Android http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/all en-GB Google Now finally allows third-party apps to send you cards http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-now-finally-allows-third-party-apps-send-you-cards/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opening up the ecosystem, Google lets other apps ping you helpful alerts </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="Google Now" alt="Google Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-now-chicago.jpg?1422650808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve come to rely on Google Now&rsquo;s helpful, context-sensitive alerts to get you through your day, you might&rsquo;ve wondered why the function was limited to Google&rsquo;s own services. No more!</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer 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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="CyanogenMod" alt="CyanogenMod" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cyanogen-cyanogenmod.jpg?1422569685" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has its own smartphone platform with Windows Phone, obviously, but with a mere 3% market share compared to juggernauts like Android and iOS, the company may be getting antsy.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-investing-aftermarket-android-operating-system-cyanogenmod/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-investing-aftermarket-android-operating-system-cyanogenmod/news#comments Android Google Microsoft Smartphones Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:10:52 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1458841 at http://www.stuff.tv Mid-range HTC One M8i is in the works http://www.stuff.tv/android/mid-range-htc-one-m8i-works/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It looks like the shiny M8 is apparantly getting the budget treatment </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="604" height="453" title="Don’t want to spend on the HTC One (M8)? There might be a mid-range one in the works" alt="Don’t want to spend on the HTC One (M8)? There might be a mid-range one in the w" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hcm8.jpeg?1422528032" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;ve been bombarded left, right, and center with speculation surrounding the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M9)</a>. And now&nbsp;there&rsquo;s one more device to add on to the leaks.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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/android/mid-range-htc-one-m8i-works/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/mid-range-htc-one-m8i-works/news#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:40:33 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1458799 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: GrooveMaker 2 http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-groovemaker-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making grooves the easy way is now not an iPad-only pastime </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="1920" height="1200" title="GrooveMaker 2 review" alt="GrooveMaker 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/groovemaker-custom-loop-import.png?1422467186" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The notion of loops strikes fear into the heart of a certain type of musician, who might consider them a modern-day evil. Yet plenty of recent music (especially compositions with a decidedly electronic bent) is essentially a load of loops strung together.</p> <p>More importantly, loops, when used well in software, are hugely accessible. They enable anyone, even if they lack a musical bone in their body, to feel like they&rsquo;re the world&rsquo;s greatest DJ or the third Chemical Brother.</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"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expanded version available on both platforms for £6.99 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the grid </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 basis of the app is the Grid interface. It&rsquo;s here you trigger the currently loaded song&rsquo;s loops, which are categorised into parts &mdash; bass, percussion, pad, and the like. Switching loops is simple: just tap on the grid. As proved during testing, even a six-month-old with a propensity towards walloping tablets can handle this. Like we said: accessible.</p> <p>Where <em>GrooveMaker 2</em> shifts from being solely a fun throwaway toy to something far more is in the depth it affords you. Beyond prodding the grid, you can access controls for muting/soloing individual tracks, part randomisers, and a touch-based effects pad, to add a filter, delay, stutter or phaser.</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="1920" height="1200" title="The basis of the app is the Grid interface" alt="GrooveMaker 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/groovemaker-grid.png?1422467186" /> </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="1920" height="1200" title="Loops are categorised into parts — bass, percussion, pad, and the like" alt="GrooveMaker 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/groovemaker-edits.png?1422467186" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Live wire </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Delving even deeper, you can isolate any part of a currently playing loop, sequence and record your live playback, and even import your own loops. These can come from on-board audio or, if you fancy it, yelling into the microphone like a crazy person. It&rsquo;s all your call. Impressively, it&rsquo;s also largely straightforward and intuitive &mdash; no mean feat when such features are crammed into a relatively small tablet or smartphone display.</p> <p>If there&rsquo;s any drawback to <em>GrooveMaker 2</em>, it&rsquo;s that it&rsquo;s not cheap. For free, you get a reduced feature set and only one song to play; for &pound;6.99, you get four songs and everything described so far. Additional songs can be bought for a few quid per set or &pound;1.49 each, and in-app purchases also enable you to add specific features to the free version, if you don&rsquo;t want everything.</p> <p>Still, at Stuff we reckon you get what you pay for. Android users regularly complain they don&rsquo;t get the best creative apps iOS users enjoy, and so when something like <em>GrooveMaker 2</em> comes along, it&rsquo;s time to start putting your money where your mouth is. And then dancing about like a loon, obviously.</p> <p><strong>Download the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ikmultimediaus.android.groovemaker2free" target="_blank">free</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ikmultimediaus.android.groovemaker2full" target="_blank">full</a> version of GrooveMaker 2 on Android now</strong></p> <p><strong>Download the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/groovemaker-2-free/id751307890?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">free</a> or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/groovemaker-2/id728246636?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">full</a> version on iPad now</strong></p> <p><strong>Also available on iPhone in <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/groovemaker-2-free/id751307890?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">free</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/groovemaker-2/id728246636?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">full</a> guises</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week">And check out all of the other awesome apps in our App of the Week series</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="1920" height="1200" title="GrooveMaker 2 review" alt="GrooveMaker 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/groovemaker-fx.png?1422467186" /> </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="1920" height="1200" title="GrooveMaker 2 review" alt="GrooveMaker 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/groovemaker-loop-import.png?1422467186" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fun toy in free form and surprisingly good for wannabe DJs and loop mixers when fully paid for</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-groovemaker-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-groovemaker-2/review#comments Android App of the Week iOS Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:45:04 +0000 Tom Parsons 1458725 at http://www.stuff.tv More HTC One (M9) leaks suggest a Nexus 9-inspired build http://www.stuff.tv/android/mwc-2015/more-htc-one-m9-leaks-suggest-nexus-9-inspired-build/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The M9 rumour mill refuses to stop spinning </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="604" height="453" title="Further leaks of the HTC One (M9) suggest a different look " alt="Further leaks of the HTC One (M9) suggest a different look " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/himahtc.jpeg?1422443657" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rumours surounding the upcoming HTC One (M9) refuse to die out.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alleged leaks of the handst showed off a device almost identical to the existing M8, before being debunked as decoys to trow people off the scent of the actual device.</p> <p>According to HTC Source&#39;s, er, source, the HTC One (M9)&nbsp;will sport a new look that closely resembles that of the HTC-made <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">Nexus 9 </a>tablet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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/android/mwc-2015/more-htc-one-m9-leaks-suggest-nexus-9-inspired-build/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/mwc-2015/more-htc-one-m9-leaks-suggest-nexus-9-inspired-build/news#comments Android HTC MWC 2015 One (M9) Smartphones Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:14:18 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1458697 at http://www.stuff.tv Group test: the best cheap smartphone you can buy http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for a sub-£150 smartphone? We&#039;ve tested every budget handset that matters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The best cheap smartphones - reviewed" alt="The best cheap smartphones - reviewed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Cheap-smartphones-main-pic.jpg?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The bad budget smartphone is dead.</p> <p>Never again should you put up with pixelly screens, sluggish web speeds and cameras so bad that an Etch-a-Sketch would be better, because you can now get an all-round reliable phone for less than &pound;150. So while there still are plenty of bad phones out there, you needn&#39;t concern yourself with them any more.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto G 4G (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 2013&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a>&nbsp;is now ludicrously cheap, frequently dipping below &pound;100 - but 4G makes this new model ever better.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s sturdily built and fits snugly into one hand, while its use of swappable Motorola Shells give you the option to customise its look on a daily basis. The 4.5in, HD, 326ppi screen is the real selling point over its fuzzier-screened rivals; it matches the much pricier <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a>&nbsp;on this front. Next to most other phones in its class it looks pin-sharp, with vivid but natural colours and good contrast.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not without problems - the 5MP camera does still disappoint sometimes, especially in low light, and you only get 8GB of built-in storage. But the addition of a microSD card slot means you can now add up to 32GB of space, and in day-to-day use nothing comes close.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto G 4G takes the top spot " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-review_0.jpg?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Both Moto Gs - with and without 4G - are worth considering " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g_0.JPG?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto G 4G tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 1280x720 (326ppi) with Gorilla Glass&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1.3MP 720p front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm/ 143g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moto&rsquo;s also left the 4G with an almost-untouched version of Android KitKat, adding a few genuinely useful features but nothing more. That helps everything run smoothly and you can can expect speedy downloads, streaming and browsing over 4G. The best bit? Even with more pixels to push than most cheap phones, the Moto G still lasts a day between charges.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have specific criteria - for instance you&rsquo;re a n00b who likes the look of Windows Phone or taking pics is your priority - then other budget phones down this list might make more sense. But for most people, the Moto G 4G will do very nicely indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Fantastic and futureproof, this is as close to budget phone perfection as you can get in 2014</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hisense Sero 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>The Hisense Sero 5 offers a feature list that&rsquo;ll make your jaw drop when you hear the phone costs just &pound;130. 4G, a 5-inch 720p screen plus an 8-megapixel camera mean the Sero 5 offers even more gumpf than you get in the Moto G.</p> <p>Sure enough it is a real bargain, a stunner for penny-pinchers, but there are some elements that ensure it&rsquo;s not quite the very best option in the world. Build quality isn&rsquo;t up there with the best as the screen flexes a teeny bit under pressure, causing wobbles in the display. That&rsquo;s not necessarily a deal-breaker but tells you the Sero 5 doesn&rsquo;t use Gorilla Glass like the Moto G: not good news for the butter-fingered.</p> <p>The software won&rsquo;t dazzle, either. Using Android 4.3 it&rsquo;s a bit out of date and the interface isn&rsquo;t exactly pretty: it&rsquo;s workmanlike at best. With display colours a bit undersaturated, the screen does look a tiny bit glum until you get used to it too.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re just trying to manage your expectations here, though, because on paper the Hisense Sero 5 sounds like the best budget phone in the universe. It isn&rsquo;t, but it is very, very good if you don&rsquo;t want to spend a lot but do want 4G.</p> <p>Battery life and performance are solid, and with a few tweaks you can improve the interface no-end. For the more advanced Android user, the Hisense Sero 5 is fab.</p> <p>The screen is big and sharp, a Snapdragon 400 provides enough grunt for gamers and the camera isn&rsquo;t even too bad, offering similar performance to the Moto G but with slightly worse colour reproduction.</p> <p>Only the finishing touches are missing here: the Hisense Sero 5 does feel a little bit cheap and thanks to its non-Gorilla Glass front you won&rsquo;t want to treat it too carelessly. Hisense seems to admit this itself by putting a plastic screen protector on the thing direct from the factory. Other than that, though, it&rsquo;s grand.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />The Sero 5 is a bargain winner with just a couple of niggles keeping it behind the Moto G</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="Hisense Sero 5" alt="Hisense Sero 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sero-3%20copy.jpg?1422479430" /> </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="Hisense Sero 5" alt="Hisense Sero 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sero-5.jpg?1422479430" /> </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"> Hisense Sero 5 Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>:&nbsp;5in 1280x720 (293ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>:&nbsp;1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 720p rear, 1.3MP 720p front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>:&nbsp;2500 mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>:&nbsp;3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>:&nbsp;8GB (microSD expandable by up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>:&nbsp;143 x 71.8 x 8.9mmmm / 133g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia M2 (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia M2 is the best way to get a big screen from a big brand on a little budget. It&rsquo;s just a shame that 4.8in screen isn&rsquo;t very sharp at 229ppi and suffers from poor viewing angles. Because otherwise you get a ton of Sony for your money here.</p> <p>Its blocky plastic design, available in purple, white and black, is based on the high-end <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">Xperia Z2</a>. There&rsquo;s no waterproofing as you&#39;d find on that premium Xperia, but for &pound;150 PAYG, we&rsquo;re not complaining.</p> <p>Performance is much better than previous mid-range Sony phones we&rsquo;ve encountered thanks to a Snapdragon 400 processor which powers every handset on this test bar the Moto E and HTC Desire 301. Battery life is pretty good, too, matching the Moto G 4G. Plus Sony has thrown in extras you won&rsquo;t find on other budget blowers such as small apps, Stamina mode for the battery and a pulsing notification light to stretch to over a day of use.</p> <p>Its more than decent 8MP camera is the highlight, though. AF can be a little sluggish but it&rsquo;s easy to use, with Sony&rsquo;s quick Superior Auto mode plus lots of settings to dig into and reliably good 1080p video. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the top smartphones for picture quality, but it&rsquo;s the best all-round snapper of all the cheap phones we&rsquo;ve tested.</p> <p>If Sony had stuck a higher res screen on the M2 and added support for 4G, this would be more of a rival for the Moto. As it is, it falls just short.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Fine features and the best choice for shutterbugs, only the screen lets the M2 down</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M2 gives you camera chops on a shoestring " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-review_0.jpg?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Big screen, small money " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-2.png?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia M2 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.8in 540x960 (229 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 1080p rear, VGA front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2330 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6mm/ 148g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Nokia Lumia 630 (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a sea of cheap Androids, the Lumia 630 stands out like an alien-goo-green buoy keeping Windows Phone fans safe from ridicule. Sure, Android has more games and the 630 is far from the highest specced device here, but this Nokia gets a lot right.</p> <p>The battery life is the best for the money - not by much, but the 630 will give you an extra hour or so over the rest. It&rsquo;s the lightest at 134g, comes with a decent, if low-res, screen and some excellent freebies including Nokia Drive.</p> <p>Windows Phone 8.1 is both friendlier than stock KitKat for beginners and now has useful Android-style features and settings, too. Even the 5MP camera has its moments - outdoor and macro shots look great and low-light images aren&#39;t the grainiest we&#39;ve ever encountered. It&rsquo;s a little slow in use next to the likes of the Moto G but it&#39;s easy to forgive that at this low, low price. If you can&rsquo;t live without 4G speeds, try the similar but more expensive Lumia 635.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Cheap, cheerful and reliable, the Lumia 630 is only outclassed by the best budget Androids</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review">In-depth Nokia Lumia 630 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Representing Windows Phone - the unbelievably cheap 630 " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-630-review_0.jpg?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 630 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 854x480 (221 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/512MB RAM&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, no front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1830 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 128GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm/ 134g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto E (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does budget mean less than &pound;100 to you? Serving up tidy, reliable, loveable Android for the masses, the 4.3in Moto E is your best bet below a ton.</p> <p>A compact and sturdy build, slick performance and close-to-stock-Android OS impress, with only the quality of its 5MP camera, the miserly 4GB of storage and the lack of a front cam letting it down majorly.</p> <p>The 1980mAh battery isn&rsquo;t swappable and will conk out an hour before most here, but it still comfortably lasts a day of light use on one charge, and there are swappable Motorola Shell covers to keep things fresh on the desaign front. The screen, though lower-res than the Moto G, is still a cracker at this price, with apps, games and webpages all looking lovely on it. Motorola really has the monopoly on value brilliance and if your budget is truly tight you should look no further.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Moto does it again. This is the best smartphone you can buy under &pound;100</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-e/review">In-depth Moto E review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto E is easy to love " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review_0.jpg?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto&#039;s budget brilliance in 4.3in and 4.5in sizes " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-and-e-group.png?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto E tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.3in 540x960 (256 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 480p rear, no front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1980 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm/ 142g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Moto G (2014) (£145) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another Motorola! The 5in Moto G (2014) isn&#39;t a direct replacement for the 4G model or last year&#39;s handset (now priced at &pound;100). It&#39;s the Moto G for people who don&#39;t mind sacrificing a bit of battery life here, a splash of 4G there for a big screen and much better camera than the original 5MP snapper.</p> <p>So what&#39;s been improved? It performs just as fast as the first Moto G and Android is just as clutter-free. The main difference is the bigger build (it&#39;s the biggest here) - it&#39;s sturdy, though, and still sits nicely in the hand. It&#39;s sacrificed the old Moto G&#39;s neat, tidy look; there&#39;s just more plastic, so that couldn&#39;t be helped without impressive - and costly - engineering. But Moto has included some very decent (for the money) stereo speakers on the front. They don&#39;t match the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One (M8)</a> but you won&#39;t be ashamed to use them in the back garden either.&nbsp;</p> <p>Battery life, again, isn&#39;t quite as great as the Moto G 4G. Streaming video on a commute, the bigger 5in screen sucks up 22% an hour versus the 4.5in phone&#39;s less worrying 16%. Still, it lasts the day so we&#39;re not complaining too much. Speaking of the screen, it&#39;s 720p and chances are you won&#39;t notice the slightly-less-sharp picture compared to the original. Colours are slightly more natural too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The real stars are the two new cameras, both welcome improvements. Images look a lot less blurry and smudgy than before with clear, in-focus shots and accurate colours. Video too is much more usable. The new 8MP cam on the back takes a while to focus at night but if you hold steady, you can get some impressive pics for a &pound;150 phone. All round, we&#39;d still recommend the 4G Moto G &ndash;&nbsp;but if phone photography is your thing, consider the 2014 model.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Moto has done it again - big screen, almost-stock Android and one of the best cameras for the money&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="It&#039;s the Moto G but not as you know it " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5121%20with%20Annotation.jpg?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto G (2014) tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5in 720x1280 (294 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 720p rear, 2Mp front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8/16GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm/ 149g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/also-rans_0.jpg?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> EE Kestrel (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>4G is no longer a luxury. With the EE Kestrel available for &pound;99 outright, or &pound;14 a month, you might be tempted to choose this tweaked and rebranded 4.5in Huawei handset over the Moto G 4G.</p> <p>Before you do, bear in mind that it&rsquo;s not as easy to love. For starters, it lacks the lovely HD screen and smooth performance of the top Moto. It also has the most retro design of the bunch, both in terms of hardware and its Emotion UI software. Still, the battery life is brilliant, the expandable storage is handy and unlike some, it has both an OK front camera and a rear flash. It&rsquo;s silly-slim too, at 7.85mm thick. The fastest browsing and streaming this side of &pound;150 then, but not quite the full package.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Still the cheapest way to get 4G, but there are better all-rounders for the money&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ee-kestrel/review">&nbsp;In-depth EE Kestrel review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Afforda-4G from EE " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ee-kestrel-review.png?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EE Kestrel tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 540x960 (245 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1MP front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 145g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> HTC Desire 310 (£130) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Desire 310 is a&nbsp;smart looker both outside and in. Exterior attractiveness is conferred by a tidy, slightly curved plastic build, while on the interior HTC&rsquo;s Android skin Sense looks good and runs without a hiccup. Like the Sony Xperia M2, it also packs a few features you&rsquo;d be more likely to see on a &pound;500 phone. So the Desire 310 gets HTC&rsquo;s excellent BlinkFeed RSS reader (searchable and with offline reading), plus the ability to make short video montages with the nifty Zoe Video Highlights tool.</p> <p>But while colours look nice and natural on the 4.5in screen, it&rsquo;s just not got the pixels to show off Android games and HD movies. Plus, it always seems to look a bit grubby even with brightness on full whack, it can get a little warm when taxed, you might need to charge it up before bedtime and the 5MP camera isn&rsquo;t anything special. Maybe HTC should&#39;ve worried about getting the basics right rather than lavishing software treats on us?</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />Nice looking and packed with features but the Desire 310 doesn&rsquo;t nail the essentials well enough&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s like a small One (M8) - if you squint " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-310-review.jpg?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Desire 310 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek/512MB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 1080p rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 140g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo (£135) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 4.5in Smart 4 Turbo doesn&rsquo;t live up to its tantalising promise: a quad-core, 4G, KitKat budget phone for less than &pound;150. While performance is generally good, the overall feeling with the &lsquo;Turb&rsquo; is frustration - with the low-res 480x854 screen that looks a bit 3D (in the bad way), with the very slow 5MP camera that takes fuzzy, mostly unusable shots, with the dark front camera and with the cheap-feeling (and looking) plastic build.</p> <p>Vodafone&rsquo;s tinkering with Android is lighter than EE&#39;s - you get just a handful of widgets, there&rsquo;s capacitive buttons to free up screen space and the battery does last a day. But anyone looking for afforda-4G should turn to the Moto or, as a cheaper option, the Kestrel.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />A valiant effort but Vodafone has cut too many specs to keep up with the best budget phones</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones money can buy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s smarter phones than the Smart 4 Turbo " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vodafone-smart-4-turbo-review.png?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The unusual suspects " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cheap-smartphone-test-main.png?1422479430" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1880 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 134.5 x 67.5 x 10.4mm/ 138g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Budget smartphones tested </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Every sub-£150 handset that matters </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature#comments Android Hisense HTC Moto G Motorola Nokia Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:54:11 +0000 Sophie Charara 1444737 at http://www.stuff.tv Those leaked images of the HTC One (M9) could be fake http://www.stuff.tv/android/those-leaked-images-htc-one-m9-hima-could-be-fake/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We might not know what HTC&#039;s upcoming flagship looks like after all... </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="790" height="598" title="Those leaked images of the HTC One (M9) Hima could be fake" alt="Those leaked images of the HTC One (M9) Hima could be fake" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC%20one%20M9%20%2813%29.jpg?1422330523" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;The company put the guts of the phone into a dummy case, and sent these decoys to its partners who needed access to it pre-launch.&quot;</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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>These are the words of retired Twitter tipster&nbsp;Evan Blass&nbsp;a.k.a @evleaks, who believes that the upcoming HTC One M9, or Hima, will look nothing like its M8 predecessor.</p> <p>Evan&#39;s reasoning behind this claim? He says that on New Year&#39;s Eve, HTC&#39;s Senior Online Global Communications Manager Jeff Gordon said on Twitter, &quot;If you&#39;re an HTC fan, 2015 is going to blow you away.&quot; <p>He went to say he was &quot;...looking forward to great competition and a grade A trolling in 2015&quot;, which was likely directed at Samsung.&nbsp;</p> <p>Evan says these statements aren&#39;t from a company who will simply copy the design of their previous phone and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news">just change the camera, from UltraPixel to megapixel.</a> He even goes as far to say &quot;they look less like the M8 than the M8 looked like the M7&quot;. He&#39;s referring to both the HTC Hima and HTC Hima Ultra, a larger version of the flagship device.</p> <p>While he refutes claims the One M9 will look similar to the M8, he does agree with the tasty specs (which include a Snapdragon 810 processor and 20.7MP camera), that have been outed. So it&#39;s not all bad news.</p> <p>But of course, there&#39;s always the possibility Blass is wrong and that the One (M9) will follow a similar design language. We just don&#39;t know for sure now.</p> <p>That leaves us all playing waiting game until March 1st, when HTC will hold aloft its new smartphone at MWC.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review">HTC One (M9) preview</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://htcsource.com/2015/01/htc-hima-and-the-launch-day-conundrum/">HTC Source</a> via <a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/2015/01/htc-one-m9-leaks-have-apparently-been-clever-plants-all-along/">Ubergizmo</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-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/those-leaked-images-htc-one-m9-hima-could-be-fake/news#comments Android HTC Smartphones Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:08:26 +0000 Max Langridge 1458528 at http://www.stuff.tv Kazam Tornado 348 http://www.stuff.tv/kazam-tornado-348/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The phone that makes the iPhone 6 look chunky </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="Kazam Tornado 348 review" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kazam-6.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Kazam Tornado 348 vies with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-r5/review" target="_blank">Oppo R5</a> in the battle to be the slimmest phone in the world. It&rsquo;s an interesting battle - a plucky Brit taking on the might of China, and while the Tornado 348 might fall short of smartphone perfection, it&rsquo;s interesting enough to put Kazam on the map.</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"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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"> Super-slim and fairly well-made </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fair battery life given stature </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Mayday-like customer service </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"> No 4G </div> <div class="field-item even"> Disappointing screen for the price </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not great value </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"> Measuring the waist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But first, just exactly how slim is the&nbsp;Kazam Tornado 348? Why, it&#39;s 5.15mm thick - 1.75mm thinner than an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>. Or 25 per cent thinner, if we want to make it sound more dramatic.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s skinny and then some, but like the last self-consciously super-slim phone we tried, the Oppo R5, it makes sure you notice every one of those tenths of a millimetre. Its design is similar to that of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a>, with a rectangular shape that gives the Kazam Tornado 348 an angular rather than smooth feel.</p> <p>If the Tornado 348 was a creature, you&rsquo;d definitely be able to see ribs poking out its sides.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just notable for its slimness, but its light weight too. The Tornado 348 is just 95g, making it 25 lighter than an iPhone 6. If we just blew your mind, we apologise for the mess.</p> <p>The Tornado 348 has a pretty striking look to boot. Our white version has bronze-gold aluminium on the sides and glassy-looking surfaces on the front and back. The black version uses silver on its sides for a similar two-tone effect.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/was-uks-first-mobile-phone-and-it-weighed-more-baby/feature" target="_blank">This was the UK&#39;s first mobile phone - and it weighed more than a baby</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="Slimline, but does it pack a punch? " alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-1.jpg?1422030332" /> </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="Hmm, I wonder which popular handset this Kazam was modelled on...?" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-14.jpg?1422030332" /> </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="Kazam Tornado 348" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-15.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Hidden plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 looks expensive and feels very well-made, too. Both front and back sides are covered with Gorilla Glass 3, which is fairly scratch-resistant and helps make the phone feel expensive, if a little fragile.</p> <p>Kazam has also put a bunch of little insurance measures in place. The company will replace the front screen for free if you smash it in the first year, and a screen protector and rubbery case come in the box, letting you avoid just about all damage with the unfortunate side-effect of ruining the Tornado 348&rsquo;s USP.&nbsp;</p> <p>But here&rsquo;s the thing &mdash; the phone doesn&rsquo;t really need to be this thin. A little subtle curvature would actually improve the phone&rsquo;s ergonomics, and at times the light glassy design does make the Tornado 348 feel very precarious.</p> <p>When taking photos one-handed it feels as though a light breeze could whisk the phone from your hand, bounce it off a drain cover and send it, screen smashed, head-first into a pile of dog mess in a calamitous sequence that&rsquo;d impress Rube Goldberg. Sometimes having a bit of weight and substance to a phone isn&rsquo;t a bad thing.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re also not too happy about the lack of a microSD slot, which we&rsquo;re also going to presume is a result of the limited chassis space. The 16GB of storage leaves you with just under 10GB to actually use: fine for some but not remotely enough if you want to use the Tornado 348 as a place to store all your music.</p> <p>Yes, we like the Kazam Tornado 348 design well enough, just don&rsquo;t expect alarming revelations in dropping down from using a 8mm thick phone to a 5mm one.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-planning-fire-phone-2-2016/news" target="_blank">Amazon planning Fire Phone 2 - for 2016</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="A little subtle curvature would actually improve the phone’s ergonomics, and at times the light glassy design does make the Tornado 348 feel very precarious" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-10.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> OLED woe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More serious issues arise as we look at the screen. The Kazam Tornado 348 has a 4.8-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel AMOLED screen. At this price we&rsquo;d really like to see a 1080p screen, but not because we&rsquo;re simply greedy for pixels.</p> <p>720p 4-5-inch screens can look great, but this one doesn&rsquo;t. Due to the way the Tornado&rsquo;s AMOLED display works, its pixels actually share the little RGB elements that make up each little dot of pure white, and the result is that it looks weirdly fizzy next to the 720p screen of the &pound;140 Moto G. We find it pretty obvious and distracting in the Kazam Tornado 348 - enough to turn the OLED screen from a pro into a con.</p> <p>There are also a few other oddities in the display. Colours are very oversaturated, making everything look that little bit tweaked and unnatural. It also seems to do some very odd things with motion. When watching movies there&rsquo;s a frame interpolation effect that almost makes people look as if they have been sped-up &mdash; you&rsquo;ll often see this in higher-end TVs as a way to improve motion handling, but we&rsquo;ve always found it looks kinda&hellip; weird.&nbsp;</p> <p>This screen is a dead ringer for the one we saw in the Samsung Galaxy S3 back in 2012, but things have moved on a little since then and it&rsquo;s too easy to notice its shortcomings now we&rsquo;ve been so spoilt by screens such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3&rsquo;s</a> QHD one. Conversely, shop around and the LG G3 can be yours for not a huge amount more than the Tornado.</p> <p>OLED isn&rsquo;t without benefits, though. The Kazam Tornado 348 offers great black depth and contrast. That should be perfect for movies, but it&rsquo;s spoilt a bit by the fizziness, colour saturation and motion weirdness issues.&nbsp;</p> <p>As is to be expected of a phone thinner than a Ryvita, the speaker doesn&rsquo;t help the Kazam Tornado 348&rsquo;s chances of scoring a job as a mini cinema either. It has a single speaker on the back, and while it avoids sounding distorted, it is very trebly and thin.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sharp/sharps-new-aquos-k-will-flip-itself-nostalgic-phone-users-hearts/news" target="_blank">Sharp&#39;s Aquos K will flip itself into nostalgic phone user&#39;s hearts</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="A pixel or two wouldn&#039;t go amiss..." alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-7.jpg?1422030332" /> </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"> 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 with ColorOS</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.8in AMOLED with 1280x720 resolution (306ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: MediaTek MT6592 @ 1.66GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP rear with LED flash, 5MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2050mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 140 x 68 x 5.15mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 95g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vanilla with a twist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with previous Kazam phones we&rsquo;ve seen, the software strategy seems to be to keep everything pretty close to standard Android.</p> <p>The phone does have a custom interface, but aside from a few tweaks you could easily mistake it for vanilla software. So, what are the tweaks? The Kazam Tornado 348 lets you add folders in the apps menu, has a new-look Settings menu and a few added features such as custom smart gestures. These let you do things like take the phone out of sleep with two taps, or launch specific apps from standby by drawing a specific object on the touchscreen.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a bad approach to customisation, but we have noticed a few slow or glitchy moments in the custom areas, especially the Settings menu. While the interface may look like standard Android, it&rsquo;s not quite as well-optimised.</p> <p>One interesting touch is the Amazon Mayday-like Kazam Rescue app. It doesn&rsquo;t video-call Kazam customer services - you have to use an actual phone number to get hold of them - but it does allow them to remote access your phone (with your permission, natch) to diagnose problems or simply help you get setup. It&rsquo;s a neat feature and something that more and more gadget makers are going to be including in the future, but we suspect it will only be a deal-maker for a small and specific set of people.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2015/ces-2015-lg-reveals-active-bending-phone-wraparound-screen/news" target="_blank">LG Reveals the Active Bending Phone with wraparound screen</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="As with previous Kazam phones we’ve seen, the software strategy seems to be to keep everything pretty close to standard Android" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-18.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Eight little cores </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not like there isn&rsquo;t enough power to go around: the Kazam Tornado 348 has an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 CPU with 1GB of RAM, and while MediaTek chips aren&rsquo;t quite as efficient or popular as their Qualcomm alternatives &mdash; the Snapdragon 800 of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> is better &mdash; there&rsquo;s a good amount of power on tap here.</p> <p>As long as you make sure all eight cores are prepped to fire-up when needed, the Kazam Tornado 348&rsquo;s gaming performance is very good. It uses the Mali 450 GPU, which sits roughly between the power on tap in the Motorola Moto G and Nexus 5.</p> <p>In other words, it&rsquo;s good but don&rsquo;t let those eight cores go to your head too much. It also doesn&rsquo;t have four true high-power cores, as other 8-core CPUs do.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a bad setup for efficiency, though. Four of the cores can be effectively switched off to save battery life, and that helps avoid the dismal battery life we feared when seeing a phone as slim as the Kazam Tornado 348.&nbsp;</p> <p>It has a 2050mAh battery, similar to the Motorola Moto G. With normal use you&rsquo;ll get a solid day and change out of a charge and we got a solid 10 hours of video playback before the phone gave up. While you&rsquo;ll get better out of the rival Honor 6, another young upstart out to attack the big boys, it&rsquo;s better than we expected from such a slim phone.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank"><strong>Google Nexus 6 Review&nbsp;</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</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="It&#039;s no powerhouse, but gaming on the Kazam is a fine experience" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-5.jpg?1422030332" /> </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="For a super-slim phone the Kazam&#039;s battery lasts pretty well" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-17.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> An extra serving of selfies </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 cameras aren&rsquo;t too shabby either. You get an 8-megapixel sensor with LED flash on the back and a 5-megapixel selfie cam on the front.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the Kazam Tornado 348&rsquo;s pictures won&rsquo;t trouble the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 930</a>, we&rsquo;ve had fun shooting with the phone. It&rsquo;s fairly quick at taking shots (although HDR processing takes quite a while), and the camera app tries to be about as simple as it can.</p> <p>Taking a few cues from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>, the app doesn&rsquo;t offer reams of extra features, instead largely sticking to the basics of HDR and panorama on top of standard Auto shooting. If anything these are actually pushed a bit too far into the background, with HDR accessed from the camera settings menu through a fiddly slider.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are no fancy low-light abilities on offer here, with detail taking a nosedive at night. Even in daylight there&rsquo;s a bit of fizziness to images, and the HDR mode is fairly poor, introducing too much sharpening, which spoils the character of photos. But then the Kazam Tornado 348 never really claims to be a photographic hero.&nbsp;</p> <p>But selfies are a cut above the norm thanks to the 5-megapixel sensor. As with most of these new high-res selfie cams, don&rsquo;t expect to see every unsightly nose hair rendered crisply if you shoot in dim indoors lighting, but the results are still flat-out better than the generic 2-megapixel front cameras you get in so many other low-end and mid-range mobiles.</p> <p>However, with the way things are going at present, 5-megapixel front cameras may become the norm for just about all but the cheapest phones in 2015.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kodak/ces-2015/kodak-instamatic-back-shape-android-powered-camera-phone/news" target="_blank">Kodak Instamatic is back - in the shape of an Android-powered camera phone</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="3264" height="2448" title="Kazam Tornado 348 sample photo" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141216_140350.jpg?1422030332" /> </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="3264" height="2448" title="Kazam Tornado 348 sample photo" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141215_161131.jpg?1422030332" /> </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="3264" height="2448" title="Kazam Tornado 348 sample photo" alt="Kazam Tornado 348 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141215_160338.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> The future vs the past </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 a slimmer body than ever that doesn&rsquo;t totally kill battery life and a jazzed-up selfie cam, the Kazam Tornado 348 can seem like a forward-looking phone. But in other respects it&rsquo;s not.</p> <p>The most serious sin is that it doesn&rsquo;t have 4G. This has become the norm in just about all phones of &pound;150 and above, making its omission pretty hard to accept.</p> <p>We found it a bit annoying during testing, too. Watching Netflix at the gym, we noticed a good deal more time than usual spent on the buffering screen: it&rsquo;s not good news for those who like to watch videos or download apps on-the-go.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most other connectivity extras are missing, too. There&rsquo;s no NFC and no IR transmitter, making the Kazam Tornado 348 a bit lacking on the wireless front.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4&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="Certainly slim - but where&#039;s the 4G? " alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-21.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Kazam Tornado 348 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 Kazam Tornado 348 is a remarkable phone, but almost entirely because it&rsquo;s so slim. In other respects, it&rsquo;s just a bit too pedestrian for our liking.</p> <p>The screen looks less detailed than the 720p competition thanks to its OLED screen, and there are several good 1080p phones available for the same price or just a little more.&nbsp;</p> <p>We were pleasantly surprised how easy the phone is to live with thanks to its respectable battery life (always one of the main worries with a super-slim phone), and the fact that Kazam actually seems to care about its customers makes a refreshing change, but you&rsquo;ve got to really prioritise those things if you&rsquo;re going to overlook its many omissions and shortcomings.</p> <p>In the end, most people will find better options in the &pound;250 ballpark, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean we&rsquo;re not excited about what Kazam does next.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Phones 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="Kazam Tornado 348 verdict" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-21_0.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 7 </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"> 6 </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"> 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"> 7 </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>It&rsquo;s slim and well-made, but there are some better options at &pound;250</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam-tornado-348/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kazam-tornado-348/review#comments Android Kazam Tornado 348 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:24:28 +0000 Emily P Burt 1458162 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: Gunbrick http://www.stuff.tv/gunbrick/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In this dystopian world, when someone says they’re going to gun their vehicle’s engine, you’d best run for it </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="Get ready to rumble with Gunbrick" alt="Gunbrick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Gunbrick_Main.png?1421854628" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here at Stuff.tv, we quite often mull over the future of personal travel, from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi/i-raced-against-robotic-audi-and-lost/feature" target="_blank">Audi&#39;s robotic racecars</a> to the very latest in high-tech and surprisingly green sports vehicles.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 on Android, £2.29 on iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On a roll </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 controls are simple &mdash; swipe to roll and tap to emit a blast from your Gunbrick&rsquo;s weapon &mdash; but the environments are anything but. At first, you can blunder your way to the end of each stage, but level layouts rapidly increase in complexity, wrenching Gunbrick away from arcade fare and dumping it firmly in brain-bending puzzle territory.</p> <p>What looks like a platform game still requires a little arcade smarts, but really Gunbrick is more akin to an obstacle course combined with ongoing and rapidly evolving logic tests. As you come up against walls you can obliterate, your gun must be facing the right way. Then there are lasers that only your shield can protect you from, switches that flip your Gunbrick, sticky walls, and more besides. At the end of each of the three sets of levels, you must defeat brutal bosses &mdash; easier said than done when you&rsquo;ve limited room to manoeuvre and a hail of laser fire is trying very hard to kill you.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">38 Amazing Free Games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lpjLH1sHQ1g" 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="2048" height="1536" title="That&#039;s one way of beating the morning commute" alt="Gunbrick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gunbrick-stuff-3.png?1421854628" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sharp-shooter </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 the most part, it pays to think several moves ahead, often using your weapon to shunt the Gunbrick along a single space, so it&rsquo;ll rotate correctly and be in position for subsequent moves. This isn&rsquo;t always easy when electric bolts are threatening to barbecue the Gunbrick&rsquo;s occupant, or crazed drones are lobbing mines in your general direction.</p> <p>Given the potential for major frustration, Gunbrick only occasionally outstays its welcome, with the odd problem that takes a few too many attempts to solve, or a combination arcade/puzzle section that&rsquo;s a bit too testing for the controls. But for the most part, this is a generous game, wisely offering plentiful restart points and infinite lives, and dispensing with timers that would have ruined everything for all but the most die-hard mobile gamers.&nbsp;</p> <p>As it is, then, you get a vision of the future that&rsquo;s original, zany and bold, a game that&rsquo;s full of confidence, and a mash-up of genres that really works. Also, we really really want a Gunbrick at Stuff HQ. At the very least, we reckon it&rsquo;d sort out any problems we have parking in the morning.</p> <p><strong>Download Gunbrick on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gunbrick/id757864890?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">iPad</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gunbrick/id757864890?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">iPhone</a> or <a href="http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.nitrome.Gunbrick&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a> now</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">And check out all of the other awesome apps in our App of the Week series</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Blast through your boredom" alt="Gunbrick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gunbrick-stuff-4.png?1421854628" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A knowingly oddball mix of platforming and puzzling with enough character and variety to keep you &lsquo;gunbricking&rsquo; right to the very end</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gunbrick/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gunbrick/review#comments Android App of the Week iOS Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:04:01 +0000 Emily P Burt 1458088 at http://www.stuff.tv The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a super smart stylus http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HP pulls the wrappers off several new models, including a 12in model clad in Gorilla Glass 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a cool stylus" alt="The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a cool stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hptablet.jpg?1421834887" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HP&rsquo;s spoiling us for choice. The company has just announced a range of new tablets, and they&rsquo;ve all excited us &ndash; but the one that stood out of the pack was the HP Pro Slate 12, the company&rsquo;s really, <em>really</em> big tablet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Stronger Gorilla Glass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But there&rsquo;s much more to the tablet than just a fancy pen. It is one of the first few devices equipped with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news">Corning Gorilla Glass 4</a>, is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset, and boasts 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>It comes out of the box running on Android KitKat. The unit also comes with a 1600 x 1200 resolution (163ppi), which is somewhat mediocre by today&#39;s standards for a large screened tablet, if you ask us.&nbsp;</p> <p>HP&rsquo;s also launched the Pro Slate 8 in this range, a 7.9in unit with a 1536 x 2048 (324ppi) pixel screen. The HP Pro Slate 12 will be priced at US$569 (&pound;375), while the Pro Slate 8 is a cheaper alternative at US$449 (&pound;300). We&rsquo;ll update the story with local pricing and availability when we hear from HP.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/hps-big-new-tablet-lineup-includes-a-12-inch-monster-1680630809" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a> and <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/hp_annouces_multiple_tablets_a_massive_12inch_android_slate-news-10842.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>, image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/hp_annouces_multiple_tablets_a_massive_12inch_android_slate-news-10842.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> <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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news#comments Android HP Slate Tablets Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1458145 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, showing off its 20.7MP camera http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New leak suggests that the M9 has plenty of the M8&#039;s handsome genes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M9) could ditch the 4MP Ultrapixel camera for a 20.7MP snapper" alt="HTC One (M9) could ditch the 4MP Ultrapixel camera for a 20.7MP snapper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTCOneM9leak.jpg?1421774249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If good design ain&#39;t broke, don&#39;t fix it. That seems to be HTC&#39;s mantra when it comes to the eagerly anticipated <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">One (M9)</a>. Assuming the news set of leaked pictures is genuine of course.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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 images show off a phone that looks incredibly similar to its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">M8</a> predecessor, with what appears to be a slim, curved, sexy metal body. Which, given the M8&#39;s gorgeous design and premium feel - is just fine by us.</p> <p>Take a closer look at the rear of the leaked phone however, and you&#39;ll notice a different looking camera. The French site claims this will be where the new 20.7-megapixel sensor will sit, meaning that HTC will ditch its UltraPixel technology in favour of something that&#39;ll likely produce better pictures, especially for people who like cropping into images.</p> <p>While none of this has yet to be confirmed, it&#39;s highly likely this could be the case. HTC opted for a 13MP snapper in its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">Desire Eye</a> &quot;selfie-focused&quot; smartphone, and seeing as that is targeted at the mid-range market, the flagship M9 should receive a better camera.&nbsp;</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-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>The One (M9) isn&#39;t expected to make the jump to a 2K screen though. Instead, HTC is expected to stick to a Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, but will use the Snapdragon 810 processor, which we&#39;re expecting to see in almost all new flagship devices this year.</p> <p>We&#39;ve just over a month to wait until MWC and Stuff will be at HTC&#39;s press conference to bring you all the details of the new release, so mark your calendars, and stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M9) preview - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/photos-proto-htc-one-m9-2015-104309/">Nowhereelse.fr</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one_m9_photos_leak_confirm_new_camera-news-10838.php">GSM Arena</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="HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, features a 20.7MP camera" alt="HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, features a 20.7MP camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTCOneM9leak2.jpg?1421774249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news#comments Android HTC Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:15:08 +0000 Max Langridge 1458093 at http://www.stuff.tv Oppo R5 http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-r5/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simply the slimmest phone in the world </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="Oppo R5 review" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oppo-r5-9-resized.jpeg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some phones try to be fast. Others try to be cheap. However, the R5 is all about thin-ness.</p> <p>It&#39;s the thinnest phone to date, if you&#39;re willing to forget the little bit of camera lens that sticks out from the rest of the body by just a smidge. At 4.85mm thick, it&#39;s only about as chunky as two After Eight mints sitting on top of each other.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $450 in the US. UK price to be confirmed. </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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"> Super-thin </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fast charging </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"> Buggy, quirky software </div> <div class="field-item even"> No headphone jack </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Mediocre battery life and tiny storage </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"> Size 0 Model </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you took an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a> (remember those?), stretched it a whole bunch and gave it a fierce going-over with a rolling pin, and managed not to crack it into a million pieces, it might look like the Oppo R5. It has a hard, dense-feeling aluminium and steel body with white accents on the top and bottom of the rear.</p> <p>Around the front, though, there&#39;s much less of an iPhone-apeing flavour. For one, there&#39;s a trio of physical soft keys that, unusually for a phone this pricey, don&#39;t light up.</p> <p>It looks like a pretty expensive phone, but how does the Oppo R5 feel? Well, thin, of course. However, it also feels a bit severe, thanks to the relatively sharp contours of its sides.</p> <p>Next to the smooth-backed Galaxy S5, it&#39;s not entirely snug in your palm. The Oppo R5 doesn&#39;t have supremely skinny bezels either - as such its handling is comparable to other slim 5-odd inch phones.</p> <p>The benefit of that searingly thin body is definitely partly visual, but we&#39;re happy with how the Oppo R5 feels. After all the fuss made about the &#39;bendy&#39; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, we tried to see if we could flex this phone at all with our hands. We can&#39;t. It feels tough, hard and just as well-made as phones from bigger names. It&#39;s partly down to the use of a tough steel inner frame.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4</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 R5 is just 4.85mm thick - as long as you ignore the protruding lens" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-6.jpg?1421630904" /> </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="So thin, the camera sticks out" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-7.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Slim Pickings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But it isn&#39;t overly flexible in use, either. It doesn&#39;t have a memory card slot or even a headphone jack. These are all casualties of the Oppo R5&#39;s caring about the size of its waistline more than pretty much anything else.</p> <p>With 16GB of memory, the R5 doesn&#39;t really make a great portable music or video player as there&#39;s just not enough room, and the headphone jack issue is very, very annoying at times. Perhaps this is just the tip of a Bluetooth-only future for phone &#39;phones, and in the box you get an adapter that plugs into the microUSB jack and gives you a headphone output, but we&#39;ve found ourselves missing the normal headphone jack like a departed best friend.</p> <p>And what if you lose the adapter? It&#39;s just another thing to worry about, and it&#39;s not as if you&#39;ll want to keep this 10cm-long cable sticking out of your phone 24/7. You could keep it attached to your headphones, but that&#39;s not good if like us you also listen through a laptop or another sources at times.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ces-2015/ces-2015-we-go-ears-philips-noise-cancelling-lightning-compatible-headphones/news" target="_blank">Ears-on with Philips&#39; new Lightning-compatible headphones</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="Where&#039;s the headphone socket? There isn&#039;t one." alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-4_0.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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>Being so thin does not, thankfully, affect the screen. The Oppo R5 has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display.</p> <p>While we&#39;re hurtling towards a time when QHD screens will be the norm for high-end phones, this one has a &#39;normal&#39; 1080p display. It&#39;s more than sharp enough to be called &#39;Retina&#39; grade, and the size is easily big enough to make watching a bit of Netflix on the way to work a joy.</p> <p>As is common with OLED-type screens, colours are oversaturated a bit. But not to the extent that red balloons look like they&#39;re about to jump out of the screen and strangle you. They&#39;re just no 100% accurate.</p> <p>Side-by-side with the LCD-screened <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-n3/review" target="_blank">Oppo N3</a> (review coming soon), you can see the Oppo R5&#39;s colours don&#39;t have the same relaxed, natural look. Instead, though, the OLED display gets you fantastic contrast, with images looking poppier than an 80s boyband revival festival in just about all conditions from dark rooms to bright sunny days.</p> <p>Oppo plasters a plastic screen protector on the phone to try and keep it in good nick, and it doesn&#39;t seem to have any degrading effect on image quality. Plus, as it&#39;s applied in the factory there&#39;s no chance of those bubbles you can&#39;t avoid when applying a protector yourself.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-n3/review" target="_blank">Oppo N3 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Oppo&#039;s 5.2in Super AMOLED screen has fantastic contrast, if not completely natural in its colours" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-25.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> ColorOS vs 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 eagle-eyed among you may have already noticed the Oppo R5 doesn&#39;t use a totally generic version of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android</a>, but a custom take.</p> <p>Oppo calls it ColorOS, and like every other manufacturer&#39;s Android skin it just fiddles with how Google&#39;s mobile OS looks and feels a bit. Desperate to make its mark, ColorOS cuts out the app menu you usually get in Android, relying 100 per cent on the home screens like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">Apple&#39;s iOS</a>.</p> <p>However, it has a tendency to make your phone look and feel a bit cluttered if you&#39;re not careful. And we&#39;re not in love with this UI&#39;s look either. Granted, it&#39;s not a million miles removed from any other take on Android, but lacks the cosy lifestyle look we saw recently in Android 5.0 Lollipop on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The style is much closer to what you see on the phones of another Chinese handset maker, Huawei. As well as getting rid of the apps menu, the Oppo R5 offers themes that re-skin the device with different wallpapers and icons. They must really love them in China, because other phone makers stopped offering them about a decade ago. It&#39;s quirky, but if you&#39;re after something a bit different, perhaps that&#39;s not a negative.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are a few extra features, too, such as the ability to launch apps from standby simply by drawing a shape on the screen.</p> <p>It&#39;s also a bit, well, buggy. The Oppo R5 has enough power to keep the lights on in a small village, but we did notice the odd laggy moment that just wouldn&#39;t be there in a better-optimised phone. This is probably something that Oppo will iron out over the next few updates, but there&#39;s no telling how long that might take.</p> <p>How powerful is it? The Oppo R5 has a Snapdragon 615 CPU, an 8-core processor that while a step below the Snapdragon 801 of the Note 4 in terms of raw power, is a bonafide 64-bit CPU. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark tool it scores 2505 points - fantastic for what is a mid-range CPU.</p> <p>It also has a decent 2GB of RAM. There&#39;s enough power to take on the world here, but the Oppo R5 feels like it&#39;s held back a little by its own software.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">The 35 Best Free Apps for Android</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="ColorOS cuts out the app menu you usually get in Android, relying 100 per cent on the home screens like Apple&#039;s iOS" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-28.jpg?1421630904" /> </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 Oppo R5 offers themes that re-skin the device with different wallpapers and icons" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-24_0.jpg?1421630904" /> </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="There are a few extra features, too, such as the ability to launch apps from standby simply by drawing a shape on the screen" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-29.jpg?1421630904" /> </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"> 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 4.4.4 with ColorOS</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in&nbsp;Super AMOLED with&nbsp;1920x1080 resolution (424ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Octa-core Snapdragon 615 @ 1.5GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP rear, 5MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>:&nbsp;NFC,&nbsp;Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 149 x 75 x 4.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 155g</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"> Camera Chops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oppo has really stuck its oar into the camera software. But it doesn&#39;t backfire here. The Oppo R5&#39;s camera app is pretty easy to use, the thing is pretty snappy to take photos and there are plenty of modes on offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are a few &#39;installed&#39; as standard, but you can tool-up the app with plenty more. There are ultra macro modes, one thats ultra-high res images by combining multiple exposures, HDR, long exposure, GIF animation and even RAW capture. The Oppo R5&#39;s camera app makes it look as though you&#39;re installing these extra modes, but really are just being enabled and disabled - you don&#39;t need an internet connection to do it. There&#39;s as much, or as little, control as you like on offer.</p> <p>Underneath all the neat software extras, the hardware of the Oppo R5&#39;s camera is sound but not world-beating. It has a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor, the same used by several other phones including the OnePlus One, the Nexus 6 and Xiaomi Mi4.</p> <p>Among these Sony sensor brothers, it&#39;s one of the better performers. Speedy and with colour reproduction that&#39;s normally spot on in good lighting, with only a slight tendency towards overexposure causing minor issues. The white balance is also often on the warm side with indoors lighting.</p> <p>But in poor lighting, photos get pretty noisy and colour saturation takes a dive, because the phone prioritises speed over absolute image quality. There is a mode to bump-up saturation in night photos, though. The Samsung Galaxy S5 produces slightly better, sharper photos, but the Oppo R5 certainly isn&#39;t bad.</p> <p>The front camera isn&#39;t too shabby either. It has a 5-megapixel sensor, making it one of the new wave of selfie-conscious phones. However, like a good deal of these phones, you don&#39;t really get twice as much detail from a good 2-megapixel camera. These selfie cams tend to have pretty dinky sensors so unless you&#39;re shooting in good lighting, everything starts to get a little bit fizzy.</p> <p>The front camera is also where you notice one of the Oppo R5&#39;s obvious bugs. A fraction of a second after opening the app, the camera preview screen just goes black, leaving you to shoot blind. It&#39;ll still take photos, you just have to do so without seeing what the camera can see. With any luck this&#39;ll be solved by the time you get hold of one. But we advise getting used to the idea you might have to deal with similar kinds of issues.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review" target="_blank">HTC Desire Eye 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="Underneath all the neat software extras, the hardware of the Oppo R5&#039;s camera is sound but not world-beating" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-26.jpg?1421630904" /> </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="4160" height="3120" title="Oppo R5 sample photo" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG20150115143215.jpg?1421630904" /> </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="4160" height="3120" title="Oppo R5 sample photo" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG20150115142855_1.jpg?1421630904" /> </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="4160" height="3120" title="Oppo R5 sample photo" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG20150113182049.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Not running Duracells </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 element that&#39;s not going to be fixed completely by an update or two is the battery life. As is always the worry with a phone thing enough to slice cheese with, stamina is not great.</p> <p>The Oppo R5 fits in a 2000mAh battery, even smaller than the unit of a 4.5-inch Moto G 2013. This is a much larger (well at least in terms of screen size) phone, and if you indulge in a bit of web browsing you can drain it in the space of a day without too much trouble.</p> <p>With a phone of this grade, we like to see a good chunk of battery left over in the morning of the second day. And it&#39;s just not there in the Oppo R5. In our looped video test it lasted for eight hours, which isn&#39;t diastrous among phones in general, but when rivals such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z3</a> get into the teens of hours, it&#39;s just not really good enough.</p> <p>It does have a special trick up its sleeve, though. The Oppo R5 has a Rapid Charge adapter that gets you up to 75 per cent charge within half an hour. It uses a 5A plug rather than the 1A/2A one you see bundled with most phones. You may have to charge often, but at least it won&#39;t take too long each time.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is something you don&#39;t generally see from the bigger names: Oppo thrives on offering quirky bonus features not seen elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A little bit of gaming goes a long way - towards depleting the R5&#039;s rather small battery" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-23.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Not all 4G is the same </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, its unusual approach doesn&#39;t pay off everywhere. While the Oppo R5 is a 4G phone, it doesn&#39;t actaully support every 4G band used in the UK.</p> <p>Like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review" target="_blank">OnePlus One</a>, it lacks support for LTE band 20, the 800MHz band, which is used by a whole bunch of networks: <a href="http://www.o2.co.uk/" target="_blank">O2</a>, <a href="http://shop.tescomobile.com/pay-monthly/mobile-phones/?tmcampid=22&amp;tmad=c&amp;tmplaceref=google&amp;tmclickref=tesco%20mobile_c&amp;gclid=COSd073SncMCFa_JtAodfSoAVQ" target="_blank">Tesco</a>, <a href="https://giffgaff.com/" target="_blank">GiffGaff</a> and <a href="http://www.vodafone.co.uk/" target="_blank">Vodafone</a>. If you&#39;re on <a href="http://ee.co.uk/" target="_blank">EE</a> of <a href="http://www.three.co.uk/" target="_blank">Three</a> and plan to stay there, no problem. It&#39;ll be a deal breaker for some, though.</p> <p>One other compromise you might expect of such a slim phone is speaker quality. Sure enough, the Oppo R5 has a single speaker, but it&#39;s front-loaded up where the earpiece is. Front speakers are handy, but this one is a little thin-sounding compared with the best out there - miles off what you get in the (relatively) beefy-sounding <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> from its BoomSound speakers.</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="Like the OnePlus One, the Oppo R5 lacks support for LTE band 20, the 800MHz band, which is used by a whole bunch of networks" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-3.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Oppo R5 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 Oppo R5 is a phone made with a clear purpose. It wanted to become the thinnest phone in the world. It managed it, everyone clapped, then moved on.</p> <p>Its issue is that it needs to continue to impress in the days and weeks after you first get it out of the box and go &#39;ooh&#39; over how slim it is. It doesn&#39;t really manage that.&nbsp;</p> <p>The quirky, buggy software needs a bit more fine-tuning and - primarily - the battery life just doesn&#39;t quite give enough insurance for those with busy lives. Fast charge hardware is much appreciated, but it seems a shame it&#39;s used as an excuse for the relatively poor core stamina.&nbsp;</p> <p>In other respects the Oppo R5 is perfectly good, and worthy of its price tag. But would we actually recommend buying it over the wealth of other handset options at this price? Probably not.</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="Oppo R5 review verdict" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-16.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An alarmingly slim, very well made phone that falls short on some of the basics</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-r5/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-r5/review#comments Android Oppo R5 Smartphones Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:34:28 +0000 Max Langridge 1451650 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best puzzle games for Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-puzzle-games-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Work out your noggin with this hand-picked selection of brain-sweating titles </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="1037" height="778" title="10 of the best puzzle games for Android" alt="10 of the best puzzle games for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/monument-valley-main.jpg?1421640098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s more to mobile gaming than decapitating zombies, shooting aliens and driving endlessly round a track.</p> <p>Sometimes it&#39;s good to get the old synapses firing.Keep them fresh, keep them busy, and you&#39;ll be sharp when you hit your twilight years.</p> <p>Or, you know, just play them because they&#39;re tonnes of fun.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&#39;s a selection of some of our favourite Android puzzlers for you to wrap your heads around:</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where&#039;s My Water? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Poor old Swampy - a peaceful, chilled-out alligator, he just wants a nice hot shower. Unfortunately the dastardly Cranky has mucked around with the pipes, meaning you&#39;ll need to put your grey matter to good use helping the water on its way. That&#39;s easier said than done: between each pool of water and Swampy&#39;s tub lie all manner of hazards including poisonous acid, algae and bombs. Where&#39;s My Water? is a beautifully made puzzler, with endearing characters, plenty of variety and a nicely judged learning curve. It has so far spawned four spin-offs and a sequel, with the Mickey Mouse-starring Where&#39;s My Mickey? being our favourite.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.WMW&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Where&#39;s My Water</a>? (&pound;1.49)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rgv18mHmGQE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Threes! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like all the best puzzle games, Threes! is built on brilliantly simple mechanics: in an attempt to clear a 4x4 grid, you merge numbered cards by sliding them into each other, but (with a couple of exceptions) only matched numbers will combine &ndash; and when they do, they become a single tile with the combined value of their constituents. OK, so maybe we&rsquo;ve made it sound more complicated than it really is, but once you&rsquo;ve tried it, its crack-like addictiveness will grip your heart. The perfect &ldquo;play for two minutes at a time&rdquo; game, and its music and visuals are lovely icing on the cake.</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Threes</a>! (&pound;1.31)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YonTc2jLXEA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Room Two </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Room Two is of the finest puzzle games our fingers have ever had the pleasure of swiping around. The game throws you into various rooms, many of which have a beautiful Victoria steampunk-esque feel to them. Each one has a series of puzzles ranging from kick-starting old machinery to manipulating levers and secret switches to reveal clues, keys and other items which will ultimately help you escape each section. It&#39;s simple in concept, but incredibly tough to crack, and will keep you occupied for a good few solid hours</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FireproofStudios.TheRoom2&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">The Room Two</a> (&pound;1.99)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CbGaddIZzVs" 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"> Trainyard </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 Trainyard, the aim is simply to get trains to goal stations of the same colour, by drawing tracks and tapping Start. There&rsquo;s no time-limit, so you can waste as much time as a typical train operator. But it gets fiendish without you realising; before you know it, you&rsquo;re merging and splitting trains, routing round rocks, and grappling with a spaghetti heap of track to stop trains colliding.</p> <p>Also check out the free <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.trainyardexpress&amp;hl=en_GB">Trainyard Express</a> (in theory a demo for this one, but actually including loads more puzzles) and the similar and equally impressive <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.badcrane.rgbexpress&amp;hl=en">RGB Express</a>.</p> <p><strong>Download<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.trainyard&amp;hl=en">Trainyard</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.99)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QQImpDfcF14&lt;" 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-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"> Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 fell in love with Monument Valley the second we first stepped foot into its abstract Escher-eque universe. Players are thrust into the shoes of a silent princess who must traverse impossible monuments by dragging and spinning around various features of each level. there&#39;s a lot of clever perspective trickery at play, and the level design is absolutely stunning. So much so, in fact, that there&#39;s a built-in screenshot feature, which we&#39;ve used to create some snazzy wallpapers.</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ustwo.monumentvalley&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Monument Valley</a> (&pound;2.49)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wC1jHHF_Wjo" 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-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"> Hitman GO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We admit &lsquo;adorable&rsquo; is probably not the first word that leaps to mind when thinking about assassins, but Hitman GO is very adorable indeed. It&rsquo;s a turn-based puzzle take on the award-winning console series, with Agent 47 sneaking about clockwork-like dioramas. It works brilliantly, somehow even managing to echo its console-based cousin&rsquo;s tension and atmosphere.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.squareenixmontreal.hitmango&amp;hl=en_GB">Hitman GO</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.99)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jz5FwcA2njc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Splice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most experimental and thoughtful puzzlers around, Splice has you arrange cells to fit a target structure, based around binary trees. Cells are dragged into place, and automatically rearrange themselves when spliced, depending on how many fellows are attached. Initially, it confounds, but when this one clicks, you&rsquo;ll be hooked. Watch out for some devious levels later on.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cipherprime.splice&amp;hl=en_GB">Splice</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.92)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q3A86k2x6_E" 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-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"> Strata </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This elegant game is all about swiping coloured ribbons across a grid that contains coloured squares. The aim is to pattern-match by strategically swiping in a certain order. Earlier levels are dead simple, with basic two-by-two grids; by the time you hit five-by-fives, you&rsquo;ll be tearing your hair out, even if you&rsquo;ve figured out some patterns to success.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.graveck.stratapremium&amp;hl=en">Strata</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0u9gb_srhfw" 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-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"> World of Goo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not hyperbole to say World of Goo isn&rsquo;t just a fantastic puzzler, but one of the best games from the past decade. It centres around sentient goo, which you use to build structures. This enables any remaining goo to find their way to the pipe that takes them to goo heaven. In less talented hands, this would have been a typically cartoonish saccharine puzzle game; but 2D Boy&rsquo;s title is infused with melancholy, a beautiful narrative, bizarre and surreal artwork, and an engaging, atmospheric soundtrack. It&rsquo;s a true classic.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twodboy.worldofgoofull&amp;hl=en_GB">World of Goo</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.99)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uiCm88Me_3U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joining Hands 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be the most challenging game on this list, but Joining Hands 2 is sweet and addictive. The aim is to connect multi-limbed Peabins so they&rsquo;re all holding hands. That would be simple if not for the rigid hexagonal grid structure that&rsquo;s peppered with obstacles. Throughout, new characters with unique powers are introduced, and if you enjoy the title, the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mythpeople.joininghands">first game in the series</a> is equally good.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.the10tons.joininghands2&amp;hl=en">Joining Hands 2</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.49)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/LgQDUv4wLz8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-puzzle-games-android/feature#comments Android Android games Apps and Games Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:38:59 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1457830 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G4 rumoured to have a 5.3in 2K screen, Snapdragon 810 processor and 16MP camera http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g4-rumoured-feature-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The G4 rumour mill is officially open for business </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="940" height="705" title="LG G4 rumoured to have a 5.3in 2K screen, Snapdragon 810 processor and 16MP camera" alt="LG G4 rumoured to have a 5.3in 2K screen, Snapdragon 810 processor and 16MP came" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_3.jpg?1421408001" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review"> LG G3</a> is still one of our favourite smartphones, sitting pretty at number 2 on our<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten"> Top 10 list</a>. But the LG G4 will do everything in its power to steal that spot, and considering recent spec rumours, it should be able to.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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>A report from Greek websiste&nbsp;<em><a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=el&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Ftechmaniacs.gr%2Flg-g4-with-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera-exclusive%2F&amp;edit-text=">Techmaniacs&nbsp;</a></em>suggests the incoming flagship will pack the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. This is highly likely, as the majority of 2015&#39;s new phones are expected to feature it too.</p> <p>There were reports last year that claimed Qualcomm was experiencing a delay in shipping the processors due to overheating issues, but Qualcomm has rubbished these and says it&#39;s on track.&nbsp;</p> <p>Elsewhere there&#39;s expected to be a Quad HD (2K) display and 16-megapixel camera. It&#39;s not clear what screen size we can expect, but the Greek site is reckons it&#39;ll land with a 5.3in display and 3GB of RAM.&nbsp;</p> <p>If true, it&#39;ll be an interesting step for LG, given that the current G3&#39;s screen is 5.5 inches. A 2K 5.3in screen will make the G4&#39;s display one of the sharpest around.</p> <p>The website has also received leaked images of the camera&#39;s 16MP resolution, with it reaching 5312 x 2988 - some improvement over the 13MP snapper found in the G3. There&#39;s no mention of LG&#39;s laser autofocus or optical image stabilisation, but we&#39;d be surprised if they didn&#39;t make a return.</p> <p>LG hasn&#39;t commented on these rumours, nor has it released any official information. It&#39;s unclear when we can expect a full reveal of the phone, but with Mobile World Congress taking place in March, it&#39;s possible the G4 could take centre of LG&#39;s stage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given the importance of the G4 however, it&#39;s more likely that LG will hold its own event, possibly around the end of May, which was when the G3 was revealed last year.</p> <p>[<a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=el&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Ftechmaniacs.gr%2Flg-g4-with-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera-exclusive%2F&amp;edit-text=">Techmaniacs</a>]&nbsp;</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> http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g4-rumoured-feature-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera/news#comments Android LG Smartphones Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:11:55 +0000 Max Langridge 1457810 at http://www.stuff.tv Xiaomi Note challenges the iPhone 6 Plus in form and function http://www.stuff.tv/android/xiaomi-note-challenges-iphone-6-plus-form-and-funciton/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slightly slimmer, slightly lighter, and no protruding rear camera. Should your iPhone 6 Plus be worried? </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="685" height="514" title="Xiaomi Note challenges the iPhone 6 Plus in form and funciton" alt="Xiaomi Note challenges the iPhone 6 Plus in form and funciton" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xiaomi-note.jpg?1421332053" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After days of speculation, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi (the third largest distributor of smartphones in the world, don&#39;t you know), has finally taken&nbsp;the wraps off the&nbsp;Xiaomi Note at a press launch in Beijing. And it brings the fight straight to the giant aluminium doors of Apple&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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/android/xiaomi-note-challenges-iphone-6-plus-form-and-funciton/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/xiaomi-note-challenges-iphone-6-plus-form-and-funciton/news#comments Android Smartphones Xiaomi Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:01:38 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1457716 at http://www.stuff.tv