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Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge now in White

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge now in White

Be one of the first: We’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in a white pearl colour option, providing a chic and premium aesthetic.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in pearl white

Samsung’s flagship handsets have been taking the market by storm, thanks to the combination of high end features, KNOX security and a quite frankly unbelievable durability level. Check out our blog to see just how much these handsets can withstand, and 5 Reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Pick up the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in white with free delivery today.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the BlackBerry Priv is now available

Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the BlackBerry Priv is now available

Get news for BlackBerry users; the latest versions of Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available on ShopBlackBerry.com and is coming to your BlackBerry PRIV starting May 3.

ANDROID 6.0 MARSHMALLOW UPDATE FOR THE BLACKBERRY PRIV IS NOW AVAILABLE

The BlackBerry Priv offers an incredible 5.4-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and an 18 megapixel rear camera, along with BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard. As the name suggests the ‘Priv’ also offers unprecedented privacy features, which are only getting better with the latest Android updates thanks to Customized Personal Data Permissions, clearer notification settings and S/MIME Support.  The combination of android apps, BlackBerry controlled privacy, increased productivity with the BB hub and keyboard, and creativity with the camera provides an excellent ‘all round’ package.

But what’s new with the Android update?

Security

First off is an new and improved ‘Detect’ for BlackBerry. The majority of apps demand access to your personal data, even when it is not necessary for the functionality of the programme. Detect for BlackBerry allows you to turn off the permissions, without compromising the function of the app. It also includes security notifications to alert you when you OS security has been compromised, to protect you against hacks and data compromises.

Be Social  

Staying connected has also been made easier, as BlackBerry’s hub now includes a wider range of social media apps, such as pinterest, instagram, Skype and Slack. You’ll be able  to manage all messages in one place.

Enhanced Keyboard

The Android Marshmallow update also improves the BlackBerry keyboard thanks to some handy new features. These updates include ‘Swipe’ which allows you to continuously ‘swipe’ across both the digital and physical keyboard to complete a word. There are also now over 200 emojis to allow you to fully express your feelings in  a way words can’t and enhance word prediction to save you time when typing.

More Battery Life

You’ll get even more out of The Priv with enhanced battery performance, thanks to the new ‘Doze’ settings Media Card Encryption Support and App Standby. The Priv’s camera has also improved with the update, with new features including slow motion video, and the ability to shoot at 24fps to create professional cinematic pictures.

Read more about the update on BlackBerry’s official blog, or buy your BlackBerry Priv Sim Free today.

Top 3 handsets for Construction Workers, Plumbers, Builders and those in the Emergency Services

Top 3 handsets for Construction Workers, Plumbers, Builders and those in the Emergency Services

Phones are no longer just a tool for making and receiving calls, texts and emails. So many of us rely on our handsets as tools at work; to schedule meetings, locate offices and make that important video conference call to Hong Kong in the middle of the night.

But what about those who don’t work the regular 9-5? Those who need support in physical and manual trade. We take a look at the tough boys of the ‘rugged’ handset category and check out what makes them special.

1. CAT S60: £459.98inc VAT

cat s60

Our first offering comes from the veteran of tough-phones Cat. The military-specs featured on the CAT S60 include unseen before water resistance of up to 5 meters deep and a MIL-STD-810G certification making the CAT S60  salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant. But that’s not all. The CAT S60 is also the first smartphone and more interestingly an integrated thermal imaging camera.

The handset offers a regular 13 megapixel rear camera and pairs it with a FLIR Lepton Thermal camera, which can show 80 x 60 pixels of thermal video. The S60 measures temperatures up to 30m distance in real-time. But CAT didn’t stop there, the CAT S60 combines the image from both cameras to produce images that promise to help construction workers, plumbers, firefighters and emergency services in their many roles.

2. DeWalt Phone: £449.98 inc VAT

Dewalt Phone

A new offering from construction tool giant DeWalt, the DeWalt phone (MD501) offers a rugged Android based experience, built to exacting DEWALT standards.  This robust mobile is IP68 certified, meaning it is protected against water and dust and can withstand drops onto concrete from heights of up to 2.0M. It features an easy-grip design to help minimise accidents and is easy to use whilst wearing work gloves.

With 4G connectivity, with NFC mobile data collection, WiFi, Bluetooth, G-sensor, gyroscope, pressure, magnets and light/range sensors you really have got all the tools for the job. What’s more, the DeWalt MD501 is dual sim, allowing you to divide work and play without having to take two handsets on-site.

3. Samsung Galaxy S7: £619.98

Samsung Galaxy S7

Our final offering is a surprising one. You might not expect to see such a high end handset included in the ‘rugged’ phone section but trust us, it’s a toughie. Similarly to the DeWalt, the Samsung Galaxy S7 has an IP65 rating making it water and dust resistant. Samsung have also cleverly sealed off internal components whilst retaining the micro USB ports, so you won’t even have to open extra caps or covers to access your water resistant ports.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out our previous blog highlighting the best ‘extreme’ tests carried out on the handset. You’ll be surprised to see the S7 survive being frozen in water for over 12 hours, thrown from a 100ft drop and even pan fried in boiling water.

Other rugged handsets include JCB Toughphone Sitemaster 3G and the more budget friendly CAT B30.

There’s a new Tough Guy in town: the DeWalt Phone MD501

There’s a new Tough Guy in town: the DeWalt Phone MD501

When you think of Rugged Toughphones, JCB and CAT are the first brands that come to mind. However, construction giants DeWalt have joined the team, with the DeWalt Phone (MD510).

Dewalt Phone

Their first handset promises to be a solid and resilient smartphone that has been built to exacting standards that the brand are famous for. DeWalt partnered with RugGear to produce the MD510, with all of the expectations of a smartphone including Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 5″ HD screen all wrapped up in a rugged casing.

The handset goes on to offer a whole range of protection for your device. These  include an IP68 rating for water- and dust-proofing, MIL-STD810G drop-tested (the device withstands 2m drops onto concrete), and pressure and vibration resilience. The DeWalt handset will also operate at a huge temperature range of -20°C to 60°C and they’ve made it suitable to use even when wearing construction gloves.

Dual Sim Capabilities also make this handset even more perfect for work, allowing you to separate work and personal calls from one device. 4g, Wifi and NFC connectivity along with QI charging ensures you never miss a call wherever you are.

Pre-order the DeWalt Phone Sim Free today.

 

 

Does the HTC 10 offer the perfect 10? #Powerof10

Does the HTC 10 offer the perfect 10? #Powerof10

HTC have launched their most personalised version of Android yet, with a major step in the right direction in terms of specifications. But does the HTC 10 really offer the #Powerof10? We check it out:

Camera:

HTC 10 Camera

 

The HTC 10 brings you the world’s first dual OIS* for professional level photos front and back. There’s a 5 megapixel front facing camera with a wide-angle 86 degree lens and a rear facing camera that offers a 12 UltraPixel sensor with laser auto-focus and dual tone LED flash. There’s also a brand new pro mode with RAW image capturing (uncompressed image files). The HTC 10 is capable of capturing 4K videos with 720p slow motion at 120fps, comparable to the iPhone 6s/ iPhone 6s plus (now discounted).

Display:

htc 10 display

The display on the HTC 10 is impressive, with an ultra vivid 2K 5.2 inch LCD display (Quad HD @ 2560 x 1440 pixels) with a pixel density of 564 ppi. As expected, the screen is protected by a sheet of Gorilla Glass with a curved edge making it durable for your day.

Battery life:

htc 10 battery life

HTC’s flagship handset offers up to 2 days battery life, with a battery similarly sized as that found in the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. The 3,000mAh battery is exactly the same capacity as the Galaxy S7‘s and slightly bigger than the LG G5‘s and offers talk time of up to 27 hours (3g) and an incredible 456 hours of Stand-by time.

Added Extras:

We also appreciated the end-to-end 24-bit Hi-Res sound and HTC Freestyle Layout of the HTC 10, along with the capacitative buttons, freeing up more space on the screen for your apps and video files.

Preorder the HTC 10 Sim free today.

Protect your Samsung Galaxy S7 with our range of cases

Protect your Samsung Galaxy S7 with our range of cases

We all know the fear; you buy a new handset only to drop it 5 minutes into using it. Whilst the Samsung Galaxy S7 seems to be incredibly robust (see how it held up in extreme testing on our previous post) and is IP rated it’s still important to protect the handset with a decent case.

Cases not only protect your tech but also add a touch of personal style to your device, and we’ve got cases to suit you whatever you design tastes.

First up some from Case-Mate, who design using Samsung’s manufacturer’s specification and are authorised by Samsung directly, guaranteeing quality.

1. Case-Mate Brilliance Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 £58.99

This is one for those who like to sparkle, the Brilliance case offers glittering, genuine crystals (thoughtfully selected and carefully placed to create a dynamic shimmer) with a leather accent.

Case-Mate Brilliance Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 1

2. Case-Mate Tough Naked Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 £28.99

The clear  Tough Naked case offers maximum protection with a transparent finish to showcase your device. With a dual layer design and bumper, it is tough enough to survive those accidental drops and scrapes. This fully accessible case will allow you to access buttons and ports without the hassle of removing the case.

Case-Mate Tough Naked Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

3. Case-Mate Barely There Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 £16.99

The Case Mate Barely There case for the Samsung Galaxy S7 provides a distinctive one piece design, so your phone will not only be in the limelight but will be protected from any accidental drops or scrapes. It  offers a impact resistant shell which covers the backs and sides, whilst the lay-flat bezel extends the bezel above the scree to protect the front of your device.

Case-Mate Barely There Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

Next up is Black Rock, who ‘stand for innovation, energy, passion and protection.’

1. Black Rock Material Booklet Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 £16.99

This case is perfect for those who look for booklet style protection. The Black Rock Genuine Leather Material Booklet case provides ultra-slim protection with a stylish mesh finish. Great for ‘on the go’ this case includes a credit card slot and full protection with a bumper. The snap on shell provides protection of your device whilst the durable PU cover will protect your screen.

Black Rock Material Booklet Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

2. Black Rock Genuine Leather Material Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 £22.99

This Genuine Leather Material case provides a stylish suede finish and ultra-slim protection. Made from a polycarbonate plate in a genuine leather finish the case is framed with a TPU border for extra protection. Offering all around protection the anti-shock guard technology ensures protection against any accidental drops whilst the raised bevel edging provides screen security.

Black Rock Genuine Leather Material Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

Last up are some offerings from Ballistic, using the latest technology for maximum protection.

1. Ballistic Tough Jacket Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 £22.99

One for the most active of users, the Ballistic Tough Jacket series offers three layers of protection for the latest technology. With reinforced corner protection and raised lips, we dare you. HexTec Technology Ballistic have specifically designed the Tough Jacket series with HexTec Technology, a six-sided drop protection for the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Ballistic Tough Jacket Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

2. Ballistic Jewel Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 £10.99

One of our cheaper cases, this case doesn’t scrimp on protection or style. Lightweight and durable, Jewel fits perfectly in your pocket and is prepared to protect in style. Ballistic cases are engineered with HexTec™ Six-Sided Drop Protection Technology, and the Jewel Series is no exception. HexTec Technology Ballistic have specifically designed the Jewel series with HexTec Technology, a six-sided drop protection for the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Ballistic Jewel Case for Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and all these cases are available now with either next day or standard free delivery. Go get them.

5 of the best Virtual Reality Games for the Samsung Gear VR

5 of the best Virtual Reality Games for the Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR is available to order now, offering a immersive interaction with VR tech. Simply slide in a compatible device* and you’ll be able to take a virtual vacation, play virtual games or watch 360 immersive movies wherever you are. Use your head movement to explore, select and interact, for a completely new way to play.

We take a look at 5 of the best VR games you can experience with the Samsung Gear VR:

Altspace VR:

Take a stroll around a number of Social VR environments to interact with the avatars of other VR users. Offering real-time voice chat and a variety of environments within which you can play games, watch performances or synchronised Netflix/Youtube videos with other users, there’s plenty to do.

Find out more here:

Adventure Time:

This family friendly, third person game is a cute 3D platform game (think Mario 64 in the modern world). Jump on baddies, attack them with your sword and hunt out the hidden bonuses.
The only downside to this game is that you can complete it in an hour as it’s branded as a demo length game, but it certainly gives an excellent insight into how platromers will develop in the VR world.

Check out vrgamerdude’s review:

Street View VR:

Built around Google maps collection of location, Street View VR promises to show you the world without a plane ticket, from your childhood home to your exotic holiday destination. You’ll even be able to learn about your location thanks to location-aware Wikipedia integration. There’s an astonishing 3000 locations to explore, from underwater scenes, mountaintops to the big cities so you’ll never run out of places to explore.

source:GamePlaysYOU

Lands End:

This is a short but sweet Puzzle game which takes you through various worlds locating white dots, which you need to illuminate by looking at them. The whole game is literally about joining the dots through differing worlds and blocked paths. The game builds up to become more challenging and more entertaining the more you immerse yourself in the Lands End worlds. The graphics are a little old school but the VR experience is as immersive and simple to use as you’d hope for.

 

Gone:

An episodic thriller from the makers of The Walking Dead, this TV show style interaction plays out in from of you. It plays out like a virtual reality show, in which you become a follower to the story of a couple and their little girl, who happens to disappear. Rachel Skidmore (Director of media development) explains; “the plot here is centered around how quickly someone can disappear. This little girl goes missing in broad daylight, and her mother’s life spirals into a personal investigation.” Be interactive through the ‘hotspots’ via your gaze to focus in on relevant conversations or clues.

The Samsung Gear VR is available to buy now for under £95. If you’re an LG G5 owner check out the LG 360 VR available to pre-order of if you’re looking for a more budget friendly entry in to the Virtual Reality World check out the Case-Mate Google Cardboard Universal 3D Virtual Reality Viewer v2.0  for £19.98.

*Compatiblel devices include the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge

**Note5 and S6 edge+ may require software update.

iPhone 6s Plus 64GB for under £600: 5 Reasons to buy

iPhone 6s Plus 64GB for under £600: 5 Reasons to buy

We’ve got the iPhone 6s Plus on offer at the moment, with the 64GB available for under £600, so we take a look at other benefits for choosing the larger iPhone handset.

1. Size, Display and stronger casing:

iPhone 6s plus discount

The most obvious reason for choosing the iPhone 6s Plus is for its increased screen size, with a 5.5 inch 1080p IPS LCD display, with 401 psi offering incredibly crisp full HD images. For those who stream videos, take lots of photos or vlog regularly this is an obvious benefit. You no longer have to worry about the safety of the screen either, thanks to Apple’s new 7000 series aluminum alloy, which is one of the toughest aluminum alloys on the market.

2. Camera:

iPhone 6s plus discount

One reason to choose the larger 6S Plus over its smaller sibling is the extra optical image stabilisation that ensures your 4K footage isn’t wobbly or jumpy, and allows for a blur free image in low light conditions.
There’s an upgrade to a 12 megapixel sensor, and f/2.2 lens resulting in excellent overall image quality.

3. 3D Touch:

iPhone 6s plus discount

3D Touch adds an additional dimension to the ways in which you can interact with your iPhone 6s Plus, by measuring the amount of pressure applied to the display. This allows for additional functionality and can be used as a shortcut to certain activities or separate menu.

Check out Apple’s 3D touch:

4. Hey Siri:

iPhone 6s plus discount

Siri for iOS 9 offers some great updates, including Apple’s “Hey Siri” feature allowing iPhone owners talk to Siri hands-free. When the feature is activated, saying “Hey Siri” replaces the long press on the home button, allowing you to activate Siri’s personal assistance handsfree. This will make it even easier for you to choose the next song to play, have Siri read your last text or even give you updates on the weather when manually handling the phone just isn’t an option.

5. Unbelievable Price Point:

iPhone 6s plus discount

Yup, you read it right; we’re offering the iPhone 6s Plus in 64GB for under £600 – which is even less than the typical 16GB price. These handsets are delivered in plain white boxes, and offer a 12 month warrantee and apple charger. Get yours whilst stocks last!

HTC 10 is Available to Pre-order #powerof10

HTC 10 is Available to Pre-order #powerof10

HTC has announced its new flagship Android smartphone, simply called the HTC 10. The HTC 10 is the first Android device to feature Apple’s AirPlay streaming technology for streaming music to the Apple TV and other AirPlay enabled speakers. The device has also been certified for Hi-res audio, containing separate tweeter and woofer components and with the new high performance headset amplifier you can rely on a great sound experience.

With bold chamfered edges and dual-textured finish, the HTC 10 has a premium all metal design covered in Gorilla Glass. The device features a 5.2 inch quad HD Super LCD 5 display which HTC declares displays 30 % more colour than previous devices. Similar in design to the M9 and the A9, the 10 has a fingerprint scanner below the display to swiftly unlock the device.

The 32GB of expandable storage via microSD support is appealing as it offers comparable storage to the Samsung Galaxy S7. Inside is a 3000mAh battery which can be recharged using the rapid charger, which is good for up to two days usage. The device has Qualcomm’s new quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB RAM. There’s 32GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD card support.

The HTC 10 comes with a 12 megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens, OIS and laser autofocus producing amazing images even in low light conditions. At the front is a 5 megapixel sensor also featuring OIS, which no other smartphone on the market currently offers. The camera settings have also been upgraded to accommodate RAW format.

The HTC 10 is available to pre-order today.

LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Battle of the Flagships

LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Battle of the Flagships

With the LG G5 coming out this week and the Samsung Galaxy S7 taking the market by storm we take a detailed look at how the two compare.

1. Design:

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 Design

Samsung have upped their game in regards to overall design, thanks to the curved screen, tapered back and the return of the microSD slot providing a chic yet practical feel.

Nevertheless the combination of a  metal unibody and rear button placement makes the LG G5 nice to handle. Both handsets have their trump card to give them an edge of the competition, with the S7’s Water-resistance vs the modular design of the G5.

2. Features:

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 Features

The LG certainly take the crown for innovation, thanks to the battery format. Simply press a button to slide the battery out of the bottom of the handset. This not only lets you replace the battery, but also allows you to include a new module for additional functionality, for example the LG Cam Plus (for added grip and camera controls). The LG G5 also features an innovative reversible USB Type-C connector v3.0 for fast charging and data transfer.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 relies upon its rugged persona to stand out from the crowd. (check out our blog when we see the Samsung Galaxy S7 withstand some extreme test conditions). The ability to swipe the screen to access contacts or apps is also an appealing additional feature from Samsung.

3. Camera:

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 Camera

Whilst Samsung have dropped the megapixel rating on the S7 down to 12 MP from 16MP of the S6, they’ve upped their game with the dual pixel sensor, offering incredible low light capabilities. The S7 offers a 95% increase in the quality of photographs taken in low light settings when compared to the S6, a welcome improvement to accompany the increased speed of the autofocus.

LG have kept their megapixels at 16MP, but add a 135 degree wide angle rear camera and additional camera modules via their ‘friends’ range.

4. Companion devices:

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 Companion devices

Anyone keeping up to date with handset releases recently couldn’t fail to notice the additional devices marketed with the mobile phones. Samsung announce the S7 duo with the Gear VR and Gear 360 camera.

LG based their entire G5 release around their additional ‘friends’ which fully takes advantage of the handset’s modular design. Read our blog showing the Friends in more detail here.

5. Battery Life:

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 Battery

Samsung have increased their battery life with a 3,000mAh battery on the S7 and a huge 3,600mAh offering on the S7 Edge.

The LG G5 has a slightly smaller battery at 2,800mAh. However its important to factor in the smaller screen size and the ability to swap out batteries when comparing their stamina.

The S7 promises up to 22 hours of talk time (3G) vs 20 hrs  (3g) of talk time per battery on the LG G5.

6. Screen:

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 screen display

Both handsets offer an always-on display, which is useful for those who hate to miss a notification. But this is where the similarities really end.  Samsung have packed some of the best Super AMOLED technology into the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7’s display and 5.5-inch curve-screened of the S7 Edge.

Whilst the LG G5’s screen is slightly smaller than their previous releases it offers a beautiful quad HD display which is IPS LCD, not AMOLED. LG have backed up their choice in IPS LCD screen by suggesting it will eliminate the chance of burn-in from the always-on display.

7. Performance:

Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5 performance

This is where both handsets offer similar features. Both the S7 and G5 are powerhouses, using the Snapdragon 820 chipset (or the Exynos in the S7 depending on the region). They also both offer an incredible 4GB of RAM which offers power and performance.

The S7 and G5 also both run on the latest Android platform, with some additional offerings. The S7 has TouchWiz, Samsung Pay and Knox, whilst the G5 has the latest version of the LG UX 5.0.

Sim Free:

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Sim Free is available now with over £100 of freebies and the LG G5 and LG Friends are available to pre-order, with release date coming very soon.

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