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How to connect your Samsung device to your TV

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

If you’ve got a Samsung smartphone or tablet, chances are you can use a technology called MHL to connect your phone or tablet to your TV using a special adapter.

Here’s how it works

These special adapters are normally called HDMI or MHL adapters, and they’re quite simple.

  • One end of the adapter plugs into your phone’s micro USB port.
  • An HDMI cable connects another end of the adapter with your TV, projector or monitor.
  • Finally, a USB cable connects the adapter and a power source – typically a USB AC adapter, or a USB port on a TV or computer. If your TV has a special MHL HDMI port, then this isn’t needed.

Once you have everything connected, your screen will automatically be mirrored onto your TV. Then you can play music, play a video from YouTube or Netflix, or just surf the web. Everything that is on your screen will also be shown on your TV.

Which MHL adapter should I choose?

There are a couple of Samsung HDMI adapters on the market. The newer adapters are backwards-compatible with earlier models, so your decision is down to this – do you need 4K support and faster charging?

If you do, then the most recent Samsung MHL 3.0 adapter is ideal, providing full 4K (3840 x 2160p at 30Hz) support and up to 10 watts of charging power. If you’re not using a 4K TV, you’ll still be able to use 1080p and 720p output modes.

Otherwise, the cheaper Samsung MHL 2.0 adapter will meet your needs, topping out at 1080p (1920 x 1080 at 60Hz) and up to 5V of charging power.

Any questions?

If there’s anything we haven’t answered for you, let us know! You can leave a question in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

Zeiss VR One: the first mobile VR headset is now available

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Are you ready? Smartphone virtual reality is here. The Zeiss VR ONE is in stock now, and could be yours tomorrow. Here’s what you can do with it.

Watch HD videos in full 360 degree 3D

The leading-edge optical design and Zeiss lenses of the VR ONE allow you to experience stunning videos, in high definition and with 360 degree full 3D. The effect is extraordinary. You can also watch downloaded movies (or videos that you’ve shot yourself), whether in 2D or side-by-side 3D.

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

Show your mom (or grandpa) what Virtual Reality is

Want to become a VR evangelist? The Zeiss VR ONE makes for a convincing demonstration of the current state of VR, and is sure to impress your friends and family. You can even wear eyeglasses while using the VR ONE, which will be a big feature to anyone that relies on corrected vision.

Experience augmented reality

One of the best features of the VR One is augmented reality. By using your smartphone’s rear camera, you can get a real-time view of your surroundings that can be overlaid with graphics to play games or just explore.

Zeiss VR ONE iPhone 6 Virtual Reality Headset

Try new VR apps and games as they’re released

Zeiss have provided a developer API and materials that should make it easy to develop new apps for the device. The Zeiss VR One Media Launcher makes it easy to find new apps as they’re released, and discover more apps compatible with your VR ONE headset.

Use with iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5

The Zeiss VR ONE supports two of the most popular smartphones of the year: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 6. More smartphones will be supported in the future, with the Nexus 5 and Galaxy S4 being options most requested by users. If you’ve got either phone, order your Zeiss VR ONE below:

For a cheaper alternative, you might like to check out our Google Cardboard-compatible VR headset here.

Thanks for checking out the article! Be sure to let us know what you think of the headset (and VR in general) in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!

Samsung official confirms Galaxy S6 to get MWC reveal

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

A Samsung executive has confirmed that the Galaxy S6 will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rather than at a separate, later event. The executive, who was quoted in the Korean media, stated that the phone will be announced on March 2nd, and the exact model to be unveiled is still up for deliberation.

Samsung has apparently prepared multiple prototypes with different features and form factors, but even to Samsung’s leadership a clear favourite hasn’t emerged. Rumours have been floated by several publications over the recent months, including full metal unibody designs, designs with glass back panels, and even a variant with a two-sided Edge display.

The chipset to be used is also a topic of conversation, with recent reports stating that Samsung will eschew their normal partners Qualcomm in favour of an in-house Exynos processor. That decision is reportedly down to overheating issues with the new Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, which have also been widely reported in the tech media.

Competitors LG have also been active in the Korean media. Their executive stated that they wouldn’t reveal their G4 flagship at MWC, instead preferring a later date. The official commented that they had released the G3 in May 2014, so they had plenty of time to unveil a successor.

We’ll be supporting both handsets once they’re announced. We’ve already prepared an initial series of accessories for the Galaxy S6, and we’ll be adding new products to that extensively over the coming weeks and months.

What do you make of the news? Let us know in the comments below.

Samsung Activity Tracker: a simpler approach to fitness tracking

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

As well as their line of premium smartwatches and fitness trackers, Samsung have also quietly produced a simple fitness solution that could be a perfect fit for newcomers to the quantified self / fitness tracking movement. It’s called simply the Activity Tracker, and it’s coming soon to Mobile Fun.

The Activity Tracker covers the basics well, tracking the steps you take, the exercise you perform and the calories that you burn as a result. Because there’s no built-in display, battery life is very good, with the device lasting up to five days between charges.

The Tracker also contains some other useful features, like an alert which lets you know if your phone gets more than ten metres away from you. You’ll also be alerted to incoming calls and texts on your phone by a LED lighting up. The Activity Tracker can be worn on a clip or on a wrist band, according to your preference.

Samsung Activity Tracker    Samsung Activity Tracker

The Activity Tracker works using Bluetooth 4.0, and is compatible with Samsung smartphones and tablets running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and later. You can use the bespoke Activity Tracker App or S Health 3.0; both programs will show your activity and give you a nice overview of your recent fitness and calories.

Samsung Activity Tracker

The Activity Tracker is coming soon to Mobile Fun. For more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the product page below!

Thanks for checking out the article; as always be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. You can also talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun or speak to us on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

Spigen unveil Galaxy A5 range, including cases and screen protector

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Spigen produce some of the best phone cases on the market, offering a good blend of style, protection and added functionality. Today, we’re showing you the company’s lineup for the recently-announced Samsung Galaxy A5.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case - GunmetalMintClear

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Samsung Galaxy A5 Case - Gunmetal    Spigen Ultra Hybrid Samsung Galaxy A5 Case - Gunmetal

The Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case is a clever case that combines a transparent polycarbonate back with a TPU bumper in one of three colours – gunmetal, mint and clear. The case provides full coverage of the back and sides to prevent scratches, while allowing the rear cover of the phone to be fully visible. A new advanced anti-scratch coating ensures that the case remains scratch-free too.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Samsung Galaxy A5 Case - Mint    Spigen Ultra Hybrid Samsung Galaxy A5 Case - Clear

 

The bumper section of the case also works well, adding grip to prevent you dropping your Galaxy A5. The case is durable and lightweight, ensuring that you can protect your phone without adversely affecting its bulk or weight.

Spigen Steinheil Crystal Screen Protector - Clear

Spigen Steinheil Crystal Samsung Galaxy A5 Screen Protector    Spigen Steinheil Crystal Samsung Galaxy A5 Screen Protector

Spigen round up their accessory lineup with a crystal screen protector for the Galaxy A5. In contrast to tempered glass screen protectors, plastic options like this have a shorter lifespan but cost less, and still provide good protection.

The Steinheil Crystal Screen Protector provides great scratch and scuff protection, thanks to its construction from a 0.16mm non-yellowing thermoplastic urethane film. The screen protector is custom-cut to fit the screen of the Galaxy A5, ensuring a perfect match. A special silicone glue is used for the screen protector, which results in fewer air bubbles and no residue upon removal.

Spigen Steinheil Crystal Samsung Galaxy A5 Screen Protector    Spigen Steinheil Crystal Samsung Galaxy A5 Screen Protector

If you’d like to prevent scratches and other damage to your A5′s screen, then the Crystal Screen Protector is a good choice.

Conclusion

So there we have it – a sweet case and screen protector for the Galaxy A5, produced by the much-respected Spigen. Thanks for checking out of the article and be sure to let us know what you think of these Galaxy A5 accessories in the comments below!