Treat Yourself to a Special Pre-Black Friday Offer on MyTrendyPhone

November is well under way and the omnipresent holiday shopping fever has been going strong since Halloween. Truth be told, it’s not going away anytime soon, what with a couple of widely beloved holidays still ahead of us. However, who says that there shouldn’t be any special offers in the meantime? Well, if someone does, they clearly have no idea what we’ve got in store for you. Have we tickled your fancy? Good, now all you have to do is scroll on to find out just what kind of surprise we have in store for you.

A Fabulous Early Black Friday Promotion on MTP

Early Black Friday offer on MyTrendyPhone

So, what do we have in mind? Think various gadgets and mobile phone accessories you’ve always wanted to own, but the timing just wasn’t right. Or your wallet didn’t let you. Well, luckily, now it’s gonna! For this special early Black Friday offer we’re delighted to tell you that the price of all of the products in our Special Offer category have been reduced up to 50%! Yep, you’ve read that correctly. Now you can treat yourself or surprise your loved ones with a brand new tech toy or accessory and actually save up. The offer, however, is time-limited, so we strongly recommend you get to clickin’ as soon as possible.

No Time to Lose: Discover Our Special Deal Before It’s Gone!

As mentioned above, there is a time frame that you should be wary of. Which is why you need to ensure the following important piece of info doesn’t slip your mind: the offer will be valid till the 26th of November at 11:59pm. That essentially means that, when the clock strikes midnight, the magic wears off, Cinderella’s carriage turns back into a pumpkin and the offer’s gone, so make sure you use it well before then! You know what they say: you snooze, you lose. So snoozing at this point is strongly discouraged as it might leave you empty-handed and that’s definitely not what you want, is it?

We hope you have fun strolling through our ample selection looking for the perfect item (at a reduced price, no less!) and happy early Black Friday shopping! :)

The iPhone 7 May Be Released Earlier than Usual in 2016

For the past four years, we have become accustomed to Apple following a certain pattern and that pattern has invariably included their famous September event where new iPhones are introduced to the eager world. However, a reliable source has told AppleInsider that 2016 may be different. In what way? Well, first and foremost, according to their statement, we could be seeing an earlier launch of the iPhone 7.

Why the Early iPhone 7/7 Plus Release

Apple iPhone 7 Concept

Ever since the iPhone 5 was released on the 21st of September, 2012, all subsequent iPhones were launched in the more or less the same time period. The latest flagships—the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, of course—were announced on the 9th of September, 2015 and were released to the public on the 25th of September.

But that was then and this is now. Apparently, as the source says, Apple is planning on introducing their next big handset earlier than usual in order to completely shake things up. Namely, releasing the phone sooner than what is expected would help prevent a potential decrease in sales once the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus fascination dies down. Furthermore, rumour has it that the smartphone in question—the iPhone 7—will sport a completely unique and novel design, while another source maintains that the iPhone 7 Plus will have its RAM significantly bumped up.

Hey, Apple, How Soon Is Sooner than Usual?

Apple

At this point it is difficult to say just how early the iPhone 7 could arrive into the world. Still, the fact remains that up until the release of the iPhone 4s in 2011, all the previous iPhones were launched in June and July, so perhaps the Cupertino giant is considering reverting back to the summer months for their next big reveal. We won’t know for sure yet, but as we follow the developments in this department, we are sure to let you know as soon as this info becomes available and official.

5 Quick Tips for Enhancing Your Windows 10 Experience

So, you may have already got a taste of Windows 10, but as it continuously gets new builds there are probably certain little tricks you still haven’t discovered. Here are 5 super quick Windows 10 tips you may not know about yet (but will definitely appreciate!).

Quick and useful Windows 10 tips

Useful Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Knowing keyboard shortcuts by heart makes life a billion times easier (we’ve checked; billion’s the correct assessment). In Windows 10, when you press the Windows key + I, the new Settings menu (which lets you access a lot of your PC’s basic settings from the Control Panel) will open. The Windows key + X opens the special shortcut Start menu and the Windows key + A initiates the new Action center (a universal notifications tab interconnecting multiple platforms).

Quickly Access the Properties Menu

When you’re in the File Explorer, press the Alt key and hold it while double-clicking a file to open its Properties menu. That’s it.

Minimize All Unused Windows Bar the Active One

This one may sound a bit strange, but it’s effective. What you need to do is seize the title bar of the active window you wish to keep open and move it back and forth rapidly (or, you know, shake it, basically). Then, after those few quick shakes, all the other inactive windows will minimize and only the window you’ve been shaking will remain open. Like we said, the method seems a bit curious at first, but this feature is truly necessary and highly useful.

Handy Taskbar Shortcuts

More shortcut goodies! If you have different programs pinned on your Taskbar, you can easily open them by implementing the keyboard shortcut Windows key + [number key], in which the number key corresponds to the number of the program on your Taskbar. Say you have Google Chrome, Paint and File Explorer pinned. Google Chrome would be 1, Paint 2 and FE—yep, you’ve guessed right—3. Moreover, if you wish to move through the programs on your Taskbar, simply press the Windows key + T and cycle through both your pinned and other windows.

Pin the Recycle Bin to the Start Menu/Taskbar

Pin Recycle Bin to Start Menu in Windows 10

And lastly, do you want Recycle Bin to be part of the Start menu? Thought so. All you need to do is right-click on the desktop Recycle Bin icon and choose Pin to Start and the Bin will appear in your Start menu. Similarly, you can right-click on the icon when it’s in the Start menu and select Pin to Taskbar to have the icon conveniently located alongside your other pinned programs and files.

Hope you’ve found these five easy Windows 10 tricks useful! Got any more you feel people may not be aware of? Share them with us in the comment section. :)

More Treats than Tricks This Halloween with MyTrendyPhone

Attention all witches, ghouls, vampires, goblins and those of you who’d rather not disclose just what kind of spooktastic blood runs (crawls) through your veins (we see you, zombies, we see you!): we have a bewitching offer coming straight your way! To learn more about the boo-tiful surprise we have prepared especially for you, make sure you keep on reading. Trick-or-treaters, this way!

MTP‘s Creepylicious Halloween Discount Just for You

MyTrendyPhone's Halloween offer

The date is the 31st of October and the excitement is through the roof! You might be wondering why, so here’s the rundown: your favourite gadgets and accessories now have a ghoulishly delightful discount of 15% attached to them! All you have to do is ride your broom to our shop (but don’t fly off the handle!), choose an item from our eerily vast offer, enter the code HW15 and abracadabra!you’ve just saved 15%!

A couple of words of caution: this wicked offer is only valid for products under €135 that aren’t already on promotion. Also, make sure you keep a close eye on those ticking handsthe deal lasts 24 hours and expires on the 1st of November just as the clock strikes midnight. So make sure you’re banging on MyTrendyPhone’s door on Samhainwe’ll be expecting you!

Special Offers Galore: From Halloween All the Way to Christmas!

Holiday offers and discounts on MyTrendyPhone

Some more good news: Halloween is only the beginning! As the holiday season gets in full swing, we’ll make sure special days come with very special offers. Now all you need to do is ensure you don’t miss out on any of our fantastic holiday deals. And what’s the best way to do that? Take your pick:

  • simply follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook
  • subscribe to our newsletter to have the amazing offers delivered to your inbox the second they’re here

or

That’s it, ye merry monsters! Now all that’s left to say is happy haunting! Oops, we mean happy hunting.

Your loyal (g)host,

MyTrendyPhone

Here’s Why You Should Buy a Smartwatch ASAP

Most of our days start and end with our smartphones in our hands. And they generally tend to stay there in between, as well. We text our best friend to let them know her favourite film’s on TV, we call our boss to regretfully notify him we’re gonna be just a couple of minutes late, we Viber and Skype and WhatsApp all through the night and we never seem to get enough. With smartwatches it’s more or less the same, except a lot of people are still reluctant to give them a shot. Which is exactly why we’ve compiled a few reasons smartwatches could be your next favourite gadget.

Smartwatches: Nifty and Useful Little Gadgets

Various smartwatches

Long gone are the days when smartwatches were unattractive, bulky and, let’s face it, not that practical at all. However, we’re now living in the era of top-notch tech items carefully designed and constructed by Apple, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG and numerous other tech giants. And, as these modernized, sleek and elegant smartwatches allow you to do almost anything you can on your phone, by focusing on the watch you will most definitely prolong your smartphone’s battery life!

Smartwatches Guarantee Discretion and Convenience

Smartwatch notifications ensure discretion

No one likes to be the guy who takes out a smartphone in the middle of a meeting to ‘check if an important e-mail has arrived’. No one likes that guy, either. With a smartwatch you really don’t
have to be one of those. A simple glance at your smartwatch can give you all the necessary information and no one has to know about it. Plus, you needn’t rummage through your pockets, bag, purse—a smartwatch is always right where you left it (just south of your hand).

Another convenient smartwatch feature is simplicity, or shall we say, cleanness. When you get a new notification you don’t have to delete it on both devices. As they are connected, once you’ve
seen the alert, it’ll automatically disappear on the other gadget. So, all it takes is a simple click on your wrist and your smartphone never even has to know about it.

Smartwatch Apps Galore

Over the years the number of available apps for smartwatches has grown significantly. Now you can download around 200 apps compatible with Android Wear from the Play Store, including Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Pinterest and, basically, conduct your social media affairs via something that used to be a mere time-telling device.

So, compact, useful, time-efficient, battery-friendly and discreet. How do these gadgets rank in your book now and are you thinking of giving a smartwatch a shot? Leave a comment below to tell us what you think. :)

7 Coolest iOS 9 Features

Let’s face it: iOS 9 is pretty cool on its own. Here’s which seven iOS 9 features we have deemed the coolest of them all.

Siri Suggests

Siri Suggestions in Spotlight

Siri gets more proactive with iOS 9 by giving you suggestions based on your preferences. What do we mean by that? If you tend to call your girlfriend every time your shift ends or you usually drift to sleep scrolling down your Instagram feed (just one more photo and I’m goin’ to bed, I swear!), that’s exactly what you’re gonna find in your Spotlight: your most-called contacts and your most-used apps. Thank you, Siri. Mighty helpful of you.

Interactive Music

Speaking of proactivity: the second you plug your earbuds in your iPhone, the Music app is launched. Also, what’s even more fun, the song that you’re most likely to be listening at that time of day will pop up, so your relaxing routine stays intact.

Where to Next?

iOS 9 Maps

Maps now recommends nearby local business. Just tap the Music & Drama, Parks & Rec or Sports icons and you’ll instantly get a list of close-by places that will cater to your diverse artistic and fitness needs.

Two Apps at Once

It’s really simple (and useful): iOS 9 lets you view two apps at the same time. However, this particular feature is only available for iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 users. Lucky buggers.

Low Power Mode

iOS 9 Low Power Mode

Every time you reach 20 percent of your battery, Low Power Mode prompt will turn itself on automatically. Your iPhone will helpfully notify you which apps and features will be disabled for the time being, after which you can “Continue” and launch the Low Power Mode or “Cancel” and go about your business normally. Apparently, you can save up to three hours of battery with the Low Power Mode on! Also, you can select the mode whenever you like—not just when your battery’s about to give out—and the mode will shut itself down when the battery’s charged up to a certain point. Pretty neat, huh?

Back to Previous Apps

A really tiny feature, but a helluva good thing: the back button. It’s just what you think it is: a button that allows you to return to the app you previously used with a simple tap. Easy, quick and time-saving.

Play It Again, Siri!

Siri's new iOS 9 commands

We started with Siri, we’re gonna finish off with Siri (who’s, by the way, got a lot smarter since the last time you saw her). She now answers to complex questions like, “Hey, Siri, what’s the best linguine place in the city?” or “How’s the weather tomorrow?” or she can be your personal DJ if you tell her to “play the hottest songs from 1988″.

So, these seven have made our cut. How about you? Which iOS 9 features have your undivided attention?

Brighten Up Your Life with Vibrant iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Accessories

By now you’ve surely read and seen all you can about the latest flagships brought to you by that fruit company. Surely you’ve heard of it. Goes by the name of Apple. All jokes aside, the world is positively enamoured of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (and rightly so!) and, as we recently acquired the devices for our shop, we’ve seen exactly why from up close, too. Still, with such splendid smartphones in your hands it is only natural you’d like to treat them to the best of the best, which is why we’ve made sure to stock our shop with first-class accessories for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus—all for your convenience. And, as days grow gloomier, we thought it might be a good idea to present to you a few of the most vibrant iPhone 6s and 6s Plus accessories to instantly brighten up your life.

1. Eye-catching Cases for your Apple Flagships

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Piel Frama Cases

First stop—protecting your masterful device from bumps, dents, scratches and all other possible damage that could befall it. Anyone who says you can’t combine solid protection with fun and pizzazz has clearly never seen these vibrant leather cases by Piel Frama. The yellow iMAGNUM wallet leather case will fully shield your iPhone 6s Plus, while allowing you to simultaneously use the accessory for storing credit cards, documents and cash. Similarly, the stylish violet case made of high-quality cow skin will keep your iPhone 6s safe and sound thanks to its durable and wear- resistant build.

2. iPhone 6s/6s Plus Power Banks with a Pink Twist

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Power Banks

You thought those iPhone cases were colourful? Wait till you see these power banks that come in all the brightest shades of pink. The external battery made by Puro is extremely slim and lightweight and therefore incredibly easy to use on the move. The Ounuo Monster Series smart external battery doesn’t just come with an amusing design, but is also extremely durable and can actually automatically adjust the current according to your battery capacity. The bright pink Incipio power bank will quickly and easily recharge your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of power again.

3. Give this Selfie Stick the Green Light

Rollei Selfie Stick

Selfie sticks may not be gracing every front page in the world anymore, but they are still highly popular and, actually, a fairly common accessory to bump into in the street, cafe, at a party, concert or festival. Combine this bright green Rollei selfie stick with the stellar camera of your iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and your days are bound to get ten times merrier. Plus, the gadget comes with a Bluetooth remote control button so it’s extremely easy to take selfies from the most unusual of angles.

Have we tickled your fancy? Still eager for more? Make sure you browse through our ample selection of iPhone 6s accessories and iPhone 6s Plus accessories to choose from our vast array of top-quality cases, covers, power banks and gadgets.

MyTrendyPhone Contest Winners: September Edition

If you’ve been following us for a while, then you know that we organize various contests and competitions for our loyal customers and fans each month. September was no different, so today we wanted to share with you the names of our lucky winners and their respective prizes. :)

And the winners are banner

Meet Our Facebook Winner

Stéphane Breton from France was our FB winner in September and he got a beautiful Samsung Galaxy S6 in Pearl White with 32GB of storage. We hope you’ll enjoy your Galaxy S6 to the maximum, Stéphane! :)

A Gift Card for a Review

If you write a review of one of our products, you get a chance to win a 700€ gift card! This month,  John de Jonge from the Netherlands did just that and he can use this card to buy accessories that he needs from our shop. Congrats, John!

Club Trendy in September

A black Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 with 16GB of built-in storage went to Bo M Mogensen from Denmark this September!

MTP Newsletter Winner

Our newsletter winner comes from France and his name is Lionel Dagnicourt! Lionel won a 100€ gift card which he can spend on accessories while shopping on MTP. :)

Our Trustpilot Prize Goes to Germany

As our Trustpilot winner, Rémy Nideröst from Germany received e a Cogito Classic Bluetooth Smartwatch. We sincerely hope it will serve you well, Rémy!

That’s it for our September winners, but don’t forget – our October prize games have already started and we wish you the best of luck this month! :)

A Few Useful iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Battery Life Hacks

So, you’re one of the lucky sons of guns who got their hands on Apple’s latest brainchildren: the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus. Good for you! No matter how stellar the devices, you’d probably like to do whatever you can to improve the phone’s battery life. Who wouldn’t? Here are a few simple hacks to help you reduce your precious iPhone’s battery consumption. Some of them you might’ve heard of and used, others you may not have. Either way, it won’t hurt to try any and all of them, right?

Apple iPhone battery life

Battery Life Hack #1: Say Yes to Auto-Lock

Your phone definitely doesn’t need to be on at all times or for longer periods of time. When your iPhone’s been inactive for a while, it’s useful to have Auto-Lock turn the device off automatically. To select which Auto-Lock interval works best for you, go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and choose 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 minutes (the less, the better). Can’t be simpler than that!

Battery Life Hack #2: Lower the Brightness

An oldie but a goldie! Dimming the brightness of the screen will definitely lower power consumption (scout’s honour!), so all you have to do is go to Settings > Display & Brightness and reduce the brightness for the benefit of your iPhone’s battery life.

Battery Life Hack #3: Name that Battery Hog

iPhone 6s app battery usage

iOS 8 and later versions of the operating system allow you to find the apps that use the most power. Go to General > Usage > Battery Usage and you’ll see which applications have been draining your battery life in the last 24 hours or a whole week.

N.B. Some apps will have a high percentage battery usage, but does not necessarily mean that they’re hogging your battery. You could just be using them a lot!

Battery Life Hack #4: Enable Location Only When Using an App

Back in the day (or up until iOS 7) you could only turn location services on or off. With the latest iOS versions you can enable an option called While Using the App, which means your location’s only on when the application’s running. To check which apps have recently used location services, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.

Battery Life Hack #5: Let iOS Tell You What to Do

Actually, iOS can give you suggestions on what to do about your iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus battery life. If you want to know what its advice is, go to General > Usage > Battery Usage. And say thanks afterwards. Good manners go a long way.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus battery

That’s it! Give these recommendations a shot and may your iPhone battery life be long and prosperous!

4 Quick and Easy Ways to Improve Your Android Smartphone

If you’re an Android phone owner, then you’re familiar with tons of built-in apps that you use on a daily basis. And they’re mostly fine. Solid, even. However, if you’re not easily satisfied with ‘fine’ or ‘solid’, you’ll be pleased to learn there’s a way to quickly improve the most basic of your OS’s features, such as messaging, typing and storing images. So, without any further ado, here are (at least) 4 ways to replace the standard features on your Android smartphone with as little trouble as possible.

1. Install a New Android Keyboard

SwiftKey keyboard app

You might already be satisfied with the way your stock keyboard works, but chances are you’d jump at the prospect of it being improved. How can you do that? By installing keyboards that can be customized and moulded so they fit you and your typing style. For example, an app called SwiftKey promises that if you start using it you’ll be saying adieu to pesky typos in no time. Plus, you’ll be doing so whilst typing on a brand new keyboard theme of your preference. Also, you don’t have to tap all the time ’cause that would be preposterous, right? You can actually type by (lazily) swiping across the screen. Another standard keyboard replacement is called Swype, which comes with numerous customizable keyboard themes (including Star Trek, which at least one of you will appreciate). Or if you’re a super fan of emojis, smileys, colourful themes and numerous extensions, then you should definitely go for an app called Fleksy.

2. Spruce Up Your Messages

Textra app

Instead of your regular texts, how about giving Textra a shot? It comes with more than a hundred design themes, dark mode, scheduled SMS and MMS, delayed sending and over 800 emojisjust in case you need that extra mile to express yourself.

3. Refresh Your Contacts

Drupe app

An app that goes by the name of Drupe organizes your address book and solves the duplicate contacts issue that all Android phones have trouble with. Phonebook mess begone! Apart from making your contacts cleaner, the app also includes the smart dialing option, which is a lot faster and easier to use, and you can access the app, dial, text or reach anyone from your contacts with a simple swipe.

4. Organize the Image Gallery

QuickPic image gallery app

There’s probably nothing wrong with your integrated image gallery. However, it can be better. Take QuickPic, for example. It’s fast and modernized; it lets you group your photos by time and location, it plays GIFs and videos and allows you to crop and rotate photos immediately. The app also includes various colour themes, Wi-Fi transfer and even password-protected folders.

And there you have it—four quick and easy Android app alternatives. Perhaps these apps won’t radically change your phone, but, trust us, you’ll appreciate the subtle differences immensely. Do you have any other nifty substitutes for the standard Android apps? Let us know in the comment section below.