LG http://www.stuff.tv/lg/all en-GB Promoted: Why you’ll love OLED - 7 questions answered http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-why-you-ll-love-oled-7-questions-answered/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OLED is set to rock your televisual life – here are seven of the big questions answered… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Untitled-1_6.jpg?1413471781" /> </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-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/lg/promoted-why-you-ll-love-oled-7-questions-answered/feature#comments LG Promotion Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:03:01 +0000 Marc McLaren 1450478 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Pad 7.0 http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-70/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It may look like it’s made for the road, but this tablet is a secret TV addict. </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="Taking Tabby for a walk" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-7-7_0.jpg?1413387438" /> </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>Not everyone wants to spend iPad money on a tablet. And not everyone wants a massive 10-inch tablet. For those people the LG G Pad 7.0 might be rather appealing - it&rsquo;s much smaller than an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a>, and even cheaper than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a>.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £140.00 </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"> IR transmitter is a surprise extra </div> <div class="field-item even"> Enough power for games and media </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good all-round value </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"> Rubbish main camera </div> <div class="field-item even"> UI not the prettiest </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen resolution a little low </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"> Black hides a multitude of sins </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What the LG G Pad 7.0 doesn&rsquo;t have is a big design personality. As with many lower-cost tablets, it looks pretty anonymous.&nbsp;</p> <p>Essentially, it&#39;s a small slab of plastic. No design flourishes, no bright colours. It&rsquo;s not the sort of tablet to feature in a TV advert where a man with a deep voice tries to convince you it&rsquo;s going to change your life.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s not what the G Pad 7.0 is about. Instead, it&rsquo;s practical. It&rsquo;s small. It&#39;s inoffensive and cheap.</p> <p>And, bascially, it&rsquo;s also fairly nice. The plastic of the back is silky-smooth with a slightly soft finish, there&rsquo;s not too much screen bezel and adults can hold it in one hand. It&rsquo;s pleasantly curvy.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also feels reasonably well-made. The top of it is covered by smooth toughened glass, and while it&rsquo;s not hard to make the edges of the screen ripple under pressure (and only the edges, unusually), it feels as though the LG G Pad 7.0 can withstand at least a little abuse.&nbsp;</p> <p>It comes in white and black, but while there are blue and orange versions available elsewhere these don&rsquo;t seem to have made it to the UK. Yet.</p> <p>Granted, it&rsquo;s not as flash as the metal LG G 8.3, not quite as nice as the Nexus 7. But it&rsquo;s not bad, and for the money that in itself is fairly impressive.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s flexible, too. You only get 8GB of internal storage, but there&rsquo;s a plastic flap hiding a microSD card slot on the top edge. This is a must if you want to put your tablet to work as a little movie jukebox.</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="Faceplant" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-7-5.jpg?1413387438" /> </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="LG G Pad 7.0" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-7-8_0.jpg?1413387438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> King of the couch potatoes </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G Pad has a hidden trick nestled next to its memory card slot. It&rsquo;s an IR transmitter, something you almost never get in a low-cost tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 has one, but it&rsquo;s a bit more expensive.</p> <p>It sends out the same kind of signals as the remotes for your TV, Blu-ray player and so on, and with the help of the QRemote app, you can nudge your remotes into retirement at the back of the cupboard. You just need to teach the tablet which remotes it needs to emulate, and there&rsquo;s a built-in database which should have you covered.</p> <p>While 7-inch tablets are generally considered portable, this transmitter gives the G Pad 7.0 loads of lounge brownie points. It works pretty well, but those looking to replace an old Logitech Harmony universal remote may be a bit disappointed as you can&rsquo;t do more advanced things like macro commands. To be fair, they were often a bit hit and miss anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s one more stand-out feature in the LG G Pad 7.0. It&rsquo;s not quite as good as the remote-squishing QRemote, but again it&rsquo;s about making the tablet even more useful at home. QPair hooks the tab up to your phone, letting it get notifications from your mobile.&nbsp;</p> <p>It works using Bluetooth, so your phone will need to be in range for this to work. And if you keep your phone in your pocket getting double notifications is a bit annoying. But if your life is like an advert and you drop your phone onto a wireless charger as soon as you get home, it&rsquo;s just the ticket.</p> <p>Aside from these two extras, the LG G Pad 7.0 is pretty much the sort of tablet we expect for &pound;140. But hey, in some rivals, you don&rsquo;t get any little extras.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TV smarts" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qremote.jpg?1413387438" /> </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="LG G Pad 7.0" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-7-6.jpg?1413387438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Not quite razor-sharp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G Pad 7.0 screen is reasonably decent, but not on the same level as the slightly pricier Nexus 7.</p> <p>Its 7-inch screen packs in a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution. With 216ppi, it&rsquo;s not super sharp, but it&rsquo;s also nowhere near as blocky as this tablet&rsquo;s 10-inch brother, the LG G Pad 10.1.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also no automatic brightness setting, so you have to set the backlight level manually. This is actually a bit of a pain, because if you set it too high, the screen actually looks worse.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colours also lack the pop you get from some better screens. There are a few for under &pound;200, too: the Nexus 7 and the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 to name two. Reds look a bit muted, robbing life from the display in a way that&rsquo;s initially hard to put your finger on.&nbsp;</p> <p>The LG G Pad 7.0 doesn&rsquo;t have a terrible screen, though. It uses an IPS panel, giving you nice and wide-angled viewing, and the backlight goes painfully bright, mitigating the pretty reflective screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>There are good bits and bad bits, but the balancing acts works as the tablet is so affordable while fitting in features you don&rsquo;t get elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Table shot" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-7-3.jpg?1413387438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> UI makeover, stat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Part of what makes the LG G Pad 7.0 initially lack that bit of pop in person isn&rsquo;t the actual screen, but the software. The tablet uses a custom LG interface that feels a little bit behind the times in terms of its visual style.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not hugely tasteful, lacking the clean and simple approach that most other manufacturers have started to adopt. But mainly, it&rsquo;s just not that pretty.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&rsquo;s an easy fix, though. Install the Google Now Launcher from Google Play and the &lsquo;default&rsquo; Google UI takes over. It&rsquo;s much nicer-looking, and really classes-up the tablet&rsquo;s act &ndash; making it more pleasant to both look at and use.</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="Now Launcher saves the day" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-7-4.jpg?1413387438" /> </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"> Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen:</strong> 7in 1,280 x 800 IPS&nbsp;<br /><strong>Processor:</strong> Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz<br /><strong>RAM:</strong> 1GB<br /><strong>Battery:</strong> 4000mAh<br /><strong>Camera: </strong>3.15MP rear, 1.3MP front<br /><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 189.3 x 113.8 x 10.1 mm<br /><strong>Weight: </strong>293g<br /><strong>Memory:</strong> 8GB (expandable using microSD)</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"> Split-screen shenanigans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G Pad 7.0 packs in a few neat software features in addition to QPair and QRemote, and split-screen multi-tasking is the most obvious of the lot.&nbsp;</p> <p>Using a button in the soft key bar, you can run two apps on-screen at the same time. This sort of stuff has been around for years now, but it&rsquo;s not often given such a spotlight on a 7-inch tablet.</p> <p>It works pretty well, too, allowing you to browse the web and play a YouTube video at the same time. Don&rsquo;t expect masses more than those sorts of low-level antics, though, as the LG G Pad 7.0 does limit the apps you can use with this dual window feature.</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="Hand for scale. Yes, it&#039;s upside down. Well spotted." alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/multitask.jpg?1413387438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Snappy Snapdragon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are quite a few stuttery moments when using the LG G Pad 7.0, but this all seems to be down to the software, as it&rsquo;s improved a bit by using the Google Now Launcher.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s odd, because the actual hardware running things is fairly good. The G Pad uses the super-popular Snapdragon 400 dual-core 1.2GHz chipset seen in reams of devices from entry-level phones such as the Motorola Moto G right up to ones costing around &pound;300. For a &pound;140 tablet, it&rsquo;s the perfect fit.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also means the tablet can easily handle high-end 3D games without seeming like a wheezing couch potato whipped into running a marathon. You only miss out on a few little graphical effects in some of the more ambitious games compared to a top-end tablet, and all the titles ee tried ran smoothly.</p> <p>In the Geekbench 3 benchmark, the LG G Pad 7.0 comes out with 1138 points, which is exactly what you&rsquo;d expect from a tablet of this spec.</p> <p>This sort of power also gives the LG G pad 7.0 more than enough power to tackle Full HD videos, although you&rsquo;d be better off sticking to 720p as the screen isn&rsquo;t going to make the most of anything more detailed anyway. There&rsquo;s no good video player app pre-installed, though, so you&rsquo;ll need to seek one out from Google Play.</p> <p>Games do show up the lower screen resolution a bit, too, so if you&rsquo;re going to use the tablet an awful lot for entertainment you might want to consider upgrading to either the Nexus 7 or LG G Pad 8.3 &ndash; both of which have 1080p displays. Of course, both are also a fair bit more expensive. This isn&rsquo;t a no-compromise tablet, but it is nice &rsquo;n&rsquo; cheap.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">Group test: the best cheap smartphone you can buy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="View from the rear" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-7-12.jpg?1413387438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Definitely not the best camera around </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 some areas, the LG G Pad 7.0&rsquo;s dedication to plugging in features rather than specifically good features is a bit too apparent. It&rsquo;s most obvious in the cameras, because they are, quite frankly, rubbish.&nbsp;</p> <p>We could live without the rear camera on most tablets, but we still put the G Pad&#39;s snapper through its paces.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s dreadful, with a low-res 3.15-megapixel sensor, a weirdly zoomed-in lens perspective and really rather poor image quality. Unless your phone cost less than &pound;50, it will almost certainly do a better job.&nbsp;</p> <p>The front camera is better, but only because we have such low expectations of selfie cams. It has a 1.3-megapixel sensor with the same sort of grainy, undersaturated images you normally get from such a camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>Looking for excuses for LG, perhaps it just wanted to make the LG G Pad 7.0 the ultimate low-cost family tablet, and dual cameras were part of that package. If you&rsquo;re deafened by the sound of us clutching at straws, we apologise.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having said that, tablet photography deserves its very own level in gadget hell, and there should always be another smartphone or dedicated camera on hand, which you should always use instead anyway.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You shouldn&#039;t really be using it anyway" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-7-1.jpg?1413387438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Sound and Stamina </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;d much rather LG left one camera out and improved the internal speakers a bit instead.&nbsp;</p> <p>The two rear speakers both sit at the bottom end, which means that they don&rsquo;t provide a good sense of stereo.Not to mention the fact that they&#39;re facing the wrong way.&nbsp;</p> <p>While output is better than some low-end phones, the tone isn&rsquo;t anything to write home about either, sounding a bit harsh and thin when the volume&rsquo;s pumped up. If you want to watch a whole movie, we recommend grabbing your headphones.&nbsp;</p> <p>The LG G Pad 7.0 redeems itself a bit with its battery life, though. Despite only having 4000mAh unit, it lasts for over 11 hours of video playback. This makes it a bit of a heavyweight in this area, clearly outperforming the Nexus 7.</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="This ain&#039;t no HTC BoomSound" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-7-10_0.jpg?1413387438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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 LG G Pad 7.0 is not the kind of tablet that&rsquo;s going to get pulses racing. It&rsquo;s a low-cost device, and there are signs of that, particularly in its screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, it also gets you a bunch of features not often seen in smaller tablets. The IR transmitter gives it lounge skills missing from the Nexus 7, multi-tasking is given a lot of promotion for a tablet this small and it can pair with your phone for extra notifications juice.&nbsp;</p> <p>Needless extras? Depends on your outlook, but we&rsquo;d argue not.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;re not huge fans of the UI style, with a few little tweaks you can turn the LG G Pad 7.0 into one of the better and more feature-packed tablets available for this sort of money.</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="Fin" alt="LG G Pad 7.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-7-11.jpg?1413387438" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>In some ways quite impressive for the money and in others very poor for any money, this is a budget tab that will suit only some</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/lg/lg-g-pad-70/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-70/review#comments LG Tablets Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:37:21 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1450347 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 5 Smart TV apps that aren't about TV http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promotion-5-smart-tv-apps-arent-about-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart TV opens up a whole new world of content for your living room consumption. Here are five apps that take your TV beyond TV… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/aquarium_113462683.jpg?1413209633" /> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promotion-5-smart-tv-apps-arent-about-tv/news#comments LG Promotion Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:11:43 +0000 Marc McLaren 1450139 at http://www.stuff.tv Promotion: The Great TV Quiz – Win an LG LB700V smart TV http://www.stuff.tv/node/1449899 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prove your TV knowledge with this mega TV quiz – and earn the chance to win a 42-inch LG TV </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="LG LB700V" alt="LG LB700V" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-42in-tv.jpg?1412949612" /> </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 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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="560" height="314" title="Promotion: 7 ways to get fit – without leaving your living room" alt="Promotion: 7 ways to get fit – without leaving your living room" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/main_5.jpg?1412929373" /> </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-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/node/1449807#comments Health and fitness LG Promotion Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:26:09 +0000 Stephen Graves 1449807 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Watch R hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We spend some wrists-on time with LG&#039;s new Googlewatch. Update: potential 14 October release date revealed </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="It looks like a watch!" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9980.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG&#39;s original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a>&nbsp;was a decent first effort, but it lacked design flair next to <span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Motorola&#39;s sexy, circular </span><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" style="line-height: 1.538em;" target="_blank">Moto 360</a><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">.</span></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> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch-ier than ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG told us that it looked at two styles of watches when creating the G Watch R - minimalist examples such as the Moto 360 and more traditional watch designs.</p> <p>Ultimately, it opted for the latter, believing that durability was more important than clean lines. But while it doesn&#39;t share the pristine, minimal look of the 360, it&#39;s not unattractive.</p> <p>There&#39;s an outer dial which displays the minutes, a crown on the side which doubles as an on/off button and also accesses the settings menu, and a fairly big bezel. In other words it looks like a modern diving watch rather than a smartwatch.</p> <p>In the hands, the G Watch R looks and feels like, well, a watch. It&#39;s lighter than its metal construction would suggest, however, which does take some getting used to.&nbsp;As with the Moto 360, the R might be a little too large for those with smaller wrists, but we didn&#39;t feel that it was overly massive during the short time we were wearing it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Classy" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985_1.JPG?1413895274" /> </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="Looks bigger than it feels on the wrist" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9992.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>As far as the strap goes, there&#39;ll initially be just the one in-the-box option available, namely a&nbsp;calf-leather effort which feels sturdy and light and which should comfortably wrap around skinny and large wrists alike. The G Watch R plays nice with any standard 22mm watch strap too, letting you switch up your style whenever you fancy.</p> <p>LG was keen to point out that a combination of different straps and screens can be used for different scenarios. For instance, you could slap on a rubber strap before a hike, then use the G Watch R&#39;s hiking watch face, which shows off elevation, steps taken and a compass. There are other such examples, and obviously you can mix and match as you see fit.</p> <p>Sadly, the unit we spent time with was in demo mode, so we were only able to test out the classic watch face.</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="Mmmm, leather" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988_3.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rear of the device houses a heart-rate sensor for fitness and activity tracking, along with metal charging pins which are required to charge the watch using a separate cradle.</p> <p>Unlike the Moto 360 there&#39;s no wireless charging option, which LG told us was due to design constraints. It&#39;s a shame, as placing your watch on a mat without faffing around with a charging cradle is a lot more convenient. We hope LG&#39;s future smartwatch iterations can include wireless charging without compromising on design.</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="Rear charging pins and heart rate sensor" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9987_1.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> A truly circular screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One area in which the G Watch R does beat the Moto 360 is its screen, which is completely circular. The display found on its Motorola rival is cut off at the bottom to make room for the digitiser, which ruins its sleek looks somewhat.</p> <p>The G Watch R&#39;s 1.6in 320 x 320 plastic OLED display was blindingly bright in the demo room, and while we didn&#39;t get a chance to pit it against the sun&#39;s rays, we expect it to perform well outdoors.</p> <p>The fact that it&#39;s OLED also means that it should sip less power - especially if a minimalist black watch face is used - as all of the black pixels will be completely turned off, making the most of its 410mAh battery.</p> <p>At regular watch-glancing distance everything appears sharp with punchy colours, but looking closer reveals some jaggy icon edges, which we&#39;re putting down to Android Wear needing more of a polish as opposed to the quality of LG&#39;s display. Speaking of which...</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="Full circle" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_3.JPG?1413895274" /> </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="Wires and stuff" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9967.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Android Wear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve got a lovely in-depth <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear review</a> if you want to dive into the juicy details of Google&#39;s new wearable-centric OS, so we won&#39;t go into too many details here.</p> <p>Also, the G Watch R was stuck in demo mode, so all we had access to were a few generic messages, weather reports and travel information.&nbsp;</p> <p>What we can say is that everything ran smoothly, without any stuttering or lag. The G Watch R is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 innards, 512MB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage and appears to handle Android Wear with ease. That said, you&#39;ll have to wait for our full review unit for a final verdict.</p> <p>GPS is a notable absentee here - a shame, as its inclusion would&#39;ve meant you could track your runs without needing a smartphone. LG told us this was due to battery constraints, which we suppose is fair enough (we were told that the G Watch R won&#39;t last more than two days as it is), but again, we&#39;re keeping our fingers crossed for GPS functionality in future iterations.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear 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="Handy info at a glance" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_1.JPG?1413895274" /> </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="Message notifications" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9982_0.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Initial 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 G Watch R is easily one of the best looking Android smartwatches we&#39;ve seen, although overall we still prefer the minimalist design of the Moto 360.</p> <p>Still, we applaud LG for designing a watch first, smart device second, which is exactly the order in which things should be done, given how important build and appearance are for wearable devices.</p> <p>Its crisp, bright circular screen impressed us during the time we spent with it, and the customisation options offered by the different watch faces and straps give it reasonable flexibility. The lack of GPS and wireless charging is disappointing, however.</p> <p>We&#39;re expecting our G Watch R sample to land over the next few weeks, so we&#39;ll have a full in-depth review here soon after.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Hands on with the Samsung Gear VR</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="Beauty shot" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_1.JPG?1413895274" /> </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="Fake on/off crown" alt="LG G Watch R hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9989_0.JPG?1413895274" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Price and release date </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Update 06/10/14:&nbsp;</strong>Korean site <a href="http://www.etnews.com/20141006000326" target="_blank">Electronic Times </a>believes that the G Watch R could go on sale on 7 October, with a likely 14 October launch for the rest of the world.</p><p>While nothing is official, we&#39;ve also got a rough estimate of the price tag - 352,000, or around &pound;205.&nbsp;</p><p>That falls in line with LG&#39;s comment that it&#39;ll be more expensive than the original &pound;160 G Watch.</p><p>Stay tuned for more info, as and when we get it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review#comments Android Wear IFA 2014 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:05:45 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1446861 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 7 reasons why your next box-set should be... Battlestar Galactica http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-7-reasons-why-your-next-box-set-should-be-battlestar-galactica/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s not the camp 1970s Star Wars rip-off. It’s the Noughties re-imagining and it&#039;s awesome… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Battlestar-Galactica_0.jpg?1412266982" /> </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-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/lg/promoted-7-reasons-why-your-next-box-set-should-be-battlestar-galactica/feature#comments LG Promotion Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:23:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1449183 at http://www.stuff.tv LG could have a 3G smartwatch in the works http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It looks like the G Watch R has an oval-shaped brother on the way </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="695" height="521" title="We&#039;re assuming the final version will have colours" alt="LG could have a 3G smartwatch in the works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-lg-watch-fcc.jpg?1412039415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch R</a>&nbsp;still hasn&#39;t landed on shelves, but that hasn&#39;t stopped whispers of a second clever timepiece made by the the South Korean tech giant from circulating online.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-could-have-3g-smartwatch-works/news#comments LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:47:06 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448843 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: When arcade machines ruled the world http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-when-arcade-machines-ruled-world/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Today’s arcades are curiosity shops, stocked with wheezing hulks that can’t hope to compete with the little boxes under our TVs – but it wasn’t always this way. We celebrate the lost world of the coin-op </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="560" height="314" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ArcadeGame1.jpg?1411745412" /> </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-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/lg/promoted-when-arcade-machines-ruled-world/feature#comments LG Promotion Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:30:12 +0000 Marc McLaren 1448645 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: Why video game movies don't work http://www.stuff.tv/node/1448558 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tomb Raider, Doom, Super Mario Bros – they’re all games. And movies. But is the jump from living-room TV to silver screen a leap too far? Yep, says Stephen Graves </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="Opinion: Why video game movies don&#039;t work" alt="Opinion: Why video game movies don&#039;t work" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/super-mario-bros-1993.jpg?1411662005" /> </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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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-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/node/1448558#comments LG Promotion Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:16:03 +0000 Stephen Graves 1448558 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-vs-lg-g3-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does Samsung&#039;s new flagship phablet have what it takes to beat LG&#039;s G3? We compare their respective specs to find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: the weigh-in" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3: the weigh-in" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-note-4-vs-lg-g3-main.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">unleashed on the world</a> at IFA in early September like some kind of smartphone apex predator, ready to pick off the zebras and wildebeest of the tech world.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build: Plastic fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both of these phones are predominantly plas&ndash;&ndash; sorry, polycarbonate on the outside, but thankfully neither suffers from cheap-looking syndrome (a good thing, considering how expensive they are). Both Samsung and LG have put a lot of effort into making their premium devices look sufficiently premium.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a level above its predecessor when it comes to build quality. Yes, there&rsquo;s still the faux-leather texture on its back (once again, Samsung: we could really, really live without this), but this time it&rsquo;s softer and grippier, while the metal band wrapped around the device&rsquo;s edges adds a further measure of both sturdiness and elegance.</p> <p>The LG G3, meanwhile, has a smooth plastic back that sort-of looks like metal, and curves nicely so that it fits better in your hand. On the front, the barely-there bezels mean it&rsquo;s almost totally Gorilla Glass 3 (also the material used to cover the Note 4&rsquo;s screen, incidentally).</p> <p>Neither phone has the premium feel of, say, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">Apple iPhone 6 Plus</a>, which is a shame, but the lack of metal does keep them lightweight &ndash; and both have removable backs allowing you to swap out batteries.</p> <p><em><strong>Verdict: Draw</strong></em></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 Note 4&#039;s pleather back is softer and more grippy than the Note 3&#039;s" alt="The Note 4&#039;s pleather back is softer and more grippy than the Note 3&#039;s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-4-back-white.jpg?1411653941" /> </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="It might look metallic, but the G3&#039;s back is plastic" alt="It might look metallic, but the G3&#039;s back is plastic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-back-black.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: 2K X2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You want a big, sharp screen? Both these phones have one &ndash; in fact, they&rsquo;re the biggest, sharpest screens around: the Note 4 packs a whopping 5.7in 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display, while the G3 has a 5.5in 2560 x 1440 LCD panel.</p> <p>While they have the same 2K resolution, there are a couple of differences worth noting. First, that extra .2 of an inch means the Note 3 has a tiny bit more acreage but a tiny bit less pixel density (515ppi as opposed to the G3&rsquo;s 534ppi &ndash; but if you can spot a difference in sharpness you have far better eyes than us). Second, the Note 4&rsquo;s AMOLED tech means its colours are a touch more vibrant and punchy. Some might find the G3&rsquo;s more muted tones a bit more true to life, of course, but the display settings are tweakable if you want to make things a touch more realistic.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s really too close to call a winner here, as both phones have incredibly sharp, large screens. After we&rsquo;ve reviewed the Note 4, we might be able to declare that one or the other maintains a slight edge, but if so it&rsquo;s going to be a really, really close-run thing.</p> <p><em><strong>Verdict: Draw for now</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="319" title="The Note 4&#039;s 5.7in 2K screen: big enough for ya?" alt="The Note 4&#039;s 5.7in 2K screen: big enough for ya?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen_3.jpg?1411653941" /> </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 G3&#039;s 2K screen was a game-changer upon launch" alt="The G3&#039;s 2K screen was a game-changer upon launch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2002_0_0.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance: A couple of beefy blowers </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 UK edition of the Galaxy Note 4 comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz and 3GB of RAM, while the G3 sports a Snapdragon 801 running at 2.5GHz and 2GB of RAM. So, while both are extremely beefy by smartphone standards, on paper the Samsung phone has a narrow edge.</p> <p>On the storage front, the Note 4 offers 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB on top of that, while the G3 has 16GB expandable by a further 128GB.</p> <p>So, they&rsquo;re both powerful and have at least the potential for lots of storage space. But on the spec evidence, Samsung&rsquo;s got this round sewn up.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> 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: Laser vs no laser </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here at Stuff we&rsquo;re huge fans of the LG G3&rsquo;s laser-focus camera, describing it as nothing less than &ldquo;a work of genius&rdquo; in our review. The laser allows the G3&rsquo;s 13MP main camera to autofocus far more swiftly than rival smartphone snappers, you see &ndash; and once you factor in optical image stabilisation, a dual-tone LED flash and the fact you can capture not just full HD but 4K video and you&rsquo;ve got one of the finest smartphone cameras around.</p> <p>We haven&rsquo;t had the opportunity to properly test the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s camera, but it has a 16MP sensor backed up with optical image stabilisation, which should make it a decidedly better performer than its predecessor &ndash; particularly in low light conditions. It can capture 4K video too.</p> <p>We have a sneaking feeling that the G3&rsquo;s laser trickery and dual-tone flash are going to make it a slightly better performer than the Note 4, but Samsung appears to have narrowed the gap quite dramatically. It&rsquo;ll be a close-run thing.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: LG G3</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3: its camera has frickin&#039; lasers" alt="LG G3: its camera has frickin&#039; lasers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-camera.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="16MP and optical image stabilisation: the Note 4&#039;s camera is hi-spec" alt="16MP and optical image stabilisation: the Note 4&#039;s camera is hi-spec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-4-camera.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> OS: Two different flavours of 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>Both of these phones are built on an Android backbone, of course (4.4.2 KitKat for the G3, 4.4.4 KitKat for the Note 4), but their respective manufacturers have installed their own user interfaces over the top of Google&rsquo;s OS.</p> <p>The LG G3 sports a tastefully clean UI (a vast improvement over its garish, cluttered predecessor&rsquo;s) that offers a number of useful exclusive features: Smart Clean to get rid of space-stealing unwanted cache files; Smart Notice, which is basically LG&rsquo;s take on Google Now; LG Health, which is a pretty decent fitness tracker; and the semi-sentient Smart Keyboard, which picks up on your typing quirks and lets you swipe to type.</p> <p>We haven&rsquo;t yet had enough time with the Note 4 to &ldquo;deep dive&rdquo; into its UI&rsquo;s quirks and intricacies, but from what we&rsquo;ve seen there&rsquo;s plenty to get excited about. Multi Window returns, naturally, allowing you to multitask by running two apps side-by-side, and much of the Note 4&rsquo;s UI is designed to maximise the effectiveness of the S-Pen stylus. There&rsquo;s also a new voice recording app that takes advantage of the Note 4&rsquo;s three microphones and noise-cancelling technology to improve voice memos and interview quality. Oh, and it&rsquo;s also compatible with Samsung&rsquo;s Oculus Rift-style <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Gear VR gaming headset</a>, which is something you definitely can&rsquo;t say about the G3.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve moaned a lot about Samsung&rsquo;s love of bloatware in the past, but like LG the company seems to be moving in the right direction when it comes to loading its devices with unwanted apps. If that trend continues with the Note 4, it could end up pipping the G3 to the post here.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw for now</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The G3&#039;s Smart Clean removes unwanted files quickly" alt="The G3&#039;s Smart Clean removes unwanted files quickly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2002_0_0.jpg?1411653941" /> </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 Note 4&#039;s UI is geared towards S-Pen use" alt="The Note 4&#039;s UI is geared towards S-Pen use" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-apps_3.jpg?1411653941" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Initial 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 LG G3 is still our favourite smartphone, but &ndash; on paper at least &ndash; the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the closest that comes to replicating and even outdoing its most show-stopping specs and features: the huge 2K screen, the optical image stabilisation, the potential for massive amounts of on-board storage (you could argue that the Apple iPhone 6 Plus approaches them too, screen resolution aside).</p> <p>We reckon it won&rsquo;t be for everyone, and it&rsquo;ll likely be a bit pricier than the G3, but the Note 4 could prove the world&rsquo;s most powerful and fully-featured smartphone when it hits the shops in the coming weeks. At this point, we&rsquo;re not going to say it has the G3 beaten, but it&rsquo;s going to be very, very close.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review"><strong>Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</strong></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-number-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/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-vs-lg-g3-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-vs-lg-g3-weigh/feature#comments G3 Galaxy Note 4 LG Samsung Smartphones Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:05:44 +0000 Marc McLaren 1446601 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: Road trip with a rookie - part 3: the LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/g3/promoted-road-trip-rookie-part-3-lg-g3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One Android rookie. One extreme sports trip. One LG G3 smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Lead-670x314.jpg?1411214581" /> </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-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/g3/promoted-road-trip-rookie-part-3-lg-g3/feature#comments G3 LG Promotion Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:29:46 +0000 Marc McLaren 1448083 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: Road trip with a rookie - part 2: the LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/g3/promoted-road-trip-rookie-part-2-lg-g3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Android rookie continues his an extreme sports trip in which everything has to be done using the LG G3 smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hero7-670x314.jpg?1411142799" /> </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-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/g3/promoted-road-trip-rookie-part-2-lg-g3/feature#comments G3 LG Promotion Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:06:39 +0000 Marc McLaren 1448079 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: Road trip with a rookie part 1 - the LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/g3/promoted-road-trip-rookie-part-1-lg-g3/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Android rookie embarks on an extreme sports trip in which everything has to be done using the LG G3 smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hero5-670x314.jpg?1410869565" /> </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-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/g3/promoted-road-trip-rookie-part-1-lg-g3/feature#comments G3 LG Promotion Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:12:46 +0000 Marc McLaren 1447793 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTION: How much smarter can smartphones get? http://www.stuff.tv/g3/promotion-how-much-smarter-can-smartphones-get/feature-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We were amazed when 3G tech arrived, and our jaws found another inch to drop when smartphones went Full HD. Then the first curved smartphone arrived. But that’s just the beginning </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="PROMOTION: How much smarter can smartphones get?" alt="PROMOTION: How much smarter can smartphones get?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-G3-htli.jpg?1410692581" /> </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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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-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/g3/promotion-how-much-smarter-can-smartphones-get/feature-0#comments G3 LG Promotion Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:58:39 +0000 Stephen Graves 1447453 at http://www.stuff.tv