Posts Tagged ‘samsung’
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.
Thursday, August 14th, 2014
The Galaxy Alpha is the latest Samsung handset, and the very first to use their new metal design language. We’ll have the handset in stock, sim-free and unlocked, very soon. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at the next big thing from Samsung.
The Galaxy Alpha sports an interesting look, with a chamfered metal frame with Samsung’s typical plastic front and back. The back cover feels similar to the Galaxy S5, with that dimpled look. The overall look is somewhere between the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S, and it’s a huge improvement over the purely plastic designs we’ve seen from Samsung in the past.
The phone is incredibly skinny too, measuring just 6.7mm – about a millimetre thinner than the iPhone 5S – and weighs about the same, despite a much larger 4.7-inch 720p display.
The phone comes in four colour variations: dazzling white, charcoal black, sleek silver and frosted gold and scuba blue. Knowing Samsung, we’ll see additional colours if the phone proves a success.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha with a nice hardware specification; not quite at the top of the pile like the Galaxy S5, but still perfectly respectable for a mid to high-end device.
The heart of the phone is its Exynos 5430 octa-core processor, which is the first mobile SoC built on a 20nm process. The CPU uses around 25% less power than before, while also including a new audio co-processor. The new CPU is powerful too, scoring higher marks than the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 in the AnTuTu benchmark.
The CPU is backed with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, although there’s no microSD card slot to add more. A 12-megapixel rear camera and 2.1-megapixel front-facer are also included. Everything runs off a 1860mAh battery, thanks to the more efficient CPU.
The Galaxy Alpha will come with the latest version of Android to be fully released, which is 4.4 KitKat. An upgrade to Android 4.5 L seems a given, judging by Samsung’s past record in upgrading their mid-range and high-end handsets.
The phone will run the same TouchWiz UI as the Galaxy S5, with a number of nifty features added on top of the stock Android experience. You’ll get the ability to run two apps side-by-side, a comprehensive camera app loaded with modes and more Samsung apps than you can shake a stick at. The built-in fingerprint sensor is another nice feature, allowing you to sign into your phone with a (careful) touch of your finger.
It’s a strong selection, and while some might prefer a cleaner experience, if you’re looking for features then you can’t do much better than Samsung’s latest.
The Galaxy Alpha looks to be a surprisingly capable phone, and one of the best looking handsets that Samsung have ever released.
Thanks for checking out the article and the phone! Be sure to let us know if you’re going to pick up the Galaxy Alpha, or tell us why not! You can reach us in the comments below, or on Twitter @mobilefun.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha today, their first phone to use their new metal design language. The phone looks like a cross between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a large screen, 6.7mm thick chamfered metal frame and dimpled plastic removable back.
It’s pretty impressive inside as well. There’s a 4.7″ display, a 12-megapixel camera, 1860mAh battery and a quad or octa-core Samsung Exynos processor. The phone has a few downsides compared to the more expensive Galaxy S5 flagship though, including no removable storage (although 32 GB of internal space is provided standard), no waterproofing and a 720p screen.
For the most part though, the Galaxy Alpha looks like a better phone than the S5. While the metal used here doesn’t make for as good a design as the iPhone 5S or the HTC One M8. Still, it’s a step in the right direction for Samsung, who have pledged to use new and higher quality materials in a drive to turn around their flagging sales figures in the past few months.
We’ll have a full range of cases and covers for the Galaxy Alpha. It’ll be important to prevent scratches on that new metal section, so we forsee small and tight-fitting covers to be a popular item. In addition to cases, we’ll also try to provide a good level of accessories for the new Galaxy Alpha phone.
The sim-free Galaxy Alpha is available for pre-order at Mobile Fun now, with an expected release date of September and a price of £499.
We’ll announce cases and other accessories for the device as we add them to our store, so stay tuned to the Mobile Fun blog. You can hear about new articles and accessories via our Twitter (@mobilefun) or Facebook (Love Your Mobile). Thanks for checking out the blog and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Want an awesome case for your Galaxy S5? Take a look at the PowerSkin, an ultra-thin extended battery case. It protects your phone, gives you a day more battery life, and fits the style of the Galaxy S5 perfectly.
The PowerSkin includes a 2,200 mAh battery, tucked into the back of the case. That means you get 170% battery life – good for 36 hours of talking, 16 hours of web browsing or 18 hours of video playback. It’s a big boost for the Galaxy S5, and it’s an impressive feat given just how slim this extended battery case is. The case is easy to use as well, with handy LED indicators to show how much charge remains.
This case matches the Galaxy S5 perfectly too. The colours have been Pantone matched to the original S5 colours, so you’ll find that it’s exactly the same style as the factory-made rear cover. The dimpled texture from the Galaxy S5 also makes an appearance, resulting in a pretty convincing facsimile.
The PowerSkin is available in white and black, and they will be coming soon to Mobile Fun. For more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the product pages linked below:
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Two of the biggest mobile launches of the year are slated for early September. According to Recode, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, Apple is planning to announce the iPhone 6 on September 9th. Samsung have invited the press to a Galaxy Note 4 event on September 3rd. Whether you’re an Android or iPhone fan, early next month will be a very interesting time. Let’s take a look at what we expect to see.
Apple iPhone 6 (launch rumoured September 9th)
iPhone 6 concepts by Martin Hajek
The iPhone 6 has been the subject of rumour and speculation even before the iPhone 5S was launched in September last year. According to these rumours and a body of photographic evidence, the next iPhone will be a big departure from its predecessors. The new iPhone is expected to launch with a 4.7-inch screen, a significant increase over the 4-inch iPhone 5S and a massive change from the 3.5-inch iPhone 4S. An even larger model called the iPhone Air, at 5.5 inches, is also rumoured to debut later in the year or in early 2015. The new larger size may have some knock-on effects, such as the lock button moving from the top to the right side of the phone. The screens for these models may be covered with Sapphire-coated glass too, a move that could push prices for the already expensive Apple handset even higher.
The new iPhone(s) will also come with some improved internals. An Apple A8 processor seems likely, which would provide a boost to performance necessary for the higher resolution. A more capacious battery also seems an obvious choice, as even with a rumoured 6mm thick chassis there’ll be plenty of extra room for a larger battery. Other internal changes like additional RAM or additional storage are also possible. Even NFC has been spotted on purported iPhone 6 motherboards, which would be a big addition for Apple, as the company has pointedly avoided the tech so far.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (event announced September 3rd)
Samsung’s Note 4 event invitation
Another Samsung Galaxy Note announced at IFA seems an inevitably after three years, and Samsung have sent out their press invitations right on schedule. The Note 4 will be an important phone for Samsung, as they look to regain market share against incumbents like LG, Lenovo and Huawei.
The new phone should again grow in resolution and features, with a 5.7″ screen running at 2560 x 1440. Features that made it into the Galaxy S5, most notably a waterproof chassis with an IP67 rating, are also likely to make their way to the Note line. While a metal-clad design or even a curved display aren’t impossible, a more standard design with textured plastic seems the safer bet.
Internally, we should also seem some iterative changes. A Snapdragon 801 or even 805 processor seem likely to be used, with a Samsung-made Exynos chipset for some markets (including Samsung’s native South Korea). Expect to see 3 or 4 GB of RAM, backed with the same expandable microSD storage and replaceable battery that have proven so popular with Samsung’s line of phones.
Which handset are you excited for? Let us know in the comments below or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun!