Android http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/all en-GB Those leaked images of the HTC One (M9) could be fake http://www.stuff.tv/android/those-leaked-images-htc-one-m9-hima-could-be-fake/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We might not know what HTC&#039;s upcoming flagship looks like after all... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="790" height="598" title="Those leaked images of the HTC One (M9) Hima could be fake" alt="Those leaked images of the HTC One (M9) Hima could be fake" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC%20one%20M9%20%2813%29.jpg?1422330523" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;The company put the guts of the phone into a dummy case, and sent these decoys to its partners who needed access to it pre-launch.&quot;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These are the words of retired Twitter tipster&nbsp;Evan Blass&nbsp;a.k.a @evleaks, who believes that the upcoming HTC One M9, or Hima, will look nothing like its M8 predecessor.</p> <p>Evan&#39;s reasoning behind this claim? He says that on New Year&#39;s Eve, HTC&#39;s Senior Online Global Communications Manager Jeff Gordon said on Twitter, &quot;If you&#39;re an HTC fan, 2015 is going to blow you away.&quot; <p>He went to say he was &quot;...looking forward to great competition and a grade A trolling in 2015&quot;, which was likely directed at Samsung.&nbsp;</p> <p>Evan says these statements aren&#39;t from a company who will simply copy the design of their previous phone and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news">just change the camera, from UltraPixel to megapixel.</a> He even goes as far to say &quot;they look less like the M8 than the M8 looked like the M7&quot;. He&#39;s referring to both the HTC Hima and HTC Hima Ultra, a larger version of the flagship device.</p> <p>While he refutes claims the One M9 will look similar to the M8, he does agree with the tasty specs (which include a Snapdragon 810 processor and 20.7MP camera), that have been outed. So it&#39;s not all bad news.</p> <p>But of course, there&#39;s always the possibility Blass is wrong and that the One (M9) will follow a similar design language. We just don&#39;t know for sure now.</p> <p>That leaves us all playing waiting game until March 1st, when HTC will hold aloft its new smartphone at MWC.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review">HTC One (M9) preview</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://htcsource.com/2015/01/htc-hima-and-the-launch-day-conundrum/">HTC Source</a> via <a href="http://www.ubergizmo.com/2015/01/htc-one-m9-leaks-have-apparently-been-clever-plants-all-along/">Ubergizmo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/those-leaked-images-htc-one-m9-hima-could-be-fake/news#comments Android HTC Smartphones Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:08:26 +0000 Max Langridge 1458528 at http://www.stuff.tv Kazam Tornado 348 http://www.stuff.tv/kazam-tornado-348/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The phone that makes the iPhone 6 look chunky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 348 review" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kazam-6.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Kazam Tornado 348 vies with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-r5/review" target="_blank">Oppo R5</a> in the battle to be the slimmest phone in the world. It&rsquo;s an interesting battle - a plucky Brit taking on the might of China, and while the Tornado 348 might fall short of smartphone perfection, it&rsquo;s interesting enough to put Kazam on the map.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super-slim and fairly well-made </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fair battery life given stature </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Mayday-like customer service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No 4G </div> <div class="field-item even"> Disappointing screen for the price </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not great value </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Measuring the waist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But first, just exactly how slim is the&nbsp;Kazam Tornado 348? Why, it&#39;s 5.15mm thick - 1.75mm thinner than an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>. Or 25 per cent thinner, if we want to make it sound more dramatic.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s skinny and then some, but like the last self-consciously super-slim phone we tried, the Oppo R5, it makes sure you notice every one of those tenths of a millimetre. Its design is similar to that of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a>, with a rectangular shape that gives the Kazam Tornado 348 an angular rather than smooth feel.</p> <p>If the Tornado 348 was a creature, you&rsquo;d definitely be able to see ribs poking out its sides.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just notable for its slimness, but its light weight too. The Tornado 348 is just 95g, making it 25 lighter than an iPhone 6. If we just blew your mind, we apologise for the mess.</p> <p>The Tornado 348 has a pretty striking look to boot. Our white version has bronze-gold aluminium on the sides and glassy-looking surfaces on the front and back. The black version uses silver on its sides for a similar two-tone effect.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/was-uks-first-mobile-phone-and-it-weighed-more-baby/feature" target="_blank">This was the UK&#39;s first mobile phone - and it weighed more than a baby</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Slimline, but does it pack a punch? " alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-1.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Hmm, I wonder which popular handset this Kazam was modelled on...?" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-14.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 348" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-15.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hidden plastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It looks expensive and feels very well-made, too. Both front and back sides are covered with Gorilla Glass 3, which is fairly scratch-resistant and helps make the phone feel expensive, if a little fragile.</p> <p>Kazam has also put a bunch of little insurance measures in place. The company will replace the front screen for free if you smash it in the first year, and a screen protector and rubbery case come in the box, letting you avoid just about all damage with the unfortunate side-effect of ruining the Tornado 348&rsquo;s USP.&nbsp;</p> <p>But here&rsquo;s the thing &mdash; the phone doesn&rsquo;t really need to be this thin. A little subtle curvature would actually improve the phone&rsquo;s ergonomics, and at times the light glassy design does make the Tornado 348 feel very precarious.</p> <p>When taking photos one-handed it feels as though a light breeze could whisk the phone from your hand, bounce it off a drain cover and send it, screen smashed, head-first into a pile of dog mess in a calamitous sequence that&rsquo;d impress Rube Goldberg. Sometimes having a bit of weight and substance to a phone isn&rsquo;t a bad thing.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re also not too happy about the lack of a microSD slot, which we&rsquo;re also going to presume is a result of the limited chassis space. The 16GB of storage leaves you with just under 10GB to actually use: fine for some but not remotely enough if you want to use the Tornado 348 as a place to store all your music.</p> <p>Yes, we like the Kazam Tornado 348 design well enough, just don&rsquo;t expect alarming revelations in dropping down from using a 8mm thick phone to a 5mm one.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-planning-fire-phone-2-2016/news" target="_blank">Amazon planning Fire Phone 2 - for 2016</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A little subtle curvature would actually improve the phone’s ergonomics, and at times the light glassy design does make the Tornado 348 feel very precarious" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-10.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OLED woe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More serious issues arise as we look at the screen. The Kazam Tornado 348 has a 4.8-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel AMOLED screen. At this price we&rsquo;d really like to see a 1080p screen, but not because we&rsquo;re simply greedy for pixels.</p> <p>720p 4-5-inch screens can look great, but this one doesn&rsquo;t. Due to the way the Tornado&rsquo;s AMOLED display works, its pixels actually share the little RGB elements that make up each little dot of pure white, and the result is that it looks weirdly fizzy next to the 720p screen of the &pound;140 Moto G. We find it pretty obvious and distracting in the Kazam Tornado 348 - enough to turn the OLED screen from a pro into a con.</p> <p>There are also a few other oddities in the display. Colours are very oversaturated, making everything look that little bit tweaked and unnatural. It also seems to do some very odd things with motion. When watching movies there&rsquo;s a frame interpolation effect that almost makes people look as if they have been sped-up &mdash; you&rsquo;ll often see this in higher-end TVs as a way to improve motion handling, but we&rsquo;ve always found it looks kinda&hellip; weird.&nbsp;</p> <p>This screen is a dead ringer for the one we saw in the Samsung Galaxy S3 back in 2012, but things have moved on a little since then and it&rsquo;s too easy to notice its shortcomings now we&rsquo;ve been so spoilt by screens such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3&rsquo;s</a> QHD one. Conversely, shop around and the LG G3 can be yours for not a huge amount more than the Tornado.</p> <p>OLED isn&rsquo;t without benefits, though. The Kazam Tornado 348 offers great black depth and contrast. That should be perfect for movies, but it&rsquo;s spoilt a bit by the fizziness, colour saturation and motion weirdness issues.&nbsp;</p> <p>As is to be expected of a phone thinner than a Ryvita, the speaker doesn&rsquo;t help the Kazam Tornado 348&rsquo;s chances of scoring a job as a mini cinema either. It has a single speaker on the back, and while it avoids sounding distorted, it is very trebly and thin.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sharp/sharps-new-aquos-k-will-flip-itself-nostalgic-phone-users-hearts/news" target="_blank">Sharp&#39;s Aquos K will flip itself into nostalgic phone user&#39;s hearts</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A pixel or two wouldn&#039;t go amiss..." alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-7.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 4.4.2 with ColorOS</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.8in AMOLED with 1280x720 resolution (306ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: MediaTek MT6592 @ 1.66GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP rear with LED flash, 5MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2050mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 140 x 68 x 5.15mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 95g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vanilla with a twist </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with previous Kazam phones we&rsquo;ve seen, the software strategy seems to be to keep everything pretty close to standard Android.</p> <p>The phone does have a custom interface, but aside from a few tweaks you could easily mistake it for vanilla software. So, what are the tweaks? The Kazam Tornado 348 lets you add folders in the apps menu, has a new-look Settings menu and a few added features such as custom smart gestures. These let you do things like take the phone out of sleep with two taps, or launch specific apps from standby by drawing a specific object on the touchscreen.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a bad approach to customisation, but we have noticed a few slow or glitchy moments in the custom areas, especially the Settings menu. While the interface may look like standard Android, it&rsquo;s not quite as well-optimised.</p> <p>One interesting touch is the Amazon Mayday-like Kazam Rescue app. It doesn&rsquo;t video-call Kazam customer services - you have to use an actual phone number to get hold of them - but it does allow them to remote access your phone (with your permission, natch) to diagnose problems or simply help you get setup. It&rsquo;s a neat feature and something that more and more gadget makers are going to be including in the future, but we suspect it will only be a deal-maker for a small and specific set of people.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/ces-2015/ces-2015-lg-reveals-active-bending-phone-wraparound-screen/news" target="_blank">LG Reveals the Active Bending Phone with wraparound screen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="As with previous Kazam phones we’ve seen, the software strategy seems to be to keep everything pretty close to standard Android" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-18.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eight little cores </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not like there isn&rsquo;t enough power to go around: the Kazam Tornado 348 has an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 CPU with 1GB of RAM, and while MediaTek chips aren&rsquo;t quite as efficient or popular as their Qualcomm alternatives &mdash; the Snapdragon 800 of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> is better &mdash; there&rsquo;s a good amount of power on tap here.</p> <p>As long as you make sure all eight cores are prepped to fire-up when needed, the Kazam Tornado 348&rsquo;s gaming performance is very good. It uses the Mali 450 GPU, which sits roughly between the power on tap in the Motorola Moto G and Nexus 5.</p> <p>In other words, it&rsquo;s good but don&rsquo;t let those eight cores go to your head too much. It also doesn&rsquo;t have four true high-power cores, as other 8-core CPUs do.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a bad setup for efficiency, though. Four of the cores can be effectively switched off to save battery life, and that helps avoid the dismal battery life we feared when seeing a phone as slim as the Kazam Tornado 348.&nbsp;</p> <p>It has a 2050mAh battery, similar to the Motorola Moto G. With normal use you&rsquo;ll get a solid day and change out of a charge and we got a solid 10 hours of video playback before the phone gave up. While you&rsquo;ll get better out of the rival Honor 6, another young upstart out to attack the big boys, it&rsquo;s better than we expected from such a slim phone.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank"><strong>Google Nexus 6 Review&nbsp;</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s no powerhouse, but gaming on the Kazam is a fine experience" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-5.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="For a super-slim phone the Kazam&#039;s battery lasts pretty well" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-17.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An extra serving of selfies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The cameras aren&rsquo;t too shabby either. You get an 8-megapixel sensor with LED flash on the back and a 5-megapixel selfie cam on the front.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the Kazam Tornado 348&rsquo;s pictures won&rsquo;t trouble the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 930</a>, we&rsquo;ve had fun shooting with the phone. It&rsquo;s fairly quick at taking shots (although HDR processing takes quite a while), and the camera app tries to be about as simple as it can.</p> <p>Taking a few cues from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a>, the app doesn&rsquo;t offer reams of extra features, instead largely sticking to the basics of HDR and panorama on top of standard Auto shooting. If anything these are actually pushed a bit too far into the background, with HDR accessed from the camera settings menu through a fiddly slider.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are no fancy low-light abilities on offer here, with detail taking a nosedive at night. Even in daylight there&rsquo;s a bit of fizziness to images, and the HDR mode is fairly poor, introducing too much sharpening, which spoils the character of photos. But then the Kazam Tornado 348 never really claims to be a photographic hero.&nbsp;</p> <p>But selfies are a cut above the norm thanks to the 5-megapixel sensor. As with most of these new high-res selfie cams, don&rsquo;t expect to see every unsightly nose hair rendered crisply if you shoot in dim indoors lighting, but the results are still flat-out better than the generic 2-megapixel front cameras you get in so many other low-end and mid-range mobiles.</p> <p>However, with the way things are going at present, 5-megapixel front cameras may become the norm for just about all but the cheapest phones in 2015.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kodak/ces-2015/kodak-instamatic-back-shape-android-powered-camera-phone/news" target="_blank">Kodak Instamatic is back - in the shape of an Android-powered camera phone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="Kazam Tornado 348 sample photo" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141216_140350.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3264" height="2448" title="Kazam Tornado 348 sample photo" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141215_161131.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="3264" height="2448" title="Kazam Tornado 348 sample photo" alt="Kazam Tornado 348 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141215_160338.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The future vs the past </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With a slimmer body than ever that doesn&rsquo;t totally kill battery life and a jazzed-up selfie cam, the Kazam Tornado 348 can seem like a forward-looking phone. But in other respects it&rsquo;s not.</p> <p>The most serious sin is that it doesn&rsquo;t have 4G. This has become the norm in just about all phones of &pound;150 and above, making its omission pretty hard to accept.</p> <p>We found it a bit annoying during testing, too. Watching Netflix at the gym, we noticed a good deal more time than usual spent on the buffering screen: it&rsquo;s not good news for those who like to watch videos or download apps on-the-go.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most other connectivity extras are missing, too. There&rsquo;s no NFC and no IR transmitter, making the Kazam Tornado 348 a bit lacking on the wireless front.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Certainly slim - but where&#039;s the 4G? " alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-21.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kazam Tornado 348 verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Kazam Tornado 348 is a remarkable phone, but almost entirely because it&rsquo;s so slim. In other respects, it&rsquo;s just a bit too pedestrian for our liking.</p> <p>The screen looks less detailed than the 720p competition thanks to its OLED screen, and there are several good 1080p phones available for the same price or just a little more.&nbsp;</p> <p>We were pleasantly surprised how easy the phone is to live with thanks to its respectable battery life (always one of the main worries with a super-slim phone), and the fact that Kazam actually seems to care about its customers makes a refreshing change, but you&rsquo;ve got to really prioritise those things if you&rsquo;re going to overlook its many omissions and shortcomings.</p> <p>In the end, most people will find better options in the &pound;250 ballpark, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean we&rsquo;re not excited about what Kazam does next.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Phones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kazam Tornado 348 verdict" alt="Kazam Tornado 348" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-21_0.jpg?1422030332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s slim and well-made, but there are some better options at &pound;250</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kazam-tornado-348/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kazam-tornado-348/review#comments Android Kazam Tornado 348 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:24:28 +0000 Emily P Burt 1458162 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: Gunbrick http://www.stuff.tv/gunbrick/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In this dystopian world, when someone says they’re going to gun their vehicle’s engine, you’d best run for it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Get ready to rumble with Gunbrick" alt="Gunbrick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Gunbrick_Main.png?1421854628" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here at Stuff.tv, we quite often mull over the future of personal travel, from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/audi/i-raced-against-robotic-audi-and-lost/feature" target="_blank">Audi&#39;s robotic racecars</a> to the very latest in high-tech and surprisingly green sports vehicles.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 on Android, £2.29 on iOS </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On a roll </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The controls are simple &mdash; swipe to roll and tap to emit a blast from your Gunbrick&rsquo;s weapon &mdash; but the environments are anything but. At first, you can blunder your way to the end of each stage, but level layouts rapidly increase in complexity, wrenching Gunbrick away from arcade fare and dumping it firmly in brain-bending puzzle territory.</p> <p>What looks like a platform game still requires a little arcade smarts, but really Gunbrick is more akin to an obstacle course combined with ongoing and rapidly evolving logic tests. As you come up against walls you can obliterate, your gun must be facing the right way. Then there are lasers that only your shield can protect you from, switches that flip your Gunbrick, sticky walls, and more besides. At the end of each of the three sets of levels, you must defeat brutal bosses &mdash; easier said than done when you&rsquo;ve limited room to manoeuvre and a hail of laser fire is trying very hard to kill you.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">38 Amazing Free Games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lpjLH1sHQ1g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="That&#039;s one way of beating the morning commute" alt="Gunbrick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gunbrick-stuff-3.png?1421854628" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharp-shooter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the most part, it pays to think several moves ahead, often using your weapon to shunt the Gunbrick along a single space, so it&rsquo;ll rotate correctly and be in position for subsequent moves. This isn&rsquo;t always easy when electric bolts are threatening to barbecue the Gunbrick&rsquo;s occupant, or crazed drones are lobbing mines in your general direction.</p> <p>Given the potential for major frustration, Gunbrick only occasionally outstays its welcome, with the odd problem that takes a few too many attempts to solve, or a combination arcade/puzzle section that&rsquo;s a bit too testing for the controls. But for the most part, this is a generous game, wisely offering plentiful restart points and infinite lives, and dispensing with timers that would have ruined everything for all but the most die-hard mobile gamers.&nbsp;</p> <p>As it is, then, you get a vision of the future that&rsquo;s original, zany and bold, a game that&rsquo;s full of confidence, and a mash-up of genres that really works. Also, we really really want a Gunbrick at Stuff HQ. At the very least, we reckon it&rsquo;d sort out any problems we have parking in the morning.</p> <p><strong>Download Gunbrick on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gunbrick/id757864890?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">iPad</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/gunbrick/id757864890?mt=8&amp;uo=4&amp;at=11lMf5" target="_blank">iPhone</a> or <a href="http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.nitrome.Gunbrick&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a> now</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">And check out all of the other awesome apps in our App of the Week series</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Blast through your boredom" alt="Gunbrick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gunbrick-stuff-4.png?1421854628" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A knowingly oddball mix of platforming and puzzling with enough character and variety to keep you &lsquo;gunbricking&rsquo; right to the very end</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gunbrick/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gunbrick/review#comments Android App of the Week iOS Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:04:01 +0000 Emily P Burt 1458088 at http://www.stuff.tv The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a super smart stylus http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HP pulls the wrappers off several new models, including a 12in model clad in Gorilla Glass 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a cool stylus" alt="The HP Pro Slate 12 is a giant tablet that comes with a cool stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hptablet.jpg?1421834887" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HP&rsquo;s spoiling us for choice. The company has just announced a range of new tablets, and they&rsquo;ve all excited us &ndash; but the one that stood out of the pack was the HP Pro Slate 12, the company&rsquo;s really, <em>really</em> big tablet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stronger Gorilla Glass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But there&rsquo;s much more to the tablet than just a fancy pen. It is one of the first few devices equipped with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news">Corning Gorilla Glass 4</a>, is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset, and boasts 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>It comes out of the box running on Android KitKat. The unit also comes with a 1600 x 1200 resolution (163ppi), which is somewhat mediocre by today&#39;s standards for a large screened tablet, if you ask us.&nbsp;</p> <p>HP&rsquo;s also launched the Pro Slate 8 in this range, a 7.9in unit with a 1536 x 2048 (324ppi) pixel screen. The HP Pro Slate 12 will be priced at US$569 (&pound;375), while the Pro Slate 8 is a cheaper alternative at US$449 (&pound;300). We&rsquo;ll update the story with local pricing and availability when we hear from HP.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/hps-big-new-tablet-lineup-includes-a-12-inch-monster-1680630809" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a> and <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/hp_annouces_multiple_tablets_a_massive_12inch_android_slate-news-10842.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>, image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/hp_annouces_multiple_tablets_a_massive_12inch_android_slate-news-10842.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/hp-pro-slate-12-giant-tablet-comes-cool-stylus/news#comments Android HP Slate Tablets Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:16 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1458145 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, showing off its 20.7MP camera http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New leak suggests that the M9 has plenty of the M8&#039;s handsome genes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M9) could ditch the 4MP Ultrapixel camera for a 20.7MP snapper" alt="HTC One (M9) could ditch the 4MP Ultrapixel camera for a 20.7MP snapper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTCOneM9leak.jpg?1421774249" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If good design ain&#39;t broke, don&#39;t fix it. That seems to be HTC&#39;s mantra when it comes to the eagerly anticipated <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">One (M9)</a>. Assuming the news set of leaked pictures is genuine of course.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The images show off a phone that looks incredibly similar to its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">M8</a> predecessor, with what appears to be a slim, curved, sexy metal body. Which, given the M8&#39;s gorgeous design and premium feel - is just fine by us.</p> <p>Take a closer look at the rear of the leaked phone however, and you&#39;ll notice a different looking camera. The French site claims this will be where the new 20.7-megapixel sensor will sit, meaning that HTC will ditch its UltraPixel technology in favour of something that&#39;ll likely produce better pictures, especially for people who like cropping into images.</p> <p>While none of this has yet to be confirmed, it&#39;s highly likely this could be the case. HTC opted for a 13MP snapper in its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">Desire Eye</a> &quot;selfie-focused&quot; smartphone, and seeing as that is targeted at the mid-range market, the flagship M9 should receive a better camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The One (M9) isn&#39;t expected to make the jump to a 2K screen though. Instead, HTC is expected to stick to a Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, but will use the Snapdragon 810 processor, which we&#39;re expecting to see in almost all new flagship devices this year.</p> <p>We&#39;ve just over a month to wait until MWC and Stuff will be at HTC&#39;s press conference to bring you all the details of the new release, so mark your calendars, and stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M9) preview - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/photos-proto-htc-one-m9-2015-104309/">Nowhereelse.fr</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one_m9_photos_leak_confirm_new_camera-news-10838.php">GSM Arena</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, features a 20.7MP camera" alt="HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, features a 20.7MP camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTCOneM9leak2.jpg?1421774249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news#comments Android HTC Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:15:08 +0000 Max Langridge 1458093 at http://www.stuff.tv Oppo R5 http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-r5/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simply the slimmest phone in the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oppo R5 review" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oppo-r5-9-resized.jpeg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some phones try to be fast. Others try to be cheap. However, the R5 is all about thin-ness.</p> <p>It&#39;s the thinnest phone to date, if you&#39;re willing to forget the little bit of camera lens that sticks out from the rest of the body by just a smidge. At 4.85mm thick, it&#39;s only about as chunky as two After Eight mints sitting on top of each other.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> $450 in the US. UK price to be confirmed. </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super-thin </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fast charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Buggy, quirky software </div> <div class="field-item even"> No headphone jack </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Mediocre battery life and tiny storage </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Size 0 Model </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you took an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a> (remember those?), stretched it a whole bunch and gave it a fierce going-over with a rolling pin, and managed not to crack it into a million pieces, it might look like the Oppo R5. It has a hard, dense-feeling aluminium and steel body with white accents on the top and bottom of the rear.</p> <p>Around the front, though, there&#39;s much less of an iPhone-apeing flavour. For one, there&#39;s a trio of physical soft keys that, unusually for a phone this pricey, don&#39;t light up.</p> <p>It looks like a pretty expensive phone, but how does the Oppo R5 feel? Well, thin, of course. However, it also feels a bit severe, thanks to the relatively sharp contours of its sides.</p> <p>Next to the smooth-backed Galaxy S5, it&#39;s not entirely snug in your palm. The Oppo R5 doesn&#39;t have supremely skinny bezels either - as such its handling is comparable to other slim 5-odd inch phones.</p> <p>The benefit of that searingly thin body is definitely partly visual, but we&#39;re happy with how the Oppo R5 feels. After all the fuss made about the &#39;bendy&#39; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, we tried to see if we could flex this phone at all with our hands. We can&#39;t. It feels tough, hard and just as well-made as phones from bigger names. It&#39;s partly down to the use of a tough steel inner frame.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The R5 is just 4.85mm thick - as long as you ignore the protruding lens" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-6.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="So thin, the camera sticks out" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-7.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slim Pickings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But it isn&#39;t overly flexible in use, either. It doesn&#39;t have a memory card slot or even a headphone jack. These are all casualties of the Oppo R5&#39;s caring about the size of its waistline more than pretty much anything else.</p> <p>With 16GB of memory, the R5 doesn&#39;t really make a great portable music or video player as there&#39;s just not enough room, and the headphone jack issue is very, very annoying at times. Perhaps this is just the tip of a Bluetooth-only future for phone &#39;phones, and in the box you get an adapter that plugs into the microUSB jack and gives you a headphone output, but we&#39;ve found ourselves missing the normal headphone jack like a departed best friend.</p> <p>And what if you lose the adapter? It&#39;s just another thing to worry about, and it&#39;s not as if you&#39;ll want to keep this 10cm-long cable sticking out of your phone 24/7. You could keep it attached to your headphones, but that&#39;s not good if like us you also listen through a laptop or another sources at times.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ces-2015/ces-2015-we-go-ears-philips-noise-cancelling-lightning-compatible-headphones/news" target="_blank">Ears-on with Philips&#39; new Lightning-compatible headphones</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Where&#039;s the headphone socket? There isn&#039;t one." alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-4_0.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super AMOLED? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Being so thin does not, thankfully, affect the screen. The Oppo R5 has a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display.</p> <p>While we&#39;re hurtling towards a time when QHD screens will be the norm for high-end phones, this one has a &#39;normal&#39; 1080p display. It&#39;s more than sharp enough to be called &#39;Retina&#39; grade, and the size is easily big enough to make watching a bit of Netflix on the way to work a joy.</p> <p>As is common with OLED-type screens, colours are oversaturated a bit. But not to the extent that red balloons look like they&#39;re about to jump out of the screen and strangle you. They&#39;re just no 100% accurate.</p> <p>Side-by-side with the LCD-screened <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-n3/review" target="_blank">Oppo N3</a> (review coming soon), you can see the Oppo R5&#39;s colours don&#39;t have the same relaxed, natural look. Instead, though, the OLED display gets you fantastic contrast, with images looking poppier than an 80s boyband revival festival in just about all conditions from dark rooms to bright sunny days.</p> <p>Oppo plasters a plastic screen protector on the phone to try and keep it in good nick, and it doesn&#39;t seem to have any degrading effect on image quality. Plus, as it&#39;s applied in the factory there&#39;s no chance of those bubbles you can&#39;t avoid when applying a protector yourself.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-n3/review" target="_blank">Oppo N3 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Oppo&#039;s 5.2in Super AMOLED screen has fantastic contrast, if not completely natural in its colours" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-25.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ColorOS vs Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The eagle-eyed among you may have already noticed the Oppo R5 doesn&#39;t use a totally generic version of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android</a>, but a custom take.</p> <p>Oppo calls it ColorOS, and like every other manufacturer&#39;s Android skin it just fiddles with how Google&#39;s mobile OS looks and feels a bit. Desperate to make its mark, ColorOS cuts out the app menu you usually get in Android, relying 100 per cent on the home screens like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">Apple&#39;s iOS</a>.</p> <p>However, it has a tendency to make your phone look and feel a bit cluttered if you&#39;re not careful. And we&#39;re not in love with this UI&#39;s look either. Granted, it&#39;s not a million miles removed from any other take on Android, but lacks the cosy lifestyle look we saw recently in Android 5.0 Lollipop on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The style is much closer to what you see on the phones of another Chinese handset maker, Huawei. As well as getting rid of the apps menu, the Oppo R5 offers themes that re-skin the device with different wallpapers and icons. They must really love them in China, because other phone makers stopped offering them about a decade ago. It&#39;s quirky, but if you&#39;re after something a bit different, perhaps that&#39;s not a negative.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are a few extra features, too, such as the ability to launch apps from standby simply by drawing a shape on the screen.</p> <p>It&#39;s also a bit, well, buggy. The Oppo R5 has enough power to keep the lights on in a small village, but we did notice the odd laggy moment that just wouldn&#39;t be there in a better-optimised phone. This is probably something that Oppo will iron out over the next few updates, but there&#39;s no telling how long that might take.</p> <p>How powerful is it? The Oppo R5 has a Snapdragon 615 CPU, an 8-core processor that while a step below the Snapdragon 801 of the Note 4 in terms of raw power, is a bonafide 64-bit CPU. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark tool it scores 2505 points - fantastic for what is a mid-range CPU.</p> <p>It also has a decent 2GB of RAM. There&#39;s enough power to take on the world here, but the Oppo R5 feels like it&#39;s held back a little by its own software.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">The 35 Best Free Apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ColorOS cuts out the app menu you usually get in Android, relying 100 per cent on the home screens like Apple&#039;s iOS" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-28.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Oppo R5 offers themes that re-skin the device with different wallpapers and icons" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-24_0.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="There are a few extra features, too, such as the ability to launch apps from standby simply by drawing a shape on the screen" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-29.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 4.4.4 with ColorOS</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in&nbsp;Super AMOLED with&nbsp;1920x1080 resolution (424ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Octa-core Snapdragon 615 @ 1.5GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP rear, 5MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>:&nbsp;NFC,&nbsp;Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 149 x 75 x 4.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 155g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera Chops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Oppo has really stuck its oar into the camera software. But it doesn&#39;t backfire here. The Oppo R5&#39;s camera app is pretty easy to use, the thing is pretty snappy to take photos and there are plenty of modes on offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are a few &#39;installed&#39; as standard, but you can tool-up the app with plenty more. There are ultra macro modes, one thats ultra-high res images by combining multiple exposures, HDR, long exposure, GIF animation and even RAW capture. The Oppo R5&#39;s camera app makes it look as though you&#39;re installing these extra modes, but really are just being enabled and disabled - you don&#39;t need an internet connection to do it. There&#39;s as much, or as little, control as you like on offer.</p> <p>Underneath all the neat software extras, the hardware of the Oppo R5&#39;s camera is sound but not world-beating. It has a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor, the same used by several other phones including the OnePlus One, the Nexus 6 and Xiaomi Mi4.</p> <p>Among these Sony sensor brothers, it&#39;s one of the better performers. Speedy and with colour reproduction that&#39;s normally spot on in good lighting, with only a slight tendency towards overexposure causing minor issues. The white balance is also often on the warm side with indoors lighting.</p> <p>But in poor lighting, photos get pretty noisy and colour saturation takes a dive, because the phone prioritises speed over absolute image quality. There is a mode to bump-up saturation in night photos, though. The Samsung Galaxy S5 produces slightly better, sharper photos, but the Oppo R5 certainly isn&#39;t bad.</p> <p>The front camera isn&#39;t too shabby either. It has a 5-megapixel sensor, making it one of the new wave of selfie-conscious phones. However, like a good deal of these phones, you don&#39;t really get twice as much detail from a good 2-megapixel camera. These selfie cams tend to have pretty dinky sensors so unless you&#39;re shooting in good lighting, everything starts to get a little bit fizzy.</p> <p>The front camera is also where you notice one of the Oppo R5&#39;s obvious bugs. A fraction of a second after opening the app, the camera preview screen just goes black, leaving you to shoot blind. It&#39;ll still take photos, you just have to do so without seeing what the camera can see. With any luck this&#39;ll be solved by the time you get hold of one. But we advise getting used to the idea you might have to deal with similar kinds of issues.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review" target="_blank">HTC Desire Eye review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Underneath all the neat software extras, the hardware of the Oppo R5&#039;s camera is sound but not world-beating" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-26.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4160" height="3120" title="Oppo R5 sample photo" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG20150115143215.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4160" height="3120" title="Oppo R5 sample photo" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG20150115142855_1.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4160" height="3120" title="Oppo R5 sample photo" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG20150113182049.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not running Duracells </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One element that&#39;s not going to be fixed completely by an update or two is the battery life. As is always the worry with a phone thing enough to slice cheese with, stamina is not great.</p> <p>The Oppo R5 fits in a 2000mAh battery, even smaller than the unit of a 4.5-inch Moto G 2013. This is a much larger (well at least in terms of screen size) phone, and if you indulge in a bit of web browsing you can drain it in the space of a day without too much trouble.</p> <p>With a phone of this grade, we like to see a good chunk of battery left over in the morning of the second day. And it&#39;s just not there in the Oppo R5. In our looped video test it lasted for eight hours, which isn&#39;t diastrous among phones in general, but when rivals such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z3</a> get into the teens of hours, it&#39;s just not really good enough.</p> <p>It does have a special trick up its sleeve, though. The Oppo R5 has a Rapid Charge adapter that gets you up to 75 per cent charge within half an hour. It uses a 5A plug rather than the 1A/2A one you see bundled with most phones. You may have to charge often, but at least it won&#39;t take too long each time.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is something you don&#39;t generally see from the bigger names: Oppo thrives on offering quirky bonus features not seen elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A little bit of gaming goes a long way - towards depleting the R5&#039;s rather small battery" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-23.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not all 4G is the same </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, its unusual approach doesn&#39;t pay off everywhere. While the Oppo R5 is a 4G phone, it doesn&#39;t actaully support every 4G band used in the UK.</p> <p>Like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review" target="_blank">OnePlus One</a>, it lacks support for LTE band 20, the 800MHz band, which is used by a whole bunch of networks: <a href="http://www.o2.co.uk/" target="_blank">O2</a>, <a href="http://shop.tescomobile.com/pay-monthly/mobile-phones/?tmcampid=22&amp;tmad=c&amp;tmplaceref=google&amp;tmclickref=tesco%20mobile_c&amp;gclid=COSd073SncMCFa_JtAodfSoAVQ" target="_blank">Tesco</a>, <a href="https://giffgaff.com/" target="_blank">GiffGaff</a> and <a href="http://www.vodafone.co.uk/" target="_blank">Vodafone</a>. If you&#39;re on <a href="http://ee.co.uk/" target="_blank">EE</a> of <a href="http://www.three.co.uk/" target="_blank">Three</a> and plan to stay there, no problem. It&#39;ll be a deal breaker for some, though.</p> <p>One other compromise you might expect of such a slim phone is speaker quality. Sure enough, the Oppo R5 has a single speaker, but it&#39;s front-loaded up where the earpiece is. Front speakers are handy, but this one is a little thin-sounding compared with the best out there - miles off what you get in the (relatively) beefy-sounding <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> from its BoomSound speakers.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Like the OnePlus One, the Oppo R5 lacks support for LTE band 20, the 800MHz band, which is used by a whole bunch of networks" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-3.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oppo R5 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Oppo R5 is a phone made with a clear purpose. It wanted to become the thinnest phone in the world. It managed it, everyone clapped, then moved on.</p> <p>Its issue is that it needs to continue to impress in the days and weeks after you first get it out of the box and go &#39;ooh&#39; over how slim it is. It doesn&#39;t really manage that.&nbsp;</p> <p>The quirky, buggy software needs a bit more fine-tuning and - primarily - the battery life just doesn&#39;t quite give enough insurance for those with busy lives. Fast charge hardware is much appreciated, but it seems a shame it&#39;s used as an excuse for the relatively poor core stamina.&nbsp;</p> <p>In other respects the Oppo R5 is perfectly good, and worthy of its price tag. But would we actually recommend buying it over the wealth of other handset options at this price? Probably not.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oppo R5 review verdict" alt="Oppo R5 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oppo-r5-16.jpg?1421630904" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An alarmingly slim, very well made phone that falls short on some of the basics</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-r5/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/oppo/oppo-r5/review#comments Android Oppo R5 Smartphones Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:34:28 +0000 Max Langridge 1451650 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best puzzle games for Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-puzzle-games-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Work out your noggin with this hand-picked selection of brain-sweating titles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1037" height="778" title="10 of the best puzzle games for Android" alt="10 of the best puzzle games for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/monument-valley-main.jpg?1421640098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s more to mobile gaming than decapitating zombies, shooting aliens and driving endlessly round a track.</p> <p>Sometimes it&#39;s good to get the old synapses firing.Keep them fresh, keep them busy, and you&#39;ll be sharp when you hit your twilight years.</p> <p>Or, you know, just play them because they&#39;re tonnes of fun.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here&#39;s a selection of some of our favourite Android puzzlers for you to wrap your heads around:</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Where&#039;s My Water? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Poor old Swampy - a peaceful, chilled-out alligator, he just wants a nice hot shower. Unfortunately the dastardly Cranky has mucked around with the pipes, meaning you&#39;ll need to put your grey matter to good use helping the water on its way. That&#39;s easier said than done: between each pool of water and Swampy&#39;s tub lie all manner of hazards including poisonous acid, algae and bombs. Where&#39;s My Water? is a beautifully made puzzler, with endearing characters, plenty of variety and a nicely judged learning curve. It has so far spawned four spin-offs and a sequel, with the Mickey Mouse-starring Where&#39;s My Mickey? being our favourite.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.disney.WMW&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Where&#39;s My Water</a>? (&pound;1.49)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rgv18mHmGQE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Threes! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like all the best puzzle games, Threes! is built on brilliantly simple mechanics: in an attempt to clear a 4x4 grid, you merge numbered cards by sliding them into each other, but (with a couple of exceptions) only matched numbers will combine &ndash; and when they do, they become a single tile with the combined value of their constituents. OK, so maybe we&rsquo;ve made it sound more complicated than it really is, but once you&rsquo;ve tried it, its crack-like addictiveness will grip your heart. The perfect &ldquo;play for two minutes at a time&rdquo; game, and its music and visuals are lovely icing on the cake.</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Threes</a>! (&pound;1.31)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YonTc2jLXEA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Room Two </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Room Two is of the finest puzzle games our fingers have ever had the pleasure of swiping around. The game throws you into various rooms, many of which have a beautiful Victoria steampunk-esque feel to them. Each one has a series of puzzles ranging from kick-starting old machinery to manipulating levers and secret switches to reveal clues, keys and other items which will ultimately help you escape each section. It&#39;s simple in concept, but incredibly tough to crack, and will keep you occupied for a good few solid hours</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.FireproofStudios.TheRoom2&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">The Room Two</a> (&pound;1.99)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CbGaddIZzVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trainyard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In Trainyard, the aim is simply to get trains to goal stations of the same colour, by drawing tracks and tapping Start. There&rsquo;s no time-limit, so you can waste as much time as a typical train operator. But it gets fiendish without you realising; before you know it, you&rsquo;re merging and splitting trains, routing round rocks, and grappling with a spaghetti heap of track to stop trains colliding.</p> <p>Also check out the free <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.trainyardexpress&amp;hl=en_GB">Trainyard Express</a> (in theory a demo for this one, but actually including loads more puzzles) and the similar and equally impressive <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.badcrane.rgbexpress&amp;hl=en">RGB Express</a>.</p> <p><strong>Download<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.trainyard&amp;hl=en">Trainyard</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.99)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QQImpDfcF14&lt;" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We fell in love with Monument Valley the second we first stepped foot into its abstract Escher-eque universe. Players are thrust into the shoes of a silent princess who must traverse impossible monuments by dragging and spinning around various features of each level. there&#39;s a lot of clever perspective trickery at play, and the level design is absolutely stunning. So much so, in fact, that there&#39;s a built-in screenshot feature, which we&#39;ve used to create some snazzy wallpapers.</p> <p><strong>Download <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ustwo.monumentvalley&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Monument Valley</a> (&pound;2.49)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wC1jHHF_Wjo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hitman GO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We admit &lsquo;adorable&rsquo; is probably not the first word that leaps to mind when thinking about assassins, but Hitman GO is very adorable indeed. It&rsquo;s a turn-based puzzle take on the award-winning console series, with Agent 47 sneaking about clockwork-like dioramas. It works brilliantly, somehow even managing to echo its console-based cousin&rsquo;s tension and atmosphere.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.squareenixmontreal.hitmango&amp;hl=en_GB">Hitman GO</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.99)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jz5FwcA2njc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Splice </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most experimental and thoughtful puzzlers around, Splice has you arrange cells to fit a target structure, based around binary trees. Cells are dragged into place, and automatically rearrange themselves when spliced, depending on how many fellows are attached. Initially, it confounds, but when this one clicks, you&rsquo;ll be hooked. Watch out for some devious levels later on.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cipherprime.splice&amp;hl=en_GB">Splice</a>&nbsp;(&pound;1.92)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q3A86k2x6_E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Strata </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This elegant game is all about swiping coloured ribbons across a grid that contains coloured squares. The aim is to pattern-match by strategically swiping in a certain order. Earlier levels are dead simple, with basic two-by-two grids; by the time you hit five-by-fives, you&rsquo;ll be tearing your hair out, even if you&rsquo;ve figured out some patterns to success.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.graveck.stratapremium&amp;hl=en">Strata</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0u9gb_srhfw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> World of Goo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not hyperbole to say World of Goo isn&rsquo;t just a fantastic puzzler, but one of the best games from the past decade. It centres around sentient goo, which you use to build structures. This enables any remaining goo to find their way to the pipe that takes them to goo heaven. In less talented hands, this would have been a typically cartoonish saccharine puzzle game; but 2D Boy&rsquo;s title is infused with melancholy, a beautiful narrative, bizarre and surreal artwork, and an engaging, atmospheric soundtrack. It&rsquo;s a true classic.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.twodboy.worldofgoofull&amp;hl=en_GB">World of Goo</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.99)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uiCm88Me_3U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joining Hands 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be the most challenging game on this list, but Joining Hands 2 is sweet and addictive. The aim is to connect multi-limbed Peabins so they&rsquo;re all holding hands. That would be simple if not for the rigid hexagonal grid structure that&rsquo;s peppered with obstacles. Throughout, new characters with unique powers are introduced, and if you enjoy the title, the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mythpeople.joininghands">first game in the series</a> is equally good.</p> <p><strong>Download&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.the10tons.joininghands2&amp;hl=en">Joining Hands 2</a>&nbsp;(&pound;2.49)</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LgQDUv4wLz8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-puzzle-games-android/feature#comments Android Android games Apps and Games Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:38:59 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1457830 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G4 rumoured to have a 5.3in 2K screen, Snapdragon 810 processor and 16MP camera http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g4-rumoured-feature-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The G4 rumour mill is officially open for business </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG G4 rumoured to have a 5.3in 2K screen, Snapdragon 810 processor and 16MP camera" alt="LG G4 rumoured to have a 5.3in 2K screen, Snapdragon 810 processor and 16MP came" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_3.jpg?1421408001" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review"> LG G3</a> is still one of our favourite smartphones, sitting pretty at number 2 on our<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten"> Top 10 list</a>. But the LG G4 will do everything in its power to steal that spot, and considering recent spec rumours, it should be able to.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A report from Greek websiste&nbsp;<em><a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=el&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Ftechmaniacs.gr%2Flg-g4-with-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera-exclusive%2F&amp;edit-text=">Techmaniacs&nbsp;</a></em>suggests the incoming flagship will pack the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. This is highly likely, as the majority of 2015&#39;s new phones are expected to feature it too.</p> <p>There were reports last year that claimed Qualcomm was experiencing a delay in shipping the processors due to overheating issues, but Qualcomm has rubbished these and says it&#39;s on track.&nbsp;</p> <p>Elsewhere there&#39;s expected to be a Quad HD (2K) display and 16-megapixel camera. It&#39;s not clear what screen size we can expect, but the Greek site is reckons it&#39;ll land with a 5.3in display and 3GB of RAM.&nbsp;</p> <p>If true, it&#39;ll be an interesting step for LG, given that the current G3&#39;s screen is 5.5 inches. A 2K 5.3in screen will make the G4&#39;s display one of the sharpest around.</p> <p>The website has also received leaked images of the camera&#39;s 16MP resolution, with it reaching 5312 x 2988 - some improvement over the 13MP snapper found in the G3. There&#39;s no mention of LG&#39;s laser autofocus or optical image stabilisation, but we&#39;d be surprised if they didn&#39;t make a return.</p> <p>LG hasn&#39;t commented on these rumours, nor has it released any official information. It&#39;s unclear when we can expect a full reveal of the phone, but with Mobile World Congress taking place in March, it&#39;s possible the G4 could take centre of LG&#39;s stage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given the importance of the G4 however, it&#39;s more likely that LG will hold its own event, possibly around the end of May, which was when the G3 was revealed last year.</p> <p>[<a href="https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=el&amp;tl=en&amp;js=y&amp;prev=_t&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Ftechmaniacs.gr%2Flg-g4-with-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera-exclusive%2F&amp;edit-text=">Techmaniacs</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g4-rumoured-feature-snapdragon-810-and-16mp-camera/news#comments Android LG Smartphones Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:11:55 +0000 Max Langridge 1457810 at http://www.stuff.tv Xiaomi Note challenges the iPhone 6 Plus in form and function http://www.stuff.tv/android/xiaomi-note-challenges-iphone-6-plus-form-and-funciton/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slightly slimmer, slightly lighter, and no protruding rear camera. Should your iPhone 6 Plus be worried? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="685" height="514" title="Xiaomi Note challenges the iPhone 6 Plus in form and funciton" alt="Xiaomi Note challenges the iPhone 6 Plus in form and funciton" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xiaomi-note.jpg?1421332053" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After days of speculation, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi (the third largest distributor of smartphones in the world, don&#39;t you know), has finally taken&nbsp;the wraps off the&nbsp;Xiaomi Note at a press launch in Beijing. And it brings the fight straight to the giant aluminium doors of Apple&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 Plus</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/xiaomi-note-challenges-iphone-6-plus-form-and-funciton/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/xiaomi-note-challenges-iphone-6-plus-form-and-funciton/news#comments Android Smartphones Xiaomi Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:01:38 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1457716 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Facebook at Work launching, Xperia phones do cancer research while you sleep, and the retro-fabulous Macintosh reimagining http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-facebook-work-launching-xperia-phones-do-cancer-research-while-you-sleep-and-r <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roll out of bed, rub the sleep from your eyes, and load up on hot tech news tidbits </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="Facebook at Work" alt="Facebook at Work" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/facebook-at-work.jpg?1421372605" /> </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"> Facebook at Work is Facebook for work </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 class="p1">Your boss might not want you twiddling the day away on your News Feed, but you may soon find yourself using Facebook at work in full public view. Because of Facebook at Work. Come again?</p> <p class="p1">Facebook at Work is its new effort to allow companies to create closed social networks for employees to interact with each other and share files, all while using a familiar UI that lacks the usual wealth of distractions. And ads, for that matter.</p> <p class="p1">It&rsquo;s launching on web, with iOS and Android apps also popping up, but right now Facebook at Work is only available to select testers ahead of a proper debut. And while free to use, ad-free, and purportedly also not being mined for social tracking data by Facebook, it seems likely that the company will offer a paid version with more advanced functionality down the line.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2015/01/14/facebook-sort-of-launches-facebook-work/">Recode</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/facebook/rooms-facebook-lets-you-create-and-share-mobile-message-boards/news">Rooms app from Facebook lets you create and share mobile message boards</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"> Sony phones help disease research </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 class="p1">Want to be benevolent while you sleep the night away? If you&rsquo;ve got a Sony Xperia phone, you can do so now with the new Folding@Home app on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonymobile.androidapp.gridcomputing">Google Play</a>, which harnesses the power of your smartphone to help contribute computing power to research on degenerative diseases.</p> <p class="p1">You might be familiar with the app from the PlayStation 3 or on computers: it uses your hardware when you don&rsquo;t need it, and simulates the process of &ldquo;protein folding&rdquo; to help Stanford University researchers unravel its mysteries, which could some day lead to treatments for horrific diseases like cancer and Alzheimer&rsquo;s. The clip above is from 2013, but it shares the premise well.</p> <p class="p1">With the Android app, it only works when your phone is plugged in, charged to 100%, and connected to Wi-Fi, and the current beta app works with Xperia Z, T3, T2 Ultra, M2 Aqua, and C3 devices. Once it exits beta, the app will work with all Android smartphones running Android 4.4 or newer.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonymobile.androidapp.gridcomputing">Google Play</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-play-cure-genes-space/news">Play to Cure - Genes in Space: fly a spaceship to help cure cancer</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/7sJx9z1uB9k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Impressive modern Mac reimagining </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 class="p1">Anyone with a soft spot for Apple&rsquo;s past should check out this modern reimagining of the original Macintosh from 1984. <a href="https://curved.de/news/curvedlabs-ein-facelift-fuer-den-macintosh-198570">Curved</a>, a German tech site, produced its concept and renders using the current 11.6in MacBook Air display as a basis, but then remixed it with the iPad for a desktop that has both touch and traditional inputs.</p> <p class="p1">And the spot up front that mimics the old disk drive input? It&rsquo;s mostly cosmetic, aside from a small SD card slot within, but it helps complete the illusion of the iconic design brought back to life with a sleek modern touch. Again, this isn&rsquo;t real, and we doubt there&rsquo;d be a ton of demand for a desktop with a screen that small beyond nostalgic fulfillment, but it&rsquo;s an inspired blend of Apple old and new.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="https://curved.de/news/curvedlabs-ein-facelift-fuer-den-macintosh-198570">Curved</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/report-12in-macbook-air-s-slimmer-redesign-will-eliminate-most-ports/news">Report: 12in MacBook Air&rsquo;s slimmer redesign will eliminate most ports</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/x70FilFcMSM" 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-facebook-work-launching-xperia-phones-do-cancer-research-while-you-sleep-and-r#comments Android Apple Facebook Smartphones Sony Xperia Z Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457695 at http://www.stuff.tv Google's Project Ara planning pilot test this year as latest prototype shown off http://www.stuff.tv/android/project-ara-planning-pilot-test-year-latest-prototype-and-configurator-app-shown/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Modular phone will launch first in Puerto Rico as the kinks are worked 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="1350" height="900" title="Project Ara" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-projectara-spiral2-main.jpg?1421295340" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Project Ara aims to shake up the way we buy smartphones, letting users swap physical modules to upgrade tech and replace damage - and it&rsquo;ll reach the first wave of consumers later this year.</p> <p class="p2">Google showcased the latest version of the Ara prototype at the Project Ara Module Developers Conference yesterday, and shared some new details on how the process of buying and customizing your modular phone will work.</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 class="p1">The current prototype phase is called &ldquo;Spiral 2,&rdquo; and while it looks a bit more refined and tweakable than earlier versions, there&rsquo;s more work to be done: Google wants the third iteration to support upwards of 20 to 30 different modules, as well as offer 4G LTE and full-day battery life, reports The Verge.</p> <p class="p1">As for how you&rsquo;ll obtain the core of your phone and the right starter modules, Google will offer an Ara Configurator app that lets you tweak and customize the smartphone of your dreams. You can add and remove the virtual modules, and the app will offer estimates on specs and performance, plus you&rsquo;ll be able to add personal photos to be printed onto the parts. From there, you can place your order.</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/intua_p4kE0" 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 class="p1">And once you have an Ara phone, the included Ara Manager app will let you oversee its myriad parts, including giving preference to certain modules if you&rsquo;ve doubled up, or even allowing you to hot-swap in a new battery without turning off the phone. And it&rsquo;ll help you troubleshoot any issues that&rsquo;ll inevitably come up with a do-it-yourself handset.</p> <p class="p1">While there&rsquo;s work still to be done, Google plans to do a limited initial pilot test release in Puerto Rico, where roving food truck-style vehicles will make stops to showcase the tech and sell the wares. If Ara&rsquo;s island getaway goes well, hopefully we&rsquo;ll see a proper launch not long thereafter.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/14/7546841/google-project-ara-prototype-2015">The Verge</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/14/7547529/google-project-ara-prototype-hands-ontf">2</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/14/7546021/googles-modular-project-ara-smartphone-will-begin-pilot-testing-in">3</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-vote-innovation-year/feature">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Google&rsquo;s Project Ara is the Innovation of the Year</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="600" title="Project Ara" alt="Project Ara" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-projectara-spiral2-complete.jpg?1421295340" /> </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/project-ara-planning-pilot-test-year-latest-prototype-and-configurator-app-shown/news#comments Android Google Project Ara Smartphones Thu, 15 Jan 2015 03:28:53 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457680 at http://www.stuff.tv Google updates Translate app to include Word Lens' magical instant translation powers http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-updates-translate-app-include-word-lens/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Never worry about being insulted in a foreign language again </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 updates Translate app to include Word Lens&#039; magical instant translation powers" alt="Google updates Translate app to include Word Lens&#039; magical instant translation p" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/GoogleTranslate.jpg?1421286120" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has just updated, and will subsequently begin rolling out, a major update to its Translate app.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The latest update will include Word Lens, an app that Google purchased last year. This will now allow you to instantly translate text by just hovering your camera over it. And the best part is, Google says you don&#39;t need to have an internet connection.</p> <p>This instant translating method is currently available from English to and from&nbsp;French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. More languages are expected to be added in due course.&nbsp;You&#39;re still able to take a photo of some text and translate into 36 different languages.</p> <p>Google will also allow you to have easier conversations with your foreign friends (or foes). Simply tap the mic, speak and tap the mic again and the app will recognise which language is being spoken. It will then translate whatever you&#39;ve said into your chosen language.</p> <p>So now you can confidently say to your French waiter &quot;ne pas cracher dans ma nourriture parce que je suis Anglais&quot;.</p> <p>The updates are expected to roll out to both Android and iOS devices over the next few days.&nbsp;</p> <p>Download Google Translate from the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate">Play Store</a></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/google-just-turned-your-phone-into-a-real-time-translator-1280395">TechRadar</a> via <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/">Google</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-updates-translate-app-include-word-lens/news#comments Android Google iOS Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:51:48 +0000 Max Langridge 1457604 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Razer's domination in the living room begins with an Android TV console http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2015/ces-2015-razers-domination-living-room-begins-android-tv-console/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We sat down with Razer&#039;s Kevin Sather to chat about the next big thing in gaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="CES 2015: Razer&#039;s domination in the living room begins with an Android TV console" alt="CES 2015: Razer&#039;s domination in the living room begins with an Android TV consol" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Razer%20Forge.jpg?1421122639" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-af6b5f3c-cb70-b6f9-14fb-98ae3c9ffbf2">All this week, Stuff is running interviews on the International News Stage at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015">CES 2015</a>, the biggest and craziest technology show in the world.</p> <p>Razer&rsquo;s reputation as a maker of gaming systems and peripherals is undeniable. With connected homes and the Internet of Things heading our way, can this be the future that Razer is aiming for?</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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-stuff-wearable-tech-award-winners-announced/news">Stuff CES Wearable Tech Award winners announced</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/obbpIBzrBbg" 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/ces-2015/ces-2015-razers-domination-living-room-begins-android-tv-console/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2015/ces-2015-razers-domination-living-room-begins-android-tv-console/feature#comments Android CES 2015 Games consoles Razer Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:02:27 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1457078 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: You can’t go back: Android ‘retro’ kit just isn’t the real thing http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2015/ces-2015-you-can-t-go-back-android-retro-kit-just-isn-t-real-thing/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell dons his old-git hat and grumbles about how iconic old gadgets simply become yet more Android 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="The new Kodak Instamatic" alt="CES 2015: You can’t go back: Android ‘retro’ kit just isn’t the real thing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kodak-instamatic-phone-front_0.jpg?1421643472" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each year, CES throws up (figuratively, although some people might argue almost literally) certain themes that set the course for technology for the rest of the year. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WIRED FOR SOUND </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>My Walkman was already old when I got it - a hand-me-down from my mother. I recall it (probably erroneously - although only slightly) being about the same size and weight as a housebrick. </p> <p>The thing was so bulky that it came with a shoulder strap rather than a belt-clip, in order that it not yank your trousers down at inopportune moments. Its heft was such that if you spun round too quickly, the thing would fly dangerously about your person, causing you to send friends flying into walls, or turn hideous (but, at the time, weirdly fashionable) ceramic owls and field-mice into exciting three-dimensional puzzles.</p> <p>Despite this, I loved the thing, with its giant clicky buttons, even as it chewed through batteries (and sometimes the cassettes it was supposed to be playing).&nbsp;It was this that cemented itself in my head whenever I thought &lsquo;Walkman&rsquo;, eclipsing any successors with their new-fangled shiny discs, MiniDiscs, and MP3s.</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="No, it wouldn&#039;t fit in your trouser pocket" alt="CES 2015: You can’t go back: Android ‘retro’ kit just isn’t the real thing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/walkman.jpg?1421643472" /> </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>Similarly, Kodak Instamatic has an important place in history for a great many people, ushering in an age of relatively low-cost photography, and boasting form factors that were tactile, beautiful and approachable. Naturally, by the time I got my hands on one, it was already pretty old, but that merely somehow made it feel experienced and worldly wise.</p> <p>This was a camera that had been places; it quickly became a cherished item - something magical that had a life of its own.</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="1204" height="942" title="Kodak Instamatic photo by Camerafiend" alt="CES 2015: You can’t go back: Android ‘retro’ kit just isn’t the real thing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kodak_Instamatic_100.jpg?1421643472" /> </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"> Old for old&#039;s sake? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At CES 2015, though, the modern-day interpretations of these classics bear little relationship to their forebears. Admittedly - at least from certain angles - you might initially think otherwise. The Instamatic certainly has an unmistakable form factor, and while there&rsquo;s no such immediate familiarity with the Walkman, it nonetheless intrigues with its chunky buttons and textured matte black finish, emblazoned with a gold Walkman logo.</p> <p>But flip these devices over and you&rsquo;re abruptly wrenched back to the present, faced with touchscreens running Android. Naturally, this is about pragmatism, utilising a relatively freely available foundation in order to create new high-tech gadgets. But by encasing these items in retro clothing, they end up feeling a little hollow and soulless.</p> <p>They&rsquo;re neither one thing nor the other - not classic kit, nor anything truly new.</p> <p>For the nostalgic, there&rsquo;s a whiff of cynicism in the air, of trying to part old fools with their money. And for relative youngsters who never experienced a Walkman or Instamatic first-hand, you have to wonder whether these Android devices would have been better just shooting for being amazing in their own right.</p> <p>As it is, while the originals were game-changers, these new tykes simply feel like more of the same. And truly, they are proof that in the world of technology, you can never go home again &mdash; unless you visit eBay.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature">All of the big news from CES 2015</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 new Sony Walkman" alt="CES 2015: You can’t go back: Android ‘retro’ kit just isn’t the real thing " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-walkman-zx2-05.jpg?1421643472" /> </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/ces-2015/ces-2015-you-can-t-go-back-android-retro-kit-just-isn-t-real-thing/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2015/ces-2015-you-can-t-go-back-android-retro-kit-just-isn-t-real-thing/feature#comments Android CES 2015 Kodak Opinion Walkman Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:58:08 +0000 Marc McLaren 1457158 at http://www.stuff.tv CES 2015: Polaroid’s portable Zip printer offers fast, ink-free photo prints from Android or iOS http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2015/ces-2015-polaroid-s-zip-offers-fast-ink-free-photo-prints-android-or-ios/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bringing the essence of classic Polaroids into the modern era with minimal hassle </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="Polaroid Zip mobile printer" alt="Polaroid Zip mobile printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/polaroid-zip.png?1420894271" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">As with Kodak, the move towards digital photography wasn&rsquo;t kind to Polaroid, but under new stewards, the company has made&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/polaroid/ces-2014/polaroid-s-socialmatic-intanst-camera-has-android-super-powers/news">some interesting moves</a>. And the Zip is its latest.</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 class="p1">The printer itself was created in collaboration with ZINK Imaging (that&rsquo;s &ldquo;Zero Ink&rdquo;), and is less than an inch thick with dimensions otherwise not far off from a smartphone. According to Polaroid, the built-in lithium-ion battery can print up to 25 photos on a single charge.</p> <p class="p1">Polaroid&rsquo;s Zip mobile printer is due out this spring for US$129.99 (about &pound;85).</p> <p class="p1">[Sources: <a href="http://www.polaroid.com/news/print-any-digital-image-instantly-with-the-polaroid-zip-mobile-printer">Polaroid</a>, <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2015-01-07/polaroids-plan-to-get-millennials-to-print-their-photos">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/polaroid/ces-2014/polaroid-s-socialmatic-intanst-camera-has-android-super-powers/news">Polaroid&rsquo;s Socialmatic instant camera has Android super powers</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="Polaroid Zip mobile printer" alt="Polaroid Zip mobile printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/polaroid-zip-front.png?1420894271" /> </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/ces-2015/ces-2015-polaroid-s-zip-offers-fast-ink-free-photo-prints-android-or-ios/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ces-2015/ces-2015-polaroid-s-zip-offers-fast-ink-free-photo-prints-android-or-ios/news#comments Android CES 2015 iOS Polaroid Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20:30:51 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1457178 at http://www.stuff.tv