iPad Air http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-5/news en-GB Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-patent-plots-smarter-smart-cover/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next version of the iPad’s clever cover could feature LED notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" alt="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-smart-cover.jpg?1402963711" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A future version of Apple&rsquo;s iPad Smart Cover could be even smarter, thanks to integrated LEDs and transparent segments.</p> <p>A new patent unearthed by AppleInsider describes variations on the current tri-fold Smart Cover that would allow a covered iPad to provide its user with notifications and visual alerts &ndash; a little like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/4-reasons-youll-really-really-want-htc-one-m8/feature">LED Flip case for the HTC One (M8)</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Active or passive lighting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One method detailed is a Smart Cover that incorporated low-power LEDs or electroluminescent panels. These can light up to show notifications even when the cover is closed &ndash; but will of course require power. Apple suggests the case could be connected to the iPad via some new form of MagSafe cable or contacts able to carry electricity, or else use its own battery and some form of inductive charging.</p> <p>Apple also outlines a passive Smart Cover with translucent portions that would allow light to shine through from the iPad&rsquo;s screen. This solves the power issue because the screen&rsquo;s own backlight is used.</p> <p>Both the active and passive solutions would use colours, symbols, shapes and words to create notifications. For example, if the iPad user receives a new email, a letter symbol could appear on the front of the Smart Cover. If it&rsquo;s an email marked as important, the symbol could be larger, or coloured red. Alerts could be dismissed through use of the iPad&rsquo;s hardware controls like volume or power.</p> <p>As always with patents, it shouldn&rsquo;t be assumed that the things described within will ever become products. However, they can give an indication of what might appear in the future. This particular patent was filed back in 2012, so it could be that Apple has already put over a year of work into designing, prototyping and producing illuminated Smart Covers.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/12/apples-smarter-smart-cover-users-with-illuminated-notifications">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">Apple iPad Air review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" alt="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-smart-cover-patent.jpg?1402963711" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-patent-plots-smarter-smart-cover/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple iPad Air iPad Mini Tablets Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:15:43 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439254 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 23/07/14: Control Center gets a (minor) makeover in the latest update to the iOS 8 beta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 8" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ios-8-review-03.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7</a>, Apple gave its mobile operating system a huge overhaul, completely reworking its design and adding a raft of new features. But if you thought that meant iOS 8 would be a small update in comparison, think again.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;ll look the same </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iOS 8 will look more or less identical to iOS 7, which is just fine by us. Flat, colourful and minimalist - no problems there.</p> <p>So while <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">OS X Yosemite</a>, the latest version of the Mac desktop OS, gets classy new transluscent toolbars and revamped icons, iOS 8 gets pretty much nothing on the looks front. That&#39;s in stark contrast to the jump from iOS 6 to iOS 7 - which was huge, design-wise.</p> <p>Still, if it ain&#39;t broke, don&#39;t fix it and all that.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/07/14: </strong>Well, it might not look <em>exactly</em> the same. Apple has just updated the iOS 8 beta and there&#39;s been a minor change to the Control Center design, with icons now solid rather than ringed in white. Yeah, we did say &quot;minor&quot;, didn&#39;t we? Image courtesy of <a href="http://bgr.com/2014/07/21/ios-8-beta-4-control-center/" target="_blank">BGR.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The OS&#039; design will be unchanged" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-01.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BGR.com&#039;s comparison of the changed iOS 8 Control Center" alt="BGR.com&#039;s comparison of the changed iOS 8 Control Center" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-beta-control-center.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keyboard warriors </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&#39;s long led the way for keyboard support, but not for much longer. For starters, iOS 8 will feature a new QuickType keyboard, which brings predictive text to the Apple party. And about time, too.</p> <p>It&#39;s context-sensitive and personalised, learning how you speak to various friends and colleagues and adjusting its suggestions accordingly. So, for instance, it will give you different options if you&#39;re replying to your mum than it would if you were texting your mate. We&#39;re a bit sceptical, to be honest. Much of its success or failure will presumably depend on how much the language you use varies from person to person and how consistent you are. We&#39;ll see.&nbsp;</p> <p>However successful it is, all the learning it does will be local to the device and won&#39;t ever be uploaded anywhere. And it&#39;ll work with lots of different languages.</p> <p>But that could all be irrelevant anyway - because Apple is opening up the keyboard to third-party apps.. So expect to see the likes of Swiftkey and Swipe on iOS soon. It&#39;s a big move, and one that could have big implications. The lack of third-party keyboard options has long been a stick for Android-ites to beat Apple with - but no more.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-8-things-you-need-know-about-apple-s-new-iphone-and-ipad-os/news">8 things you need to know about iOS 8</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple&#039;s new QuickType keyboard" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-predictive-keyboard.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Third-party keyboards will now be usable on iThings" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-third-party-keyboards_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third-party central </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keyboards aren&#39;t the only things being opened up to third-party devs. In fact, there&#39;s very little about iOS 8 that won&#39;t be accessible to non-Apple app-makers.</p> <p>Take Touch ID. Previously, it was a closed shop: you could use it to log into your iPhone 5s, but not much else. Now, devs will be able to build Touch ID functionality into their apps, enabling financial or password programs to include an extra level of security in their login, or shopping apps to use it to authorise purchases. Want to buy that new TV on Amazon? Just press your finger to the button.</p> <p>It&#39;s the same story in Notification Centre. You can now add third-party widgets - yes, widgets, finally - to your feed, meaning that you can now respond to notifications as you get them. So, when you receive an alert that you&#39;ve just been outbid in an Ebay auction, you&#39;ll now be able to up your bid without leaving Notification Centre. Open a photo and you&#39;ll be able to apply filters from any camera app you have installed. Tap on a web image and you&#39;ll be able to pin it to Pinterest. Open the camera and you&#39;ll be able to control aperture, exposure and ISO, if you have an app that does that. And so on.</p> <p>But before you scream &quot;Security nightmare!&quot;, don&#39;t worry - Apple will still keep everything locked down. Third-party apps won&#39;t have access to your personal data unless you explicitly allow them to; instead, they&#39;ll request permission to do something and Apple will say yay or nay.</p> <p>In the case of Touch ID, for instance, your fingerprint info will remain protected on your phone. If you want to use it to pay for something on Ebay, for example, the Ebay app will merely ask Apple if the correct fingerprint has been registered. It won&#39;t actually see the fingerprint itself.</p> <p>Basically, it will give iOS an Android-like openness in how apps work with each other, while keeping Apple in ultimate control of everything.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-give-about-future-passwords/feature">Why you should give a xxxx about the future of passwords</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Notification Centre - now with added widgets!" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-widgets_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MESSAGE RECEIVED </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s various messaging apps will also get new skills.</p> <p>In Mail, you&#39;ll now be able to swipe emails to flag them, mark them or delete them. You&#39;ll also be able to minimise half-written emails, enabling you to go into your inbox to find and copy info from another message before pasting it into the first one. If you receive an email with appointment info within it - even just a mate suggesting that you go to the pub tomorrow night - you&#39;ll see a prompt above it to add it to your calendar.</p> <p>Within the Messages app, it&#39;ll be possible to share your location within iMessages, or add a short speech note to conversations via the Tap To Talk function. Group messages have also been improved: you can add and remove people from threads or name them to make finding them easier. You&#39;ll also be able to set a Do Not Disturb option - useful if you&#39;re on a particularly active thread that you don&#39;t want to leave, but also don&#39;t want to keep getting annoying buzzes from every time one of your contacts sends a no-doubt witty reply. Or you can just choose to leave the thread entirely if it all gets too annoying.</p> <p>Finding contacts in the first place should also be easier now: double-tapping the Home button will now bring up your most recently accessed contacts, as well as most recently opened apps. And within that view you&#39;ll be able to tap on a contact and text, mail or FaceTime them, all without opening the apps themselves.</p> <p>Again, it&#39;s an example of iOS apps all working together to make a seamless whole. But that&#39;s got nothing on Continuity...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-mini-retina-vs-ipad-air/feature">Which iPad should you buy - iPad Air, iPad 4 or iPad Mini Retina?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Voice messages within iMessage" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-voice-messages.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CONTINUITY THEORY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Continuity is Apple&#39;s name for a whole heap of functions designed to make your Mac hook up seamlessly with your iPhone and iPad. You&#39;ll need to install iOS 8 on your iThing and the new Mac OS X Yosemite for it to work, but once you do you&#39;ll have access to several potentially groundbreaking features.</p> <p>Probably the most impressive is Handoff: work on a document or email on your Mac and your iPad or iPhone will recognise that you&#39;re doing so by displaying a little icon on the homescreen. Swipe up and you&#39;ll be able to continue on your iPad. It&#39;ll work the other way around, too - so if you&#39;re halfway through an email on your phone, you&#39;ll be able to open the Mail app on your laptop and carry on typing. It&#39;ll even work if your phone or iPad is across the room in a bag.</p> <p>There&#39;s more clever stuff on show when it comes to phone calls. Receive a call on your iPhone and you&#39;ll be able to pick it up on your Mac, using your phone&#39;s connection but your Mac&#39;s mic and speakers. Alternatively, if you see a number on a webpage, you&#39;ll be able to call it from your Mac, using your phone&#39;s connection. There&#39;s also Instant Hotspot, which will let your Mac piggyback your iThing&#39;s data connection on occasions when you don&#39;t have Wi-Fi, and finally, Airdrop will also now work between iOS and Mac.</p> <p>And if you don&#39;t have a MacBook or iMac? You&#39;ll still be able to use the likes of Handoff between iPhone and iPad. And if you don&#39;t have one of those either? Well then none of this will work. It&#39;s almost as if Apple really, really wants you to buy more Apple kit. Strange, that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Apple Mac OS X Yosemite preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Continuity" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-continuity_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Turning the Spotlight on </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&#39;s another thing which should lead to people spending more money on Apple products - an enhanced Spotlight search. Type a few letters within it and as well as the usual mix of results for documents, emails and so on, you&#39;ll get several other matches.</p> <p>For instance: contacts - which you&#39;ll be able to call or message from within Spotlight - and apps. What&#39;s more, it won&#39;t be limited to what&#39;s on your phone. Yes, a search for &quot;angr&quot; within Spotlight will bring up a result for <em>Angry Birds</em> within the App Store. It&#39;ll also return results for films and songs within the iTunes Store.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s not all about taking you to Apple&#39;s various storefronts though, because you&#39;ll also see Wikipedia entries and Google results. So while it might be a little Apple-skewed, it is at least approaching the dream of being a truly universal search.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/7-things-you-need-know-about-mac-os-x-yosemite/news">7 things you need to know about Mac OS X Yosemite</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spotlight" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-spotlight.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Healthy thinking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The worst-kept secret about iOS 8 was that it would be getting a Health app. And it did. And what&#39;s more, it also got a HealthKit API.</p> <p>Rather than monitoring your fitness itself, Apple&#39;s seemingly decided to let the experts do it. So HealthKit will gather data from all of your third-party health apps and fitness trackers, combining it all and presenting the results in the Health app. The likes of Nike are already on board, and we&#39;d expect many more to follow.</p> <p>The move could also solve one of the major frustrations with health and fitness trackers, in that they rarely work well with each other. By providing them with a way to contribute to a single app, Apple should be able to give users info about every aspect of their well-being all from the one place.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/compete-android-wear-apple-needs-radically-different-iwatch/feature">To compete with Android Wear, Apple needs a little help from its friends</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple&#039;s Health app" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-health_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The home front </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with fitness and health trackers, most home-automation gadgets stubbornly refuse to play nicely with each other. Apple wants to change that, allowing you to control them all from one device - just so long as that device is running iOS of course.</p> <p>HomeKit will work a bit like HealthKit, giving your disparate bits of home kit a way to speak to each other. You&#39;ll be able to group them, too, so that one command can control more than one device. Combine that with Siri integration and when you say &#39;get ready for bed&#39; to your phone it&#39;ll turn down your thermostat, dim the lights and make sure the garage doors are closed.</p> <p>That&#39;s assuming you have a smart thermostat, lights and garage doors, that is.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/wwdc-2014/ios-8-gives-apps-more-power-ever-cupertinos-still-control/feature">iOS 8 gives apps more power than ever - but Cupertino&#39;s still in control</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Console killer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iOS was already a great platform for gaming, but iOS 8 promises to take it to another level. And it&#39;s all thanks to two new development tools which the average user will never even need to know exist.&nbsp;</p> <p>Firstly there&#39;s Swift - a whole new programming language to both replace and run alongside the existing Objective C. Secondly, there&#39;s Metal - a technology which aims to reduce the demands which the OpenGL 3D graphics standard makes upon the processor. The result, says Apple, is console-quality games. And from what we&#39;ve seen of it, Apple isn&#39;t telling porkies.</p> <p>At the WWDC launch of iOS 8, Apple showed off a demo called <em>Zen Garden</em>. Built in Unreal Engine 4, it was able to display dozens of fish each following their own AI routine and thousands of butterflies flying around simultaneously. Frankly, it looked gorgeous.</p> <p>Big studios such as EA, Epic, Unity and Crytek are all using it already, so the big games will follow. And for those of you who prefer your iOS gaming to be of the casual variety, Apple also announced SpriteKit and SceneKit - two tools that will be more suited to making casual games.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best free games for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The gorgeous Zen Garden demo" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-metal_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iCloud drive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&#39;s iCloud has been around for a while now, but it&#39;s getting a major update with iOS 8 to make it more like Dropbox or, dare we say it, Google Drive. The new service will be called iCloud Drive - original thinking there, Apple - and it will make it possible to save documents to the cloud and share them on other devices.</p> <p>Documents of different types will be saved within their own folders - so one for Pages, one for Numbers, one for Keynote etc - and it&#39;ll work on Windows as well as Macs and iOS devices - which we&#39;re a little surprised about, frankly.</p> <p>UK prices are still to be confirmed, but in the States you&#39;ll be able to buy 20GB for US$0.99 per month or 200GB for US$3.99 per month. Everyone will still get 5GB for free.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">Apple MacBook Air with Retina Display preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iCloud Drive" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-icloud-drive_0.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Happy families </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You know how annoying it is if you&#39;ve got an iPhone and your wife has an iPhone and you have to pay for the same game twice? Or the same song twice? Well now you don&#39;t.</p> <p>The new Family Sharing mode will let up to six family members share purchases with each other, providing they&#39;re all bought with the same card.</p> <p>What&#39;s more, if your kids attempt to buy something on the family iPad, you&#39;ll get a notification on your iPhone and will be able to approve or deny it. Deny it, probably.</p> <p>All you&#39;ll need to do now is make sure they don&#39;t also get hold of your iPhone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - 30 amazing free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Family sharing" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-8-family-sharing.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So when&#039;s it out? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iOS 8 is available to developers in beta mode now, with everyone else getting it in the autumn. It&#39;ll run on the iPhone 4s and up, iPad 2 and up, both iPad Minis and the iPod Touch 5th gen. And, of course, it will be free.</p> <p>Given that you never get Apple software without some new Apple hardware, it firms up our belief that we&#39;ll be seeing an iPhone 6 at the same time, probably September. We&#39;ll be reviewing iOS 8 just as soon as possible, so keep checking back to this page.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Coming to an iThing near you this autumn" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-04.jpg?1406567108" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iOS 8 preview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Third-party keyboards, a Health app, new gaming skills and much more </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Tablets WWDC 2014 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:51:40 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433723 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Surface is a powerful, pixel-packed tablet with laptop pretensions. So how does it fare against the all-conquering iPad Air? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-001.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So Microsoft&#39;s updated its Surface Pro device, giving it a bigger screen, more power and an improved kickstand and Type Cover. But while it&#39;s pitching the Pro 3 as a laptop replacement, in truth it fits almost exactly between laptop and tablet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build - thin versus thinner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft&#39;s made much of how thin the new Surface Pro is, and with good reason. At just 9.1mm thick, it&#39;s noticeably slimmer than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Surface Pro 2</a>, which was a veritable beefcake at 13.5mm. Of course overall it&#39;s a much larger device than its predecessor, with its 12in screen resulting in a 292x201mm frame.&nbsp;Despite that increased display size, it&#39;s actually lighter than the Pro 2 - 800g to 900g - and that can only be good news when it comes to single-handed use.&nbsp;</p> <p>Compare it to the iPad Air, though, and it starts to look almost chunky. Apple&#39;s flagship tablet is a mere 7.5mm deep and measures 240x165mm around. Even more impressively, it weighs in at only 469g. Pick them both up and you won&#39;t have to ask which one has &#39;Air&#39; in its name. Offset against that is the fact that&nbsp;you do lose a fair bit of screen space with the 9.7in iPad.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to make a call on aesthetics without having used the Surface Pro 3, but from what we have seen it&#39;s a nice looking device, with thin bezels and a custom-machined magnesium body. It&#39;s also tough: at the launch, Microsoft&#39;s Panos Panay intentionally dropped it onstage from shoulder height, and it didn&#39;t show so much as a scratch. You wouldn&#39;t want to try that with an iPad Air.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 3&#39;s integrated kickstand has been massively improved, with the result that you can set it at any angle from 22 to 150 degrees and it will happily stay put. And maybe most impressively of all, though the Surface requires a fan to cool down its powerful processor, Microsoft has managed to make it so small that you won&#39;t hear it (or feel it) in use.</p> <p>The iPad Air has no such trickery: it&#39;s a tablet through and through. That said, it is the nicest looking tablet we&#39;ve used, with a gorgeous aluminium unibody and subtle curves in all the right places.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to say which we prefer without having seen the Surface Pro 3 up close, so at this stage we&#39;re going to call it a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Surface Pro 3&#039;s Kickstand in use" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-002.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1401" height="900" title="The iPad Air is a mere 7.5mm thick" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-003.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN - IS BIGGER BETTER? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The general tablet trend right now may be towards smaller screens, but Microsoft&#39;s having no truck with fashion. The Surface Pro 3 proudly sports a 12in display, up from the Surface Pro 2&#39;s 10.6 inches and considerably bigger than the iPad&#39;s 9.7in screen.</p> <p>It also has a relatively unusual aspect ratio - 3:2, whereas most tablets are a widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 and the iPad is a squarer 4:3. By sitting between the two extremes, Microsoft presumably hopes that the Surface Pro 3 will be as well suited to films as it is to productivity and browsing.</p> <p>Both the iPad and Surface Pro 3 have full HD displays, and there&#39;s not much between them in terms of resolution: the iPad&#39;s screen is 2048 x 1536, while the Surface Pro 3&#39;s is 2160 x 1440. However the fact that the Surface Pro 3&#39;s display is so much bigger means that it loses out to the iPad in the pixel density stakes, managing 216ppi to the iPad Air&#39;s 264.&nbsp;</p> <p>Will that matter in practice? Probably. Without having viewed the Surface Pro 3&#39;s screen up close it&#39;s hard to be certain, but the difference is big enough that it ought to be noticeable.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course there&#39;s more to a screen than mere pixels, and here the Surface also faces a tough fight to best its rival. In our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">review of the iPad Air</a> we stated that it is &quot;still the best screen we&#39;ve ever encountered on a tablet&quot;, praising its superb viewing angles, vivid colours and excellent contrast. Again, it&#39;s hard to judge the Pro 3 against it without having used it, but at this stage we&#39;ll have to award this round to the iPad.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Apple iPad Air</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Windows Phone 8.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air has a 9.7in screen, to the Pro 3&#039;s 12in one" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-004.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE ANXIETY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nobody could ever accuse the Surface Pro 3 of being a lightweight. At least not within earshot of it. It runs on a proper Intel Core processor of either i3, i5 or i7 variety, has 4GB or 8GB of RAM and storage options run from 64GB up to a whopping 512GB. All of which should mean that it flies through even demanding tasks such as running full Windows 8 software including Photoshop.</p> <p>If the Pro 3 is a heavyweight, then beside it the iPad Air looks like something of a flyweight: dual-core ARM A7 chip, just under 1GB of RAM and storage that maxes out at 128GB. For all that, it packs a mighty punch, never stuttering in our experience with it and scoring highly on the AnTuTu benchmarking tool.</p> <p>The other type of power that we&#39;re concerned in here is the kind that comes out of a battery. The iPad Air is best described as a typical all-day device - use it sensibly, for instance reducing brightness where necessary, and you&#39;ll get a decent 8 or 9 hours out of it. And that&#39;s assuming you cane it as much as we tend to; use it for the odd bit of browsing here, the occasional game there and you&#39;ll get a few days from it.</p> <p>We can&#39;t pass judgement on the Pro 3 without having tested it, but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Pro 2</a> fared considerably better than the original model, so we have high hopes that Microsoft&#39;s claim of 9hrs&#39; use will be relatively accurate, at least on the lower-specced models.</p> <p>The differences between the devices are particularly apparent in this category: the Pro 3 is a designed to be a laptop replacement as much as a tablet, and its specs show that. So while the iPad is near flawless at doing what it does, the Pro 3 is always going to be capable of more demanding tasks, and for that reason we&#39;re going to award it this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Microsoft Surface Pro 3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">MacBook Air With Retina Display preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Pro 3 is packed with powerful innards" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-010.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE OS WARS RESUME </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7.1.1</a> (to be exact) have their strengths, and both bits of hardware are geared to play to those strengths.</p> <p>In the case of Windows 8, it&#39;s that it&#39;s a full desktop operating system, capable of running the most demanding of software. Accordingly, the Surface Pro 3 has plenty of power, a built-in kickstand for desktop working, a magnetic type cover for productivity (more on that below) and plenty of connections. In short, you can use the Pro 3 as a laptop replacement, and Windows 8 will give you everything you need to do that.</p> <p>Admittedly, not everyone is smitten with Windows&#39; brave new break from the traditional desktop OS, but its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81/review">update to 8.1</a> has fixed many of the flaws that bedevilled it at launch, and if you need a device that really can do almost anything, this may well be it. Windows 8&#39;s Achilles heel remains the lack of apps on the Windows Store. Yes, that&#39;s less of a problem on full Win 8 than it is on the stripped-back RT version, but it may well still frustrate you if you&#39;re looking for the kind of mobile-optimised games and apps that fill the Apple App Store. Still, the Pro 3 will come with the full Office suite installed as standard.</p> <p>Apple also broke with the past on its latest OS, ditching the skeuomorphic design that had characterised previous iterations and giving <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1426771">iOS 7</a> a flat, colourful makeover straight from the pen of Jony Ive. It also got various other much-needed updates, including a proper notifications bar and Control Centre. While we applaud the changes, the important thing about iOS is that it&#39;s still the best place to find the best apps. And though Android may be catching up, Apple still leads the way for tablet-optimised fare. Plus, you now get the whole of Apple&#39;s iWork and iLife package for free - that&#39;s iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and the rest.</p> <p>So, it&#39;s another case of horses for courses here. If you want to run proper desktop software, give the Pro 3 a look. If you want to play the latest mobile games and pick from the biggest selection of innovative apps, it&#39;s the iPad.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1601" height="900" title="Windows 8.1" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-011.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS 7 in all its colourful glory" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-012.png?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ACCESSORIES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Surface Pro 3 can be bought with three interesting extras that should make it a much more useful device (while bumping up the cost). The Type Cover is the biggie; you&#39;ll have seen it before on the previous Surfaces, but it now seals itself to the screen magnetically in order to give you a firmer working space. Coupled with the kickstand, it could finally nail the problem of using a tablet as a productivity tool. It also now has a bigger trackpad, which is never a bad thing.</p> <p>The second extra is the Pro 3&#39;s Stylus, which has also had a makeover since the last model. It&#39;s now powered by tech from N-trig rather than Wacom and slots into the Type Cover when not in use. It has a rather neat new trick, too: press the button on its top and the tablet will instantly fire up the OneNote app, even if the Pro 3 was switched off. Scribble your missive, tap the button again and your note will be synced to the cloud.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thirdly, there&#39;s a Docking Station which adds three USB3.0 and two USB2.0 ports, Ethernet and 4K output through its Mini DisplayPort.</p> <p>The iPad&#39;s hardly short of accessories itself, with third-party manufacturers maintaining a constant stream of cases, Bluetooth keyboards, styluses, speaker docks and the rest. So this round&#39;s another tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100 review - the other Windows tablet that&#39;s also a laptop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Type Cover has been redesigned for the Pro 3" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-007.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="600" height="1067" title="The Surface Pen has some nifty tricks" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-013.png?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we come to any conclusions, we should mention price - because the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 won&#39;t come cheap.&nbsp;</p> <p>The basic Core i3 model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage will set you back &pound;640, the two i5 models will cost &pound;850 (128GB) and &pound;1110 (256GB) and the i7 versions &pound;1340 (256GB) and &pound;1650 (512GB). The Surface Pen is another &pound;45 and the Type Cover &pound;110.</p> <p>You&#39;re going to want both of them, so the cheapest model will be about &pound;800, and the most expensive &pound;1800.</p> <p>The iPad, in contrast, starts at &pound;400 (16GB) and rises to &pound;640 (128GB) in its Wi-Fi only guise. You could comfortably buy an iPad Air and 11in MacBook Air for the price of the cheapest i7 Surface Pro 3.</p> <p>And in many ways, that&#39;s the point. Microsoft is gambling that people would rather have one do-it-all device than two do-some-of-it products, and will pay accordingly. Maybe they will. But we can&#39;t help feeling that if they&#39;d settled for a smaller profit margin on this occasion, many, many more might do so.</p> <p>Either way, the Surface Pro 3 looks like a lovely device that we can&#39;t wait to test out. So, would we recommend it over the iPad Air? Really, it depends on what you&#39;re looking for. The iPad, with its smaller form, cheaper price and supremely stocked App Store, still looks like the best bet for casual use. The Pro 3, with its full Windows 8 software, Intel power and larger screen, should be the better bet for working on the go. So, inevitably, we&#39;re going to call it a draw, at least until we&#39;ve given the Surface Pro 3 our full review treatment.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">These are the 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="And our winner is... neither of them. Or both, depending on your point of view" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-008.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature#comments Apple iOS iPad Air Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablets Windows 8 Thu, 22 May 2014 14:47:37 +0000 Marc McLaren 1437567 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best apps for survivalists http://www.stuff.tv/six-apps-for-survivalists/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you really want to escape the 9-5 this summer, go feral with the help of the best survivalism and exploration apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-apps-survivalists-main.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just because you love gadgets and tech it doesn&#39;t mean you need to spend all summer sat in front of a glowing screen with your headphones on. </p> <p>Heading off into the wilderness to reconnect with Mother Nature can be a great way to recharge your batteries and prepare you for the inevitable depression that the long winter months will bring.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Smart Compass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A compass is a must for any trek in the wilderness, and a smartphone compass can do things that a traditional model couldn&#39;t dream of. Smart Compass has an augmented reality display which makes it incredibly intuitive to follow: hold your phone or tablet up to the horizon and real-time video from the camera is overlaid with a compass heading. This enables you to set off in the direction of a landmark without having to constantly re-check your orientation. It&#39;s simple, very effective and free.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kr.sira.compass" target="_blank">Download Smart Compass here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Smart Compass" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-smart-compass.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. SAS Survival Guide </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The SAS Survival Guide could be the only survival app you&rsquo;ll ever need. It has a huge amount of well-written info on everything from making camps and fires to foraging and coping in extreme conditions. And as well as all the guides and tutorials, there&#39;s a bunch of useful tools including a text-to-Morse encoder. An imminent update will add the SAS Urban Survival Guide to the package. Handy for when the zombie apocalypse eventually comes.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS, Windows Phone&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;from &pound;2.59</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trellisys.sas" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sas-survival-guide/id357811968?mt=8" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/sas-survival-guide/0153f6c4-ac7c-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for Windows Phone here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="SAS Survival Guide" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-sas-survival-guide.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Magnificent Magnifier HD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This might not seem like an essential tool for a survivalist, but there are plenty of occasions when the ability to zoom in on some tiny detail will come in handy.&nbsp;There are loads of magnifying-glass apps out there, but we&rsquo;d stick our pin in this one. It&rsquo;s great for diagnosing vehicle breakdowns or making repairs in dark spaces, as well as improving legibility of maps or small print. And unlike with a normal magnifying glass, you won&#39;t need to juggle a torch at the same time when using it in the dark.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cps.mmxi.magnifier" target="_blank">Download Magnificent Magnifier HD here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Magnificent Magnifier HD" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-magnificent-magnifier-001.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. First Aid By British Red Cross </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s always best to swot up on first aid before you set off into the bush. Even so, the Red Cross app is brief enough to be used in the heat of the moment for many emergencies, with clearly laid-out sections, step-by-step advice and embedded videos you can watch wherever you are. There really is no reason not to download it - and it could even be a life-saver one day.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS, BlackBerry&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;free</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.rca" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/first-aid-by-british-red-cross/id483408666?mt=8" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/69078/?lang=en&amp;countrycode=GB" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for BlackBerry here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="First Aid by British Red Cross" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-red-cross-first-aid.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Outdoors Great Britain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alright, so everyone already has Google Maps installed, but when it comes to exploring the countryside,&nbsp;Proper Ordnance Survey maps are unbeatable.&nbsp;Even with in-app purchases this works out cheaper than the folding equivalents, and they can be downloaded for offline use, so you won&rsquo;t need a phone signal to access them. Planning on trekking a little further afield? Editions for France, Germany and the USA are also available.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;1.99</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/outdoors-great-britain-gps/id336150457?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Outdoors Great Britain here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Outdoors Great Britain" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-outdoors-great-britain.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Mushroom ID </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Neither Stuff nor the makers of this app are suggesting you use it in isolation to identify edible fungi (one wrong move could kill you), but it can be used as part of your education in wild mushroom hunting. There are clear photos to help with identification, and details of edibility and toxicity.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;&pound;2.99</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mushroom-id-british-fungi/id693100198?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Mushroom ID here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mushroom ID" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-apocalypse-mushroom-id.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/six-apps-for-survivalists/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/six-apps-for-survivalists/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps iPad Air iPhone & iPad iPhone 5S Windows Phone apps Tue, 20 May 2014 13:32:07 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436990 at http://www.stuff.tv iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-mini-retina-vs-ipad-air/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t know which model of iPad to buy? Read on and we&#039;ll tell you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air vs iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display vs iPad 4" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-air-mini-4-family-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You want the world&#39;s best tablet. Great! But which one of the world&#39;s best tablets is actually the best?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PRICE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mini Retina is the cheapest of the three, as you&#39;d expect, with the 16GB Wi-Fi version going for a mere &pound;320. But with the same model iPad 4 now selling for &pound;330, that&#39;s just &pound;10 extra for a whole lot more screen space. The iPad Air, meanwhile, will set you back a fair whack more: &pound;400 for the equivalent model.</p> <p>The iPad 4 is only available in the 16GB variety, but spec up the Mini Retina and Air and the percentage difference between them decreases. So while&nbsp;a 128GB cellular Mini is yours for &pound;660, the same spec Air costs &pound;740.</p> <p>Bearing in mind depreciation, the regular refreshment of the iPad range and the vulnerability of mobile hardware, it might be wise to think twice before you splash out more than &pound;600 on a tablet. For our money, the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi variants offer comfortable levels of storage without excessive financial investment, but if you can manage with just 16GB, the iPad 4 is undoubtedly the best value iPad now available.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad 4</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air share the same external design DNA, inherited from the original iPad Mini. Now, the only apparent difference between the small and big iPads is the surface area. The Mini Retina has a 7.9in display while the Air&#39;s screen is 9.7in across the diagonal. Both are just 7.5mm thick.</p> <p>The poor old iPad 4 sticks with its relatively retro-looking and hefty build in comparison - it&#39;s 652g compared to the Air&#39;s svelte 469g. This is a tablet you might leave at home but it&#39;s still sturdy and perfectly finished.&nbsp;</p> <p>The wide black frame of the iPad 4 has been reduced substantially on the longer sides of the Air. Because it&#39;s much thinner than big iPads of yore, the Air no longer has to do the tapered edge trick, instead sporting a more squared-off edge, identical to the Mini Retina.</p> <p>Both the Air and Mini Retina are available in either &#39;Space Grey&#39; (with a black frame) or &#39;Silver&#39; (with a white frame), shrouded in a single-part aluminium case. The iPad 4 has to make do with the less exciting &#39;black&#39; or &#39;white&#39;, which is apt considering its similarly prosaic design.</p> <p>There&#39;s really nothing between the two newer tablets on this score. The iPad Mini is slightly more of a take-anywhere tablet due to its dinky size, but ultimately we&#39;ll call this one a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw - iPad Mini with Retina and iPad Air&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-mini-retina-display/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best accessories for the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">The 11 best accessories for the Apple iPad Air</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-002.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad 4" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-4-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three Retina display tablets but they&#39;re not identical. Between the iPad 4 and iPad Air, it&#39;s the same resolution and 9.7in size but there are small differences in colour and contrast. The Air&#39;s colours are very vivid - check out iOS 7 icons - and it&#39;s a slightly brighter, crisper screen.</p> <p>The Mini doesn&#39;t lag behind on pixel specs, sharing its 2048x1536 resolution with&nbsp;the two full-sized iPads. That&#39;s dense enough to make pixel edges invisible to most eyes on the iPad Air and iPad 4, but the Mini Retina beats that (for what it&#39;s worth) with an even greater pixel density due to its smaller screen size.</p> <p>The Mini&#39;s screen is excellent, but the Air has more accurate colour reproduction, with the Mini struggling with some hues, reds in particular. Even though that&#39;s not something you&#39;re likely to notice unless you have a trained eye, together with the increased display area it means the Air should be the first choice for anyone heavily into graphics or video work. Indoors it&#39;s quite practical and comfortable on any of the three to reduce the brightness slider by as much as 50%, which will help stretch out the already impressive battery life.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Everything you need to know about iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad 4 has to find room for a pretty fat battery in order to drive its screen for ten hours, but somehow the Air has just as much stamina despite its slimmer chassis.&nbsp;Not only that, but it charges in less time too. In real terms that means it doesn&#39;t need a full night plugged into the mains to get back to 100%.</p> <p>In our real-life tests, the Air is averaging between one and two days before it needs rejuicing. The Mini Retina makes the same 10-hour battery life claims, which are realistic, but in our experience it doesn&#39;t quite match the two bigger models for real-world stamina.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-003.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-004.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER AND SPECS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s another close fight here between the Mini and Air.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both have a 64-bit A7 processor, but the Air&#39;s is very slightly faster, running at 1.4GHz compared to the Mini&#39;s 1.3GHz. Both are powerful enough to keep apps and the OS running very smoothly most of the time. Elsewhere they&#39;re neck-and-neck with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, the same cameras front and back (720p, 1.2MP and 1080p 5MP respectively), gyroscope, accelerometer and ambient light sensors in common.&nbsp;</p> <p>On paper, the iPad 4 trails both on account of its A6X chip, but don&#39;t let that put you off too much. Yes, it&nbsp;misses out on some 64-bit optimisation in apps, but it&#39;s otherwise just as fluid in use and frankly,&nbsp;we&#39;re yet to meet an unreliable iPad of any kind.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw - iPad Mini Retina and iPad Air&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best free apps for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All three iPads have something to offer you, depending on your priorities.</p> <p>On price alone, it&#39;s a straight choice between the &pound;320 Mini Retina and &pound;330 iPad 4.&nbsp;If you don&#39;t intend to store much in the way of video and music, the 16GB of storage you&#39;ll get on either is just about enough to allow you to enjoy the world of iOS on a budget, and both have lovely Retina screens and plenty of power. Deciding between them is pretty much a simple case of do you need to travel light, or do you want the extra screen real estate you&#39;d get from the iPad 4.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want the absolute best iPad you can get, however, with money no object, the iPad Air has to be the winner.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;additional screen space it offers over the Mini Retina gives you the freedom to get the most out of the best apps, which is surely one of the main reasons you&#39;re looking at an iPad at all, while&nbsp;its added whiff of luxury will permeate your existence for a long time to come.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-004.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-mini-retina-vs-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-mini-retina-vs-ipad-air/feature#comments Apple iPad 4 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad Tablets Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:33:06 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433297 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple's iOS 7.1 is out now and it's gunning for your car http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apples-ios-71-out-now-and-its-gunning-your-car/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New firmware update comes with CarPlay and a host of other tweaks and upgrades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" alt="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ios%207.1.jpg?1394587497" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple has finally rolled out the first major update for iOS 7, its iPhone and iPad operating system, adding some neat new features and welcome improvements to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">already rather sexy interface</a>.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although CarPlay-compatible car models have yet to be launched, there&#39;ve been a couple of manufacturers who&#39;ve integrated the feature into the cars they unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, including Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. In fact, Volvo even has a demo video on how it&#39;ll work, and you can see it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/ios-invade-your-cars/news" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news">Apple CarPlay put your iPhone in your dashboard</a></strong></p> <p>Other updates include improvements to Siri, including the option to manually control when Siri &lsquo;listens&rsquo; to you. Besides adding more natural-sounding male and female voices in major languages, there are also a bunch of other UI tweaks&nbsp;(best summed up as &#39;more circles around and about the place&#39;)&nbsp;and bug fixes too, including a setting to automatically enable HDR on the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>For the complete list of updates that&rsquo;s been rolled out on iOS 7.1, head on over&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability/" target="_blank">Apple</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" alt="iOS 7.1 is out and it&#039;s gunning for your car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carplay.jpg?1394587497" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apples-ios-71-out-now-and-its-gunning-your-car/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apples-ios-71-out-now-and-its-gunning-your-car/news#comments Apple iOS 7 iPad 2 iPad 3 iPad 4 iPad Air iPad Mini iPad Mini 2 iPhone 4S iPhone 5 iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:07:54 +0000 Will Findlater 1433565 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014): the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-101/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to the 10in tablet showdown. Commencing countdown to the clash of giants in 3, 2, 1... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPad%20air%20vs%20Note%2010.1%20vs%20Z2%20Tablet.jpg?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-z2-tablet-hands-review/video" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</a>&nbsp;has been unveiled at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mwc-2014" target="_blank">MWC 2014</a>, joining the ranks of 10in tablets vying for your hard-earned cash.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build: Slimline slates </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let&rsquo;s talk vital stats. At 6.4mm thin, the svelte Xperia Z2 Tablet makes both the 7.9mm Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and even the 7.5mm iPad Air look like chunky monkeys. Argue all you want about volume versus dimensions; the Xperia Z2 Tablet also wins the weightwatchers war at just 439g while the 478g iPad Air and 547g Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) prove to be heavyweights - in a bad way.</p> <p>All three tablets are gorgeous in their own right, with their slimmed down bezels, clean lines, and glass-slabbed fronts. But close-up, the differences between them immediately become apparent, and what looks good from afar might not always translate to the best experience in hand. The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) immediately loses favour with its plastic and faux-leather clothing combination. Surprisingly, the Note&#39;s plastic build does nothing for its weight, even when compared to the iPad and the Xperia&#39;s metal-and-glass builds.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air review</a></strong></p> <p>The iPad Air looks gorgeous, with its premium looks and smooth curves. But&nbsp;the equally classy-looking Xperia Z2 Tablet has one more killer skill - IP58 water and dust resistance, making it that bit more practical than its rivals. <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="349" title="Build: Through the thin and thinner" alt="Build: Through the thin and thinner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-flat_0.jpg?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Build: Through the thin and thinner" alt="Build: Through the thin and thinner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iPad-4-width_0_0.png?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display: packing in the pixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 Tablet&#39;s 1920 x 1200 Triluminos Display with IPS technology looks impressive on paper. But our brief <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news" target="_blank">hands-on</a>&nbsp;time with the device means that a full test of its skills will have to wait until we have an extended session with a review unit under more varied lighting conditions.</p> <p>As for the other two, the 9.7in iPad Air packs 2048x1536 resolution and racks up an admirable 264ppi, but it&#39;s outdone by the 10.1in Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)&rsquo;s 2560x1600 resolution and its resulting 299ppi.</p> <p class="p1">But that&rsquo;s just a numbers game. Unless you have eyes powerful enough to pick out pixels, it&rsquo;s the overall experience that counts. Anyone who&rsquo;s been treated to a view of the iPad Air will be hard-pressed to find fault with its Retina display, and the Note&#39;s multiple screen modes, while versatile, don&#39;t match up to the all-round experience of the iPad&#39;s screen.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Winner: </strong>undeclared for now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Display: Power of the pixel" alt="Display: Power of the pixel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-screen-image_1.JPG?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Display: Power of the pixel" alt="Display: Power of the pixel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iBooks_2_0.png?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: In your sights </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While we rightly shun anyone who whips out their tablet to take a photo at a concert, we understand that your slate&#39;s snapper might come in handy on the rare occasion. Both the Xperia Z2 Tablet and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) sport 8MP rear cameras while the iPad Air stumbles with just a 5MP shooter.</p> <p>When it comes to tablets, it&rsquo;s the front-facing cameras that matter for all those Skype sessions you&rsquo;re planning.&nbsp;Once again, the iPad Air falls short with its 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera against both the Android tablets&rsquo; 2MP cameras, while the Xperia Z2 Tablet bests the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) with a fractionally more impressive 2.2MP offering.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Winner: </strong>Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Camera: In your sights" alt="Camera: In your sights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-build-1_1.JPG?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Camera: In your sights" alt="Camera: In your sights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-camera-clock_1_0.png?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: power crazed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Numbers, numbers and yet more numbers. The Xperia Z2 Tablet easily blazes through to the finish line with its 2.3GHz quad-core processor, leaving the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)&#39;s 1.9GHz quad-core processor behind. Where&rsquo;s the iPad Air, you ask? It&rsquo;s trying its best to keep up somewhere in the back thanks to its not-quite-there proprietary dual-core 1.4GHz A7 processor.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">While both Android tablets pack 3GB RAM, the numbers point to the Xperia Z2 Tablet comes up tops; it&#39;s well-equippedto handle the endless lists of tasks you&#39;ll set for it without skipping a beat.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Winner: </strong>Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Performance: The race of haste" alt="Performance: The race of haste" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-main_2.jpg?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Performance: The race of haste" alt="Performance: The race of haste" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-Infinity-Blade-III_1_1.png?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery: Live long and prosper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&rsquo;s the point of being feature-packed if you can only use those features for a couple of hours? In this case, the iPad Air&rsquo;s 8820 mAh juicepack comes just on top of the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)&rsquo;s 8220 mAh, while the Xperia Z2 Tablet is already blinking red, clocking in at just 6000 mAh.</p> <p>The iPad Air claims to give up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi time while the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) professes slightly lower Facebook-usage time of up to 9 hours. Sony&#39;s keeping quiet about the specifics of the Z2&#39;s battery life on its product page, instead choosing to play up the power-saving opportunities of its Battery Stamina Mode.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review</a></strong></p> <p>But without running our full, exhaustive test of the Xperia Z2&#39;s battery life, we can&#39;t in good conscience give a definite verdict on its longevity. So you&#39;ll just have to wait for our full review. <p><strong>Winner:&nbsp;</strong>undeclared for now</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Battery: Live long and prosper" alt="Battery: Live long and prosper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iTunes-U_3_0.png?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The OS Wars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And now we come to the subject that&#39;s spawned a thousand angry Facebook posts on our wall: iOS versus Android. Of the two Android slates, the Note 10.1 runs the slightly older&nbsp;Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while the newer Xperia Z2 Tablet is unsurprisingly fed on a tasty diet of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4 KitKat</a>. </p> <p>Although&nbsp;Sammy&#39;s Magazine UX is &quot;seriously lovely,&quot; with its useful Multi Window function and gorgeous Flipboard app, it suffers from the perennial Samsung problem of proprietary apps that duplicate Google&#39;s own services, and needless bloatware. Sony&#39;s stripped-back skin wins out here, in our view.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> <p>And then we have the iPad Air&#39;s splendid-looking&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>. Beautifully-designed, with a host of new features (some of them, yes, nicked from Android), its App Store offers an unrivalled selection of apps&nbsp;&ndash; if you&#39;re prepared to accept the restrictions of Apple&#39;s walled garden.&nbsp;You could go on forever debating the merits of both ecosystems (and you will, in those Facebook comments), but ultimately it comes down to personal preference. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>draw</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The OS Wars" alt="The OS Wars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-homescreen_0_0.JPG?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On paper, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet beats its rivals across most of our categories, but that battery life is a niggling concern; will it be enough &nbsp;to make best use of its features? &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">For the time being, Apple&#39;s iPad Air is still comfortably ensconced in the top spot on our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 Tablets list</a>. But we foresee the latest Sony tablet giving it a run for its money. Check back for our full review of the Xperia Z2, and our updated showdown.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>WATCH NOW: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-z2-tablet-hands-review/video" target="_blank">Video: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Xperia%20Z2%20Tablet.jpg?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We crunch the numbers in our 10in tablet showdown </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-101/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-101/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014-weigh/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Note 10.1 iPad Air Samsung Sony Tablets Xperia Z2 Tablet Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:13:01 +0000 Will Findlater 1432981 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 vs Apple iPad Air http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-galaxy-notepro-122-vs-apple-ipad-air/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Join us for the battle of the big tablet and, er, the even bigger tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-air-vs-notepro-12-2.jpg?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ladies and gentlemen, let&rsquo;s get ready to rumble. It&rsquo;s the battle of the big tablets: in one corner, Apple&rsquo;s flagship slate, the iPad Air; in the other, Samsung&rsquo;s maxi-sized, high-powered Galaxy NotePRO 12.2.</p> <p>Which is the king of the king-sized tabs? Now that we&rsquo;ve had the chance to review both models, we&rsquo;re in a position to tell you. Seconds out: it&rsquo;s go time.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: real metal vs fake leather </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we get on to the tablets&rsquo; respective stylings, a quick word about their size. As its name suggests, the 9.7in iPad Air is lightweight: 469g (478g for the cellular version) and 7.5mm thick. The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2in? Not so much. This 12.2in behemoth tips the scales at 750g &ndash; unlike the iPad, it&rsquo;s too hefty to comfortably hold one-handed. It&rsquo;s more a tray-blet than than a tablet, with the surface area of two iPad Minis combined! Samsung has managed to squeeze its thickness down to just 8mm, though. <p>Design-wise, Samsung has stuck with textured, leather-effect hard plastic for the NotePRO 12.2&rsquo;s backside, plus metal-look sides. We quite like the way the tablet feels in the hand (there&rsquo;s no flex in it, despite its size) and despite the faux-leather expanse on its reverse it manages to not look totally naff &ndash; but nobody with any sense of taste could say it matches the preeminent elegance of the iPad Air&rsquo;s metal-and-glass build, not to mention its solidity and overall feeling of quality. Samsung has a hell of a way to go to catch up with Apple in terms of creating devices that are truly beautiful.</p> <p>The NotePRO 12.2 is designed to be used in landscape the majority of the time &ndash; Samsung&rsquo;s decision to locate the physical home button (which is flanked by capacitive back and menu controls) on one of the long edges makes it tricky to hit when using the tablet in portrait orientation. The iPad Air&rsquo;s smaller size and lower weight means it can be used comfortably in either orientation.</p> <p>Obviously the NotePRO&rsquo;s size was always going to make it heavier and more unwieldy than the iPad Air, but even if they were equal in those respects, Apple&rsquo;s superior styling and eye for design would get the nod.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Apple iPad Air</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-back.jpg?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notepro%20122%20back.JPG?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen legends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Air boasts a 9.7in screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, which gives it a pixel density of 264ppi. The Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has a 2560 x 1600 resolution and 247ppi, so there&rsquo;s next to no difference in the sharpness of the screens in real world use (although given that you&rsquo;re probably going to be holding the NotePRO a bit further away from your eyes than you would the iPad, Samsung&rsquo;s device may appear marginally sharper to those with hawk-like peepers).</p> <p>In terms of image quality, the two devices seem tuned for different tasks. The iPad Air&rsquo;s deep blacks and facility with detail make it better suited for video playback and games, while the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2&rsquo;s excellent contrast gives it the edge for web browsing and word processing. The NotePRO can also run four apps or videos at once thanks to its Multi Window mode, with all looking sufficiently clear and crisp.</p> <p><strong>Winner: we&rsquo;ll call this one a draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notepro%20122%20scree.JPG?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-screen_0.jpg?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power and performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The version of the NotePRO we tested came with a 1.9GHz quad-core Exynos chip and 3GB of RAM (the cellular version comes with a Snapdragon 800, however). That&rsquo;s plenty of power on tap: more than enough to run four apps simultaneously via Multi Window and handle the latest games (although the tablet&rsquo;s sheer size makes it unsuited for gaming).</p> <p>The iPad Air&rsquo;s specs might not beat the NotePRO&rsquo;s on paper (dual-core 1.4GHz A7 processor, under 1GB of RAM), but it&rsquo;s similarly slick when it comes to day-to-day use. In fact, going by Geekbench 3 the iPad Air is a fair bit quicker &ndash; although we don&rsquo;t advise you put too much stock in benchmarks. The iPad also feature a 64-bit processor (something that may be significant in the future, if not greatly so now). On raw specs, the NotePRO has it.</p> <p>In terms of battery life, the two tablets performed almost exactly the same in our HD rundown test: the NotePRO lasts a heck of a long time considering its huge screen.</p> <p>Connectivity-wise, the NotePRO packs dual-band Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional 3G/4G. The Air offers much the same, minus USB 3.0 which it supplants with its Lightning port.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-Garageband.jpg?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notepro%20122%20multi%20window.JPG?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS and apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A hard one to compare, this, because they&rsquo;re so different. The NotePRO has Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Samsung&rsquo;s Magazine UX over the top, while the iPad has iOS 7.</p> <p>Each OS and UI has its advantages. Apple has iTunes and the App Store, giving iPad users access to the best-stocked digital shops around (Google Play isn&rsquo;t at all bad, but iTunes has it beat) and a heap of apps tuned specifically for Retina display screens; Android is rather poorly served when it comes to apps suitable for large tablets. The NotePRO has the advantage of its S Pen stylus, which allows you to jot down notes, make sketches and circle details to remember for later. It&rsquo;s a great tool for productivity and on-the-go working, and Magazine UX includes a number of handy widgets and apps tailored for the device.</p> <p>Which one is best? It&rsquo;s really going to depend on your preference for the OS and whether or not having apps designed specifically for large screens is a deal breaker. Both iOS 7 and Android 4.3 are slick and easy-to-use. We&rsquo;re going to call this one evens.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notepro%20122%20s%20pen.JPG?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-ios-7-control-center.jpg?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These are quite different tablets and generally suited to different tasks, although of course there are several areas where their skills overlap. If you&rsquo;re looking for a lightweight, video-centric tablet with fantastic app support and an excellent supply of games, it&rsquo;s got to be the iPad Air (which, with the price starting at &pound;400, is also a heck of a lot cheaper than the &pound;650 NotePRO).</p> <p>The NotePRO is far more focussed on business than leisure: if viewing a document in one window while videoconferencing in another is something you need, the iPad can&rsquo;t help &ndash; but the NotePRO can. 12.2 inches is a huge screen size, but (thanks in no small part to the S Pen stylus) Samsung has managed to present a case for buying a really, really big tablet.</p> <p>The iPad Air will suit the vast majority of users better than the NotePRO, and it&rsquo;s a much more handsome product, but for some, Samsung&rsquo;s tray-sized device will prove an invaluable companion.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 10.1</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-galaxy-notepro-122-vs-apple-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Galaxy NotePro 12.2 iPad Air Samsung Tablets Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:11:30 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432591 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s new slate is its best tablet yet – but how does it stack up against Apple&#039;s wafer-thin iPad Air? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-10.1-vs-apple-ipad-air.jpg?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The battle lines have once again been drawn between Apple and Samsung.</p> <p>This time, it&#39;s tablets that are the weapons of choice &ndash; specifically, the feather-light <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> and Samsung&#39;s 2014 refresh of its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 10.1</a>. Both are flagship slates for their parent companies, and both have their own unique advantages and disadvantages.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metal vs pleather </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both tablets borrow design cues from elsewhere in their respective ranges; in the case of the iPad Air, that means iPad Mini-style lines, complete with slimmed-down screen bezel. The Note, meanwhile, draws on the Galaxy Note 3&#39;s pleather-and-plastic design, complete with fake stitching on the back.</p> <p>Of the two, the iPad Air&#39;s the standout in terms of design; it&#39;s a mere 7.5mm thin, with no give in it. And it&#39;s light, too &ndash; 469g or 478g, depending on whether you opt for the Wi-Fi only or cellular version. Beware, though: all that Space Grey aluminium will scratch easily.</p> <p>The Note&#39;s well put-together &ndash; there&#39;s little to no flex in it, and the manufacturing is seamless. However, its symphony of plastic and faux-leather just looks plain tacky on a device this size &ndash; and the pleather doesn&#39;t have the grippy, soft-touch feel of the Galaxy Note 3&#39;s similar back to recommend it.</p> <p>That metal-effect plastic edging is pretty unimpressive next to the iPad&#39;s metal-and glass build, too &ndash; and it doesn&#39;t yield a weight saving, with the Note coming in at around 540g depending on which version you pick up. That said, the Note feels solid in the hand, and has a pleasing heft to it. But in terms of looks, there&#39;s no contest &ndash; the iPad Air walks away with it.</p> <p><em>Winner</em>: <strong>iPad Air</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-build-camera_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-2014-review-extras.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-build-1_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iBooks_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 10.1&#39;s screen is glorious &ndash; &quot;one of the best we&#39;ve ever seen on a 10in tablet,&quot; as Stuff&#39;s own Sophie Charara puts it. Its 2560 x 1600 screen bests the iPad Air&#39;s 2048 x 1536, 9.7in screen in terms of raw numbers, offering up 299ppi against the Air&#39;s 264ppi. Fonts are crisp, and it delivers wide viewing angles. And with multiple screen mode options, it&#39;s versatile, too.</p> <p>Although the Air&#39;s Retina display may not match up in terms of pixel count, it&#39;s plenty sharp enough, though &ndash; and it has the edge over the Note when watching video, with true-to-life colours and dynamic imagery. &quot;No matter what you chuck at it, the Retina does the job brilliantly,&quot; we said. And there&#39;s plenty to show off on it, with an App Store crammed with Retina-resolution software and games.</p> <p><em>Winner</em>: <strong>iPad Air</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-battery-life_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-screen-image_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-apps-close-up_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-Infinity-Blade-III_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power and performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy Note 10.1 certainly has some impressive specs; a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and an 8220mAh battery, plus up to 64GB internal storage. And that power is backed up by the benchmarks, too, with the Note managing a respectable score of 2871 on Geekbench 3 in our test.</p> <p>That&#39;s a step ahead of the iPad Air&#39;s Geekbench score of 2696 &ndash; and it&#39;s not surprising, since the iPad&#39;s proprietary dual-core 1.4GHz A7 processor and 1GB RAM don&#39;t quite measure up to the Note&#39;s internals. That said, Apple&#39;s 64-bit processor is handily future-proofed (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-64-bit-smartphones/feature" target="_blank">find out what the fuss is all about here</a>), and app developers are slowly starting to optimise their wares for the extra headroom.</p> <p>Of course, it&#39;s what you do with those specs that count, and the iPad Air is delightfully smooth. With every single app we&#39;d opened running in the background, we still got &quot;zero stutter when dropping five-minute long HD clips into the iMovie timeline, resizing and rearranging, playing back the preview and adding music.&quot;</p> <p>The Note, meanwhile, &quot;chews through demanding games like a croc through soft fudge,&quot; but could still do with some optimisation in terms of software; there&#39;s a noticeable pause between tapping an app and it opening, and &quot;as we set a tonne of Android apps downloading to the tab at once, the shiny widgets on the main homescreen flickered and entered a reload loop meltdown just short of a full crash.&quot;</p> <p>Still, the grunt&#39;s there, and on raw specs, we have to give the trophy to Samsung for this round.</p> <p><em>Winner</em>: <strong>Samsung</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">25 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iMovie_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-s-pen-options_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of ports, there&#39;s surprising parity between the two tablets; the The Note packs in microUSB 2.0 and microSD up to 64GB, plus an IR blaster. Annoyingly, there&#39;s no micro HDMI out, which means you&#39;ll need a dongle to ouput to your TV. Wireless options include Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.</p> <p>The iPad Air doesn&#39;t have 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but does feature Bluetooth 4.0 and Apple&#39;s proprietary Lightning connector. Dock manufacturers are still playing catch-up, though wireless connectivity options and Apple&#39;s AirPlay have largely done away with the need for a physical port.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS and apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And so we come to the thorny issue of your OS of choice.&nbsp;Samsung&#39;s packed its Magazine UX (running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean) with widgets, including a specially-modified version of Twitter, the digital edition of Bloomberg&#39;s Businessweek+ and an impressive version of Flipboard.</p> <p>The star attraction, though, is Samsung&#39;s Multi Window, letting you run Samsung and Google apps side by side. It&#39;s not new, but our review points out that it &quot;works much better this time around&quot; thanks to the new Note&#39;s beefed-up silicon.</p> <p>That Note name means that you also get Samsung&#39;s S Pen stylus, which comes with plenty of new tricks. Air Command menus &quot;can be a bit confusing at first, but stick with the S Pen and the rewards are vast&quot; &ndash; you can scribble notes, circle details and add them to contacts, or pull up an address in Google Maps. You can even search your handwritten notes in the Note 10.1&#39;s universal search.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-homescreen_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-S-Pen-slot_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/review-s-pen-s-note_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, all of the Note&#39;s widgets and duplicated apps do tend to clutter up the screen somewhat, in marked contrast to the slicker, cleaner iOS 7. Yes, Android fans will doubtless carp that features like the Control Centre appear suspiciously familiar, but Apple&#39;s done a great job of presenting those features. The UI design is slick and stripped-back, and the controls are intuitive &ndash; although Apple&#39;s continuing refusal to add homescreen widgets and customisation options remains a point of contention.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s not-so-secret weapons are, of course, iTunes and the App Store &ndash; &quot;the biggest and best-curated digital shops available, despite fierce competition from Google Play.&quot; 10in Android tablets still lag behind in terms of essential apps, though the number is gradually increasing. There are no official Twitter or Facebook apps available for 10in &#39;droids, for instance, and while the BBC iPlayer has finally made its way onto larger Android tablets, the Note 10.1 doesn&#39;t yet support programme downloads.</p> <p>Which operating system you pick largely comes down to your own preferences and priorities. With the Note, you get Android&#39;s more open platform (complete with a proper file and folder structure), plus more options for customisation and homescreen widgets. The iPad Air gets you Apple&#39;s cleaner, simpler design and the vast riches of its App Store. Both have their advantages and disadvantages; we&#39;ll call it a draw.</p> <p><em>Winner</em>: <strong>Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-IOS-7-control-center_5.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung and Apple have produced a pair of top-quality tablets in the Note 10.1 and the iPad Air. They&#39;re directly competing on price, with both slates starting at &pound;400 for a Wi-Fi only, 16GB version. So which comes out on top?</p> <p>The iPad Air offers gorgeous design, an impressive screen and a shedload of apps thanks to Apple&#39;s App Store. The Note 10.1 delivers plenty of grunt with its 3GB RAM, 1.9GHz processor and 299ppi screen &ndash; and its S Pen stylus is genuinely useful once you&#39;ve got the hang of it. But Samsung&#39;s slate is hamstrung by the limited availability of 10in Android tablet apps, and an overly fussy design.</p> <p>If and when the app situation improves, Samsung may gain the edge over Apple &ndash; but for the time being, the iPad Air rightly dominates the large tablet market. And that&#39;s why it&#39;s number one on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 tablet list</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-lockscreen_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/review-flipboard-magazine-ux_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How does Samsung&#039;s slate stack up against the featherweight iPad? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Note 10.1 iPad Air Samsung Tablets Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:20:37 +0000 Stephen Graves 1431646 at http://www.stuff.tv The 20 best free iPad Air and iPad Mini apps http://www.stuff.tv/ipad-air/20-free-ipad-air-and-ipad-mini-apps-you-must-download-christmas-day/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff’s pick of the top iOS apps to download for your Apple tablet - and they won’t cost you a penny </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2400" height="1556" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPadminiRD_4up_wHand_iOS7-PRINT.jpg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With everything from robot unicorns to panda apps on offer, we&#39;ve rounded up the best apps for the iPad Air and iPad Mini.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Absurdly addictive, Dots is an incredibly simple game that sees you join the dots on screen rather like a turbocharged Connect 4. It&#39;s a simple, easy to understand game, but give it a few minutes and you&#39;ll be hooked - and Christmas Day will disappear in a blur or bright colours and plinky plonk sound effects. There are lots of features to unlock, from a gravity version to special Chrismtas modes, all designed to keep you hooked.</p> <p><a href="http://weplaydots.com/" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="843" height="403" title="Dots" alt="Dots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7845_326403337504094_1238078502_n_0.png?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Real Racing 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you think iOS games can&#39;t rival a console, then take a look at Real Racing 3, a superb, fully featured racing game. The graphics are stunning, and more importantly it&#39;s one of the most playable racers we&#39;ve tried, with the tilt screen steering working brilliantly. There&#39;s a career mode to keep you going through the holidays, and regular updates, the latest of which has brought multiplayer racing in real time.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-racing-3/id556164008?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="656" height="369" title="Real Racing 3" alt="Real Racing 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RR3_screen02_656x369.jpg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WWF Together </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Perfect for Panda fans everywhere, WWF Together is a stunning exapmple of how iPads can be used for education. It&#39;s an amazing interactive piece of work highlighting key endangered species, and letting users see some stunning photography and facts about each. It&#39;s already been chosen by Apple as one of their top apps of 2013, and we agree - go get it now.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/wwf-together/id581920331?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="960" height="600" title="WWF Together" alt="WWF Together" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WWF-together-ipad-app.jpg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robot Unicorn Attack 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As well as being possibly the best named game in existence,&nbsp;Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is a superb game that sees you guiding your unicorn across a variety of terrains. It&#39;s utterly absurd, but also brilliant - after all, who hasn&#39;t dreamed of riding a unicorn into battle.</p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/robot-unicorn-attack-2/id541672969?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1136" height="640" title="Robot Unicorn Attack 2" alt="Robot Unicorn Attack 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4326.jpeg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> YouTube </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s YouTube app was unceremoniously yanked from the iPad along with Maps, but it has come back leaner, faster and better. It&#39;s a superb little app, giving you access to everything in the YouTube world, from your favourites to your subscriptions, in a simple, easy to understand app anyone will be able to use - a real essential for any iPad owner.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/youtube/id544007664?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="768" title="YouTube" alt="YouTube" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0024.png?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solar Walk 3D </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of those classic apps used to demo iPads, this app lets you, as the name suggests, walk through the solar system - with a mass of educational information on everything from planets to Nasa rovers. It looks stunning, with 3D walkthorughs, cutaways and loads of knowledge for the budding Brian Cox.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/solar-walk-3d-solar-system/id347546771?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yvwF3e7MSvI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pages </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Apple&rsquo;s own word processor received a huge overhaul this year, turning into an incredibly capable, Microsoft beating tool and integrates with Apple&rsquo;s iCloud online storage. Brilliantly, for new iPad owners it&#39;s also free, so what are you waiting for...</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/pages/id361309726?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1964" height="1216" title="Pages" alt="Pages" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hero_hero_2x.png?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GarageBand </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While we&#39;re on the subject of Apple&#39;s apps, GarageBand is by far the best and easiest to use music creation app on the market. It also revived a huge overhaul this year, fully spruced up for iOS 7. It can now run unto 32 different tracks concurrently - not bad when you consider Queen&rsquo;s Bohemian Rhapsody only used 28.</p> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/garageband/" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1412" height="1060" title="GarageBand" alt="GarageBand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gallery_play_touch_2x.jpg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DJAY 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Garageband is just a bit too indie-rock, then hit the decks with Djay 2 instead. One of the first apps to take advantage of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air 64-bit processor, Djay 2 is phenomenally powerful, letting you mix together music, and can even automatically match the pitch so your mashups will sound better than ever. It&#39;s also pretty simple to use, so you&#39;ll be mixing the Christmas carols together in no time.</p> <p>Just perhaps use the headphones, for the sanity of the rest of your family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.algoriddim.com/djay-ipad" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mSsXrPxJ2rc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> duilingo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If arguing with the family has gotten too much, why not learn another language instead? A unique approach to learning a language, Duolingo lets you learn a language through playing games against others, and you can even help translate web pages as you learn. It&#39;s surprisingly good fun, and the perfect education app, as you&#39;ll quite often forget you&#39;re actually learning as you play.</p> <p><a href="http://www.duolingo.com/" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="768" title="duilingo" alt="duilingo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/duolingo.png?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google+ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We know, it got off to a bad start, but trust us - Google&rsquo;s social network has come on in leaps and bounds, and on the iPad in particular, looks absolutely stunning. It still hasn&#39;t quite gotten the engagement of Twitter or Facebook, but it is well worth loading up - particularly as Google continues to improve it.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/google+/id447119634" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DWxjyZgAcP4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spotify </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best music service out there, and with an interface that makes it easy to explore every feature from the smaller screen, Spotify also now lets you listen for free on the iPad - hurrah! It&#39;s also a great looking app, with an excellent discover section, although its recommendations can be a little hit or miss at times.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/spotify/id324684580" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2137" height="1138" title="Spotify" alt="Spotify" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lifestyle-3.jpg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Triptease </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unashamed travel porn, Triptease is one of the best looking iPad apps on the market. It blends together stunning photography with user submitted reviews, and is quickly turning into an excellent resource for the discerning traveller - and a great way to waste time for the armchair traveller.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/triptease/id616111580?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Triptease" alt="Triptease" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_0143.PNG?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flow Free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Astonishingly addictive, this simple little game is about creating an uninterrupted flow of colourful lines. Fiendishly difficult in later levels, it&#39;s a superb example of the kind if smart, simple to use apps that shows gaming is all about the mobile device rather than the console for many.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flow-free/id526641427?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jkq2lCGneyc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky Go </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re already a Sky subscriber, then this is a no-brainer. Sky&rsquo;s TV app has gone from strength to strength, and the breadth of content it now offers is superb, particularly as you can get BBC, Channel 4 and 5 content alongside Sky&rsquo;s own - making this simply the the best TV app out there.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-go/id446086440?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="416" title="Sky Go" alt="Sky Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky_go_extra_4_0.jpg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While you&#39;re on a TV watching tip, Netflix is well worth a download, and new users get 30 days free to try out its vast catalogue of TV and films. It&#39;s also well worth checking out its exclusive new series, such as House of Cards and Orange.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/netflix/id363590051?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rf21Q9L01yc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An obvious choice, but if you&#39;re just using Facebook through your iPad&#39;s browser, stop what you&#39;re doing and go and get the app immediately. It&#39;s a very well designed, slick experience, and one Facebook has worked hard on - which shows.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/facebook/id284882215?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="596" height="447" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/851557_489040777816559_395429545_n.png?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another obvious but essential download. Twitter&#39;s iPad app has made some tremendous improvements, and although we miss being able to access lists easily (if you&#39;re an addict, try tweetlist), this is a nice way to take part in the endless discussions about Christmas TV without having to actually speak to your family.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/twitter/id333903271?mt=8" target="_blank">Download now</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="800" height="531" title="Twitter" alt="Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10073432733_86c9f55212_c.jpg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kindle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon&#39;s Kindle reader is the go-to book reader for most people, with good reason. It&#39;s simple, easy to use and has a great catalogue - just be warned that on iOS, you&#39;ll have to go buy new books in a browser rather than from the app.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/id302584613" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="748" title="Kindle" alt="Kindle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-2.png?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC iplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original catch-up TV app, the iPlayer is the choice for the discrening bedroom iPad user, giving you full access to the BBC&#39;s online service, with the ability to download programmes for offline viewing - so no need to watch anything else even when you&#39;re on holiday.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bbc-iplayer/id416580485?mt=8" target="_blank">Download here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="608" height="342" title="BBC iplayer" alt="BBC iplayer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/608.jpeg?1397044710" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/ipad-air/20-free-ipad-air-and-ipad-mini-apps-you-must-download-christmas-day/feature#comments Apps and Games iOS iOS apps iOS games iPad Air iPad Mini Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:14:13 +0000 Mark Prigg 1430381 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The Apple iPad Air is our Tablet of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-8-best-tablets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When it comes to slates, Apple&#039;s skinniest full-size iPad yet is our pick of 2013&#039;s hugely impressive litter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-air-award-winner.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's been quite a year for large glass rectangles.</p><p>At the smaller end of large, the 7-8in tablet market has emerged as the most interesting space in tablet land. And at the larger end of large, the best tablets have simply got much, much better – and none more so than the iPad Air, the latest – and skinniest – incarnation of Apple's full-size iPad, and its greatest tablet effort to date.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Apple iPad Air (from £400) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fifth-generation iPad is the first to look visibly different from every angle - and that&#39;s because it&#39;s dramatically slimmer and lighter than any of its predecessors. The 9.7in Retina Display remains, and although it&#39;s bested on resolution by some new contenders, it&#39;s still just about the best damn tablet screen we&#39;ve ever seen. Coupled with the hundreds of thousands of fantastic made-for-iPad apps that populate the App Store, it&#39;s one formidable tablet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">Read our Apple iPad Air review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air (from £400)" alt="Apple iPad Air (from £400)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad_1.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display (from £320) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original iPad Mini wowed us with its size and design, but left us distinctly disappointed with its low-res screen. The second generation has removed that niggle, slapping a razor-sharp Retina display on the front &ndash; and cramming in a faster A7 chip and beefier battery to boot. It&rsquo;s a fantastic, near-perfect package, and as with its bigger brother the app support gives it a definite software edge over its Android rivals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">Read our Apple iPad 2 with Retina Display review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display (from £320)" alt="Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina display (from £320)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-2.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Google Nexus 7 2013 (from £200) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s Nexus devices are genius. Built as a showcase for the company&#39;s Android OS, they always pack incredible power and quality into devices that dramatically undercut the competition, and always furnish them with the latest software bells and whistles before any other devices get a look-in. The second-gen Nexus 7 is no different, packing quad-core guts and incredible resolution into its 7in screen, and costing just &pound;200. You won&#39;t find a better multimedia device anywhere near that price.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Read our Google Nexus 7 (2013) review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 2013 (from £200)" alt="Google Nexus 7 2013 (from £200)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-verdict.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Asus Fonepad (£160) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Fonepad proves how cheerful cheap can be. Running on Intel Atom insides, it&#39;s available for a relative pittance, yet doesn&rsquo;t disappoint when it comes to nailing the basics of what makes a tablet desirable. The processor proves capable of handling almost anything you throw at it &ndash; including multitasking &ndash; the battery should last you all day and the 7in screen, while not cornea-slicingly sharp, boasts enough pixels to keep Netflix fiends and web addicts happy. There&rsquo;s upgradeable storage, allowing you to boost the 16GB of space to 64GB. Oh, and a phone built-in too. Yep, if you want to make calls on this thing, it&rsquo;s got your back. You may (OK, you will) look a wee bit silly doing so, but we can&rsquo;t help but admire Asus&rsquo; gumption.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-fonepad/review">Read our Asus Fonepad review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Fonepad (£160)" alt="Asus Fonepad (£160)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-fonepad.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (from £720) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first Surface Pro trod the line between &lsquo;proper&rsquo; computer and tablet well, but its woeful battery life meant it wasn&rsquo;t the portable holy grail Microsoft had billed it as. The second generation improves on almost every aspect, with a Haswell processor boosting the battery life to around five hours of normal use. While there&rsquo;s still room for improvement, it&rsquo;s impressive given the power on board the Surface Pro 2 &ndash; this is a real Windows PC, squeezed into tablet form, and there&rsquo;s nothing else quite like it on the market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 2 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (from £720)" alt="Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (from £720)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/surface-pro-2_2.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sony Xperia Tablet Z (£380) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The&nbsp;best big-screen Android tablet to date has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. The first is an all-glass build that makes the iPad look fat (it&#39;s just 6.9mm thin &ndash; and 495g, very lightweight too). The second is that this is a tablet you can read in the bath: it&#39;s IP55/57 rated, which means it&#39;ll survive a drop into water. Fortunately, it gets all the basics right, too, with a vibrant 10.1in 1920x1200 screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor and more connectivity than you can shake a fistful of USB cables at.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-tablet-z/review">Read our Sony Xperia Tablet Z review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Tablet Z (£380)" alt="Sony Xperia Tablet Z (£380)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-tablet-z.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: LG G Pad 8.3 (£260) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&rsquo;s first tablet since 2011, the Android-based G Pad 8.3 is aimed at the iPad Mini&rsquo;s bracket rather than the Nexus 7&rsquo;s. Its 8.3in 1080p screen is a vibrant stunner (albeit not as pixel-packed as the iPad Mini 2&rsquo;s), the build quality is top-notch and there&rsquo;s a microSD slot for expanding the 16GB of internal storage. While the price tag might put off bargain-hunters, it&rsquo;s still significantly cheaper than Apple&rsquo;s 7.9in offering &ndash; and that&rsquo;s enough to make it a worthy alternative.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review">Read our LG G Pad 8.3 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pad 8.3 (£260)" alt="LG G Pad 8.3 (£260)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-83.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Asus Transformer Pad TF701T (£430) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The weighty 10.1in Transformer Pad is an Android tablet with a difference: it comes with a fully-loaded keyboard-and-trackpad dock that makes productivity a breeze. The screen boasts a marvellous 2560 x 1600 resolution (that&rsquo;s almost 300 ppi &ndash; and crisper than the iPad Air&rsquo;s Retina display) while the Tegra 4 processor is a beast and the battery life runs to a ludicrous 17 hours on a charge. Like the Surface Pro 2, it&rsquo;s a unique mobile device &ndash; and one that deserves a place in many travellers&rsquo; bags.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review">Read our Asus Transformer Pad TF701T review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T (£430)" alt="Asus Transformer Pad TF701T (£430)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-transformer-pad.jpg?1387184381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Apple Gadget Awards 2013 iPad Air Tablets Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:15:19 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429474 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: iPad Air vs iPad 4 – is it worth the upgrade? http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-it-worth-upgrade/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You only need to pick up the iPad Air to appreciate the major difference in weight – but is that enough to justify an upgrade to the latest model? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: iPad Air vs iPad 4 – is it worth the upgrade?" alt="Video: iPad Air vs iPad 4 – is it worth the upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-11-05%20at%2017.47.08.png?1383830795" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2810947098001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2810947098001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-it-worth-upgrade/video#comments Apple iPad 4 iPad Air Tablets Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:11:26 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1428772 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-air/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here&#039;s all the gear you need to get more out of your skinny new tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-iPad-Air-review-lockscreen%20%281%29_1.png?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;ve got your svelte new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, marvelled at its sleek design, loaded up your apps and wrapped it up in&nbsp;cotton&nbsp;wool to protect its aluminium rear. Now what?</p> <p>Why, you shower it with accessories of course.&nbsp;Here are a few we&#39;ve rounded up to protect and enhance Apple&#39;s latest iSlate:</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Targus Versavu Rotating Case for iPad Air (£45) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Targus Versavu combines a full-body case with a rotatable stand that&#39;ll prop the Air up in both landscape and portrait orientations. A hard back shell will protect it from any nasty drops while the soft inner lining of the front cover should protect the screen from scratches.</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/targus-versavu-rotating-case-for-ipad-air-black/p823071?kpid=232406658&amp;s_kenid=736365bc-5ad1-c7e8-fb15-00001f78a851&amp;s_kwcid=ppc_pla&amp;tmad=c&amp;tmcampid=73" target="_blank">johnlewis.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1074" height="806" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/targus-ipad-air-case.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anker Astro Pro2 external battery power Pack (£70) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This huge 20,000mAh battery pack has enough juice in it to charge a laptop, so it should handle the Air with ease once its 10-hour battery has given up and gone to bed. Ideal for festivals and long flights, you&#39;ll never be left wanting for a plug socket again. Just remember to give those peepers a break every few hours or so eh? Square eyes and all that.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/20000mAh-Ultra-High-Multi-Voltage-Notebooks-Compatible/dp/B00BUJCMUQ" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="605" height="454" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/anker-pro-2.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Griffin Survivor for iPad Air (US$80) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Griffin&#39;s rugged shatter-resistant polycarbonate case will happily protect your precious iPad Air from nasty drops, British downpours, dirt, sand and more, thanks to its built-in screen protector and hinged plugs which cover up all of the Air&#39;s buttons and ports when not in use. Definitely one for sporty and/or clumsy gadgeteers, it&#39;ll be available in the UK from 11 November.</p> <p><a href="http://store.griffintechnology.com/survivor-for-ipad-air" target="_blank">griffintechnology.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="568" height="426" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/griffin-survivor-ipad-air.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wacom Bamboo Solo stylus (£17) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Wacom&#39;s squidgy rubber-tipped stylus is responsive and well-suited to doodling and writing alike, while its heavy, solid metal finish is a worthy partner to the iPad Air&#39;s own premium build. The rubber nib is also replaceable, saving you from having to buy a new stylus after wear and tear kicks in. Fruit Ninja Marathons are taxing, after all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wacom.com/en/gb/everyday/bamboo-stylus-solo" target="_blank">wacom.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wacom-bamboo-stylus-new.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Belkin storage cover (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This case&#39;s soft inner lining will treat your iPad Air&#39;s beautiful aluminium build with the love and care it deserves, while its integrated expandable pocket will store your headphones, stylus and other bits and bobs. Who&#39;s neat and organised now? You are, that&#39;s who.</p> <p><a href="http://www.belkin.com/uk/F7N074/p/P-F7N074%3Bjsessionid=72C3DA6CB723FAB79301B6DC0A413DBC/" target="_blank">belkin.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="635" height="476" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/belkin-ipad-aor-case.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB hard drive (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has already <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-co-founder-steve-wozniak-won-t-be-buying-ipad-air/news" target="_blank">expressed his disappointment</a> with the storage space available in the iPad Air, stating that 128GB just wouldn&#39;t cut it for his vast media collection. If you&#39;re in the same boat then this portable 1TB hard drive is the answer. It&#39;s got more than enough space for even the heaviest media addicts and it can stream content up to eight different devices simulataneously via Wi-Fi.</p> <p><a href="http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/data-storage/portable-external-hard-drives/seagate-wireless-plus-portable-hard-drive-1-tb-black-21248452-pdt.html#longDesc" target="_blank">currys.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/seagate-wireless.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Logitech&#39;s keyboard case will transform the Air from a casual media consumption machine to a genuine workhouse. Apart from its standard keyboard (which trounces the Air&#39;s onscreen offering) its water-resistant material offers protection on all sides and it&#39;ll last a generous three months on a single charge</p> <p><a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-gb/product/ultrathin-keyboard-folio-for-ipad?crid=1539" target="_blank">logitech.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/logitech-ipad-air-keyboard-folio.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iRig Pro (£120) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The portable battery-powered iRig pro is a fitting way to celebrate the iPad Air&#39;s 64-bit A7 processor, which has bumped up the maximum amount of tracks in GarageBand up to 32. Its MIDI input supports keyboards, pads and controllers and its audio and MIDI inputs can be used simultaneously along with effects pedals for even more control. Musical talent not included.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irigpro/" target="_blank">ikmultimedia.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/i-rig-pro.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cambridge Audio Minx Air 200 (£430) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This big and powerful wireless speaker packs in Bluetooth as well as Airplay, meaning it&#39;ll play nice with nearly every single device you throw at it. From iPads to laptops, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices, there&#39;s almost nothing it won&#39;t shake hands with. Once you&#39;ve connected your Air up to it you&#39;ll enjoy detailed, open sound with punchy, room-filling bass.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/141054351494?lpid=83&amp;device=c&amp;adtype=pla&amp;crdt=0&amp;ff3=1&amp;ff11=ICEP3.0.0&amp;ff12=67&amp;ff13=80&amp;ff14=83" target="_blank">ebay.co.uk (richersounds)</a> <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/cambridge-audio-minx-air-200" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="553" height="415" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cambridge-audio-minx-air-2.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips M1BT Bluetooth headphones (£238) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Philips&#39; new cans sound as good as they look, thanks to their dark blue faux-leather lining and built in controls, and they&#39;re wireless too, meaning no annoying cables to get caught in train doors. It&#39;s got two built-in mics for clear FaceTime nattering and a cable for when the rechargeable battery runs out too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.philips-shop.co.uk/store/catalog/headphones/headband/fidelio-dark-blue/productdetail/M1BTBL_00_GB_SHOPPUB/GB/en?active_tab=photos&amp;view=photo#productDetailtabs" target="_blank">philips-shop.co.uk</a> &nbsp;<a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/philips-m1bt" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="883" height="662" title="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" alt="Ultimate setup: Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-headphones.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dekke Slope stand (US$48) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This impressively minimalist aluminium stand will complement your shiny new iPad nicely&nbsp;&ndash; it uses two nanofoam pads covered with microscopic air pockets that use suction to hold your iPad in place. And because it holds the iPad at the back, it means you&#39;re free to admire its lines, unblemished by grips and attachments. Lovely.</p> <p><a href="http://dekke.net/slope.html" target="_blank">dekke.net</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dekke Slope stand" alt="Dekke Slope stand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dekke-slope.jpg?1388229196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-air/feature#comments Apple Headphones iPad Air Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:13:19 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1428718 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: iPad Air – Slimmer, faster and better than ever http://www.stuff.tv/apple/video-review-apple-ipad-air-apples-best-tablet-yet/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s flagship iPad is so light and powerful it needed a new name to compliment the upgrade. And you know what? It&#039;s never looked or felt better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: Apple iPad Air – Apple&#039;s best tablet yet" alt="Video review: Apple iPad Air – Apple&#039;s best tablet yet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-10-30%20at%2002.38.04.png?1383180262" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2782242561001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2782242561001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/video-review-apple-ipad-air-apples-best-tablet-yet/video#comments Apple iPad Air Tablets Wed, 30 Oct 2013 02:00:12 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1428556 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Air http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple’s fifth-gen iPad twins a 64-bit A7 chip with a 9.7in Retina Display while shedding a heap of muscle mass - and all that makes it just about the perfect tablet [UPDATED: now with iPad Air vs iPad 4 video] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air review" alt="Apple iPad Air review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple-iPad-Air-review-lockscreen.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Air. Any Apple fan knows what the word signifies: light and slender, with a liberal sprinkling of Cupertino design magic.</p> <p>And sure enough, the Air moniker now applies to the best-looking full-size iPad yet. It’s a 9.7in version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini</a>, a 7.5mm sliver that weighs less and feels better. It's slimmer, sexier and Space Grey-ier than its full-size predecessors, but with no compromise to either performance or battery life.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen produces luscious colours all day long </div> <div class="field-item even"> Prettier and more portable than rivals </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ace App Store and free Apple apps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ushers in dawn of 64-bit software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lack of ports, adapters are pricey </div> <div class="field-item even"> iOS walled garden may frustrate you </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a complete laptop replacement </div> <div class="field-item even"> More capacious versions are expensive </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD: Debon-air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's no mistaking the iPad Air. Thanks to the liberal fat-trimming, its front is almost entirely screen. There’s still room to rest your thumbs on what remains of the bezels (in case you mistrust Apple’s thumb rejection tech, which helps prevent hand-resting from becoming accidental input), but while the screen has the same 9.7in span it always did, the Air feels much smaller than previous iPads.</p> <p>It’s also the new champion of tablet hardware design. Cool aluminium, almost unbroken lines (curse you, 3.5mm jack) and drilled speaker grilles make for a familiar and elegant look. It’s the kind of object you’ll find yourself idly caressing, and while we might glance lustily at the spun metal of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad</a>, or the sleek black plastic of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7</a>, we’d ditch either in a heartbeat for an Air.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/gallery?viewid=104416" target="_blank">TAKE A LOOK AT OUR FULL iPAD AIR GALLERY HERE</a></p> <p>The Air comes in black and “Space Grey” or white and silver but, contrary to rumours, there’s no gold version. Despite the skinny 7.5mm form, there’s no flex to it, but its back and sides will scratch if you look at them the wrong way,&nbsp;so you’ll want to be careful with it.</p> <p>Over the course of a movie or gaming stretch, you'll appreciate how light the iPad is compared to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-3/review" target="_blank">iPads 3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-4/review" target="_blank">4</a>, too. In fact, at 469g (Wi-Fi model; 478g for the 4G version) it’s a full 28% less hefty.&nbsp;</p> <p>Design-wise the one disappointment is the lack of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner debuted on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>. The Air has the 64-bit brain necessary for the encryption, so to our minds it’s an odd omission.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2810947098001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2810947098001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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The 9.7in 2048x1536 IPS display provides vivid but accurate colours with superb contrast and on-point viewing angles, all in a big, bold 4:3 ratio that's perfect for the web, email, e-books and apps.</p> <p>So, although the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad’s</a> 2560x1600 display beats the Air’s on paper (299ppi to the iPad’s 264ppi), when everything from crisp 1080p rips to YouTube videos look more true to life and dynamic on the iPad, we stop counting pixels. No matter what you chuck at it, the Retina does the job brilliantly.</p> <p>The App Store is also chock-full of Retina-res software and games to really show the device off. The iPad is also one of the only slates, alongside this year’s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a>, to get lush 1080p streaming via Netflix.&nbsp;</p> <p>(A minor aside: despite talk of anti-fingerprint coatings, our Air is just as smudge-prone as every other touchscreen out there - carry a cleaning cloth if you want the glorious screen to stay that way.)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air has the best screen of any tablet" alt="The iPad Air has the best screen of any tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-with-Surface-Transformer.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air has the best screen of any tablet" alt="The iPad Air has the best screen of any tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-apps-close-up.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The 4:3 screen ratio makes the iPad Air great for reading" alt="The 4:3 screen ratio makes the iPad Air great for reading" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iBooks.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE: 64-bit futureproofing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When we originally reviewed the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> we were waiting for apps that would take advantage of its 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion coprocessor, but a little over a month on, devs are starting to harness that extra headroom. Handy, considering the same silicon appears in the iPad Air.</p> <p>All the iWork and iLife apps (see below) are now optimised for 64-bit, but it’s not just Garageband that will run best on the iPad Air. Showcase tricks that you can actually try out on day one include enhanced reflections, shadows and cutscene graphics in the absolutely gorgeous (if a bit of a trudge in terms of gameplay) Infinity Blade III, real-time key-matching in djay 2, 720p video decoding in vjay and real-time karaoke effects in Smule’s Sing.</p> <p>So, from what we’ve seen so far the iPad Air’s extra grunt gives already great apps (OK, maybe not Sing) even more features. The list isn’t yet long enough to justify immediately dropping £400 on the upgrade, but it’s early days – legions of devs are beavering away on 64-bit features right now, and the next few months are sure to see a deluge of boundary-pushing apps.</p> <p>Still not sure? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-64-bit-smartphones/feature" target="_blank">Find out what all the fuss over 64-bit processors is about right here</a>.</p> <p>It’s ready for the future, then, but how’s day-to-day use right now? In a week of trying to fry the iPad Air we managed to make it crash only once, and that was when we were using a media transfer hack. It only got warm once, and that was after an intense Infinity Blade III session.</p> <p>We got zero stutter when dropping five-minute long HD clips into the iMovie timeline, resizing and rearranging, playing back the preview and adding music. All with every single app that’s been opened since we first turned the iPad on continuing to run in the background. Impressive stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p>With dual-band Wi-Fi and MIMO tech to speed up browsing, the iPad is also our favourite new internet surfboard, with snappy pageloads and downloads backed up by an incredible <a href="http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider/sunspider.html" target="_blank">Sunspider 1.0.2</a> score of 383.9ms. Oh, and that’s not to mention beastly boot-up and shutdown times of just twenty seconds.</p> <p>We can’t let the iPad Air go toe-to-toe with the best Android tabs on performance without throwing in a round of benchmarking. <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/geekbench-3/id683676887" target="_blank">Geekbench 3</a> fills in some of the spec gaps left by cloak-and-dagger Apple, detailing a dual-core ARM processor running at 1.4GHz (that’ll be the A7) coupled with a shade under 1GB of RAM.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Air scores a very high 2696 on Geekbench’s test, which tops the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>’ A7 effort of 2556 and trounces the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-4/review" target="_blank">iPad 4’s</a> 1556, but on paper still can’t quite match the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidias-tegra-4-%E2%80%93-aka-fastest-mobile-processor-planet-%E2%80%93-lands-ces-2013/news" target="_blank">Tegra 4</a> brain of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review" target="_blank">Asus Transformer Pad</a>, which scores 2730. Interestingly <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/antutu-3drating-benchmark/id562308945?mt=8" target="_blank">AnTuTu’s 3D Benchmark</a> app sees the Air’s score of 5902 trump the Asus’ 4643, perhaps proving that putting too much stock in the benchmarks is a mistake. In use, as expected, there’s little that will flummox either slate.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2782242561001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2782242561001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air&#039;s 64-bit A7 enables new djay 2 features" alt="The iPad Air&#039;s 64-bit A7 enables new djay 2 features" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-djay-app.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Infinity Blade III has better graphics on iPad Air and iPhone 5s" alt="Infinity Blade III has better graphics on iPad Air and iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-Infinity-Blade-III.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Operating System - iOS 7</p> <p>Processor - 64-bit dual-core Apple A7 @ 1.4GHz w/ M7 motion coprocessor&nbsp;</p> <p>RAM - Unspecified (Geekbench 3: 1GB)</p> <p>Screen - 9.7in Retina display with 2048x1536 resolution (264ppi)</p> <p>Cameras - 5MP BSI rear with 1080p video, 1.2MP front with 720p video&nbsp;</p> <p>Storage - 16/32/64/128GB (not expandable)&nbsp;</p> <p>Connectivity - Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3G/4G</p> <p>Battery - undisclosed</p> <p>Dimensions - 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm&nbsp;</p> <p>Weight: 469g (Wi-Fi only), 478g (3G/4G)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7 - simple and beautiful </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iOS 7 looks predictably lovely on the iPad Air. &nbsp;But as discussed in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1426771" target="_blank">full iOS 7 review</a>, there are loads of improvements to discover once you’ve stopped cooing over the icons, design tweaks and animations.</p> <p>The Photos app offers overviews of huge libraries in just a few taps and scrolls, long-pressing words in Safari brings up definitions, Contacts, Notes and the Music app have all been cleaned up, and the music player controls in Control Center work brilliantly with everything from Podcasts to YouTube.</p> <p>Control Centre is also where you’ll find AirDrop, and despite not yet enabling iPhone/iPad to Mac sharing, it remains an NFC-alternative with terrific potential.</p> <p>And, of course, there’s still iTunes and the App Store – the biggest and best-curated digital shops available despite fierce competition from Google Play and far less fierce competition from the Windows Store. The biggie here is that when Apple innovates, developers tend to pay attention, which bodes well for a future of apps that really make use of the Air’s (and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>’) 64-bit A7 chip.</p> <p>Our disappointments regarding Notifications and Control Centre not matching up to Android’s comparable features remain, and we still believe iOS needs more customisability and ‘live’ information, but for style, slickness and simplicity it’s way out in front of rivals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Photos on iOS 7 is brilliant" alt="Photos on iOS 7 is brilliant" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-iOS-7-photos.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll wonder how you ever lived without Control Center" alt="You&#039;ll wonder how you ever lived without Control Center" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-IOS-7-control-center.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The Today part of Notifications is weak compared to Google Now" alt="The Today part of Notifications is weak compared to Google Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-notifications.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Even the world clocks look beautiful in iOS " alt="Even the world clocks look beautiful in iOS " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-world-clock.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iLIFE: more creative, more free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now that iLife costs not a penny, we thought it was worth giving the three apps that constitute it a once-over.</p> <p>Everything in iLife, Apple’s creative app suite, has been redesigned for iOS 7, with iPhoto and iMovie in particular getting a facelift. Editing HD video in the iMovie app works like a dream – it’s missing some audio ducking, title timings and clip timestamping but is otherwise laden with features and proves a brilliantly simple and quick way to make and view edits, and projects are synced between iPad, Mac and Apple TV in the ‘Theatre’ page so you can continue or show off your work on another device. iPhoto has also been tweaked with a fresh look, intuitive editing tools and seriously speedy applications, crops and effects.&nbsp;</p> <p>Garageband looks familiar, albeit a little more two-dimensional than before, but the new version has plenty of neat tricks such as recording up to 32 tracks on 64-bit iPads (16 elsewhere), dragging and dropping tracks from iTunes into the sampler and using audio from other iOS apps as new instrument tracks. On iOS it’s still very much an on-the-go music sketchbook to feed into the full version of Garageband or Logic Pro, but in-progress tracks can be uploaded to iCloud or shared with AirDrop.&nbsp;</p> <p>With everything now free with newly bought iPads (although the full Garageband instrument set costs £2.99 as an in-app purchase), Apple’s taking the creativity fight to Google and Microsoft. And for serious productivity you’ve got iWork...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Editing HD video in the iMovie app is an absolute dream" alt="Editing HD video in the iMovie app is an absolute dream" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iMovie-2.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Editing HD video in the iMovie app is an absolute dream" alt="Editing HD video in the iMovie app is an absolute dream" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iMovie.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="With Garageband you can record up to 32 tracks on 64-bit iPads" alt="With Garageband you can record up to 32 tracks on 64-bit iPads" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-Garageband.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="iLife apps are now free with new iPads from the App Store " alt="iLife apps are now free with new iPads from the App Store " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-app-store.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iWORK: more productive, more free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>iPad owners, get ready to start using iWork in your daily life. Why? For a start because it’s now free with new iPads - and free is a lot less than £6.99 x3, which is what the full suite used to cost. But also because Pages, Numbers and Keynote docs have got a whole lot more useful now that Apple’s opened them up to the world for collaboration via the iCloud editor.</p> <p>It’s no Google Drive yet, but anyone with an iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac can now open a link to iCloud docs created in iWork to view and make edits – no iCloud account required. It’s currently a beta feature and can be a little slow (Safari works best, unsurprisingly), but it’s a start. Android has been left out in the cold in terms of cloud-based editing, but links to download documents and spreadsheets can be sent to anyone. Links are sent via Mail, Messages, Facebook, Twitter or AirDrop and with one-click saving to iCloud.</p> <p>It’s all built for 64-bit, redesigned to look fresh enough for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1426771" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>, and there’s a smattering of new features, such as a context-aware sidebar in Pages, interactive charts in Numbers that update smoothly in real-time (just make cell changes to see them dance) and extra transitions for Keynote presentations.</p> <p>If it wasn’t for the lack of an official keyboard dock, this increased propensity for productivity could put Apple’s own <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a> in jeopardy. As it is you’ll still want a laptop, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromebook-11/hp-chromebook-11/review" target="_blank">Chromebook</a> or hybrid for long stretches of word processing and the like, but there’s no denying the extra (free) features make the iPad a very potent work companion right out of the box.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Share Pages and Numbers via iCloud or AirDrop " alt="Share Pages and Numbers via iCloud or AirDrop " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iWork-numbers.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CONNECTIVITY: I Want My USB 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Air’s sleek design comes at a cost, and that’s connections: apart from a headphone socket, there’s just the Lightning connector. Your only choice for connecting anything else is one of <a href="http://store.apple.com/uk/ipad/ipad-accessories/cables-docks#!" target="_blank">Apple’s Lightning adapters</a>, which cost&nbsp;an additional £20-40 depending on whether you want HDMI, SD card or a direct camera connector. That might grate with anyone who’s used to a free and easy <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review" target="_blank">Transformer</a> tablet with a full SD card slot in the dock, or the USB 3.0-rocking <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface 2</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, Apple - how about an official keyboard accessory to rival the thunk and snap of Microsoft’s sensor-packed Touch Cover 2? Or the battery-boosting Transformer dock? Both look frustratingly unlikely; we suspect Apple is more than happy pointing workaholic gadget fans towards the sleek <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-macbook-air-13in-2013/review" target="_blank">MacBook Air</a> and allowing third-party manufacturers to cater for our keyboard needs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air with Asus Transformer Pad and Microsoft Surface 2 " alt="Apple iPad Air with Asus Transformer Pad and Microsoft Surface 2 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-connectivity.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Not really designed for a keyboard dock " alt="Not really designed for a keyboard dock " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-in-hands.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air&#039;s lovely lines leave no room for connections" alt="The iPad Air&#039;s lovely lines leave no room for connections" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iPad-4-side_2.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CAMERAS: Best in Class </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As far as we’re concerned, people who use tablets as cameras need a stern talking to - and it seems Apple agrees. Unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>, the iPad Air (and impending <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini Retina</a>) retains the 5MP back side illuminated sensor of its predecessor and sadly lacks fancy features such as burst mode and slow-mo.</p> <p>And yet it is still one of the best tablet cameras we’ve seen. The Air’s main snapper captures more detail than rival tabs, making for sharper, clearer shots. The colours aren’t as accurate as the best smartphone cameras, including the iPhone 5s’, but it’s a respectable back-up.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/gallery?viewid=104423" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL iPAD AIR GALLERY</a></p> <p>The iPad’s 1.2MP front-facer shoots slightly smudgey indoor selfies, but things look clearer during Skype calls. The placement at the top of the screen in portrait makes it a bit awkward when held in landscape (or when using the Smart Cover/Case as a kickstand), but the iPad’s picture is brighter than that of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface 2’s</a> camera despite Microsoft’s trumpeted exposure-adjusting tricks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air has one of the best tablet cameras" alt="The iPad Air has one of the best tablet cameras" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-camera-clock.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="5MP is plenty for a tablet camera" alt="5MP is plenty for a tablet camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-build-camera.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BATTERY LIFE: as good as ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Retina display. Most powerful Apple chip ever. Skinny 7.5mm frame. It'd be fair to expect Apple's engineers to cave and wail, “We had to lose a couple hours' battery life, please don't hit us Mr Cook.”</p> <p>And yet the iPad delivers true gadget stamina.</p> <p>We had to do a double-take at our battery percentage a couple of times because we’re so used to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhones</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/apple-refreshes-13in-and-15in-macbook-pro-haswell-silicon-os-x-mavericks-and-lower-prices/news" target="_blank">MacBook Pros</a> tearing through charge like the Stuff team tears through Skittles. But like the heftier <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-4/review" target="_blank">iPad 4</a>, this is an all-day tablet – as long as you’re not foolhardily running on full brightness the whole time. During the course of a week, as we got over hammering the Air with downloads, apps and games and settled into a normal routine, the iPad lasted a day and a half to two days.</p> <p>It even held up when we were using the Air as a personal 4G hotspot, and consistently hung on to the last 5-10% for hours at a stretch. Unlike its predecessors, which crammed in more capacious batteries, it doesn’t take all night to re-juice either. Stay tuned for a HD video rundown test versus times from its Android and Windows 8 rivals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air&#039;s battery will last many a TED lecture" alt="The iPad Air&#039;s battery will last many a TED lecture" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iTunes-U.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> STORAGE: you sure do pay for it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The spruced-up iMovie will need some raw footage, those Photos app Moments will quickly turn into tons of Collections, and you’ll probably also want to populate the Air’s Music app. If you’ve made up your mind to buy an iPad Air, consider your storage requirements before taking the plunge - picking and choosing what to sync in iTunes is one of tech’s great dilemmas.&nbsp;</p> <p>We tested the 128GB version and once we’d loaded a week’s worth of HD holiday snaps and videos, a modest 3000-strong iTunes library and previously downloaded iOS apps and games we were already hovering around the 60-70GB mark. But this model will set you back a whopping £640 (or £740 for 3G/4G), which becomes a bit of a sore point when you consider a 64GB microSD card that'll fit in many an Android rival cost as little as £50.&nbsp;</p> <p>But unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/asus/asus-transformer-pad-tf701t/review" target="_blank">Transformer</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-2/review" target="_blank">Surface 2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-tablet-z/review" target="_blank">Xperia Tablet Z</a>, the iPad is non-expandable. We’d advise buying the most storage you can afford, or prepare to turn to a life in the cloud - offline Spotify playlists, Netflix movie streaming and Dropbox storage. Such a life is far from ideal, though, especially if you've opted for a Wi-Fi-only model, so we do wish the price hikes between storage options weren’t so massive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Which iPad Air to get? 128GB will cost you " alt="Which iPad Air to get? 128GB will cost you " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-box-logo.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad Air UK Prices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>16GB Wi-Fi - £400</p> <p>32GB Wi-Fi - £480</p> <p>64GB Wi-Fi - £560</p> <p>128GB Wi-Fi - £640</p> <p>16GB 4G - £500</p> <p>32GB 4G - £580</p> <p>64GB 4G - £660</p> <p>128GB 4G £740</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Calling this the iPad Air could be seen as a gimmick: a marketing ploy designed to invoke the excitement of an all-new product, when in fact so much is carried over from previous iPads.&nbsp;But the truth is that the iPad Air is every bit the dramatic update its name suggests.</p> <p>It’s not simply the smaller and lighter form, or the increased processing power and battery life. Nor is it the improved and now bundled iLife and iWork apps.</p> <p>It’s the way those three elements of portability, power and productivity combine that make this the most useful and usable tablet Apple has ever made. There are other tablets that are more portable, more powerful, or better suited to productivity, but none manage to combine the three as effectively as the iPad Air.</p> <p>We’re not saying it’s necessarily for everyone - some will continue to resist Apple’s closed ecosystem and limited connections, while others will balk at the huge price of the higher capacity versions - but for the vast majority this is the tablet we’d recommend over others. That’s why it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">replaces the iPad 4 at the top of our list of the best tablets in the world</a>.</p> <p>But what of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini Retina</a>? It’s got the same power, the same apps and is even more portable, so is it simply a case of deciding whether your priority is screen size or portability? Quite possibly, but we’re going to have to wait a few more weeks to find out. Boy, waiting is rubbish, isn’t it?</p> <p>Words: <strong><a href="https://plus.google.com/100316166955509219073/posts">Sophie Charara&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Air review" alt="iPad Air review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-MAIN-IMAGE.png?1387189256" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Retina display, iApps and skinny-as-a-Mini build join forces to make this the best tablet money can buy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The best tablet money can buy&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review#comments Apple iPad Air Tablets Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:02:43 +0000 Tom Parsons 1427309 at http://www.stuff.tv