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Seasoned tech blogger. Host of both the Mobile Tech Addicts podcast and The Mobile Tech Addicts Show.

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By August 27, 2014 Read More →

EE announce the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

samsung-galaxy-alpha-2014EE have announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available to pre-order on the UK’s biggest and fastest 4G network from 28 August. 
 
 * The UK’s fastest 4G speeds
 * Inclusive roaming calls and texts in select international destinations*
 * 2 for 1 cinema tickets with EE Film
 * Exclusive discounts on EE’s superfast Fibre Broadband, so customers can enjoy blistering speeds in the home as well as on-the-move
 * Inclusive unlimited calls to 080 numbers*
 * Three months free Now TV, six months free Deezer and 12 months free access to fitness app Endomondo**
 
 
Nicola Shenton, Head of Device Portfolio at EE, said: “The Galaxy Alpha is perfectly suited to EE’s superfast 4G network. When combined with the UK’s fastest mobile speeds, the power of Samsung’s new octa-core processor provides a truly unforgettable mobile experience. Add innovative camera technology and HD streaming on a stunning AMOLED screen and you have a smartphone that demands the very best 4G connectivity.”
 
4G from EE is already available in 250 major towns and cities across the UK, as well as over 2,500 smaller towns and villages, covering 73% of the population. 
Posted in: News, Phones
By August 18, 2014 Read More →

Acer Liquid E3 Unboxing

vlcsnap-2014-08-14-12h48m00s13Acer have sent over their dual sim Liquid E3 low end smartphone. This Android powered phone features a great amount of power and genuinely impressive styling.

 

Acer Liquid E3 specification:

  • Mediatek MT6589 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • 4 GB ROM
  • +.03.
  • 1 GB RAM
  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 for both SIM 1 & 2
  • 136 x 68 x 9 mm (5.35 x 2.68 x 0.35 in)
  • 134 g
  • microSD, up to 32 GB
  • 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP, LED flash
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches

 

Posted in: Phones, Videos/Unboxings
By August 16, 2014 Read More →

4G Quad Core for £60 from Gearbest

1406826577626-P-1902461Gearbest.com are offering the Landvo L200G for a mere £63. This 4G device is one of the first phones running the MT6290 ARMv7 Quad core, 1.3GHz processor. Coupled with a 5.0 inch QHD IPS display this is a bargain if ever there was one. The only downside is the 4GB Rom onboard, however for this price its hard to complain.

Main Features:

  • 4G: FDD-LTE, 1800MHz, 2600MHz
  • 3G: WCDMA 850MHz, WCDMA 900MHz, WCDMA 1900MHz, WCDMA 2100MHz
  • 2G: GSM 850MHz, GSM 900MHz, GSM 1800MHz, GSM 1900MHz
  • OS: Android 4.4
  • CPU: MTK6582 ARMv7 Quad core, 1.3GHz
  • 1GB RAM + 4GB ROM
  • 5 inch IPS Display for razor sharp images
  • Support Gravity/Light/Proximity Sensing System
  • FM/MP3/MP4/Bluetooth/GPS Function Supported

 

You can find out more over on their Facebook page, including opportunities of win gear.
Posted in: News, Phones
By August 15, 2014 Read More →

Acer Liquid S2 Unboxing

vlcsnap-2014-08-14-13h43m18s174Acer have provided us with a red Acer S2, the phablet to end all phablets. Alongside the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2 this 6.0″ device is juxtaposed by it’s Nano Sim card slot!

Acer Liquid S2 sepcification:

  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 900 / 2100, LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.0 inches
  • 16 GB ROM
  • 2 GB RAM
  • microSD, up to 128 GB
  • Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED ring flash, 2160p@24fps, 1080p@60fps
  • 2 MP, 1080p@30fps

 

Posted in: Phones, Videos/Unboxings
By August 13, 2014 Read More →

Nexus 6 specs spotted?

AtutuIt looks like some specs of the Nexus 6 alongside its Motorola Shamu codename have been spotted under the benchmarking app AnTuTu. AnTuTu’s database contains the listing for a device called “Google shamu” sporting a Qualcomm  Snapdragon 805 chipset with a quad-core Krait 450 processor working at 2,65GHz, 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 GPU. We also see a 5.2″ QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pixel) display. The camera weighs in at 13Megapixel alongside a 2.1MP front facing camera. 

Pretty beefy specs and something worth getting excited over. However, this could just be a list of speculated specifications, or place holder details for an upcoming announcement. 

Posted in: Phones, Rumours
By August 12, 2014 Read More →

Navdy HUD for your windscreen

woman_driving_sideHere’s something you don’t see everyday. A midway convergence of you in car Satnav and Google Glass. Navdy is a piece of hardware that sits atop of your steering column and projects a head up display (HUD) onto you windscreen if assist with relevant drivers information. We have see it in the movies, The Living Daylights in particular springs to mind however I am certain Navdy are not exploring a laser guided missile system. 

navdy_front_directions

 

The box looks cute, if a little tacky and will become a bit of a security risk if left in the car however, as a first generation device this could be a fun and handy addition for the road warrior. The HUD sits at an impressive 5.1″ wide and it fully transparent. A high quality projector displays an image on the screen and an IR camera makes for touchless gesture control. The Navdy uses an accelerometer, e-compass, ambient light sensor to assist in navigating you around alongside an internal speaker and microphone with noise canceling DSP for interaction. The Navdy runs on a Dual core processor and manages the latest Android 4.4 operating system.

So if you are excited by the offerings put forward by Google and Apple for in car systems but are not interested in actually changing your car solely for that reason then the Navdy may provide a distraction as the market is established.  The Navdy is currently available for pre-order at $299, down from $499 and ships early 2015.

Posted in: Gadgets, News
By August 11, 2014 Read More →

Spigen SGP Neo Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

silver-2Mobilefun.co.uk have sent across the Spigen SGP Neo Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S5. Having recently looked at the tough armour case for the iPhone 5 / 5S it seemed logical to have a look at something the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 Neo Hybrid is an assembly-type case with a TPU back cover and a polycarbonate frame. The TPU cover provides supreme durability and shock protection for your phone, while the UV coated polycarbonate frame adds additional strength and rigidity to the case. The soft case also prevents any damage that might be caused by removing or attaching the case.

You can purchase on for £19.99 from Mobilefun.co.uk.

 

By August 10, 2014 Read More →

Veho Pebble Smartstick Portable Charger Unboxing

vehoblack-300-02Mobilefun.co.uk have very kindly sent over a Veho Pebble Smartstick Portable Charger. This is a pocket sized charger with a full size USB plug on top and a bunch of interchangeable connectors for most of your mobile needs. The technical specifications see a 2200mAh capacity at 3.7V, DC-IN: 5V/500mA, DC-OUT: 5V/500mA. As mentioned already this is a very small portable battery measuring at 22mm width and 86mm length. Weight is only 70g. The package contains charging adapters for iPhone (30-pin), Micro USB, Mini USB, Sony Ericsson and Nokia.

You can purchase one for £16.99 from Mobilefun.co.uk

 

By August 8, 2014 Read More →

Gigabyte announces the Q21 laptop

gigabyte-q21-laptop,I-W-447800-3Gigabyte are putting out two favours of notebook right now, the difference is quite bizarre. The first is a version sporting Windows 8.1 with Bing. The second has Windows 8.1 without Bing. Just Bingless. An interesting choice when adding to the basket. The most interesting thing about this notebook is the Dual storage solution, a mSATA and a 2.5-inch hard drive. 

Otherwise, the specifications show a number of configurations. 

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N2930 or Intel Celeron N2807
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB, 4GB or 8 GB DDR3L in a single slot; 512 GB SSD or 1 TB 2.5-inch 5400 rpm HDD storage (detailed options not available yet)
  • Display: 11.6-inch LCD with 1,366X768 pixels
  • Webcam: HD camera
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, 1XUSB 3.0, 2XUSB 2.0, HDMI, VGA
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 with Bing
  • Weight/Dimensions: 2.98 pounds (battery included); 11.51X8.29X0.89 inches
  • Battery: 24 WHr lithium-ion with 3 cells

“The dual storage on Q21 combines capacity and speed rarely seen on laptops of this dimension,” the press release stated. “Its mSATA SSD grants a generous space up to 512 GB for seamless data transmission while the hard disk drive supports a whopping capacity up to 1 TB for data storage. You can now back up your system even without access to cloud storage or external devices.”

Pricing and availability are not available yet for the UK market, however they have stated this is a budget offering.

Posted in: Laptops, News
By August 6, 2014 Read More →

Samsung Galaxy S5 Video Comparison

S5 ArtyThe Samsung Galaxy S5 has been out for a little while now and has met with some of the more mixed feedback we have seen for a flagship smartphone. There is always a battle of the camera and in a series of videos we hope to help you make your own mind up on which device has the best video quality for your needs.

Test video quality isn’t an easy thing, there are many factors to deal with, just as still shots. I find the best test is a dashboard mount as over a few minutes the camera will have to pull focus multiple times, deal with an extreme variety of light conditions and constant movement, not to mention shakes. In addition the microphone’s performance will also be put to the test with the constant background noise, whilst balancing vocal input.

The following are the Samsung Galaxy S5′s attempt to deal with a quick journey through my home town in my 3.0 litre pick-up truck on the four different settings available.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Ultra HD setting:

Samsung Galaxy S5 Full HD setting:

Samsung Galaxy S5 HD setting:

Samsung Galaxy S5 VGA setting:

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