Other http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/other/reviews en-GB Apple OS X Mountain Lion http://www.stuff.tv/apple-os-x-mountain-lion/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mountain Lion further bridges the gap between Apple’s desktop and mobile environments. But is that necessarily a good thing? </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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/wallpaper-screen.jpg?1372992115" /> </div> </div> </div> <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"> £14.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><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 OS X Mountain Lion – introduction </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’s not so much that OS X Mountain Lion is such a different beast to its predecessors, it’s that the circumstances have changed so much. At once, the prime focus of our digital lives has migrated to mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) while an old adversary – Microsoft – is firing the final rivets into Windows 8, an OS that aims to exploit exactly that pivotal shift in our computational affections.</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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-tatami.jpg?1372992115" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><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 OS X Mountain Lion – download </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>Getting in on the ground floor with an Apple OS X release has historically been the preserve of early adopters who didn’t mind the myriad quirks that came with such progressive action. Meanwhile iOS users have been happily snatching the latest software for their devices (mostly) trouble-free at the time of release.</p> <p>Happily then, Mountain Lion (which, like Lion, is only available as a download) is a proper cinch to install, though you might want to leave it downloading overnight if you’re on a slow connection). It’s not without the odd bug (we had a patch sent through within 24 hours), but there’s no sign of the fairly serious breakages we’ve experienced in the past (we’re looking at you Snow Leopard).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-app-store.jpg?1372992115" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><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 OS X Mountain Lion – what’s new? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let’s start with the obvious stuff, which you’ll see when you first arrive. Firstly, breath a sigh of relief: it doesn’t look like iOS. It looks like OS X. But there are two new icons in the dock that’ll be familiar to iOS 5 users – Notes and Reminders.</p> <p>These perform exactly as their iOS counterparts do (tuned to your laptop or desktop’s more physical controls) and, yes, they sync, but only if you want them to. Even if you’re using Android elsewhere – or simply don’t want your desktop and mobile apps talking behind your back – they’re both useful tools that are easy to stow out of sight if you don’t warm to them.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-dock.jpg?1372992115" /> </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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-notes.jpg?1372992115" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><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 OS X Mountain Lion – 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>Notes and Reminders are just the tip of the iOS-shaped iceberg for which OS X has set its course. On first sight, you may not see much to suggest big things are afoot in the top right-hand corner of your screen. But here, next to Spotlight’s magnifying glass icon, is the thing that is likely to single-handedly change your day-to-day computing life: Notifications.</p> <p>If you’ve already been using Growl, you’ll be used to handy notifications unobtrusively appearing on your desktop as you work. You’ll also have had to deal with Growl’s third-party status, and the implications that has for consistency. Plus, of course, Growl’s stopped being free. Given that Apple’s stepping on to its turf with a fully-supported, fully-integrated notification system of its own, Growl may now just stop.</p> <p>Apple Notifications aren’t perfect. But they’re good, and more than that, they ooze promise. Think to a time (soon) when more devs start building sympathetic code into their apps and it’s enough to make you tingle a bit. There are even some nice touches – fly two fingers off the wrist rest of your MacBook on to the right-hand side of the trackpad and Notifications panel appears. Do it from the left and it’ll hide itself again. Yes, it’s quite addictive, and bound to become more moreish once Facebook notifications are baked in (Twitter’s already quite deeply integrated; you can post from within the panel).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-notifications-panel.jpg?1372992115" /> </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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-notification-banner.jpg?1372992115" /> </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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-notification-ecu.jpg?1372992115" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><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 OS X Mountain Lion – Messages </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There’s yet more iOS-devolved fun to be had in Messages, a port of the iPhone’s once-pioneering SMS layout merged with the more useful vestiges of iChat. Messages aims to put all your IM, VoIP and iMessage needs together in one place. Oh, and there’s FaceTime thrown in, too. It all works tidily enough, though there are creases to iron out – Google Talk and Jabber produce duplicate contacts. It’s not a dealbreaker, but it’s annoying.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-messages-conversation.jpg?1372992115" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><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 OS X Mountain Lion – AirPlay Mirroring </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 most anticipated features of Mountain Lion is its ability to mirror your Mac’s screen output on an HDTV via Apple TV. It’s a neat trick and one that should appeal to those who want to flick their slideshows and presentations to a nearby TV without the usual cable hunt. Better still, it’s by far the easiest way to get broad codec support media players (that’s you, VLC and XBMC) to your HDTV without buying yet another go-between box. It’s also a boon for iPlayer fans who find the BBC’s online player easier to manage from its desktop interface.</p> <p>The truth is more prosaic. For a start, AirPlay Mirroring won’t work (at all) if your MacBook predates the mid-2011 releases. For those packing modern Apple kit, it’s a breeze to set up and you can toggle between aspect ratios for the local (Mac) screen and TV from the menu bar drop-down – there’s no need to fiddle around in Settings. There’s a slight (and expected) lag between the two screens, which isn’t an issue, but video is. Streams start well enough, but it’s a matter of when, not if, the signal falters in translation. At any rate, AirPlay Mirroring is not reliable enough to watch an entire HD movie without the occasional huff. Yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-mountain-lion-review-airplay.jpg?1372992115" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><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 OS X Mountain Lion – annoyances </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’s difficult to level any major complaints at Mountain Lion. Yes, it has all the classic hallmarks of an Apple release, further tightening its grip on consumer choice. If you choose to use a non-iOS tablet and/or smartphone, you will not get as much benefit from Mountain Lion as those that do. The same applies if you opt out of Apple’s software in favour of third-party alternatives. Although this will add fuel to the anti-Apple fire, there’s little actual evidence that Apple’s just watching its own back. Competitive software isn’t shut out; it just can’t – and can’t be expected to – integrate with the enviable ease with which Apple’s own apps can.</p> <p>And Mountain Lion isn’t without bugs. Soon after installation (on <a href="/review/apple-macbook-air-2011">a 2011 MacBook Air</a>), we had a crash on start-up. Some apps became stickier to use, particularly when several were open at once. If the power of the Air meant we’d virtually forgotten what Apple’s rainbow beachballs looked like, we were soon reminded.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-wallpaper.jpg?1372992115" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><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 OS X Mountain Lion – 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 few niggles are more likely the result of third-party developers needing to play catch-up than Apple being sluggish. Mountain Lion is its slickest OS to date and a smoother transition than any we can remember. If you’re going all-in for Apple with iOS, iCloud and full immersion in Apple’s software, it’s a borderline essential upgrade. But even if you’re not, it’s £14 well spent on keeping up to date. Whether it’ll look as fresh when Windows 8 is released only time will tell.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os-x-mountain-lion-review-browser.jpg?1372992115" /> </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>Mountain Lion is Apple’s slickest desktop OS to date, and a near essential upgrade for iOS and iCloud users</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/apple-os-x-mountain-lion </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/apple-os-x-mountain-lion/review#comments Apps and Games Other Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:02:59 +0000 Paddy Smith 422257 at http://www.stuff.tv BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry-playbook-os-20/review <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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blackberry-playbook-os-20-main.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>BlackBerry seemed to be giving up all claim to competition with Apple's iPad when it launched its PlayBook last April without certain key features. What use is a mobile device without email or a built in calendar? Didn't that rather miss the point?</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"> £170.00 </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayBook 2.0 – unified messaging </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 is not just an email client: the long awaited native ability to get Gmail, Hotmail, BlackBerry mail et al without syncing with a phone brings all your messages into one place. It'll display DMs from Facebook and Twitter alongside multiple mail accounts. If that sounds a bit overwhelming, you can filter which messages are shown to make it a bit more manageable, and there's a very fast search function built in, too.</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="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-playbook-os-20-messaging.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><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"> PlayBook 2.0 – calendar and contacts </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>Mail isn't the only app in this grand unification scheme. Multiple calendars can be displayed along with details of who's at which meeting, and all your contacts are put into one mega-address book, too. That's not such a good thing, mind – who wants to scroll through thousands of Twitter followers to find their gran's phone number?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-playbook-os-20-calendar_0.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><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"> PlayBook 2.0 – expanding apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big new features in PlayBook 2.0 is that BlackBerry's hardware gets the ability to run Android apps. The catch is that the developer still has to make a few changes to their code, so you don't get the entire Android Market automatically. Worryingly, there's still no sign of essentials like Skype, Kindle, Spotify, Dropbox, or alternate browsers that support plug-ins.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-playbook-os-20-apps.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><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"> PlayBook 2.0 – no app 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>Here's where PlayBook still has catching up to do. It's very easy to manipulate content to your will in almost any app within iOS or Android – they're built for sharing stuff. You can send text, video or pictures from Zinio – say – to Facebook in two taps; one to start the sharing menu, one to select the destination app. PlayBook 2.0, on the other hand, still can't send a picture via email without opening the email client, composing a message and using the attachment function. Very quaint.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-playbook-os-20-iplayer.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><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"> PlayBook 2.0 – price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Minor feature deficits aside, PlayBook 2.0 is what should have launched with BlackBerry's tablet and rounds off what's otherwise a nifty little device. The PlayBook itself is still available for less than £170, which frankly makes it something of a Kindle Fire killer, as it's far better quality than Amazon's slate. If you want a small screen tablet, it's not as good as <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-tab-77">Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7</a>, but it's almost a third of the price and that makes it a very tempting alternative.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-playbook-os-20-back.jpg?1364298577" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><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"> PlayBook 2.0 – 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 PlayBook has email – hurrah! It also retains its silky smooth speed and excellent multi-tasking performance, along with the unique gesture-based movement between launchers, docks and app screens – no hard or soft buttons to worry about here. But with limited access to other apps and some frustrating quirks, it's still lagging behind Android and iOS for a vision of the mobile future. </p> <p>What does make it stand out, however, is the price. It's an absolute bargain at £170, and when combined with this new OS that makes the Playbook a genuine contender.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/blackberry-playbook-os-20-angle.jpg?1364298577" /> </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="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-twitter-banner_40.jpg?1364298577" /> </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>PlayBook OS 2.0 still isn't quite as rounded as Android or iOS, but it's got everything you really need for not a lot of cash</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/blackberry-playbook-os-20 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry-playbook-os-20/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/blackberry-playbook-os-20/review#comments Apps and Games Other Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:54:36 +0000 Paddy Smith 420186 at http://www.stuff.tv Brain Cube Premium http://www.stuff.tv/brain-cube-premium/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Put the square peg in the square hole in this BlackBerry puzzler </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="300" height="225" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brain-cube-premium-3.png?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="300" height="225" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brain-cube-premium-1.png?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="300" height="225" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/brain-cube-premium-2.png?1364298809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Putting the square peg in the square hole is really what this game boils down to, but unsurprisingly it’s not quite as simple as that. </p> <p>Tumbling your rectangular block across the landscape of squares your path to victory is blocked by the shape of the playing surface itself as well as a number of special tiles. Some collapse, some teleport, some split your block in two and others act as switches adding more tiles and removing barriers.</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"> £1.65 </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-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> </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>This slick block-tossing puzzler proves that it's hip to be square</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/brain-cube-premium </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/brain-cube-premium/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/brain-cube-premium/review#comments Apps and Games Other Fri, 04 Mar 2011 10:05:10 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 415822 at http://www.stuff.tv