Posts Tagged ‘sim free’
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
BlackBerry have released what they’ve called the ultimate version of their vision: the Passport. The phone is an attempt by BlackBerry to re-capture the magic of their early smartphone dominance, while bringing the brand kicking and screaming into the modern world.
The Passport is a curious nod to the continuing inflation of smartphone screen sizes, and is by far the biggest BlackBerry phone ever produced. The name Passport is surprisingly accurate; the phone is precisely the same size as a standard (American) passport. That means little to the average Brit, but let me assure you that this is a weirdly proportioned phone. It’s shorter than many flagship phones (it’s even shorter than the smaller iPhone 6 by a good 10mm), but it’s much wider.
The 4.5-inch screen diagonal doesn’t sound too large any more, but it’s square, making for a surprisingly large display. The screen is crisp too, at 1440 x 1440, and boasts good viewing angles too. The super-wide resolution means that you can fit a lot of content on-screen at once – websites, emails and spreadsheets particularly benefit from the unique aspect ratio. Unfortunately, most other content does not, with videos and games alike sporting massive black bars no matter which way you hold the phone.
The square screen would be brilliant for taking Instagram photos – and indeed, the 13-megapixel camera produces good results and defaults to that square aspect ratio. But Instagram isn’t available on the BlackBerry platform by default. BlackBerry have shored up their offerings with the inclusion of Amazon’s Android app store, so there are at least some of the most popular Android apps available here. Installing these requires quite a few steps, but it’s good to have the option available.
The generous proportions of this phone also allow BlackBerry to squeeze in an astonishingly large 3450mAh battery and top-of-the-line specifications to match. The battery is rated for about 30 hours of use, easily allowing two days of even moderate to heavy usage. In terms of specifications, we’re looking at the best BlackBerry ever – there’s a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage and all the connectivity trimmings including WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4, GPS and NFC.
For software, we’re looking at BlackBerry 10.3 OS, the latest version available. The OS has some good ideas about notifications and multi-tasking, and if you’re used to the BlackBerry 10 OS from earlier phones you’ll feel right at home. BlackBerry have improved their own offerings here, and with the Amazon app store on board you’ll have plenty of choice too.
The BlackBerry Passport is definitely the most audacious attempt yet from BlackBerry to recapture their past glory. While the Passport isn’t for everyone, for a certain kind of BlackBerry fan this is the ultimate smartphone.
The Passport is available from Mobile Fun, sim-free and unlocked, right now. Click the link below to see more information or place your pre-order:
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Last month, I advised that you wait until September to pick up a new phone as so many new models were being announced. Now September has arrived, so I’m going to show you five of the most promising new smartphones. All of these phones will go on sale in the coming weeks, so if your contract is up or you’re looking to buy a new smartphone sim-free, these are the ones to look out for.
What it is: A smaller version of Sony’s flagship Z3 smartphone.
Why it’s worth it: The Z3 Compact is a calculated reaction to the trend of ever-larger flagship phones. Unlike most ‘mini’ phones, the Z3 Compact is just as powerful as its full-size brother, offering top-notch internals and an excellent camera. The body looks and feels high-end too, with a gorgeous squared off glass look that’s also waterproof. If you want a reasonably-sized phone without settling for 2012-era specifications, the Z3 Compact is a good shout.
Read more about the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact or see Xperia Z3 Compact accessories.
What it is: Microsoft’s self-described affordable flagship Windows Phone.
Why it’s worth it: High-end Nokia Lumia phones come with great PureView cameras, beautiful bodies and the slick Windows Phone OS. The Lumia 830 is Microsoft’s attempt to bring these features down to the middle range of the market, and includes a 10-megapixel PureView OIS camera, wireless charging and a svelte premium body wrought from polycarbonate and aluminium. If you’d like an introduction or an update to the world of Windows Phone, the 830 is just the ticket.
Read more about the Nokia Lumia 830 or see Lumia 830 accessories.
What it is: Samsung’s best looking phone, designed to compete with the iPhone 6.
Why it’s worth it: Samsung have made plasticky phones for years, but that’s slowly beginning to change. The Galaxy Alpha is their first attempt at a new design language, and comes clad with a chamfered aluminium frame that measures just 6.7mm thick. It looks a little like an iPhone, and comes with specs to match the upcoming iPhone 6. That includes a 4.7-inch 720p display, 32 GB non-removable storage and a 12-megapixel camera.
Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha or see Galaxy Alpha accessories.
2. iPhone 6
What it is: The next iPhone, aka the best selling phone worldwide in Q4 2014.
Why it’s worth it: The iPhone 6 is the first properly large iPhone. Two years ago Apple first made the jump to four inches, and now they’re going all the way up to 4.7… and later, 5.5 inches. That means more screen real estate, more readable text and bigger movies and games. The iPhone 6 also includes NFC for the first time – for contactless payments – and the latest and greatest Apple A8 processor.
Read more about the Apple iPhone 6 or see iPhone 6 accessories or iPhone 6 Plus accessories.
The original Moto X was a critical darling, with a highly customisable and classy design and clever software features that people actually used… but it lost the spec war, and sales didn’t meet expectations because of that. Now the second-generation Moto X is here, and now it’s firing on all cylinders. The new X has a new metal frame that looks great (and it’s still fully customisable, even including wood and leather backs). It’s got those great features (voice controls and battery saving over clean Android. Maybe most importantly, it’s got leading specs as well: a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, latest Snapdragon 801 processor and good 13-megapixel camera. The Verge have already called it the best Android smartphone, and from what I’ve seen I’m inclined to agree.
Read more about the Motorola Moto X or see Moto X (second gen) accessories.
Of course, there are probably more than five smartphones that are worth considering. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which will probably sell millions of units, is a great choice for anyone that really wants a big screen or stylus support. The One M8 remains a paragon of industrial design several months after its release. The Sharp Aquous Crystal won’t see a UK release date, but does look futuristic and gorgeous. And of course, the second-generation Motorola Moto G looks set to be a big success with an incredible amount of performance and features for the price… but this is a top 5, not a top 10 or a top 20.
What do you think of the selections? Got any questions? Let me know in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Friday, July 4th, 2014
Sometimes I think that mobile phones are too complicated these days. Whatever happened to giant clunky phones that lasted for weeks, and the only thing you used them for besides phone calls was the odd game of Snake? If you’re also reminiscing about this simpler time, then we have a phone for you – The Brick.
The Brick is a freshly cut slab of 80s retro cool, before the trend for increasingly tiny and slim mobiles began. The phone comes with all the features you’d expect from a phone of the era:
- you can call people
- you can send text messages
- you can play snake
While the look is pure 80s, there are a few new features that set The Brick apart from its contemporaries – including a built-in LED torch, a speaker, and even Bluetooth. In fact, if you don’t want to use The Brick as a traditional phone, you can just pair it via Bluetooth to your smartphone, then use it as a Bluetooth handset. You can also use that Bluetooth connection to play music from the built-in speaker. It’s pretty brilliant really.
The Brick has that same long battery life as its spiritual predecessors, with 14 hours of talktime and a whopping 470 hours of standby time. Other hardware of note includes 2G network compatibility (no 4G here!) and a beautiful 1.5″ square colour display.
The Brick is available for pre-order now from Mobile Fun. For more information, please visit the product page below:
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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
Today Samsung confirmed a phone that’s been rumoured for a long time: the Galaxy S5 LTE-A (also known as the Galaxy S5 Prime). We are the first in Europe to offer the phone on pre-order with a price of £749.99.
The phone’s headline feature is its upgraded 5.1-inch display, boasting a 2560×1440 resolution that works out to a crazy 576 pixels per inch. This is the highest resolution smartphone screen ever, a feat shared with the LG G3 and the Oppo Find 7.
The internals have been upgraded too, with a brand new Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor running at 2.5GHz, including an advanced Adreno 420 GPU. The phone also comes with 3 GB of RAM on board, 1 GB more than the standard Samsung Galaxy S5. 32 GB of storage is also the norm, up from 16 GB on the vanilla S5.
The phone also includes LTE-A connectivity, allowing it to connect to the fastest 4G networks in the world. These networks are still under development in Europe, but we’ve seen speeds of 225 Mb/s down and 50 MB/s down in South Korea. Of course, slower but more common networks in Europe are also supported by the phone.
Otherwise, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A shares its features with the original Galaxy S5 released just a few short months ago. You’ll get a 16 megapixel camera that excels in good light, an IP67 waterproof rating, a fingerprint scanner and heartrate monitor. The phone also comes with Android 4.4.2 on board, with Samsung’s newly redesigned TouchWiz UI on top.
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A has the same dimensions and weight as its predecessor, so all existing Galaxy S5 accessories should work for the phone.
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A looks like a strong upgrade over the S5, and we’ll be looking to have it in stock as soon as we can. To place your pre-order or see more information, visit the product apge linked below:
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Monday, June 16th, 2014
The SIM Free Nokia Lumia 630 is now available unlocked at Mobile Fun. Let’s take a look at what sets this affordable Windows Phone apart from its peers.
The Lumia 630 is part of a successful series of modern smartphones running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU. Paired with a roomy 4.5″ display, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of expandable storage, you’ll find the Lumia 630 is a capable smartphone.
Windows Phone on board makes for a fast and fluid experience, too. Microsoft’s mobile OS has caught up with its competitors when it comes to apps, with recent apps like Instagram and games like Asphalt 8 highlighted by Nokia here. The Lumia 630 also includes Here Maps, a premium turn-by-turn navigation app that Nokia have polished to an absolute shine.
The Lumia 630 looks like a strong contender for your hard earned pounds, so keep it in mind when you look for a phone.
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