Android http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/all en-GB Pebble adds support for Android Wear actionable notifications http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s still in beta, but anyone rocking the smartwatch and Android can check it out </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="Pebble adds Android Wear notification support" alt="Pebble adds Android Wear notification support" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pebble-androidwear-notifications.jpg?1418780529" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">love the Pebble Steel</a>&nbsp;(and the standard model is a worthwhile wearable), but compared to newer smartwatches, it&rsquo;s more about viewing notifications than doing anything about them. Well, until now.</p> <p>Pebble has announced support for Android Wear actionable notifications on its watches for those using the Android app. That means you&rsquo;ll be able to send canned responses to messages, or pick from predetermined options (like &ldquo;send&rdquo; or &ldquo;decline&rdquo; with Square Cash).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For now, the functionality is still in beta, via the v2.3.0 Android app. But Pebble is allowing anyone interested to&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/12/16/ad-23/">join its Beta Testing Group</a>&nbsp;and start using the beta software right away. Additionally, the just-launched v2.2 app on Google Play allows Android 4.0+ phones to use Pebble, whereas previously it was only for Android 4.3+ devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s clear that the watch can do more if the paired phone&rsquo;s platform allows it - so might the Pebble gain functionality with iPhones once iOS has Apple Watch interactions baked in? We wouldn&rsquo;t count on it, but we&rsquo;ll keep our fingers crossed.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/12/16/ad-23/">Pebble</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-_acvnlD0UI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news#comments Android Android Wear Pebble Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:14:23 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455532 at http://www.stuff.tv Now you can control the Nest Learning Thermostat with Google voice commands http://www.stuff.tv/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, Google Now can begin heating or cooling your place during your commute home </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 Works With Nest" alt="Google Works With Nest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest-google-now.jpg?1418717268" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the weekend, some intrepid Android users discovered that Google integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies">about to go live</a>. Today, it&rsquo;s officially&nbsp;<a href="https://nest.com/support/article/How-do-Google-voice-actions-and-Google-Now-work-with-the-Nest-Thermostat">up and running</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a&nbsp;<a href="https://workswithnest.google.com">Google Works With Nest setup process</a>&nbsp;that you&rsquo;ll need to complete, which finds you authorizing access on both sides of the partnership. Even though Google owns Nest now, the latter is trying to stay somewhat autonomous and not spook users worried about data access overreach from its massive overlord.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve invested in a Nest, you might as well take advantage of these beneficial new features. There&#39;s little sense in resisting a smart thermometer getting smarter, after all.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://nest.com/support/article/How-do-Google-voice-actions-and-Google-Now-work-with-the-Nest-Thermostat">Nest</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/15/nest-google-now-temperature-control/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nest-gets-closer-world-or-least-home-domination/news">Nest gets closer to world (or at least home) domination with improved compatibility</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="600" title="Google Works With Nest" alt="Google Works With Nest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-google-integration.jpg?1418717268" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news#comments Android Connected home Google iOS Nest Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:22:56 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455446 at http://www.stuff.tv Google removed Amazon app from the Play Store over direct app sales http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ll have to snag it from web if you want Amazon’s apps and games going forward </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="Amazon Appstore" alt="Amazon Appstore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-appstore_0.jpg?1418435571" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For some time, you&rsquo;d have to download the full-fledged&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/get-appstore/android/ref=mas_rw_ldg">Amazon Appstore app</a>&nbsp;for Android from web to access the mega-retailer&rsquo;s own selection of apps and games. Surprisingly, that changed this autumn.</p> <p>Out of the blue, the previously less-equipped Amazon app available on the Play Store suddenly had the ability to sell apps and games directly, without users needing to grab the app from web and then enable Unknown Sources to install the software.</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/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news#comments Amazon Android Google Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:46:04 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455162 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 3 brings 64-bit processing power to lower-end phones http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regulatory listing for next 5.25in smartphone reveals modest update </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="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-grand-3-leak.png?1418435355" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo">recently admitted</a>&nbsp;that its smartphone line has gotten too large, something arguably borne out by the lesser-known Galaxy Grand. But this lower-end device will still apparently see a solid upgrade in its next incarnation.</p> <p>Details of the Galaxy Grand 3 have emerged thanks to an approved filing with Chinese regulatory body TENAA, and they show that the device has a 64-bit processor within: the quad-core, 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon 410.</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/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news#comments Android Samsung Smartphones Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:49:25 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455147 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear update brings loads of new faces, plus developers can now release their own http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, the promise of significant customization is rolling out to devices </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="Android Wear" alt="Android Wear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-newfaces.jpg?1418261265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a small screen on your wrist seemed like a prime opportunity to display all sorts of dazzling imagery, but up &rsquo;til now, the options have been limited with Android Wear. Finally, that&#39;s changed.</p> <p>Google has just announced the rollout of the latest version of Android Wear, based on Lollipop, and it finally brings the promised ability for developers to create and sell their own unique, distinctive watch faces via Google Play.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among the early highlights are faces based on games like&nbsp;<em>Pac-Man</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Plants vs. Zombies</em>, and others featuring design work from the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, Mei Kawajiri, Bearbrick, and Porsche.</p> <p>In typical Google rollout fashion, it&rsquo;s starting to hit some devices now, but it could be up to a week before it reaches yours. Please try to control your enthusiasm accordingly.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/android-dress-code-wear-what-you-want.html">Google</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2014/12/watch-face-api-now-available-for.html">Android Developers Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="798" title="The Hundreds Android Wear watch face" alt="The Hundreds Android Wear watch face" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidwear-thehundreds.png?1418261265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news#comments Android Android Wear Google Smartwatches Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:07:39 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455087 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Nexus phone is bigger, but is it actually better? </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="Look familiar?" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-6-1-small.jpg?1418398512" /> </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>You could call Google&rsquo;s Nexus devices trojan horses to show off the latest version of Android, but if they are, they&rsquo;re pretty darn obvious ones: even Google would be happy to admit the Nexus 6 is mostly here to let Android 5.0 Lollipop strut its stuff.</p> <p>Google doesn&rsquo;t actually make the thing, either. Motorola does, and you&rsquo;ll see plenty of Motorola DNA flowing through the phone&rsquo;s little circuit board veins.</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"> £500.00 </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"> (for 32GB version; 64GB is £550) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, vivid screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive overall performance </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Strong stereo speakers </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"> Camera a little sluggish </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too large for some and a bit awkward in the hand </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a value king like the Nexus 5 </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"> Aerobicise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Using the Nexus 6 in one hand is a stretch, with the back button placed just out of reach of your thumb as if Google has done so deliberately. It&rsquo;s like the thing is a cookie jar you&rsquo;re not meant to be able to reach.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re starting with what seems like a pretty trivial point, but when something trivial crops up about 576 times a day, it starts becoming important. Make sure you&rsquo;re prepared for this issue, as it can get annoying &mdash;&nbsp;especially as it could have been solved by moving the soft keys about a bit.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 looks and feels a bit like a two-hander version of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X (2014)</a>&nbsp;we loved so much recently. Aside from the whole thumb gymnastics involved, that&rsquo;s a good thing.</p> <p>Its back is plastic and fixed in place, but feels as though it&rsquo;s part of a very rigid shell rather than the slightly flimsy back covers you get in Samsung phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>. The sides of the phone are aluminium, with a smooth anodised band working its way around the Nexus 6, punctuated by little plastic accents that also act as signal outlets for the antennas.</p> <p>The look isn&rsquo;t quite catwalk-ready &mdash;&nbsp;there&rsquo;s a bit of variance in the seam between the plastic and aluminium rear parts, the Nexus logo on the rear is pretty huge and the ring-style flash is a bit &lsquo;loud&rsquo; compared with the demure Nexus 5 &mdash;&nbsp;but then the Nexus team has never been all about style.</p> <p>Still, as long as you don&rsquo;t mind the sheer size of the Nexus 6 we&rsquo;re pretty confident most of you will like the design well enough. The curvy back offers a comfy in-hand grip and front-on it seems almost all-screen, which is quite an achievement given it also packs-in stereo speakers on the front.</p> <p>The hardcore crowd won&rsquo;t appreciate that, as with the other Nexus phones and tablets, the Nexus 6 doesn&rsquo;t let you add to the memory. You get a decent 32GB (64GB available, but not as widely) built-in, but the only slot on the phone is for the nano SIM. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</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="Using the Nexus 6 in one hand is a stretch, with the back button placed just out of reach of your thumb as if Google has done so deliberately. It’s like the thing is a cookie jar you’re not meant to be able to reach." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-20_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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 sides of the phone are aluminium, with a smooth anodised band working its way around the Nexus 6, punctuated by little plastic accents that also act as signal outlets for the antennas." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-2_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="Front-on it seems almost all-screen, which is quite an achievement given it also packs-in stereo speakers on the front." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-15_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Cinematic kicks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is naturally going to limit how many movies you can fit on the Nexus 6, but it&rsquo;ll still store a bunch, and the other elements &mdash;&nbsp;those stereo speakers and the giant OLED screen &mdash;&nbsp;make up for it.</p> <p>Having two separate speakers is no guarantee of good sound quality, but the Nexus 6 is pretty solid. Top volume is unusually loud, and there&rsquo;s the hint of extra warmth and mid-range body that&rsquo;s still a luxury in the mobile phone world. We still prefer the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>&nbsp;sound, but the Nexus goes louder. Of course, sticking to headphones is still the best way to get good sound.</p> <p>Even more important, of course, is the screen. The Nexus 6 has a massive 5.96in display even larger than those of mobile giants such as the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. There is a reason why this phone is so huge.</p> <p>While its specs will look pretty normal in just a few months, for now they&rsquo;re dead impressive. The Nexus 6 has a 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED screen, using the same resolution as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;but with tech a bit closer to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>&rsquo;s.</p> <p>It comes with great benefits, and one unfortunate trip-up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="What? Twilight isn&#039;t that bad!" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-3_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First, the good bits: the Nexus 6 screen offers terrific contrast and black levels, getting the sort of image vividness that&rsquo;d make 99 per cent of &pound;2000 TVs whimper with jealousy. We&#39;ve spent a good while watching Netflix on the phone, and it&rsquo;s a great experience. Such a large screen matched with OLED image skills is a great combo.</p> <p>We also welcome the extra resolution. It&rsquo;s not just about screen size either. OLEDs such as the Nexus 6&rsquo;s tend to look less sharp than direct LCD alternatives because of the way their pixels are laid out, but here there are easily enough to go around to make everything appear super-sharp.</p> <p>QHD resolution may not make your 1080p movies look even better, but for things such as games and the Nexus 6 interface, it&rsquo;s great.</p> <p>So, what&rsquo;s wrong? Well, as with so many OLED phones the colours are rather over the top. Reds are a bit too red, greens aren&rsquo;t all that subtle. It&rsquo;s the red you&rsquo;ll notice the most &mdash;&nbsp;especially if you&rsquo;re coming from a phone with very good colour accuracy - the Nexus 5 or an iPhone, for example.</p> <p>Whether this matters or not is a personal thing. Unlike the rival Galaxy Note 4 there&rsquo;s no way to tone down the colours, so you have to get used to it. We found that when watching movies, the amazing contrast makes up for the candy-coated colours, but it was initially distracting.</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 Nexus 6 screen offers terrific contrast and black levels, getting the sort of image vividness that’d make 99 per cent of £2000 TVs whimper with jealousy" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-13_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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"> Google Nexus 6 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 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.96in AMOLED with 2560x1440 (493ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 @ 2.7GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB or 64GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP rear with OIS and dual-LED ring flash, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 3220mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 159 x 83 x 10.1mm
</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 184g</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"> What’s Android 5.0 all about, anyway? </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 standard, the interface makes the issue pretty obvious, though. The Nexus 6 is the first phone to be released with Android 5.0 L, and it&rsquo;s pretty bold and colourful itself.</p> <p>Google has tried to strip out as much ugly signposting of features as it can, pushing it a bit closer to the non-geeky style of iOS. One of the most obvious spots to see this in action is the soft key area.</p> <p>Gone are the buttons that are meant to actually represent functions visually, replaced with a triangle, circle and square. Those completely new to Android may have to fiddle with the Nexus 6 a bit to understand it, but Android looks more minimalist than ever, and we like it a lot.</p> <p>There are some extra features too. Perhaps the best is home screen notifications. You can see your new emails, texts and so on without even turning the Nexus 6 on properly. It can save you quite a lot of time, although those worried about security can turn these off.</p> <p>Android 5.0 L also feels a bit different. The layout, the way it works, these bits are exactly the same. However, the way everything moves has been tweaked. There&rsquo;s more swooshy inertia, with a clear attempt to make it feel a bit more physical or tangible. The cold, clinical and efficient style of previous Android versions has been swapped for something a bit more&hellip; human. Yes, that sounds ridiculous but start flicking around Android 5.0 and you&rsquo;ll understand.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll get used to it in about five minutes, but it does actually make the Nexus 6 feel a tiny bit less peppy than a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.4. We didn&rsquo;t experience much lag, but Android seems to be moving away from an obsession with performance, caring that bit more about &lsquo;feel&rsquo;. Android has gone all touchy-feely on us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop 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="You can now see your new emails, texts and so on without even turning the Nexus 6 on properly." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-21_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Android 5.0 L also feels a bit different. The layout, the way it works, these bits are exactly the same. However, the way everything moves has been tweaked." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-5_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Paranoid 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>There&rsquo;s another little issue, too. There&rsquo;s a bit of controversy around the Nexus 6 because it&rsquo;s one of the first Android devices to ship with full encryption. All your data is encoded for security, meaning that if you use a passcode there&rsquo;s no way to get access to it without that code &mdash; it can&rsquo;t be pulled off the storage directly by digital CSI types. This was always an option within Android, but it seemed to us that just about no-one used it.</p> <p>Encryption apparently slows down performance a bit, and you&rsquo;ll be able to find nerdy benchmarks online showing you exactly how much. However, we didn&rsquo;t notice any of the sort of annoying slow-down we saw in the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus 6 is still quick.</p> <p>It has the specs to match the top phones of the moment, so that&rsquo;s no more than we&rsquo;d expect. The Nexus 6 uses the Snapdragon 805 CPU, the same Qualcomm chipset used in the Galaxy Note 4. It&rsquo;s a quad-core 2.7GHz processor, and here it has 3GB of RAM to exploit. This hardware earned the Nexus 6 a great score of 3283 points in our Geekbench 3 test, which is &mdash; reassuringly enough &mdash;&nbsp;pretty similar to the Note 4.</p> <p>All this power doesn&rsquo;t feel like overkill either, as running games at the native QHD resolution requires an awful lot of juice. At least, if you&rsquo;re rendering fancy 3D graphics rather than match-three sprites of sweeties.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re slightly disappointed with the Nexus 6&rsquo;s battery life, though. A big, expensive phone feels these days like it should offer tip-top stamina, and we&rsquo;ve been spoilt recently by the Note 4, which does just that. Here the stamina is just OK, rather than great.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using the Nexus 6 for a while now, and each day we seem to be skirting around the 15 percent mark by bed time. And that&rsquo;s without any long game-playing sessions.</p> <p>Use the phone a lot and it&rsquo;s not hard to drain it down completely in the space of a day.</p> <p>As we were concerned that the great big OLED display may have just led to us watching video and browsing a lot more than it might usually &mdash;&nbsp;and sure enough this is one of the big draws of the Nexus 6 &mdash;&nbsp;we put it to a more objective test. When left to play a looped 720p MP4 video without doing any other stuff in the background, the battery lasts for almost dead on 10 hours.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s fine, but notably a good few hours off what phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a>&nbsp;and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are capable of. &nbsp;They&rsquo;ll get into the early teens.</p> <p>So, why does the Nexus 6 lag behind a bit? It doesn&rsquo;t offset its larger screen with a larger battery, its 3220mAh being the same size as the Note 4&rsquo;s, and vanilla Android doesn&rsquo;t seem to put as much emphasis on saving battery as other custom skins, although there is a now native battery saver mode, which can help you eek out those last drops of juice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">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="Use the phone a lot and it’s not hard to drain it down completely in the space of a day." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-23_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Camera on trial </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 camera isn&rsquo;t quite up there with the very best either. It offers pretty great hardware but is let down by less-than-perfect software.</p> <p>The phone has a 13MP main camera with optical image stabilisation and an attention-grabbing dual-LED &lsquo;ring&rsquo; style flash. Resolution is lower than the Note 4 or Sony Xperia Z3 at 13MP, but having OIS could easily make up for this.</p> <p>Sure enough, with a bit of know-how, patience and steady hands you can get some cracking shots out of the phone, but in our book the experience you get doesn&rsquo;t quite sit right in a &pound;500-plus phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little slow, both to focus and to take shots. And the HDR mode&rsquo;s processing seems to take quite a while too by current standards. Just a few too many times it had us shouting &ldquo;stay still, just two more seconds&rdquo; at our subject, where the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 would have already let us move on with a few more shots in the memory bank.</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="4160" height="3120" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141204_190356.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="4096" height="3040" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141205_143757.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="4096" height="3040" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141205_125842.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve also found that the Nexus 6&rsquo;s metering isn&rsquo;t too great either. This is the system that judges how bright a photo needs to be to deal with lighting conditions. And too often the spot metering &mdash;&nbsp;where the phone uses your focus point as the main guide &mdash;&nbsp;leads to areas seriously under or overexposed. This means you often need to apply some know-how in order to get the shot you want.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;re all for people getting a bit more savvy about how to use a camera, in the Nexus 6 it&rsquo;s a result of the phone&rsquo;s own brains just not being smart enough.</p> <p>Google also needs to spruce-up its camera app. While it offers the features we&rsquo;re after, including HDR and Panorama, it just doesn&rsquo;t feel as though it has really been optimised enough for people who are going to use it each and every day. It makes us understand why Motorola swaps it out in phones such as the Moto X.</p> <p>Fingers crossed the Nexus 6 will, just like the Nexus 5 before it, get an update that tightens-up camera performance. But it&rsquo;s not all bad. Learn to work with its quirks and you can get some top-notch shots from the phone, with noise levels keeping fairly reasonable even in low-light conditions, thanks in part to OIS.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t dramatically brighten-up low-light scenes, though, showing a slight lack of intelligence in the processing once again compared to some rivals. For all its hardware features, this is not a great low-light camera. Can the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 do better? Yes.</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="Google also needs to spruce-up its camera app. While it offers the features we’re after, including HDR and Panorama, it just doesn’t feel as though it has really been optimised enough for people who are going to use it each and every day" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-12_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re yet to be convinced by the &lsquo;ring&rsquo; flash on the back too. In pro photography land, a ring flash gets rid of shadows by providing multiple light sources that attack an object from different angles. But as they&rsquo;re about an inch apart here, they&rsquo;re not going to make much difference unless your subject is about 15cm away. And in that case, they&rsquo;ll probably blow it out anyway.</p> <p>For the video fans out there, the Nexus 6 captures up to 4K video from the rear camera, and 1080p footage from the front 2MP one. Just as the main camera can&rsquo;t really keep up with the other big boys, the phone&rsquo;s selfies don&rsquo;t lead the pack either. The bog-standard 2MP sensor gets quite noisy with indoors lighting, although it does at least make your shots nice and bright.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="In pro photography land, a ring flash gets rid of shadows by providing multiple light sources that attack an object from different angles. But as they’re about an inch apart here, they’re not going to make much difference unless your subject is about 15cm away" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexusw-6-11_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Any sides with that? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Things like the just-ok battery life and camera performance may make you pause before buying a Nexus 6. But is there anything else to worry about?</p> <p>There are a few little missing extras you might want to keep in mind. While it has 4G and NFC, there&rsquo;s no IR blaster on the Nexus 6. That means no universal remote-style action, and both the LG G3 and Note 4 offer this little extra.</p> <p>Aside from the points mentioned earlier &mdash;&nbsp;no SD card, no access to the insides &mdash;&nbsp;that&rsquo;s about it, though. The Nexus 6 is even water resistant, making those bathtime Netflix sessions a little less nerve-racking than before - although we&rsquo;ll admit to having been too afraid to give it a proper dunking yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Google Nexus 6 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 Nexus 6 is a bit of a curious upgrade to the Nexus 5 in that it doesn&rsquo;t replicate many of the core values that made last year&rsquo;s Nexus such a hit in our book. It doesn&rsquo;t dramatically undercut the competition on cost, and its hand-stretching size will be simply too much for some, especially when Android 5.0 doesn&rsquo;t do anything in particular to really make use of such a large display.</p> <p>Unless we missed a memo about super-size phones being on every child&rsquo;s Christmas list, it just doesn&rsquo;t seem like the everyman device the Nexus 5 was.</p> <p>However, in most other respects it&rsquo;s a winner. The super-sharp display may value vividness over realism, but it&rsquo;s a cracking canvas for media, which is only bolstered by the good front speakers. Android 5.0 Lollipop isn&rsquo;t too shabby either, especially if you hate the overloaded style of so many non-Nexus Androids.</p> <p>So overall it&rsquo;s not the must-buy its predecessor once was, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean its not the smartphone for you. Just make sure you&rsquo;re aware of its foibles before taking the plunge.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones available 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="Google Nexus 6 review verdict" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-10_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 not an everyman classic like the Nexus 5, but the Nexus 6 is one of the best super-big screen phones in the world</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 6 review: bigger and better? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Android flagship gets a size boost – we give our verdict </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review#comments Android Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434725 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 5.0 Lollipop http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android fans: Lollipop is the tasty update you&#039;ve been waiting for </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="A fresh lick of paint " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-5.0-lollipop-review-main.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we&#39;ve got a newer, tastier version of Google&#39;s OS in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most exciting updates in years - new levels of polish, new features and some catching up with iOS make it an essential download.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been swiping and nudging our way around Android 5.0 on Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. This is all you need to know - you want this on your phone or tablet asap.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh, peppy design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Clever notifications </div> <div class="field-item odd"> New battery saving mode </div> <div class="field-item even"> User profiles and guest mode </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"> Some UI tweaks are confusing </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bye bye lockscreen widgets </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A fresh new look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&#39;s new look is called Material Design, and we love it.</p> <p>Upgrading to Google&rsquo;s new aesthetic is a surefire way for any older Nexus or Motorola handsets to get their mojo back. For devices with custom skins, such as Sense UI and TouchWiz, the design tweaks from Google will make less of an impact but manufacturers may pick and choose from the new elements.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been paying attention to Google&rsquo;s individual apps of late you&rsquo;ll have known what was coming. It&rsquo;s more colourful, with subtle shadows, and the &lsquo;stacked cards&rsquo; Overview carousel is slicker. This can now include Chrome tabs (if you want it to - it can get messy) as well as apps.</p> <p>The Roboto font has been tweaked to be curvier and wider, there&rsquo;s a lot of clean, white space now (dialler, app drawer) and the navigation buttons have been given a PlayStation controller-style, minimalist makeover.</p> <p>Our favourite addition is the new floating action button - in each app, Google picks what it thinks is the most useful shortcut and sticks in a colourful circular icon at the bottom. Compose email, keypad etc. It&rsquo;s fast and it&rsquo;s obvious.</p> <p>Just one thing - the animations between apps, menus and screens are nice and &lsquo;fluid&rsquo; as intended but they can be a bit jumpy, a bit poppy, a bit distracting. Just as when we first saw iOS 7 we got a bit dizzy, so too Android 5.0 takes a little getting used to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Everything you need to know about the Nexus 6&nbsp;</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="1350" height="1200" title="Love dat floating action button " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-material-design.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="1350" height="1200" title="Chrome tabs can be taken out of the Overview screen " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-overview.jpg?1418398068" /> </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"> When can I get it? </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>As ever, Google&rsquo;s latest release is available out of the box on this year&rsquo;s Google tablet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> (which we&rsquo;ve tested here) and this year&rsquo;s Google phone, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Nexus 6 </a>(which we&#39;ll hav a full review of very shortly). It&rsquo;s also already rolling out to older Nexus devices such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> and Nexus 10, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014) </a>and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield tablet</a>.</p> <p>Samsung? HTC? LG? The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 </a>will be biting into Lollipop by Christmas and if you have a One (M7) or (M8), expect the update to Sense by February to hit the usual 90-day promise. Whatever smartphone or tablet you own, don&rsquo;t panic. This time, you shouldn&rsquo;t be left waiting too long.&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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smarter notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android&rsquo;s notification system is prettier, smarter and now even more useful. The first stage of the overhaul is that notifications now sit as white &lsquo;cards&rsquo; underneath the quick settings panel (which now includes a Cast Screen button for Chromecast users). So far, so standard.</p> <p>But Lollipop also uses the idea of &lsquo;banners&rsquo; really nicely. Notifications now drop in from the top of the screen so that you can carry on playing your game or watcing your movie in relative peace. This even includes phone calls which would typically have taken over the whole smartphone screen. These notification banners are actionable (open, delete, reply etc) as are the new lockscreen notifications, one area where we see Google catching up to<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review"> iOS 8</a>.</p> <p>This has been one bugbear around the Stuff office amongst iPhone users who have switched to Android - they&rsquo;re used to seeing messages on the lockscreen. Well, here they are in Android working nicely - you have to double tap the card, otherwise there would be too many accidents. Lockscreen widgets have been bumped in their place though and this might make a few power users angry.</p> <p>The last new notifications feature (and another bit of catching up) is Lollipop&rsquo;s new management of &lsquo;interruptions&rsquo; as they are wonderfully titled. This is a version of Do Not Disturb on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS</a> and Assist on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014)</a>. Here, it allows the starring of contacts to let phone calls through, tweaking of the volumes of alerts, the whitelisting of apps to allow notifications onto the lockscreen. Everything can be personalised just so, apart from setting different &lsquo;bedtimes&rsquo; for different schedules. But now we&rsquo;re just being fussy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 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="1350" height="1200" title="Notifications stack as white cards under quick settings " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-notifications.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="675" height="1200" title="Now calls from your boss are officially named interruptions " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-interruptions.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Welcome tweaks to Google apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the new goodies that arrived with iOS 8, there are no new permanent fixtures on the stock Android app screen. There is absolutely no bloatware - you even have to download Chrome, Maps, YouTube and others yourself. It&#39;s an opt-in approch, and we like it. And Google makes the set-up and transfer of apps and wallpapers from other Androids easier than ever.</p> <p>As Google apps have been unshackled from Android update cycles, there&rsquo;s now plenty of consistency in the Material Design look of the software and also some new features to enjoy. Remember when Google forced Nexus users to keep all their messages in Hangouts? Now there&rsquo;s a Messenger app pre-installed to avoid being constantly &lsquo;online&rsquo; - although Hangouts still supports SMS if that&rsquo;s what you want.</p> <p>Gmail now has a two pane view on tablets - your inbox and the currently highlighted message. That sort of multi-tasking view is still rare, though, and we&rsquo;d like to see more apps taking advantage of this sort of thing. Calendar has a more colourful Agenda view with cards for each appointment. While the Google Camera app, which comes pre-installed, has had a redesign with new icons and a bigger area to press to start snapping or shooting. It all makes sense but some settings, such as the resolution of video, are now slower to get to.</p> <p>Google Now is still accessed by swiping right and is much the same as ever - nice to swipe through and occasionally brilliant - especially for frequent travellers. It also now has the power to launch any installed apps relevant to your search e.g IMDb for movie queries. Also tied into Google Now is voice commands: now more Android phones will be able to respond to the &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; command when the screen is off. That means the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X</a> loses a little of its advantage over the Android crowd then, but it&rsquo;s still the only smartphone that lets you personalise the command.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Gmail&#039;s two pane view in landscape " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OV4JQo_ziQA4BriLYkYTW4ztMnv1-baQo5xPeOqOrDs.png?1418398068" /> </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="675" title="The Google Camera app is still simple and easy to use " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-camera-app.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Street Smart Security </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android 5.0 includes lots of behind-the-scenes changes that you won&rsquo;t be able to try out or show off, but that doesn&#39;t mean they&#39;re not important or useful.</p> <p>They include security with encryption that&#39;s turned on by default on new devices, and SELinux enforcing for all apps - this just means your phone is constantly checking that there&rsquo;s no malware lurking and doing damage.</p> <p>So what can you try out? Android Lollipop devices can remove pins or passcode patterns when they&rsquo;re in range of a secure Bluetooth device such as a smartwatch, car or home speaker. We&rsquo;re not sure this is a feature for everyone (what if the mugger pinches both?) but we tried it with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and it&rsquo;s undoubtedly a cool feature. Trusted Face (aka Face Unlock, made-over) comes with warnings about people aping your face but now works quicker, using the camera even as you look at notifications on the lockscreen.</p> <p>Finally, it&rsquo;s not just your apps and messages you want to keep intact, there&rsquo;s your dignity to think of too. Android 5.0 adds a guest mode functionality that&rsquo;s seriously simple to use. In fact, it adds user profiles for the first time on smartphones too (it&rsquo;s already been around on tablets). You can add and switch between multiple users and the guest session via the icon at the top right of the notification pulldown. One user can also function as a kids mode quite easily.</p> <p>Smartphones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;do already have this feature with the bonus of a secret lockscreen pattern that jumps into guest mode, but it&rsquo;s a welcome addition for stock Android and with switching in a matter of seconds, it may actually get used.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 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="1350" height="1200" title="Users and guest mode is accessed in the notifications pulldown " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-security.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="675" height="1200" title="Smartwatch nearby? Smart Lock means you won&#039;t need to unlock your phone" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-trusted-devices.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> All Hail Project Volta </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are two sides to Google&rsquo;s efforts around battery life - one you&rsquo;ll notice and one you probably won&rsquo;t. The first is under-the-hood efficiency optimisations, to increase stamina as part of Project Volta. This includes apps conserving more battery, the OS doing more tracking and minimising wasteful, routine network tasks. What does that mean? Well, in the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review"> Nexus 5</a> we&rsquo;ve been running Lollipop on, we have noticed a slight increase in the day-to-day battery life. It&rsquo;s not huge but for a phone like this which can struggle to last the day, Android 5.0 is worth the update for this alone.</p> <p>We say this alone - we mean this and the new battery saver mode. This has been around on Samsungs, LGs and HTCs for years and finally makes its way to pure Android. It can kick in automatically at 5 or 15%: orange bars appear top and bottom so you don&rsquo;t forget and Google claims it can stretch battery life by 90 minutes. In our testing, that&rsquo;s been about right on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>. As usual, it achieves this by reducing background data, vibrations and performance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review - the two day smartphone&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="2160" height="1920" title="Orange bars mean battery saver mode is on " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-battery-saver.jpg?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Performance Boost, In Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s every reason to be excited about all the boosts Google has made to the performance of Android 5.0, thanks to ART. Not familiar? This is the new default runtime, and while that won&rsquo;t mean a lot to most people, it essentially means that the engine running behind the scenes has been completely renewed. Apps and animations run at a much more fluid 60fps, and ART offers over twice the speed of its previous runtime, Dalvik.</p> <p>Other tweaks include an improvement in graphics performance, and Google has worked with the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm to further improve optimisations within their own processors.</p> <p>Impressive stuff, but with a few bits of lag still hanging around, we&#39;re not entirely blown away. Like Usain Bolt with a crazed fan clinging onto his ankles, it&rsquo;s lovely and fast but is bound to occasionally trip up.</p> <p>Lollipop also supports 64-bit processing, as found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> - this isn&rsquo;t so much something to get giddy about this year but could lead to apps and games which are more powerful and more efficient in future. Win win.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9 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="1280" height="800" title="Teeny bit of lag around Lollipop" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/n4zE7SLBLzp1gR_qtJWLhvse_bk8NAR02-TFVxTRzlw.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Android 5.0 Lollipop 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>Some of the most interesting aspects of Lollipop are probably still to be seen - new features and compatibility for Android Wear, plus Android TV and Android Auto coming in 2015.</p> <p>But right now Android 5.0 really shows that Android updates have grown up.</p> <p>This OS will be on most popular Android phones and tablets very quickly indeed, and we hope everyone makes that teensy bit of effort to update. The new, fresh Material Design might not be as precise and delightful as iOS 8 but it&rsquo;s lively, it&rsquo;s colourful and it&rsquo;s easier and more fluid to navigate.</p> <p>There are plenty of features here that iPhone, Samsung and LG users have long enjoyed - from lockscreen notifications to battery saver mode to user profiles. But that these are now native is still cause for celebration.&nbsp;And all this on top of Google Now, Google Voice and an excellent (if still not iOS-beating) selection of apps and games in the Play Store.</p> <p>Fans of pure Android no longer have to choose between fast, clutter-free performance and really, really useful features, and that is a Very Good Thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy&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="1280" height="800" title="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qfUgUQ2We-mCzJDwvcMlHBB8WJAIbxwSwBSm5tUrHbk.png?1418398068" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>Android 5.0 doesn&#39;t put a foot wrong - the same Google smarts together with a fresh design and incredibly useful new features</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 5.0 Lollipop review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Smartphones Tablets Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:10:52 +0000 Sophie Charara 1435432 at http://www.stuff.tv Reported HTC flagship phone specs leak: Is Hima the One (M8)’s successor? http://www.stuff.tv/android/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the next great Android phone? The would-be M9 sports big enhancements </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8_0.jpg?1417768381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spring is about when we&rsquo;d expect HTC to launch the follow-up to the excellent HTC One (M8), and thanks to reliable leaker @upleaks, we have an updated idea now of what to expect.</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/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Fri, 05 Dec 2014 08:15:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454700 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M9) could get a 5.5in display http://www.stuff.tv/android/new-rumours-htc-one-m9-point-55in-display/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reports suggest that HTC&#039;s next flagship could get a bigger screen size boost than previously anticipated </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="Android fans, here are more details of the unofficial HTC One (M9)" alt="Android fans, here are more details of the unofficial HTC One (M9)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc9.jpeg?1417519485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The trend for bigger smartphones doesn&#39;t look set to go away any time soon.</p> <p>HTC is looking to go big with its upcoming flagship, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/one-m9">HTC One (M9)</a>, with previous rumours pointing to a 5.2in screen for the successor to the 5in HTC One (M8). Now new reports claim that it could be even bigger than that.&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/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/new-rumours-htc-one-m9-point-55in-display/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/new-rumours-htc-one-m9-point-55in-display/news#comments Android HTC One One (M9) Smartphones Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:24:46 +0000 Stephen Graves 1454462 at http://www.stuff.tv The modular PuzzlePhone is Finland’s answer to Project Ara http://www.stuff.tv/android/modular-puzzlephone-finland-s-answer-project-ara/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Colourful and easily upgradeable smartphone hopes to enter production in 2015 </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="PuzzlePhone" alt="PuzzlePhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/puzzlephone-front.jpg?1417483909" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intrigued by the possibilities of Google&rsquo;s Project Ara modular smartphone, but overwhelmed by its complexity or simply seeking an alternative? Finland&rsquo;s Circular Devices might have you covered.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;ll run a forked version of Android, and the &ldquo;open and modular standard&rdquo; will initially support Spines with three different screen sizes: 4.3in, 4.7in, and 5in, respectively. If you shatter your screen or simply want to upgrade any part of the device, you won&rsquo;t need to sacrifice all of your phone. Just pick and choose the pieces you want to be new and/or improved.</p> <p>And manufacturers can use the standard to create specialized units with additional RAM, processing power, or perhaps fitness sensors to allow more freedom of choice and customization.</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/gOju0snK_zU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But for now, it&rsquo;s all still theoretical. Attractive as the mock-ups may be, they are simply projections of what the hopeful eventual device will look like. For now, Circular Devices is trying to round up funding in an effort to have it ready to ship sometime in 2015.</p> <p>And ZDNet says it&rsquo;s not the only modular option coming out of the country in the near future. <a href="http://vsenn.com">Vsenn</a>, headed up by an ex-Nokia manager from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nokia-x2-microsoft-just-launched-its-first-android-phone/news">Android-powered X line</a>, has its own modular Android phone plans on the horizon, although they haven&rsquo;t even released mockups quite yet. Still, some interesting alternatives to keep in mind as the bigger-name Ara approaches.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/1/7312763/puzzlephone-modular-cellphone-concept">The Verge</a>, <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/googles-project-ara-gets-some-new-rivals-as-finnish-startups-invent-the-next-wave-of-modular-devices-7000036091/">ZDNet</a>, <a href="http://www.puzzlephone.com">PuzzlePhone</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Google Project Ara preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="294" title="PuzzlePhone" alt="PuzzlePhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/puzzlephone-modular.jpg?1417483909" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/modular-puzzlephone-finland-s-answer-project-ara/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/modular-puzzlephone-finland-s-answer-project-ara/news#comments Android Project Ara Smartphones Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:07:18 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454396 at http://www.stuff.tv Will.i.am’s i.am+ Puls smartwatch priced at US$399, launching soon to handpicked applicants http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But there’s a smaller, second-gen version reportedly in the works, as well </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="i.am+ Puls" alt="i.am+ Puls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/i.am-puls-watch.png?1417240497" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Puls from Will.i.am&rsquo;s i.am+ tech startup has been a rather curious thing, promising a standalone smartwatch experience while he denies it&rsquo;s a smartwatch at all. But at least now we have solid launch details on whatever you&#39;ll call this wearable.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113091006?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>The five-minute clip above shows a handy walkthrough of how the watch works, although it has some rather odd elements. For example, why use footage that makes the screen look distorted? Why does Will.i.am keep looking at us like that? And why didn&#39;t those typos in the voice dictation get scrubbed out before posting?</p> <p>And perhaps ill-timed: Wareable reports that a second-generation unit, said to be 40% smaller than the rather hefty model being shown as of now, will launch as early as February or March. The follow-up is expected to be available in two forms: one like this original model, and another more akin to a fitness band in shape. Both O2 and AT&amp;T are slated to carry it.</p> <p>If another version is maybe three months away, we can&rsquo;t help but wonder if the original version will even be widely released. Perhaps i.am+ will use the handpicked buyers to beta test the experience and then pour all of that feedback into a more refined successor. We&#39;ll likely find out soon, whatever the case.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.puls.com">Puls</a>, <a href="http://www.wareable.com/wearable-tech/william-puls-second-generation-to-land-in-early-2015-526">Wareable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd">Will.i.am&rsquo;s smartwatch is not a smartwatch, says Will.i.am</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news#comments Android Smartwatches Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:29:29 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454206 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Free iOS apps no longer “Free” on App Store, Motorola’s phone-finding Keylink, and why the iPhone 6 lacks a sapphire screen http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A smattering of quick-hit tech news to energize your morning </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-appstore-freeapps_0_0.jpg?1416563341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple changes listings for free apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rise of so-called freemium apps and their rampant in-app purchases have caused some confusion amongst consumers, not to mention a lot of surprise bills - and eventually lawsuits about how they&#39;re marketed and administrated. That&rsquo;s led to changes in how digital storefronts present their free-to-play offerings, and Apple has just made its own move.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll notice it right away on the App Store: free apps are now downloaded by tapping a button that says &ldquo;Get&rdquo; rather than &ldquo;Free,&rdquo; with &ldquo;In-App Purchases&rdquo; written in small text below when applicable. The word hasn&rsquo;t been entirely banished from the iOS storefront; after all, the Free listing on the Top Charts remains. But Apple clearly sees value in changing the context of how you grab gratis apps and games.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/11/19/free-apps-arent-free-in-apples-app-store-any-more/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola debuts Keylink </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Do you frequently misplace your smartphone and/or keys? Well, Motorola has something for you. The newly-released Keylink is a small trinket that you&rsquo;ll attach to your keychain and pair with your Android or iOS phone via Bluetooth, letting you find one if you have the other.</p> <p>It works up to 100 feet away, and you can make your phone ring with a push of the Keylink, or show the keys on a map via the Motorola Connect app. It&rsquo;s priced at US$24.99 (about &pound;16) and promises a year of battery life, plus if you&rsquo;re running Lollipop on your Android device, you can use the Keylink with your trusted device settings so you don&rsquo;t have to enter a password when your keys are nearby. Very handy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/11/finding-your-phone-keylink.html">Motorola</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X 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="741" title="Motorola Keylink" alt="Motorola Keylink" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-keylink.jpg?1416563341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> iPhone 6’s missing sapphire screen explained </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Durable sapphire screens were pegged for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus months before they debuted, but curiously, the phones launched without that long-expected feature. And then GT Advanced, Apple&rsquo;s sapphire supplier, filed for bankruptcy weeks later. So what exactly happened?</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating report on the breakdown between the two companies, suggesting that GT Advanced wasn&rsquo;t in a position to produce the amount of sapphire crystal it agreed to (see mistakes in the image above), that Apple&rsquo;s hard-driving partner agreements were a thorn in the company&rsquo;s side, and that countless management and manufacturing issues killed the iPhone 6&rsquo;s sapphire intentions. It&rsquo;s a worthwhile read.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/inside-apples-broken-sapphire-factory-1416436043">The Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="762" title="GT Advanced&#039;s sapphire mishaps" alt="GT Advanced&#039;s sapphire mishaps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-sapphire-mistakes.png?1416563341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Family Library added in Kindle update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got a new entry-level Kindle, the fancy Kindle Voyage, or tje most recent Paperwhite model, keep an eye out for an update that brings a couple of big features to the e-readers. Family Library is a particularly big one, as it lets you share books with a spouse or partner&rsquo;s Amazon account.</p> <p>Word Wise is another significant addition, displaying short and easy-to-understand definitions above challenging words in thousands of supported books - ideal for younger readers or those still learning English. The update is rolling out over the air in the coming weeks, or you can grab it now directly from Amazon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200127470_touch_img?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=201630670">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-voyage-aims-premium-e-reading-bliss-plus-entry-level-kindle-gets-touch/news">Kindle Voyage aims for premium e-reading bliss, plus the entry-level Kindle gets touch</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="Kindle and Kindle Voyage" alt="Kindle and Kindle Voyage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-voyage-basic_0.png?1416563341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip#comments Android Apple iOS apps iPhone 6 Kindle Motorola Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453573 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE: It&#039;s still a great Android tablet, but the new, low price for the iPad Mini 2 makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 look rather pricey </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="A regular homescreen on the Tab S - Magazine is just a swipe away " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-main.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s taken Samsung a while, but there have been signs of late that it&#39;s finally cracked this whole tablet thing.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Just last week we proclaimed the Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>&nbsp;to be&nbsp;the best full-sized Android tablet on the planet. And now here comes the similarly specced 8.4in model out to repeat the trick.</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"> £320.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stonkingly good screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Magazine UI has really come into its own </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy to hold, solid build </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"> The iPad Mini 2 is now much cheaper </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some UI lag </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Play apps aren’t tablet optimised </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"> Slim and solid </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sure, we like how the Tab S 8.4 is even skinnier than the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review"> TabPro</a> at a ludicrous 6.6mm thick. We also like how seriously light in the hand the 294g tab is - without feeling cheap or toy-like. And how it&rsquo;s still easier to hold one-handed than an iPad Mini thanks to the screen ratio.</p> <p>But what&rsquo;s really won us over is how sturdy the Tab S feels compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tabpro-84/review">last few batches of Samsung tablets</a> - and smartphones - we&rsquo;ve tested. OK, it&rsquo;ll flex very slightly if you really go at it but the plastic build is nice and solid. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the smooth, stable aluminium form of an iPad Mini but it&rsquo;s enough to really make a difference. Especially when you&rsquo;re paying &pound;320.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">The best-looking small tablet - iPad Mini with Retina display reviewed&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>In terms of looks, we&rsquo;re talking textbook Galaxy. Home button below the screen in portrait, in-between two brightly lit capacitive buttons. Fairly slim bezels. MicroSD card slot on the side. Samsung is still playing around with textures and trimmings, though - on our Dazzling White model there&rsquo;s a slightly slippy back panel and a faux-metal, rose gold band around the edge. It also comes in Titanium Bronze.</p> <p>The good news is that the fake stitching and faux leather have been banished to tablet design hell but, to be honest, Samsung needs to keep trying. It&rsquo;ll get there. For now, the Tab S is a skinny and sturdy slate that won&rsquo;t look cheap and nasty next to an iPad Mini.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dazzling white and rose gold looks better than it sounds " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-corner.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-iPad-rear.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-microUSB.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-microSD.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What are those clicky circles on the back? </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>Simple Clickers, silly.</p> <p>Now if you&rsquo;re not planning to attach any covers to your Tab S, you can ignore them. If you&rsquo;re interested in protecting your Samsung, however, these will keep it in place more securely than a magnetic cover. They only work with Tab S covers; any Bluetooth keyboards instead have slots to rest the slate in and don&rsquo;t make use of the circular click locks.&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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This screen&#039;s a stunner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What. A. Screen.</p> <p>If you thought the Tab S 10.5&rsquo;s display was tasty, get ready for a mesmerising staring session with the Tab S 8.4.</p> <p>With a 2560x1600 resolution and at this size, it&rsquo;s sharper than the bigger Samsung tablet - a whopping 360ppi - and it&rsquo;s also a bright, punchy Super AMOLED panel.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the brightest small tablet we&rsquo;ve ever used, in fact, so a bit of sunlight won&rsquo;t stop you catching up on emails. And by sharp we meant insanely sharp, like the TabPro before it, with extra detail on hi-res images and in full HD videos to make your jaw drop. The fact that it&#39;s a Super AMOLED panel also means that deep blacks are seriously impressive. And if you like your colours vibrant, you won&#39;t be disappointed.</p> <p>All that and it&rsquo;s both taller and wider than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini with Retina display&rsquo;s</a> 7.9in screen in a very similar sized body. So is it better?</p> <p>After a lot of testing and squabbling, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini</a> just edges ahead. Why? The Tab S 8.4 might display beautifully inky blacks but whites in apps, movies or webpage backgrounds have a bit of a blue tinge to them and don&rsquo;t look as pure and crisp as on the iPad. We got the best out of it when we manually chose a Super AMOLED setting to get eye-popping homescreens and Papergarden magazines then switched to Basic for movies. The iPad looks gorgeous with no alien colours or skintones no matter what you throw at it. If you plan to use it mainly for movies or gaming rather than browsing the web, though, you can&rsquo;t get better than the Tab S 8.4.</p> <p>Us? We use the internet too much.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 30 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="The Stuff Tab S edition looks tasty " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-summer-cycling.png?1416416302" /> </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="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-iPad-screen.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-screen-1_0.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Magazine UI is now a killer feature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three things raise Samsung&rsquo;s new UI, based on KitKat 4.4.2, above regular Android tablets: Magazine UI, Samsung freebies and Multi Window.</p> <p>The first means that two homescreens are given over to tiled widgets showing calendar info, Hancom Office docs, email, news streams from Flipboard and WatchON TV info. It&rsquo;s gorgeous, it&rsquo;s lively and, though Magazine UI isn&rsquo;t new - we&#39;ve seen it on a few other Samsung tabs - it&rsquo;s improving all the time,&nbsp;with a new briefing panel for calendar, bookmarks and alarms. You can&rsquo;t turn it off but it&rsquo;s easy to ignore.</p> <p>The Tab S series takes the concept of freebies to dizzy heights with Galaxy Gifts. 50GB of Dropbox for two years, free books via the Kindle app, a three-month Marvel Unlimited sub and plenty more. Non-essential Samsung apps are also (ironically) relegated to a Galaxy Essentials app too, so it&rsquo;s up to you what you download.</p> <p>Multi Window, which lets you view two apps splitscreen, is also present and correct, together with new tricks such as being able to swap the apps round and dragging and dropping text from one window to the other. This is a bit hit and miss but definitely a step in the right direction.</p> <p>Lastly, Papergarden is a nice treat too. It&rsquo;s an interactive magazine store populated by titles which have designed special Tab S editions to take advantage of the resolution and ratio, <em>Stuff</em> included.</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="Briefing on Magazine UI is simple and glanceable " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-magazine-briefing.png?1416416302" /> </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="Apps and freebies are neatly packaged into two areas " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-galaxy-gifts.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 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>Screen: 8.4in 2560x1600 (360ppi) Super AMOLED</p> <p>Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quad-core, 1.3GHz quad-core)&nbsp;</p> <p>RAM: 3GB</p> <p>OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)</p> <p>Camera: 8MP rear with LED, 2.1MP front, 1080p video @30fps</p> <p>Storage: 16GB (+ microSD up to 128GB)</p> <p>Battery: 4900mAh&nbsp;</p> <p>Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 3G/4G</p> <p>Dimensions: 125.6 x 212.8 x 6.6mm</p> <p>Weight: 294g, 298g (LTE)</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"> Performance just short of perfect </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As much as we like the feature-packed, grown-up looking version of Touchwiz, sadly it must be responsible for the occasional lag we experienced when using the Tab S 8.4. Because it can&rsquo;t be that beastly Exynos 5 Octa processor and 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s minor but up against flawless performance from the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review"> iPad Mini</a>, it shows. Open and close Chrome or the Gallery&nbsp;a couple of times&nbsp;or swipe between Magazine screens and homescreens and you&rsquo;ll see stutters.</p> <p>When taxed with <em>Asphalt 8</em> or less intensive games such as <em>Blek</em> though, the Tab S 8.4 is dreamy. Downloads are fast and 1080p video playback is smooth. With an AnTuTu score of 34,411 and that silicon, they should be too. It&rsquo;s not an Android niggle, it&rsquo;s a Samsung one.</p> <p>Still, storage is a bright spot. &pound;320 for a 16GB machine doesn&rsquo;t sound so bad when you can drop another &pound;80 on a 128GB microSD card if you really want locally stored media. A <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">128GB iPad Mini with Retina display</a> costs &pound;560. Do the maths.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review">The &pound;260 LG G Pad 8.3 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> All-Day Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might only have a slightly larger battery than that in the TabPro 8.4 - now 4900mAh as opposed to 4800mAh - but Samsung&rsquo;s doing something right because the Tab S&rsquo;s battery life is superb.</p> <p>In our week with the device, we tended to go a day and a half between charges and in our HD video rundown (half brightness, Wi-Fi and sync on) it managed just over 10 hours. Yet another reason the Tab S is so much nicer to live with than the TabPro - less charging.</p> <p>It charges quickly too and now as well as a regular power-saver mode, there&rsquo;s also Samsung&rsquo;s Ultra Power Saving mode. This kills most apps apart from calls, messages and emails and switches the screen to black and white. Less of a lifesaver than on the S5 but still nice when you hit 7%.&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="That bright colourful screen lasts longer than you might think " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-lockscren.png?1416416302" /> </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"> Is the fingerprint scanner any good? </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>Yes and no. Function-wise it&rsquo;s impressive, with multiple users able to assign digits to unlock their account (after selecting their name on the lockscreen), three fingers per user can be stored and payment for Samsung apps and PayPal is already integrated.</p> <p>We might be nitpicking but it&rsquo;s just not very elegant to use. You have to swipe a finger over the Tab S&rsquo; home button which is tricky to get right unless it&rsquo;s flat on the desk and doesn&rsquo;t work everytime. Using your thumb as you hold the tablet in two hands helps, but overall we still prefer Apple&rsquo;s press-to-scan style of fingerprint recognition. For now, we&rsquo;ll use Samsung&rsquo;s for payments only - it&rsquo;s slightly more hassle than the security is worth for unlocking.</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"> Capable Cameras - If You Need Them </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 goes without saying that Samsung has stuck a pair of decent cameras on the Tab S 8.4. Well, we wish it went without saying so we didn&rsquo;t have to look like a berk testing the rear 8MP camera, but hey, some people use tablet cameras.</p> <p>It fares better in daylight - at times getting close to matching smartphone cameras with rich colours and good exposure. Things get fuzzy at night, but essentially the rear snapper can step in when your smartphone&rsquo;s sleeping. There&rsquo;s an LED flash on the back too and the 2.1MP front camera handles Skype calls nicely. &nbsp;&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="Not quite as embarrassing as taking snaps with a 10in tab " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-camera-1.png?1416416302" /> </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="LED flash i.e. permission to get this out in the club " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-rear-build.png?1416416302" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 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 Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is an incredible tablet with almost no flaws. Superb screen, unique features, a battery that doesn&rsquo;t need charging every night&hellip; really, there&#39;s very little that&#39;s missing here.</p> <p>So does it beat the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini with Retina display</a>? Well, it&rsquo;s lighter, easier to hold one-handed, has a bigger screen, offers more storage for less money and comes with tons of freebies.</p> <p>But for us the&nbsp;iPad Mini&nbsp;stays on top by a whisker for its unrivalled tablet design, absolutely flawless performance and wider selection of optimised tablet apps. Sure, the Tab S 8.4 is smaller than most Android tablets and both the Magazine UI and Papergarden help but the App Store is where you&rsquo;ll find the best apps for (slightly) bigger screens.&nbsp;</p> <p>Against other Android tabs, though, it&#39;s a winner. OK, so if a cheap price is your main requirement then the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review">LG G Pad 8.3</a> have you covered. But if what you&#39;re really after is the very best Android tab on the planet, well then that&rsquo;s now made by Samsung. In both sizes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">These are the Top Ten tablets on the planet&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="There&#039;s almost nothing to disappoint here " alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-8.4-review-portrait-verdict.png?1416416302" /> </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="SuperAM-OOOH-LED" alt="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-8.4-review-screen-colour.png?1416416302" /> </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"> UPDATE: Apple throws an iPad Mini 2-shaped spanner in the works </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>All of the above represents how we felt about&nbsp;</strong><strong>the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4&nbsp;</strong><strong>when we first reviewed it back in August 2014, but Apple&#39;s now shifted the whole small tablet arena by dropping the price of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;to just &pound;240. We still like Samsung&#39;s tab a great deal but there&#39;s no denying that it now looks mighty pricey by comparison and we&#39;ve had to drop it from 5 stars to 4 stars as a result.</strong></p> <p><strong>If you&#39;re still set on a small Android tablet the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 could well be the one for you, but do make sure you also check out the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> 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-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"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This light, bright Super AMOLED star is one of the best small Android tabs out there</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: &quot;An incredible tablet&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review#comments Android Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Samsung Tablets Sun, 03 Aug 2014 09:11:46 +0000 Sophie Charara 1443659 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung says fewer phones ahead, Nokia’s Z Launcher hits Google Play, and now you can search every tweet ever http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start your day off strong </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="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-edge.jpg?1416448929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fewer Samsung phones in 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung went a little crazy with its smartphone selection this year, with all manner of variants and spinoffs for its flagship devices, not to mention numerous mid-range and low-end options. Perhaps relatedly, Samsung also reported dramatically sinking profits after the Galaxy S-fueled surge.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s time to pare down the release calendar, it seems. Robert Yi, Samsung&rsquo;s head of investor relations, tells The Wall Street Journal that the company will trim its selection down by about 25-30%, and that they&rsquo;ll seek to share more key components between models.</p> <p>No doubt, we&rsquo;ll see a Galaxy S6 before long, and surely new versions of other familiar Samsung handsets, but expect fewer slightly-tweaked variants that are probably more trouble than they&#39;re worth for the manufacturer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/samsung-plans-to-cut-smartphone-models-by-up-to-30-in-2015-1416282267?tesla=y&amp;mg=reno64-wsj">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/18/samsung-will-make-less-phones-with-long-names-starting-with-galaxy/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Nokia’s Z Launcher out on 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>As we found out yesterday morning, Nokia has a brand new tablet called the N1, which looks a whole lot like an iPad mini - except it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. More specifically, it utilizes Nokia&rsquo;s own Z Launcher, which offers predictive suggestions of the apps you&rsquo;ll want to use at any given time, and lets you scribble with your finger to initiate searches.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a few months before the N1 actually launches, but you can grab the Z Launcher now on your Android 4.1+ device via Google Play. It <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-see-30-minutes-metal-gear-solid-v-phantom-pain-plus-blackberry-s-phablet-and-n">first became available</a> as an APK through Nokia&rsquo;s own beta program over the summer, but now anyone can snag the slick still-in-beta launcher and give it a shot.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nokia.z">Google Play</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news">Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L</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="Nokia N1 with Z Launcher" alt="Nokia N1 with Z Launcher" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1_0.jpg?1416448929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Search all of the tweets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>About half a trillion tweets have been sent out over Twitter since its debut in 2006, and now you can easily search the entire database thanks to substantial upgrades made by the service.</p> <p>You can track the trajectory of popular hashtags by finding tweets bearing them over a certain time span, or seek out certain terms sent out into the world by particular users. Twitter posted a mind-numbingly long and complex explanation of how they pulled it off, but the takeaway is this: whatever embarrassing scree you posted that one hazy night back when is now much easier to find. Take care.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/building-a-complete-tweet-index">Twitter</a> via <a href="http://time.com/3592734/twitter-search-every-tweet/">Time</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">35 best free apps for Android</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="725" title="Stuff on Twitter" alt="Stuff on Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitter-stuff.png?1416448929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Final Fantasy VII recreated in LittleBigPlanet </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 honestly don&rsquo;t want to think about the amount of time and determination it took to bring this project to life, but someone has recreated the entirety of PSone role-playing classic <em>Final Fantasy VII</em> within <em>LittleBigPlanet 2</em>.</p> <p>What you see above is the first of 107 video clips than span the entire, freely playable experience, using the PlayStation 3 creation suite to recreate iconic locations, characters, and moments. And since all past shared series content is also available in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> - launching soon on PS4 and PS3 alike - even new-gen console owners can get in on the nostalgia-glazed zaniness.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEOJu0vZ05Q">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/11/18/littlebigplanet-2-fan-meticulously-recreates-final-fantasy-7/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XEOJu0vZ05Q" 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/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo#comments Android Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 Nokia Samsung Smartphones Twitter Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453503 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L http://www.stuff.tv/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia&#039;s new Android slate packs a reversible USB connector and its Z Launcher app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" alt="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-n1-tablet-02.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia has taken the wraps off its first post-Microsoft device, the Nokia N1 Android tablet, at the Slush 2014 conference.</p> <p>The N1&#39;s 7.9in, 2048x1536 screen is surrounded by an aluminium unibody frame with micro-drilled speaker holes; it looks not dissimilar to the iPad Mini and shares the Apple devices screen resolution.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Probably the most notable thing about the N1 is its USB port - in a consumer first, it has one of the new reversible &#39;Type C&#39; ports. The new standard is intended to replace both the existing full USB and MicroUSB in one fell swoop, and comes in at roughly the same size as Apple&#39;s Lightning connector.</p> <p>Naturally, you also get the usual connectivity options; 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0. Disappointingly, though, there&#39;s no microSD slot to expand on the N1&#39;s 32GB internal storage.</p> <p>Inside, the N1 packs a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor along wth 2GB RAM; a PowerVR G6430 GPU provides graphical grunt, while a 5300mAh battery keeps things ticking over for up to 9 hours at a time, according to Nokia.&nbsp;Round the back, there&#39;s an 8MP camera, while a front-facing 5MP snapper handles selfies and video calls in 1080p.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Nokia N1 will land in China first, after the Chinese New Year on 19th Feburary; it will then roll out to Russia and European markets. We&#39;ll have more news, including an exact release date and pricing info, as it comes in.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 150 brilliant present ideas</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-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia N1 Android tablet" alt="Nokia N1 Android tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news#comments Android Microsoft N1 Nokia Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:57:54 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453443 at http://www.stuff.tv