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By August 3, 2015 Read More →

Sony Xperia M5 is official

xperia-m4-aquaSony have announced an impressive spec list for the Sony Xperia M5. An ad on youtube helps illustrate the good looking phone and we have dug around the net to find out as much as we can about what’s inside. Some are a little scepticale of the Mediatek processor however they have been coming along leaps and bounds in recent years. It’s refreshing to see Sony adding a little warning that of the 16gb  ROM 10 gb will be available to the user.

 

Here is what we have gleened from around the web: 

Display and design

  • 5″ Full HD (1920×1080 pixels)

Processor

  • MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795)
  • 64-bit 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor
  • IMG Rogue G6200

Memory & Storage

  • 3 GB RAM
  • Up to 16 GB flash memory
  • Up to 200 GB microSD™ card

Camera and video

  • 21.5 megapixel Exmor RS with Hybrid AF
  • 5x Clear Image Zoom
  • 4K video recording
  • HDR for photos and videos
  • 13 megapixel front-facing camera, FHD 1080p for video capture
  • Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor

Battery

  • non-removable 2600mAh 

The Xperia™ M5 has 10 GB of free memory available to the user for downloaded applications

http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-m5/specifications/

Find out more about the Xperia M5: http://www.sonymobile.com/xperiam5/ 

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By July 29, 2015 Read More →

The OnePlus 2 is here

op2The OnePlus One was a notable success and the logical sequel has just arrived. Whilst most probably are not aware of the launch, or even of the line as some mainstream media where not even aware of the OnePlus One in their articles, the OnePlus Two marks a handsome step towards reducing the price of a flagship phone and delivering what you need on the go. Due to be released on August 11 in two flavours, a £239 16GB version and £289 64GB top end model, the latest OnePlus phone have taken tips from LG and are pumping up the RAM for the highend variant from 3GB to 4GB. 

 The OnePlus 2 sports with an attractive 5.5-inch LCD display at 1080p and whilst not pushing screen tech buzz words like Retina 401 pixels is a respectable count even if it does forgo 4K. This is housed a body with a smaller bezel however it is a little fatter than before with dimensions on 74.9 x 151.8 x 9.85mm and it now weighs a heavier 175g instead of 162g. The OnePlus 2 runs Android, however more specifically, OxygenOS. An Android hybrid, rebuilt by OnePlus that features a lot of customised additions.

OnePlus 2 uses the admittedly problematic Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor backed by the Adreno 430 GPU running graphics processor, two nano SIM card slot, a bigger, non-removable battery and a better camera. A USB Type C port and charger that allows for reversible USB input and included cable. OnePlus have dropped the microSD card slot and this will be a big annoyance for those with the 16gb model eventually.

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Rob Kerr, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, says:

“Its features rival today’s current flagship phones, so the OnePlus 2 is likely to be a threat to the current spate of top-tier mobiles.

 ”It is even ahead of the game, by including features coming to the next generation of phones, such as the reversible USB Type-C port connector. 

 ”At less than half the cost of Samsung’s flagship S6 handset, it’ll be looking to capture the mass market where decisions are based on price.

 ”The company doesn’t have the massive marketing budgets of other manufacturers so, in effect, we’re really seeing the true cost of flagship phone, without everything in tow to sell it.

 ”If other mobile makers were to adopt this tact, perhaps we’d see a truer reflection of what we should be spending on a new phone.”

 

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By July 28, 2015 Read More →

HTC drop a feature rich Desire 626

htcs-desire-626-will-take-on-the-moto-gHTC Corporation (“HTC”), a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has announced the HTC Desire 626,the successor to the HTC Desire 620. With a variety of colour combinations, endless personalisation options, and an enhanced camera that enables sharper photography, the affordable smartphone lets you express yourself your way like never before.

“Our new HTC Desire 626 is designed to give you the most customised personal user experience. Packed full of advanced features, we are delivering the very best in terms of personalised design and performance, as well as great value, to our customers,” said Peter Frølund, HTC General Manager UK and Ireland.

Unique design and advanced features enable self-expression

The HTC Desire 626 offers vivid colours in a beautifully crafted dual-tone design, and delivers a unique user experience. Easy and intuitive to use, it runs on Android™ 5.1 and features HTC Sense™, which provides an enhanced, fully customised Android functionality. With the HTC Sense interface you can change the look of your phone’s interface as often as you change your own style; maximum customisation, minimum effort. These endless personalisation possibilities allow you to create, share and realise your full potential.

Powered by a Snapdragon™ 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor, the HTC Desire 626 delivers a smooth and reliable experience with the capability to allow you to effortlessly stream films, run your latest app, play your favourite games or flick through your latest photos, which all come to life on the vibrant 5 inch HD LCD screen.

Keeping an eye on breaking stories or your social feeds is made easy with HTC BlinkFeed™, which provides easy access to your own personalised stream of online content in seconds, allowing you to stay updated at a glance, direct from your homescreen. 

 

Capture life from all angles wherever you are

Whether you have a passion for photography or capturing short impactful videos, the HTC Desire 626 can be your perfect pocket companion. With the choice of an enhanced 13MP main camera or a 5MP front camera, photos and selfies can be taken from any angle, ensuring you can fully express yourself with sharper images and selfies.

 

The HTC Eye™ Experience allows you to easily edit your shots for instant effects thanks to built-in enhancements. The HTC Desire626 also features the ability to capture high-quality 1080p video using either the front or rear facing cameras, which can be turned into mini movies that can be shared with friends and family using the HTC Video Highlights feature.

 

With a range of storage options, from 16GB[1] internal memory to a MicroSD slot that supports up to 512GB additional storage, you can save and share every photo, video and experience that defines you, as often as you wish.

 

Availability

The HTC Desire 626 comes in White Birch, Blue Lagoon, Purple Fire and Dark Grey, and will be available with mobile operators including O2 and 3 as well as major retailer Carphone Warehouse.

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By July 27, 2015 Read More →

Top 4 Questions To Ask Your Screen Repair Centre

Iphone-Ipad-posterCracked screens are one of the main reasons for getting your iPhone, iPad or iPod repaired. Due to their size and portable nature, it is only a matter of time before the inevitable happens. As the screen is made of glass, any cracks can leave dangerous sharp edges that can cause injury. Over time the cracks will get worse, so it’s a good idea to cover the affected area with sellotape to protect your fingers and to stop loose glass falling out.

If your device has been dropped onto a hard surface then, it is quite common for the metal edges of the rear cover to be dented, particularly on the corners. As the metal is aluminium this can dent very easily. The good news is that in most cases, the rear metal cover does not need to be replaced in order to fit replacement glass. As the metal is fairly soft, it is relatively easy to straighten out any dents to ensure the new glass fits properly.

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The first thing to check is whether you can still see images on the iPad. If there is no distortion and the colours appear normal then the underlying LCD is unlikely to have been affected. For the vast majority of screen repairs, there is no need to replace the underlying LCD.

Many iPhone and iPad users are unaware of what is involved with a screen repair which is why we’ve listed the following questions that may help you make a more informed decision.

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Ask About…The Quality Of The Glass

There are lots of thin imitation screens available on the market and whilst these may work initially they are far less durable and more susceptible to crack even during normal handling. The thicker the glass the more durable it is which is why it is important to ask the repair centre what they use.

Ask About…The Adhesive Used

We have seen countless examples of screens coming away (delaminating) from repair centres that haven’t used the correct adhesive. At Fone Angels we make sure to sure the same high strength adhesive that was used in the original iPad or iPhone.

Ask About…The Testing

Due to the complexity of modern smartphones, a screen replacement involves opening up your device and the careful re-fitting of components. This is particularly important if the device is being posted back to the customer as it is not easy to ‘pop in’ to rectify any problem.

Ask About…The Warranty

To give reassurance, repair centres offer warranty for any repairs – some provide 90 days, others don’t offer anything,  Fone Angels provide a 12 month warranty on all our repairs as standard!

 

This post was originally created by Fone Angels and can be found be clicking here.

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By July 14, 2015 Read More →

The Commodore PET is back, running Android

Commodore-Pet-3Commodore was one of the leading names in personal computers back in the 1980s and early 90s. Their fall from grace was a long quiet one as they slipped away becoming gradually forgotten. However, today they are back and they have announced they will be releasing an Android smartphone here in Europe later this week! The Commodore PET will be the company’s first smartphone, running a custom variant of Android 5.0, will come preloaded with two emulators for some highly important retro gaming. As for the specs, the PET will feature a 5.5-inch IPS display, along with a 1.7 GHz Mediatek 64-bit octa-core processor. Commodore is packing a 3,000mAh battery inside, along with a 13MP rear facing camera, and an 8MP front facing camera, both of which can be operated by a dedicated shutter button on the side of the phone.

Commodore will be launching two different versions of the PET, one with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and one with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. UK pirces have not yet been announced however some sources are saying the 16GB model will run for around £250, while the 32GB model will go for around £300. Both models will come with a 32GB microSD card included. Three colours will be available white, black, or a classic beige color. Initially, the Commodore PET will be available in Italy, France, Germany, and Poland, with plans to expand to the US and other European countries in the near future.

- 5.5-inch 1080p display, with Gorilla Glass 3
- 13MP Sony rear camera
- 8MP wide angle front camera
- Dedicated camera button
- Dual SIM/4G support
- 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor
- ARM Mali T760 GPU
- 3000 mAh battery. 
- Custom version of Android 5.0

Below you can see the classic Ghosts’n'Goblins on C64 Emulator. 

Also included is an A500 Emulator as illustrated below playing Turrican II

Welcome back Commodore, you have been missed.

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By June 26, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Olixar Selfie Smart Pole

vlcsnap-2015-06-26-07h58m53s066Mobile Fun have sent over the Bluetooth selfie stick from Olixar, the Olixar Selfie Smart Pole is compatible with both Android 3.0 and above devices alongside iOS devices alike. Currently  reduced to £14.99 from £24.99 this Bluetooth allows for flexibility alongside some quality build aesthetics for any selfie needs out int he field.

  • Capture the perfect selfie
  • Built-in button to capture an image
  • Retractable pole for portability
  • Safety locks and shock absorbing material
  • Two smartphone mounts for greater compatibility
  • Case compatible
  • Compatible with Android 3.0, iOS 4.0 or later

You can grab one here:

http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/selfie-smart-pole-for-android-and-apple-devices-p48773.htm

By June 23, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing Felix HoldTight Bands

vlcsnap-2015-06-22-07h10m41s141Carrying both a wallet and a phone can be a chore, especially in the hot weather or heading for a night out. There seem to be a number of different solutions to combine these two daily pocket fillings requirements however Felix might have come up with a great alternative.

Allowing you to configure your own simple design Felix have launch a cover for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5/5S forms. This cover has elastic barriers on the rear side to hold a card, bundle of cash or picture in place and make it easily accessible yet secure.

You can check them out here:

http://felixbrand.com/products/holdtightbands

Available in a variety of colours for iPhone 6 and 5/5S for $14.99.

By May 26, 2015 Read More →

Review Microsoft Lumia 640

640aHave Microsoft created the perfect budget smartphone? With previous releases from Microsoft at the lower end of the budget, the 535 and 435, Microsoft have released a low end smartphone that is making a lot of noise being heavily advertised and pushing big features like Cortana and the Microsoft band.

Out of the box the device is sturdily built and looks like the previous Microsoft releases. The device does have a plastic feel to the back cover however this is detachable. A 5 inch Corning Gorilla Glass, Clearblack IPS LCD display with 294 ppi is a real eye pleaser. Like all phones the screen is a magnet for finger prints however when using the device these are not noticeable.

Powering the 640 you have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1200mhz processor, 8GB memory and 1GB RAM all powered with a 2500mAh battery. The processor is powerful enough to keep your experience of the Lumia flowing. The battery is very impressive and can last a full day of heavy use before a charge is needed. The 8GB on board memory is suffice although this can be extended with the microSD slot.

The windows OS is fun and simple to use. The live tiles on your home screen can be customised to your personal needs. You can pin your favourite apps to your home screen as well as your favourite websites, videos etc. You can choose whether to have your tile small medium or large. There are two tiles which cannot be removed from the home screen, these include shortcuts to your settings and mobile data.

Currently installed on the phone is windows 8.1 denim with the future update of windows 10 guaranteed with this phone.

There are two cameras on the Lumia 640, the front facing camera is a rather disappointing 0.9 megapixel camera. For the selfie lovers you will not be totally disappointed the camera has a wide angle lens which allows adequate selfies. In low lighting the camera is still suffice however there is a lot of noise added to the picture.

 

 

The 535 has a 5 megapixel front facing camera which would have been a nice addition to the 640. The 8 megapixel camera on the rear is fantastic. Shooting full 1080p 30fps videos I was very impressed with the quality and depth of colour.

Although some people are disappointed a carl zeis camera lens is not included on this device I must say the camera does not disappoint. There are two different camera applications on the 640. One can be found preinstalled as Lumia Camera on the main menu, the other can be found on the drop down notification bar at the far left. Both applications let you take pictures however the lumia camera app lets you adjust iso, shutter speed etc.

You can download more lenses from the app store one particular nice feature of the camera is the lumia refocus – Take a snap focus on one element of the picture, want to focus in a different part of the picture you had taken just open the picture and refocus. You can also add in a colour drop for that extra wow factor. The lumia camera also has a feature that can be turned on ‘live pictures’. This records seconds before the picture is taken. A nice feature to have when you see everyone adjust themselves quickly before the final cheese.

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The speaker on the 640 is loud. Although this can be muffled when the ‘hole’ at the back of the phone is covered. However, the speaker is impressive.

Cortana, Microsoft’s assistant may be familiar to some Halo fans is a useful addition to the Lumia experience. Ask her to set reminders, send texts and answer your questions. Cortana like google and siri voice activation’s can be funny. Asking her what noises an animal makes or to tell you a joke you will generates funny responses.

The windows app store has increased in apps since the last time i used a windows phone. However there still feels to be a lack of apps available that you would find on android or iOS. Hopefully in the near future Microsoft will expand their app store again and recognise that people may not shift operating systems if they can not find their favourite app! The phone has a number of apps pre- installed – Skype and Mix radio to name but a few. One app that stands out is Fitbit. This app will track your daily statistics from walking distance and diet to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Fitness is perhaps the new fad to enter the mobile arena. As well as being a selfie obsessed nation we are generally wanting to be more active and healthier. ‘Achieve more with Lumia’ is the slogan taken directly from an advert for the 640 and Microsoft band packaged together. Thus leading consumers to believing that wearable technology would only benefit you and help you achieve that healthier lifestyle. I am not a lover of wearing watches however i would like to be a little fitter than i am now, would the Microsoft band help me meet my goals? The band would allow more accurate information for the fitness apps added to this I can check messages and calls.

Can the Microsoft Lumia’s Cortana seduce android and iOS users to try something new? I had a brief affair with a windows phone in 2013 that ended with a cracked screen and my inevitable return to android. I feel that I was not missing anything by going back to android as the windows market was still too new and needed a lot of creases ironed out before I would return. The 640 provides a fantastic deal to anyone wanting to try something different and new. The 5 inch IPS LCD display is fantastic, watching Netflix and YouTube videos are flawless. Cortana is a fantastic personal assistant and the cameras on the phone are satisfactory, the 640 has made me consider returning to the Lumia world.

Prices available from £120 or from £89 as an upgrade this phone does not break the bank and has with the future update of windows 10 guaranteed. Other phones in this range would include the Moto g 2nd generation and the Honor 4x. Both phones run android and have somewhat better processors than the 640. I believe the era of Lumia is upon us and we will only see bigger and better things from Microsoft in the near future…

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By May 24, 2015 Read More →

Alcatel Onetouch launches the PIXI 3 (3.5) in the UK

452895-alcatel-pixi-3Alcatel Onetouch, one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brands, announces the UK release of the smallest smartphone in the third generation of its PIXI family, the PIXI 3 (3.5). The petite entry level smartphone features a 3.5-inch display. .

Ideal for the first time smartphone user, the PIXI 3 (3.5) runs on the easy to use Android Kitkat operating system and features a 2 megapixel camera. Pre-loaded with popular apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and graphic filters plus photo editors the PIXI 3 (3.5) is ready to go straight out of the box.

The compact PIXI 3 (3.5) offers a dual core processor and 3G internet access, with a micro SD card slot, to enable up to 32MB of storage. The PIXI 3 (3.5) also permits its principal user to enable Guest Mode, to protect user privacy in certain applications, photos and videos.

The PIXI 3 (3.5) is available in White from Sainsbury’s stores nationwide and the phoneshopbysainsburys.co.uk website.

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By May 24, 2015 Read More →

Archos 50c Helium 4G hits at only £99

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Archos, is changing the way you take selfies with a phone that recognises when you’re making the peace sign in camera mode and captures the perfect selfie for you. No more trying to hold your phone at the right angle while pushing the tiny button on the side. With the Archos 50C Helium all you have to do is flash a peace sign and smile! The £99 phone is no one trick pony with a large 5 inch screen to see how good you look and a quad core processor running on Android 4.4 Kit Kat, this phone offers a lot features as well as amazing value for money.

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  • CPU - MK6732M / Quad-Core @1.3 GHz
  • GPU - Mali 760 MP2
  • RAM - 1GB
  • Internal Storage - 8GB
  • Screen - 5 inch (12.7 cm,) 854 x 480 IPS
  • Operating System - Android 4.4
  • 2x Micro SIM
  • 4G / LTE – 800 / 1800 / 2600 MHz
  • 3G / UMTS / WCDMA – 900 / 2100 MHz
  • GSM / GPRS / EDGE - 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Camera - 5MP – Autofocus with LED Flash, 1080p. 0.3 MP Front facing camera
  • Non-removable 2500mAh Li-Poly battery
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