Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/apps-and-games/windows-phone/all en-GB Microsoft Band fitness wearable officially revealed, available now in US for $199 http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Device continuously measures your vitals and ties into new Health platform </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="Microsoft Band" alt="Microsoft Band" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-band-official.png?1414653362" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We figured official word was imminent after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news">odd series of overnight leaks</a>, and sure enough, here it is: the Microsoft Band is very much real, and it&rsquo;s even available now in the United States.</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/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 1.4in (320x106) touch display does much more than that, however, using the link to your smartphone to display email, call, text, and calendar, and social media notifications, plus you can access weather, finance, and other information.</p> <p>And while it&rsquo;ll play nice with Android and iOS, Windows Phone 8.1 users do get a special perk: the use of voice assistant Cortana, which lets you set reminders and take notes by speaking into the band. Everyone benefits from what&rsquo;s pegged as a 48-hour battery, however.</p> <p>All of the data collected from the Band&rsquo;s 10 sensors feeds into the new Microsoft Health platform, which has an Intelligence Engine that can learn from your workouts, sleep routines, and daily obligations and provide potentially actionable data. If a meeting-filled day regularly affects your slumber, you&#39;ll hear about it.</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/CEvjulEJH9w" 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>Additionally, The Verge says that Microsoft plans to allow Android Wear watches, as well as iOS and Android phones, to feed their own fitness-tracking data into the Health platform, plus the company intends to license out the proprietary sensors so other companies can make their own compatible fitness bands.</p> <p>No word yet on a wider launch for the Microsoft Band, but if the wearable catches on in the States in its initially limited debut, a worldwide rollout should come before long.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/29/introducing-microsoft-health/">Microsoft</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7118533/microsoft-health-band-hub-for-fitness-data">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news">Microsoft Band leaked via the Mac App Store and Google Play, of all places</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="Microsoft Band and Health" alt="Microsoft Band and Health" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-band-health-app.png?1414653362" /> </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/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news#comments Android Health and fitness iOS Microsoft Wearable tech Windows Phone Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:11:26 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451781 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 830 http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The thinnest Windows Phone 8.1 mobile around, but is it thin on substance too? </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="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-830-13.jpg?1414433302" /> </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-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia likes to pitch the Lumia 830 as a flagship phone without the flagship price. Lots of tech goodness for not much cash? We&rsquo;re up for that.&nbsp;</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"> £305.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slim, stylish and nicely made </div> <div class="field-item even"> Vibrant screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good low-light camera performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A bit expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not great for high-end games </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Low-end CPU for the price </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When plastic and metal love each other very much </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>Nokia was the company that made plastic phones cool again. What was once considered a bit naff and cheap suddenly became fun and, unexpectedly, classy with Nokia&rsquo;s Lumia phones.</p> <p>Nokia rebranded plastic as &lsquo;polycarbonate&rsquo; and made it so that the colour wouldn&rsquo;t chip off if you dropped the phone after misguidedly trying to read Facebook while juggling a family pack of Quavers.</p> <p>And we all loved plastic again. But Nokia has moved on with the Lumia 830.</p> <p>This doesn&rsquo;t have the full plastic &lsquo;classic&rsquo; Nokia phone design, instead using aluminium sides and a plastic back, but you do still get that other Nokia staple: colour. You can get the phone with a bright green or bright orange back.</p> <p>White and black are also available if you find the brighter versions a bit headache-inducing, or just feel the weight of your years a bit too much for such frills.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a similar style to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review" target="_blank">Lumia 930</a>, except here the back pops off. Removable plastic backs can feel cheap, but not here. There&rsquo;s little-to-no flex and the parts your fingers touch are usually hard aluminium.</p> <p>Nokia is onto another design winner, except that the back cover is incredibly fiddly. You can&rsquo;t win &lsquo;em all.</p> <p>This is also the first time we&rsquo;ve really seen Nokia gun for a thin phone design. The Nokia Lumia 830 is 8.5mm thick, much thinner than the 9.8mm Lumia 930 or all-out chunky 10.4mm-thick <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020</a>.</p> <p>It feels great as a result. It makes sure that, for a 5-inch phone, it&rsquo;s very easy to handle.</p> <p>Nokia still doesn&rsquo;t offer mega-slim bezels as an LG does, and it&rsquo;s not as slim as an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a> &ndash; not by a long shot &ndash; but in day-to-day use we reckon the Lumia 830 is one of the most pleasant Lumias to live with so far. Perhaps even the most.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Aluminium edges and bright &quot;polycarbonate&quot; make for an appealing combination here" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-18.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 830 is the slimmest Lumia yet at 8.5mm" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-2.jpg?1414433302" /> </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"> An LCD dressed up like an OLED </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 screen doesn&rsquo;t quite reach such heights, but it gets close. The Nokia Lumia 830 has a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel IPS LCD screen, which Nokia fanatics will immediately notice is a drop down from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review" target="_blank">Lumia 930&rsquo;s</a> Full HD Super AMOLED panel.</p> <p>OLED screens aren&rsquo;t categorically better than LCDs in phones, but they fit perfectly with the ClearBlack tag Nokia applies to its fanciest mobiles. ClearBlack is all about providing the best contrast, the best clarity, the deepest blacks.</p> <p>With an IPS LCD screen, the Lumia 830 can&rsquo;t offer the contrast and black level of the Lumia 930, but it does get fairly close. You can see that blacks have a hint of grey to them, especially in a darkened room, but unless you watch movies in bed, it&rsquo;s not a big issue. This is one of the better LCD screens we&rsquo;ve seen, too: like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a> it offers good black performance for its type.</p> <p>Colour performance is pretty fantastic as well. The Lumia 830 makes <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1&rsquo;s</a> Live Tiles really pop, without much of the radioactive eyeball-melting saturation you can sometimes see in an OLED rival.</p> <p>You can tweak how the display looks, too, more so than in older Lumias. Like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/reviews" target="_blank">Samsung&rsquo;s top phones</a>, the Lumia 830 offers colour profiles to customise how warm or cool the screen appears, how saturated it is and even the colour tint.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s among the very best screen customisation interfaces we&rsquo;ve seen in a phone, letting you make meaningful tweaks without giving you the scope to be able to completely ruin the display.</p> <p>In other respects, it does seem as though the Nokia 830 misses having an OLED screen, though. It displays the time and any recent notifications in black and white for a while when you turn the screen off. This was originally introduced for OLED models because, as OLEDs don&rsquo;t use a backlight, it doesn&rsquo;t use much power.</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t get the same benefit with LCD, meaning the Lumia 830&rsquo;s taking a bit of a battery hit for this &ndash; although not a major one.</p> <p>The eagle eyed will also notice that the Lumia 830 doesn&rsquo;t have a Full HD display. Its 294ppi isn&rsquo;t quite high enough to get you that Retina-style perfect sharpness, but the display is certainly in &lsquo;sharp enough&rsquo; territory. Those who really care about screen sharpness might want to consider the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a>, both of which are available for the same amount or less these days.</p> <p>The Lumia 830&rsquo;s brightness setting could possibly be improved, too. As with other Nokias, it offers three manual brightness settings (low, medium, high) or an automatic one. We often found that the Lumia 830 was a bit too bright when set to auto: no good for that last bit of Facebook&rsquo;ing in the cinema before the trailers roll.</p> <p>There is a way to customise auto brightness in the Settings menu, but it changes the level in general, meaning dimming it reduces maximum brightness as well as the minimum level &ndash; and we&rsquo;re not convinced that many people will even realise it&rsquo;s there.</p> <p>Still, being a bit bright in dark rooms is better than not being able to see the Lumia 830 in bright sunlight. Outdoors visibility isn&rsquo;t quite on-par with a top Super AMOLED screen, but the phone&rsquo;s screen is still easy to read on a sunny day. Crank up the auto brightness setting lever to max and the display goes seriously bright.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 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="294ppi isn&#039;t up there with the likes of the Nexus 5 or LG G2, but we reckon it&#039;s sharp enough for most people" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-14.jpg?1414433302" /> </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="Customising the colour balance is very quick and easy" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-cs.jpg?1414433302" /> </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"> Gazing through Windows </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 imagine many of you have seen what Windows Phone looks like by now, and there&rsquo;s not a great deal that makes the Lumia 830 stand out in software terms.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s quick, it&rsquo;s snappy and it looks good. Only a few of the extra bits added in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1</a> let down the side a little.</p> <p>For example, Windows Phone is all about smooth transitions and slickly moving interface elements. And in Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft added the Action Center, a notifications system a bit like the one found in Android.</p> <p>Sometimes this menu scrolls like the sort of rickety old lift you might find in <em>Fawlty Towers</em>. The effect seems to come and go, and we think it&rsquo;s a sign that Action Center hasn&rsquo;t been optimised quite as well as some of the other parts of Windows Phone 8.1, the bits that were there in earlier versions. That said, we&rsquo;re glad it&rsquo;s there &ndash; it&rsquo;s very handy.</p> <p>Unfortunately, we did notice a few performance issues elsewhere. It&rsquo;s not general performance &ndash; loading apps is quicker than with an entry-level Lumia &ndash; but gaming.</p> <p>Some games that would perform just fine on mid-level Android stutter on the Lumia 830. For example, in <em>Asphalt 8</em> the slight slow-down causes juddering in the audio as the action fails to keep up with the frame rates the game expects.</p> <p>A big part of this may well be that developer Gameloft hasn&rsquo;t optimised the Windows version of the game as much as the Android one, but once you&rsquo;ve bought a Lumia 830, whose fault this is becomes academic. Despite having a great screen, this is not a great gaming experience.</p> <p>And, while we&rsquo;ve said this a hundred times before, Windows Phone 8.1 still doesn&rsquo;t have the apps and games wealth you get with Android. We&rsquo;re frequently surprised by how often we come up against app limitations even today.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just missing apps, it&rsquo;s underdeveloped ones. Key apps will often lack the little extra features you&rsquo;d find in the iPhone and Android versions. Just make sure you&rsquo;re ready for this: it can get frustrating.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Windows Games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows Phone still looks great in its own right" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-scr.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 830 struggles with the more demanding game apps available" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-6.jpg?1414433302" /> </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"> More of a nice mid-terrace than a true powerhouse </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>So what actually powers the Nokia Lumia 830? It&rsquo;s a processor we see in loads of entry-level and mid-range phones, the Snapdragon 400 from Qualcomm.</p> <p>This is a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz. We think it&rsquo;s a bit stingy given the price &ndash; it&rsquo;s less powerful than the Snapdragon S4 Plus of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-925/review" target="_blank">Lumia 925</a>, which is available for a chunk less nowadays. We&rsquo;re torn here, as while the Snapdragon 400 is a solid chipset, and provides good performance in the Windows system, it&rsquo;s clear that some under-optimised games could do with a bit more grunt.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s hard to forget the &pound;100-odd <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a> uses the same CPU. If you&rsquo;re going to get hung up on these issues, the Lumia 830 might not be the phone for you.</p> <p>At least internal storage is reasonable. You get 16GB of internal memory, plus a microSD card slot under the plastic back.</p> <p>There are also some important extras that are generally missing from cheaper Lumia phones. You get 4G &ndash; although we&rsquo;d be pretty annoyed if a &pound;300 phone didn&rsquo;t have this &ndash; and NFC.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">The Best Cheap Smartphones Reviewed</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="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-3.jpg?1414433302" /> </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><strong>Operating system</strong>: Windows Phone 8.1</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>:&nbsp;5in&nbsp;IPS LCD with&nbsp;1280x720 resolution (294ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>:&nbsp;Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (expandable with microSD)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>:&nbsp;10MP with OIS rear, 0.9MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>:&nbsp;Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>:&nbsp;2200mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>:&nbsp;139x71x8.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>:&nbsp;150g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Slow and Steady: the Nokia camera way </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 Nokia Lumia 830 has an interesting camera, too. Its sensor is a lot lower-res and smaller than the top Nokia PureView phones, but it also has optical image stabilisation and much savvier image processing for rubbish light conditions than most mobile cameras.</p> <p>It has a 10-megapixel sensor that&rsquo;s 1/3.4 of an inch in size. That&rsquo;s not very large or high-res for a camera given the PureView tag: the Lumia 930&rsquo;s is 1/2.5 of an inch and offers 20 megapixels. If that sounds like numbers jargon, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review" target="_blank">Lumia 930</a> has a much beefier camera brain.</p> <p>And yet the Lumia 830 impresses a good deal in some conditions. We&rsquo;ll get to those, but let&rsquo;s get the bad bits out of the way.</p> <p>As with most Nokia phones, it&rsquo;s not very fast at shooting. You can only take a photo around every two seconds, where <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhones</a> and Samsung phones can often manage several a second.</p> <p>The Nokia Lumia 830 offers a burst mode called Smart Sequence to make up for this &ndash; it takes ten photos in the space of a couple of seconds. But they&rsquo;re not full-resolution shots and the focal point stays static throughout, therefore it&rsquo;s not a real replacement for faster shooting unless you a) don&rsquo;t care masses about image quality and b) have time to plan to actually use this mode.</p> <p>Like other Nokia Lumia phones, the Lumia 830 also confuses things by having two camera apps: Nokia Camera and the standard Windows camera app. The latter is basically there because Nokia can&rsquo;t wipe out what Windows puts in place.</p> <p>Despite having all this extra camera app bloat, there&rsquo;s no HDR mode either. Those sort of larger-than-life cloudy sunset photos you can get with most Android phones aren&rsquo;t really possible with a Lumia 830.</p> <p>Now the good bits.</p> <p>The Lumia 830&rsquo;s great at adjusting the exposure level of your photos so they don&rsquo;t end up looking too dull, and appears to make some dynamic range tweaks through processing. You don&rsquo;t have to try too hard to take good photos with the Lumia 830. Close-up focusing is also way better than average. As well as having manual focus control in the Nokia Camera app, we found getting macro shots with the autofocus far easier than we&rsquo;re used to.</p> <p>The Lumia 830 also offers something we don&rsquo;t often get in phones anymore: a physical shutter button. It&rsquo;s a proper two-stage button as well &ndash; depress it a bit to make the Lumia 830 focus, then push it down all the way to take the shot. Using the touchscreen is more-or-less ingrained into muscle memory these days, but it&rsquo;s nice to have the choice.</p> <p>Where the Lumia 830 really stands out from the competition, though, is its low-light photo shooting.</p> <p>Through a mixture of fairly intense but intelligent image processing and use of optical image stabilisation, the Lumia 830 can make virtually any scene appear bright and clear. Even if it&rsquo;s past midnight and the only illumination is a street light 25m away. With some of our sample photo scenes, other cameras would display a pretty dark, muggy image. It&rsquo;s all clear with the Lumia 830.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve seen similar effects in Sony&rsquo;s top-end Xperia phones, and it helps make the Lumia 830 a very versatile night-time snapper &ndash; and this is without using the flash. The only downside is that using optical image stabilisation to slow down the camera shutter means you&rsquo;ll see a bit more blur in moving objects. But it&rsquo;s better than the shots being plain horrible.&nbsp;</p> <p>The front camera isn&rsquo;t much cop, though. With a 0.9-megapixel sensor, you get bog-standard selfies and little more.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 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="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-camera-lens.jpg?1414433302" /> </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="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-christmas.jpg?1414433302" /> </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"> Lumia 830 vs Duracell Bunny </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 Nokia Lumia 830 has the &lsquo;good results most of the time&rsquo; thing down, and this adds to the ease of use supplied by the slim, great-feeling body. However, it doesn&rsquo;t have quite as capacious a battery as some rival phones.</p> <p>It uses a 2200mAh battery, a chunk smaller than the Lumia 930&rsquo;s 2420mAh one. In general use, we found the stamina perfectly good, if not exactly worth a standing ovation.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll generally get a day and a half&rsquo;s use, which is enough to give you the buffer that stops you from having to worry about where you&rsquo;ll get your next charge from. We have seen better performance from some Androids at the price, though. For example, the LG G2&rsquo;s match of a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 3000mAh battery sees it comfortably beat the Lumia 830.</p> <p>So if you&rsquo;re looking for a phone at the price, rather than a Windows one in particular, don&rsquo;t forget last year&rsquo;s golden oldies. There&rsquo;s life in them yet.</p> <p>The inbuilt speaker is also a bit of a weak point. It sits on the back, is mono, and doesn&rsquo;t have the beefiness that marks a genuinely good speaker from one that&rsquo;s so-so. As is the norm with a Nokia, call quality is very good, though.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Mini 3 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="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-12.jpg?1414433302" /> </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"> Nokia Lumia 830 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 Nokia Lumia 830 succeeds because it&rsquo;s so pleasant to use in a very simple way. It&rsquo;s among the slimmest and lightest large-screen <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows</a> phones, and the screen is both bright, clear and colourful. Those merits go a surprising distance here.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a hardcore mobile phone user, you might find yourself hankering after a bit more, though. 1080p phones with much more powerful CPUs are available for the same money if you&rsquo;re willing to side with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> rather than Windows.</p> <p>And if you want to be sure you&rsquo;ve got access to all of the newest and greatest apps, or if you&rsquo;re into mobile gaming, we recommend doing so. However, if Windows sounds like your bag this is one of the best pieces of mid-range hardware Nokia has created yet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 830 review verdict" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-32.jpg?1414433302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </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>Gamers and app-ficionados should steer clear, but those after an easy to use, attractive Windows phone will lap up the Lumia 830</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"> Nokia Lumia 830 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830/review#comments Lumia 830 Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:50:32 +0000 Tom Parsons 1451338 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft officially dropping Nokia branding for Lumia phones http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Confirming prior reports, it appears we’ll be seeing “Microsoft Lumia” quite soon </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="Nokia Lumia 930" alt="Nokia Lumia 930" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-930.jpg?1413946897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s acquisition of Nokia&rsquo;s mobile division caused some confusion in branding, since the rest of the iconic Finnish company remained intact. But it doesn&rsquo;t sound like that&rsquo;ll be a problem for much longer.</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/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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:29:22 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451012 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: HBO planning standalone streaming, see the Android Lollipop statue unveiling, and new Halo game announced for Windows 8 http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the day off right with our rapid-fire selection of hot 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="HBO Go" alt="HBO Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hbo-go.jpg?1413526474" /> </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"> HBO to launch streaming-only service in 2015 </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>Finally, the day has come: HBO has revealed plans to no longer be a premium channel strictly for cable and satellite subscribers, and launch its own standalone streaming service in 2015. Currently, the channel&rsquo;s HBO Go service (pictured) is only usable by cable/satellite subscribers - and friends and family members that have syphoned their login info.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,&rdquo; said CEO and chairman, Richard Plepler. &ldquo;All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO [in the United States] and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.&rdquo;</p> <p>No word yet on whether it will simply be a paid option to access all of HBO Go&rsquo;s content, including original series like <em>Game of Thrones</em> and <em>True Detective</em>, or perhaps a smaller offering to appease cable providers. But after years of pleas, it&rsquo;s great to know that HBO will finally acknowledge them.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2014/10/15/hbo-chairman-and-ceo-richard-plepler-announces-hbo-to-offer-a">Time Warner</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-k-revealed-amazon-teams-hbo-and-withings-now-tracks-your-blood-o">Fully Charged: Samsung Galaxy K revealed, Amazon teams with HBO, and Withings now tracks your blood oxygen</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"> Lollipop statue unveiled at Google HQ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google played the run-up to Android 5.0&rsquo;s name announcement for laughs <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi">earlier this week</a>, but when it comes to decorating the lawn outside its Mountain View, California headquarters, the company is serious about maintaining tradition.</p> <p>Like previous versions, Android Lollipop has its own representative statue on the lawn, and this one is a particularly whimsical addition. Watch yesterday&rsquo;s official reveal of the lolly-toting &lsquo;bot above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTxTLyLUjP4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</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/vTxTLyLUjP4" 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-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"> New Halo game announced for Windows 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>Last year&rsquo;s <em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em> provided a fun, if simplistic top-down take on the sci-fi shooter smash for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, as well as Windows Phone, and Microsoft aims to repeat its success with the upcoming <em>Halo: Spartan Strike</em>, due out on 12 December.</p> <p>It should be rather similar to the original, but now it shares a timeline with <em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;and there will be weekly challenges available, along with an array of improvements - and the microtransactions have been eliminated for the sequel. It&rsquo;ll sell for US$5.99 (about &pound;3.75), which grants access to PC, tablet, and Windows Phone versions; alternately, you can buy it on Steam alone for the same price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/15/halo-spartan-strike-announced-for-windows-devices-and-steam-ign-first">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games 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="1280" height="800" title="Halo: Spartan Strike" alt="Halo: Spartan Strike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo-spartan-strike.png?1413526474" /> </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"> Christian Bale next to play Steve Jobs? </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>Could Batman be the next Steve Jobs? We&rsquo;re talking movie roles, of course, and Variety reports that Christian Bale is nearly set to play Jobs in a new&nbsp;film based on Walter Isaacson&rsquo;s exhaustive biography of the iconic Apple co-founder.</p> <p>Of course, Ashton Kutcher played the role not too long ago in <em>Jobs</em>, but while his likeness was uncanny in still shots, the overwrought, almost impressively terrible film didn&rsquo;t live up to its subject. Bale&rsquo;s a fine actor, however, and the upcoming film will be directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/christian-bale-in-talks-to-star-in-jobs-1201330878/">Variety</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/watch-first-official-jobs-trailer-starring-ashton-kutcher/news">Watch the first official Jobs trailer starring Ashton Kutcher</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="675" title="Christian Bale" alt="Christian Bale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christian-bale-batman.jpg?1413526474" /> </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/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne#comments Android Apple Film and TV Google Windows Windows Phone Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450417 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard app, the first trailer for PlayStation’s Powers TV show, and Netflix charging extra for 4K content http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week strong with our quick-hit morning tech news recap </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="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-androidwear-keyboard.jpg?1413251002" /> </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"> Microsoft made an Android Wear keyboard 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>Due to their small screens, Android Wear smartwatches have made voice commands the primary way to input text as needed - and curiously, it&rsquo;s Microsoft (not Google) paving the way for a tiny touch keyboard option on the devices.</p> <p>As seen in the above video, Microsoft&rsquo;s keyboard lets you use your finger to draw each individual letter on the smartwatch screen to tap out a quick text message response or search query. It&rsquo;s more time-intensive than simply speaking out your command, but if you&rsquo;re in a quiet space and don&rsquo;t want to pull out your phone, we could see it being a handy feature.</p> <p>The keyboard comes from Microsoft&rsquo;s Research arm, which recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news">transparent tablet cover</a> that adds a physical layer for creative work, along with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">room-transforming gaming concept</a>.&nbsp;The app only works with devices with square 320x320 displays, along with the Moto 360, and it&#39;s <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">available to download</a> for free right now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/11/6961447/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard-download-features">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 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/_Iu7bUKKrJE" 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"> First look at Powers comic adaptation </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>Sony&rsquo;s first foray into episodic television for its PlayStation Network service is <em>Powers</em>, an adaptation of the Marvel Icon comic about homicide detectives investigating superhero-related cases. It&rsquo;s slated to debut this December, and Sony premiered the first trailer during New York Comic-Con this weekend. Be warned, the language is rather salty.</p> <p>Powers stars Sharlto Copley (<em>District 13</em>) as the lead, Christian Walker, a former hero stripped of his abilities and turned into a cop, and he&rsquo;s flanked by a supporting cast led by Susan Heyward and Eddie Izzard. The show will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, although all PlayStation Network account owners will be able to view the first episode.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/10/powers-stream-nycc-panel-tomorrow-first-look-at-eddie-izzard-as-wolfe/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/powers-playstation-4s-first-exclusive-tv-series/news">Powers is the PlayStation 4&rsquo;s first exclusive TV series</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/P02QmncDOzM" 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-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"> Netflix bumps fees for Ultra HD 4K streaming </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 one of the 4K TVs that Netflix supports with select programing? Unless you&rsquo;ve already enabled your account to run the content, you&rsquo;ll have to pay extra going forward. According to HDGuru, the US price for 4K access has just jumped from US$8.99 (about &pound;5.50) a month to US$11.99 (about &pound;7.50) a month.</p> <p>Those already on the Netflix 4K bandwagon luckily won&rsquo;t see an increase in rate for almost two years - until 12 August 2016, it appears. Otherwise, for new members or those who hadn&rsquo;t previously taken advantage of the 4K programming, the price is increasing 33% in the States, and we imagine the UK jump should be similar in scale.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://hdguru.com/netflix-quietly-raises-its-4k-ultra-high-definition-subscription-rates/">HDGuru</a> via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/11/netflix-raises-the-price-for-those-who-want-ultra-hd-video/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">By the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</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="675" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-houseofcards_0.jpg?1413251002" /> </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"> Minecraft coming to Windows 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 not remotely surprising at all, but indeed, Mojang is working on bringing <em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em> to Windows Phone. This, of course, follows the recent news that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft purchased Mojang</a> and the <em>Minecraft</em> brand for a cool US$2.5 billion (about &pound;1.55 billion).</p> <p>Mojang&rsquo;s Jens Bergensten says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;still much to do before any release,&rdquo; but the Windows Phone version is already up and running at the studio. That&rsquo;s great news for a platform that still has a ton of holes in it when it comes to headline games, although we can happily <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">point you in the direction</a> of some of the best.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/520631803837960192">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1413251002" /> </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/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv-#comments 4K Android Wear Film and TV Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Netflix PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Windows Phone Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450095 at http://www.stuff.tv The 15 best Windows Phone games right now http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skip the terrible storefront – just search for these WinPho winners </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="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-windows-phone-8-games-lead.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The main problem with gaming on Windows Phone devices isn&#39;t the hardware (which is generally very good) or the choice (improving all the time) but actually finding the good stuff.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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. Plants vs. Zombies </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>Traditional tower defense games often star fantasy knights, sci-fi warriors, or military men. How about some cartoon foliage and their undead opponents instead? <em>Plants vs. Zombies</em> is a casual classic and one of the best genre entries around, putting an accessible spin on the action by leaving you in charge of powered-up plants trying to protect a suburban home. It&#39;s silly, but serious fun for sure.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;1.99</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/plants-vs-zombies/706f822a-a47e-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8">Download Plants vs. Zombies 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="1600" height="900" title="Plants vs. Zombies" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-plants-vs-zombies.jpg?1413472357" /> </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. Asphalt 8: Airborne </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>For insane speed, impressive graphics, and no entry fee whatsoever, there&#39;s no better mobile option than Gameloft&#39;s <em>Asphalt 8: Airborne</em>, easily the most accomplished entry in what had previously been a serviceable series. By amping up the action and excitement, not to mention adding a whole lot of graphical polish, <em>Asphalt 8</em> makes it possible to enjoy arcade-style racing thrills wherever you are.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price: &pound;free</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/asphalt-8-airborne/3a9e6a13-433b-495d-879e-d4704fb40703">Download Asphalt 8: Airborne 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="1600" height="900" title="Asphalt 8: Airborne" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-asphalt8.jpg?1413472357" /> </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. Rayman Fiesta Run </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 recent <em>Rayman</em> console side-scrollers are superb, but they wouldn&#39;t be a good fit for mobile. So rather than tarnish a great thing, Ubisoft built a touch-centric affair using the same stunning graphics but with influence from the auto-runner genre. <em>Rayman Jungle Run</em> was a good start, but follow-up <em>Fiesta Run</em> is truly excellent, delivering tense action, real challenge, and an extensive array of stages to clear.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;1.69</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/rayman-fiesta-run/b83fb9de-2821-4082-bea5-077581b53862">Download Rayman Fiesta Run 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="1600" height="900" title="Rayman Fiesta Run" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-rayman.jpg?1413472357" /> </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. Halo Spartan Assault </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>No, this isn&#39;t the same first-person experience that&#39;s been selling Xbox consoles for more than a decade, but the series&#39; trademark aesthetic transfers surprisingly well to this top-down shooter. Across a couple of dozen bite-sized stages, you&#39;ll blast familiar Covenant creatures, command an array of vehicles, and soak in the great sci-fi universe, albeit in a different kind of format. It&#39;s surprisingly strong.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/halo-spartan-asslt/8e162189-0baf-431e-966a-0d050eac9aab">Download Halo Spartan Assault 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="1600" height="900" title="Halo Spartan Assault" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-halo-spartan-assault.jpg?1413472357" /> </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. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas </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 greatest and most expansive open-world action games of all time is available on Windows Phone, and even a decade later, <em>Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas</em> is still a blast. Set in the early &#39;90s in Los Angeles, <em>San Andreas</em> finds you navigating a world of gang wars and strife as you cruise the city, explore CJ&#39;s story, and cause mayhem. It&#39;s not perfect with touch controls, but still plenty fun.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.99</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/gta-san-andreas/c011568d-1578-4d0a-b1cc-9ab7daf58681">Download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">Group test - the best cheap smartphone you can buy</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="1600" height="900" title="Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-grand-theft-auto-san-andreas.jpg?1413472357" /> </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. Jetpack Joyride </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>Among endless time-wasters, <em>Jetpack Joyride</em> remains one of our absolute favourites. You control a man who&#39;s just stolen a jetpack, which rains down machine gun fire as it soars through the air, and your task is to escape the research facility as missiles and laser traps aim to take you down. There&#39;s no actual way out, of course, but the endless pursuit of a lengthier distance and leaderboard supremacy is irresistible.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price Free</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/jetpack-joyride/d5969251-fef6-451d-a224-0613686188a6">Download Jetpack Joyride 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="1600" height="900" title="Jetpack Joyride " alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-jetpack-joyride.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 7. FIFA 14 </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 not as deep as its console counterpart, <em>FIFA 14</em> delivers a strong football experience on the go, with touch controls that let you tap and swipe to dominate the pitch. It&#39;s mainly focused on the Ultimate Team mode, wherein you collect player cards to build a squad, and there&#39;s a lot of fun here for free. <em>FIFA 15</em> has some performance issues on Windows Phone, so stick with last year&#39;s game for now.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price Free</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/fifa-14/0ed6989b-5cb9-4b70-a58b-536c0dce36b2">Download FIFA 14 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="1600" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-fifa-14.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 8. Skulls of the Shogun </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 no longer exclusive to Windows Phone on the mobile side of things, <em>Skulls Of The Shogun</em> remains an enthralling turn-based tactical strategy affair which sees you pit bands of undead samurai against each other in the afterlife. It&#39;s a rich, complex affair that you can sink a lot of time into, but be prepared for a serious challenge along the way. Also, sadly, it hasn&#39;t been updated in a while, so it looks a bit fuzzy.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/skulls-of-the-shogun/2152e203-f639-4041-bf4e-f44c34d463fa">Download Skulls Of The Shogun 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="1600" height="900" title="Skulls Of The Shogun" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-skulls-of-the-shogun.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 9. Angry Birds Space </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 the original <em>Angry Birds</em> is still the series&#39; best starting point, not to mention packed with fowl-flinging content, we&#39;re rather fond of the sci-fi spinoff, <em>Angry Birds Space</em>. Instead of flat, earthbound terrain, you&#39;re whipping birds around planets and asteroids, and the puzzles that result are largely smart and entertaining. Although if you want a good mix of the series&#39; styles, <em>Angry Birds Star Wars</em> has a bit of each.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;0.79</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/angry-birds/2e36df2b-44be-405d-873a-79fa190c9b35">Download Angry Birds Space 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="1600" height="900" title="Angry Birds Space" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-angry-birds.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 10. Machinarium </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>Point-and-click adventures transfer well to touch devices, so it&#39;s no surprise that the wonderful indie quest <em>Machinarium</em> is a treat on Windows Phone. It&#39;s largely traditional in style, finding you investigating items in the world to solve brainy puzzles, but the stunning visual design is unlike any other genre entry out there. Grim, funny, and utterly gorgeous, this robot&#39;s journey is a memorable one indeed.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/machinarium/8c574a5d-d0d4-4383-8fa5-bb13452af643">Download Machinarium here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Windows Phone 8.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Machinarium" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-machinarium.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 11. Fruit Ninja </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 earliest examples of the simple, satisfying thrills of touch screens remains one of the best on Windows Phone, as <em>Fruit Ninja</em> still entertains in small bursts. As ever, you&#39;ll watch as colorful apples, oranges, and other fruit are tossed into view, giving you a moment to slash them and boost your score. Dodging bombs is the key to a successful run, and multiple game modes shake up the action and add longevity.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;0.79</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/fruit-ninja/49c69a08-60fe-df11-9264-00237de2db9e">Download Fruit Ninja 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="1600" height="900" title="Fruit Ninja" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-fruit-ninja.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 12. Into the Dead </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>Boarding a helicopter probably seems as good an idea as any when the zombie uprising begins, but what happens when it crash-lands in a field in the middle of nowhere? You run, obviously, and that&#39;s the premise of <em>Into The Dead</em>. It puts a tense first-person spin on the endless runner genre, challenging you to dodge undead attackers for as long as you can, with weapons and other perks helping your cause.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;0.79</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/into-the-dead/68c48bee-64f4-420c-b34a-504a5faab67b">Download Into the Dead 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="1600" height="900" title="Into the Dead" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-into-the-dead.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 13. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour </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 an unabashed &quot;tribute&quot; to <em>Call Of Duty</em>, Gameloft&#39;s <em>Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour</em> nonetheless offers terrific online multiplayer fun with sterling production values - well, for a mobile game, at least. The campaign offers solid enjoyment too, but it&#39;s in the online showdowns that the game really shines. <em>Zero Hour</em> is the better overall package, but the newer <em>Modern Combat 5</em> is a solid substitute.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;4.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/modern-combat-4/0cb4e588-5759-4150-bef0-6866345fa26b">Download Modern Combat 4 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="1600" height="900" title="Modern Combat 4" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-modern-combat-4.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 14. Temple Run 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With more than a billion downloads under its belt, chances are that you&#39;ve played the <em>Temple Run </em>series at some point. If not, well, there&#39;s a rather good reason why it&#39;s so popular: it&#39;s a lot of fun, and it&#39;s totally free. This behind-the-back endless runner channels Indiana Jones as it sends you scurrying away from monsters along winding paths. Swipes help you survive, but the pace picks up very quickly.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;free</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/temple-run-2/6fa921ac-1f29-42e8-9f65-e8da33fcada3">Download Temple Run 2 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="Temple Run 2" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-temple-run-2.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 15. Terraria </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&#39;ll surely get <em>Minecraft</em> on Windows Phone soon, now that Microsoft owns Mojang, but until then, <em>Terraria</em> proves a very good substitute. It&#39;s basically the 2D version of <em>Minecraft</em>, letting you dig into the earth to find resources and treasure &ndash; but also quite a bit more. Wild bosses and weird locales are found underground, plus you can build elaborate structures on the surface. Either way, it&#39;s engrossing.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price &pound;3.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/terraria/75cbb8bb-5f30-4efc-9040-de2ee228c838">Download Terraria here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review">Nokia Lumia 930 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="1600" height="900" title="Terraria" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-terraria.jpg?1413472357" /> </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/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature#comments Apps and Games Windows Phone Windows Phone games Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Marc McLaren 1449885 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft announces cross-platform Windows 10, out late 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wait, what happened to Windows 9? Microsoft aims bigger for its next OS </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="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows10-first.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following months of leaks, Microsoft was finally all set to announce its next big operating system today. But what would it be called: Windows 9? Windows One? Just plain ol&rsquo; Windows, full stop?</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/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For consumers, Windows 10 effectively looks like a hybrid of the largely traditional Windows 7 and the divisive, ultra-modern, and touch-friendliest Windows 8. Most notably, the returning Start menu now features a space for customizable tiles for quick access to favorite apps and features.</p> <p>Additionally, you can have multiple desktops (say, for work and home needs), plus Snap allows up to four apps to be locked into quadrants, with Windows suggesting smart complementary apps once you Snap something into place. You can catch some of the tweaks in action in the video walkthrough below.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s event was strongly focused on business and enterprise users, as Microsoft hopes to finally upgrade many of those users from Windows 7. More details on the consumer experience will follow early next year, in advance of the Windows 10 release later in 2015.</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="600" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows10-logo.png?1413518300" /> </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>Luckily, you don&rsquo;t have to wait until then to try out the new OS. The <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-coming-soon">Windows Insider Program</a> will launch tomorrow, 1 October, offering a technical preview for interested users. It&rsquo;s not yet clear how limited that test group will be, but if you&rsquo;re interested, be ready to sign up in a matter of hours.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely that the technical preview will provide the full scope of the Windows 10 experience right away, as there are still surely many features (like the expected addition of Cortana) to be revealed in the next year before launch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/sep14/09-30futureofwindowspr.aspx">Microsoft</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-you-need-know-about-windows-9-launch/feature">6 things you need to know about today&rsquo;s Windows 9 announcement</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/84NI5fjTfpQ" 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/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news#comments Microsoft Tablets Windows Windows Phone Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:37:06 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448951 at http://www.stuff.tv Group test: the best cheap smartphone you can buy http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for a sub-£150 smartphone? We&#039;ve tested every budget handset that matters UPDATE: 5in Moto G (2014) tested </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="You could buy all these for 1.5 iPhones. But that would be silly" alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-cheap-smartphones-main-2.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The bad budget smartphone is dead.</p> <p>Never again should you put up with pixelly screens, sluggish web speeds and cameras so bad that an Etch-a-Sketch would be better, because you can now get an all-round reliable phone for less than &pound;150. So while there still are plenty of bad phones out there, you needn&#39;t concern yourself with them any more.&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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</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"> Moto G 4G (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 2013&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a>&nbsp;is now ludicrously cheap, frequently dipping below &pound;100 - but 4G makes this new model ever better.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s sturdily built and fits snugly into one hand, while its use of swappable Motorola Shells give you the option to customise its look on a daily basis. The 4.5in, HD, 326ppi screen is the real selling point over its fuzzier-screened rivals; it matches the much pricier <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a>&nbsp;on this front. Next to most other phones in its class it looks pin-sharp, with vivid but natural colours and good contrast.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not without problems - the 5MP camera does still disappoint sometimes, especially in low light, and you only get 8GB of built-in storage. But the addition of a microSD card slot means you can now add up to 32GB of space, and in day-to-day use nothing comes close.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto G 4G takes the top spot " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="Both Moto Gs - with and without 4G - are worth considering " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g_0.JPG?1410954150" /> </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"> Motorola Moto G 4G tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 1280x720 (326ppi) with Gorilla Glass&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1.3MP 720p front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm/ 143g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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>Moto&rsquo;s also left the 4G with an almost-untouched version of Android KitKat, adding a few genuinely useful features but nothing more. That helps everything run smoothly and you can can expect speedy downloads, streaming and browsing over 4G. The best bit? Even with more pixels to push than most cheap phones, the Moto G still lasts a day between charges.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have specific criteria - for instance you&rsquo;re a n00b who likes the look of Windows Phone or taking pics is your priority - then other budget phones down this list might make more sense. But for most people, the Moto G 4G will do very nicely indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Fantastic and futureproof, this is as close to budget phone perfection as you can get in 2014</p> </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"> Motorola Moto G 2013 </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>Our go-to budget phone of 2013 is still on sale and cheaper than ever, at around &pound;100 for the 8GB model. Everything we love about the Moto G 4G applies here - if you can stick to 3G, this handset is the biggest bargain in tech.</p> <p>If 8GB of storage isn&rsquo;t enough you could always splash out &pound;150 on the non-expandable 16GB model - but of course we&rsquo;d recommend getting the expandable Moto G 4G instead. Either way, feel smug. The original Moto G is still a seriously clever choice.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">In-depth Moto G (2013) review&nbsp;</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"> 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"> Sony Xperia M2 (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until the new 5in Kogan Agora 4G turns up, the Xperia M2 is the best way to get a big screen on a budget. It&rsquo;s just a shame that 4.8in screen isn&rsquo;t very sharp at 229ppi and suffers from poor viewing angles. Because otherwise you get a ton of Sony for your money here.</p> <p>Its blocky plastic design, available in purple, white and black, is based on the high-end <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">Xperia Z2</a>. There&rsquo;s no waterproofing as you&#39;d find on that premium Xperia, but for &pound;150 PAYG, we&rsquo;re not complaining.</p> <p>Performance is much better than previous mid-range Sony phones we&rsquo;ve encountered thanks to a Snapdragon 400 processor which powers every handset on this test bar the Moto E and HTC Desire 301. Battery life is pretty good, too, matching the Moto G 4G. Plus Sony has thrown in extras you won&rsquo;t find on other budget blowers such as small apps, Stamina mode for the battery and a pulsing notification light to stretch to over a day of use.</p> <p>Its more than decent 8MP camera is the highlight, though. AF can be a little sluggish but it&rsquo;s easy to use, with Sony&rsquo;s quick Superior Auto mode plus lots of settings to dig into and reliably good 1080p video. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the top smartphones for picture quality, but it&rsquo;s the best all-round snapper of all the cheap phones we&rsquo;ve tested.</p> <p>If Sony had stuck a higher res screen on the M2 and added support for 4G, this would be more of a rival for the Moto. As it is, it falls just short.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Fine features and the best choice for shutterbugs, only the screen lets the M2 down</p> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Sony has just announced the M2 Aqua with identical specs to the M2 plus IP65/68 waterproofing and dustproofing, higher even than the Xperia Z2 and probably what we can expect from the Xperia Z3. There&#39;s no price yet but if it&#39;s &pound;150 and under, we&#39;ll add it to this budget phones group test.&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="The M2 gives you camera chops on a shoestring " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="Big screen, small money " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-2.png?1410954150" /> </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"> Sony Xperia M2 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.8in 540x960 (229 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 1080p rear, VGA front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2330 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6mm/ 148g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 630 (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a sea of cheap Androids, the Lumia 630 stands out like an alien-goo-green buoy keeping Windows Phone fans safe from ridicule. Sure, Android has more games and the 630 is far from the highest specced device here, but this Nokia gets a lot right.</p> <p>The battery life is the best for the money - not by much, but the 630 will give you an extra hour or so over the rest. It&rsquo;s the lightest at 134g, comes with a decent, if low-res, screen and some excellent freebies including Nokia Drive.</p> <p>Windows Phone 8.1 is both friendlier than stock KitKat for beginners and now has useful Android-style features and settings, too. Even the 5MP camera has its moments - outdoor and macro shots look great and low-light images aren&#39;t the grainiest we&#39;ve ever encountered. It&rsquo;s a little slow in use next to the likes of the Moto G but it&#39;s easy to forgive that at this low, low price. If you can&rsquo;t live without 4G speeds, try the similar but more expensive Lumia 635.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Cheap, cheerful and reliable, the Lumia 630 is only outclassed by the best budget Androids</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review">In-depth Nokia Lumia 630 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Representing Windows Phone - the unbelievably cheap 630 " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-630-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> Nokia Lumia 630 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 854x480 (221 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/512MB RAM&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, no front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1830 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 128GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm/ 134g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Moto E (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does budget mean less than &pound;100 to you? Serving up tidy, reliable, loveable Android for the masses, the 4.3in Moto E is your best bet below a ton.</p> <p>A compact and sturdy build, slick performance and close-to-stock-Android OS impress, with only the quality of its 5MP camera, the miserly 4GB of storage and the lack of a front cam letting it down majorly.</p> <p>The 1980mAh battery isn&rsquo;t swappable and will conk out an hour before most here, but it still comfortably lasts a day of light use on one charge, and there are swappable Motorola Shell covers to keep things fresh on the desaign front. The screen, though lower-res than the Moto G, is still a cracker at this price, with apps, games and webpages all looking lovely on it. Motorola really has the monopoly on value brilliance and if your budget is truly tight you should look no further.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Moto does it again. This is the best smartphone you can buy under &pound;100</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-e/review">In-depth Moto E review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto E is easy to love " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="Moto&#039;s budget brilliance in 4.3in and 4.5in sizes " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-and-e-group.png?1410954150" /> </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"> Motorola Moto E tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.3in 540x960 (256 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 480p rear, no front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1980 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm/ 142g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Moto G (2014) (£145) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another Motorola! The 5in Moto G (2014) isn&#39;t a direct replacement for the 4G model or last year&#39;s handset (now priced at &pound;100). It&#39;s the Moto G for people who don&#39;t mind sacrificing a bit of battery life here, a splash of 4G there for a big screen and much better camera than the original 5MP snapper.</p> <p>So what&#39;s been improved? It performs just as fast as the first Moto G and Android is just as clutter-free. The main difference is the bigger build (it&#39;s the biggest here) - it&#39;s sturdy, though, and still sits nicely in the hand. It&#39;s sacrificed the old Moto G&#39;s neat, tidy look; there&#39;s just more plastic, so that couldn&#39;t be helped without impressive - and costly - engineering. But Moto has included some very decent (for the money) stereo speakers on the front. They don&#39;t match the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One (M8)</a> but you won&#39;t be ashamed to use them in the back garden either.&nbsp;</p> <p>Battery life, again, isn&#39;t quite as great as the Moto G 4G. Streaming video on a commute, the bigger 5in screen sucks up 22% an hour versus the 4.5in phone&#39;s less worrying 16%. Still, it lasts the day so we&#39;re not complaining too much. Speaking of the screen, it&#39;s 720p and chances are you won&#39;t notice the slightly-less-sharp picture compared to the original. Colours are slightly more natural too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The real stars are the two new cameras, both welcome improvements. Images look a lot less blurry and smudgy than before with clear, in-focus shots and accurate colours. Video too is much more usable. The new 8MP cam on the back takes a while to focus at night but if you hold steady, you can get some impressive pics for a &pound;150 phone. All round, we&#39;d still recommend the 4G Moto G &ndash;&nbsp;but if phone photography is your thing, consider the 2014 model.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Moto has done it again - big screen, almost-stock Android and one of the best cameras for the money&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="604" height="453" title="It&#039;s the Moto G but not as you know it " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5121%20with%20Annotation.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> Motorola Moto G (2014) tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5in 720x1280 (294 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 720p rear, 2Mp front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8/16GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm/ 149g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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-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="4600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/also-rans_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> EE Kestrel (£100) </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>4G is no longer a luxury. With the EE Kestrel available for &pound;99 outright, or &pound;14 a month, you might be tempted to choose this tweaked and rebranded 4.5in Huawei handset over the Moto G 4G.</p> <p>Before you do, bear in mind that it&rsquo;s not as easy to love. For starters, it lacks the lovely HD screen and smooth performance of the top Moto. It also has the most retro design of the bunch, both in terms of hardware and its Emotion UI software. Still, the battery life is brilliant, the expandable storage is handy and unlike some, it has both an OK front camera and a rear flash. It&rsquo;s silly-slim too, at 7.85mm thick. The fastest browsing and streaming this side of &pound;150 then, but not quite the full package.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Still the cheapest way to get 4G, but there are better all-rounders for the money&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ee-kestrel/review">&nbsp;In-depth EE Kestrel review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Afforda-4G from EE " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ee-kestrel-review.png?1410954150" /> </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"> EE Kestrel tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 540x960 (245 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1MP front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 145g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> HTC Desire 310 (£130) </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 Desire 310 is a&nbsp;smart looker both outside and in. Exterior attractiveness is conferred by a tidy, slightly curved plastic build, while on the interior HTC&rsquo;s Android skin Sense looks good and runs without a hiccup. Like the Sony Xperia M2, it also packs a few features you&rsquo;d be more likely to see on a &pound;500 phone. So the Desire 310 gets HTC&rsquo;s excellent BlinkFeed RSS reader (searchable and with offline reading), plus the ability to make short video montages with the nifty Zoe Video Highlights tool.</p> <p>But while colours look nice and natural on the 4.5in screen, it&rsquo;s just not got the pixels to show off Android games and HD movies. Plus, it always seems to look a bit grubby even with brightness on full whack, it can get a little warm when taxed, you might need to charge it up before bedtime and the 5MP camera isn&rsquo;t anything special. Maybe HTC should&#39;ve worried about getting the basics right rather than lavishing software treats on us?</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />Nice looking and packed with features but the Desire 310 doesn&rsquo;t nail the essentials well enough&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="It&#039;s like a small One (M8) - if you squint " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-310-review.jpg?1410954150" /> </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"> HTC Desire 310 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek/512MB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 1080p rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 140g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo (£135) </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 4.5in Smart 4 Turbo doesn&rsquo;t live up to its tantalising promise: a quad-core, 4G, KitKat budget phone for less than &pound;150. While performance is generally good, the overall feeling with the &lsquo;Turb&rsquo; is frustration - with the low-res 480x854 screen that looks a bit 3D (in the bad way), with the very slow 5MP camera that takes fuzzy, mostly unusable shots, with the dark front camera and with the cheap-feeling (and looking) plastic build.</p> <p>Vodafone&rsquo;s tinkering with Android is lighter than EE&#39;s - you get just a handful of widgets, there&rsquo;s capacitive buttons to free up screen space and the battery does last a day. But anyone looking for afforda-4G should turn to the Moto or, as a cheaper option, the Kestrel.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />A valiant effort but Vodafone has cut too many specs to keep up with the best budget phones</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones money can buy</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="There&#039;s smarter phones than the Smart 4 Turbo " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vodafone-smart-4-turbo-review.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The unusual suspects " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cheap-smartphone-test-main.png?1410954150" /> </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"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1880 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 134.5 x 67.5 x 10.4mm/ 138g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> Budget smartphones tested </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"> Every sub-£150 handset that matters </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature#comments Android HTC Moto G Motorola Nokia Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:54:11 +0000 Sophie Charara 1444737 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: iPhone 6 notches record pre-orders, first Windows-only branded phone spotted, and Apple releases U2 album removal tool http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Load up on all of the quick-hit tech news you need to begin the day </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 and iPhone 6 Plus" alt="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6-6plus.jpg?1410927643" /> </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 posts record iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders </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 Apple opened pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bright and early last Friday, many potential purchasers complained of issues with both the Apple Store and various carriers. But that doesn&rsquo;t seem to have stopped anyone from actually placing an order, based on the numbers.</p> <p>Apple says that more than four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets were pre-ordered during the first 24 hours or availability, though it remains to be seen what the total actual first weekend sales tally will be once next Monday rolls around. Some nine million iPhone 5s and 5c handsets were sold in the first weekend of availability last year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/15Apple-Announces-Record-Pre-orders-for-iPhone-6-iPhone-6-Plus-Top-Four-Million-in-First-24-Hours.html">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-best-deals/news">Apple iPhone 6: the best contract deals</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"> First Windows phone without “Windows Phone” spotted </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>Late last week, multiple reports claimed that Microsoft will stop using the Windows Phone moniker for its smartphones and instead brand them with the basic Windows logo and name (effectively making them &ldquo;Windows phones&rdquo; instead - a subtle distinction). Now we have a glance at how that&rsquo;s going to unfold.</p> <p>A non-public page found on carrier My Go&rsquo;s website reveals the Windows GoFone GFW47 handset, with an image of the backing showing only the plain Windows logo on the bottom. The page also consistently refers to it as a Windows device, yet still calls the OS &ldquo;Windows Phone 8.1,&rdquo; suggesting that the software will keep the old naming, but the devices themselves likely will not.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.my-go.co/en/project/4-7-inch-gofone-windows-phone-8-1-smartphone-gfw47/">My Go</a> via <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/official-handset-image-shows-new-windows-phone-with-windows-branding">Neowin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</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="800" title="Windows GoFone GFW47" alt="Windows GoFone GFW47" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gofone-windows.jpg?1410927643" /> </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"> Official tool to remove free U2 album from iTunes </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>Not every iTunes user was pleased to receive U2&rsquo;s free new album, <em>Songs of Innocence</em>, and we dug around and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/how-get-u2-s-songs-innocence-your-iphone-ipad-mac-and-pc/news">shared a multi-step process</a> for hiding it from your library last week. But in the wake of consistent complaints, Apple has made it so easy that you can now click a button and truly <a href="https://itunes.com/soi-remove">remove it from your library</a> forever.</p> <p>Yes, forever. So if you change your mind after 13 October when the free download promotion ends, you&rsquo;ll have to pay real money to purchase the album from iTunes. But you&rsquo;re probably not ever going to do that, right?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://itunes.com/soi-remove">Apple</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6153165/apple-u2-songs-of-innocence-removal-tool">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</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="U2" alt="U2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-u2.jpg?1410927643" /> </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"> Hulk projection hoists Tower Bridge for Disney Infinity 2.0 </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>To help promote this week&rsquo;s launch of <em>Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes</em> on various platforms, Disney enlisted the talents of an impressive projection to create the illusion of the Incredible Hulk lifting Tower Bridge to help the game move along the River Thames. It&rsquo;s a slick effect, and even if it&rsquo;s just to sell a game, how cool would that be to stumble upon one evening around London?</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 preview</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/Vd-SDd6qlXQ" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and-#comments Apple Gaming iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447756 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The general Windows banner will soon cover phones as well, but Lumia lives </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="Windows Phone 8.1" alt="Windows Phone 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Start-screen%285%29_0.jpg?1410399226" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to multiple reports out tonight, Microsoft intends to discontinue use of the Windows Phone and Nokia brands for its smartphones and mobile OS, all in hopes of simplifying its message.</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/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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Windows Windows Phone Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:18:41 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447230 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) for Windows available now in the States http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-windows-available-now-states/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s half the price of the Android version, but no word yet on a UK launch </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="HTC One (M8) for Windows" alt="HTC One (M8) for Windows" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8-winpho_1.png?1408505526" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Surprising absolutely nobody after <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news">a series of leaks</a>, HTC today announced the HTC One (M8) for Windows, the Windows Phone variant of its flagship Android handset.</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/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One (M8) for Windows runs Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box (and has a BlinkFeed app), with a quad-core, 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB RAM found inside. It features the same Duo camera as its Android equivalent, and likewise offers the Dot View cover as an accessory.</p> <p>The handset is available today from Verizon in the States, but just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/water-proof-htc-butterfly-2-will-fly-singapore-very-soon/news">HTC Butterfly 2 revealed in Japan today</a>, there&rsquo;s no indication yet of when to expect the HTC One (M8) for Windows in the United Kingdom.</p> <p>Considering its likelihood of being one of the absolute best Windows Phone devices to date - as the Android version remains one of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">top phones in the world right now</a> - we can&rsquo;t imagine it&rsquo;ll be too long until it finds its way here.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.htc.com/us/smartphones/htc-one-m8-windows/">HTC</a>, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28856282">BBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/here-first-photo-htc-one-m8-windows/news">Here is the first photo of the HTC One (M8) for Windows</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="975" title="HTC One (M8) for Windows" alt="HTC One (M8) for Windows" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One%20M8%20for%20Windows.png?1408505526" /> </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/htc/htc-one-m8-windows-available-now-states/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-windows-available-now-states/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:40:34 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445318 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Windows Phone surpasses 300k apps, Sierra getting back into the gaming biz, and the LG G3 gets 1440p YouTube clips http://www.stuff.tv/g3/fully-charged-windows-phone-surpasses-300k-apps-sierra-getting-back-gaming-biz-and-lg-g3-gets-144 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off Monday by digging into our roundup of the weekend’s necessary news bits </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="HTC One (M8) for Windows" alt="HTC One (M8) for Windows" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8-winpho_0.png?1407756038" /> </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"> Microsoft passes 300,000 Windows Phone 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>The biggest knock against the Windows Phone platform has long been the lack of apps compared to competing devices - well, meaningful apps, that is. That&rsquo;s been changing for the better of late, and Microsoft has confirmed that more than 300,000 total apps are now available, with more and more heavy hitters filling out the roster.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s almost double the total app tally of a year ago, and with handsets like the HTC One (M8) for Windows on the horizon, Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile platform is starting to look a lot more appealing.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/bythenumbers/index.html">Microsoft</a> via <a href="http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2014/08/08/microsoft-confirms-windows-phone-store-300000-apps/">The Next Web</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/here-first-photo-htc-one-m8-windows/news">Here is the first photo of the HTC One (M8) for Windows</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"> Game publisher Sierra mounting comeback </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>Sierra On-Line was responsible for some of the greatest adventures of the &lsquo;80s and &lsquo;90s, including the Police Quest and Gabriel Knight series, but the label stopped being slapped on games once Activision acquired the brand alongside Vivendi Universal in 2008.</p> <p>It appears that Activision has had a change of heart, however. The Sierra website has been revived with a glimpse at a new logo and a promise of more at the Gamescom convention this week in Germany. Considering Activision&rsquo;s very streamlined lineup of late and strong focus on big, proven franchises and studios, it&rsquo;ll be interesting to see if the Sierra brand is used to take risks on smaller, weirder projects. Here&rsquo;s hoping, at least.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.sierra.com">Sierra</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</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/wzIoQLAmEs0" 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-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"> LG G3 now supports 1440p YouTube videos </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 LG G3 is our current pick for the best smartphone in the world, and it has just added another feather in its cap: the ability to run supported YouTube videos in 1440p resolution, a nice bump in clarity over the typical max of 1080p.</p> <p>According to Engadget, the update is still rolling out to everyone, so if your handset can&rsquo;t handle the 1440p clips quite yet, it should rather soon. And with more Quad HD display-toting smartphones likely on the horizon, perhaps we&rsquo;ll see this ability reach more and more viewers in the near future.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.talkandroid.com/215641-lg-g3-users-reporting-1440p-streaming-option-within-youtube/">TalkAndroid</a>&nbsp;via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/08/1440p-youtube-videos-lg-g3/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</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="LG G3" alt="LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-upclose.jpg?1407756038" /> </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"> See NASA’s “flying saucer” test flight footage </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>NASA is testing an array of new technology as it prepares to send new craft to Mars, and one of those is the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator - with a saucer-like shape to it. To simulate a Mars landing, NASA sent the balloon-aided ship up to the edge of space in late June and captured great high-definition video.</p> <p>You can catch a (thankfully) narrated cut above, which was released on Friday. Space travel may not capture the headlines it once did, but it&rsquo;s still fascinating to see the experiments that could lead to exploring the next great frontier.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/NASA/status/497792331207413760">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/e3-2014/fully-charged-nasa-s-stunning-warp-drive-ship-concept-nintendo-s-steampunk-abe-linco">Fully Charged: NASA&rsquo;s stunning warp drive ship concept, Nintendo&rsquo;s steampunk Abe Lincoln sequel, and the Sin City sequel trailer</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/9yRWhu0UGYw" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/g3/fully-charged-windows-phone-surpasses-300k-apps-sierra-getting-back-gaming-biz-and-lg-g3-gets-144#comments G3 Gaming LG Windows Phone YouTube Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1444518 at http://www.stuff.tv Here is the first photo of the HTC One (M8) for Windows http://www.stuff.tv/htc/here-first-photo-htc-one-m8-windows/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verizon accidentally leaks HTC’s most enticing Windows Phone offering to date </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="HTC One (M8) for Windows" alt="HTC One (M8) for Windows" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8-winpho.png?1406945288" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier this week, we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news">shared reports</a> that HTC had a Windows Phone variant of its excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One (M8)</a> handset in the works, and well&hellip; just look above, it&rsquo;s definitely real.</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/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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/here-first-photo-htc-one-m8-windows/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/here-first-photo-htc-one-m8-windows/news#comments HTC One (M8) Windows Phone Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:20:50 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443843 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC reportedly planning One (M8) for Windows Phone, while Microsoft plots two more handsets http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft&#039;s platform seems ready to come out swinging this autumn </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8.jpg?1406685464" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to a couple of reports, both HTC and Microsoft have intriguing plans for their Windows Phone handset efforts - particularly the former, which may be bringing its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">flagship Android phone</a> (pictured) to the platform.</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/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-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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-planning-one-m8-windows-phone-while-microsoft-plots-two-more-handsets/news#comments HTC Microsoft One (M8) Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:08:07 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443570 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Fitbit finally works with Windows Phone, smartphones to replace Hilton room keys, and Disney Infinity 2.0 adds big Marvel villains http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-fitbit-finally-works-windows-phone-smartphones-replace-hilton-room-keys-and-dis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Drop into our latest morning roundup for a breezy blast 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="Fitbit Flex" alt="Fitbit Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-flex.jpg?1406682181" /> </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"> Fitbit finally gets a Windows Phone 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>Taking advantage of enhanced Bluetooth support in the Windows Phone 8.1 OS update, Fitbit has finally released an app for the platform, allowing its myriad fitness bands and trackers to work with Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the first physical fitness tracker to support Windows Phone&mdash;another big milestone as the mobile platform proves that it can be an everyday smartphone, not just a good-looking but vapid alternative to iOS and Android. The Fitbit Flex band is currently <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">our #2 top wearable tech</a> in the world, so congratulations Windows Phone users: you now have a pretty excellent option for tracking steps, sleep, and more.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/28/5943851/fitbit-windows-phone-app">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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"> Hilton making your phone your hotel room key </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>International hotel leader Hilton yesterday announced a series of digital-minded initiatives, the most significant of which will be allowing guests to use their mobile devices as a room key. Rather than carry around a little card or old-fashioned key, you&rsquo;ll be able to use a compatible smartphone to unlock the door.</p> <p>Hilton will begin adding such capabilities to most of its 4,000+ worldwide hotels starting in 2015. Also on the horizon, but coming before the end of this year: the ability to book a particular room using a web or mobile app the day before your stay, as well as check in and out without having to stop by the front desk.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://news.hiltonworldwide.com/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/27192">Hilton</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/balluga-smart-bed-hands-wafting-you-sleep-cushion-air-cells/news">Balluga Smart Bed hands-on: wafting you to sleep on a cushion of air cells</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="Hilton Hotels" alt="Hilton Hotels" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hilton-hotels.jpg?1406682181" /> </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"> Disney Infinity 2.0 adds Marvel villains to the mix </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 promised by its title, Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes will introduce the storied comic company&rsquo;s biggest and brightest stars&mdash;but as revealed yesterday with a new trailer, the game will also allow players to take the role of some of its most notorious villains.</p> <p>The Green Goblin, Loki, and Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy) are all previewed in the latest trailer, and each will have a plastic figurine to purchase and use, of course. Infinity 2.0 is due out on 23 September for all current consoles, ranging from the Wii all the way up to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Even the Nintendo 3DS is getting in on the fun.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEpM67QFslg">YouTube</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 preview</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/MEpM67QFslg" 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-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"> Amazon US opens 3D printing store for customized items </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 seems that Amazon is getting in on the 3D printing craze. Sure, the online retailer has been selling makers and parts for some time, but now you can purchase and customize your very own items <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=8323871011">direct from Amazon</a>, at least in the United States (to start).</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll find a couple hundred items available in the store, but not all of them are fully tweakable. The 3D-printed bobblehead (priced at US$29.99; a bit less than &pound;18) is perhaps the best example of something you can make your own, with Mii-like facial characteristics you can swap in with ease. No word on this new storefront hitting the UK, but it&rsquo;s a promising first step for Amazon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/doodle-your-own-drone-3d-printing-pen/news">Doodle your own drone with a 3D printing pen</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="687" title="Amazon 3D printing" alt="Amazon 3D printing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-3dprint.png?1406682180" /> </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-fitbit-finally-works-windows-phone-smartphones-replace-hilton-room-keys-and-dis#comments 3D Printing Amazon Fitbit Gaming Windows Phone Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1443504 at http://www.stuff.tv