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Sony WCR14 wireless charging cover for Xperia Z3 announced

Friday, September 12th, 2014

It’s not all iPhone this week. We’ve continued to add new accessories to our store from the multitude of Android phones that were announced last week, including for the Sony Xperia Z3. The latest addition is this sweet Sony-made wireless charging cover, called the WCR14. Let’s take a closer look.

The wireless charging cover clips onto your Xperia Z3, providing both protection and utility. The front cover protects the front of the phone from scratches and abrasion, allowing you to go without a dedicated Xperia Z3 screen protector. The front cover has the signature Sony logo on the lower portion, allowing you to continue to show off your choice of handset while the cover is installed.

Of course, the main attraction here is the wireless charging provided by the case. This is done through the inclusion of coil in the back cover, which connects to the phone via metal contacts on the side. Once installed, you’re able to use any Qi charging pad to wirelessly charge the phone, freeing you from the trouble of plugging and unplugging cables all the time.

For more information on this wireless charging cover, please visit the product pages linked below. These product pages will also contain the latest live pricing and availability information.

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let me know what you think of the Z3 and its wireless charging cover. You can leave a comment below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.

Play PS4 games on your Xperia Z3 with the Game Control Mount

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Sony PS4 Game Control Mount GCM10

One of the coolest things about the new Sony Xperia Z3 devices is that you can play PS4 games on them. All you need is a PS4 and a controller, but for a truly mobile experience you need one more piece: a Sony PS4 controller clip! This official accessory lets you mount your phone or tablet to your PS4 controller, essentially turning the PS4 into a sweet handheld games console.

If you’re struggling to think of how this would be awesome, then let me paint you a picture. You’re getting home from work, eager to play Destiny with a friend online. You drop off your bag, walk through the door into the living room and… oh no! There’s someone watching TV! You could boot them off and deal with the social consequences, but it’s OK. You have the Xperia Z3 and the Game Control Mount!

You quickly slide in the controller and stick it to the back of your phone, then turn on the PS4 and launch the PS4 app. Streaming starts, and within a few seconds you’re playing Destiny on the couch, with your friends and/or family pleasantly undisturbed. With a fast wireless network, you’re getting high quality 1080p streaming, with the same easy controls as you would playing on the console directly.

Sony PS4 Game Control Mount GCM10    Sony PS4 Game Control Mount GCM10

Convinced? The Game Control Mount is available soon at Mobile Fun, and is compatible with the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. To see more info – including live pricing and availability information – please visit the page linked below:

Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below!

Top Xperia Z3 cases and accessories

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Today we’re going to run down some of the best cases and accessories announced so far for the Sony Xperia Z3. The phone has only been official for a week, but already we’ve got plenty of cool stuff on our virtual shelves – take a look!

Official Sony Style Cover with Smart Window

Official Sony Xperia Z3 Style Cover Stand Case - Silver Green

Our first recommended Xperia Z3 accessory is Sony’s own official case for the Xperia Z3. It’s called the Style Cover with Smart Window, and utilises the same kind of windowed flip cover design as Samsung and LG. The window allows you to check the time, see incoming notifications and even answer calls – all without needing to open the cover. That saves time, while keeping your screen safe and protected. This Xperia Z3 case is available in four colours and fits the phone perfectly. For more information, see the product pages linked below:

Sony Magnetic Charging Dock DK48

Sony Magnetic Charging Dock DK48 for Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact

This sleek and stylish charging dock is the ideal way to keep your Xperia Z3 topped up while you’re watching a film, surfing the web or just watching the notifications roll in. It’s also brilliant on your nightstand, turning your phone into a high-tech alarm clock. The dock provides power through the Xperia Z3′s metal charging pins, so you don’t even have to open the flap covering the microUSB port.

DriveTime Sony Xperia Z3 In-Car Pack

Our next accessory is this car pack for the Xperia Z3. It includes three helpful items designed to make the most of your time in-car with the Z3. There’s a case-compatible car mount to keep the Xperia Z3 easily visible while driving, a 2A USB car charger to keep your Z3 fully charged, and a 1m micro USB cable you can leave in your car to use with the charger. It’s a combined value of £25, but we’re letting it go for a fair bit cheaper than that.

Olixar High Power Sony Xperia Z3 Car Charger

High Power Lightning Car Charger with Extra USB Port - Black    High Power Lightning Car Charger with Extra USB Port - Black

If you’re looking to charge more than one device in your car, then you might want to pick up the Olixar High Power Sony Xperia Z3 Car Charger. This useful item includes both an attached micro USB cable and a free USB port, allowing you to charge two devices at once. As it’s a USB port instead of a specific cable, you’ll also find that it’s possible to charge Lightning or mini USB devices as well. With 2.4A on tap, you should be able to charge two phones at full power too.

High Power Sony Xperia Z3 Charger – Mains

Micro USB 2A Mains Charger Kit    Micro USB 2A Mains Charger Kit

This simple mains charger and micro USB cable is ideally suited for use with the Xperia Z3, with the package providing a solid 2.1A of power to charge your phone at full speed. If you’re looking for a spare mains charger to keep at work or a replacement for a lost or damaged original, this is a good shout.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out the article! For more accessory recommendations and mobile news, check out the rest of the blog! You can also receive notifications of new articles and other social media goodness via Twitter (@mobilefun) or Facebook (Love Your Mobile). Thanks again and have a good week!

Three cool accessories for the Xperia Z3 Compact

Friday, September 5th, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was announced this week alongside its flagship and tablet brethren. We’ve already prepared a host of accessories for the new phone, so let’s take a look at some of the best ones.

Official Sony Z3 Compact Style Cover Stand Case

Our first accessory is an official case for the Z3 Compact, available in a range of colours. The Style Cover is a flip case, covering the screen of the phone to protect it from scratches. The Style Cover also includes a rubberised back section, which protects the corners of the phone from impact damage. The case is thin and stylish, cloaking your phone in sophistication without adding unwanted bulk. The case is available in a range of colours, as shown below:

Sony Magnetic Charging Dock DK48

Our second accessory for the Z3 Compact is a unique charging dock, which also fits the full-size Xperia Z3. The DK48 uses the phone’s magnetic connector, allowing the phone to be recharged without any flaps from being opened. This makes charging your phone a cinch. The Dock comes with four adapters to use with either handset with or without a case. Once inserted into the dock, your phone is held at a convenient angle for watching films, playing games or just keeping an eye on incoming notifications. The Smart Connect app can also be used to automatically start an app – like an alarm clock or video player – whenever your phone is inserted into the dock.

DriveTime Sony Xperia Z3 Compact In-Car Pack

Our final accessory is the DriveTime In-Car Pack for the Z3 Compact. The pack includes three components: a case-compatible car-mount (£10 value), a 2A car charger (£10 value) and a 1m micro USB power cable (£5 value). The car mount mounts easily on the windscreen or dashboard, while the car charger rapidly recharges your phone using the supplied cable. The combination ticks pretty much all of the boxes, allowing you to use your new phone for GPS navigation or playing videos for your passengers.

Conclusion

These three accessories are the first of many to come for the Xperia Z3 Compact. Stay tuned for these releases over the next few weeks and months, and be sure to let us know what you think of the first arrivals in the comments below!

Sony at IFA: Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, SmartWatch 3

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Sony have just held their IFA press event, announcing four new Android devices of various shapes and sizes: two smartphones, one tablet and a smartwatch. They also unveiled a surprisingly awesome new Android app for PS4 owners and a fitness band. Let’s take a closer look.

Xperia Z3: the full-size flagship

The Xperia Z3 was the first to be announced, and the most well-leaked of the devices on offer. The phone, as you might expect, is Sony’s flagship for the latter half of 2014, and improves on the formula introduced by its predecessors: top notch components, a classy glass-and-metal design with waterproofing, good optics and a clean version of Android.

Internally, there are few surprises. The phone comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB RAM and a 3100mAh battery. The 20-megapixel rear camera hasn’t seen a jump in raw megapixels, but it’s still an improvement: the sensor has been boosted to reach 12,800 ISO sensitivity and the lens is wider, the equivalent of a 25mm field of view.

The design has been subtly changed from the Z2, with a rounder, gently sloping frame and a thinner 7.3mm waistline. Despite the near 1mm reduction in width compared to the Z2, battery capacity has remained almost constant and battery life has improved from 1.3 days of moderate use to 2 days.

The Xperia Z3 will be available in four colourways – bronze, silver green, black and white – from October. Of course, we’re already preparing official Xperia Z3 accessories – expect more details on these soon!

Xperia Z3 Compact: the slightly smaller flagship

The Z3 Compact is an almost straight conversion of the Z3′s major hardware to a smaller 4.6-inch screen size. The resolution of that screen drops to 720p and RAM to 2GB, but pretty much everything else remains the same, including the quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 16 GB of storage plus microSD and the 20-megapixel camera.

The Z3 Compact will launch at a lower price than the Z3, and should also hit in October. Expected colours include black, white, green and orange. As with the full-size Z3, we’re already adding Xperia Z3 Compact accessories.

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Once again, the story here is that you’re getting the same strong internals and industrial design of the Xperia Z3 flagship, but in a different form factor. This time we’re looking at an 8-inch tablet with a resolution of 1920×1200. The tablet is impressively thin too, at just 6.4mm. Otherwise, you can expect the same strong performance and relatively clean Android as on the Z3 smartphones. Accessories for the Z3 Tablet Compact are also forthcoming.

PS4 Remote Play

The killer app for these three Xperia Z3 devices may be something called PS4 Remote Play. The app allows you to play PlayStation 4 games from anywhere in your house, as long as you’re within WiFi range. The PlayStation 4 does all the grunt-work, then sends a video stream to your device and requests inputs. Together with a special series of clamps for attaching phones and tablets to the PlayStation 4 controller, it provides a pretty good approximation playing a PS4 game the usual way. It could be quite useful if your TV or living room is occupied but you’d still like to play. PS4 Remote Play is set to go live in November.


Sony SmartWatch 3

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first in its line to run Android Wear, a big change from the stance that Sony took upon the initial release of the Google OS earlier this year. The watch has that trademark 1.6-inch transflective LCD display, and looks quite sporty with a rubbery band in an array of colours. The watch comes with a best-possible IP68 rating, so it should survive sudden downpours and the shower equally well. The SW3 will be available this autumn in many colours:

Sony SmartBand Talk

The final piece of the puzzle for Sony today was a new SmartBand, a fitness-tracking accessory that’s worn on the wrist. The gadget has a slow-updating but long-lasting e-ink display, which makes for a sluggish user interface. The band includes a microphone and speakers, allowing you to use it as a kind of Bluetooth headset for your phone. You can even snap your fingers to start or pause your tunes. The SmartBand will be available this autumn.

Conclusion

So there we have it – all of Sony’s big announcements from IFA 2014. To leave any comments and questions, please visit the comments section below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun.