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Re-launch of the Nokia 3310 – Could it be true?

It’s been 17 years since the launch of the Nokia 3310, which took the whole mobile industry by storm! And how it has changed since that time with the growth of smartphones.

Amazingly it was recently leaked on the Web that among Nokia’s new smartphone range, they will be launching a new 3310 at Mobile World Congress on February 26th 2017. 

Compared to its first launch where it cost about £29.99 with a Vodafone contract or £129.99 on PAYG. Now it will cost around £50 (around €59).

 

We will have to wait and see whether we’ll get the exact same phone (which we doubt) or it’s going to feature some new functionality (it’ll have to as the nostalgia of the ‘classic’ will not be enough to compete). Is this Nokia trying to create more hype and noise to simply to stand out from all the other smartphone manufacturers that will be at Mobile World Congress this month.

Originally Nokia’s market share started to decrease when they struggled to keep up with manufacturers developing touch screen technology & devices. The Nokia 3310’s amazing battery life, robust shell and not forgetting the addictive game ‘Snake’ then became less important to users.

 

 

Case Hut is excited to see what is actually released by Nokia in response to all other manufacturers. We say Good Luck 3310.

 

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iPhone 8 Rumours!

Even though the iPhone 7 has only just been released, we are hearing talk around what we should expect to see from the iPhone 8 next year!! As this is Apple’s 10 year anniversary device – people are expecting great things!

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1. Release Date

Now we can’t confirm this just yet, but going on past experience we should expect to see the new iPhone in September 2017! However, being the 10th Anniversary, Apple might mix things up a bit to keep us guessing!

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2. Features

If Apple does indeed do something special for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which seems likely based on iPhone 7 rumours, the iPhone 8 will be one which fans will no doubt want to upgrade to on launch day. Could we see the biggest queues ever?

 Here is a list of the expected changes to expect:

  • All-glass design
  • Wireless charging
  • OLED/AMOLED display
  • 5.8-inch screen
  • A11 chip
  • Intel 7360 LTE modem
  • iOS 11 software
  • No home button

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3. Price

We can’t be sure how much the new iPhone will cost but we think it will be around the £550 mark

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Porsche x Huawei for the Mate 9

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The new Huawei Mate 9, designed in collaboration with Porsche, is the latest high end offering from the emerging handset manufacturer. Having already seen the popularity of our case offerings for Ferrari, Mercedes and BMW it’s great to see another major car manufacturer taking interest in the handset market.

The two also took their time, so as to come up with a product that was a real joint effort, not just one company’s phone with another’s logo. “We really tried to have a real collaboration,” Huawei’s design boss says. They have been keen to go with the smaller 5.5” display, which they suggest makes the phone more unisex – although Apple’s iPhone Plus has been sought after by both genders.

Porsche has long been synonymous with amazing design and with their attention to detail this latest luxury high-performance handset should be popular with fans of Porsche and those aware of Huawei’s rise in reputation.

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We are yet to know if Porsche themselves will be designing their own range of accessories for the handset. There is a growing trend amongst the high end car manufacturers to add that seamless transition from your car to your handset. The pride drivers have in their cars is being carried further into their day to day movements.

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The collaboration between Porsche and Huawei has not gone unnoticed by case manufacturer Terrapin who have a new range of cases arriving in late November 2016. Following on from their popular designs for other Huawei devices the case manufacturer is offering a compelling range of accessories for the new device. Terrapin have targeted the same market of customers who want high quality at reasonable prices so it will be interesting to see the take up on the higher end specs.

With the ambitions of Huawei in the UK & European market we’re excited to see more innovation enter the market.

 

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GUESS x Case Hut

Established in 1981, GUESS began as a jeans company in the United States

and has since successfully grown into a global lifestyle brand.

Designed with careful attention to detail and choice of quality materials, this collection of phone accessories is the perfect extension of GUESS signature designs to complete a glamorous and fashion forward look.

 

  Croco Hard Case

This PU Leather case with faux crocodile print is a beautiful case designed to help protect your device. The Raised metallic GUESS logo in Gold adds a hint of glamour against the nude PU leather. The microfibre lining inside the case will prevent the case from scratching the device shell.

Shop iPhone 6/6s
Shop iPhone 7

 

Saffiano Leather Hard Cases

                                     Shop Beige iPhone 7                                                  Shop Pink iPhone 7

Made from PU Leather in Saffiano style, these simple and stylish cases are perfect and practical. 

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Innovative Nano Technology Liquid Screen Protection – What You Need To Know

Protective cases for smartphones and tablets have evolved over the last 20 or so years to protect the user damaging their prized possessions. The evolution of handsets and tablets in the turn of the century has triggered changes in even basic leather cases to include inbuilt plastic screens for easier access. Whether for fashion or functionality, finding a protective solution is often essential to modern life which has begun revolving around our technology.

Moshi Sensecover with easy access feature

Different types of screen protection are becoming more of a common sight in today’s markets. From the early innovation of total waterproofing in the form  of Liquipel, which was in many ways prohibitive due to costs, we now see many more companies try and fail to break the boundaries with liquid screen protection.

From big retailers through to freelance bloggers, we have seen a reluctance to believe that applying a liquid to a screen will add protection. This form of screen protection is viewed with the “Emperor’s new clothes” concept; because you can’t see it, it isn’t there. This issue was not helped with a company recently being prosecuted for supplying consumers with water-laden cloths in a false promotion of liquid Nano technology. We have seen companies try to prove the strength of their Nano technology by hitting the screen of a liquid protected device with a hammer; which has unfortunately lead to many having  false expectation of the solution.

With all of the above in mind, we have tested and looked at a number of products in the market over the last 4 years and now  seems like it is the right time for these products to break through. The growth of wearable tech; such as the Apple Watch and the evolution in handsets like the Huawei P9, Samsung Edge series and latest iPhone iterations means this protective technology can now take prominence.

 Curved screen protection

The biggest factor we see contributing to the rise of Nano technology liquid screen protection is the move to curved screens by manufacturers. We saw the benefits of tempered glass, over the previously popular choice of film due to fewer bubbles with application and more protection.

However, we did see a number of complaints arise as customers saw that there was not a suitable tempered glass solution for curved screens. The glass either didn’t cover the whole screen or managed to do so clumsily. Whilst some manufactured curved tempered glass solutions, the manufacturing costs of around £10 a unit meant the product was not adopted by many the traditional sales platforms. 

 There was also a lack of functionality in some of these products with some leading to the corners of the screen becoming unresponsive; although often due to how the customer had applied them, but nevertheless a factor that prevented mainstream adoption. In other solutions the raised edge over the curve meant the glass protectors caught on clothing, pockets or material and lifted the protector from the screen. Screen film was a non-starter as it again couldn’t cater for the curvature. 

 Proven Liquid Nano Technology Protection

When speaking with a large retailer earlier this year we saw that they were adverse to the idea of a liquid protection solution without certification. The bigger players in the market such as WowFixIt or Sharkproof* are able to backup their claims of protection and are starting to dominate the space. WowfixIt is backed by TUV testing reports that prove their claims for protective and hygienic protection. 

                                 

 We expect more companies to enter the space as we see liquid protection develop in other sectors such as roofing, patios, sunglasses, watches and car manufacturing. In our opinion, it will be a space that quickly becomes very crowded with formulas for protection specific to each sector and no doubt some of the bigger chemical companies will be entering the main stream.

Things to look out for in Nano Liquid Screen Protection

Some key factors to consider and be aware of when looking at Liquid Screen Protection:

Drying time – this is the time it takes for the application of liquid to actually dry on the screen

Buffering time – how long it takes to polish the liquid. We have some claim up to 5 days which whilst offering substantial protection also seems too long opposed to 15 minutes with other solutions

Hygiene – many claim to provide hygienic protection, although for the most part they cannot provide the correct documentation to support their claims

Hardness – We saw one brand claim their formula would provide up to 5000x the hardness of a normal device screen; an unfounded claim that has since been removed from their packaging.

Anti-radiation – Again we see some brands claim this and yet we have only seen one company back this up with certification.

 

….Still be cautious with Nano Technology Liquid Screen Protection

 What maybe hasn’t helped some of the solution providers is demonstrating the products and some of the claims being made. We have seen some brands make ridiculously large claims of extra strengthening, for example; advertising that you can hit the product with a hammer is great marketing in some respects but unfortunately leads a consumer to believe that the smartphone or tablet can endure a severe hammering. If you drop your handset on the corner it is likely to break the screen regardless of what type of protection may have been applied, bar a bulkier solution like cases from Otterbox, Rokform or Lifeproof. A correct Nano liquid protection solution for smartphones and tablets will help protect from knocks and everyday wear and tear to your screen, but it is not a 100% protective solution.

 Another factor to be aware of that seems to be swaying customers reaction is the screen quality in the first place. We spoke to one leading repair firm in the UK who have been selling the liquid protection in store and they highlighted that where some phones have been repaired elsewhere using cheaper, thinner glass replacement solutions meant the liquid had less protective impact, as would film or tempered glass solutions.

We know there are solutions that work and we are keen to see how this part of the device protection market develops.

 Tempted to try Liquid Screen Protection for yourself?

We stock Sharkproof on our site – click here 

 

Seen a brand that you think we should be aware of?
Contact us at hello@casehut.com
 

 

 *according to documentation provided to us by the brands

 

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6 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Johanna Basford Case

Johanna Basford OBE is a Scottish illustrator. Her illustrations are hand-drawn, predominantly in black and white, with pencils and pens. Basford’s works can be found in products such as coloring books, wallpaper, beer labels, and even tattoos and now even cases for your iPhone and iPad!! Here are a few reasons why we think you NEED to buy one of her cases…

  1. Colouring has been said to be therapeutic

    The inability to focus has been closely linked to anxiety and stress. When colouring in you can focus your mind, make decisions (albeit small ones such as ‘what colour should I make this flower?’) and channel negative energy into something enjoyable, thus turning it into positivity.

  2. It helps you to express your individuality

    The way in which we colour and the colour schemes we use are a representation of the individual and their personal taste. Someone who may love to colour only in grayscale using a pencil will likely be different in personality to someone who colours in bold bright colours using a felt tip pen. Why not clear your mind, grab some colouring tools and express yourself?!

  3. They make great gifts for the holiday season

Over the Christmas period, (Christmas is only 93 days away!!), it can be hard to find gifts for everyone. These cases are suited to younger and older generations. For younger kids it gets them off their tablets/smartphones and actually getting creative and for the older generation it can do the same or just provide a little ‘me’ time in between busy schedules.

  1. They will protect your iPhone/iPad too!

Not only are these cases good fun to colour in and a great way to do all of the above, they will also keep your device protected! The case comes in two part – The gel bumper and the solid plastic backing. The gel bumper has a lip on it that sits just above the screen to help protect the phone when dropped. The clear back is rigid and a great way to keep scratches and dents off the back too.

  1. If you get bored of having a colourful phone, you can simply remove the inserts and enjoy a clear, protective case instead!

 With the new iPhone 7 launching in glossy Jet Black a lot of people will want to show it off while its being protected. This case is a great way to do just that and be able to change it up with some colour if you feel like it!

  1. It has some really sexy gold accents

    The gold accents on this case really set it off (especially against a black iPhone 7!) Not only are these cases therapeutic, expressive, protective and gift worthy, they are also simply really nice!!!

If you fancy yourself one of these for iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 7, iPad Mini 4 or the iPad Air 2 click below and see just how fab they are for yourself!!

 

 

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Nintendo x Apple : Super Mario for iPhone

Everyone’s favourite plumber is coming to iOS! Here is a run through of when the game will be available and what to expect…

On the 7th September Apple held the iPhone 7 launch and alongside the unveiling of their new devices they surprised us by bringing Shigeru Miyamoto – the creator of legends such as Super Mario and Zelda – onto the stage to announce the game. During the keynote he said 

“We have created Super Mario Run to be perfect for playing on your iPhone, Super Mario has evolved whenever he has encountered a new platform, and for the first time ever, players will be able to enjoy a full-fledged Super Mario game with just one hand, giving them the freedom to play while riding the subway or my favourite, eating a hamburger.”

Nintendo has kept Super Mario off of mobile devices, other than their own handheld consoles, making this a very exciting release in the gaming world! The game is called Super Mario Run and it is set to be released onto the App Store in December this year. Since it was said to be ‘around the holiday period’ we can guess it will be out just before Christmas!

The best way to keep on top of when this game will be available is to go to your App Store, search Super Mario Run and hit the NOTIFY button which is in place of the GET button for the time being.

Here is the excerpt from the gameplay description in the App Store to give you a low-down on what to expect:

“In this game, you constantly move forward through the courses while using a variety of jumps to navigate. Your character will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal.”

 

Super Mario Run Game Modes:
There are 3 different modes to play in on Super Mario Run.
1. Standard mode – in which you try your best to complete all the various levels.
2.  A second mode – in which you compete against the play data of other people’s completed levels
3. Lastly is the third mode – in which you create your own Mushroom Kingdom using coins collected in the course of playing the first two modes. This last mode is still a little on the mysterious side so we can’t wait to play and see what it has in store!

 

                   

 

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Otterbox vs. Griffin

Here at Case Hut we want to be able to offer the best protection on the market for your smartphone. Two of the most popular brands for rugged cases are Otterbox and Griffin so here is a breakdown of what to expect from the Otterbox Defender and the Griffin Survivor to help you decide which is best for you!

Both cases offer a similar type of protection, so you can expect the following:

– Smooth edges giving minimal bulk and making it easy to fit in a pocket.

– Non slip grip, meaning that even though the smooth exterior makes it easier to move in and out of a pocket, you won’t find it hard to keep hold of your device.

– A rugged multi-layer design to help absorb impact.

– A lightweight shell and inclusive screen protection.

Both cases have also been drop tested onto concrete to ensure that upon impact your case and phone will remain intact. 

All round protection from both will also prevent damage from scratches, dust, sand and rain water to ensure the device is as protected as possible.

 

 OTTERBOX

 

 Claims to be

offer maximum defence with a minimal profile

– to have been subjected to over 31 tests
– absorbs impact from everyday and extreme abuse

 

Is…

The design is nice and slim, less bulky than the Griffin but ever so slightly. The shell is still lightweight and covers the whole phone to ensure no damage to the body of the phone. 

Shop Otterbox cases here

GRIFFIN

 

 Claims to be

– offer maximum defence with a minimal profile

– to have been subjected to over 31 tests

– absorbs impact from everyday and extreme abuse

 

 

Is…

– the slimline design means the phone isn’t overly bulky and still feels light and sturdy. As it covers all of the phone it definitely offers protection from dust and scratches. 

 

Even though the cases are of similar specifications, some customers will naturally favour one brand over another.

 

 Shop the Griffin collection here

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Are you ready for the iPhone 7?

 At Case Hut, because #wecareaboutcases, we have been working hard to get some of the most popular brands new designs ready for our site in time for the iPhone 7 Launch

A purported leaked image of the next generation of Apple's iPhone

Image: The Telegraph

We have carefully combed through hundreds of designs and brands to whittle it down to a perfect variety from the very best and we are pleased to announce that we are ready to go!!

We already have UPROSA, Terrapin and Shocksock readily available (Click HERE to view the collection) for the iPhone 7 and we are soon to have stock from customer favourites; Otterbox, Moshi, Rokform, Griffin and more.

Alongside some of the industry’s top brands we are introducing the ever popular Johanna Basford into the fold with her new colouring cases – which have stemmed from her hugely popular grown-up colouring books. 

We are also favouring our best selling Zero Gravity for the fashion sector who are bringing us some smoking hot new designs all the way from Los Angeles!

There have been plenty of rumours surrounding the new iPhone 7 and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us during tomorrow’s announcement.

Sign up HERE to become a Case Hut V.I.P and gain access to exclusive offers and products for the shiny new iPhone 7

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Johanna Basford x Case Hut

Johanna Basford quickly became a household name for her beautiful selection of grown-up colouring books and much to our joy, Basford has branched out into the Technology sector (just in time for the launch of iPhone 7!!)

Her designs are captivating, intricate and bring home the joy of colouring to people everywhere.

Now you can add a splash of colour to your iPhone or iPad as well. Each customizable phone cover comes with 5 interchangeable inky inserts for you to colour in. The creations are then held securely in place by a translucent cover, with elegant gold accents and a gel bumper to keep your phone protected from bumps and scratches! 

The designs include inserts from Johanna’s famous books; Lost Ocean, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest for you to colour and change as you please!

When you purchase a new iPhone, sometimes you don’t want to hide the beauty of your new device and with these cases not only can you express your own personality through creativity and colour, but you can also choose to remove the inserts and protect your phone with the clear, protective full bumper case.

 

Cases available for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 7 on Pre-Order
Also available for iPad Mini 4 and iPad Air 2/Pro 9.7