iPhone 5S http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/reviews en-GB Fully Charged: Apple claims single-digit bent iPhone 6 Plus complaints, PS4 online play free this weekend, and KFC’s fried chicken iPhone case http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-claims-single-digit-bent-iphone-6-plus-complaints-ps4-online-play-free-wee <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the last day of the work week with our morning collection of quick-hit tech news </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="iPhone 6 Plus" alt="iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6plus-flat.png?1411794970" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Apple says just nine bent iPhone complaints </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&rsquo;re in the thick of so-called &ldquo;Bendgate,&rdquo; after <a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/23/apples-new-flexible-iphone-6-plus-check-out-this-video/">reports began surfacing</a> of users&rsquo; new iPhone 6 Plus handsets becoming severely bent as a consequence of, say, being in a front trousers pocket. But much as that headline has spread like wildfire, Apple says it&rsquo;s an extremely minor occurrence.</p> <p>So minor, in fact, that the company claims to have received just nine total customer complaints on the matter so far - and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus together have sold more than 10 million units. Granted, the opportunists bending their phones for YouTube hits (see above) probably didn&rsquo;t report theirs.</p> <p>While still unfortunate for anyone who had his/her new phablet legitimately and accidentally bent within days of purchase - and certainly embarrassing for Apple, however frequent the deformities - the whole issue sounds a bit overblown thus far.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/25/apple-reports-only-nine-complaints-of-bent-iphones/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/znK652H6yQM" 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-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"> PlayStation 4 online multiplayer free this weekend </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>Got a PlayStation 4, but didn&rsquo;t want to shell out for the PlayStation Plus subscription to enable online play? You&rsquo;re in luck - Sony has announced that online multiplayer for all titles will be freely accessible to all PlayStation Network users this weekend.</p> <p>It starts at 8am this morning and runs through 8am on Monday. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/destiny/review"><em>Destiny</em></a> is an obvious option, although if you&rsquo;re seeking additional great PS4 games to play, we&rsquo;ve got <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/sony-playstation-4-5-best-games-2013/feature">a list of the best available</a> (as of late last month).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/09/22/playstation-plus-multiplayer-open-weekend-kicks-friday/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: PS4 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="Destiny Ghost Edition" alt="Destiny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny_0.jpg?1411794970" /> </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"> KFC cooks up fried chicken iPhone case </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;ve got a taste for ultra-weird promotional tchotchkes, then KFC has you covered with its fried chicken-shaped iPhone case. Built for the iPhone 5/5s, it looks to be a rubber or plastic faux chicken appendage that houses a device (and adds several times its size in bulk).</p> <p>Sadly, this one&rsquo;s exclusive to Japan, and it&rsquo;s a promotional item for an event called Colonel&rsquo;s Day - so we doubt there&rsquo;s any way of simply buying the thing for novelty&rsquo;s sake. We imagine once these hit eBay, however, they&rsquo;ll fetch a fine premium indeed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.kfc.co.jp/campaign/colonelsday_thanks3/index.html">KFC Japan</a> via <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/so-kfc-japan-has-a-fried-chicken-iphone-case-too/">CNET</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-im-only-too-happy-give-all-my-data-away/feature">Why I&rsquo;m only too happy to give all my data away</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="784" title="KFC iPhone case" alt="KFC iPhone case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kfc-iphone-case.png?1411794970" /> </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"> Get your master’s degree watching Marvel films </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>Who said hitting the books can&rsquo;t be fun? By books, of course, we mean comic books. And by comic books, we mean the big-budget Hollywood blockbuster films based on them. At least, that&rsquo;s what is happening at the University of Baltimore with its new Media Genres: Media Marvels class.</p> <p>Digging into the films released thus far by Marvel Studios, including <em>The Avengers</em> and <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>, teacher Arnold T. Blumberg aims to foster a deeper understanding of the films&rsquo; subject matter, inspirations, and real-life parallels, as well as their impact on the movie business.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/24/us-university-to-offer-course-in-marvel-movie-studies">Guardian</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes 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="Guardians of the Galaxy" alt="Guardians of the Galaxy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/guardians-of-the-galaxy_1.jpg?1411794970" /> </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/fully-charged-apple-claims-single-digit-bent-iphone-6-plus-complaints-ps4-online-play-free-wee#comments Apple Film and TV Gaming iPhone 5S iPhone 6 Plus PlayStation 4 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448606 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"> Our fingers dance all over iOS 8 to see if it&#039;s Apple&#039;s best mobile experience yet </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="800" height="600" title="Packed with colour" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro_0.jpg?1415603659" /> </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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Software has a tendency to move in cycles. One major revision will dazzle in screen grabs, and the next will make a load of changes that aren&rsquo;t immediately apparent, but could nonetheless be what revolutionise things for users. Last year&rsquo;s iOS 7 was geared quite heavily towards the former, but iOS 8 is very much in the latter camp.</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">8 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"> Visual appeal </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>From a visual standpoint, little has changed. iOS remains very much tied to Apple design head Jony Ive&rsquo;s vision of minimalism, trying to do in software what Apple tooling does for hardware.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s stark, a touch over-serious, overtly content-first, and of variable success in terms of graphic design, layout, typography and usability. Occasionally, this approach stumbles, not least with its over-emphasis on text-only buttons that are frequently indistinct or not obviously points of action; an accessibility control to add button borders is seemingly disgusted at any possible alternative, revealing one of the ugliest pieces of interface design Apple&rsquo;s ever created.</p> <p>However, just as iOS 7&rsquo;s updates toned down the worst excesses of this radical departure from iOS&rsquo;s past, so too does this update make much-needed refinements. The best example is the subtle redesign of Control Center, which ditches spindly indistinct icons on button outlines for bolder glyphs and solid backgrounds. Usability is further enhanced by dialling down the transparency behind the content and providing a preview of how your display will look as the brightness bar is adjusted.</p> <p>Similar touches are evident throughout this update. If you hated iOS 7, iOS 8 won&rsquo;t convert you; but if aspects of it merely nagged, the changes here might be enough to stop you pining for the days of linen textures and glossy buttons.</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: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</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="1280" height="1136" title="Pretty colours" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/visuals_0_0.png?1415603659" /> </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"> Extensibility </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>Really, though, the most exciting aspect of any operating system is what you can do with it. To date, iOS has been locked down, making it relatively intuitive but also inflexible. People had to leap through hoops in an absurd manner to perform relatively simple tasks, such as editing a document in multiple apps, or even sharing content to a preferred service.</p> <p>With iOS 8, you get the opportunity to swap out keyboards, add widgets (sort of), massively boost sharing and inter-app communications, work with third-party filters inside Apple&rsquo;s Photos app, and use apps that work with Touch ID for fingerprint authentication.</p> <p>The last of those is a Godsend for the likes of 1Password, but also has applications elsewhere. Amazon&rsquo;s iOS app has already integrated Touch ID support, and it&rsquo;s likely to become something of a staple on supported devices, if not specifically for passwords then for two-factor validation.</p> <p>As before, Touch ID is divorced from iCloud, with your data living in obfuscated form on your device&rsquo;s A7 or A8 chip. Developers cannot access your data, because iOS does all the to-and-fro itself. In combination with a robust password system (either Apple&rsquo;s iCloud Keychain or the aforementioned 1Password), Touch ID stands to revolutionise on-device security for iOS device owners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 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="1281" height="1136" title="Hunter2" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tocuhid2_0.png?1415603659" /> </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"> Keyboards in iOS 8 </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 in iOS are now hot-swappable, although it&rsquo;s first worth playing around with the revamped default, which implements a system called QuickType. This heavily resembles many Android keyboards, adding three predictive words above the keyboard that you can stab at to speed things along.</p> <p>What Apple has done very well is create a keyboard that attempts to adapt not only to what you write but where you write it, offering predictions based on existing content and style. The predictions bar can be removed if you don&rsquo;t use it or feel it takes up too much screen space, although you won&rsquo;t want to. Oddly, autocorrect appeared to be less reliable in this initial build of iOS 8, though, slightly hampering any boost in typing speed.</p> <p>Alternative keyboards are installed from the App Store like any other third-party app, and awkwardly activated in the Settings app. You switch between them using the keyboard&rsquo;s globe button. The likes of SwiftKey work as you&rsquo;d expect, finally bringing crazed swipey &lsquo;typing&rsquo; to iOS; however, swappable keyboards have enabled more ambitious products to finally make sense on iOS, such as text-expansion utility TextExpander.</p> <p>Previously reliant on apps specifically supporting it, the app now gets the opportunity to work system-wide by being a keyboard. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that Apple&rsquo;s privacy stance impacts on third-party keyboards, banning them by default from internet access and disabling them when typing in secure password fields. Given concerns surrounding online security, this is an acceptable compromise.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">SwiftKey for iOS revealed</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="1280" height="1136" title="SWIPING" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keyboard_0.png?1415603659" /> </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"> Widgets </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>Anyone hoping Apple would upend the Home screen and enable Android-style widgets will be disappointed in iOS 8 siloing equivalents within Notifications Center. However, in use this proves to be an elegant means of providing at-a-glance information, without messing up or replacing uncomplicated existing app launcher Home screens.</p> <p>Naturally, Apple provides its own widgets for the revamped Today view, but third-party apps are already muscling in on this territory, rolling in widgets as part of ongoing updates: for example, Weather Pro offers the day&rsquo;s forecast; Dropbox gives you links to recently edited documents; and PCalc offers you an entire calculator.</p> <p>The system&rsquo;s single-column, strictly linear design doesn&rsquo;t feel especially scalable &mdash; it&rsquo;s not going to be much use for maybe more than ten widgets; however, Apple makes it easy to edit your selection, and given that widgets are supposed to be an efficiency aid, keeping their numbers down is no bad thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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="1281" height="1136" title="WIDGETS!" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/widgets_0.png?1415603659" /> </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"> Sharing </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>Extensions in iOS come in two flavours: sharing and actions. Both are now available to third-party apps and services, and its implementation finally gives Android users one less string to their Apple-snubbing bow.</p> <p>Installing a compatible app is enough to make it available to the iOS Share sheet, where it lurks behind a More button until activated. Once active, it will appear by default in the Share sheet system-wide.</p> <p>The current implementation of extensions upends how certain tasks are dealt with on iOS, even if there&rsquo;s a whopper of a bug lurking.</p> <p>The bug in question involves the custom ordering of the sharing and actions lists frequently failing to stick. Presumably, this will be dealt with in an update, and it&rsquo;s easy to forgive once you start sharing from Safari to Instapaper, unlocking apps using 1Password, uploading images from Photos to social networks, and so on.</p> <p>Actions are context-sensitive, meaning options only appear when relevant, and the system at the very least means less frustrating hopping between a bunch of apps to get things done.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play 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="900" height="675" title="We&#039;re surprised you&#039;re reading this when you could be playing Destiny right now" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios1.jpg?1415603659" /> </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"> Photos and Camera </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 Photos app looks little changed, but is a very different beast from its predecessor. First, the editing tools have been significantly beefed up, in part because iPhoto for iOS has been canned. Rotation can now be arbitrary, and there&rsquo;s more control over colour and light.</p> <p>The app retains a small, reasonably impressive selection of filters, but these are now significantly boosted by third-party integrated photo extensions. When editing, compatible apps are listed via a nondescript circular button with an ellipses, and they essentially inject their capabilities directly into Photos. This means you can apply filters from the likes of Halftone 2 or VSCO Cam inside Photos, and the edits remain non-destructive.</p> <p>The other main change to Photos concerns image storage, and Apple&rsquo;s at a transitionary point regarding Photo Stream. The company&rsquo;s long-term plan is to save your entire image library in iCloud Photo Library, currently in beta. Edits will be synchronised across devices, and your library will be searchable, but the system requires you to splash out on the requisite amount of iCloud storage. At present, the old-style Photo Stream remains, although frustratingly there&rsquo;s no longer a specific album housing its images &mdash; instead, you must fish around in &lsquo;Recently Added&rsquo;.</p> <p>For taking your photos, Camera gets some minor but welcome updates: manual exposure controls, a delay timer, panoramas on iPad, and a fun time-lapse mode that stitches images together into videos. It&rsquo;s unlikely these changes will wrench anyone from high-end third-party apps, but they&rsquo;re enough to ditch the more simple Camera alternatives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L 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="2048" height="1536" title="Filters galore" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photos_0.png?1415603659" /> </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"> Apps: Mail, Messages and more </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 are four new permanent apps as of iOS 8: Podcasts, iBooks, Tips and Health. The first two are no different from their older App Store versions. Tips could have been useful (Apple hates manuals), but merely provides you with, on launch, nine tips (well, we did say Apple hates manuals).</p> <p>Health is a much bigger deal, serving as the hub for data provided by your iPhone, and any compatible apps and accessories. The idea is to give you a sense of how you&rsquo;re progressing with exercise and activity, but also to make it frictionless to shift between apps, rather than feeling forced to stick with one because it has your data in its silo. On launch, however, this part of iOS was broken and temporarily off-limits to third-party developers; also, iPad owners aren&rsquo;t invited to the party, even purely for accessing their data.</p> <p>Many existing apps have had minor updates. Mail has new gestures and can stash multiple drafts at the foot of the screen, or allow you to peek behind a message you&rsquo;re writing. The drafts system is a mite fiddly, but nonetheless an improvement on iOS 7; the gestural controls are entirely hidden, but great once ingrained into your muscle memory.</p> <p>Messages adds controls for muting or leaving conversations, recording audio, and rapidly adding images from your photos or camera. The new features are nice enough, but can&rsquo;t get around Messages being an Apple-only solution and also one that has a tendency to not sync correctly across devices.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Safari gets accordion-like tabs on iPad and DuckDuckGo as a search engine option; there&rsquo;s also an attempt to shift into smart-searching, using abbreviations, but it fared poorly during testing. App Store on iPhone has vertical scrolling search results on iPhone and purchased app hiding on iPad. Notes gets rich-text formatting, finally transforming it into a half-decent text editor. And Siri gets voice-activation when your device is plugged in.</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="1048" title="Mail and messaging" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/messages_0.jpg?1415603659" /> </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"> Spotlight </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&rsquo;s system-wide search remains a bit too sluggish to be truly usable, frequently offering new search results just as you go to tap something. However, rather than pare it down in Settings to just showing apps, it&rsquo;s also worth leaving Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Results active as well. The two combine to turn Spotlight into a much more useful tool that provides in-context web searches.</p> <p>For example, type in the name of a band and you&rsquo;ll get a link to the artist on iTunes, an album and the Wikipedia entry. Type in an app, service or game name and you&rsquo;ll likely get the App Store link. You can also do searches for terms that will then list relevant websites or places. Although many of the results of course channel you straight to Apple&rsquo;s own store, it&rsquo;s pretty convent to type &lsquo;indian food&rsquo; into Spotlight and immediately get the name and phone number of a trio of local restaurants.</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="1281" height="1136" title="In the spotlight" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlight_0.png?1415603659" /> </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"> Bubbling under </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 few of iOS 8&rsquo;s biggest features aren&rsquo;t quite ready for prime-time, but warrant mentioning. HomeKit aims to do for automated home gadgets what HealthKit does for health, giving you a hub for configuring and controlling the &lsquo;internet of things&rsquo; within your home, shortly before they turn sentient and take over. Homes comprise rooms (that can be grouped into Zones) that contain Accessories that perform Services, which can have Characteristics. The thinking is you could waggle your device and have you entire house sort itself for night, locking doors, dimming lights and adjusting air temperature. The reality is this is a solution awaiting compatible hardware to become ubiquitous. One for the future, perhaps.</p> <p>Continuity and iCloud Drive are more imminent. The former is designed to enable workflows to seamlessly transition between Apple devices, enabling you, to for example, start replying to an email on your iPhone and then fling it across to your iPad, or answer an iPhone call on your Mac. The Mac side of things is awaiting OS X support (which will arrive with OS X Yosemite this autumn), but already works on iOS. During testing, we managed to send half-written emails successfully between an iPad and iPhone, doing the transfer via the lock screen. It&rsquo;s also possible to use the app switcher, although that didn&rsquo;t fare well during testing, the relevant button frequently vanishing.</p> <p>Family Sharing is another feature that will need time to bed in before we can properly assess it. It&rsquo;s designed to allow a family of up to six to share content bought on a single card, with children under 13 having to ask permission when making purchases. Apps are automatically shared and publishers of other media can opt-in. Additional benefits include a shared photo album, a shared calendar, and unified Find my Friends and Find my iPhone. Set-up is reasonably simple (even if adults may find it awkward for all purchases to be on one card), although there&rsquo;s a curious restriction on only being able to start or join Family Sharing twice in any one year, so watch out for that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Apple OS X Yosemite 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="1281" height="1136" title="Sharing is caring" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bubbling_0.png?1415603659" /> </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"> 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>The word that most sums up iOS 8 is &lsquo;potential&rsquo;. It lays the foundation for iPhones and iPads to become significantly more powerful devices: hubs of health and home automation; powerful pocketable computers for all kinds of advanced tasks and workflows; and a means to access, edit and share a life of captured images. Right now, some of these things are already barrelling along, with apps taking advantage of extensibility features; others, like HealthKit and HomeKit, are just at the start of their lives.</p> <p>The OS, too, feels like a mixed bag. It&rsquo;s a lot more stable than iOS 7 was on release, and feels pretty robust during use, but it&rsquo;s also very buggy. Spotlight simply stopped working during testing on a number of occasions, and layout bugs frequently cropped up on the iPad. Performance-wise, the OS seemed fine on our iPhone 5s and iPad Air, although Ars Technica has suggested <a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-on-the-iphone-4s-performance-isnt-the-only-problem/">iPhone 4s owners should proceed with caution</a>. That device lacks the power and screen size to comfortably deal with the new OS and also doesn&rsquo;t get Continuity or AirDrop.</p> <p>Despite the bugs, the advantages iOS 8 brings make it worth upgrading to unless you only use your iPhone or iPad for the most basic of tasks. The new capabilities unlocked through extensions alone could transform the way you use your device for the better, and the many small changes combine to make an impressive update to what was already a solid mobile operating system.</p> <p>Stay tuned for an updated review once all of iOS 8&#39;s features are live.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch 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="604" height="453" title="Apple iOS 8 review" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_1.jpg?1415603659" /> </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-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once the bugs are squashed and kit/apps take full advantage, iOS 8 will be great. Even in its current state, it&#39;s very good.</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 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 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:52 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433723 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: should you upgrade? http://www.stuff.tv/apple/x-reasons-ditch-your-iphone-5s-iphone-6/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;ve got an iPhone 5s, cover its eyes now </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="In the spotlight" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-reasons-to-upgrade.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The smartphone world is a harsh, fickle mistress.</p> <p>As loyal a servant as your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> has been, it&#39;s impossible to ignore the shiny new i<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Phone 6</a>.</p> <p>That small sensible voice in the distant nether regions of your brain will be whispering to you, urging you to be sensible and hold on to your 5s for another year, and we can&#39;t blame it.</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"> 1. It has a bigger 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>Unlike the 5.5in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, the 4.7in display of the iPhone 6 should still be manageable for most people, although we&#39;re not going to lie and say that easy one-handed use will be possible for everyone. Just <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-i-m-dreading-bigger-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">ask Craig Grannell</a>.</p> <p>Android users have had the luxury of 4in+ smartphones for what seems like forever, so the Apple faithful might be scared off by a larger screen.</p> <p>Try it out, however, and you&#39;ll be rewarded with a better browsing and gaming experience, albeit at the expense of being able to easily reach all corners of the display with a single thumb.</p> <p>If 4.7in really does feel too big for your hands then that could very well be a deal breaker. But if you&#39;re willing to adjust - and trust us, after a day or so you&#39;ll get used to it - then that extra space will definitely be worth it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://10 things you need to know about the iPhone 6 Plus" target="_blank">10 things you need to know about the iPhone 6 Plus</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="850" height="637" title="The lineup" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-1_5-2.jpg?1412262172" /> </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. It has more power </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 iPhone 5s is hardly a slouch, but Apple&#39;s new quad-core A8 processor is a beast. It&#39;s faster, and offers more pixel-pushing power thanks to an improved graphics processor, all of which promises to deliver the best-looking iOS games we&#39;ve ever seen.</p> <p>No, it&#39;s not like the current slew of iOS games look hideous, but you might find that releases later down the line stretch the iPhone 5s&#39; silicon a little.</p> <p>The new M8 motion co-processor can also now automatically detect if you&#39;re cycling or walking, and you can track how many flights of stairs you&#39;ve climbed too, thanks to elevation measuring.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a spec fiend after the best numbers or an avid gamer, then switching to the iPhone 6 is a no-brainer, but otherwise there&#39;s probably not enough reason to upgrade based on power alone.</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="600" height="450" title="Souped-up silicon" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/a8.jpg?1412262172" /> </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"> 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. It has a new design </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>Even if you don&#39;t care about the GHz beneath the hood, it&#39;s hard to resist the allure of an all-new design, especially if you&#39;ve been accustomed to the almost identical bodies of the iPhone 5 and 5s over the past two years.</p> <p>The iPhone 6&#39;s design is a whole generation different from its forebears. Its softer, rounder edges should feel more comfortable in the hands, and its insanely thin 6.9mm shell is a marvel to behold. Although the protruding camera lens might be a bit off-putting at first.</p> <p>Ultimately, a change of scenery is always nice - so if you&#39;re bored and looking for something new, an upgrade is the way to go.</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="904" height="678" title="Gorgeous profile" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-3_2_1.jpg?1412262172" /> </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"> 4. It has a souped-up camera </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 camera changes to the iPhone 6 aren&#39;t drastic, but there are still some improvements to consider.</p> <p>While the 8MP sensor remains the same, it packs in larger pixels which should, in theory, guzzle up more light and produce more detail.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 also uses phase detection technology for very fast and clear autofocus, and we were impressed with the shooting speed during our hands-on demo.</p> <p>Sadly, there&#39;s no optical image stabilisation on the regular iPhone 6. You&#39;ll have to spring for the larger iPhone 6 Plus for that pleasure.</p> <p>Panormas have been upgraded to 43MP, while stitching has apparently improved too.</p> <p>On the video front, you can now record in super slow motion at 240fps as opposed to 120fps, and it looks very impressive indeed.</p> <p>Overall it&#39;s hard to gauge just how much better standard photos taken on the iPhone 6 really are until we carry out our full review.</p> <p>From what we&#39;ve seen of it so far, there&#39;s probably not enough to justify upgrading based on the camera alone. Of course that might all change once we&#39;ve had&nbsp;a chance to put its through its paces properly.</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="776" height="582" title="The sum of many parts" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_9_1.jpg?1412262172" /> </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. It has NFC payment magic </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 iPhone 6 is the first iDevice to land with NFC. Traditionally it hasn&#39;t been useful for anything more than quickly pairing up with other Bluetooth devices, and while there have been a few contactless Android payment solutions, they certainly haven&#39;t been widespread enough to be practical.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s new Pay service looks set to change that. Big names such as MasterCard, American Express and Visa have all partnered up to allow contactless iPhone payments using NFC, and they&#39;ll be securely encrypted using the TouchID fingerprint scanner.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sadly the service is US-only for now, but this will hopefully pave the way for widespread phone payment adoption. If you&#39;re in the US then this alone makes a very good case to upgrade to the iPhone 6, but for the rest of the world, it&#39;s another excuse to wait.</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="771" height="578" title="US only? :(" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_8_0.jpg?1412262172" /> </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"> 6. It has cavernous storage </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 iPhone 6 is the first major mobile device to land with a whopping 128GB of storage, and it should kill off space worries for good.</p> <p>And while Android rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 support microSD cards up to 128GB in size (in addition to their built-in storage), as far as Apple devices go, that&#39;s unlikely to ever be an option.</p> <p>The only problem is price. The 128GB iPhone 6 will set you back a massive &pound;700 SIM-free, although it will obviously be a lot easier to swallow on contract, where the payments are spread out.</p> <p>It&#39;s unlikely that many people will need this much space, but if you&#39;re set on Apple and have a massive media collection, then this could be a very tempting reason to upgrade, especially as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-classic-finally-dead/news" target="_blank">iPod Classic has just been killed off.</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-classic-finally-dead/news" target="_blank">The iPod Classic is finally dead</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="652" height="489" title="Plenty of storage" alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6_1-1.jpg?1412262172" /> </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"> So.... should you upgrade? </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>Maybe. It depends on what you&#39;re after.</p> <p>The biggest reasons to upgrade are obviously the new design, larger screen and NFC payments, although the latter is a US-only feature for now.</p> <p>The screen size alone will be enough to win over most people, with major benefits to gaming, video watching and even just web browsing. It&#39;s a massive change, and unless you actively don&#39;t want a bigger screen is reason enough to upgrade on its own.</p> <p>If a big screen isn&#39;t a big deal for you, the remainder of the iPhone 6&#39;s new features - for instance the changes to the camera and upgraded processor - are not really enough to justify the upgrade on their own. Or at least they don&#39;t appear to be; we might change our mind once we actually test the phone properly.</p> <p>Of course, there&#39;s nothing wrong with wanting the newest, shiniest thing either, so go ahead and fuel the flames of your inner geek with an upgrade. We won&#39;t blame you one bit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on 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-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="Decisions, decisions..." alt="iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6: should you upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-reasons-to-upgrade.jpg?1412262172" /> </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"> iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: should you upgrade? </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"> Should you upgrade? Find out here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-vs-iphone-5s.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/x-reasons-ditch-your-iphone-5s-iphone-6/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/x-reasons-ditch-your-iphone-5s-iphone-6/feature#comments Apple iPhone 5S iPhone 6 Smartphones Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:06:08 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1447100 at http://www.stuff.tv 18 ways you're unknowingly killing your iPhone battery http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Right your battery sins. Slide to unlock these settings for iPhone battery salvation </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="567" height="425" title="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPhone%20battery%20secrets.jpg?1414117207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s nothing quite as panic-inducing as a red battery symbol. You&#39;re out frolicking, there&#39;s pictures to take, people to text, news to read. But no. Not for you. You&#39;ve got to spend the rest of the evening doing all you can to squeeze out every last drop of battery life possible.</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"> Nullify notifications </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 nice having your phone vibrate like you&rsquo;re the most popular person in the world - achievement unlocked on a game, new messages on Facebook, a new Tinder match, but it&rsquo;s best to keep notifications just for the essentials. Otherwise you&#39;re just whittling down your battery life every time an app tells you there&#39;s new colourful hats for your characters to wear.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Do this instead:</strong> Go to <em>Settings</em>, <em>Notifications Centre</em>, and then <em>Customisations</em> and disable all the notifications for non-essential apps. You&rsquo;ll be surprised at how many you&rsquo;ve unwittingly enabled.</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="Going crazy on notifications" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notifications.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Don&#039;t close every app </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>Closing apps can actually make your battery life worse, as iOS 7 has been designed to intelligently handle apps that are running in the background. On the flipside, every time you load an app from scratch, it drinks up more battery life than if you were to wake a sleeping app up.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:&nbsp;</strong>Keep your apps running unless you know it&rsquo;s something you won&rsquo;t be using for a while. If you keep on returning to WhatsApp for example, it might be better to keep it dozing in the background.</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="Closing apps" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/closing%20apps.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Wi-Fi whenever possible </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>Some people think that turning Wi-Fi off will improve battery life, but turning it off can actually drain your iPhone&#39;s battery. That&#39;s because the amount of power required to communicate with Wi-Fi base stations is minimal compared to using mobile data.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Simple. Whenever possible, use Wi-Fi. Under&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>, make sure&nbsp;<em>Wi-Fi</em>&nbsp;is switched on, and connect to any network you have access to. Obviously turning both Wi-Fi and mobile data off will be even better for your battery.</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="Always relying on data" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wifi.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Use Airplane Mode in emergencies </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>That little airplane icon is underused. Leaving your phone&#39;s radios on when there&#39;s no Wi-Fi reception and no signal is rather pointless, and all it does is drain your battery for no reason.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Do this instead: </strong>In dead zones with zero coverage or when you&rsquo;re overseas, turn on <em>Airplane Mode</em>. You can get to it right from <em>Control Centre</em> by swiping up from wherever you are on your iPhone without having to weave your way around the workings of your iPhone. Otherwise, access it from <em>Settings</em>, then <em>Airplane Mode</em>.</p> <p class="p1">You can still play games, read books and listen to music, and your battery life will increase by a considerable amount. Airplane mode is also ideal for events like festivals, where you&#39;re stuck without a power source for a few days.</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="Not utilising Airplane Mode enough" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/airplanemode.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Overbrightening your phone </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 really tempting to blitz the brightness all the way up on the iPhone&#39;s gorgeous LCD screen, but if you do it&#39;ll take a large chunk out of your battery.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Head to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>, then&nbsp;<em>Wallpapers &amp; Brightness</em>, and switch on&nbsp;<em>Auto-Brightness</em>. Your iPhone will figure out the best level of brightness that won&rsquo;t put a strain on your eyes or your battery.</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="Overbrightening your phone" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brightness.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Keeping Parallax in play </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 iOS 7&#39;s parallax effect brings a nice visual touch to your iPhone, it keeps your phone&#39;s motion sensors in play, which doesn&#39;t do the battery any favours. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Switch off the parallax effect. It&rsquo;s not going to drastically alter your iOS 7 experience, unless you&#39;re forever getting lost in the hypnotising (or for some, nauseating) effect of the movement-sensitive wallpaper. Go to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>,&nbsp;<em>General</em>,&nbsp;<em>Accessibility</em>, and lastly,&nbsp;<em>Reduce Motion</em>&nbsp;to turn it on.</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="Keeping Parallax in play" alt="Slide to unlock: 18 secret settings to make your iPhone&#039;s battery last longer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reduce%20motion.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Don&#039;t neglect updates </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>Updates contain bug fixes which can include improvements in efficiency, which in turn use up less battery. We know it can be a pain to constantly update apps, but it&#39;s worth it in the long run.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:&nbsp;</strong>Make sure you get on that update as soon as possible, instead of leaving it languishing in a lonely forgotten corner of the App Store.</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="Neglecting updates" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/updates.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Tame search </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>Your iPhone is a thorough searcher by default, with&nbsp;<em>Spotlight Search</em>&nbsp;going through everything on your phone to find what you want. If it&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Angry Birds</em>&nbsp;you&rsquo;re looking for, is it really necessary to look through&nbsp;<em>Videos</em>,&nbsp;<em>Music</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Reminders</em>? No, it&#39;s not, so do your iPhone a favour.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead</strong>: Fine tune your search boundaries to get faster results and lessen the strain on your battery life. Click on&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>,&nbsp;<em>General</em>, then&nbsp;<em>Spotlight Search</em>&nbsp;to uncheck the categories which you know are definitely not going to turn up the results you&#39;re after.</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="Expanding the search area unnecessarily " alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlightsearch.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Put those emails to sleep </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>Most people (us included) can&rsquo;t live without having emails pushed directly to their inboxes in real-time. But when your iPhone&rsquo;s perpetually searching for new emails, it&#39;s going to hit your battery.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Fetch your email manually instead of having your iPhone push it.&nbsp;To do this, click on&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>, then&nbsp;<em>Mail, Contacts, Calendars</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Fetch New Data</em>. Make sure&nbsp;<em>Push</em>&nbsp;is off and you can either set an interval for your phone to Fetch your new emails or do it&nbsp;<em>Manually</em>, so new email is only Fetched when you bring the app up.</p> <p>Or you could just, you know, not check your email outside of office hours. Like the French.</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="Being email-obsessive" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mail%20contacts.png?1414117207" /> </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"> iPhones need rest too </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>Those who choose Never on their&nbsp;<em>Auto-Lock</em>&nbsp;settings are wasting precious battery life. If you&#39;re not interacting with your iPhone, then there are very few reasons for its screen to remain on.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:&nbsp;</strong>Go to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>, then&nbsp;<em>General</em>, and finally to&nbsp;<em>Auto-Lock.</em>&nbsp;Choose the shortest time possible (one minute) which should be more than enough for most people.</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="Keeping your iPhone unlocked" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/autolock.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Kill pesky ads </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>Who doesn&rsquo;t hate ads? iOS 7 has a built-in&nbsp;<em>Advertising</em>&nbsp;feature to help you stop advertisers from serving you targeted ads and slurping up your battery life along the way.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Make sure you&rsquo;re one step ahead of mindless ads by clicking on&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>, then&nbsp;<em>Privacy</em>, and scrolling all the way to the bottom to the&nbsp;<em>Advertising</em>&nbsp;tab. Swipe the tab to the right to&nbsp;<em>Limit Ad Tracking</em>&nbsp;and resume browsing independence.</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="Unknowingly keeping advertising tracking on" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/advertising.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Geotag no more </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&rsquo;s fun to keep track of all the places you&rsquo;ve been in your life, but is it really necessary?&nbsp;You&rsquo;d be surprised at how&nbsp;<em>Location Services</em>&nbsp;has been activated for apps that don&rsquo;t really need it.&nbsp;Leaving Location Services on, even when you&rsquo;re walking to catch a bus, is a waste of limited battery life. You don&rsquo;t really want everyone to be able to keep tabs on your whereabouts anyway, do you?</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Do a clean-up by going to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>, then&nbsp;<em>Privacy</em>,&nbsp;<em>Location Services</em>&nbsp;and turn off everything to only activate&nbsp;<em>Location Services</em>&nbsp;when you need them, like geotagging a photo at a certain spot, or when you&rsquo;re about to head off on a run.&nbsp;Otherwise, you can customise the apps which have&nbsp;<em>Location Services</em>&nbsp;because apps like WhatsApp and your local banking ones don&#39;t really need the function enabled.</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="Being an over-enthusiastic geotagger" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/location%20services.png?1414117207" /> </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"> 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"> Let Siri 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>As smooth as its voice is, you might not use Siri that often, so why keep it running in the background, sipping on your battery life?</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Give Siri a break by going to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>,&nbsp;<em>General</em>, and then Siri&rsquo;s tab. If you feel insecure about not having your mobile personal assistant on standby, at least disable the&nbsp;<em>Raise to Speak</em>&nbsp;function.</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="Have Siri waiting in the wings " alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Siri.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Ditch automatic date &amp; time updates </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>Your iPhone is a thoughtful little creature which automatically changes your time settings according to the country you&rsquo;re in, using Location Services. But if you leave the country only twice a year, is there really a need to keep this feature on? The answer is no.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;You can activate the function when you get around to traveling. But if you&rsquo;re in one country most of the time, head on over to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>,&nbsp;<em>General</em>,&nbsp;<em>Date &amp; Time</em>&nbsp;to make sure&nbsp;<em>Set Automatically</em>&nbsp;is turned off.</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="Having automatic Date &amp; Time updates on" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/date%20and%20time.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Stop repeated message notifications </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>Your iPhone can be quite a nag. When you don&rsquo;t attend to a message immediately, your iPhone finds the need to light up the display to bring your attention to a Message received again, leaving your battery rather distressed from the repeated notifications.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;To help your iPhone quit being a nag, go to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>,&nbsp;<em>Notification Centre</em>, and find&nbsp;<em>Messages</em>&nbsp;in the&nbsp;<em>Include</em>&nbsp;list,&nbsp;<em>Repeat Alerts</em>&nbsp;and set it to&nbsp;<em>Never</em>. We appreciate the thought, but once is enough, thank you very much.&nbsp;</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="Receiving repeated message notifications" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/message%20notification.png?1414117207" /> </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"> 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"> Vibrate, off </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>Keeping your iPhone on vibrate mode is one of the biggest strains on your battery life, and it&#39;s often unnecessary when it&#39;s in your hands or in plain sight.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Disable vibration alerts by going to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>,&nbsp;<em>Sounds</em>&nbsp;and then turning off both&nbsp;<em>Vibrate on Ring</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Vibrate on Silent</em>.</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="Keeping your iPhone on vibration mode" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vibrate.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Stop sharing </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>Are you sharing files over&nbsp;<em>AirDrop</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Bluetooth</em>&nbsp;24/7? No? Then there&#39;s no need to keep both these features on and needlessly sipping away on your battery.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;Deactivate&nbsp;<em>AirDrop</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Bluetooth</em>&nbsp;by swiping up on your phone to bring up the&nbsp;<em>Control Centre</em>&nbsp;and making sure the&nbsp;<em>Bluetooth</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>AirDrop</em>&nbsp;symbols are not highlighted anymore.</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="Having sharing tools on all the time" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/airdrop.png?1414117207" /> </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"> Quit sending feedback to Apple </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>Yes, doing this helps Apple churn out timely updates for smoother working systems, but it&#39;s all at the expense of your battery life, because your iPhone is sending daily usage reports back to Apple HQ. It&#39;s fine when your iPhone is fully charged, but if it&rsquo;s on the brink of flatlining, be less philanthropic.</p> <p><strong>Do this instead:</strong>&nbsp;You can disable reporting by going to&nbsp;<em>Settings</em>,&nbsp;<em>General</em>,&nbsp;<em>About</em>,&nbsp;<em>Diagnostics and Usage</em>&nbsp;to activate&nbsp;<em>Don&rsquo;t Send&nbsp;</em>mode. Feel free to switch it back to&nbsp;<em>Automatically Send</em>&nbsp;when you have more battery life to spare.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/64/best-bits-our-pick-64-bit-iphone-apps-5s-owners-must-try/feature" target="_blank">9 essential 64-bit apps every iPhone 5s owner should download</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="567" height="425" title="Sending daily feedback to Apple" alt="18 ways you&#039;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/data%20and%20usage.png?1414117207" /> </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"> 18 ways to save your iPhone&#039;s battery </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"> Heed our advice and you won&#039;t ever need a portable charger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPhone%20battery%20secrets_0.jpg?1414117207" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature#comments iOS iOS 7 iPhone 5 iPhone 5S Smartphones Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:00:54 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1441640 at http://www.stuff.tv Razer Junglecat http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-5s/razer-junglecat/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We wrap our hands around Razer&#039;s iShell to see if it opens the door to iPhone gaming Nirvana </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="Looks nothing like a cat to us" alt="Razer Junglecat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9981.JPG?1404816374" /> </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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mobile gaming has reached dizzying heights, but no amount of shiny graphics and fancy 3D renders can make up for the fact that for many games touchscreen controls just don&rsquo;t cut it.</p> <p>We&#39;re not talking about the likes of Candy Crush Saga or Fruit Ninja of course - they&#39;re perfectly adapted to frantic finger swipes.</p> <p>But first person shooters, racers, and anything else that requires precision and multiple inputs, have always suffered with on-screen buttons.</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"> £80.00 </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">6 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"> Chunky and littered with buttons </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&#39;s no two ways about it - your iPhone does look fat in this. But that&rsquo;s simply the price you pay for physical buttons, and you&rsquo;re unlikely to want to use the Junglecat as a permanent case.</p> <p>Control-wise, the Junglecat has a D-Pad, a pause button, and four ABXY buttons. There are two triggers around the back, which are a welcome addition, although we&#39;re a little disappointed not to see two on each side.</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" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9982.JPG?1404816374" /> </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" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984_0.JPG?1404816374" /> </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="Trigger happy" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9987_0.JPG?1404816374" /> </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="Dissection " alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_0.JPG?1404816374" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When the iPhone 5s is slotted into the Junglecat its Lightning charger port is obscured. The upside of this is that you can finally join your Android friends in the swanky microUSB charging club.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course there are also cut-outs for the headphone jack and camera.</p> <p>Two front-facing speakers are built-in, but they&rsquo;re not actually any louder than the iPhone 5s&#39; regular ones.</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="Thicker than your average" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9995.JPG?1404816374" /> </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="Camera cut-out" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9986_1.JPG?1404816374" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Junglecat&#39;s sliding mechanism feels sturdy, although it would have been nice if had an adjustable tilting mechanism too.</p> <p>And the buttons and rear triggers feel a little too plasticky for our liking. A matte rubber finish would have felt more premium and less cheap in the hands.</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="View from the rear" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985.JPG?1404816374" /> </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"> Game 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>The Razer Junglecat iOS companion app is a one-stop-shop for all compatible iOS games. While the library is a respectable size, the app wasn&#39;t available to download at the time of writing, so we were unable to browse it in full (or adjust the controller sensitivity settings for that matter).</p> <p>There are plenty of top titles to choose from, including racers such as Asphalt 8 and Sonic &amp; All-Stars Racing, and shooters like Dead Trigger 2.</p> <p>And as for how the controls feel? <p>Not bad.</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="Asphalt 8" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9990.JPG?1404816374" /> </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>Racing around the tarmac on Asphalt 8 is certainly a lot better than using the accelerometer controls, and given that Asphalt 8&#39;s controls are actually among the best motion controls we&#39;ve used, that&#39;s quite a compliment.</p> <p>You simply cannot beat real buttons when it comes to precise corners, drifting and lining up headshots, and the Junglecat&#39;s physical controls make you feel as though you&rsquo;re on a Nintendo handheld.</p> <p>But buttons need to be pressed harder than you&rsquo;d expect to register, while the buttons and triggers offer no resistance but are instead spongy. The sticks, too, lack subtlety, and we initially had plenty of car crashes thanks to our careful cornering being registered as no cornering at all.</p> <p>Once you get used to it and compensate you&rsquo;ll be winning in no time, but Razer needs to adjust the resistance and button sensitivity for a more natural, console-like experience.</p> <p>Perhaps the companion app&rsquo;s sensitivity settings will fix this issue - we&rsquo;ll certainly update this review if that turns out to be the case.</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="In action" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9980_1.JPG?1404816374" /> </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" alt="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9989.JPG?1404816374" /> </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>The fact that dedicated controllers for iPhones are now properly supported is an undeniably Good Thing, but we haven&rsquo;t yet found a really great one.</p> <p>The Razer Junglecat doesn&rsquo;t do that.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a bit big and it feels a bit cheap, and while we might forgive that if it actually was cheap, the Junglecat is &pound;80, which is &pound;20 more than the current price for the Moga Ace Power, a controller that also feels well below premium but has more accurate controls.</p> <p>A matte finish and tweaked button resistance could make the Junglecat a very formidable controller, as would a bit of a price cut, but for now it&rsquo;s just another also-ran in the iPhone gamepad race.</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="Razer Junglecat review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9983.JPG?1404816374" /> </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-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More accurate than on-screen buttons, but &pound;80 for this big cat is too much</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"> Razer Junglecat 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"> We get our paws on Razer&#039;s new iPhone console </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-5s/razer-junglecat/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-5s/razer-junglecat/review#comments Geek accessories iPhone 5S Razer Smartphones Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:07:17 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1441033 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: iPhone commands about half of UK mobile traffic, Shell’s VR engine tour, and a glimpse at a day’s worth of transatlantic flights http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-iphone-commands-about-half-uk-mobile-traffic-shell-s-vr-engine-tour-and-glimpse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End the week strong with our morning round-up of tech news </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="iPhone 5s vs Galaxy S5" alt="iPhone 5s vs Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-vs-s5.jpg?1404455582" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> iPhone responsible for nearly half of UK mobile traffic, says report </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>According to a report released this week by online advertising network Chitaka, the iPhone is responsible for nearly half of all of the mobile traffic coming out of the UK. The firm analyzed millions of smartphone ad impressions during a week in June, and found that Apple devices were responsible for 48.9% of the impressions, a slight drop from 49.7% in January.</p> <p>Samsung followed with 22.8% (up from 21.4%), with the sample taken after a heavy barrage of publicity for the Galaxy S5 launch. BlackBerry came in third, down to 15% (from 16.8%), while HTC, Nokia, Sony, Google, and Motorola each represented 3.1% or less of the UK traffic apiece during the span.</p> <p>Chitaka&rsquo;s analysis says that Apple and Samsung are likely to remain the leaders in this space&mdash;no real surprise&mdash;and that BlackBerry&rsquo;s sinking tally shows handset owners likely moving towards other devices; again, stop us if you&rsquo;ve heard this one before.</p> <p>However, the report summary fails to acknowledge the pending launch of Amazon&rsquo;s Fire Phone&mdash;which, granted, doesn&rsquo;t yet have a UK release target. Still, it&rsquo;ll be interesting to see how that distinctively-featured device shakes up the handset wars in the coming months and years.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.chitika.com/insights/2014/q2-uk-smartphone-update">Chitaka</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam/meet-kazam-new-uk-smartphone-manufacturer-taking-aim-big-guns/news">Meet Kazam, the new UK smartphone manufacturer taking aim at the big guns</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-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"> Shell&#039;s Oculus Rift experience takes you on a tour of an engine </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>Ever since Facebook bought up Oculus Rift, gamers have been complaining that they&#39;ll turn the VR headset into a marketing device. In truth, the marketers have already got there, as we found at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Shell has created its own Oculus Rift Experience&mdash;a virtual tour through a V6 engine, narrated by Murray Walker in the style of a race.</p> <p>It&#39;s an odd beast; the on-rails experience makes you slightly queasy, while looking down reveals that your virtual avatar doesn&#39;t have any arms. Still, it&#39;s an interesting look at how VR is set to become increasingly ubiquitous &ndash; and it&#39;s not as pants-wettingly terrifying as Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014/alien-isolation-oculus-rift-so-frightening-you-might-not-want-play/feature">Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift is so frightening, you might not want to play</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="Shell&#039;s Oculus Rift demo" alt="Shell&#039;s Oculus Rift demo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oculus-shell.jpg?1404455582" /> </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"> Here’s a look at a day’s worth of transatlantic flights </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><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98941796?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>From National Air Traffic Services (NATS) this week comes this alluring visualization of what the 1,400 (or so) transatlantic flights it handles each day looks like on a map. The clip is based on a day&rsquo;s worth of traffic data from last August.</p> <p>Upwards of 80% of oceanic traffic runs through the UK-controlled Shanwick Oceanic Control Area, which spans about 700,000 square miles. Because radar only offers about a 250-mile range, NATS relies on pilot-provided reports via satellite or radio to determine location and keep so many planes well separated in the skies.</p> <p>NATS&rsquo; Prestwick Centre in Scotland is ground zero for staying atop the mayhem, and both the video above and <a href="http://nats.aero/blog/2014/06/north-atlantic-skies-gateway-europe/">the informative blog post</a> on the NATS site provide an interesting look at this challenging task.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://nats.aero/blog/2014/06/north-atlantic-skies-gateway-europe/">NATS</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/03/flights-crossing-the-atlantic/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/cure-office-boredom-pilot-paper-planes-amazing-powerup-30-flight-controller/news">Cure office boredom, pilot paper planes with the amazing PowerUp 3.0 flight controller</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> http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-iphone-commands-about-half-uk-mobile-traffic-shell-s-vr-engine-tour-and-glimpse#comments Flight Galaxy S5 iPhone 5S Rift Fri, 04 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440962 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does Amazon&#039;s new 3D-toting phone have what it takes to beat Apple&#039;s finest? </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="604" height="453" title="Fighting fire with... Apple" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fire-phone-vs-iphone.jpg?1403729636" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So Amazon&#39;s finally joined the smartphone crew, launching its Fire Phone into an arena already crowded with iPhones, Androids and even the odd Windows Phone.</p> <p>But while the competition may be fierce, Amazon&#39;s debut handset still manages to stand out thanks to its 3D screen, built-in tech support, top-notch camera and world-scanning Firefly feature.</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 </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 Fire Phone doesn&#39;t stray too far from the tried-and-tested as far as design goes. It looks like a smartphone, it&#39;s shaped like a smartphone, it is a smartphone. It&#39;s a nicely built one though, with a rubberised body, Gorilla glass on both the front and back and expertly machined aluminium buttons.</p> <p>It has a 4.7in screen and dimensions of 139x66.5x8.9mm, which makes it bigger than the iPhone but smaller than every flagship Android out there. All that glass makes it heavier than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 - 160g to the S5&#39;s 145g, although you&#39;re unlikely to notice much difference in use.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s is smaller. It has&nbsp;a 4in screen, measures 123.8x58.6x7.6mm and weighs a lot less than the Fire: a mere 112g. Like the Fire Phone it&#39;s beautifully built, with an aluminium shell and typically Apple attention to detail.</p> <p>In short, both phones have premium builds and classy looks. We might change our opinion once we&#39;ve actually seen the Fire Phone in the flesh, so to speak, but until then this round&#39;s a tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="Metal and glass" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fire-phone-5s-1.jpg?1403729636" /> </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>On specs alone the Fire Phone&#39;s display is a disappointment. With a resolution of 1280x720 - that&#39;s 315ppi - it looks decidedly antiquated next to the 1080p screens of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8), let alone the 2K display of the LG G3.</p> <p>Against the 5s, though, it&#39;s a close-run thing: the iPhone&#39;s 1136x640 resolution isn&#39;t too hot itself, and its 326ppi is near enough to the Fire Phone&#39;s that you&#39;d barely spot the difference in pixel density.</p> <p>But there is one significant advantage to the Fire Phone - it&#39;s 3D. Well, kind of. On the front of the handset sit four cameras - one in each corner - which track the position of your head and calculate how you&#39;re looking at the screen. Through some clever software tricks it then displays an image which appears to have depth.</p> <p>This differs from the standard 3D method of making images appear to come out of the screen, and has several uses - you can, for instance, look to the side of labels on a map in order to read the text underneath. Or look behind objects in games. Or simply marvel at the various 3D-effect lock screens.</p> <p>Is it genuinely useful? It&rsquo;s too early to say. Developers have the potential to create some truly innovative apps for the Fire&rsquo;s 3D screen, so we&rsquo;ll remain tentatively optimistic for the time being.</p> <p>Until we wrap our hands around some mind-blowing 3D apps though, it&rsquo;s another draw for now.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="Not one, not two, but THREE Ds." alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-D-Maps-Yelp_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </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 </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 iPhone 5s is generally regarded as having one of the best smartphone cameras around, and like the Nokia Lumia 1020 &ndash; it&rsquo;s constantly used as a benchmark to measure the imaging prowess of rival devices.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s&rsquo; 8MP camera produces more detailed, more accurate shots than many of its 13MP Android competitors, so the Fire Phone&rsquo;s 13MP camera isn&rsquo;t guaranteed to be the superior snapper, despite the extra megapixels it offers.</p> <p>The iPhone&rsquo;s dual-LED amber/white flash could mean that its colours will still be more accurate, especially with skin tones.</p> <p>The Fire Phone, like the LG G3, also offers optical image stabilisation, which, on paper, means it should cope well with movement and low-light shots.</p> <p>Both cameras have their advantages. Until we&#39;re able to examine shots taken with both devices in supervised conditions, this is a draw too.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="Snap-tastic" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-camera_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </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"> Software </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 isn&#39;t the typical case of Android vs iOS. While the Fire Phone is technically running Android, it&#39;s a very heavily modified version called Fire OS v3.5 - and its unrecognisable from stock Android.</p> <p>The bad news is that the Fire Phone lacks the official Google Play Store and Google apps. Not only does that mean no Gmail, Google Maps, Play Music or Hangouts, it also means that users will have to settle for Amazon&#39;s Android App Store.</p> <p>While Amazon&#39;s alternative app storefront has plenty of apps to fill its shelves, there&#39;s no escaping the fact that the official Play Store has more.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s therefore comfortably beats the Fire Phone when it comes to both the number of apps, and the quality of those on offer.</p> <p>The Fire Phone does fight back with a few Amazon exclusives however. Its Mayday feature is ideal for the less tech-savvy, serving up a direct connection to an Amazon helper who can help troubleshoot problems in real time.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Firefly feature is also rather impressive. It lets you take photos of everything from CDs to books, as well as having the ability to recognise songs and films. Naturally, it will provide an Amazon link to everything it recognises, letting you snap up things you like the look of with just a few clicks.</p> <p>We go into detail regarding iOS 7&#39;s gorgeous looks and features in our full in-depth review, but from what we&#39;ve seen, it offers a sleeker, prettier user experience. That, coupled with its superior app selection, gives this round to the Apple camp.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Apple iPhone 5s</em></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="2537" height="1903" title="Don&#039;t swat this fly" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone_Hand_Firefly-Icon_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </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="Pretty isn&#039;t it?" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Search-iPhone_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </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"> 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 iPhone&#39;s A7 chip slightly outperforms the Fire Phone&#39;s Snapdragon 800 in numerous <a href="http://www.anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/5" target="_blank">Anantech benchmarks</a>, but for all intents and purposes - given the smoothness of other Snapdragon 800 Android devices like the LG G2 when compared to the iPhone - both devices should perform equally smoothly.</p> <p>The Fire Phone&#39;s 2GB or RAM compared to the iPhones 1GB is an advantage on paper, but in practice we&#39;ve found that this tends to make no difference to the slickness or multitasking of iOS.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="2416" height="1812" title="Close match" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FirePhone-Hand-Email-Carousel_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </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"> Battery </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 Fire Phone has a larger battery than the iPhone 5s (2400mAh vs 1560mAh), so it should last longer than its Apple rival in general use.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amazon lists the Fire Phone as having up to 65 hours of music playback and up to 285 hours of stand-by time, while the iPhone hits 40 hours and 250 hours respectively.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Amazon Fire Phone</strong></em></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="600" height="449" title="Sip the juice" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/battery_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </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"> INITIAL 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>Until we get the Fire Phone in our hands to test out its camera and 3D display and more, a lot of these categories will remain draws.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our initial impressions, based purely on the paper-based specs of both devices, have us choosing the iPhone 5s, mainly due to the superior app selection.</p> <p>This could very well change if we feel that the Fire Phone has more to offer in our full review however, so stay tuned.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 5s</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</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="Winner. For now" alt="Amazon Fire Phone vs Apple iPhone 5s: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-ios-7-1_0.jpg?1403729636" /> </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"> Amazon Fire Phone vs iPhone 5s </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"> Can Amazon&#039;s new 3D-toting phone best Apple&#039;s finest? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-vs-apple-iphone-5s-weigh/feature#comments Amazon Apple Fire Phone iPhone 5S Smartphones Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:54:04 +0000 Marc McLaren 1439570 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon’s Fire Phone isn’t wearable-friendly at launch, PS4 pre-orders can be pre-loaded, and T-Mobile US is loaning out the iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our morning roundup of the most notable news from around the tech industry </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="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/firephone-launch.png?1403231435" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Amazon’s Fire Phone lacks Bluetooth 4.0 LE at launch </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 curious detail that emerged late last night after the debut of Amazon&rsquo;s Fire Phone is the fact that it only supports Bluetooth 3.0&mdash;that means that the device won&rsquo;t ship with compatibility with the Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) standard that makes wearables work well with phones.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an odd omission, but not a critical one, apparently. Amazon tells Mashable that the functionality will be patched into the device via a software update after launch. Still, considering all of the neat little features built into the device, it&rsquo;s certainly a strange oversight.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/06/18/amazon-fire-phone-bluetooth/">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-8-things-you-need-know-about-retailer-s-3d-smartphone/news">Amazon Fire Phone &mdash; 8 things you need to know about the mega retailer&rsquo;s 3D smartphone</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-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"> PlayStation 4 digital pre-orders can now be pre-loaded </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 the big benefits of buying digital versions of big AAA console video games on the release date is that you don&rsquo;t have to wait for daylight hours to hit the store and grab a copy&mdash;but when there&rsquo;s a 30GB download staring you in the face, you might be better off just going to bed anyway.</p> <p>Luckily, that&rsquo;s about to change with PlayStation 4 games, or at least the most notable ones to start. Sony announced yesterday that digitally pre-ordered games can be downloaded to your console days before the release date, so they&rsquo;ll be there and ready to unlock right at midnight upon launch.</p> <p>Massive upcoming releases like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Battlefield Hardline, and Uncharted 4: A Thief&rsquo;s End are all on the list, and next week&rsquo;s film tie-in Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will be the first to kick off the initiative. If it&rsquo;s like most movie games, however, that might be one to hold off on pre-ordering before the reviews drop.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/06/18/pre-order-pre-load-upcoming-ps4-games/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/e3-2014-six-things-sony-s-ps4-event-you-need-see/feature">PlayStation at E3 2014: Six things from Sony&rsquo;s PS4 event that you need to see</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="583" title="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" alt="Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/transformers-game.png?1403231435" /> </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"> T-Mobile US loaning out iPhone 5s, killing data fees for streaming music </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>T-Mobile may have <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-phone-already-stirring-carrier-spats-youtube-s-about-block-bunch-music-v">missed out</a> on the Fire Phone, but it made its own interesting splash on Wednesday. Continuing its &ldquo;Un-carrier&rdquo; initiative, T-Mobile US announced that it will allow prospective customers to borrow an iPhone 5s handset for a full week to test out the service&rsquo;s LTE connectivity.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our network kicks ass, and now people can experience for themselves what a data-strong network can do with T-Mobile Test Drive,&rdquo; says outspoken CEO John Legere. T-Mobile expects more than a million people to try out the Test Drive within the first year, and Apple will provide the carrier the (likely refurbished) units needed for the initiative.</p> <p>Additionally, T-Mobile unveiled a Music Freedom program that allows certain mobile music streaming services&mdash;Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, and Slacker&mdash;to function without counting against users&rsquo; data plans. It&rsquo;s unclear whether either of these big changes will extend beyond the States, though perhaps competing carriers will follow their lead.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/06/18/t-mobile-offers-music-streaming-free-of-data-charges/">Recode</a>, <a href="http://newsroom.t-mobile.com">T-Mobile</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s 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="883" title="T-Mobile Test Drive" alt="T-Mobile Test Drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tmobile-testdrive.png?1403159581" /> </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/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-s-fire-phone-isn-t-wearable-friendly-launch-ps4-pre-orders-can-be-pre-lo#comments Amazon Fire Phone Gaming iPhone 5S PlayStation 4 T-Mobile Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1439537 at http://www.stuff.tv This case will transform any table into a giant trackpad for your iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-5s/case-will-transform-any-table-giant-trackpad-your-iphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to bestow your iPhone with magical gesture control powers? Well now you can </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="1077" height="808" title="Great concept, weird name" alt="This case will transform any table into a giant trackpad for your iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fuffr.jpg?1401753949" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fuffr. It&#39;s a word that sounds like a marshmallow-based Pokémon, or the name of a particularly spoilt poodle, but it&#39;s actually a rather clever iPhone case which could revolutionise how we interact with our smartphones.</p> <p>Clipping the unobtrusive case to your iPhone lets you interact with it by moving your fingers around on the surface of a surrounding table, essentially turning the iPhone&#39;s surroundings into one big giant trackpad.</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"><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>The case itself communicates with the iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0, and although the exact method of its gesture tracking technology have yet to be revealed, we believe it&#39;s based on infrared technology, similar to that found on the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leap-motion/leap-motion/review" target="_blank"> Leap Motion controller</a>.</p> <p>The Leap Motion controller has three LEDs which emit a pattern of 3D infrared dots. Two infrared cameras are then used to determine the position of your hands as they move through the emitted infrared beams.</p> <p>Its possible that Fuffr uses a similar, shrunken down version of this IR technology to track your fingers on the surrounding surface.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leap-motion/leap-motion/review" target="_blank">Leap Motion: one year on 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l1ncnN2PsnA" 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-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Currently the company is only offering dev kits to developers by request, and is looking to expand its team to take its vision further.</p> <p>Without app support, it will essentially be useless, so we expect to see a big drive to rein in developers before any final retail version is released.</p> <p>Apple could of course always snap up Fuffr and incorporate its technology into the iPhone 8, but that&#39;s just pure pipe-dreaming on our part.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6: price, specs, release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://fuffr.com/#about" target="_blank">Fuffr</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/this-case-transforms-the-space-around-your-iphone-into-1583802975" target="_blank">Gizmodo</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/jgQG_eG62W8" 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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-5s/case-will-transform-any-table-giant-trackpad-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-5s/case-will-transform-any-table-giant-trackpad-your-iphone/news#comments Geek accessories iPhone 5S Smartphones Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:55:51 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1438369 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 Fully Charged: Logitech’s elaborate iPhone case, Oculus Rift tech theft allegations, and Snapchat enhancements http://www.stuff.tv/iphone-5/fully-charged-logitech-s-elaborate-iphone-case-oculus-rift-tech-theft-allegations-and-snapc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin your day right with the top news from overnight </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="Logitech Case+" alt="Logitech Case+" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/logitechcaseplus.jpg?1399012381" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Logitech’s Case+ is five iPhone cases in one </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>Tired of juggling multiple iPhone cases for different needs in your life? Logitech hopes so, and it has a solution&mdash;albeit a rather pricey one.</p> <p>Logitech&rsquo;s new Case+ is a modular iPhone 5/5s case option that takes five different forms. The main case is simple and slim, but you can swap to a battery pack to add 2300 mAh of extra power, a wallet clip to hold credit cards and cash, a kickstand for upright viewing, and a magnetic mount for the car.</p> <p>All of those forms ship together in one box, but if there&rsquo;s a bundle discount, we&rsquo;re not seeing it&mdash;Logitech plans to sell the Case+ for US$200 when it launches sometime this month. Better be sure you&rsquo;re not upgrading to an iPhone 6 anytime soon, then.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/case-plus-the-story">Logitech</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2014/mophie-s-space-pack-case-injects-your-iphone-extra-juice-and-storage-space/news">Mophie&#39;s Space Pack case injects your iPhone with extra juice and storage space</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-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"> ZeniMax alleges John Carmack stole tech for Oculus VR </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 class="p1">Oculus VR became rather well-known recently when it sold to Facebook for US$2 Billion on the back of its still-in-development Oculus Rift headset. One of its key assets is John Carmack, the legendary id Software co-founder and lead programmer of Doom and Quake.</p> <p class="p1">Unfortunately, his former employer believes he brought some of <em>its</em> assets with him when he joined Oculus last August. ZeniMax Media&mdash;which owns id Software&mdash;recently sent a notice to Oculus VR alleging that technology that Carmack helped develop while at his former employer was used to bring the Rift to life.</p> <p class="p1">ZeniMax also claims that it already attempted to work out an equity deal with Oculus VR as compensation, but those talks fell through. This public salvo seems designed to force an amicable resolution outside of the courtroom, otherwise Facebook&rsquo;s promising new toy may be tied up in legal battles for some time to come.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303948104579534013624548846">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/01/zenimax-claims-oculus-stole/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/next-gen-oculus-rift-coming-and-twice-good-current-version/news">Next-gen Oculus Rift is coming and &quot;twice as good&quot; as the current version</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="John Carmack" alt="John Carmack" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carmackoculus.jpg?1399012381" /> </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"> Snapchat adds actual chat (and video) </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 class="p1">Snapchat, the app of choice for sending shots of your naughty bits (and more civil photos) to others, significantly expanded its offerings today with the addition of text and video chat.</p> <p class="p1">Now it&rsquo;s easy to swap written messages with pals, and with a quick tap enter live video chat, with the ability to move your own little bubble of footage around the screen. Many other apps offer similar core capabilities, of course, but this move shows Snapchat aiming to hold onto its users and become an all-in-one chat option.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://blog.snapchat.com/post/84407744185/putting-the-chat-into-snapchat">Snapchat</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/fully-charged-nasa-joins-instagram-google-updates-glass-and-snapchat-app-coming-galaxy-g">Fully Charged: NASA joins Instagram, Google updates Glass, and Snapchat app coming to Galaxy Gear</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="Snapchat" alt="Snapchat" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/snapchat.jpg?1399012381" /> </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/iphone-5/fully-charged-logitech-s-elaborate-iphone-case-oculus-rift-tech-theft-allegations-and-snapc#comments Android apps iOS apps iPhone 5 iPhone 5S Logitech Oculus Fri, 02 May 2014 05:22:17 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1436486 at http://www.stuff.tv Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-carplay-future-car-infotainment/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple wants to smarten up your wheels with a new generation of in-car iScreens. Here&#039;s why that will work </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 on your dashboard" alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CarPlay_Honda_Homescreen-PRINT.jpg?1397476749" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news">As we reported last month</a>, Ferrari has become the first car manufacturer to adopt Apple CarPlay, a new infotainment system that let&rsquo;s you see the iPhone interface displayed on the car&rsquo;s touch screen and access apps in exactly the same way you would on the phone itself.</p> <p>CarPlay is available to order on the Ferrari FF as an option now, but Ferrari has still to announce the price.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Based on the Windows CE operating system, the design of the iDrive interface was counter-intuitive in just about every respect. In fact, it was so confusing that customers were given a briefing by the dealer on how to use it and a follow-up VHS instruction video. Imagine having to go through that to master any modern smartphone today.&nbsp;</p> <p>So perhaps leaving the design of an infotainment system&rsquo;s graphical user interface to the people who invented the graphical user interface isn&rsquo;t such a bad idea after all. (Actually, Apple is no newcomer to the in-car infotainment market anyway and has worked with the automotive industry for more than 10 years developing all those iPod connections we now take for granted.)</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="1042" height="782" title="Ferrari&#039;s FF: are you drooling too?" alt="Is Apple CarPlay the future of in-car infotainment?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ferrariff.jpg?1397476749" /> </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"> Hands-on with CarPlay </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>CarPlay is compatible with the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S with an upgrade to iOS 7 (but not the iPod) and connects using a Lightning adapter cable, before being tucked away in the armrest. Initially, the system is pretty discreet, appearing as an item on the Ferrari&rsquo;s home screen. Touch it, and the screen changes to a facsimile of the iPhone complete with home button. After that, it&rsquo;s just a matter of doing what you do with the iPhone &ndash; well, almost.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the look and feel of CarPlay matching that of the iPhone, there is one crucial difference and that&rsquo;s the number of apps available. Designing in-car systems is all about avoiding driver distraction so what you get in this case is a cut down version of the iPhone with a selection of apps. Apple has also designed CarPlay to more reliant on iPhone&rsquo;s Siri voice recognition system to encourage as much voice control as possible, reducing the need for the driver to use the touch screen, something that requires taking the eyes off the road.</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/S_S4Nm_YIOQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="Hands-on with CarPlay" alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carplay-ferrari-hands-on.jpg?1397476749" /> </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="Hands-on with CarPlay" alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ferrari-carplay-hands-on-2.jpg?1397476749" /> </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="Hands-on with CarPlay" alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ferrari-carplay-3-hands-on.jpg?1397476749" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With CarPlay, you can make calls, access contacts, return missed calls, listen to voicemails, have text messages read back to you and dictate responses in what Apple calls &lsquo;an eyes-free experience.&rsquo; You can access Maps (that&rsquo;s Apple Maps, not your choice of map app) and of course, music, which includes podcasts, audio books and iTunes Radio. CarPlay does support a couple of third party apps - Spotify and iHeartRadio - and although no details have been released, there are plans to roll out more.</p> <p>Maps can be used as a sat-nav (although it isn&rsquo;t specifically intended to replace the Ferrari&rsquo;s own system), giving spoken turn-by-turn route instructions, reporting on traffic conditions and keeping you updated on your ETA. The iPhone makes use of any destination you may have stored away in contacts, emails or text messages to anticipate where you may want to go, receiving your spoken instructions via Siri.&nbsp;</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="&quot;Nearest KFC is 1.4 miles away. Would you like to go there?&quot; Yes Siri. Yes we would." alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CarPlay_Honda_Map-PRINT.jpg?1397476749" /> </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"> Siri, supercharged </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 says Siri has been optimised for use in-car using a different set of acoustical models, to take into account the background tyre, wind and engine noise that often foxes voice control systems. Whatever you think of Siri as a day-to-day tool, it arguably comes into it&rsquo;s own in this environment because most, if not all, in-car voice control systems are command based rather than being able to cope with natural speech as Siri does.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, in our demonstration by an Apple technician on the Ferrari stand at Geneva, Siri received route instructions to US destinations but was unable to interpret a UK-based postcode or village name using his iPhone. Maps did happily accept the same code when typed in using the touch screen, though, and provided decent route instructions back to the UK. This is an example of how Siri makes use of destination data stored in an individual iPhone to recognise locations. It&#39;s part of what makes CarPlay so smart: it provides the first ever sat-nav whose settings are transparently personalised to each individual user, using all the rich data gathered by your smartphone during day-to-day use.</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="Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it&#039;s M25 time." alt="Why Apple CarPlay and its competitors are the future of in-car tech" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CarPlay_Honda_Music-PRINT.jpg?1397476749" /> </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>When in the CarPlay screen, touching a Ferrari logo takes you back into the Ferrari home screen to interact with the car&rsquo;s settings, so the two are kept quite separate. Ferrari will roll the system out in the new California T in June, but more work needs to be done to introduce CarPlay to some of its other cars, such as the 458, whose screens are in a different format.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although it&rsquo;s starting in pole position, Ferrari won&rsquo;t be the only manufacturer to take CarPlay. Volvo announced it will launch the system in the XC90 next year, Nissan will also be also introducing it to the lineup in 2015 and so will 14 other manufacturers at some stage, including Mercedes. Does CarPlay represent the future of in-car Infotainment systems? Judging by the seamless way the iPhone integrates with the Ferrari and that fact that for an existing iPhone user, the learning curve is zero, it certainly looks that way.</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="Volvo XC90" alt="Is Apple CarPlay the future of in-car infotainment?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo.jpg?1397476749" /> </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"> What about Android? </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 is by no means uniquely qualified to dramatically upgrade the in-car infotainment experience. Android&#39;s own &#39;Projected Mode&#39; (as leaked in a job posting from Daimler, Mercedes-Benz&#39; parent company) should be capable of aping the CarPlay experience with attached Android devices, and Google Now is already serving up contextually useful data to Android users based on what it know of their calendar, contacts and tastes. Certainly, it&#39;s already more powerful in this regard than Siri. It&#39;s going to be particularly interesting to see how the Google Now experience translates to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">Google&#39;s Android Wear smartwatches</a>.</p> <p>This leaves Google in a strong position to take CarPlay on.&nbsp;Indeed, while Ferrari has no specific plans to introduce an Android solution to its cars in the near future, one senior insider says he thinks that will follow once the CarPlay has been fully integrated into the rest of the range. It looks like the battle to provide your in-car infotainment will have little to do with proprietary systems from competing car giants; instead, it&#39;ll be very similar to the one that&#39;s already going on in our pockets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/geneva-motor-show-2014-12-most-amazing-cars-and-concepts/feature">Geneva Motorshow 2014: the 12 most amazing cars and concepts</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[Ferrari FF interior image:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.caranddriver.com/news/2012-ferrari-ff-official-photos-and-info-ferrari-ff-news" target="_blank">Car and Driver</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/apple-carplay-future-car-infotainment/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-carplay-future-car-infotainment/feature#comments Apple Cars iOS iPhone 5 iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:13:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435360 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s new One is flying the flag for beautifully-designed Android phones – so how does it fare against perennial rival the Apple iPhone 5s? </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="iPhone 5 vs HTC One (M8)" alt="iPhone 5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5s-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1396429055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone&nbsp;&ndash; the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>.</p> <p>While its name might not exactly roll off the tongue, it&#39;s a gorgeous phone; wrapped up in curvy metal, with an innovative camera and an improved version of HTC&#39;s Sense UI.</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"> Death to all but metal </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 M8 improves upon its predecessor&#39;s metal-and-plastic design with a gorgeous build that feels like a single piece of metal &ndash; available in brushed steel, silver and gold variants. It&#39;s hefty, at 160g and 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm, but its newly-curvy surface fits in the hand even more neatly than the original One. HTC&#39;s attention to detail can be seen in the&nbsp;gorgeous micro-drilled speakers and brushed-metal finish, though the phone&#39;s&nbsp;chunky bezel is slightly less welcome. Opinion is divided as to whether the M8&#39;s row of on-screen buttons is an improvement over the previous One&#39;s bezel-based buttons, too.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s sticks with Apple&#39;s tried-and-trusted design philosophy, a metal-and-glass build that delivers only incremental changes over the iPhone 5.&nbsp;Apple may have been conservative, but it&#39;s hard to improve on the iPhone&#39;s design, a beautifully-engineered slimline slab of anodised aluminium. It&#39;s an ergonomic marvel; Apple&#39;s refusal to join in the screen size war means that it&#39;s perfectly suited&nbsp;for one-handed use, with carefully-placed buttons helping it feel just right in the hand.&nbsp;Like the One (M8), it&#39;s available in three finishes: Space Grey, silver and a subtler-than-it-sounds white-and-gold finish.&nbsp;</p> <p>The most substantial change? Apple&#39;s replaced the Home Button with its new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, of which more later.</p> <p>The One&#39;s the closest an Android phone has come to matching Apple&#39;s design and build quality &ndash; but the fact remains that the iPhone is the yardstick by which smartphone design is measured.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong>&nbsp;iPhone 5s</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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-01.jpg?1396429055" /> </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 iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s_0.jpg?1396429055" /> </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="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" alt="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-01.jpg?1396429055" /> </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"> Power! Unlimited power! </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 HTC One (M8)&#39;s spec sheet is as impressive as you&#39;d expect from an Android flagship in 2013. You get a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage is a bit stingy, but you have the option of up to 128GB microSD card storage, correcting one of the previous One&#39;s few flaws. Power comes courtesy of a 2600mAh battery, with a new low-power mode offering a claimed 15 hours of life on just 10 per cent battery.</p> <p>The iPhone&#39;s 1.3GHz A7 processor and 1GB of RAM look somewhat scanty in comparison, though in everyday use it handles everything you can throw at it with ease. The wonders of having developers optimise their apps for a single platform, no doubt &ndash; and for apps that require location data, Apple&#39;s M7 motion co-processor helps to lighten the load on the A7 by processing motion sensor data. Apple&#39;s much-vaunted 64-bit architecture has yet to deliver on its promise, though.</p> <p>The iPhone&#39;s 1560mAh battery is a little bit small for a modern phone, and on raw capacity the HTC wins out; we&#39;ll have to wait for a full test of the M8&#39;s battery life before we can make a fair comparison between the two.</p> <p>In terms of sheer grunt, the M8 wins out here; it&#39;s the fastest phone we&#39;ve tested.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>HTC One (M8)</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 iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-01.JPG?1396429055" /> </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8_38_0.jpg?1396429055" /> </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 Gems </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>Where once it ruled the roost with its Retina displays, Apple has rather been left behind when it comes to screens. Its 4in, 1136x640 display hasn&#39;t changed substantially since the previous generation, delivering 326ppi. A few minor tweaks to the display have resulted in better contrast and a little bit of extra detail.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8)&#39;s display, by contrast, is a substantial 5in, 1080p affair that&#39;s sharper than the iPhone at 441ppi. Vibrant colours and a wide viewing angle make the most of all that extra screen real estate &ndash; it is a beautiful display, and easily bests the iPhone&#39;s effort.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>HTC One (M8)</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="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" alt="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-03.jpg?1396429055" /> </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"> Lens flair </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>HTC has doubled down on its Ultrapixel camera &ndash; literally. It packs what HTC&#39;s calling a Duo camera; a 4.1MP snapper coupled with a dedicated depth sensor for Lytro-like refocusing tricks. What initially seems like a gimmick proves to be rather useful in practice, allowing you to tweak pics to your heart&#39;s content. The Ultrapixel camera does make for lower-resolution snaps, though, and the promised improvement in low-light performance isn&#39;t really noticeable enough to warrant the trade-off for bigger pixels. But unless you&#39;re planning to print your pics, the M8&#39;s snapper is plenty sufficient for the Instagram food pics and Facebook baby snaps that are the mainstay of most phone cameras. Round the front there&#39;s a 5MP camera, which easily bests the iPhone&#39;s 1.8MP FaceTime camera for selfie snaps.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s sticks with an 8MP sensor for its main camera, &ndash; albeit with some subtle upgrades over its predecessor. Like the HTC One, it features a dual LED flash for more natural flesh tones, and boosted pixel size for improved low-light performance, making for&nbsp;bright, punchy images.. The Camera app, meanwhile, is a &quot;delight&quot;; quick to open, with easily-accessed filters and a simple burst mode.</p> <p>With the latest smartphones packing cameras with up to 41MP sensors and 4K video capability, neither phone is at the cutting edge of camera technology &ndash; so if you&#39;re choosing between the M8 and the 5s, it&#39;s fair to say that the camera isn&#39;t your highest priority.&nbsp;It may not have the raw power of the iPhone&#39;s camera, but the M8&#39;s extra features are genuinely useful on a day-to-day basis, so it wins this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> HTC One (M8)</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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-camera.jpg?1396429055" /> </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 iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-camera.jpg?1396429055" /> </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"> Sense 6 vs iOS 7.1 </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 iPhone 5s packs Apple&#39;s iOS 7.1, which finally brings the operating system&#39;s visuals in line with Jony Ive&#39;s minimalist hardware design. It&#39;s slick and speedy, with intuitive, useful features. Android fans may complain that the Control Centre, with its handy bank of buttons, is lifted from similar &#39;droid docks, but who&#39;s interested in point scoring? What matters is how it works in day-to-day use, and iOS 7.1 is simple, feature-packed and smooth. The iPhone&#39;s Touch ID fingerprint sensor is typical of Apple&#39;s approach &ndash; it makes unlocking the phone and paying for apps and music that little bit easier.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s App Store continues to lead the field, too &ndash; there&#39;s none of the fragmentation that you get on the Android platform, which means that Apple users can usually expect to get apps and updates first.</p> <p>HTC&#39;s Sense 6 UI is no slouch, though. Built on Android 4.4 KitKat, it&#39;s slick and engaging, with a new tap-to-unlock feature and gesture controls for quick access to the homescreen and BlinkFeed. BlinkFeed itself has been improved, too;&nbsp;the social media and news aggregator is no longer limited to HTC&#39;s official selection of feeds. You can now add any RSS feed you like, making it a brilliant at-a-glance snapshot of your world.</p> <p>As ever, the choice between Android and iOS comes down to personal preference &ndash; but with Sense 6, the HTC One (M8) is on an equal footing with Apple&#39;s iOS 7.1.</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="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s-ios-7-1.jpg?1396429055" /> </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-05.jpg?1396429055" /> </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-06.jpg?1396429055" /> </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="567" height="425" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8_37_0.jpg?1396429055" /> </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>The HTC One (M8) has shot to the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top Ten Smartphones</a> list, and with good reason &ndash; it outclasses pretty much every phone out there in terms of build quality and power. The M8&#39;s camera may cause some quibbles, and if you&#39;re blessed with small hands you may find its bulk daunting, though.</p> <p>The iPhone 5s is certainly the M8&#39;s equal in terms of design; Apple&#39;s aesthetic sensibilities are second to none, and it&#39;s beautifully complemented by the iOS 7.1 operating system. But but on pretty much every other spec, it loses out to the newcomer. Faced with a phone like the M8, Apple needs to up its game.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: </strong>HTC One (M8)</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="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" alt="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-04.jpg?1396429055" /> </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="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" alt="HTC One (M8) vs iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5-02.jpg?1396429055" /> </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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android&#039;s new champion takes on Apple </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature#comments Apple HTC iPhone 5S One (M8) Smartphones Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:52:43 +0000 Stephen Graves 1434265 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 Apple CarPlay puts your iPhone on your car dashboard http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New iOS 7 in-car interface turns your jalopy into a massive iPhone dock </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 CarPlay" alt="Apple CarPlay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-carplay-01.jpg?1394536016" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple is taking to the road with its CarPlay interface for iOS.</p> <p>The new service, a rebranded version of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apples-ios-7-hits-road-siri-driving-seat/news" target="_blank">iOS in the Car</a>, extends the iOS 7 interface into your vehicle &ndash;&nbsp;enabling drivers to use Maps, make calls and access messages and music from the dashboard display.</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"><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>Naturally, Apple&#39;s virtual digital assistant, Siri, will be available on the service for dictating messages and returning calls. It also plays nice with Apple&#39;s own Podcasts app, as well as third-party apps including Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Stitcher.</p> <p>If you&#39;re hoping to use CarPlay with your iPhone 4S, though, you&#39;re out of luck &ndash; the system will only work with Lightning-equipped <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review" target="_blank">5c</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">5s</a>&nbsp;devices.&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/" target="_blank">Apple</a> via <a href="http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/geneva-motor-show/apple-carplay-ease-car-iphone-use" target="_blank">Autocar</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-6-could-have-43in-screen-proximity-adapting-ui/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6 could have a 4.3in screen with proximity-adapting UI</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="Apple CarPlay" alt="Apple CarPlay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-carplay-02.jpg?1394536016" /> </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"> Mapping the future </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>One of the most interesting aspects of CarPlay is its potential impact upon Apple&#39;s Maps app. Widely derided at launch, Maps has been gradually improving, With CarPlay gathering location data from vehicles on the move, it could drastically improve Maps&#39; accuracy &ndash; and, of course, it&#39;ll increase uptake of Maps among consumers, if their default navigation software becomes the Apple Maps app on the iPhone they&#39;ve just plugged into their car. TomTom must be quaking in its boots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out 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> <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> <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 CarPlay puts your iPhone in your dashboard </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"> New iOS 7 service turns your car into an iPhone dock </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news#comments Apple Cars iOS 7 iOS apps iPhone 5 iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:59:26 +0000 Stephen Graves 1433174 at http://www.stuff.tv