Posts Tagged ‘Sony’
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.
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
The Sony Xperia Z2 is a beautiful smartphone with some of the best battery life on the market. But what happens when you need more than a day or two of charge? Enter the enCharge Power Jacket Hard Case for the Xperia Z2. This masterful Xperia Z2 battery case adds a whopping 4500mAh of battery power, taking your combined total into tablet territory at 7700mAh! That means you’ll get 53+ hours of talk time, 27+ hours of web browsing, or 29+ hours of video watching. And that’s for constant use… imagine how many days you’ll be able to get with more moderate use!
Of course, there’s no good having additional battery power if it makes your phone feel clunky and giant. The large frame of the Xperia Z2 helps considerably here, with the Power Jacket Z2 case adding only a small amount of extra thickness to the phone. And each bit of extra battery also has a secondary role, providing added protection against a range of knocks, drops and falls. Scratch protection is impressive too, thanks to the complete coverage of the phone, while the screen and buttons remain fully accessible.
The enCharge Power Jacket turns the Xperia Z2 into a media monster, capable of showing movies for days on end… and to aid that cause, the case even includes a kickstand on the back. This’ll keep your phone at a convenient angled landscape orientation, perfect for kicking back and watching your favourite YouTube stars, TV shows or movies.
The enCharge Power Jacket for the Xperia Z2 is coming soon to Mobile Fun. In the meantime, you can learn more about the product at our dedicated page linked below.
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014
This week Sony announced the Xperia T3, a new smartphone that combines a large 5.3-inch 720p display with mid-range internals and a reasonable price. In fact, Sony claims that this is the thinnest 5.3-inch smartphone in the world, at 7mm. Of course, 5.3″ isn’t the most common display size, but it’s still a remarkable feat.
Inside the Xperia T3, you’ll find a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor running at 1.4 GHz, backed with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. You can greatly expand your available storage using microSD though, with support for up to 64 GB microSD cards.
In terms of shooters, we’re looking at a rather ordinary 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera, with a 1.1-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features include a 2500 mAh non-removable battery and the usual connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi N and NFC.
Android 4.4.2 is the software on board, with Sony’s usual blend of software tweaks and themes.
The Xperia T3 looks like it’ll be available from late July or early August, and will launch in three colours worldwide: black, white and purple. We’ll have two of these at Mobile Fun, although if we see sufficient demand the purple option is a possibility as well.
For more information on the Sony Xperia T3, take a look at our product pages in the colour of your choice:
You might also want to have a look at our range of Xperia T3 accessories. We’ve already added a range of Krusell Malmo Xperia T3 cases, which come in four lovely colours: pink, blue, white and black.