Top 5 Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus accessories

Monday 5th March 2018 by Rafat in Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung.

Today we’re covering the five most essential accessories for the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. That includes some great protective options for the new phones, plus connectivity accessories that can dramatically transform what you can do with the Galaxy S9.

5. Official Samsung LED Flip Wallet

We’ll start off with a look at some of the best cases for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. Samsung have always made great official cases for their phones, and in 2018 they’ve taken this to new heights with their LED cover. This case protects the back, edges and screen of your Galaxy S9 or S9+, while adding minimal weight and bulk. The case’s unique cover has retro-style LEDs built in, allowing you to see the time and notifications without needing to open the flip cover. Inside, you’ll find a convenient safe space for your most essential ID or credit card. The case is also available in a wide variety of colours, allowing you to choose the one that best fits you. Of course, as this is an official case, every case will fit the S9 or S9+ perfectly in size and style! These attributes make the Samsung LED cover a case worth considering.

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4. Olixar Sentinel Case & Screen Protector

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The Olixar Sentinel is the ultimate protective solution for the Galaxy S9, combining a premium tempered glass screen protector with a stylish two-tone hard case. This combination protects your Galaxy S9 against a range of hazards, from scratches and knocks to accidental drops. The case and screen protector have been designed to work in tandem, providing excellent pound-for-pound protection without sacrificing the light weight and clean lines of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. The Sentinel is a great choice that won’t break the bank, making it one of our top recommendations for the Galaxy S9.

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3. WhiteStone Dome

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The WhiteStone Dome is an incredibly impressive piece of engineering, a tempered glass screen protector that is installed onto your phone using a unique liquid adhesive and a UV lamp. This installation process takes the guesswork out, allowing you to follow the simple instructions to achieve a perfect result. Once installed, the screen protector provides excellent and long-lasting protection against scratches and shattering; it’s so strong that it can even be installed over a broken screen to prevent further damage! Of course, the best time to install this screen protector is right after you buy your phone, so don’t delay — check out the legendary WhiteStone Dome today!

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2. Samsung USB-C to HDMI Adapter

This simple adapter makes it easy to connect your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus to the biggest screen in the room, whether that’s a TV, monitor or projector. Just plug one end into the S9 and the other into an HDMI port, and you’re golden. The advantage of the wired method is that it works anywhere, from modern smart TVs to ancient hotel televisions, and supports full 4K video streaming with surround sound and minimal latency, unlike wireless solutions. Whether you’re watching Netflix, playing games or just showing off your latest cat photos, this official Samsung USB-C to HDMI Adapter will treat you right.

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1. Samsung DeX Pad

The Samsung DeX Pad is a more advanced take on the USB-C to HDMI adapter we just looked at, allowing you to connect your Galaxy S9 to a monitor and use it like a proper computer. That means the desktop versions of websites, your Android apps running in windows and even full-size versions of Microsoft Word.

While last year’s DeX Station required a mouse and keyboard to also be connected, the new DeX Pad keeps your Galaxy S9 flat, allowing it to double as a keyboard or touchpad. Of course, you can still connect a keyboard and mouse if you like; with three USB ports available and passthrough USB-C charging you can plug in basically anything you’d plug into your laptop.

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Wrapping up

Thank you very much for checking out the article and the video! Stay tuned for more Galaxy S9 articles and videos in the days and weeks to come, and feel free to leave your comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilezap

Top 10 iPhone X accessories

Wednesday 15th November 2017 by Rafat in Apple, Mobile Accessories.

The iPhone X is a gorgeous phone and a triumphant re-imagining of the classic design. But while this evolution has brought a new design and features, it’s also resulted in a few noticeable weaknesses. Thankfully, there are plenty of iPhone X accessories that can make your phone as strong and capable as it can be. Here are ten of our favorites, from essential upgrades to fun novelties that’ll still elevate your iPhone X experience. Let’s get into it!


10. Official Apple Lightning Dock

Apple’s official Lightning dock is one of the most stylish options on the market for elevating your iPhone X to its rightful position in the air. This makes it easy to see notifications as they come in, make video calls or even watch a video. The dock has a gorgeous metallic finish, a stable and secure mounting system and a built-in 3.5mm for your headphones too!

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If Apple’s premium dock is too pricey, then consider the Kidigi Lightning Dock instead. It doesn’t look quite as nice, but it does the same job at half the price.


9. Olixar iPhone X Screen Protector 2-in-1 Pack

Olixar iPhone X Screen Protector 2-in-1 Pack

We’ll look at tempered glass screen protectors later, but if you want a cheaper alternative then traditional plastic film screen protectors are still a good shout. This pack contains two screen protects for less than a tenner, and comes with an application card and cleaning cloth to make installation straight-forward. Don’t get lumped with a massive iPhone X screen replacement bill — get a screen protector today!

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8. Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Stand

Official Samsung Galaxy Wireless Fast Charger Convertible - Black

Samsung isn’t probably a company you expected so see on an iPhone X list , but they do make some excellent accessories — and thanks to Apple’s inclusion of Qi wireless charging, you can use their top-notch Fast Wireless Charging Stand with the iPhone X. You’ll get normal-speed wireless charging for now, and fast wireless charging once Apple add it in a software update. This stand sets itself apart from the crowd with its convertible flat or angled modes and its simple style — a perfect complement to the iPhone X itself.

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7. Evutec Ballistic Nylon Tough Case & Vent Mount

This unique system is actually two items in one: a tough case for your iPhone X and a vent mount that puts your iPhone X front and centre in your car. The 7-layer polyurethane case will keep your iPhone X from getting scratched or cracked, and meets military drop test standards. Meanwhile, the AFIX+ magnetic car holder lets you put your iPhone X in position while driving with just a tap. Best of all, this fetching combo is available in three colours: red, blue and black. Awesome!

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6. Official Apple Lightning HDMI adapter

Official Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter with HDMI

Even if you have an Apple TV or a Chromecast lying around, you may still find that Apple’s Lightning to HDMI adapter is the best choice for getting your iPhone X connected to your favourite TV, monitor or projector. The adapter is super simple to use — connect it between your iPhone X and an HDMI cable, plug the cable into your TV, select the right input and you’re done. The adapter even includes a separate Lightning port, so you can recharge your iPhone X will it’s connected to the TV. This is an ideal way to share YouTube videos with your friends, play games on the biggest screen in the room or watch a movie off Netflix, no smart TV required.

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5. Olixar Premium HD Camera Lens Kit

Olixar’s three-piece camera lens kit is the perfect complement to the iPhone X. Clip on one of the lenses above, and you’ll get a drastically new perspective that unlocks daring new photos and videos. There’s a super wide angle lens for capturing landscapes or fitting more people into your selfies; there’s a 15x macro lens for taking detailed photos of tiny subjects; there’s even a 180-degree fisheye lens that allows you to capture groovy hemispherical videos. Each lens clips on in seconds to the front or back cameras, making it easy to capture the shot you want. If you like to take photos, this is an awesome upgrade to the iPhone X’s already excellent camera system.

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4. PhotoFast MFi Lightning MemoriesCable

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This unique accessory looks like a fancy Lightning to USB cable, but it’s way more than that. It’s actually a flash drive for your iPhone X, a means of transferring photos, videos and other files between your iPhone and your computer. One end plugs into your iPhone X so you can back up your photos or stream video files without copying them to your phone, while the other end plugs into your laptop or desktop. Awesome, right?

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3. Olixar Case Compatible Tempered Glass Screen Protector

The iPhone X’s screen is its biggest strength, but also its biggest weakness. With screen replacements costing £286 (yes, seriously) and accidental damage not covered under the warranty, you really ought to invest in a screen protector. This one from Olixar is case-compatible, so you can use it with basically any case on the market, and is made from tempered glass that provides long-lasting protection.

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2. Griffin iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

Griffin iTrip Clip Bluetooth Headphone Adapter

Like last year’s iPhones, the iPhone X doesn’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s pretty annoying if you’re attached to your existing 3.5mm headphones, as you don’t want to be using the 3.5mm to Lightning adapter all the time (and preventing your iPhone X from recharging in the process). Thankfully, you can turn any pair of 3.5mm headphones into Bluetooth ones with this handy adapter from Griffin. Just plug the headphones into the clip, and pair to it from your iPhone X. Then you can listen seamlessly, while controlling your tunes with the built-in five button remote control. This accessory will change your life with the iPhone X, so check it out!

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1. Olixar 5 Port Super Fast Mains Charger 50W

This supercharged mains charger is also one of the fastest ways to recharge your iPhone X. Just pick up a Lightning to USB-C cable, then connect it to the USB-C port of this charger to experience faster charging speeds than you’ll get from the standard full-size USB charger, courtesy of USB Power Delivery. Of course, you’ll also get four more ports, which you can use to charge all manner of USB gadgets: other phones, tablets, Bluetooth headphones, MacBooks and more. For $25, that’s a pretty good deal!

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Video

Want a closer look at some of the accessories featured in this article? Take a look at our video which goes hands-on!


Wrapping up

Thanks for checking out the article, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. If you have any questions or comments, we’d be happy to help. Thanks again and have a good week!

iPhone X wireless charging guide (also: iPhone 8 / 8 Plus!)

Tuesday 7th November 2017 by Rafat in Uncategorized.

 

Like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X includes a brand new feature for 2017: wireless charging. Apple sell a couple of wireless chargers that will work with the phone, but they’re pretty expensive. Thankfully, there are plenty of other wireless chargers on the market available at better prices, with different features and form factors. Here are three of our absolute favourites, plus a bonus option you might not be aware of!


3. Universal Wireless Charging Car Holder

The best option to top up your phone while driving

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Wireless charging makes sense in a lot of situations, but it’s at its best in your car. With all the hassles of driving, do you really want to be plugging in your iPhone every time you set out? With this wireless charging car holder, you can skip that step — just slip your iPhone X into the holder, and it’ll automatically start charging wirelessly. You can keep your phone in landscape or portrait orientations, and its sleek design matches Apple’s instantly iconic iPhone X perfectly. The model shown above is a windscreen or dashboard version, and you can also find a vent-gripping alternative if you prefer.

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2. Mophie Quick Charge Wireless Charging Pad

The future-proof premium option

Mophie’s Quick Charge Wireless Charging Pad justifies its slightly high price through its power output: up to 7.5W, compared to 5W from many competing chargers. That won’t do anything now, but Apple are planning to upgrade wireless charging speeds to 7.5W in a later software update — so you’ll be future proofed nicely. The pad itself is quite stylish, with a minimally distracting status LED and a tidy circular design.

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1. Universal Slim Wireless Charging Pad

The value champion for desktop and portable charging

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This wireless charging pad offers the best value for money, giving you fast and easy wireless charging at less than £20. The charging pad itself is small and discrete, with a blue LED that lets you know when charging has begun. The pad is so small and light that you can easily keep it in your bag to use at your hotel room, at the office or wherever else you need to recharge your iPhone. There are more powerful and fully-featured options, but the Universal is the value king.

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Bonus. Apple AirPower

Apple’s game-changing wireless charger, although not coming soon

Apple’s AirPower wireless charging pad won’t be available until sometime next year, and it’s sure to be expensive… but it’s also quite special. Apple are planning to allow multiple devices to be recharged from the AirPower charging pad, so you could refill your AirPods, your Apple Watch Series III and your iPhone X, all from the same charger. That’s pretty awesome!


Wrapping up

You should also make sure that if you’re getting a case, that it’s compatible with the new wireless charging feature. You can find a selection of our most popular wireless charging compatible iPhone X cases here.

Thanks for checking out the article. If you have any questions, please ask them below or read our guide to wireless charging on the new iPhones.

Best iPhone 8 wallet cases

Thursday 19th October 2017 by Rafat in Apple, Uncategorized.

Today we’re looking at some of the best wallet cases for the iPhone 8! This includes a number of cases in the classic folio design, plus some more modern examples with new form factors and materials. Shall we begin? OK!

 


5. Olixar X-Ranger Survival Case

The Olixar X-Ranger is a unique case that combines a modern design with an integrated multi-tool and a quick access compartment for card storage. This rugged case has a multi-layered design, allowing it to withstand use and abuse that would crack other cases. The X-Ranger also comes with a built-in kick stand, allowing you to watch videos when you’re not out there crushing it, you absolute legend.

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4. LoveCases Luxury Diamond Wallet

LoveCases Luxury Diamond iPhone 8 / 7 / 6S / 6 Wallet Case - Black

This gorgeous luxury wallet for the iPhone 8 comes with an eye-catching sparkly design made from hundreds of glimmering crystals. The case is crafted from premium materials to stand up to daily wear and tear, while the card slots allow you to keep your most important pieces of paper and plastic close at hand. This case is perhaps the most stylish on this list — are you going to make it part of your wardrobe?

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3. Olixar Genuine Leather Executive Wallet

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This wallet is all about the essentials: a classic folio design with card slots in the front cover and a viewing stand in the back, made from genuine leather. This allows the case to wear naturally over time, while giving you the classic rugged look, feel and smell of real leather. For £20, I don’t think you’ll find much better than that!

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2. UAG Metropolis Rugged Wallet

UAG Metropolis Rugged iPhone 7 Wallet Case - Red

The UAG Metropolis is a uniquely rugged case on this list, providing equal measures of protection and convenience. The case opens to reveal card slots within its front cover, which also serves to protect the screen from scratches and dents. The phone has a water-resistant FrogSkin exterior that allows it to shrug off water and provides tons of grip, making it hard to accidentally drop your phone. If you want to keep your iPhone 8 in perfect condition, this is the case to do it.

 


1. Olixar X-Tome Leather-Style Book Case

Olixar X-Tome Leather-Style iPhone 7 Book Case - Brown

Our final spot goes to the Olixar X-Tome. This gorgeous leather-style case takes the form of a leather-bound book, providing both a unique look and secure storage for your cash and cards. The case comes with an integrated stand so watching videos on the go is easy, while the reinforced decorated spine allows the case to sustain years of use. This vintage look is one of the must eye-catching we’ve seen, and combined with the case’s excellent functionality it’s an easy pick for our top spot.

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Wrapping up

Thanks for checking out the article. If you have any questions or comments, leave ’em below! Thanks again and have a good day.

Top 5 clear cases for iPhone 8

Thursday 19th October 2017 by Rafat in Uncategorized.

Clear cases are brilliant – they allow you to show off the iPhone 8 you chose, without exposing it to the dings, dirt and scratches of everyday wear and tear. Here are five of our favourite iPhone 8 clear cases, a range of options from simple budget cases to highly crafted premium alternatives. Let’s get right into it!

 


5. Crystal C1 100% Clear Case

Crystal C1 iPhone 8 / 7 Case - 100% Clear

Our first case is the epitome of cheap and cheerful. This case offers a simple gel design that covers the back and sides, proving a lightweight addition to your iPhone 8. The clear case allows your choice of colour to shine through, while the durable gel material provides good protection against knocks and scratches.

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4. Olixar FlexiCover Complete Protection Gel Case

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The FlexiCover takes it a step further, protecting both the front and back of your iPhone 8 with a lightweight gel solution. This means that you don’t need to fit a screen protector; this is better. If you often put your iPhone in a bag or pocket with other objects, this is a great way to ensure it stays unscratched and in tip-top condition. This case is still quite affordable too, only a few pounds more than the Crystal C1.

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3. Moshi Vitros

The Moshi Vitros is a much more luxurious take on the clear case concept. The Vitros combines a clear back cover with a beautiful rose gold border, making your iPhone 8 look its best. The case offers better protection than the two cases we’ve looked at previously, but it does come at a slightly higher price point. Still, for the quality you get here then it seems quite worthwhile!

 


2. Olixar ExoShield

Olixar ExoShield Tough Snap-on iPhone 7 Case - Crystal Clear

This chunkier clear case is all about protection, giving you a non-slip coating for extra grip and reinforced corners that allow your iPhone 8 to survive drops and falls much more easily. The case is still on the slim side, adding minimal weight to your iPhone, and comes in at a very reasonable price point.

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1. Speck Presidio

Speck Presidio iPhone 7 Tough Case - Clear

The Speck Presidio is our top choice when it comes to clear cases. Dual layers of protection allow it to survive drops of up to eight feet — and it’s got the military specification to prove it. The case is completely clear on all sides, allowing your iPhone 8 to take centre stage. It’s also slim, lightweight and fully wireless charging compatible — awesome! Pound for pound, we don’t think you’ll find a better clear case for your iPhone than this!

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Wrapping up

Thanks for checking out the article! Be sure to let me know what you think of our selection in the comments, and feel free to check out our full range of iPhone 8 cases right here.

Top 10 Note 8 accessories

Monday 28th August 2017 by Rafat in Uncategorized.

The Note 8 has finally been unveiled! After last year’s battery fiasco Samsung have put a lot of work into the new Note, and it shows — there’s a new dual rear camera system, a gorgeous Infinity Display and a new, safer battery.

 

Another selling point is Samsung’s rich accessory ecosystem, which includes protective items like screen protectors and transformative upgrades like the DeX dock that turns your Note 8 into a PC. Here are ten of the best Note 8 accessories for you, available now at Mobile Zap!

10. Olixar USB-C Cable Starter Pack

If the Note 7 is your first USB-C phone, you should consider this USB-C Cable Starter Pack. You get three new USB-C cables of various lengths, plus an adapter that lets you use older Micro USB accessories with the Note 8. For less than £20, that seems like a fair deal.

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9. Kidigi Desktop Charging Dock

f you don’t want to invest in the fancy Samsung DeX Dock, then this cheaper alternative might be worth considering. You don’t get to turn your Note 8 into a PC; you just keep it charged and ready to go at all times. That’s pretty handy, and I find it easier to use a dock than keep plugging and unplugging a cable. You also get the benefit of your Note 8’s screen always being visible, so you won’t miss incoming messages. Cool.

 

8. Plug N Go Handsfree Bluetooth Earphones

Plug N Go Handsfree Bluetooth Earphones - White

These wireless in-ear headphones, available in white or black, are a sensible middle ground between traditional in-ear headphones and completely wireless alternatives like Apple’s AirPods. You can listen to music without worrying about one earphone falling out of your ear, you get an in-line remote, tons of battery life and easy charging over Micro USB — no special charging case needed.

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7. Official Samsung S Pen Stylus

Lost your S Pen? Fancy a gold one instead of a black one, or vice versa? This official replacement from Samsung is identical to the one that came with your phone, and will help your Note 8 be more than just a marginally bigger Galaxy S8+.

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6. Olixar 3-in-1 Lens Kit

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This 3-in-1 Lens Kit can clip onto any one of the Note 8’s three cameras, allowing you to take photos from brand new perspectives. There’s a macro lens for detailed shots of tiny subjects, a wide angle lens for easier selfies or wider landscape shots and a fisheye lens for filming 90s-style skateboarding videos. The lenses screw together for easy storage, so you can pop them on and off whenever you need ’em. If you want to take full advantage of the Note 8’s new camera setup, this is the way to do it!

n.b. you will need to manually move the clip-on lens if you switch between the two rear cameras, as the kit will only fit over one lens at a time!

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5. Samsung 5200mAh Fast Charge Battery Pack

Portable chargers and power banks are super useful, but not all are created equal. This one from Samsung is a great example — its 5200mAh capacity is good but nothing special, but it delivers that power way faster than most others on the market thanks to Fast Charge support. This is the same standard that is built into Samsung’s mains adapters, so you can recharge your phone about twice as fast as you could from a regular power bank. Combined with good looks and an attractive price, and this official Samsung accessory becomes our top pick for the Note 8.

4. Kingston Digital 64GB Micro SD Card with Adapter

There are plenty of Note 8 Micro SD cards on the market, offering a range of sizes, speeds and special abilities. This Kingston Micro SD card is a good all-around choice, offering a lot of storage for a pretty low price. Its UHS Speed Class 1 rating means that you won’t be left sitting around while media copies or apps load, and it even comes with a full-size SD adapter so you can use it in DSLRs and other devices too.

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3. Samsung Gear VR Note 8 Edition

Pop your Note 8 into this specially designed VR headset, and you’ll be transported to different places, spaces and times. Different apps allow you to watch movies in a virtual theatre, play immersive games or watch live or recorded 360-degree broadcasts of sports games and other important events. The Note 8’s gorgeous display makes it one of the best phones ever for mobile VR, so don’t let it go to to waste!

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2. Olixar Case Compatible Glass Screen Protector

This is the ultimate screen protector for the Note 8, giving you edge-to-edge protection thanks to its unique curved glass design. Great care has been taken to ensure the screen protector fits the Note 8 perfectly and doesn’t interfere with any cases you may want to use. Combined with glass screen protectors’ intrinsic durability and ease of installation, and you’ve got a top notch screen protector on your hands!

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1. Official Samsung  DeX Display Dock

This official Samsung desk dock has a unique ability: it can turn your Galaxy Note 8 into a full-fledged PC. Simply connect a mouse, keyboard and display, and you’ll be able to use your Note 8 on the big screen — have multiple apps open at once, see the desktop versions of websites, and just generally become super productive. If you’ve ever dreamed of having one device that can do it all, a desktop PC you can keep in your pocket, then the Note 8 with the DeX Dock is worth checking out.

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Wrapping up

Thanks for checking out the article, and be sure to let us know what you think of our suggestions in the comments below. If you have any questions, we’d love to hear those too!

Stay tuned for more Note 8 accessory blogs, guides and news!

How to identify your Galaxy A-series model, including A3, A5, A7, A8 & A9

Thursday 30th March 2017 by Rafat in Uncategorized.

Last updated: February 2017

Samsung have released eight A-series phones in the past two years, including 2017, 2016 and 2015 variants of the A3, A5 and A7 and two one-off models, the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A9. Here’s how you can tell the difference between them!

Check the Settings page

The easiest way to positively identify your phone is to check the Settings page. Drag down from the top of the screen to show your notifications, then click on the gear icon in the upper left corner to open Settings. Then, scroll down to the bottom of your phone and click About Device. (If you don’t see this option, you might have to go to the System tab first.) Your phone’s model name and number will be shown; e.g 2017 models will say (2017) after the name of the phone.

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Look at the box

If you can’t check the Settings page — for example, if your phone isn’t working — then you can find out which phone you have in other ways.

Samsung’s boxes make it easy to find out which phone you have, with the model name (e.g. ‘A3’) printed prominently on the front. The 2015-era phones come in a blue box, while the 2016 and 2017-era phones come in a white box. However, the 2016 model has a ‘6’ subscript printed next to the name of the phone to indicate 2016, while the 2017 models literally say ‘2017’ in the upper right corner.

Check the back of the phone

If you don’t have the box, you can still find out which phone you have, starting with whether you have a 2016-era phone or an older model, by checking the back of the phone.

The 2016 and 2017 model phones come with Samsung’s traditional camera arrangement, with two elements: a large lens on the back and a flash unit to the right.  In contrast, 2014/15 models have three elements: a rear-facing camera lens flanked by a speaker on one side and a flash on the other. You can see this below, with the 2015 (left) and 2016 models of the Galaxy A3.

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The 2017 models have similar backs to 2016 models, but they also have a thin grille on the right side of the phone, above the lock button. This doesn’t appear on the 2016 models, so it’s a good way to tell the difference at a glance without needing to use the phone or see its box. You can see how it looks below.

Once you know whether you have a 2017, 2016 or 2015 phone, you can narrow it down by the screen size, which is measured diagonally.

Conclusion

I hope you found this article helpful! If so, let us know in the comments below. If you still can’t figure out which phone you have, then try posting some pictures in the comments and our smartphone detectives will get on the case!

Which Galaxy J5 do I have?

Thursday 12th January 2017 by Rafat in Galaxy J5 2015, Galaxy J5 2016.

Above: the 2015 model (left/top), the 2016 model (right/bottom)

The Galaxy J5 is a solid mid-range phone, boasting good specs and a slim Samsung design. Confusingly, it’s also the name of two different phones, released in 2015 and 2016. Here’s how to tell the difference between them.

Check Settings

The easiest way is to ask the phone itself. Go to Settings > About Phone, and scroll down until you see ‘model name’. The original Galaxy J5 will be called just that, while the 2016 model will be called ‘Galaxy J5 (2016)’.

Look at the rear camera

The rear camera — or more specifically its flash — is another dead giveaway. Look at the back of the phone, and find the camera lens in the top centre. If the flash module is to the right of the lens and shaped like a lozenge, then you have the 2016 model. If the flash is to the left of the lens and is shaped like a rounded square (equally wide and tall), then it’s the 2015 model.

Now what?

Now you’ve (hopefully) identified your Galaxy J5 module. Awesome! Now you can find the right accessories for your phone. Check out our full range via the buttons below:

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5 things you might not know about the iPhone 7 / 7 Plus

Tuesday 13th September 2016 by Rafat in Apple, iPhone, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have finally been announced! The new flagship smartphones retain a lot of the features of its predecessors the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, but there are a few changes with the announce of these two flagship smartphones. Let’s have a look at 5 facts you may or may not know about the iPhone 7.

The rumours are true: no 3.5mm headphone jack

One of the most hottest rumours with the iPhone 7 is that it would be designed without a headphone jack. This rumour was widely circulated and anticipated all the way up to the announcement whereby Apple confirmed their next flagship smartphones would not contain the standard 3.5mm jack. As such, the iPhone 7 will come with lightning headphones which will plug into the lightning port. Apple will also include an adaptor so if you still want to use your standard headphones that normally plug into a 3.5mm jack, you can. Unfortunately it means you can’t charge your iPhone 7 and use your lightning headphones at the same time, a disappointment, however as always with Apple, you’ll probably be able to find a iPhone 7 accessory on the market that would overcome this. Maybe a case with an adaptor and a 3.5mm jack?

The new colour comes with some compromises

Along with the announcement of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple also announced a new color to its range: Jet Black. However, Jet Black will only be available in the 128GB and 256GB range which means if you want a Jet Black iPhone 7, be prepared to pay a minimum of $1229, a whopping amount for a smartphone. Then again, nothing is cheap with Apple. Apple have also taken the unusual step of by stating on their website that the Jet Black model may be susceptible in showing fine micro abrasions due to its high shine. To overcome this, you can purchase a clear iPhone 7 or 7 Plus case.

The iPhone 7 Plus is still special

Apple have finally given OPI (Optical Image Stabilisation) to the standard iPhone 7, however there is another reason to purchase the iPhone 7 Plus, particularly if you enjoy taking snaps on your smartphone. One feature that sets the iPhone 7 Plus apart from the standard 7, is the inclusion of a dual camera system. Yep, that’s right two cameras. Both cameras shoot at 12 Megapixel, however one is a wide-angle lens whilst the other is new telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. You’ll be able to choose which lens you want to shoot from and later in the year, Apple will release a software update that would allow you to use the bokeh effect for your shots. Pretty neat!

The iPhone 7 is water resistant, but there’s a catch

 

There was pressure for Apple to make the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus water resistant. Apple’s rivals, Samsung were able to incorporate the water resistant feature with their flagship smartphones (the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge) without sacrificing too much in design, maybe even bettering it. Apple were expected to follow suit. Apple have done exactly that, with both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus coming with a IP67 rating which should allow the smartphones to withstand dunks in puddles of water, the loo and splashes from the pool. However, don’t get too comfortable, with Apple saying the water resistance can fade over time and Apple won’t be held liable for water damage. A waterproof case would be a good option if you want to submerge your iPhone 7 and have that peace of mind. A good option would be the LifeProof Fre case available for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The home button isn’t really a button

Another talking point with the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is the change in the home button. In years gone by, we’ve been used to physically pushing the home button on the iPhone models in order to return to the menu. However, the latest home button doesn’t require any pushing in at all, with Apple overhauling the way the home button works. Now, you just have to simply tap the touch sensitive circle. The circle can recognise a tap, double tap and a hold thanks to an inbuilt taptic engine. Whether this is a hit or miss with Apple, we’ll just have to wait and see I guess.

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Five iPhone 7 cases in stock & coming soon at MobileZap

Wednesday 7th September 2016 by Rafat in Apple, iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 is Apple’s next flagship smartphone and is widely anticipated. The phone won’t be shipped out till later this month, but here at MobileZap we’ve already begun with accessories for the iPhone 7. Check out our top 5 cases for the iPhone 7!

5. FlexiShield Gel Case – Blue, Gold, Black & Pink

 

First up is the Flexishield Gel case. This gel case is nice, simple yet effective. These gel cases are thin and flexible making them easy to install and also providing a sleek protective case for your iPhone 7. The case wraps around the sides and covers the back of your iPhone 7 and includes non-slip coating for extra grip. Importantly, this gel case also provides a raised besel against your display screen so if you lay it down face-first on a flat surface, there would be a small gap between the display screen and the surface. At just over $10, this is a simple and effective case for your iPhone 7.

4. Olixar ArmourDillo Protective Case – Blue, Black

If you’re looking for something rugged and abit more sturdy, then the Olixar Armourdillo case may be the one for you. This case is made up of two components. The base of the case is made of TPU polymer, important for absorbing impact if the phone is dropped, whilst the outer of the case is made of impact resistant polycarbonate. Both these materials work in conjunction to protect your iPhone 7 from impacts, scrapes and drops. The case also features a nice kick-stand, useful for watching videos.

3. Ringke Onyx Tough Case – Grey, Navy

If you’re looking for a more modern and sleek option, the Ringke Onyx Tough case looks like a good choice. This case comes with a sophisticated brush finish, which looks awesome. It also comes with air space cushion technology that would no doubt protect your iPhone 7 from drops. The textured sides allow for better grip, whilst the 1.5mm lip protects your display screen in case the phone is dropped onto a flat surface. All in all, a tough yet neat looking case that would complement your iPhone 7.

2. Redneck Red Line Genuine Leather Pouch – Brown, Blue

Sometimes it’s hard to go past a good ol’ classic like a genuine leather pouch. Although you can’t use your iPhone 7 whilst in the pouch, it does protect the majority of your iPhone 7, and also looks and feels great. Plus, when you do use you iPhone 7, you don’t have to worry about the thickness of a case on it! Redneck are known for their leather cases and this case for the iPhone 7 shouldn’t disappoint!

1. Zizo Bolt Tough Case & Belt Clip – Black, Green and Red

 

One thing you can ensure with iPhone 7 is that it’s going to be one of the most expensive smartphones on the market. An expensive smartphone also means expensive repairs and if you’re looking for military grade protection because you work on a job site or you just want extra protection for your iPhone 7, this Zizo Bolt Tough Case & Belt Clip may be the case for you. The case has been designed with a stylish military look, comes with a lanyard and also belt holster clip! The case also features all cut-outs for ports and features. If you’re constantly on the go and afraid to drop your iPhone 7, this Zizo case may just be the case for you!
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