Android http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/reviews en-GB Android 4.5 http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 17/04/14: A leaked Google+ app design shows off plenty of red. But is it too much? </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="1024" height="768" title="What does Google&#039;s newest OS have in store for Android fans?" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-4.5-rough.jpg?1397790798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but already we&#39;re craving a new sugar fix.</p> <p>Luckily, Google I/O is set to kick off in late June, and we expect to see the latest and greatest generation of Android take centre stage.</p> <p>Here&#39;s what we think we know so far:</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dessert menu </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>Traditionally, Android versions have been named after deliciously sweet edibles in alphabetical order from gingerbread to ice cream sandwich to the most recent KitKat, and we can&#39;t see that trend stopping anytime soon.</p> <p>The letter &#39;L&#39; is next on the list, and rumours so far point to everything from Ladoo (a popular ball-shaped Indian sweet) to Lollipop (which should be familiar to most readers).</p> <p>Given the worldwide spread of Android, we&#39;re putting our money down on the latter, but at this stage, nothing&#39;s certain. Remember Key Lime Pie?</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 poshest lollipops we&#039;ve ever seen." alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lollipops.jpg?1397790798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s new Android style is internally referred to as &#39;Moonshine&#39;, according to <a href="http://According to Android Police" target="_blank">Android Police</a>&#39;s source.</p> <p>The newer design is much flatter and cleaner, taking a leaf out of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>&#39;s design book.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colourful flat circular icons, coupled with KitKat&#39;s existing transparent status bar and navigation buttons provide a much cleaner, less cluttered minimalist look, which we&#39;re definitely fans of.</p> <p>The new icons follow on from the flattening and simplification of Google&#39;s online icons, and Android Police has managed to mock up the new 4.5 Hera Gmail interface according to the information it currently has. Pretty, isn&#39;t it?</p> <p><strong>Update 17/04/14:</strong> A <a href="http://www.googleplusdaily.com/2014/04/is-this-next-major-version-of-google.html" target="_blank">leaked .apk </a>for the Google+ app shows off more design changes that could make their final way into the final build of Android 4.5.&nbsp;</p> <p>Current Google+ app users will notice that the grey navbar is now a bright red - matching the Google+ logo - but the major change lies with the menu background shading, which is an impossible-to-ignore red.</p> <p>Currently, when you bring up a menu within an app in Android, the screen behind the menu is greyed out slightly to draw attention to the menu. It appears that, for the Google+ app at least, this has changed to a bright shade of red.</p> <p>Personally we find it too much. It&#39;s distracting and not easy on the eyes at all. Perhaps different apps will have different shades, but we&#39;d rather Google kept things consistent across the entire OS.</p> <p>Clearly there&#39;s plenty of time for things to change, and we&#39;d bet our entire gadget collection that Google&#39;s design team is working away on hundreds of tweaks as we speak.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7 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="759" height="569" title="New Android 4.5 icons" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-4.5-leak01.jpg?1397790798" /> </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="Icon comparison " alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-android-icons.jpg?1397790798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="600" height="450" title="New Gmail interface mock-up" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4.5-gmail.jpg?1397790798" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="663" height="497" title="Seeing red" alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/googleplusnew.jpg?1397790798" /> </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"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/04/06/rumor-googles-plan-to-bridge-chrome-android-and-search-to-do-everything-on-your-device/" target="_blank">Android Police</a>, the 4.5 update is known internally as Hera. The site is confident that all the information it possesses about Android 4.5 is accurate, although it stresses that things could very well change leading up to the official unveil in June.</p> <p>Hera is reportedly centred around the unification of Android and Chrome, and features a special Chromium build designed to run on Android.</p> <p>A big change that Android 4.5 brings to the table is functional multitasking windows, which shows off apps as interactive HTML 5-powered windows that are able to carry out actions as opposed to just being a static list of screenshots of open apps.</p> <p>That means you could, for example, reply to an email straight from the multitasking window without having to fully enter the main app.</p> <p>HTML 5 integration could therefore dramatically change the way in which we interact with Android devices, making basic actions far more powerful.&nbsp;The overall aim is to make the transition from Desktop to mobile seamless. Android 4.5 could see you start a task on your laptop, before opening it up on your phone as an interactive card when you&#39;re on the go, so you can carry on from where you left off.</p> <p>Looking up an address on google Maps before dashing out the door could, for example, have Google Maps automatically open on your phone so that you don&#39;t have to go digging for the address again.</p> <p>Sadly we know little else about just how deeply HTML 5 will be integrated into Android, but we&#39;re definitely excited to see what Google has in store for us all.</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="1680" height="1291" title="Powerful multitasking actions " alt="Android 4.5 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexusae0_wm_gradient.png?1397790798" /> </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"> Release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 4.5 (which we&#39;ll call Lollipop for the time being) is expected to be officially revealed on 25 June at Google I/O.</p> <p>If Google sticks to tradition, it will launch initially on the Nexus 6, in addition to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.</p> <p>We&#39;ll continue to update our Android 4.5 preview with all the latest info, so stay tuned.</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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:50:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435432 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung: Tizen phone and Android Wear smartwatch coming this year http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 will see the arrival of the first smartphone equipped with Samsung’s new operating system </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="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-range_0.jpg?1397715847" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A Samsung executive has confirmed that the company plans to launch a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meego-dead-long-live-tizen/news">Tizen</a>-based smartphone and an Android Wear-based smartwatch before the end of 2014.</p> <p>Speaking to Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of product strategy at Samsung, said that at least two phones sporting the Tizen operating system were in the works &ndash; and that the first, a high-end model, was due to launch around the end of the second quarter of 2014 (likely May).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung will still rely on Android as the main platform for its smartphones, but hopes that Tizen &ndash; developed in-house and debuted in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a> smartwatch&nbsp;&ndash; will eventually account for at least 15 percent of its handsets.</p> <p>Speaking of smartwatches, Yoon had something to say on those, too: first, that Samsung eventually wants its Gear watches to be compatible with all Android smartphones rather than just its own Galaxy devices; and second, that it plans to launch an Android Wear smartwatch later this year.</p> <p>Seems like Samsung thinks there&rsquo;s plenty of scope for it to enjoy the best of both worlds.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-samsung-elec-sales-idUSBREA3F09320140416">Reuters</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><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"> Samsung launching Android Wear watch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Smartphones Wearable tech Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:34:38 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435575 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-apple-iphone-5s/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The eternal battle between Apple and Samsung rages on as we compare both companies’ flagship phones point-by-point </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="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone-5s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Their names may be quite similar, but the Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 are very different smartphones indeed. If you&rsquo;re thinking of buying one of these two flagships, don&rsquo;t pull the trigger without first consulting our point-by-point comparison (which you&rsquo;ll find by scrolling down the page, by the way).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">Apple iPhone 5s review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The days of Apple&rsquo;s iPhones being streets ahead of everything else out there in terms of build quality are over &ndash; but not on account of Samsung. While the HTC One (M8) is arguably better put together than the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a plastic phone with a removeable back. True, it&rsquo;s the best-made plastic phone with a removeable back that Samsung&rsquo;s engineers have produced to date, but it&rsquo;s still a long way behind the 5s (and most other flagship smartphones) when it comes to solidity. Crank up the volume on the S5&rsquo;s speakers, for instance, and the casing will begin to vibrate.</p> <p dir="ltr">All that jazz about the S5 being waterproof? Well, it&#39;s true that you don&rsquo;t have to worry about sending the S5 into a watery grave when you&rsquo;re at the beach. But when you&rsquo;re about to charge the Android smartphone via its microUSB cable? The cover that protects the microUSB port from water will be a real pain to remove. Every. Single. Time.</p> <p dir="ltr">And while we&#39;re talking ergonomics, don&rsquo;t forget: the iPhone 5s&rsquo; Lightning connector plugs in both ways. But on the looks front alone, it&#39;s clear to anyone with a set of functioning eyes and a sense of taste that the iPhone is a better prospect. Samsung may be making great strides in design every generation of smartphone it makes, but Apple has already crossed the finish line.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Apple iPhone 5s</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2001.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2001.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Do we need to say who&rsquo;s the clear winner here? No really, do we have to say it, if we tell you the S5 has a 5.1in display packed with 1920 x 1080 pixels? Oh, by the way, the iPhone 5s sports a 4in screen with 1136 x 640 pixels.&nbsp;Still not convinced who the winner is? Consider the S5&rsquo;s pixel density, raking in 432 pixels per inch while the iPhone 5s doesn&rsquo;t even come close at 326 pixels per inch.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now if we&rsquo;re not spelling this out clearly enough, the S5 uses a Super AMOLED display. You know, the type that treats your eyes to the most fantastic viewing experience even if you hold the phone at a distance. Try doing that on the iPhone 5s. Chances are, you&rsquo;ll be squinting and bringing the phone closer to your eyes. Or maybe your eyes need an upgrade.</p> <p dir="ltr">We know that screen size isn&#39;t everything, but on the numbers alone, the winner is obvious. The iPhone 5s has a good screen. The Galaxy S5 has a fantastic one.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</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="740" height="555" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2002.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we&#39;re playing the numbers game, this is a round Samsung would seem to have firmly in the bag: the S5 boasts a 16MP rear camera capable of capturing 4K video, while the iPhone 5s has an 8MP sensor and 1080p video capabilities.</p> <p>Of course, there&#39;s more to things than that, and the iPhone takes wonderful shots in almost all conditions (its dual-LED flash helps provide better skin tones at night and indoors) while the Galaxy S5 is more suited to outdoor photography. In good light, the S5 delivers amazing shots time and time again with little need for fiddling or adjusting settings. The iPhone is a better performer in the gloom, but overall we think the S5&#39;s outdoor detail and punch &ndash; not to mention its abilities with 4K video capture &ndash; give it a slight edge here.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2003.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2002.JPG?1397657734" /> </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"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Galaxy S5 sports Qualcomm&rsquo;s latest 2.5GHz quad-core Krait processor &ndash; a Snapdragon 801, to be precise &ndash; and marries it to 2GB of RAM for impressive all-round performance. Having chucked all manner of apps and games at it, we&#39;ve found it performs near-flawlessly with everything. There&#39;s the occasional stutter when navigating Samsung&#39;s own UI, but nothing we&#39;d call problematic.</p> <p dir="ltr">Apple, meanwhile, touts the virtues of the 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s. But do you really <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/whats-all-fuss-about-64-bit-smartphones-iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-anyway/feature" target="_blank">need a 64-bit processor</a>? In the long run, yes. But right now, the main purpose of Apple&#39;s 64-bit processor is to power the iPhone&#39;s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.&nbsp;Even without a 64-bit processor, having four cores running at 2.5GHz on the S5 is going to make the iPhone 5s&rsquo; dual-core A7 look like a chump.</p> <p dir="ltr">Theoretically, anyway: it&#39;s difficult to compare two phones that run different operating systems, but we can&#39;t say that the (dual-core, sub-1GB of RAM) 5s performs noticeably poorer than the Samsung S5. We&#39;ll have to call this round a tie, but Apple&#39;s 64-bit talents may give it an edge in the future.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Draw</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2004.JPG?1397657734" /> </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"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Features? The S5 has loads. Wireless charging, check (with an optional case). Siri, we mean, S Voice? Still there. How about Samsung&#39;s famous air gestures that lets you cycle through images without even touching the screen? All included.</p> <p dir="ltr">That fingerprint scanner? True on all accounts. Like the iPhone 5s, the sensor is located on the home button, allowing you to secure the S5 with a swipe of your thumb. It does more, too - Samsung&rsquo;s integrating PayPal payment with the scanner. </p> <p dir="ltr">That heart rate monitor located beside the camera? No more excuse to be a slob, especially when the S5 keeps reminding you to get off your lazy backside.</p> <p dir="ltr">The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, is fairly light on these kinds of bells and whistle. The Touch ID scanner feels slicker than the S5&#39;s equivalent, it&#39;s true, and there&#39;s the M7 motion coprocessor that can track activity even when the phone is &quot;asleep&quot; &ndash; but aside from that there&#39;s little to differentiate it from the iPhone 5 it replaces.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2005.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-fingerprint_0.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">2800mAh versus 1560mAh. If only it was this simple to determine the winner based on numbers. While the S5&rsquo;s battery is nearly twice as large as the iPhone 5s, don&rsquo;t rule out the fact that the Android smartphone is a hungry hungry hippo with its larger screen, more pixels, and all those power-consuming features that run in the background. </p> <p dir="ltr">However, Samsung has packed in a power-saving mode that, by shutting off non-essential functions and transforming the colour screen to a greyscale one &ndash; will last for a full day on standby mode, even when you only have 10 per cent of your power left.&nbsp;Any phone that lasts for more than a day, in our books, is a winner. And that&#39;s even before you consider the S5&#39;s removeable battery, which means you can buy a second one and swap them out to give you even more on-the-go usage.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2006.JPG?1397657734" /> </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"> UI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s the classic Android versus iOS match-up. The S5 has none of the limitations that the iPhone 5s imposes on its users. You can freely transfer files between the S5 and your desktop or laptop. It has loads of apps on the Google Play Store, and at times, exclusive apps only available on Samsung devices. Everything that&rsquo;s great about the Android interface gets bumped up with more customised features to give you easier access.</p> <p dir="ltr">But it can get overwhelming. Samsung has traditionally packed its phones with bloatware that complicates the user experience. Its calendar app, for example, is a far cry from the simple UI on the stock Android interface. Samsung&#39;s customised apps, meant to integrate the features of the phone, add too much to the table (that said, we&#39;ve found TouchWiz on the S5 to be its best iteration yet, and Samsung has streamlined things to a welcome degree &ndash; it&#39;s still not as clean as stock Android or iOS, but it&#39;s getting there).</p> <p dir="ltr">On the other hand, for iDevices, even when it comes to wireless file transfers, you&rsquo;ll need to use AirDrop. Apps are curated before they even make it into the App Store. Say all you want about the Apple&rsquo;s restrictive measures on iOS, it works if you&rsquo;d rather be told what you can or can&rsquo;t do with iOS.</p> <p dir="ltr">It&#39;s a matter of personal choice which you prefer, but for most day-to-day users, the certainty that the curated App Store offers will likely make the difference between Android and Apple. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Apple iPhone 5s</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2003.JPG?1397657734" /> </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"> 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 iPhone 5s is a wonderful smartphone &ndash; and still the best choice for anyone who can&#39;t bring themselves to part with iOS &ndash; but when looked at side-by-side with the Samsung Galaxy S5, the latter wins out. A bigger, clearer, brighter screen; longer battery life; a larger crop of features that you won&#39;t find on any other handset &ndash; the S5 has many advantages over Apple&#39;s flagship, and thus we&#39;re happy to say it&#39;s overall the better of the two phones. But with Apple due to unveil the 5s&#39; successor before the year is out, don&#39;t be surprised if the pendulum swings back in Cupertino&#39;s favour soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2007.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple vs Samsung: the battle of the flagships </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android Apple Galaxy S5 iOS iPhone 5S Samsung Smartphones Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:18:51 +0000 Will Findlater 1432871 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: More evidence for games on Apple TV, Half-Life completed in record time and how Android was originally touchscreen-free http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-more-evidence-games-apple-tv-half-life-completed-record-time-and-how-android-w <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our daily round-up of all that’s going on in the world of gadgets </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="A huge heat sink suggests the next Apple TV will be built for gaming" alt="A huge heat sink suggests the next Apple TV will be built for gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-tv-heat-sink.jpg?1397612980" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New evidence for Apple TV’s move into video games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve long suspected that a future edition of the Apple TV would support video games &ndash; and a newly-filed patent from the company suggests that it&rsquo;s preparing for a gaming future by drastically increasing the size of the device&rsquo;s heat sink. This heat sink may be necessary to help cool a larger, more powerful A7 processor &ndash; the kind necessary for running games, in other words.</p> <p>A recent <a href="http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Amazon+Fire+TV+Teardown/23856">iFixit teardown</a> reveals that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news">Amazon Fire TV</a> box, which supports games, boasts a similarly large heat sink.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2014/04/apple-patent-reveals-larger-apple-tv-heat-sink-right-for-gaming.html">Patently Apple</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"> Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP </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>After 12 years, Microsoft is no longer supporting Windows XP. The company is aware, however, that a few hold-outs aren&rsquo;t keen to ditch the venerable OS yet, and in an effort to encourage them to adopt Windows 8.1 is offering an &pound;80 discount on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-video-review/video">Surface Pro</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Surface Pro 2</a>. In order to qualify for the deal, all you have to do is order the tablet from the <a href="http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msuk/en_GB/DisplayHomePage">UK Microsoft Store</a> using a PC running XP. Doing so will apply the discount immediately.</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="Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP" alt="Microsoft offering cheaper Surface Pro to wean you off Windows XP" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-2-review-screen_0.png?1397612980" /> </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"> Watch Half-Life completed in a mere 20 minutes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original <em>Half-Life</em> was a game worth savouring, its story and presentation rewarding players who took time to smell the metaphorical roses as they battled through the &ldquo;unforeseen consequences&rdquo; of Black Mesa&rsquo;s resonance cascade.</p> <p>But try telling that to a group of speedrunners who&rsquo;ve been plotting a record-breaking play-through of Valve&rsquo;s iconic shooter since 2010. After years of practice, they&rsquo;ve nailed it, completing the entire game (without cheats) in a shade over 20 minutes. You&rsquo;ll need a strong stomach to watch it (there&#39;s a LOT of bunny-hopping) but it&rsquo;s embedded above, should you feel the need to see something quite pointless and yet amazing today.</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/VtI5HM7GVGY" 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"> Before Apple revealed the iPhone, Android didn’t support touchscreens </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 almost impossible to believe nowadays, with 99 percent of smartphones dispensing with physical keyboards, but there was a time when Google had no plans to make its Android OS touchscreen compatible. One of the documents to come to light during the recent Apple versus Samsung legal spat has revealed a 2006 specification for Android (as yet unannounced to the public) &ndash; and touchscreens were not on the agenda.</p> <p>A passage in Google&rsquo;s document reads: &ldquo;Touchscreens will not be supported. The product was designed with the presence of discrete physical buttons as an assumption.&rdquo; It does however note that &ldquo;there is nothing fundamental in the product&rsquo;s architecture that prevents the support of touchscreens in the future&rdquo; &ndash; and good thing, because shortly after Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 it swiftly became apparent that touchscreens would define the immediate future of smartphones.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/04/13/heres-what-android-looked-like-before-the-iphone/">Recode</a>]</strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Could you imagine Android without touchscreens? Us neither" alt="Could you imagine Android without touchscreens? Us neither" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-logo.jpg?1397612980" /> </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> Android Apple Gaming Surface Pro Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:51:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435429 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality is king for Sony’s latest slab of Xperia smartphone </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="1889" height="1417" title="Sony Xperia Z2 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z2.jpg?1397667706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphones are all about compromises. Squeezing a hi-res screen, compact-level camera and huge battery into something the size of a Kit-Kat isn&rsquo;t easy. Usually, something has to give.</p> <p>Unless, it seems, you&rsquo;re Sony. The Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises - on screen, sound, camera or battery life. So it&rsquo;s perfect, right? Well, it&rsquo;s close. It turns out this 5.2in slab of metal and glass won&rsquo;t even compromise its stunning design for something as important as the size and shape of human hands.</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"> £600.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Premium design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Gorgeous screen that’s perfect for movies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Water resistant </div> <div class="field-item even"> Smartphone camera worthy of the Sony name </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"> Premium price </div> <div class="field-item even"> Big, uncompromising build gets awkward </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Bits of bloatware </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only 16GB of storage built in </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"> Why so soon? </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 the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> just six months old, this new Sony flagship could be accused of making only incremental upgrades. However, the Z2 is more than just a made-over Z1, thanks to a new 5.2in screen which Sony has cleverly engineered into a thinner and lighter body. The 20.7MP sensor in the camera is also slightly bigger, capable of shooting 4K video and bristling with new features.</p> <p>The Z2 also arrives with the latest version of Android, KitKat, out of the box too - the Z1&rsquo;s still waiting for its own upgrade. But it&rsquo;s in its screen and camera smarts that the Sony really shines...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3252295021001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3252295021001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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"> A Screen to lock yourself away with </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 Z1&rsquo;s 1080p screen was big, colourful and pin-sharp, but it suffered from one major problem - poor viewing angles. Watched off axis, colours would fade away and text would become tricky to decipher</p> <p>Not so the Z2, which has improved performance immeasurably. Viewing angles on the new 5.2in IPS display may not be quite perfect, but it&rsquo;s no longer a critical flaw.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not the only way the Z2 improves on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Z1&rsquo;s screen</a>. Colours - which were already eye-popping - are now even more vivid thanks to Sony&rsquo;s Live Colour LED tech. Stick on a full HD video and you&rsquo;ll also notice that contrast is outstanding and detail plentiful. Apps, emails and webpages look crisp and clean and you can even geek out and tweak the white balance. The viewing experience is further enhanced by the clear and loud stereo speakers, which Sony has moved to the front of phone and which rival the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s</a> for quality, if not volume.</p> <p>For settling down at home or giving Planet Earth another viewing on the train, the Sony&rsquo;s screen is simply superb. Living with it, there are a couple of niggles to consider. Firstly, the black, featureless front of the Z2 is a fiend for reflecting light and seems to delight in showing up both fingerprints and specks of dust. Secondly, it&rsquo;s not quite as bright as the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, making its rival a better bet for outdoor use.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s Sony&rsquo;s X-Reality engine - a feature which supposedly enhances the picture, but which in our time with it seemed to overdo things. It might be switched on as default, but turning it off is one of the first things we&rsquo;d do. And finally, as beautiful as 1080p movies look in Sony&rsquo;s own app, in every other video player app the picture looks dim even cranked up to full brightness. Which is a shame.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s not perfect, then, but none of these flaws are major, and in almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 versus HTC One (M8)&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="Eye-caressing 1080p screen " alt="Eye-caressing 1080p screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-screen-1.png?1397667706" /> </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="Movies Unlimited is one of Sony&#039;s excellent media services " alt="Movies Unlimited is one of Sony&#039;s excellent media services " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-movies-unlimited.png?1397667706" /> </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"> A Camera that&#039;ll trounce your compact </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 a smartphone camera, the Z2 is capable of taking downright incredible photos.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s no surprise considering it&rsquo;s packing a 1/2.5in, 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with an f/2.0 lens. Stills are punchy, well exposed and have tons of detail to crop into across all the resolution options - 8MP, 15.5MP, 20.7MP. Framing and autofocus are seriously speedy, too. Point the Z2 at your subject and, combined with its processing power and brilliant screen, it&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re looking straight through the smartphone. And instantly too. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As well as including tons of fun features (try background defocus for wow factor), Sony&rsquo;s kept its excellent manual controls. EV, ISO, white balance, focus modes and more are on hand for the times when you want to tinker with your shots. And getting to know them all is a good idea, because you won&rsquo;t always get the best shots from the Z2&rsquo;s Superior Auto mode.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s generally very good, switching to its excellent macro or night modes quickly and flawlessly. But at other times, it seems to struggle. Point it into direct sunlight, for instance, and it won&rsquo;t do such a good job with exposure. It doesn&rsquo;t always have the night vision of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a> in very low light, either, but then again it&rsquo;s better at snapping faces without the need for the flash indoors - a much more useful talent, in our book.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13779359504/in/set-72157643800388303/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Video can be shot in 1080p and 4K and in both instances footage is seriously smooth, even when walking about, thanks to Sony&rsquo;s SteadyShot stabilisation. A warning for those planning to shoot a 4K movie, though: after a couple of minutes the Z2 often gets too hot, flashes up a warning, then abruptly stops shooting - we hope Sony&rsquo;s working on fixing this, as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> handles the rigours of 4K just fine.&nbsp;</p> <p>All in all, the Z2 does require a bit of work to get great photos and footage, meaning that it&rsquo;s not the most practical phone to go out snapping with: it&rsquo;s a bit unwieldy compared to lighter or curvier phones and the rear camera is right in the top corner of the device. Hello, giant blurry fingerprint.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, for many it&rsquo;ll be worth the effort. We&rsquo;re yet to pit it against <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia&rsquo;s 1020</a> but there&rsquo;s no question the Z2 is one of the best smartphone cameras we&rsquo;ve come across, if you can use it to its full potential.</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="We won&#039;t say no to this 20.7MP camera - and no hideous bump either " alt="We won&#039;t say no to this 20.7MP camera - and no hideous bump either " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera.png?1397667706" /> </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="Easy to access Xperia camera features " alt="Easy to access Xperia camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera-features.png?1397667706" /> </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"> A Gallery-worthy design, but your hands might not like it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the HTC One and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8)</a> were taken out of the equation, the Z2 would comfortably be the classiest Android phone on the market - a real object of desire. It&rsquo;s so beautifully finished, with smoothly rounded corners, an all-glass back and machined aluminium edges, that we&rsquo;re tempted to install a rotating plinth for it in our living room.</p> <p>Next to the Z1, it fits more screen into a lighter body, and with all the port flaps closed it has the same water resistance rating (IP55/58) as its predecessor, so it&rsquo;s safe from splashes and can even take underwater swimming pool pics. We haven&rsquo;t dunked this unit yet but we&rsquo;ll update the review when we have.</p> <p>However, a gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design, and it&rsquo;s here that the Z2 falls down. Although it&#39;s a heavy smartphone, it&#39;s not the weight that&#39;s the issue; rather, it&#39;s that the Z2&#39;s toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you&#39;re dealing with a 5.2in diagonal span of glass, ergonomics really count. Z2 Compact, anyone?</p> <p>Even the massive <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> can feel easier to manage than the Z2, and our love for the Z2&#39;s brilliant camera and screen have been dampened by practicality problems; just picking it up from a flat desk can be awkward.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a happy middle ground between form and function, and the Z2 doesn&#39;t quite find it. Put simply, this is a phone you need to pick up before you pre-order. If its shape works for you, you can get back to appreciating everything it does brilliantly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) 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="An early example of Sony&#039;s Blue Period" alt="An early example of Sony&#039;s Blue Period" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-lockscreen.png?1397667706" /> </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="Play find the microSD card slot " alt="Play find the microSD card slot " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-power-button.png?1397667706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Two gorgeous designs but we find the HTC more hand-friendly " alt="Two gorgeous designs but we find the HTC more hand-friendly " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-vs-htc-one-m8.png?1397667706" /> </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"> An Android skin that&#039;s (mainly) clutter-free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s customised Android interface does a much better job at compromising in the right places. Now layered on top of the latest version of the OS - Andoid 4.4, KitKat - it&rsquo;s one of the smartest and cleanest you can get, up there with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC&rsquo;s grown-up, uncluttered Sense 6.0</a>.</p> <p>Sony hasn&rsquo;t messed around too much with the standard Android menus, contacts, email or messages and its Walkman, Movies and Music Unlimited apps are equally as user-friendly as Google&#39;s best, whether you&rsquo;re loading your own files or looking for an impulse media buy. It can even run small windowed apps (including widgets) on top of another running app, getting good use out of that spacious 5.2in screen.</p> <p>Sony has also picked up the best gesture-based tricks of its rivals and quietly added them to the Z2. So, raising the phone to your ear answers a call, and tapping the screen wakes the device up. One handy time-saver is better than five half-baked features, and the Z2 knows it.</p> <p>Just one thing: Sony&#39;s now on the slippery bloatware slope that Samsung is finally managing to crawl back up. Unwanted software additions don&rsquo;t take up too much space on the Z2&#39;s interface for now, but there&#39;s danger of it creeping in all over the place. When we swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Google Now, we&rsquo;re not looking for Sony&#39;s What&rsquo;s New suggestions, already present as a elsewhere as a standalone homescreen widget. No more bloatware, Sony. That way is folly.</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="A familiar Sony homescreen " alt="A familiar Sony homescreen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-Android.png?1397667706" /> </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="Google Now has a new buddy when you swipe up the screen " alt="Google Now has a new buddy when you swipe up the screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-what%27s-new.png?1397667706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Small apps like calendar run on top of what you&#039;re doing " alt="Small apps like calendar run on top of what you&#039;re doing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-small-apps.png?1397667706" /> </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 Z2 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"> <ul> <li><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in 1920x1080 Triluminous display (424ppi)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>RAM</strong>: 3 GB&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 (KitKat)<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP, 4K video rear, 2.2MP front, 1080p video&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD up to 64GB)&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Battery</strong>: 3200mAh&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Weight</strong>: 163g</li> </ul> </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"> Plenty of Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MJgPO1mIH5T/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The Sony absolutely flies in use, a fact that can be put down to its speedy 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and rival-besting 3GB of RAM. The relatively uncluttered Android experience probably helps to keep running smooth, too.</p> <p>In fact, the only stutters we&rsquo;ve encountered in days of putting the Z2 through its multi-tasking, gaming and downloading paces are the occasional lag when scrolling through the calendar or browser, running as small apps on top of others. Once or twice. That&rsquo;s it.</p> <p>The benchmarks agree. AnTuTu gives our Z2 a score of 32,504, which is slightly below the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One (M8) </a>but which still puts it in the upper echelons of high-performing 2014 smartphones. Then there&rsquo;s Geekbench 3, which gives 2489 to the Sony, with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> scoring 2551. (Higher is better in both cases.)</p> <p>As with the Z1, the only worry here is that whenever the Z2&rsquo;s Snapdragon is overworked - shooting 4K video or heavy gaming - the handset heats up and, as we mentioned, with 4K video the Z2 will actually stop shooting if it gets too hot.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> A Stamina mode to save the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there&rsquo;s one thing super-powered smartphones compromise on, it&rsquo;s battery life - if you want the best handset, you usually end up with a microUSB cable next to your pillow. The Z2&rsquo;s battery isn&rsquo;t game-changingly good but it is reliably excellent and will always last the day.</p> <p>With a 5.2in screen to power, that reliable battery life is partly down to it having a bigger 3200mAh battery than the Z1&rsquo;s 3000mAh unit, and also thanks to its Stamina mode. We&rsquo;ve been fans of this Sony-specific feature for a while, as it does a cracking job of conserving juice by powering down the phone&#39;s data connection when the screen&#39;s turned off.</p> <p>If the brightness is cranked up (and you&rsquo;ll need it to be when you&rsquo;re outdoors), battery does suffer. On our 1 hour 15 minute commute of hammering the Xperia hard, it dropped by 29%. On balance this is no better or worse than most rivals, but our reigning battery champ, the LG G2, will still wipe the floor with it.</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="That 64% will last longer than you think" alt="That 64% will last longer than you think" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-photos-screen.png?1397667706" /> </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"> Sony Xperia Z2 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>Of the 2014 flagships we&rsquo;ve seen so far, the Xperia Z2 is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice. This is a true converged gadget that&rsquo;s capable of taking brilliant photos and playing videos at cinephile quality, but also one where practicality has taken a backseat. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>So, while it might not be for the Reddit-obsessed, constantly connected, live-to-social-network geek, it&rsquo;s ideal for the person for whom quality is the only measure that counts. If you have the time and inclination to show this Sony some love, it will return it in spades. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing&rsquo;s for certain - if Sony can stay true to its &lsquo;better not bigger&rsquo; tagline, the rumoured Sony Z2 Compact is going to be one seriously impressive smartphone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s top ten of the best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 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="Clever and classy but difficult to live with " alt="Clever and classy but difficult to live with " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-homescreen.png?1397667706" /> </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 Z2&#039;s competition is tough " alt="The Z2&#039;s competition is tough " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-vs-htc-vs-samsung.png?1397667706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </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"> 9 </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"> 10 </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>Classy, clever and with talent in spades, if the Z2 was easier to live with it would be unstoppable</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"> Sony Xperia Z2 review: &quot;The connoisseur’s choice&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android MWC 2014 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:43:43 +0000 Sophie Charara 1431521 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be revealed in September http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Note 4 rumours surrounding a launch at IFA 2014 have sprung up like clockwork </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="And so it begins..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be revealed in September" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1.JPG?1397184582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review </a>has only recently landed, but already the rumour mill is turning its attention to its large brother, the Galaxy Note 4.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, the latest rumours point to a reveal at IFA 2014, which is set to kick off on 5 September.&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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news#comments Android IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:40:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435203 at http://www.stuff.tv Nikon launches Android-powered S810c and lens-swapping 1 J4 cameras http://www.stuff.tv/android/nikon-launches-android-powered-s810c-and-lens-swapping-1-j4-cameras/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One’s built for social, the other’s built for speed </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="Nikon 1 J4" alt="Nikon 1 J4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nikon-1-j4-orange.jpg?1397125938" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nikon has ripped the wrappings off a pair of new cameras: the Nikon 1 J4 compact system camera and the Nikon S810c Android-powered point-and-shoot.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It comes with a 3in touchscreen and built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to instantly share photos to your tablet or smartphone, as well as use a selection of apps to control creative functions.</p> <p>Nikon has yet to confirm pricing for the 1 J4, but has announced that it will be on sale from June.</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="Nikon 1 J4 in black" alt="Nikon 1 J4 in black" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-1-j4-black.jpg?1397125938" /> </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 1 J4 is available in four colours: orange, black, silver and white" alt="The 1 J4 is available in four colours: orange, black, silver and white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-1-j4-silver-top.jpg?1397125938" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Nikon 1 J4" alt="Nikon 1 J4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-1-j4-white.jpg?1397125938" /> </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"> A second shot at Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nikon Coolpix S810c is the company&rsquo;s second shot at a compact point-and-shoot camera with Android (the first being the somewhat underwhelming Coolpix S800c, which we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nikon/nikon-coolpix-s800c/review">reviewed</a> back in October 2012). Nikon describes it as a &ldquo;significant improvement&rdquo; over its predecessor thanks to a 12x optical zoom lens, 16MP CMOS sensor, wider 3.7in touchscreen, 4GB of built-in storage and the inclusion of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (no word of a KitKat upgrade as yet).</p> <p>Using the S810c&rsquo;s Wi-Fi connection, you can download photo apps like Instagram, Snapseed and VSCO Cam from the Google Play Store in order to edit and share your shots online. And of course you can also install the likes of Facebook, Flickr and Twitter and upload images and videos straight to them.</p> <p>The Nikon Coolpix S810c will be on sale from 24th April, priced at &pound;250.</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="Nikon Coolpix S810c" alt="Nikon Coolpix S810c" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-s810c-front.jpg?1397125938" /> </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="Nikon Coolpix S810c" alt="Nikon Coolpix S810c" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-s810c-back.jpg?1397125938" /> </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/nikon-launches-android-powered-s810c-and-lens-swapping-1-j4-cameras/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Digital compacts Nikon System Cameras Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:26:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435197 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 - eight reasons to upgrade http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S4&#039;s a great phone, but the S5&#039;s even better. Here are eight reasons to consider upgrading (and three reasons to stick with what you&#039;ve got) </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 Galaxy S5 (left) and Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Admit it - you&#39;re looking at your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> in a new light since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> arrived.</p> <p>Don&#39;t worry, we all get phone envy from time to time - and never more so than when a new flagship arrives to knock yours down a notch in the smartphone pecking order.</p> <p>So should you upgrade from the S4 to the S5? Or are you better off sticking with what you&#39;ve got? Here are our findings.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1) It&#039;s toughened up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones may be crafted from beautiful slabs of the finest, er, plastic, but where the S4 was prone to creaking and flexing under pressure, the S5 feels far more robust. It&#39;s also waterproof and dustproof to the IP67 certification - which, according to Samsung, means it&#39;s safe from &quot;rain, liquids, sand, dust and sweat&quot;. Quite why anyone would sweat all over their phone is a mystery to us, as is why rain and sweat aren&#39;t considered liquids anyway. But there&#39;s no denying that this is A Good Thing for a phone to be.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini 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="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 Galaxy S5 is tougher" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-and-s4-cameras_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) It&#039;s easier on the eye(s) </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>Two things to bear in mind here - firstly, the S5&#39;s far more physically attractive than the S4, particularly in its Charcoal Black variety. Not attractive in an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> way, maybe, but certainly more pleasant to spend time with than its predecessor, thanks to its metal-look edges and dimpled back. Secondly, it also has a nicer screen. Now in pure spec terms the S4 has a higher pixel density than the S5 (441ppi to 432ppi), but despite that, we prefer the newer phone&#39;s screen: it&#39;s brighter, text is crisper and colours seem just a little more vibrant.</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 S5&#039;s screen is a beauty" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </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) It&#039;s joined the 4K club </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>How important this is to you will depend on whether you have a 4K television or not. What&#39;s that? You don&#39;t have a 4K TV and don&#39;t know anyone who does? Well never mind - you&#39;ll keep your new S5 for at least a year, and by this time next year 4K TVs will be a lot more affordable. And that&#39;ll mean you&#39;ll be able to shoot 4K video on your phone and watch it on your TV, thus making up for the fact that there&#39;s barely any content yet available in 4K anyway.</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="4K FTW!" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_1.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4) It has more megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three more, to be precise - giving it a total of 16MP to the S4&#39;s 13MP (see, we knew our maths GCSE would come in handy one day). That means you can crop into photos more drastically, helping to make up for the fact that the camera lacks an optical zoom. That&#39;s not the only improvement to the camera, either: it also focuses far more quickly and has a nifty post-shot &#39;Selective focus&#39; feature which genuinely works.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-zoom/samsung-galaxy-s5-zoom-snapped-wild/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom is snapped in the wild</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 S5&#039;s camera now has 16 megapixels to play with" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_38.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5) It&#039;s finger friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know the S4 had a touchscreen too, but it didn&#39;t have a fingerprint scanner, did it? Well the Galaxy S5 does, and it can do more than just unlock your phone - authorise payments for Samsung apps or PayPal transactions, for instance, or access private files. Hopefully Google Play access will follow soon - being able to pay for all new apps with a press of the finger would be a mighty cool feature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</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="Give it the finger..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-fingerprint.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6) It doesn&#039;t stutter (quite as 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>One of the big disappointments with the S4 was that despite packing a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, it stumbled and stuttered far more often than we&#39;d have liked. Not when doing the hard stuff such as playing the latest 3D games, bizarrely, but when performing simple tasks such as moving around home screens and closing galleries. Crazy. Still, the S5, with its Snapdragon 801 chip, doesn&#39;t appear to suffer to quite the same extent - it&#39;s not flawless, but it trips up far less frequently. Just as importantly, TouchWiz - the Samsung skin which sits over Android 4.4 KitKat - has been stripped back and simplified, making it easier to use. When combined with the bug-free operation, the whole user experience feels far slicker on the S5.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5</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="TouchWiz is now a far slicker experience" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_31.jpg?1397123031" /> </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) It tears through downloads </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 S5 has a new feature called Download Booster, and you can probably guess from its name what it does. That&#39;s right - it&#39;s a social media app for a heavy metal festival. Not really. Download Booster boosts your downloads by using both 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously where possible. We say &#39;where possible&#39; because you&#39;ll obviously need both a Wi-Fi connection and 4G sim for that to work. But even if you&#39;re still stuck on 3G, the fact that the S5 has 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO wireless tech should speed up your connection.</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="Quicker downloads are ALWAYS a good thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-download-booster.jpg?1397123031" /> </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) It&#039;s roomier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the S4 and S5 have expandable memory via microSD card, but where the S4 can only handle a maximum of 64GB, the S5 will take a 128GB card. Alright, so a 128GB microSD card will set you back at least &pound;100 - a 64GB card can be had for about &pound;30. One caveat: Android 4.4 KitKat changed the way that apps work with external storage in order to improve security. The result is that you won&#39;t necessarily&nbsp;be able to copy all of your apps on to your microSD card; some will work, some won&#39;t. But music, videos, photos etc - they&#39;ll all be fine. And if you&#39;ve got a serious Spotify offline-syncing habit, 64GB won&#39;t go far.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one-m8-vs-htc-one-six-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) - six reasons to upgrade</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="You can up the S5&#039;s storage by 128GB - on the S4 it&#039;s 64GB" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </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"> 1) But... it&#039;s harder to hold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although the S5&#39;s screen is a mere 0.1in larger, the handset itself is noticeably bigger in the hand. If you&#39;re small handed - or just don&#39;t want to risk ever dropping your phone - you might be better sticking with the S4.&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 S5 is a physically bigger handset" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-screen_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </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"> 2) It&#039;s no night owl </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 some reason, Samsung&#39;s got rid of the Night Mode from the S5&#39;s camera, instead suggesting that you use the Picture Stabilisation mode in low light. That&#39;s fine - but the option to turn it on is hidden within a menu, and if you didn&#39;t know that&#39;s what it was for you&#39;d never guess.</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="Wherefore art thou, Night Mode?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_75.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) It&#039;ll cost you </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 new Galaxy S5 will set you back &pound;525, SIM-free, and if you&#39;re anything like us, you don&#39;t have that kind of money lying around. The S4&#39;s price will only go down from here - whether on contract or SIM-free - so sticking with last year&#39;s tech could be good for your wallet. Us? We&#39;d always choose the &#39;spend money we don&#39;t have on shiny gadget&#39; option, but then we&#39;re irresponsible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 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="Save money or upgrade?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-colours_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </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/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature#comments Android Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:40:32 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435135 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first two of 2014&#039;s flagship phones are here – but which should you buy? </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 HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 square up" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-01.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Deciding which smartphone to upgrade to is the hardest thing in the world. Seriously - it&#39;s on a par with naming your firstborn, or deciding which pizza to go for after a night on the town.</p> <p>Well, your choice just got even tougher - because the first of 2014&#39;s flagship smartphones have arrived, in the form of the&nbsp;Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance, there&#39;s only one winner here. The HTC One (M8) is a truly beautiful thing - all brushed metal, subtle curves and precision-engineered speaker grilles. It&#39;s a bigger phone than its predecessor the HTC One, and might have lost a smidgeon of design flair due to its rounded edges, but at the same time that makes it more comfortable in the hand.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 could never really be described as beautiful. Striking, maybe. Practical, definitely. But not beautiful in the way that the M8 is. For starters, it&#39;s a wholly plastic affair, and while Samsung&#39;s wisely given it a nice, grippy back, it just doesn&#39;t feel like the kind of lovely <em>objet d&#39;art</em> that you&#39;ll be wanting to fondle at every opportunity. Neither is it as solid as it might be - sure, it doesn&#39;t creak in the way that the S4 did, but pump up the volume through the built-in speakers and you&#39;ll hear the back vibrating.</p> <p>Live with the phones for a few days and the Samsung closes the gap a little. The fact that it&#39;s water- and dustproof to IP67 is a major bonus given how often we drop our phone down the toilet (that&#39;ll teach us to play games when we should be, uh, attending to our business), while the removable battery could be useful on long journeys. It&#39;s also shorter than the M8 but no wider and has a bigger screen - those expertly milled speaker grilles on the HTC may look nice, but they sure do increase the bezel size.</p> <p>Overall though, we&#39;ve got to give this category to the M8. It&#39;s one of the best looking and best built phones we&#39;ve seen, and any owner of one will be proud.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is a truly beautiful thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_PerRight_GunMetal.jpg?1397653233" /> </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 Samsung Galaxy S5: plastic fantastic?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-three-quarter_0.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ooh, this is a close one. The HTC One (M8)&#39;s had a major spec bump from the original One, getting a 5in full HD screen where its predecessor had to make do with a 4.7in effort. A pixel density of 441ppi is high enough that you really won&#39;t notice the individual pixels, and both text and icons are incredibly sharp. It&#39;s plenty bright enough, serves up vibrant colours and has excellent viewing angles, with our only minor gripe being that the palette tends a little towards the green side.</p> <p>Despite the S5&#39;s slightly smaller shell, Samsung&#39;s managed to find space for a slightly bigger 5.1in Super AMOLED display. Like the M8 it has a 1920x1080 resolution, giving it a pixel density of 432ppi; you won&#39;t notice any difference between them on that front. What you might notice is quite how bright and vibrant the S5 is - it&#39;s superb for outdoor viewing, adjusts cleverly to different lighting conditions and doesn&#39;t fade even when viewed at extreme angles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, we can&#39;t choose between them - they&#39;re both too good to be losers in this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung&#039;s screen is a stunner..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </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="...but the HTC&#039;s is gorgeous too" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER </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 close call here. Both these phones are powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, with the only difference being that the S5&#39;s core is clocked at 2.5GHz to the M8&#39;s 2.3GHz. In our tests, the M8 achieved a massive AnTuTu score of 36,149, with the S5 racking up&nbsp;29,730.</p> <p>All of which is great, without necessarily telling us a lot about how they fare in the real world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, both phones tear through the latest 3D games and both play full HD videos without a flicker of protest. The S5 makes more obvious use of its power through software features such as Multi Window, but the M8 seems a little slicker when scrolling through home screens and opening apps and widgets. So, given that you&#39;ll likely be doing a lot more of the latter than the former, we&#39;re going to give this round to the M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC racks up a massive score on AnTuTu" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s more than one type of power, of course, and the S5 has the advantage when it comes to battery life. </p> <p>Inside that shell you&#39;ll find a&nbsp;2800mAh cell, which in standard Android flagship fashion lasts for a full day&#39;s use. It&#39;s not quite up there with the LG G2 for longevity, but the&nbsp;new Ultra Power Saving Mode helps: switch it on and 30% of battery will last another 3.3 days. Even with a mere 4% it&#39;ll survive the half hour until you get home. What&#39;s more, the battery is swappable. Now we don&#39;t know how many people actually buy a spare battery and carry it around with them for emergencies, but&nbsp;a battery that can be replaced with a fully charged alternative is always going to beat one that&#39;s stuck inside its (admittedly quite pretty) metal shell.&nbsp;</p> <p>The M8, meanwhile, gets a 2600mAh battery that again lasts for roughly a normal day&#39;s use. Just a slightly shorter day. So the S5 definitely takes this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s removable battery could come in handy" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </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"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two entirely different approaches here, with the S5 going for the cram-the-megapixels-in strategy and the M8 for the let&#39;s-make-it-good-for-the-real-world angle. But which is better?</p> <p>In general daytime use, it&#39;s got to be the S5. It&#39;s superfast, focusing in an incredible 0.3s; well, that&#39;s what Samsung says - all we know is that it locks on in an instant. Colours are accurate, contrast is good and with 16MP to play around with, there&#39;s bags of detail to shots. Cropping in to pics is easy peasy too, thanks to the sheer number of pixels on offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Give it more challenging conditions and it&#39;s a different matter. In low light, images are too grainy, plus Samsung&#39;s ditched the Night Mode from the S4 and replaced it with a Picture Stabilisation option. Fine, except that that option is now hidden away inside a menu. All of which means that you won&#39;t get great results from it down the pub.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) is pretty much its polar opposite. Its snapper has a mere 4MP sensor, but as with the original One, it uses bigger &#39;Ultrapixel&#39; sites for benefits in low light. But that&#39;s not all. The M8&#39;s gained a second sensor and lens and a second flash. The new sensor/lens combo is there to capture depth information, giving the phone Lytro-like refocus-after-you&#39;ve-taken-picture skills. And it works really well. The S5, meanwhile, uses software to do a similar thing, but with less impressive results.</p> <p>The M8&#39;s new flash improves colours in murky conditions - specifically skin-tones - which further adds to the HTC&#39;s advantage when you&#39;re shooting indoors or at night. But cropping is a no-no, because there&#39;s not much information in a 4MP photo.</p> <p>Choosing between the two approaches is tricky - it&#39;s like saying which is best out of chocolate and cheese. So we won&#39;t attempt it - this round&#39;s another tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Snap! And snap again! (Two cameras, see)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </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"> OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both these phones run the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, but each has its own skin on top. The M8 gets HTC&#39;s Sense 6 interface, and very nice it is too. Chief among its attractions is BlinkFeed - a beautifully balanced blend of social media updates and news from your choice of topics, which sits on a screen of its own. The Sense 6 version can also handle RSS feeds, which is nice, plus it learns what you like and presents that to you first. It&#39;s not quite enough to beat the S5&#39;s interface on its own, but BlinkFeed is definitely a big string to the M8&#39;s bow.</p> <p>As an OS, Sense 6 is fairly restrained and nicely customisable. Other than giving you BlinkFeed, it doesn&#39;t ram itself down your throat with unnecessary apps, and that&#39;s fine by us. It does have a few other nice touches, though, including the ability to turn on the screen by double-tapping the phone and to swipe straight into BlinkFeed or your last-opened app even when the phone is off.</p> <p>The S5 gets Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz skin, and the good news is that it&#39;s finally been toned down from the in-your-face version we&#39;ve seen on previous Galaxy phones. Icons are simple, key apps such as the S Planner calendar have been cleaned up and stripped back, and all the Samsung bloatware - sorry, essential apps - are nicely tidied away within their own folder.</p> <p>The big new feature is My Magazine, which is powered by Flipboard and aims to serve up a BlinkFeed-like experience. It doesn&#39;t quite succeed, with nowhere near as many customisation options and no way to integrate calendars and RSS feeds, but hopefully future updates will improve it. And of course you get all of Samsung&#39;s other software tricks as seen on the S4 - eye tracking tech, the S Health app and much, much more.</p> <p>Personal taste will go a long way to determining which of the two you prefer, but for us, the HTC&#39;s cleaner interface and useful touches such as tap-to-unlock and BlinkFeed beat the throw-everything-at-it approach of the S5.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="My Magazine on the Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_35.jpg?1397653233" /> </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="BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main.jpg?1397653233" /> </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"> OTHER FEATURES </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>Bit of an uneven contest, this category. The S5 is awash with extra talents, while the M8 sticks to the tried-and-tested. So on the Samsung, you get a fingerprint sensor, heart-rate tracker and super-fast downloads. And on the M8 you, er, don&#39;t.</p> <p>The S5&#39;s fingerprint scanning doesn&#39;t work as well as it does on the iPhone 5s, but you can use it to pay for Samsung apps and authorise PayPal transactions and the like, which means it&#39;s more than just a fancy way to unlock your handset. The heart-rate tracker integrates with the S Health app and checking your pulse soon becomes quite addictive thanks to the array of graphs on offer. The Download Booster feature, meanwhile, uses Wi-Fi and 4G together to speed up your downloads. Obviously.</p> <p>The HTC lacks none of the essentials but, dual sensor camera aside, offers little functionality that the S5 doesn&#39;t. Both devices have upgradeable storage via microSD. Both have NFC. In fact the only other features it has which the S5 doesn&#39;t are its front speakers - still the best we&#39;ve heard on a phone, and a genuinely useful thing to have. That said, this category is all Samsung&#39;s.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s heart-rate tracking in action" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_49_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </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"> 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>As head-to-heads go, you won&#39;t get much closer than the HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5.</p> <p>In many ways they&#39;re similar phones - both have big, beautiful screens, both have more power than they realistically need, both run the latest, and greatest, version of Android. But it&#39;s the differences between them that ultimately decide this battle.</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for a phone with masses of extra features - from fingerprint scanning to heart-rate-tracking to waterproofing to a removable battery - then you should go for the Galaxy S5.</p> <p>If you&#39;re more bothered about owning a beautiful object, both in terms of its physical build and the software that runs on it, then you&#39;ll be better off with the HTC One (M8).</p> <p>For us, the extras you&#39;ll get from the S5 don&#39;t compare to the joy you&#39;ll gain from the M8. And that&#39;s why it&#39;s our overall winner.</p> <p><em><strong>Overall winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></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>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) 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="And our winner is... the HTC One (M8)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_Silver.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) </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"> The Android flagships square off </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Android Galaxy S5 HTC One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:04 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435052 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the stunning LG G Watch and Moto 360, the first Google Android Wear smartwatches http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 08/04/14: LG G Watch will undercut the Samsung Gear 2&#039;s price when it lands by the end of July </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="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" alt="Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360, the first Google smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-main.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has, out of the blue, announced Android Wear - a version of Android designed specifically for watches. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/easily-best-looking-smartwatch-weve-ever-seen-shame-it-isnt-real/news">With no similarly impressive-looking iWatch</a> on the horizon, Apple must be kicking itself.</p> <p>Both LG and Motorola have revealed smartwatches that will be running Android Wear, and the LG will be the first Google watch to hit shelves when it lands sometime between April and June this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The core functionality of Android Wear smartwatches is based on search and contextual awareness.&nbsp;</p> <p>As with Google Glass, saying &quot;OK Google&quot; will initiate a search, which you can then use to look up information, open apps or even send messages - it&#39;ll transcribe your voice. Frankly, it looks stunning.</p> <p>Other scenarios imagined in the promo videos include functionality we&#39;re familiar with from the Google Now app, such as reminders of your meetings, navigation info for how to get there and real-time feedback on your arrival time. The context awareness will also extend to flashing up QR code tickets when you&#39;re at the airport or cinema and warnig you if there are jellyfish in the sea when you&#39;re jogging down the beach to catch some waves.</p> <p>Naturally, Google watches will have wellness in mind too, with exercise tracking and reminders being a part of the device&#39;s repertoire.</p> <p>Android Wear devices will also let you fire up a music playlist on your smartphone or tablet, as well as cast a film to your TV. Yes, that is cool.</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="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-ui.jpg?1397012243" /> </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="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-bike.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Wear UI" alt="Android Wear UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </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>It&#39;s not yet clear how the devices will operate, but Google has created a beta SDK for developers so that existing apps can send notifications to Google watches powered by Android Wear. On the developer video, Android&#39;s Director of Engineering David Singleton says the preview SDK &quot;will allow you to extend your Android applications still running on phones and tablets to provide ricer experiences for the new form factor,&quot; which suggests that rather than doing all the hard graft themselves, Android Wear watches are mirrors for the Android phones and tablets with which they&#39;re paired. That&#39;s good news for battery life, a constant issue for wearables - particularly those with nice, big colour screens.</p> <p>The first Android Wear devices are the square LG G Watch and circular Motorola Moto 360, but we can expect to see many more Android Wear-powered watches over the coming months: other partners include Asus, HTC, Fossil and Samsung, who clearly haven&#39;t written off Android as a smartwatch platform just yet, despite dropping it in favour of Tizen for its follow-up Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear Neo devices.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 preview</a></strong></p> <p>Indeed, Singleton says &quot;We&#39;re working with consumer electronics manufacturers, chip makers and fashion brands who are committed to fostering an ecosystem of watches in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes.&quot; Sounds like there will be an interesting variety on offer.</p> <p>For now, let&#39;s take a closer look at what LG and Motorola have prepared.</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/0xQ3y902DEQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="808" title="Android Wear sports notifications" alt="Android Wear sports notifications" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-wear-smartwatch-sports_0.jpg?1397012243" /> </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 G Watch - square and business-like </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s G Watch opts for a Sony Smartwatch 2-esque square design, but most of the finer details are still under wraps. It&#39;ll be &#39;compatible with a range of Android smartphones&#39;, and like all G Wear devices will be voice-activated: say &#39;OK Google&#39; and it&#39;ll spring into action just as the Motorola Moto X smartphone does. The G Watch appears to take other design cues from its maker&#39;s past Google-branded efforts: there&#39;s more than a hint of Nexus 4 in its finish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-4/review">Google Nexus 4 review</a></strong></p> <p>Other details: the LG G Watch will &#39;present a low barrier of entry for developers and offer the best experience for users&#39;, reads the PR. This suggests it should rely on standard developer tools and, hopefully, won&#39;t cost too much - two key elements to getting the whole wearable trend off the ground and on people&#39;s wrists. It&#39;ll be out in Q2 2014.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/128341-lg-g-watch-release-date-by-july-and-less-than-180-in-the-uk-hands-on-pictures" target="_blank">Pocket-lint</a> has confirmed that the LG G watch will land before the end of July for less than &pound;180. Whether or not that translates to &pound;179.99 remains to be seen, but either way it&#39;s going to look tempting next to the Samsung Gear 2 which is expected to arrive with a noticeably larger price tag.</p> <p>The Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit are only a tenner more at &pound;190, and we&#39;ll have to wait and see what goodies the LG G watch is packing before we can truly compare which choice offers more bang for your buck. Stay tuned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" alt="LG G Watch, the first Android Wear watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-watch_1.jpg?1397012243" /> </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"> Motorola Moto 360: circular and sexy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much detail about Motorola&#39;s 360 aside from a picture showcasing a rather gorgeous circular screen and what appears to be a sensor on the back - could this be a fitness and wellness tracker that captures heart rate data in addition to providing notifications, navigation and search? That would seem sensible to us.</p> <p>Moto&#39;s dabbled in circular screens before - remember the beautiful Aura feature phone? - so although it looks like a concept device, the 360 is entirely plausible in its design. According to the site, it&#39;ll be available in summer 2014&hellip; and frankly, it looks stunning. We could actually see ourselves wearing this, just as we could Gabor Bologh&#39;s beautiful smartwatch concept. Still - who needs fantasy now?</p> <p>We&#39;ll have more on both watches and on Android Wear as details emerge, as we&#39;re as excited to see what&#39;s next as you are. Stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>Update 20/03/14:</strong>&nbsp;Moto has dripped out a little more information on the Moto 360. For starters, it&#39;s confirmed that there&#39;s no charging port or pin, which gives the watch a clean, natural look. It&#39;s keeping mum on the details, but we&#39;re assuming the 360&#39;s battery supports wireless charging.</p> <p>Speaking of which, while the exact battery life hasn&#39;t been shared, Motorola stressed that it&#39;s aware of the importance that consumers place on battery life and that battery life was one of the most important priorities when designing the 360. Sounds promising.</p> <p>Pricing and availability remain a mystery, but Motorola has confirmed that the 360 will launch globally on the summer.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">The 8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="769" height="577" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-front.jpg?1397012243" /> </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="769" height="577" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-back.jpg?1397012243" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="590" height="442" title="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" alt="Meet Android Wear, Google&#039;s platform for wearables and smartwatches" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-aura.jpg?1397012243" /> </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/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news#comments Android Google Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:38:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433895 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most feature-packed smartphone on the planet, 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="Forget the hype, the Galaxy S5 is here" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know what you&rsquo;re getting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before you even unbox it, because this is a 2014 superphone. Big, bright screen. Oodles of power. Brilliant camera.</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"> £540.00 </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">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> plenty of power </div> <div class="field-item even"> sharp, vivid screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> detailed snapper </div> <div class="field-item even"> tons of features </div> <div class="field-item odd"> waterproof </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 design that few will find beautiful </div> <div class="field-item even"> UI can still be confusing </div> <div class="field-item odd"> not the best camera indoors and in low light </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"> Big on Design DNA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there&rsquo;s one obvious way that Samsung still falls behind its rivals, it&rsquo;s industrial design.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4&rsquo;s</a> clammy, all-plastic build didn&rsquo;t feel particularly nice to hold - the kind of smartphone you really don&rsquo;t mind putting a case on. While the S5 is instantly recognisable as a Galaxy, Samsung has tweaked the design by adding a dimpled polycarbonate (still removable) back panel to give your fingers something to adhere to. In that regard it works. This is a big, wide phone but that new texture combines with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>-style metal-look ridges to make this the grippiest Galaxy yet. It&rsquo;s just as light as the S4 (OK, 15g heavier) and is also more solidly built that its predecessor, which was prone to the odd creak.</p> <p>Improving on the S4 isn&rsquo;t enough, though. Next to the impressively engineered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> the S5 looks a generation behind, with wider bezels on the front and a larger overall handprint. The G2 simply has a better screen-to-size ratio.</p> <p>Second, how a phone feels when you grab it 100 times a day is half the battle. The &ldquo;Modern Glam&rdquo; back panel still doesn&rsquo;t look the part of a &pound;600 smartphone. Perhaps it&rsquo;s exactly the sort of styling Samsung&rsquo;s hordes of fans are after, but to our eyes this is a long way from the sophisticated curves of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not saying &ldquo;go metal or go home&rdquo; (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> is a prime example of understated polycarbonate perfection) and ditching the fake stitching of the Note 3 is a good decision, but Samsung needs to think classier.</p> <p>Third, while the S5 feels solid enough, crank up the volume when watching a movie in bed and you can hear the rear speaker vibrating the S5&rsquo;s back panel fairly vigorously. That&rsquo;s not something you&rsquo;d expect from a flagship such as this.</p> <p>In short, we&rsquo;re not enamoured by the S5&rsquo;s aesthetics, but perhaps there are those out there who will be. Besides, Samsung&rsquo;s form has function - IP67 waterproofing. Just make sure the back panel and port covers are properly fitted. No-one wants a soggy battery.</p> <p>UPDATE: Samsung has sent us over a Charcoal Black model and we&#39;re much more taken with it than our original Shimmery White unit. Our design criticisms still stand but this is definitely the model we&#39;d go for - we&#39;re yet to eye up Electric Blue and Copper Gold.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) 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="It looks like a Galaxy, it feels like a Galaxy " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_27.jpg?1397658223" /> </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 outgoing Galaxy S4 has a smaller handprint than the taller S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_69.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Metal-look ridges remind us of the Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_60_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re much more taken with the black Galaxy S5 " alt="We&#039;re much more taken with the black Galaxy S5 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-review-black.png?1397658223" /> </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"> Big Screen: 5.1in, Super AMOLED </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>Fortunately the screen will more than distract you from the S5&#39;s divisive aesthetics. At 5.1in, it&rsquo;s only just bigger than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4&rsquo;s</a> - but it&rsquo;s now a dazzling Super AMOLED display.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s still full HD resolution, so there&#39;s a slight drop to 432ppi from the S4&rsquo;s 441ppi, but you really won&rsquo;t notice. What you will notice is how bright it is, how easy it is to read outdoors and how vibrant the colours are.</p> <p>And to combat criticism over alien hues, Samsung&rsquo;s adapt display setting automatically switches screen mode depending on what you&rsquo;re doing - Dynamic mode to make home and lockscreens really pop, and Cinema mode for a natural palette for movies. It&rsquo;s the smartphone screen equivalent of having your cake and eating it.</p> <p>We were obviously excited when the (ultimately unfounded) rumours of a 2K screen surfaced, but while that&rsquo;s not what we&rsquo;ve ended up with this is plenty sharp and there are excellent viewing angles. It&rsquo;s not quite the very best - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> offers a larger screen, crisper picture and slightly better contrast in a smaller body. But the S5&rsquo;s display is still an absolute stunner.</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-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="A Super AMOLED stunner " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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"> Big Camera: 16MP, 4K video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The S5&#39;s is a very impressive smartphone snapper.</p> <p>For a start, the autofocus is seriously quick. Samsung reckons it&rsquo;s as fast as up to 0.3s; we can&rsquo;t count that quickly, but we do know it&rsquo;s one of the nippiest we&rsquo;ve seen on a phone.</p> <p>The 16MP sensor captures accurate colours, good contrast and masses of detail when used outdoors in good light, so it&rsquo;s a superb ad-hoc tourist cam. Its improved HDR mode is one of the best we&rsquo;ve used, too - it&rsquo;s lightning quick and the results in tricky light are close to magic.</p> <p>But indoors it&rsquo;s only so-so, and in low light it&rsquo;s comfortably beaten by the night vision of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>. Colours stay accurate but images look too grainy to be usable. Zooming in on landscape shots? Yes, go for it (after all, it&#39;s not something you can do very effectively on the 4MP One (M8)). Your mate&rsquo;s face in a dimly lit restaurant? Not so hot.</p> <p>Selective focus - Samsung&rsquo;s version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review" target="_blank">Lytro</a>-like tech so in vogue right now - offers near focus, far focus and pan focus after you&rsquo;ve taken the shot. The subject closest to you has to be 50cm or nearer and, unlike on the HTC, the mode has to be selected before you start snapping. But even though it&rsquo;s software-based, with no extra sensors, it works fairly well and is a cool feature that&rsquo;s a cut above the slightly gimicky software tricks Samsung has been guilty of in the past.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="280" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13713898094/in/set-72157643635998415/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The camera app itself has been simplified, too, with one big boo-boo: Samsung&rsquo;s ditched its night mode altogether. For low light shots Samsung suggests its new Picture Stabilisation mode, but this is hidden as a toggle in the phone&rsquo;s main settings. After Auto, this is probably the most used setting, so having to jump through hoops to get to it is a misstep.</p> <p>As for video, the S5 joins the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a> in the 4K club - footage is smooth and looks as crisp as the screen you&rsquo;re viewing it on will allow. In most cases, the excellent full HD footage will do.</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 camera apps scrubs up nicely with fewer confusing modes" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_76_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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="16MP camera bump on the back of the S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera app has quick access to HDR and selective focus modes" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_73_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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"> Big on Features </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 so much going on, the S5 needs order. And this is easily the most user friendly version of Android yet to grace a Galaxy.</p> <p>TouchWiz, as it&#39;s known, has never had many fans. Big features such as running two apps side by side with Multi Window are useful, but there&rsquo;s always been a little too much confusion and clutter to it.</p> <p>On the S5 it&rsquo;s different. It&rsquo;s not quite as painstakingly crafted as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> yet and we&rsquo;re sure an S5 Google Edition (with vanilla Android KitKat) will sell well. But it is now on the road to brilliance. Tweaked icons look simple and fresh and core apps such as the S Planner calendar have been overhauled to look clean and calming next to their hectic <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4</a> counterparts.</p> <p>Where once we&rsquo;d unbox a smartphone already bloated with extra apps, Samsung downloads and free subscriptions are now tidied away in the the Galaxy Essentials and Galaxy Gifts widgets - it&rsquo;s then up to you which you install and which you ignore.</p> <p>The big addition is My Magazine, a stream of images and links to news that&rsquo;s powered by <a href="https://flipboard.com/" target="_blank">Flipboard</a> and sits to the left of the main homescreen. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC&rsquo;s BlinkFeed</a> is slightly more useful - it shows specific RSS feeds and calendar appointments - but Samsung&rsquo;s app is an equally lively way to jump into the morning&rsquo;s news. Again, Samsung is learning to be less pushy - My Magazine can be killed in the settings.</p> <p>Using the S5 can still feel overwhelming at times, mind you. The settings menu is somewhat over-stocked with options, to the extent that we gave up scrolling the icons and used the search tool. All the familiar Samsung innovations are here if you want them, including last year&rsquo;s motion gestures (eye tracking, touchless scrolling, etc) neatly tucked away in their own section. It&rsquo;s worth noting that none of these are as useful and intuitive day-to-day as the One (M8)&rsquo;s swipe- and tap-to-unlock gestures.</p> <p>Then there are the new features...</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="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_06_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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="Multi Window running Facebook and a video shot with the S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_41_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s app drawer, newly cleaned up " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_37_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="My Magazine, alone in the courtyard " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_34_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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"> Samsung Smart Switch: how to ditch iOS the Samsung way </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>Samsung&rsquo;s recognised that one of the biggest obstacles to getting an S5 is the hassle of having to move all of your media and messages from your outgoing handset, particularly if it&rsquo;s an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone</a>.</p> <p>Samsung Smart Switch is genius - accessed through the Galaxy Essentials widget, it works with Android and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a>. Enter your iCloud details and it downloads calendar appointments, memos, contacts and bookmarks. It took just half an hour for us. Google Play equivalents of apps are suggested to ease the transition and iTunes libraries can be moved over via the PC or Mac version of Smart Switch.</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"> The S5&#039;s heart-rate monitor in action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/M5KHgvv25Wu/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></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-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"> Big on BPM </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>Heart rate tracking has been added to Samsung&rsquo;s redesigned S Health app, which already boasts pedometer, exercise and food-tracking sections. Once accessed through the app it&rsquo;s quick to take readings, requiring only a finger press to the sensor that sits below the rear camera. It&rsquo;s very accurate, too - within a couple of BPM of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio</a>.</p> <p>But the beauty of heart-rate monitoring is that it enables more focused training, and for that to be really effective it needs to be constant, as it is with a sportswatch such as the aforementioned TomTom or Samsung&rsquo;s own Gear Fit.</p> <p>Having said that, checking your heart rate can become weirdly addictive (there&rsquo;s even a graph) and yet another feature to add to your S5 bragging session as you show off what it can do. And S Health itself remains a great free tool for beginners, with workout goals, audio guides and step counting.</p> <p>If you&#39;re frustrated with what S Health is capable of, Samsung&#39;s announced that Endomondo integration is on its way (complete with bespoke apps for the Gear 2 and Gear Fit) as well as plans to bring more fitness services such as Strava into the S Health fold in 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fitness is obviously part of Samsung&rsquo;s big picture and it&rsquo;s way out in front with the S5. But that&rsquo;s not all the phone fondling you&rsquo;ll be doing.</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="Someone&#039;s excited about the Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_49_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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="S Health tracks steps, exercise, heart rate and food. But who tracks S Health? " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_55_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Press your finger for a heart rate reading. The future? " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_54_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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"> Big on Fingerprints </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/M5KwVnxHZ7U/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Fingerprint scanning is an awesome, futuristic feature, especially in terms of mobile payments, so it&rsquo;s good to see Samsung joining <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">Apple</a> in including it.</p> <p>The implementation isn&rsquo;t as slick as Apple&rsquo;s - you have to swipe from the screen down over the oval-shaped button and often find your fingers sliding off the edge of the plastic phone. However, it does allow you to register fingerprints to pay for Samsung apps, authorise PayPal transactions and access private files on the phone. There&rsquo;s no Google Play integration yet, so we hope to see it in a future update.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s 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-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"> Big on Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Maybe it&rsquo;s the tweaks to TouchWiz, maybe it&rsquo;s the extra grunt from Snapdragon&rsquo;s blazing 2.5GHz 801 processor. But with the Galaxy S5, Samsung&rsquo;s finally produced a phone that makes full use of the power underneath its hood.</p> <p>For all its gaming and multi-tasking prowess, it was the small things that could trip up the S4 - opening the gallery, widgets blinking and reloading on its homescreens. Not so with the Galaxy S5 - it&rsquo;s not quite as effortlessly fluid as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>, but moving through the UI is as lag-free as we&rsquo;ve seen from a Samsung. It doesn&rsquo;t hurt that the S5 can play back a 4K video in one window while you scroll through Facebook in the other, either.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t top the benchmark charts, scoring lower than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a> and Samsung&rsquo;s own <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a> with 29730, but such figures are far less important than the day-to-day user experience.</p> <p>Connectivity is super fast, too, backed up by a decent <a href="https://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider/sunspider.html" target="_blank">SunSpider</a> benchmark score of 779.0m/s. Downloads that are already lickety split thanks to MiMO Wi-Fi (ten seconds for a <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.mobile.android.ui" target="_blank">Spotify</a> album, less than a minute for big Google Play games - depending on your internet connection, of course) get even quicker with Samsung&rsquo;s Download Booster. With a 4G sim in place, the S5 uses both Wi-Fi and 4G to, well, boost download speeds. We&rsquo;ve never seen a blue bar hop so fast.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3256133908001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3256133908001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 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>Operating system</strong> - Android 4.4.2</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 @&nbsp;2.5GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 5.1in Super AMOLED with 1920x1080 resolution (432ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong> - 16MP rear (UHD @30fps), 2MP front (1080p)</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16/32GB (microSD expandable by up to 128GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, USB 3.0, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 2800mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 142x72.5x8.1mm/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"> Big on Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life on the S5 is strong, matching the usual roster of top Androids in lasting a full day.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s not quite up there with the juice-sipping&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, which easily lasts a day and a half no matter what you throw at it, but that device remains a freaky smartphone anomaly.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unlike either the G2 or the HTC One (M8), though, the Samsung&#39;s battery is swappable. For some people this is a deal-maker - if you&#39;re organised enough to carry a spare with you, it&#39;s a feature to cherish.</p> <p>On an hour&rsquo;s commute of listening to offline Spotify playlists, editing in Google Drive and checking emails over 4G, the 2800mAh battery will plummet by about 30%. There&rsquo;s a new Ultra Power Saving Mode, though, which limits the phone to apps such as phone, messages, internet and memo and changes the screen to grayscale. That&rsquo;s enough to see 30% of battery last 3.3 days, while 4% will get you half an hour before lights-out.</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 2800mAh is swappable - good news for power users " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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 monochrome Ultra Power Saving Mode " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_57_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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"> Samsung Galaxy S5 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>There&rsquo;s plenty to brag about with the S5 - a glorious screen, superb camera, Multi Window apps, fingerprint scanning. If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design - inside and out - seriously.</p> <p>And yet, while it does everything you expect from a 2014 flagship phone, it doesn&rsquo;t quite go above and beyond to the same extent as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>, which is that little bit slicker, more stylish and joyful to live with.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a mighty close call, though, and Samsung fans have no reason to be disappointed.&nbsp;The fact is, this is a smartphone that&#39;s just millimetres from greatness. Samsung&#39;s problem is that its competitors are closer still.</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="Plenty to brag about " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_78_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </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="Waterproofing win - the cover over the microUSB port " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_61_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Design tweaks are going in the right direction " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_-smartphone_review_01_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Not as covetable as the HTC One (M8) but it&#039;s close " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_66_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset 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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Big, bold and stuffed with tech, the Galaxy S5 is a bona fide superphone with some very stiff competition</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"> Samsung Galaxy S5 review: &quot;millimetres from greatness&quot; </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"> Stunning power, screen and camera, but it has some serious competition </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Galaxy S5 MWC 2014 Samsung Smartphones Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427663 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s 2014 tablet arrives before its flagship smartphone - if you liked the Tablet Z, you’ll love this </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="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review " alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-main-apps-drawer.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony builds lovely kit. Consoles, smartphones, TVs, tablets - all with super specs, expensive materials and the best components. But it&rsquo;s never crafted a tablet that&rsquo;s more than the sum of those parts.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item even"> Perfect screen for movies </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Light </div> <div class="field-item even"> All day battery life </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"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> No killer first/third party tablet apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Big bezels = a very wide tablet </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"> A Textbook Tablet Refresh </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 outgoing Xperia Tablet Z is selling for around &pound;330, so what&rsquo;s in this year&rsquo;s refresh to convince us to part with &pound;400? Choice tweaks, that&rsquo;s what.</p> <p>The Z2 Tablet looks almost identical to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-tablet-z/review">Tablet Z</a>, making for a fun session of spot the difference. The hardware has slimmed down half a centimetre to just 6.4mm (somehow making the 7.5mm <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air</a> look fat) and it now weighs just 426g for the Wi-Fi-only version. That&rsquo;s ludicrously light for a 10in tablet, and even after a couple of hours arm ache won&rsquo;t be a problem for any but the feeblest of gadgeteers.</p> <p>Aside from the surprisingly powerful speakers sensibly being moved to the front of the tablet from the sides and the new placement of the now flap-free headphone jack, that&rsquo;s it for the cosmetic changes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/gallery?viewid=115912">CHECK OUT OUR FULL XPERIA Z2 TABLET GALLERY&nbsp;</a></p> <p>Like the Tablet Z, it&rsquo;s a sliver of glass and aluminium that feels almost worryingly thin, and not overly comfortable to hold, thanks to an elongated form and slight flex in the middle. The OmniBalance styling, designed to immerse you in what&rsquo;s on the screen, is finished to perfection - from the reflective skeleton frame to the statement power button, lovely to stroke matte back and artfully hidden port flaps. It&#39;s a classy design but all that fussiness is ruined by the bezels, which are huge by 2014&rsquo;s standards and make the Z2 Tablet more cumbersome than it needs to be.</p> <p>A big part of the Z2&rsquo;s appeal is its waterproofing, which is now IP58-certified (a slight improvement over the Z) so drops in up to 1.5m of water are now safe. It might be a splashproof cooking companion or a bathtime long-reads tab. Either way it means the Z2 Tablet will be more useful in more rooms of the house, and that&rsquo;s got to be a good thing. Still, with smaller, cheaper tabs here to stay, full-size tablets such as the Z2 need to work to avoid being relegated to a stay-at-home slab.</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="A classy design let down by big bezels " alt="A classy design let down by big bezels " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-build.png?1397639680" /> </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 Z2 Tablet&#039;s matte back is a fan of fingerprints " alt="The Z2 Tablet&#039;s matte back is a fan of fingerprints " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-desgin.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Don&#039;t worry, it&#039;s still waterproof " alt="Don&#039;t worry, it&#039;s still waterproof " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-headphone-jack.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Finding the microUSB port can take a while " alt="Finding the microUSB port can take a while " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-flaps.png?1397639680" /> </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"> This is What We Call a Movie Tab </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A big reason most of us want a big tablet is to give movies and TV shows the minimum space they deserve. And here the Sony shines.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s almost the same screen as the Tablet Z: a 10.1in 1920 x 1200 affair with tons of Sony&rsquo;s display tweaks - X-Reality engine, Triluminous tech and now for the Z2 &ldquo;Live Colour LCD tech&rdquo; for brighter colours. Unlike Samsung and Asus, Sony hasn&rsquo;t made the leap to 2k tablet resolutions yet, which is a shame and a bit of a surprise considering the company&rsquo;s at the forefront of 4K TV design.</p> <p>In the end all you need to know is that Sony&rsquo;s an expert on screens - this one is bright and crisp with none of the viewing angle problems that have marred Xperia phones. The 264ppi <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad Air </a>is sharper for reading text and webpages, with slightly more detail when it comes to video playback, too, but otherwise the Z2 Tablet is every bit the stunner. That&rsquo;s thanks to seriously vivid colours and the kind of brightness and contrast that makes for really punchy pictures. In ultimate terms we&rsquo;d say the iPad Air produces the more realistic colours, but the vibrancy of the Sony is mighty appealing and never jarringly unnatural.</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="That Live Colour LCD tech seems to be doing the trick " alt="That Live Colour LCD tech seems to be doing the trick " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-screen.png?1397639680" /> </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="Sony doesn&#039;t think Spidey needs a 2k tablet screen just yet " alt="Sony doesn&#039;t think Spidey needs a 2k tablet screen just yet " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-spiderman.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Text looks sharp but the iPad Air is sharper " alt="Text looks sharp but the iPad Air is sharper " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-Z2-tablet-review-text.png?1397639680" /> </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"> Apps for a 10in Sony </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>Full-size tablets have to live up to more than just media bingeing potential. How? With apps.</p> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s gorgeous, creative App Store apps designed for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">iPad</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">Samsung&rsquo;s huge bundle</a> of productivity freebies, Flipboard-style homescreens and subscriptions for the TabPro range, both greatly expand what you can do with a 10in tab. We&rsquo;re talking anything from manipulating virtual Korg synths to dragging and dropping Samsung files. </p> <p>Samsung overhauled its software offering because Google Play still isn&rsquo;t doing enough for 10in tablets. It&rsquo;s neck and neck for smartphone games and apps across iOS and Android but on tablets, the number of fantastic, optimised Android apps still trails the App Store. And Sony hasn&rsquo;t done enough to bridge the gap. Instead you get an almost untouched version of KitKat with only Sony&rsquo;s own Walkman, Movies, Album and What&rsquo;s New apps, and while that once would have been anathema to Android evangelists, they&rsquo;re too busy mucking about with their cheaper Nexus tabs to pay the Z2 much mind. </p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say Sony hasn&rsquo;t taken certain steps. There are resizeable, windowed small apps for the likes of Gmail and the browser, which is a nice multi-tasking touch (particularly if you go for the Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s keyboard case) - albeit without quite the range or flexibility of Samsung&rsquo;s rival Multi Window apps. </p> <p>The closest Sony has to a compelling must-have app is the excellent universal remote, plus neat tricks such as Wi-Fi &lsquo;throwing&rsquo; of content to bigger screens. It needs more. We don&rsquo;t mean useless, gimmicky bloatware - the likes of Samsung have grown up enough to choose a few worthwhile additions to KitKat and Sony needs to keep up.</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="An excellent universal remote app isn&#039;t enough " alt="An excellent universal remote app isn&#039;t enough " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-icons.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Walkman, Movies and What&#039;s New on the Z2 Tablet homescreen " alt="Walkman, Movies and What&#039;s New on the Z2 Tablet homescreen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-homescreen-1.png?1397639680" /> </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"> Performs and performs and performs </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 Z2 Tablet might not have that one killer feature to make us want to buy this over any other slate. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean it isn&rsquo;t a supremely reliable device in use.</p> <p>As expected, the Snapdragon 801 and 3GB of RAM combo handles everything you can throw at it with ease, from Asphalt 8 to running six small apps on top of the browser. This is a very slick tablet indeed, with high benchmark results to back up the real-world use (33782 on AnTuTu and 2030 on Geekbench 3). While we wouldn&rsquo;t recommend tilting a 10in tab to play racing games, you can hook up a DualShock PS3 controller to get your game on when surroundings allow.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no need to fear the low percentage icon when using the Z2 Tablet either. Battery life is as good as its predecessor, dropping about 10% an hour of fairly heavy use and lasting just over nine hours in our usual video rundown test (HD video loop, Wi-Fi on, half brightness). That means you&rsquo;ll rarely be reaching for the Stamina mode, a gift from Xperia smartphones, but the power saving function does make a big difference when needed.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely to be a priority when choosing a tablet but the 8MP rear camera doesn&rsquo;t let the Z2 down. It takes usable if not brilliant snaps - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Sony&rsquo;s smartphones </a>take crisper shots with better exposure but Sony&rsquo;s Superior Auto mode is on hand to change scenes as you go. The 2.2MP front camera is nice and bright for video calls, too - something lesser tabs struggle with.</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 Z2&#039;s 8MP rear camera takes usable if not brilliant snaps " alt="The Z2&#039;s 8MP rear camera takes usable if not brilliant snaps " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-camera.png?1397639680" /> </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="Sony&#039;s battery-extending Stamina mode is there if you need it " alt="Sony&#039;s battery-extending Stamina mode is there if you need it " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-battery.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Only Sony&#039;s in-ears work with the Z2 Tablet&#039;s noise-cancelling tech " alt="Only Sony&#039;s in-ears work with the Z2 Tablet&#039;s noise-cancelling tech " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-in-ears.png?1397639680" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="The metal keyboard accessory is just as slim as the tablet itself " alt="The metal keyboard accessory is just as slim as the tablet itself " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-review-keybpard.png?1397639680" /> </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"> Power Up with Accessories </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>We haven&rsquo;t had a chance to fully test out the Xperia Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s accessories yet but we have gone <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2-tablet/news">hands-on with both the Bluetooth keyboard case and the MDR-NC31EM in-ears</a> - the only buds that&rsquo;ll work with the Z2 Tablet&rsquo;s clever digital noise-cancelling tech.</p> <p>The slim, metal case isn&rsquo;t quite a Transformer keyboard but it&rsquo;s tidy enough for the occasional typing sprint on the train. There&rsquo;s also a blocky speaker dock, remote control and mic available - and the Z2 Tablet will work with Sony&rsquo;s SmartBand when that shows up.</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"> Sony Tablet Z2 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 Xperia Z2 Tablet has all the right numbers - 1920, 801, 6000. That would be enough if it wasn&rsquo;t for the fact that tablets win big on criteria you can&rsquo;t put a number on - how they fit into your life, what they allow you to do that your phone&rsquo;s simply too small for.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s still got some way to go in packaging up its screen, performance and software expertise into more than a collection of brilliant components - a tablet with a real edge over its rivals. As it is the Z2 Tablet is a great movie machine, but a tablet costing this much needs to do more, and it&rsquo;s out-worked and out-played by iPads, Samsungs and Transformers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having said all that, the single-minded approach to media consumption will appeal to many, as will the all-day battery life and waterproof construction, and there&rsquo;s absolutely nothing wrong with that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The top ten tablets in the world according to Stuff&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A solid Sony with a brilliant screen " alt="A solid Sony with a brilliant screen " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-themes.png?1397639680" /> </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"> 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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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"> 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"> 8 </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"> 7 </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>A solid Sony with a brilliant screen, this waterproof tab just doesn&rsquo;t have the edge over rival Androids </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"> Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review#comments Android Sony Tablets Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1434794 at http://www.stuff.tv Google shoots for better portraits with upcoming Android update http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-shoots-better-portraits-upcoming-android-update/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera update will come independent of KitKat too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" alt="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android_cam.jpg?1396455904" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While Google holds the advantage in the smartphone arena where flexibility is concerned, Android cameras often have a poor rep next to Nokia&#39;s Lumia series and Apple&#39;s iPhone. It&#39;s the one aspect of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Google Nexus 5</a>&#39;s performance we aren&#39;t utterly taken with.</p> <p>But the big G is certainly trying. A hefty camera update is in the works, and it brings some cool new tricks.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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"> Better photos for all, via Google Play </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&#39;s interesting is that instead of just releasing the camera tweaks with the next Android 4.4.3 update, Google&#39;s releasing the camera tweaks separately on Google Play. This is good news, as it gives some hope to non Google-stock phones (such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>) that they could also enjoy a better Android picture-taking experience. Many Android models aren&#39;t even on Kit Kat yet, after all.</p> <p>The coming update will also see burst mode shooting, face detection and RAW capture, which means every bit of data captured by the camera&#39;s image sensor will be stored. The latter feature isn&#39;t something you&#39;ll find on any smartphone outside of Nokia&#39;s excellent Lumia PureView handsets, so it sure will be interesting. But seeing how large RAW images are (30MB files are pretty standard), it&#39;s doubtful people are going to start utilise the format that much on their smartphones. Still - we&#39;d certainly take an Android phone with a PureView camera, and software tweaks like this could pave the way for just such a hybrid.</p> <p>For a refresher on how KitKat performs, check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">KitKat review</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/01/google-new-android-camera-app/" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="We still can&#039;t believe they actually made a real KitKat" alt="Google aims for selfie crowd with upcoming Android camera update" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android_kitkat.jpg?1396455904" /> </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/google-shoots-better-portraits-upcoming-android-update/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-shoots-better-portraits-upcoming-android-update/news#comments Android Google Smartphones Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:23:01 +0000 Will Findlater 1434727 at http://www.stuff.tv Galaxy S5? You'll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5 http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s latest superphone is nearly with us - but no matter how good it is, it won&#039;t be a patch on Google&#039;s most recent effort, says Mark Payton </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 Nexus 5: a masterpiece of understatement" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-001.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&rsquo;s get the disclosure bit out of the way first: this is not going to be a completely objective view of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>.</p> <p>For starters, I&rsquo;m a sucker for Android as Google intended it. I&rsquo;ve owned an arsenal of Nexus phones and tablets, and couldn&rsquo;t care less that millions of you seem to think that Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz is a thing of beauty. All I see is garish colours, cheesy icons and more misalignments than a dress made in the dark. By comparison, stock Android is lean and polished.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the fact that Samsung and HTC insist on cramming their hardware with their own apps and interface tweaks. Some are theoretically useful, assuming you live the life of the ultra-fit, hyperactive fantasy folk who populate television advertising. I&rsquo;ve never used a single one of them; they&rsquo;re the mobile equivalent of the bloatware on an HP laptop, destined to be uninstalled the moment it leaves the box.</p> <p>Lastly, there&rsquo;s the little matter of price. I wavered for all of 30 minutes before putting the cash down on a 16GB black N5 on the day of its launch. That lost half hour was spent deciding between the Nexus, Apple&rsquo;s newly released <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5s</a> and the imminent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a>. But either of the latter two would have meant putting at least &pound;200 more on the counter. At just &pound;299 for the unlocked 16GB N5, the decision&rsquo;s pretty much made for you.</p> <p>But that was then. I&rsquo;ve had the Nexus 5 by my side for five months now, so boredom should be setting in (keep in mind that my smartphone months are in dog years). HTC&rsquo;s new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One M8 is out</a> and beckoning, while <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy S5</a> will hit the stores in a few weeks. So what I have learned from life with an N5 - and is it time to move on?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) 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="Vanilla KitKat (left) and TouchWiz: polished vs garish?" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 OS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-002.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build: matt, flat, featureless… and perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You may think that there&#39;s something slightly wrong with the Nexus 5 straight out of the box. Most handsets have some sort of finish to their shells. Not the N5. It looks as though it was whipped from the production line a little too early: the surfaces are flat matt, in a way that suggests it&rsquo;s missing a final spray on the casing. But then something strange happens. Give it a week, and other handsets begin to look gaudy and greasy, while the Nexus morphs from under-cooked to a design that&rsquo;s sharp, minimalist and tasteful.</p> <p>The transformation may not happen for you, of course. Shortly after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5c/review">iPhone 5c</a>&rsquo;s launch, I was persuaded to review one in luminescent yellow with a powder-blue case. When I close my eyes, I can still see the damn thing now. I was objective about its performance and features, but every moment with the little Apple was an embarrassment - I flat refused to take it out in public. No surprise, then, that the black, almost featureless N5 is my idea of heaven. The only people who ever comment on it are Android fanboys, most of whom want to prove that their LG G2 is better (which, with that LG UI skin, is a fruitless task).</p> <p>Functionally, the Nexus is as business-like as the design. The power button is on the right-hand edge (HTC: are you watching here? It&rsquo;s the one flaw with the One that you could so easily put right&hellip;). And the volume rocker&rsquo;s on the left - easy to locate, easy to use (how much fuss can there be designing something that only does two jobs?). If you want to plug in headphones, you use the mini jack found on the top left. And if you want to charge it, head for the microUSB on the bottom of the unit. No waterproofing plastic caps, no slide-out keyboards, no funky buttons - the Nexus is as Route One as a phone design can get, and none the worse for it.</p> <p>You will find, though, that while the screen does an admirable job of repelling fingerprints, the slightly rubberised back of the unit is addicted to them. My black N5 does its best to hide the issue, but you&rsquo;re always aware of the smudges.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/10-best-google-nexus-5-apps/feature">The 12 Google Nexus 5 apps you should download first</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The &quot;sharp, minimalist and tasteful&quot; Nexus 5 " alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 design" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-003.jpg?1397223188" /> </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 back is matt and grippy" alt="The back is matt and grippy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-back-004.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Everything is where you want it to be" alt="Everything is where you want it to be" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-side-005.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: Moore’s Law no longer applies </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 spec battle between hi-end Android handsets is all good fun, but ultimately misleading. A <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Galaxy S4</a> is more or less a match for my N5 in processing power, memory and screen. Yet one responds instantly to every touch, while the other spends milliseconds scratching its chin before agreeing to your demands. In other words, the Nexus 5 is laughable value if what you really value is speed. And who doesn&#39;t? </p> <p>There&rsquo;s absolutely no lag in Android 4.4 KitKat, and the 2GB of RAM delivers multi-tasking that is instantaneous, regardless of how many apps I have open. I&rsquo;m sure the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/lg-build-google-nexus-6-and-nexus-smartwatch/news">Nexus 6 this year</a> will see an upgrade to the memory and processor, but I honestly cannot see the point. My Snapdragon 800-powered N5 does everything without fuss or delay.</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 N5 has power to burn" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 power" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-performance_3_2.JPG?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life: read my lips - they ALL last for a day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the world&rsquo;s forums are to be believed, 80 per cent of all smartphone chat is about battery life. And none are more vocal than Android forums. Owners claim everything from 30 days to 30 seconds for their handset, with countless suggestions for tweaks that&rsquo;ll squeeze another day&rsquo;s life from the device. Oh, and incessant chatter about the update or ROM that&rsquo;ll fix it all.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve always viewed the exchanges with bemusement: most handsets I&rsquo;ve owned in the last three years have show 25-30 per cent at the end of the day, and since I sleep in a bed with a plug socket nearby (I know - weird, right?), it&rsquo;s just natural to plug the phone in overnight. I&rsquo;ve never owned a phone that lasted two days, or habitually drained its juice to zero in minutes. But then, I replicate the same settings on every Android handset I use - turn off all background sync for every app bar mail and calendar, and turn off GPS (who wanders the streets needing that kind of accuracy anyhow?).</p> <p>And guess what? The Nexus 5, with its sealed 2300 mAh battery, performs precisely like every other handset. Like most of you, I hammer my phone during the day - constant email, browsing and a manual updating of apps (Evernote, Play Newsstand, Twitter etc). By bedtime, it&rsquo;s showing 25 per cent. Regular as clockwork. If I really thrash the N5 (tethering my Toshiba Chromebook to it on a one-hour train journey, for example), I can kill it by 7pm in the evening. But then, what else would I realistically expect?</p> <p>The Nexus runs Android 4.4.2, which brings a simpler interface for controlling location settings (&#39;high accuracy&#39;, &#39;battery saving&#39; and &#39;device only&#39;) and monitoring the apps that are using location to draw on your power. It works well, but - as I pointed out earlier - you&rsquo;re as well served taking 10 minutes to check how many of your favourite apps are set to background sync or push notifications. As I write, the internet&rsquo;s alive with tales of an update from Google to fix alleged Nexus 5 battery drain issues. I&rsquo;m sure that the people experiencing the problem are telling perfectly valid tales, and can&rsquo;t wait for the update to land. Me? I have no idea what they&rsquo;re talking about. Which either infers variability between Nexus 5s in build (ie mine has different components to yours), or rogue apps.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/ultimate-setup-google-nexus-5/feature">The best accessories, cases and headphones for your Google Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The N5&#039;s battery lasts for 1 SSD - that&#039;s Standard Smartphone Day" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 battery life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-battery-006.jpg?1397223188" /> </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"> Display: not designed for showroom show-offs </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>I&rsquo;ve used a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Galaxy S4</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Note 3</a> in the time I&rsquo;ve owned the Nexus 5. Both examples of the top-selling Samsungs suffered from a cold blue tint to their displays, especially evident in applications with white backgrounds (if you&rsquo;re an S4 or Note 3 owner, go grab <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.todoist&amp;hl=en_GB">Todoist</a> - you should see what I mean). The Nexus, by comparison, is more neutral, and therefore easier on the eye for long periods of time. It&rsquo;s also beautifully sharp, as you&rsquo;d expect from a full HD, 1080p display. And at 4.95in, it&rsquo;s the perfect size - so much so, that I hadn&rsquo;t noticed how much it had displaced my iPad Air in day-to-day use. </p> <p>Positioning the Nexus as a full laptop replacement would be dumb, but it&rsquo;s more than powerful and sizeable enough to bring the need for a Nexus 7, say, into question. You should find yourself setting the N5&rsquo;s brightness to around 25-30 per cent. This gives the best of all worlds - any brighter, and you&rsquo;re simply draining battery faster; any lower, and it can be a struggle to make out text and images in sunlight. I can&rsquo;t imagine why anyone would set their N5 to 100 per cent for daily use&hellip; unless they wanted to spend their days bragging about their 1920x1080 IPS+ display to friends from a distance of five yards.</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="Full HD FTW" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-screen_3.JPG?1397223188" /> </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"> Storage: giga-fetishists look away </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 common gripe among Nexus haters and owners alike is the absence of a microSD card slot; you&rsquo;re limited to either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage. Until recently, I never understood what the problem was - many popular apps didn&rsquo;t offer the option to move default file locations, so effectively rendering a microSD slot useless anyway. But the criticism has become more valid in recent months, especially with updates to Google Play Music (and the launch of All Access subscriptions), letting you choose where offline files are stored. </p> <p>Maybe I&rsquo;m unrepresentative of the average smartphone user: my Nexus 5 is a mere 16GB, but I&rsquo;ve only ever used roughly half of the onboard capacity. If you&rsquo;re the type who shoots mini Hollywood epics during the day while chomping your way through the collected works of The Beatles, go for the 32GB N5 - easy as that. Or buy yourself a USB On-The-Go (OTG) cable, and you should be able to connect your unrooted N5 to an external flash drive (check around before doing this - reports vary on compatibility).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2-vs-google-nexus-5/feature">Google Nexus 5 vs LG G2 - which is better?</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="Storage space might be an issue for power users and Google Play Music fans" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-storage-007.jpg?1397223188" /> </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"> Sound: do not turn it up to 11 </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 Nexus 5&rsquo;s speaker is the one thing that make me regret ditching my HTC One. Notice I said &lsquo;speaker&rsquo; - although you&rsquo;ll see twin grilles on the base of the Nexus, only one of them houses a loudspeaker (the other, in case you&rsquo;re wondering is a mic). I can&rsquo;t count the number of times I used the HTC One last year to show off the speakers - either playing a video for someone, or just letting it run through a playlist. But since switching to the N5, the habit has entirely gone. </p> <p>The Nexus&rsquo; speaker isn&#39;t awful - it&#39;s just painfully average. Tap the Google phone up to full volume, and you&rsquo;ll be treated to a layer of distortion and lack of dynamic range (don&rsquo;t expect much by way of bass). It&rsquo;s perfectly usable for calls day-to-day, but this is no micro hi-fi.</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 twin grilles on the N5&#039;s base hide its speaker and mic" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-speakers-008.jpg?1397223188" /> </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"> Tap &amp; Pay: and the point of this is…? </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>Boot up your Nexus 5 for the first time, and you&rsquo;ll find NFC enabled by default. Now flick through your Settings screen, and you&rsquo;ll see Tap &amp; Pay, promising that you can use your shiny new phone to pay at the nation&rsquo;s NFC-enabled tills. Only problem is, you live in the UK, so the feature&rsquo;s useless - Google Wallet isn&rsquo;t available on this side of the pond, and it&rsquo;s the only app that will bring this specific feature to life (although there are alternatives which use other apps - see below). </p> <p>Now I understand manufacturers making tech products for global audiences (just one factory line, with customisation of languages and features by territory). But I can&rsquo;t quite get why Tap &amp; Pay is enabled on a UK Nexus 5 when there&rsquo;s no damn point - unless Google is planning to launch Wallet here soon. Rumours of an imminent Wallet UK launch have been bouncing around for months now. Until then, NFC on my 5 is disabled - and with it, Tap &amp; Pay vanishes from the Settings screen.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s4/ditch-your-wallet-now-nfc-mobile-payments-explained/feature">NFC mobile payments explained</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="Oi Google! Can we please have Google Wallet in the UK?" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 mobile payments" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-tap-n-pay-010.jpg?1397223188" /> </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"> What about the camera? </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>You might notice one thing missing from this long-term test - any mention of the Nexus 5&#39;s camera. Well that&#39;s because I don&#39;t use it. Not at all.&nbsp;</p> <p>But before you cry, &#39;Ah, we&#39;ve found the Nexus 5&#39;s Achilles hell&#39;, just hang on. The reason I don&#39;t use it isn&#39;t because I don&#39;t like it; the 8MP snapper is in fact perfectly acceptable, if not best-in-class. I just don&#39;t use smartphone cameras. Sorry, but that&#39;s the way it is. If you want a proper analysis of it, you&#39;ll have to look elsewhere. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Our full review might be a good place to start</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Google Now: a snack, not the main course (yet) </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 many ways, the Nexus 5 is Google Now. It&rsquo;s the flag bearer for the latest Android upgrade (4.4), which puts Now front and centre (well, OK, swipe left or swipe up) and it&#39;s seemingly updated once a month with a host of cool new features every time.&nbsp;And with KitKat, Google is actually reversing the Android experience into Now; in basic terms, regard all of your home screens as extensions of the Now interface.</p> <p>But try as Google might, the service that attempts to predict your world still feels like an occasional snack rather than the main course. Don&rsquo;t get me wrong: I use it. But that&rsquo;s mostly as a distraction when on the train or stuck for something else to do. It&rsquo;s an in-between-time service, so not one that I couldn&rsquo;t lose (if it died, a mash-up of your current apps could be used to replace it). I also have a hunch that there are N5 owners wandering the land with no idea that Now is installed on their phone. Fresh from the box, the N5 shows two home screens - you only get the prompt to activate Now if you swipe up or begin a search: it isn&rsquo;t on by default. I couldn&rsquo;t figure Google&rsquo;s logic here on the day I got the Nexus 5, and I still don&#39;t get it now.</p> <p>On the upside, Google Search and its accompanying voice activation have finally learnt British in their most recent updates. Until a few weeks back, you needed to switch your default language to US English before the Nexus would recognise the &lsquo;OK, Google&rsquo; voice command - now, it works with the UK English, and it answers you in a plummy English accent.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-44-kitkat/review">Android 4.4 KitKat 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="Google Now in full flow" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 Google Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-Google-now-011.jpg?1397223188" /> </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"> What The Nexus 6 Needs To Fix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Google remains true to form, you&#39;ll see a Nexus 6 in November of 2014 (so honouring the annual upgrade pattern set by the N4 and N5). Expect months of rumours about octa-core processors, 4K flexible screens and gigabytes of on-board storage. All of it will be rubbish - the Nexus range has built its popularity on good specs at spectacularly low prices&hellip; it would be extraordinary if Google decided to outgun rivals spec-for-spec (and given the performance of today&rsquo;s N5, pointless). </p> <p>Me? I&rsquo;d put the money on the counter for an N5 with two simple upgrades: 1. Fix the speaker. Just &lsquo;pay tribute&rsquo; to HTC&rsquo;s One (M8); there&rsquo;s no shame in it. 2. Upgrade the battery: I&rsquo;m happy to recharge every night, but being able to hammer the N5 harder in a working day would be welcome. Keep the processor where it is, and the RAM - just nudge the battery to 3200mAh, and everyone&rsquo;s happy.</p> <p>Of course, much of the Nexus 5&#39;s DNA was inherited from the LG G2, and with the Korean giant expected to build the Nexus 6 too, we&#39;ll get a good idea of what it&#39;ll look like when the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a> arrives sometime in the late summer/early autumn. Click the link below for more on that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 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="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 Nexus 5 took many features from the LG G2. Will the G3 inform the Nexus 6?" alt="Why the Nexus 5 is better than the Galaxy S5 - LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Google-nexus-5-better-than-galaxy-S5-G2-013.jpg?1397223188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anyone want to buy my used Nexus 5? </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>Well, you can&rsquo;t. At least not until November. Even then, my N5 may emerge as one of the few handsets I&rsquo;ve owned that will survive the next generation of hardware. I&rsquo;m not remotely interested in a Galaxy S5 (blame the plastic, the Band Aid back cover, and that TouchWiz interface, however much they&rsquo;ve refined it). Even the new HTC One (M8) hasn&rsquo;t turned my head (well, OK, maybe a slight flinch - everyone else around here has decided that it&rsquo;s The Second Coming).</p> <p>In fact, the only thing that could tempt me is a larger-screened <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> - launch it with iOS7.1 and a 5in+ display, and my credit card would begin to involuntarily twitch. For now, the N5 is ridiculous value for money, and I can&rsquo;t think of a thing it does that irritates me. Unless Google and LG read my fix list for the Nexus 6 later this year, this one&rsquo;s a keeper.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 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 brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2915880808001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2915880808001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 5 long-term test </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"> Why the Samsung Galaxy S5 won&#039;t beat Google&#039;s Nexus flagship </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature#comments Android Galaxy S5 Google Nexus 5 Samsung Smartphones Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:33:22 +0000 Marc McLaren 1434597 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Tab4 tablet range: thinner and lighter than ever http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab4-tablet-range-thinner-and-lighter-ever/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10.1in, 8in and 7in models are almost iPad-skinny, and specced for a mainstream audience </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 tablet range: thinner and lighter than ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-tab4-10-1.jpg?1396617425" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung today unveiled its fourth generation of new Galaxy Tab models, dubbing the three-model range &ldquo;Tab4&rdquo;.</p> <p>All the slates run Android 4.4 KitKat and are built with portability in mind, but don&rsquo;t exactly reach for the stars when it comes to specifications. Although we don&rsquo;t have pricing information yet, we&rsquo;d bet our mortgages on the Tab4 range being pitched on the affordable side. Samsung&rsquo;s Galaxy TabPro models are the powerhouse flagships, while these sit comfortably in the midrange.&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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Second comes the Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0 with &ndash; yep, you guessed it &ndash; an 8in screen with the same WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution. In fact, it offers much the same specifications as the Tab4 10.1 &ndash; same CPU, memory, cameras etc. &ndash; albeit in a smaller body measuring 124 x 210 x 7.95mm and weighing 320g. It also comes only in one edition, offering both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi.</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="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 tablet range: thinner and lighter than ever" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tab4-8.jpg?1396617425" /> </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>Last and least is the Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0, which comes with similar specs (1280 x 800 7in screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM) but two different storage options: 8GB or 16GB. It also comes in 4G/Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi editions.</p> <p>All three models come in black or white, with textured back covers that do away with the stitched leather look of the TabPro tablets. Samsung says they&rsquo;ll be on sale globally from the beginning of Q2 2014, which means any day now. We&rsquo;ll update this story with prices when we get them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 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="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tab4-7.jpg?1396617425" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><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"> Samsung Galaxy Tab4 range unveiled </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab4-tablet-range-thinner-and-lighter-ever/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Samsung Tablets Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:48:50 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434658 at http://www.stuff.tv