Posts Tagged ‘Sony’
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Sony is one of many manufacturers planning to announce phones in early September. Their last flagship phone was the Xperia Z2, so it seems natural to expect an Xperia Z3 at their IFA press event on September 3rd. We’ll also likely see a few variations on that theme, including a smaller phone called the Z3 Compact and a small tablet called the Z3 Tablet Compact. Let’s take a closer look at what’s expected.
Sony Xperia Z3
The Xperia Z3 will be the proper flagship of the group, and looks like it’ll be quite similar to its predecessor, with the same 5.2-inch display and similar dimensions. The internals are also mostly the same, including 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage plus microSD. What’s changed is a faster Snapdragon 801 processor (to replace the slower and less efficient Snapdragon 800) and Android 4.4.4 on board. The design of the phone has changed too, with leaked pictures showing a simplified body that still adheres to Sony’s distinctive design language.
Official accessories for the Xperia Z3 are already being added to our site. One of these is the Z3 Style Cover Stand Case, which should be available in four colours (silver green, copper, white and black). The case’s big feature is a protective flip cover that can also turn into a folding stand.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
The Z3 Compact likewise is a straight upgrade over its predecessor, with a faster and more battery-efficient Snapdragon 801 processor replacing the Snapdragon 800 and 3GB RAM instead of 2GB. The screen gets bigger once again as well, to 4.6 inches across the diagonal, but smaller bezels ensure a minimally larger footprint.
Details on Xperia Z3 Compact cases have also been made available. Once again, we’re looking at a Style Cover Stand Case, which should come in four colours (sunset orange, aqua green, black and white).
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
The Z3 Tablet Compact is the least well leaked device, but we do know it exists thanks to a mention in a Sony support document. Specifications aren’t confirmed, but a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and 7 or 8-inch display all would seem logical inclusions. A high-end rear-facing camera should be included as well, but it’s unlikely that we’ll see the full 20.7-megapixel units used on the Z3 and Z3 Compact.
No accessories have yet been leaked or announced for the tablet, but we’ll add them to the site as soon as information about them appears.
So there you have it – three new Sony tablets, all likely to be announced at Sony’s IFA press conference on September 3rd. Let us know what you think of the devices in the comments below, and remember to hold off on any smartphone purchases until after the glut of early September! Thanks for checking out the article and have a good one.
Friday, August 8th, 2014
A leaked photo of the Z3 Compact
The Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact have yet to be formally announced, but there’s no doubt that Sony’s next flagship phones are coming soon. Both phones have been spotted in the records of American and Russian regulatory agencies, and we’ve even seen details of forthcoming official accessories for the pair. One of these accessories is the DK48, a magnetic charging dock that fits either phone. Let’s take a closer look.
Like earlier Sony magnetic docks, the DK48 fits easily into the dock with a single hand. Rather than relying on the usual microUSB port for charging, the Z3 and Z3 Compact are equipped with metal charging pins. These are water-resistant, so they don’t have to sit behind a flap, saving you that extra bit of bother. Of course, they’re magnetic too, so it’s easy to place the phone in approximately the right position and have the connection click into place.
Of course, while the phone is sitting in the dock you still want to be able to use it. The dock includes a helpful landscape viewing angle, perfect for checking incoming messages, playing games or watching videos.
If you prefer to use your phone with a Z3 case or Z3 Compact cover, then you’re in luck. The package comes with a pair of adapters, allowing you to fit your phone in the dock with or without a cover.
The dock is made by Sony themselves, so you can look forward to a perfect fit and finish throughout. This official dock matches the phones in style as well, so you get a perfectly polished duo that really allows the beautiful industrial design of the handset to shine through.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is expected to be announced on September 3rd, so stay tuned for additional photos and details on the phone and its accessories! For more information or to place your pre-order, please visit the product page linked below:
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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Today we’re going to recommend five excellent Sony Xperia M2 cases just for you. Let’s get started!
Our first case is this one from ToughGuard. It’s made from a rubberised plastic, which adds both grip and flexibility to the case. You’ll find it provides adequate protection agianst scratches and slight knocks, but for bigger impacts you’d prefer a thicker or more complex case design. The best points of this case are its slim signature and low cost, making it an easy choice if you’re looking for only nominal protection.
A qubit is a quantum bit, the smallest unit of quantum information that can take one of two states. It’s also the name of a case company that makes a rather stylish leather-style wallet case. The case includes a couple of credit card slots to help you shrink down (or eliminate!) your wallet, with a flip cover to protect your screen and a fastener to keep your phone in place.
If you’re looking for a more interesting looking case, then this patterned option from Terrapin is a fine choice. The Leather-Style Wallet Case has a simple folio design with four pockets, letting you keep all your valuables in one easy-to-secure location. The case has a cheerful patterned interior and a stylish red colour on the outside.
This windowed flip case for the Xperia M2 shows you the time and caller ID, letting you get around the common hassles associated with a flip cover case while keeping your screen fully protected. The case is available in a range of colours, which are coming to Mobile Fun soon.
The Case-Mate Barely There is a long-time favourite of mine, offering a great mixture of good protection in a small package. The Barely There is made from a slim impact-resistant plastic, allowing it to stand up to considerable amounts of abuse. The Barely There also looks good, with its slim build and simple cuts making for a classic understated style. It’s my top pick, and it could be yours too!
That’s all the time we have for now! Please let me know in the comments below what you think of the cases, and be free to make your own suggestions too. If you want to have a chat, then look us up on Twitter @mobilefun!
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
2014 is the year of the smartwatch. These wearable accessories offer notifications, fitness tracking and even the time, all on your wrist. In this article, we’ll share our recommendations for the five best smartwatches on the market.
5. Sony SmartWatch 2
Sony were one of the first mobile companies to create a smartwatch, letting them hit a second generation before most companies had come out with their first. The SmartWatch 2 is a solid choice, with a transflective display that’s easy to read in sunlight, decent battery life and a reasonable amount of apps. The price is right too, usually coming in a fair bit under £100. Unfortunately for Sony, Google’s new Android Wear OS is gaining speed fast, and the SmartWatch 2 is far less attractive as a development target – meaning we’ll see less apps in the future.
4. Samsung Gear 2
The Samsung Gear 2 is another watch to be released just before Android Wear, so it too will have to fight for developers to create apps for it, despite quite strong sales. The Gear 2 is the ultimate do-everything watch, with tons of functionality you won’t find anywhere else – including a built-in camera and speaker, so you can take phone calls and photos from your wrist. It’s all very futuristic, but poor battery life, medicore interface and relatively high price point make the Gear 2 a poor choice if you’re not interested in its additional functions and/or you don’t have a Samsung phone to use it with.
3. LG G Watch
The LG G Watch is one of two Android Wear smartwatches to be released this month, giving the watch a clean touch and voice interface and a rapidly growing stable of apps. The watch’s square design isn’t ground-breaking, but it does the job, and its 400 mAh battery and Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor provide lasting performance. At £150, the G Watch is decently priced too.
The Pebble is the first popular smartwatch, the result of a record-breaking crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. Unlike the other watches on this list, the Pebble opts for a Kindle-style e-ink display, allowing it to last much longer – you can get about a week from a Pebble, compared to a day or two from LCD/AMOLED screens. The black-and-white display has a low refresh rate though, limited the kind of apps that can run on it.
In terms of style, the Pebble is a mixed bag. The original, cheaper model is plasticky and hobbyist in looks, although the later Pebble Steel improves on this front considerably. Another plus point is that the Pebble works with iOS and Android equally well, making it one of the few good cross-platform options. The final consideration, apps, goes the Pebble’s favour as well, thanks to a hearty developer community that has been working for a long time now.
1. Samsung Gear Live
The Gear Live is the other Android Wear smartwatch to debut this month. Compared to the G Watch, the Gear Live has a cleaner look with a more form-fitting shape, a neater watch-band and a higher-resolution Super AMOLED display. The G Watch does compare favourably on some points though, as the Gear Live has a 25% smaller battery and fewer watch-faces pre-installed. On balance, the Gear Live is probably the better option of the two, and that’s enough to give it the first place ranking this time around.
While the G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are two great additions to the smartwatch ecosystem, there’s still much more to come that’ll certainly shake up the rankings. The Moto 360 from Motorola launches this fall and has a beautiful circular dial, and runs the same excellent Android Wear OS as the G Watch and Gear Live. Apple’s rumoured iWatch is another big contender, although we don’t yet know what exactly what it will look like. Knowing Apple though, it could be a blockbuster.
It looks like it’ll be an exciting few months. Stay tuned for the latest smartwatch news right here at Mobile Fun, and be sure to let us know what you thought of the ranking in our comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
In this article we’ll take a look at three recent budget Sony Xperia phones that have been released this year. We’ll show you how the phones compare, and what accessories are available. Let’s get started!
Sony Xperia E1
The Sony Xperia E1 is the smallest of the trio, at 4 inches. The Xperia E1 is also the cheapest of the three, retailing for around £100. The phone is still well equipped though, with a recent processor—the dual-core Snapdragon 200 running at 1.2 GHz. This backed with half a gigabyte of RAM, 4 GB of internal space and the usual microSD card slot. The phone ships with Android 4.3, but an update to the latest version, 4.4, is planned for later this year. The primary camera is a bit disappointing though, at 3.15 megapixels, and there’s no secondary camera on the front. The E1 is also the only member of the trio not to include LTE connectivity. The Xperia E1 is a decent competitor to the well-regarded Moto G, but generally loses out to the Motorola handset.
There are a range of Xperia E1 cases available, including options from Roxfit, FlexiShield and Muvit, amongst others. Recommended accessories include screen protectors, microSD cards and portable battery packs.
Sony Xperia M2
The Xperia M2 is a more comfortably mid-range option, with a larger 4.3″ qHD display and improved internals compared to the Xperia E1. The M2 doubles basically every specification of the E1 – there’s a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor (compared to a Snapdragon 200 dual-core), 1 GB of RAM (compared to 512 MB) and 8 GB of storage (compared to 4 GB). The camera is also greatly improved, with a 8 megapixel snapper on the back and a nominal VGA front-facer. The software remains the same though, at Android 4.3 with a planned upgrade to 4.4 later this year.
There are a wider range of Xperia M2 cases, thanks to the phone’s greater popularity. Recommended accessories here are microSD cards again, car holders and car chargers.
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
If you want a big screen but you don’t want to pay big money, then the Xperia T2 Ultra is the Xperia smartphone you should be looking at. The T2 Ultra has a whopping 6″ display, measuring 1280 x 720 pixels in resolution. Inside, you’ll find similar hardware to the Xperia M2, with a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The battery size is increased to 3000mAh here, so longevity is increased significantly. The rear-facing camera is also surprisingly good, at 13 megapixels. Android 4.3 is on board here too, again with Android 4.4 planned for the months to come. Samsung’s Galaxy Mega and the HTC One Max are the only real competitors here, and neither are particularly impressive… so the T2 Ultra isn’t a bad shout at all.
In terms of accessories, we’ve got a slightly smaller pool of Xperia T2 Ultra cases to draw from. The increased screen size makes accessories like desk stands, car holders and Bluetooth speakers all great choices.
That’s all the time we have for now folks. I hope you’ve found this roundup useful, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions in the comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun.