is worthwhile enough on a desk or nightstand, but in the car it makes even more sense.

A sleek but secure car holder

Of course, charging is only one half of the solution. You’ll also need a steady platform to hold your phone while you’re driving, and the Samsung Wireless Charging Car Holder provides that as well. The car holder supports your phone with two arms on the sides, and two on the bottom. Whether in landscape or portrait mode, your phone will be held tightly and you’ll feel at ease.

Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Car Holder and Charger - Black    Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Car Holder and Charger - Black

This car charger also looks good. Wireless charging ensures that are no unsightly wires here, and the curved lines and svelte dimensions of the car holder add to this effect. This car charger is definitely one of the better looking options on the market.

Compatible with a wide range of Samsung smartphones

The Samsung Wireless Charging Car Holder is compatible with many recent Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S4 and S5; Galaxy Note 2, 3, 4 and Edge; and the Galaxy Alpha. Remember that you’ll need a wireless charging cover installed on your phone in order to use the wireless charging provided here.

Signing off

Interested? See more information or place your pre-order via the link below.

Thanks for checking out the article. Feel free to leave your comments below or speak us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks again and have a fun week ahead!

Spec Ops: iPhone 6 Plus vs Nexus 6 vs OnePlus One vs Note 4

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

In this article, we’re going to consider how the biggest phablets of the year stack up. We’ll be looking at three Android smartphones – the Nexus 6, Note 4 and OnePlus One - in addition to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. Let’s begin!

Display

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
5.96 inches 5.7 inches 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
2560 x 1440 2560 x 1440 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
493 ppi 515 ppi 401 ppi 401 ppi

It seems only natural to start with the defining feature of these phones: their displays. Each one comes with a display greater than 5.5 inches across the diagonal, putting them firmly in phablet (phone / tablet hybrid) territory. The One and 6 Plus are the smaller pair, while the Note 4 and Nexus 6 are closer to the tablet end of the scale. Despite their greater size, the higher resolution 1440p displays of the Note and Nexus grant them denser screens, which should make text and images appear more crisply.

Display technologies are also important; the Nexus 6 and Note 4 use AMOLED while the OnePlus One and iPhone 6 Plus are using IPS LCD displays. AMOLED is traditionally more power-efficient and has more vibrant colours, while IPS LCD tends to be more colour accurate with better viewing angles. Each display used here is high-end though, and so these differences are minimised.

Ultimately, there’s little here to differentiate these phones from each other; rather it depends what size you’re most comfortable with. We’ll get more into that with our next item – dimensions.

Winner: Tied

Dimensions, Weight and Materials

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
159 x 83 x 10.1mm 154 x 79 x 8.5mm 153 x 76 x 8.9mm 158 x 78 x 7.1mm
184 grams 176 grams 162 grams 172 grams
Metal-framed plastic Metal-framed plastic Metal-framed plastic Metal

Given the differing screen sizes, we have surprisingly close results when it comes to dimensions. The Note 4 comes out barely ahead, thanks to fitting a 5.7-inch screen in dimensions close to the 5.5-inch OnePlus One. The iPhone 6 Plus is the outlier here, with a very wide and tall body for its screen size. Despite this, it pulls something back with a svelte 7.1mm thickness.

Each phone is constructed better than many of its peers and predecessors; the Note 4′s metal frame is a big improvement over the all-plastic body of the Note 3, for instance. When it comes to durability and in-hand feel, the sandstone back and metal frame of the OnePlus One give it the edge in the my eyes, with the iPhone 6 Plus’ fragile but gorgeous metal body close behind.

Winner: OnePlus One

Internals: CPU, RAM, Storage

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
Snapdragon 805
quad-core 2.7GHz
Snapdragon 805
quad-core 2.7GHz
Snapdragon 801
quad-core 2.5GHz
Apple A8
dual-core 1.4GHz
3GB RAM 3GB RAM 3GB RAM 1GB RAM
32/64GB 32GB + microSD 16/64GB 16/64/128GB

When it comes to raw power, the two most recent Android phones – the Nexus 6 and Note 4 – have the edge. Their Snapdragon 805 chipsets provide an excess of CPU and GPU horsepower, just ahead of the OnePlus One’s older Snapdragon 801 chip. The iPhone 6 Plus seems outgunned here, but the Apple A8 chipset is surprisingly good for its clock speed, and offers similar performance to the 801 in many benchmarks.

Where the Apple handset really falls behind is in RAM, offering only 1GB compared to the 3GB of its rivals. This has a very noticeable effect, as you can only keep a couple of apps open at a time. Go back to an app you had open a few minutes ago, and you’ll have to launch it from scratch. Having to reload tabs in Safari every time you go back to the app gets old really fast. Conversely, these Android handsets can keep apps ready to go in the background for ages, saving your position in the app and saving you time and data.

When it comes to storage, the 6 Plus’ default 16GB loadout is quite limiting, and the jump to 64GB is expensive. The OnePlus One avoids this with a cheap jump to 64GB, while the Note 4 and Nexus 6 start with 32GB of storage onboard (and the Note 4 can add more storage cheaply with microSD).

Winners: Nexus 6 and Note 4

Battery Life

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
3220 mAh 3220 mAh 3100 mAh 2915 mAh
24hr talk-time 20hr talk-time 20hr talk-time 24hr talk-time

One advantage to going with a phablet is that you can fit a giant battery inside. These phones’ batteries average over 3,000 mAh, granting the ability to talk for nearly a full day. Using the giant display reduces these figures somewhat, but with mixed usage you’re still looking at one or two full days of use between recharges. The iPhone 6 Plus is particularly impressive, with 24 hours of talk time from the smallest battery in the field.

Winner: iPhone 6 Plus

Camera

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
13-megapixel
OIS, dual-LED flash
16-megapixel
OIS, LED flash
13-megapixel
dual-LED flash
8-megapixel
OIS, dual-LED flash
2160p30
1080p60
2160p30
1080p60
2160p30
1080p60
720p120
1080p60
720p240
2-megapixel 3.7-megapixel 5-megapixel 1.2-megapixel

While Android manufacturers have been chasing the spec sheets with higher megapixel counts, Apple has been focusing on image quality. The 6 Plus is their best effort yet, and takes fantastic pictures compared to other smartphones. Still, the higher megapixel counts of these Android phones do allow for better results in well-lit conditions like landscape shots. Ultimately though, the 6 Plus takes better pictures. The only disappointment is the front-facing camera, which at 1.2-megapixels is behind the competition.

When it comes to videos, it’s a little closer. Each Android phone shown here boasts 4K 30fps video recording, while the iPhone 6 Plus has excellent 240fps slow motion video at 720p. The slow motion video seems more useful than 4K, so once again the edge goes to the iPhone.

Winner: iPhone 6 Plus

Connectivity

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
10-band LTE 9-band LTE 7-band LTE 20-band LTE
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC
WiFi ac
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC (Apple Pay)

Connectivity is an interesting area. On the one hand, the iPhone 6 Plus has twice as many LTE bands as most of its competitors, making it much more likely you’ll find your favourite carrier is supported. Conversely, the Android phablets have a slightly later version of Bluetooth – 4.1 – which includes better coexistence with LTE signals, smarter connectivity and direct data transfers between Bluetooth accessories. The Android representatives also include NFC, which can be used for a range of purposes like transferring files, reading ads or contactless payments, while the iPhone 6 Plus only uses NFC for Apple’s own contactless payment system.

Winner: iPhone 6 Plus

Software and features

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
Android 5
Stock
Android 4.4
TouchWiz
Android 4.4
CyanogenMod 11S
iOS 8.1
Stock
Water-resistant
Wireless charging
Stereo front speakers
S-Pen stylus
Removable battery
Multi-window
Fingerprint sensor
Tap-to-wake
Optional soft buttons
Touch ID
Continuity

Features are probably the hardest aspect of a phone to reduce down to a simple comparison, but at least you can see the features that each manufacturer wants to highlight (that we haven’t touched on already). Each phone has its strong points: the Nexus 6 has a strong hardware design with water resistance, wireless charging and stereo front-facing speakers, while the OnePlus One focuses more on software features like tap-to-wake and optional soft buttons. The iPhone 6 Plus’ Touch ID is the best implementation of a fingerprint sensor thus far, while Continuity allows the phone to work well with Mac computers. The Note 4 is probably the feature king though, with the S-Pen and some unique multi-tasking / multi-window features that make good use of the large screen.

When it comes to software, it’s a matter of preference. iOS 8.1 lacks the depth and customisation of Android, particularly compared to the CyanogenMod build on the OnePlus One, but does many things well and looks beautiful. iOS also boasts the larger app store, and more apps appear exclusively here than on Android. Conversely, many apps are just off-limits on iOS – you can’t get a torrent client, emulators or any content which Apple finds offensive or overly political.

Winner: Note 4

Accessories

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
39 products 140 products 27 products 221 products

When it comes to accessories, Apple have enjoyed a healthy advantage almost since the first iPhone. With only a couple of models to choose from, accessory makers can be assured of a big market for each item they produce. The biggest Android models enjoy similar popularity, but the Nexus 6 and OnePlus One are not as well supported.

Winner: iPhone 6 Plus

Price

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
£529 ($649) - 32GB
£569 ($699) - 64GB
£575 ($749) - 32GB £229 ($299) – 16GB
£269 ($349) - 64GB
£619 ($749) - 16GB
£699 ($849) - 64GB
£789 ($949) - 128GB

When it comes to price, the OnePlus One is the least expensive and the iPhone 6 Plus is the most. The iPhone 6 Plus also puts the highest premium on additional storage, with the next tier costing an extra £80 compared to £40 for the Nexus 6 and OnePlus One. The Note 4 has only one storage option, but does come with a microSD card slot which allows even less expensive storage upgrades.

Nexus 6 prices are based on announced US prices and previous UK conversions, including VAT, and should be reasonably accurate.

Winner: OnePlus One

Overall

Nexus 6 Note 4 OnePlus One iPhone 6 Plus
1 win 2 wins 2 wins 4 wins

As it stands, the iPhone 6 Plus seems the best phone in more categories than its peers, taking home victories in battery life, camera, connectivity and accessories. The Note 4 won in hardware and features, while the OnePlus got the nod for dimensions / materials and price. The Nexus 6 took only one win in terms of hardware, which it shared with the Note.

Ultimately though, each of these four phones is a viable choice. The Nexus 6 offers bleeding edge specifications with the latest version of stock Android; the Note 4 is the feature-king with an improved design and good hardware; the OnePlus One has a great in-hand feel and is so inexpensive; the iPhone 6 Plus has an awesome camera and battery life, and enjoys a strong app and accessory ecosystem.

I hope this breakdown has made your choice easier. Let us know which one you’d pick in the comments below, or share your questions. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week!

Top 5 Galaxy Note 4 accessories – October 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Today we’re going to have a look at some of the best accessories available for Samsung’s latest release, the Galaxy Note 4. Our list will contain protective items – cases, screen protectors – and more utilitarian bits and pieces too. Let’s get started, eh?

5. Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Extra Battery Kit

 

Official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Extra Battery KitOfficial Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Extra Battery Kit

The Galaxy Note 4 has quite reasonable battery life already, but having easy access to an extra day’s supply is always handy. This battery kit provides both a spare battery and a separate charger, allowing you to put both batteries on charge overnight so you’ll wake up with twice the power available. The charger is barely bigger than the battery itself, so it’s no problem to take it with you when you’re travelling either.

4. Official Samsung MHL 2.0 HDMI Adapter

Samsung Galaxy S4 / Note 3 MHL 2.0 HDTV HDMI Adapter    Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL HDTV Adapter - ET-H10FAUWEGWW

If you want to watch a video on your phone, why not watch it on the biggest screen available? This handy adapter connects your phone to a TV, monitor or projector, mirroring your display on the larger screen. That’s brilliant for watching YouTube clips or entire TV episodes, playing games and just browsing the web. The adapter provides both power and a video link, so you’re able to charge your phone at the same time.

3. 64GB Samsung MicroSD Card Class 10 UHS-1

Samsung 64GB UHS-1 Grade 1 MicroSDXC Pro - Class 10Samsung 64GB UHS-1 Grade 1 MicroSDXC Pro - Class 10

This microSD card provides 64 extra gigabytes of storage space for your phone – more room for songs, videos, photos, apps and anything else you might want to keep on your phone. This storage is fast too, with rapid transfer speeds thanks to the card’s Class 10 UHS-1 rating.

2. MFX Tempered Glass Screen Protector

MFX Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Tempered Glass Screen ProtectorMFX Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Tempered Glass Screen Protector

This screen protector for the Note 4 is made of tempered glass, which provides much better protection than a traditional plastic screen protector. The ultra-thin glass is coated with an anti-shatter film to keep it in good condition for longer. This screen protector is also easier to apply than a plastic version, with no possibility for air bubbles thanks to the rigid material.

1. Spigen Neo Hybrid Case – Satin Silver, Champagne Gold, Electric Blue, Electric Red, Metal Slate

 

Spigen Neo Hybrid Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case - Satin SilverSpigen Neo Hybrid Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Case - Electric Blue

This attractive case uses a combination of TPU and polycarbonate to provide a good combination of protection and durability. The TPU back cover will protect the phone’s internals from damage and the back from scratches, adding rigidity to the case. The polycarbonate frame absorbs the force of shocks and falls, preventing the phone from breaking its screen or getting scratched up. The case is quite slim too, and comes in a couple of colour options that look brilliant with the Note 4. That’s why this case is our number 1 accessory pick.

Conclusion

So there we have it – five accessory recommendations for the Note 4. If you have any questions or comments about Note 4 accessories, I’d welcome them in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good weekend!

SIM-free Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 LTE available now

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

SIM Free Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 - Grey    SIM Free Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 - Grey

Samsung have continued to offer some of the most popular Android phones – from their high-end Galaxy S5 and Note 4 models to lower and mid-range phones. It’s from this value end of the spectrum that today’s featured phone comes: the Galaxy Ace 4 LTE. This phone costs only £150, but offers good hardware, a recent version of Android and a sturdy design. The Galaxy Ace 4 LTE is available sim-free from Mobile Fun, so let’s take a look at what you get for the money.

Design

The Ace 4 has a simple but effective design, consistent with Samsung’s past efforts. The plastic frame is light and durable, and allows for a microSD card slot to easily add extra storage space. The front of the phone is dominated by a 4-inch 480p display, with a VGA front-facing camera above. There’s a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera on the back as well, flanked with a flash module and the phone’s speaker. The phone is fairly thin and light, at 11mm and 131 grams.

SIM Free Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 - Grey

Hardware

Inside, the Ace 4 has reasonable specifications. That includes a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD) and a 1500mAh removable battery. In terms of connectivity, we’re looking at 4 LTE, WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS (w/ A-GPS and GLONASS) and FM radio.

Software

The Ace 4 comes with Android 4.4.2 on board, with Samsung’s familar TouchWiz UI on top. While most of the crazy features from the Galaxy S5 haven’t made the jump to the Ace 4, very few of them were legitimately useful anyway so that’s no bad thing.

SIM Free Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 - Grey    SIM Free Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 - Grey

Conclusion

That’s all for now folks! Be sure to let us know what you think of the phone, and check out the SIM-free Galaxy Ace 4 product page for more information or to place your order. You can also find a full range of Galaxy Ace 4 accessories right here.Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week ahead!

Samsung Gear S UK price announced

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Gear S Smartwatch - Black

The Samsung Gear S is one of the most interesting smartwatches of the year, thanks to its integrated SIM card that let it work without being paired to a phone. Today, we’re announcing a confirmed UK price for the Gear S; the official Samsung RRP. That figure is £329.99.

The Gear S is one of the most expensive smartwatches then, but it’s not unjustified. The smartwatch can make and take calls, texts and emails using its standalone 3G connection. You’ll also get smartwatch staples: seeing notifications from your phone, tracking your fitness & activity and even seeing what time it is.

The Gear S has a new design too, with a gently curved display that wraps naturally around your wrist. The watch is rated IP67 for water and dust resistance, ensuring its survival in rain showers, splashes of water and dusty environments.

Internally, the Gear S is pretty impressive. You’ve got a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, a 3G modem, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi N and GPS. There’s also 4GB of internal storage, allowing you to keep music on your watch and listen on Bluetooth headphones. The 300mA battery is capable of about two days of use, so you’ll charge it with your smartphone most nights.

Samsung Galaxy Gear S Smartwatch - White    Samsung Galaxy Gear S Smartwatch - White

The Gear S is compatible with a wide range of Galaxy smartphones and tablets including the Note 4, Note 3, Galaxy S5, S5 Mini, S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3 and Galaxy S4 Zoom. The Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 are also compatible if they’ve received the Android 4.3 update.

The Samsung Gear S is coming soon to Mobile Fun; current projections suggest we’ll see the Gear S in stock in the next two or three weeks. For more information and live availability data, please visit the product page linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article, and be sure to let us know what you think of the Gear S and its price in the comments below!