G2 http://www.stuff.tv/lg/g2/videos en-GB HTC One (M8) vs LG G2 http://www.stuff.tv/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s heavy hitter takes on the former Android king in this flagship slobberknocker </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="The gloves are off. Ding ding" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC has brought back the One, and dodgy brackets aside, it&#39;s an absolute beast with killer looks to match.</p> <p>So naturally we&#39;re pitting it against the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 </a>- one of the best Android superphones that money can buy.</p> <p>It&#39;s South Korea&#39;s finest against Taiwan&#39;s new contender. But who will win?</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 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"> Metal meets 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>The HTC One (M8) is simply gorgeous. From organic round curves to a solid metal body, HTC has gone all-out on the design front, and it&#39;s paid off. The M8 is one of the sexiest smartphones we&#39;ve ever held, and no other Android phone can match its build quality.</p> <p>The LG G2 isn&#39;t ugly by any means, and we&#39;re big fans of its minimalist front. Its plastic build does let it down though, and its rear power and volume button placements might not be everyone&#39;s cup of tea, although we rather like them where they are.</p> <p>The G2&#39;s footprint is substantially smaller than the M8&#39;s though, thanks to its wonderfully slim bezels. The M8&#39;s excuse for its larger size is a decent one however. Its two front-facing speakers might take up room, but they&#39;re very impressive indeed.</p> <p>The M8 wins for with its premium build and microSD slot, which the G2 lacks.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>HTC One (M8)</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="567" height="425" title="The HTC One (M8) in the middle, surrounded by its predecessor and G2 rival" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8_9_0.jpg?1397639277" /> </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="Looking pretty good form behind" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-build-rear_2.jpg?1397639277" /> </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="567" height="425" title="The marmite of smartphone buttons" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6006_2.JPG?1397639277" /> </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 showdown </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the HTC One M8 and LG G2 have superb 1080p displays, serving up bright whites, rich blacks and vibrant (but not over saturated) colours , along with excellent viewing angles.</p> <p>The G2&#39;s screen is slightly bigger at 5.2 inches while the One M8&#39;s display measures in at 5 inches.</p> <p>While the ppi difference is negligible, we have to applaud LG for squeezing in a slightly larger screen into a smaller body, which might make it a little easier for one-handed use despite its larger size.</p> <p>The extra real estate offered by the G2 will appeal to movie fans and readers alike, so the G2 scrapes ahead of the M8 in this round.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>LG G2</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="940" height="705" title="Sexy slim bezels" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-review-main_3.JPG?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sharp, bright and colourful" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_3.jpg?1397639277" /> </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"> Say cheese </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&#39;s where things get interesting. The G2&#39;s 13MP camera is excellent and it takes detailed photos in both light and dark conditions, helped greatly by its optical image stabilisation.</p> <p>The One M8 on the other hand mixes things up a bit. For starters, it&#39;s kept the same 4.1 UltraPixel camera that graced the original One. But it&#39;s got company.</p> <p>A second lens above the main module records depth information, which means that you can focus on different subjects in a shot after you&#39;ve taken it, Lytro-style.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-pro-2/mwc-2014/lg-g-pro-2-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">LG G Pro 2</a> achieve this post-shot refocusing effect with software, but the One M8&#39;s dedicated second lens means that it excels in this area.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="400" src="https://vine.co/v/MO7QbtitUa1/embed/simple" width="400"></iframe></p> <p>The G2 lacks this functionality completely and it&#39;s a big win for the M8, assuming it&#39;s a feature you plan on using regularly. Even if you think it&#39;s a gimmick, it could come in very handy for photos which accidentally have the intended subject out of focus.</p> <p>The One M8 also performs well in lowlight conditions, and its dual-LED flash provides more realistic colours and skin tones, in a similar way to the flash module found on the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>The G2 does capture finer details, but unless you&#39;re planning on cropping into or printing out large photos, you&#39;re unlikely to notice any major differences when uploading photos to the likes of Facebook.</p> <p>Throw in 4K video recording and 120fps capture on the M8 (which the G2 lacks) and HTC comes out on top in the camera round.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>HTC One (M8)</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Double trouble" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_3.jpg?1397639277" /> </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"> Strength 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>On paper, the M8 is the slightly more powerful device thanks to its newer 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.</p> <p>While the G2 rocks a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, both phones have 2GB of RAM, and despite the M8&#39;s superior benchmark scores, you won&#39;t notice a difference in performance.</p> <p>Games, apps, multitasking, videos, music, browsing - you name it, they&#39;ll eat through it like a ravenous beaver at a wood chipper buffet.</p> <p>Both devices also have excellent battery life, lasting more than a day if you&#39;re careful. HTC takes this one step further with a power saving mode which freezes all apps but retains messaging and phone call capabilities.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Basic, but a battery life saver" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-extreme-power-saver_4.jpg?1397639277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The G2 goes on and on..." alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6035_0.JPG?1397639277" /> </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 </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 HTC and LG have shunned stock Android in favour of their own skins, which offer additional treats on top of Google&#39;s stock OS.</p> <p>The G2 has taken the Samsung approach by shoving in tonnes of features, which can get a little confusing. Some of them are truly useful though, and the G2&#39;s guest mode will come in very handy for occasions when you want to protect your personal data and apps form prying eyes.</p> <p>We love LG&#39;s Knock On feature too, which lets you double tap the screen to turn it on and off.</p> <p>The One M8 matches this however and takes it even further by allowing you to bypass the lockscreen altogether, or open up the last used app, depending on which direction you swipe the screen from.</p> <p>The M8&#39;s Dot View cover is also a stroke of genius, providing retro-style information with a quick double tap. From weather info to notifications and answering calls, it&#39;s a great innovation that&#39;s fun to look and and use.</p> <p>The One M8 comes loaded with HTC Sense 6.0, and it&#39;s far easier on the eyes than LG or Samsung&#39;s Android skins. BlinkFeed has improved too, allowing you to add custom RSS feeds and integrate device information form the likes of Fitbit, letting you to track your stats directly from the BlinkFeed screen.</p> <p>For looks, innovation and functionality in one sleek package, the M8 edges out ahead again.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>HTC One (M8)</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="Funky eh?" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-review-dot-view-case-time-weather_3.png?1397639277" /> </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 G2 is packed with tricks" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6034_0.JPG?1397636383" /> </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="BlinkFeed 2.0 is better than ever" alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2_2.jpg?1397639277" /> </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"> 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 HTC One has replaced the G2 as Stuff&#39;s best smartphone in the world, bumping LG&#39;s champion down to second place.</p> <p>That&#39;s no mean feat, and it&#39;s a well-deserved victory.</p> <p>The M8 wraps up power, innovation and a gorgeous Android UI into a premium metal package, and it&#39;ll take something special to knock it off its pedestal.</p> <p>With the mysterious G3 waiting in the wings however, it might not be too long before LG has its revenge&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3: price, specs release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is..." alt="Which is better? HTC One (M8) vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_3.jpg?1397639277" /> </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/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature#comments G2 HTC LG One (M8) Smartphones Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:40:37 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1434720 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5 http://www.stuff.tv/g2/video-lg-g2-vs-google-nexus-5/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How does LG&#039;s very own G2 flagship compare to the LG-flavoured Nexus 5? </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="Video: LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5" alt="Video: LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-01%20at%2011.05.52_0.png?1396406549" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3395289203001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3395289203001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Gone is the slippery plastic backside of the S5 and tacky looking faux leather of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/galaxy-note-3" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>.</p> <p>Instead, the Note 3 has a rubbery matte dimpled polycarbonate rear panel which is wonderfully grippy, and much less likely to slip out of the hands than the slippery G2. Just try not to think about all the plaster jokes when you&#39;re holding it.</p> <p>While we&#39;re not fans of the two-tone alien blue colour, the plain Black S5 looks and feels rather smart.</p> <p>The G2 fights back with its innovative rear power and volume buttons however, and we applaud LG for cramming in a slightly larger 5.2in screen into a smaller body with super-slim bezels.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 has another weapon in its arsenal though: IP67 waterproof and dustproof certification, meaning it&#39;ll battle through a British downpour with ease.</p> <p>Overall, this round goes to the Galaxy S5. It&#39;s got a grippier rear, and its removable cover means you&#39;ve got access to a microSD slot and swappable battery - both of which are missing from the LG G2. Throw in the fact that it&#39;s waterproof and there&#39;s not much the G2&#39;s pretty slim bezelled face can do about it.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong><em>Samsung Galaxy S5</em></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="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9966_1.JPG?1394678663" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6006_1.JPG?1394678663" /> </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"> Tasty extras </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 Galaxy S5 brings two big features to the ring. First up is its Home button, which has an in-built fingerprint scanner.</p> <p>Swiping our fingers to lock and unlock the Galaxy S5 worked well during our hands-on review, but LG&#39;s Knock On feature (a double tap to wake up the screen) almost seems faster, as it can detect your fingers when the screen is off.</p> <p>Still, you can use your fingerprint to encrypt protect sensitive files on the Galaxy S5 and you can even use your digits to buy things online via PayPal in an instant.</p> <p>The rear of the Galaxy S5 also has a heart rate sensor. Although it&#39;s arguable how useful a feature this is on a phone (it makes more sense on a smartwatch like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Gear 2</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-fit-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Gear Fit</a>), it&#39;s an extra feature for developers to take advantage of.</p> <p>For pushing the boundaries and for cramming in tech into every available inch of space, the Galaxy S5 wins this round too.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo 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="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984_4_0.JPG?1394678663" /> </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 screens </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>While both devices have 1080p displays, Samsung is sticking to its Super AMOLED guns while LG has gone the IPS+ LCD route.</p> <p>In person, both screens look superbly sharp with vivid colours and good viewing angles.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 serves up true blacks while the LCD panel of the G2 offers purer whites with respectable (but not quite pure) blacks.</p> <p>The G2 manages to cram in a slightly larger 5.2in display compared to the S5&#39;s 5.1in screen but features Gorilla Glass 2 as opposed to Samsung&#39;s Gorilla Glass 3 display.</p> <p>AMOLED versus LCD is often down to personal preference and when both screens look this good, were&#39; going to have to call this a draw until we carry out our full in-depth Galaxy S5 review.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6031_1.JPG?1394678663" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN99652_0_0.jpg?1394678663" /> </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"> Snap happy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MmvwzzuvQeV/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The LG G2 has one of the best Android smartphone cameras around but Samsung&#39;s not taking any chances with the Galaxy S5.&nbsp;</p> <p>It offers 16 megapixels to the G2&#39;s 13MP camera and Samsung boasts that the Galaxy S5 has the world&#39;s fastest smartphone &nbsp;autofocus at up to 0.3 seconds.</p> <p>While the S5 doesn&#39;t feature the G2&#39;s impressive optical image stabilisation, it does offer Lytro-like post-shot refocusing, thanks to its ability to snap two shots at once at different focal lengths before combining them into one photo.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5&#39;s camera also has a live HDR mode which lets you see what a HDR shot or video will look like in real time.</p> <p>Throw in 4K video recording (which the G2 lacks) and it&#39;s impossible not to give the S5 the imaging victory, on paper at least.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power race </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 the newer device, the S5 naturally wins the power round by default, thanks to its newer, slightly higher-clocked Snapdragon 801 innards.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both devices had 2GB of RAM however, and until we&#39;ve got our Galaxy S5 review unit on hand to see how it fares in the real world, it&#39;ll be impossible to say which one really is faster.</p> <p>For the time being however, the S5 clinches this round, on paper specs alone.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9988_1_1.JPG?1394678663" /> </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"> Android tweaks </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 Samsung and LG are guilty of bogging Android down with tonnes of software extras, but some are actually genuinely useful.</p> <p>the Galaxy S5 and G2 let you lock off your personal section of the phone, allowing guests to use your device without prying into your files, folders and apps.</p> <p>The G2&#39;s excellent Knock On unlock feature it&#39;s also expected to be updated with the G Pro 2&#39;s Knock Code skills which will let you tap out a pattern across the screen to unlock it.</p> <p>It worked really well when we tried it out at Mobile World Congress and we&#39;re looking forward to it landing on all of LG&#39;s major devices this year.</p> <p>The S5 however has a very impressive (on paper at least) battery saver mode which can supposedly squeeze out an extra 24 hours of battery life with only 10% charge left on the battery.</p> <p>Once activated, the menus and screen become black and white, and all apps are frozen. You can however still make and receive calls and text messages, and we can see ourselves making full use of it on a night out, stranded from any power cables.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 also features Samsung&#39;s updated S Health app which is built into the latest version of TouchWiz. It offers detailed information on calories burned, steps taken and even calories consumed, if you can be bothered to scan in every little thing you eat all day.</p> <p>Thanks to the heart scanner on the rear you can even measure your heart rate to ensure you&#39;re not feeling too poorly. Or too excited. Or too... dead.</p> <p>Samsung&#39;s download booster mode also sounds very interesting. It&#39;s able to use both 4G and Wi-Fi connections simultaneously to download large files faster than Wi-Fi or 4G alone. If it works, it could change our Starbucks working habits for good.</p> <p><em>Winner:</em> <strong>Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9978_0.JPG?1394678663" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9985_0_0.JPG?1394678663" /> </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"> 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>It&#39;s no surprise to see the newer phone win this weigh in. On paper the S5 has better specs, impressive camera features, more sensors than a Star Trek Communicator and innovative software features.</p> <p>In the hands we still prefer the G2&#39;s design, but there&#39;s no ignoring Samsung&#39;s grippier back, waterproof body and expandable memory and replaceable battery.</p> <p>Things could change when carry out our in-depth Samsung Galaxy S5 review however, so stay tuned.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs LG G2: the weigh-in " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_1.JPG?1394678663" /> </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/g2/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-lg-g2-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g2/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-lg-g2-weigh/feature#comments G2 Galaxy S5 LG Samsung Smartphones Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:49:46 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1433529 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate Setup: LG G2 http://www.stuff.tv/g2/ultimate-setup-lg-g2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best cases, headphones and accessories for Stuff&#039;s favourite smartphone </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 G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2_3.jpg?1392225697" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> sits proudly atop the Stuff.tv <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 smartphones</a> list &ndash; so it deserves to be pampered with some suitably swish accessories.</p> <p>We&#39;ve rounded up the kit you need to keep your G2 looking and sounding its best &ndash; from cases to headphones.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><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"> LG QuickWindow Folio Case (£35) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s own flip case keeps your phone protected from scratches and scrapes &ndash; and allows you to interact with your G2 using LG&#39;s nifty QuickWindow UI. A clear window on the front of the flip cover displays time and weather information, notifications and music player controls, as well as letting you snooze your alarm and answer calls &ndash; all without unlocking your phone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.expansys.com/lg-quick-windows-case-for-lg-optimus-g2-black-253196/" target="_blank">expansys.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG QuickWindow Folio Case" alt="LG QuickWindow Folio Case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-quickwindow-case.jpg?1392225697" /> </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"> Pebble Smartwatch (£135) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stuff&#39;s favourite phone deserves to be paired up with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-techcessoies-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s favourite smartwatch</a>. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> pings up notifications and messages on an easy-to-read e-Ink screen, while an Android Appstore is due to launch soon, adding apps including Yelp and GoPro to your smart wristwear. You can even download a Flappy Bird clone for it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pebble-Black-paper-Android-iPhone/dp/B00BKEQBI0" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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="Pebble Smartwatch" alt="Pebble Smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-smartwatch_4.jpg?1392225697" /> </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"> Anker Astro Mini charger (£14) </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 dinky little power pack crams in a 3000mAh battery &ndash; the same size as the LG G2&#39;s own battery, giving you a full charge in a lipstick-sized package. Perfect for extended trips away from a plug socket. You&#39;ll need a micro USB cable, mind.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultra-Compact-Lipstick-Sized-Sensation-ThunderBolt-Blackberry/dp/B005QI1A8C" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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="Anker Astro Mini charger" alt="Anker Astro Mini charger" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/anker-astro-mini.jpg?1392225697" /> </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"> Jays a-Jays Five headphones (£80) </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>Looking to upgrade your G2&#39;s headphones? These in-ears sit nicely in your lugholes and deliver a warm, organic sound, with plenty of dynamics and detail. A flat rubberised cable makes for minimal tangles, while there&#39;s an iPhone-style three-button remote that can be programmed using the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=se.jays.headsetcontrol&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Jays Headset Control</a> app. It&#39;s versatile, too, allowing for long-press and multiple-click control on all three buttons. You need never take your phone out of your pocket again.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/a-jays-five-for-android-black-p42568.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 review: &quot;A&nbsp;hulking powerhouse of smartphone excellence&quot;</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="Jays a-Jays Five headphones" alt="Jays a-Jays Five headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ajays-five.jpg?1392225697" /> </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"> 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"> iloome ScreenMate Flex (£13) </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 G2 features a Gorilla Glass 2 screen, but you can never be too careful. This flexible tempered glass screen protector adds 8H hardness abrasion resistance, and it&#39;s covered in an oleophobic coating so that your greasy paws won&#39;t leave smudge marks on it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/iloome-ScreenMate-Flexible-Protector-Oleophobic/dp/B00F4AT5Q6" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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="iloome ScreenMate Flex" alt="iloome ScreenMate Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iloome-screenmate-flex.jpg?1392225697" /> </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"> Spigen Slim Armor case (£20) </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 want to add some heavy duty protection to your G2, this hefty case should do the trick. It&#39;s made from a combination of TPU and polycarbonate, giving you plenty of shock absorption and scratch resistance. And you can swap out the colourful polycarbonate layer for differently-coloured options, if you fancy a change.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/spigen-slim-armor-case-for-lg-g2-infinity-white-p41296.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</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="Spigen Slim Armor case" alt="Spigen Slim Armor case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spigen-slim-armor.jpg?1392225697" /> </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"> Mujjo Premium Touchscreen Gloves (£25) </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>Fingertips turning blue in the cold? You need a set of touchscreen gloves, and what could be better than these conductive wonders? The whole glove is laced with silver-coated thread, meaning you don&#39;t have to faff about using your fingertips alone; you&#39;re free to use your whole hand to interact with the screen, just as if you weren&#39;t wearing gloves at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/6351/Mujjo-Premium-Touchscreen-Gloves" target="_blank">firebox.com</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-lg-g2-apps/feature" target="_blank">10 of the best LG G2 apps</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="Mujjo Premium Touchscreen Gloves" alt="Mujjo Premium Touchscreen Gloves" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mujjo-touchscreen-gloves.jpg?1392225697" /> </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/g2/ultimate-setup-lg-g2/feature#comments G2 LG Smartphones Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:21:40 +0000 Stephen Graves 1432337 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5 http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2-vs-google-nexus-5/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two LG-made Android smartphones square off as we ask: which is the better of the 5in flagships? </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 G2 vs Google Nexus 5" alt="LG G2 vs Google Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-vs-google-nexus-5.jpg?1392389126" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you take two high-end smartphones manufactured by the same company and based on the same operating system, how much difference can there really be between the two?</p> <p>The answer is, &ldquo;Quite a lot of difference, actually.&rdquo; Read on to find out what they are, and which of these two LG-made phones the Korean company did the best job on.</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"> Differences in design? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK, OK, so there is one are where the two phones are pretty even Stevens: looks and design. Both are narrow-bezelled phones with screens around the 5in mark (more on those below) and from the front there&rsquo;s little to tell the difference between them (save the LG logo on the G2 &ndash; the Nexus 5 has an unadorned face).</p> <p>Flip them over and things get a little more interesting. The Google Nexus 5 has a rubbery, matte-finish backside with a stamped &lsquo;Nexus&rsquo; logo, which the LG G2 has a glossy plastic rear with centre-mounted camera and below it, a power/volume control button.</p> <p>The button is a bold design decision from LG &ndash; one that doesn&rsquo;t really pay off, if we&rsquo;re being honest. You&rsquo;ll often find yourself accidentally increasing the volume when trying to turn off the phone and vice versa (luckily you can tap twice on the front to bring up the unlock screen).</p> <p>The Nexus 5 is a little lighter than the G2 (130g versus 143g); both handsets are just under 9mm in depth. As we noted in our Nexus 5 review, it feels a little more pocket-friendly than the G2.</p> <p>Both phones have a useful notification LED on the front, which pulses in different colours depending on the app about which it&rsquo;s notifying you.</p> <p><strong>Winner: The Nexus 5 takes this round for its slight portability edge and handsome backside.</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="LG G2 rear" alt="LG G2 rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-rear.JPG?1392389126" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5 rear" alt="Google Nexus 5 rear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-rear.JPG?1392389126" /> </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 legends </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 G2 boasts a glorious 5.2in full HD display with a pixel density of 423ppi, while the Nexus 5 has a 4.95in full HD screen with 445ppi. So there&rsquo;s barely anything between them here: the G2&rsquo;s is slightly larger, yes, but the Nexus 5&rsquo;s is a wee bit sharper.</p> <p>There are some subtle differences it&rsquo;s worth noting, however. The Nexus 5&rsquo;s screen is a little cooler than the G2&rsquo;s, and some might even call it &ldquo;washed out&rdquo; at times. The G2 sports one of the richest, brightest and most vivid screens around at the moment, and offers great viewing angles too (better than the Nexus 5&rsquo;s), so we&rsquo;re going to give this round to LG&rsquo;s phone rather than Google&rsquo;s. But really, both have excellent displays.</p> <p><strong>Winner: So close. But the LG G2 shaves it.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5 screen" alt="Google Nexus 5 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-screen.JPG?1392389126" /> </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 G2 screen" alt="LG G2 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-screen.JPG?1392389126" /> </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"> Respect for the specs </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 two phones share the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, running (more or less) at the same 2.3GHz speed. Both have 2GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB and 32GB models when it comes to built-in storage. Both have NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 (although only the G2 supports Low Energy). The G2 also comes with an IR blaster that, in tandem with an app, allows it to act as a remote control for pretty much any device.</p> <p>Both, when you boil it down, are hugely capable and hugely powerful phones. There might theoretically be faster hardware out there, but in real world terms neither of these devices will struggle cope with any app you might care throw at them.</p> <p>One area where the G2 moves ahead is battery life, however. Its 3,000mAh battery is a stonker: we managed to get a good 19 hours of normal use out of the phone before it dropped to five percent battery and we reached for the charger. The Nexus 5 has a 2,300mAh battery and, while it fares a little better than its fast-depleted predecessor the Nexus 4, it doesn&rsquo;t come close to touching the G2 (or Samsung Galaxy S4, for that matter) when it comes to longevity.</p> <p>We should also mention music playback, because while the Nexus 5 is as good as pretty much any other phone out there, the G2 has an ace up its sleeve: support for 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res Audio files. Whack in a pair of decent headphones and you can listen to studio master quality tunes.</p> <p><strong>Winner: The LG G2 for its battery and handful of additional features</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/why-it-s-time-get-pumped-about-hi-res-audio/feature">Why you should be pumped about (and just a bit sceptical of) Hi-Res Audio</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="LG G2 hi-res audio" alt="LG G2 hi-res audio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-hi-res-audio.JPG?1392389126" /> </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"> 
Cam showdown </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 G2 sports a 13MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation, and it&rsquo;s without a doubt one of the best smartphone snappers on the planet. The stabilisation helps immensely in dim, murky conditions &ndash; an area where phone cameras are traditionally at their worst &ndash; allowing you to capture sharper shots at night and indoors, even with the flash turned off. Colour reproduction is impressive too.</p> <p>The Google Nexus 5 has an 8MP main camera that also comes with optical image stabilisation. It&rsquo;s a massive improvement over the disappointing Nexus 4 camera and provides lovely, sharp detail in low light (our review points out that it even compares favourably to the G2 in this regard). A recent software update gave it a speedy new autofocus and boosted the vibrancy and contrast of photos, but we do feel the G2&rsquo;s camera is better at accurately representing real-life colours.</p> <p>On the video front, the G2 captures 1080p at a smooth 60fps while the Nexus 5 is limited to 30fps. Other than that both do a respectable job. We don&rsquo;t put too much importance on a smartphone&rsquo;s front-facing camera, but the G2&rsquo;s 2.1MP sensor has a slight edge over the Nexus 5&rsquo;s 1.3MP example.</p> <p><strong>Winner: We have to give this round to LG, although it&rsquo;s tighter than you might imagine</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 5 camera" alt="Google Nexus 5 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-camera_3.JPG?1392389126" /> </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 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 Nexus 5 sports Android 4.4.1 KitKat, the clean &ldquo;stock&rdquo; version of Android beloved by purists. And us. KitKat ushers in Google Now cards and voice search alongside a raft of more minor changes, and it&rsquo;s pretty glorious. As a personal assistant, Google Now has the beating of Apple&rsquo;s Siri &ndash; often because it seems to know what you want before you even search.</p> <p>The G2 comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, over which LG has pasted a skin of its own design. It&rsquo;s a bit cartoonish and over-egged (the transitions are particularly OTT) and aesthetes will definitely prefer the Nexus 5&rsquo;s less-is-more approach, but there are some nice touches here: eye-tracking pauses videos when you look away; the Clip Tray feature stores everything you&rsquo;ve cut or copied in the past; and Guest Mode means you can hand off the phone to anyone without having to worry about them making in-app purchases or opening any apps you&rsquo;ve restricted.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Close again, but we&rsquo;re going to give this one to the Nexus 5</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Now on Nexus 5" alt="Google Now on Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-5-review-google-now_3.JPG?1392389126" /> </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 G2 UI" alt="LG G2 UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-ui.JPG?1392389126" /> </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"> Price – not so close </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>Without putting too fine a point on it, the Google Nexus 5 is an absolute bargain. It&rsquo;s a high-end flagship phone available unlocked and SIM free for &pound;295, about &pound;200 less than all its rivals. What&rsquo;s clear here is that Google isn&rsquo;t too bothered about making a profit from its hardware: it just wants to get people using Android and by extension Google services (through which the company makes all its money). And that&rsquo;s great if you&rsquo;re looking to by an Android phone anyway.</p> <p>The LG G2 is &pound;470 SIM free. So you can see why, despite it being a slightly better-equipped phone in several areas, it&rsquo;s always going to be difficult to recommend it over the Nexus 5. &pound;175 is a significant difference.</p> <p><strong>Winner: No contest here &ndash; the Google Nexus 5 is a thrifty power-user&#39;s dream phone</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>This is a tough call, really. The two phones are similar in many ways (not too surprising when you consider they&rsquo;re built by the same company) yet there&rsquo;s a huge difference in price. The LG G2 is a stunning phone with some features you won&rsquo;t find anywhere else, while the Nexus 5 is marginally less powerful but possessed of a cleaner interface and a price that&rsquo;s incredibly tempting.</p> <p>If we were choosing for ourselves and money weren&rsquo;t a factor, we&rsquo;d opt for the LG G2. But if the price was key, we&rsquo;d have to plump for the Nexus 5 &ndash; almost as good yet massively more affordable. The thing is, with these two phones, you can&rsquo;t really go wrong: whichever handset you choose, you&rsquo;re ending up with one of the very best smartphones on the planet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Google Nexus 5 review</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2 review</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="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-transition.JPG?1392389126" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Which is the best 5in Android flagship? Find out within </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android G2 Google LG Nexus 5 Smartphones Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:14:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1432021 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 of the best LG G2 apps http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-lg-g2-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s Phone and Gadget of the Year deserves to be showered with this selection of hand-picked apps </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="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-main_0.JPG?1388460466" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> picked up both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Gadget of the Year</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-best-smartphone-year/feature" target="_blank">Phone of the Year</a>&nbsp;awards at the Stuff Gadget Awards 2013, so we&#39;ve rounded up a selection of apps to make it even better.</p> <p>Games, productivity and more await. Shall we?</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"> Pixlr Express (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fine alternative to Snapseed et al, Pixlr Express delivers over 600 effects, adjustments, overlays and frames, plus it allows you to add text to the sharp images taken by the G2&#39;s 13MP camera. If you&rsquo;re a lazy bones, its Auto Fix button generally spruces up a picture&rsquo;s brightness, contrast and the like very effectively, all in a single solitary tap.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixlr.express&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="577" height="432" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pixlr-express.png?1388460466" /> </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"> City Mapper (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stuff&#39;s App of the Year 2013 is a heroic solution to travelling across the bewildering streets of London and New York. It serves up clear, concise info on the quickest and cheapest ways to get from point A to point B via your feet, cycling, buses or trains, and with any luck more cities will be added soon.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.citymapper.app.release http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-essential-apps-year/feature" target="_blank">Google Play&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/citymapper_1.jpg?1387371121" /> </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"> Xbox One SmartGlass (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G2 already has an IR blaster built into it to let you control your TV and Sky box, so why not download the Xbox One SmartGlass app and let your G2 control that too? It&#39;s free after all.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.xboxone.smartglass" target="_blank">Google Play&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xbox-smartglass-2_0_1.jpg?1387371121" /> </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"> Kingsoft Office (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We weren&#39;t even aware that there were even 23 different types of spreadsheet, presentation and text files, but this free does-it-all productivity suite can open and edit them all, transforming your G2 into a pocketable office. Minus the water cooler and secretary.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cn.wps.moffice_eng" target="_blank">Google Play</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="1067" height="800" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kingsoft-office.jpg?1388460466" /> </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"> Alarm Clock (£1.99) </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 rather attractive alarm clock app lets you set custom multiple alarms and has a nap and sunrise feature to wake you up at the local sunrise. Or if you want to get really fancy, you can use the sleep cycle option which wakes you up in the lightest stage of sleep closest to your set wake up time for a less stressful morning.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.doubleTwist.alarmClock" target="_blank">Google Play&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1067" height="800" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alarm-clock.jpg?1388460466" /> </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"> Swiftkey (£2.99) </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>SwiftKey is the best touch screen keyboard we&#39;ve ever used and its word predictions are scarily accurate. The latest version splits the keyboard up across the screen and introduces emoticons, and you can even shrink it and move it around for easier one-handed typing.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchtype.swiftkey&amp;referrer=utm_source%3Dwebsite%26utm_medium%3Dgetswiftkey%26utm_campaign%3Dskx" target="_blank">Google Play&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/swiftkey-4.3_0%20%281%29.jpg?1388460466" /> </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"> Angry birds Go! (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those angry avians get the Mario Kart treatment (though you can get behind the wheel of a a car as a pig if you like) in this latest blockbuster title from Rovio. Special powers, multiple game modes and all in 3D. Your G2 just got a while lot more fun</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsgo" target="_blank">Google Play&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="960" height="720" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/angry-birds-go.jpg?1388460466" /> </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"> Cal (£free) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;d rather see something a little prettier when checking when your next dentist appointment is, Cal is for you. Meetings are saved with maps of the location and pictures of those attending, birthdays show screen photos of your friend, with contact details and social networking links and it can also connect with the Any.do app (by whom Cal is made) to integrate your tasks for that day for a one stop shop of life organisation.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anydo.cal" target="_blank">Google Play&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Cal_0.jpg?1388460466" /> </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"> Nova Launcher Prime (£2.60) </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 beauty of Android is that you can customise it without having to jailbreak it. If you&#39;re not a fan of the G2&#39;s interface then dial things back a notch with Nova Launcher, which offers custom icon packs and gesture controls, letting you set up your S4 just the way you want it. It&#39;ll disable the double-tap to lock feature on the home screen, but you can still tap the status bar to lock the G2.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Google Play&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-ways-make-android-more-beautiful-ios-7/feature" target="_blank">Check out how to use Nova and other apps to make your S4 (and any other Android phone) look beautiful&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="500" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nova%20launcher_0.jpg?1388460466" /> </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"> Ridiculous fishing (£1.99) </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>Vegetarians, look away. Armed with a fishing rod and an upgradeable arsenal of guns, you have to throw your line out to sea, dodging the fish on the way down. Once you get to the sea floor, you reel your line in, collecting as many fish as you can, throwing them into the air once you reach the surface and then shooting them to smithereens. Don&#39;t tell PETA.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vlambeer.RidiculousFishing" target="_blank">Google Play</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="567" height="425" title="10 of the best LG G2 apps" alt="10 of the best LG G2 apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Ridiculous-Fishing_0_0.jpg?1388460466" /> </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/10-best-lg-g2-apps/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games G2 LG Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:39:30 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430207 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The LG G2 is our Smartphone of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-best-smartphone-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With incredible battery life, a stunning display and a fantastic camera, LG&#039;s flagship sails off with the prize </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="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2013" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-award-winner.jpg?1386941768" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>2013 has seen all the big smartphone players rip the wrappers off excellent phones &ndash; Android, iOS and Windows alike.</p> <p>It was a tough call to make, but after much rumination, we&#39;ve pinned the blue ribbon to the giant screen of the all-round impressive LG G2.</p> <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"> Winner: LG G2 </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 stunning near-bezel-less 5in HD screen, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation for detailed low light shots and a battery that refuses to die all make the quad-core G2 a do-it-all smartphone that&#39;ll have your back no matter what you throw at it. Watch out Samsung and Apple: the G2 is proof positive that LG means business in the smartphone world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">Read the review</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="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2928488376001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2928488376001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Apart from a new gold colour scheme (it looks much better in person, honest), the iPhone 5s comes rocking the much-improved and far more beautiful iOS 7, future-proof internals and the truly useful Touch ID fingerprint sensor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">Read the review</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="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 5S" alt="Apple iPhone 5S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-52-review-main_0.JPG?1386941768" /> </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"> Runner-up: Nokia Lumia 1020 </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 Lumia 1020 is the best cameraphone ever made, thanks to its incredible 41MP sensor with clever superpixel tech. Throw in a zoom that won&#39;t make your photos look like they were taken with a Vaseline-covered lens, and you can finally ditch your compact for good.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">Read the review</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="567" height="425" title="Nokia Lumia 1020" alt="Nokia Lumia 1020" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-1020.JPG?1386941768" /> </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"> Runner-up: Google Nexus 4 </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 glittery glass rear, gorgeously slick stock Android and powerful quad-core innards &ndash; all available at a ridiculously low price &ndash; the Nexus 4 is the Android fan&#39;s ultimate dream phone, offering unbelievable bang for your buck.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-4/review">Read the review</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="500" height="375" title="Google Nexus 4" alt="Google Nexus 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-4-review-8-google-services_0_0.jpg?1386941768" /> </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"> Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 </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 phablet came of age in 2013. The Note reached its third iteration and it&#39;s blazing fast thanks to its quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. Its 5.7in 1080p screen is bright and punchy and its camera is up there with the best. And then there&#39;s the S Pen stylus. Unrivalled in the smartphone world, it offers accurate handwriting recognition, unique interface tweaks and drawing options for doodlers on the go.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Read the review</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="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-3.JPG?1386941768" /> </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"> Runner-up: Sony Xperia Z Ultra </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 Z Ultra&#39;s gargantuan, humungous, huge, 6.4in 1080p display blew our eyeballs away with its tablet-like size and pleased our hands with its solid glass build and ultra-thin dimensions. You can even write on it with a regular biro. In the shower, if the need overcomes you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-these-are-best-phones-year/feature">Read the hands-on review</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="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z Ultra" alt="Sony Xperia Z Ultra" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-ultra-hands-on-front_0_0.jpg?1386941768" /> </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"> Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy S4 </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 Galaxy S4 builds on the success of its predecessor with a stunning 5in full HD display, a boatload of Samsung&#39;s software smarts and a 13MP camera that captures enough detail to make you regret ever uploading Friday night&#39;s snaps to Facebook.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review">Read the review</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="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S4-review-homescreen_1_0.jpg?1386941768" /> </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"> Runner-up: HTC One </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 Apple made an Android phone, it would probably look something like HTC&#39;s stunningly beautiful One - the best-looking Android phone ever made, thanks to its aluminium unibody construction. Its sharp 4.7in full HD display will massage your eyeballs while the all-new HTC Sense 5 serves up BlinkFeed smoothly thanks to its quad-core insides. With a light guzzling Ultrapixel camera thrown in for good measure, it&#39;s as smart as it is beautiful.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">Read the review</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="567" height="425" title="HTC One" alt="HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-lichtenstein_1_0.jpg?1386941768" /> </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> G2 Gadget Awards 2013 LG Smartphones Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:36:11 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429663 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G2 Mini could be on the way http://www.stuff.tv/g2/ces-2014/lg-g2-mini-could-be-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The G2 could be getting a younger brother, if the latest rumours prove to be true </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 G2 Mini" alt="LG G2 Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-main.JPG?1388683974" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2013/gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-best-smartphone-year/feature" target="_blank">Phone</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature" target="_blank">Gadget</a> of the Year, could be getting a new little brother.</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/g2/ces-2014/lg-g2-mini-could-be-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g2/ces-2014/lg-g2-mini-could-be-way/news#comments CES 2014 G2 LG Smartphones Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:35:30 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1429994 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The LG G2 is our Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The competition was stiff, but LG&#039;s mobile renaissance is Stuff&#039;s highlight of 2013 - and the LG G2 is one hell of a smartphone </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 G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2_2.jpg?1387863860" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our Gadget of the Year award isn&#39;t just about which gadget is best, most innovative or most desirable - although all that stuff obviously matters rather a lot.</p> <p>We weigh up all of the gadget releases from the course of the year, and decide which, on balance, matters most to our readers, to us and to consumer technology in general.</p> <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"> Winner: LG G2 </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 stunning near-bezel-less 5in HD screen, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation for detailed low light shots and a battery that refuses to die all make the quad-core G2 a do-it-all smartphone that&#39;ll have your back no matter what you throw at it. Watch out Samsung and Apple: the G2 is proof positive that LG means business in the smartphone world.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">Read the review</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="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2928488376001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2928488376001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG&#039;s mobile renaissance is our story of the year </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>2013 was a year of staggering innovation. The next-gen consoles ruled the headlines, crowdfunding became an undeniable creative force, wearable technology inhabited faces and our wrists, the internet of things became manifest in some genuinely useful connected appliances, 3D printers hit the high street, 4G went mainstream, 4K almost became affordable, Netflix went stellar and we all started taking selfies and sending them to each other via Snapchat. And that&#39;s just scratching the surface.</p> <p>But for the Stuff editorial team, the story of the year was how Android cemented itself as the most forward-thinking mobile OS - and how LG went from mobile also-ran to leader of the smartphone pack. I can&#39;t wait to see what it has in store for 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </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"> Runner-up: Google 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>As it edges closer to consumer reality, Google Glass gets ever more intriguing. With its head-up display filling your eye with information from web searches, apps, navigation and more, its voice command capability and its controversial built-in point of view camera, it&#39;s ushering in a new age of powerful wearable technology. The possibilities are endless.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/glass" target="_blank">Read more&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Google Glass" alt="Google Glass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-glass-earbud-2.jpg?1387863860" /> </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"> Runner-up: Pebble Smartwatch </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 poster boy for crowdfunding, and the best argument there is for smart wristwear. The first modern smartwatch is still the best, thanks to its thoughtful design, e-paper display that&#39;s readable in sunlight, growing number of apps and its compatibility with both iOS and Android. Chuck in a waterproof build and a battery that doesn&#39;t need topping up every day, and the Pebble is an impressive wrist-hugger indeed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">Read the review</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="604" height="453" title="Pebble" alt="Pebble" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pebble-smartwatch-main-1_2.jpg?1387863860" /> </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"> Runner-up: HTC One </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 Apple made an Android phone, it would probably look something like HTC&#39;s beautiful One - the best-looking Android phone ever made, thanks to its aluminium unibody construction.</p> <p>Its sharp 4.7in full HD display will massage your eyeballs while the all-new HTC Sense 5 serves up BlinkFeed smoothly thanks to its quad-core insides. With a light guzzling Ultrapixel camera thrown in for good measure, it&#39;s as smart as it is beautiful.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review" target="_blank">Read the review</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="940" height="705" title="HTC One" alt="HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-screen.jpg?1387863860" /> </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"> Runner-up: Google Nexus 7 (2013) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s Nexus devices are genius. Built as a showcase for the company&#39;s Android OS, they always pack incredible power and quality into devices that dramatically undercut the competition, and always furnish them with the latest software bells and whistles before any other devices get a look-in.</p> <p>The second-gen Nexus 7 is no different, packing quad-core guts and incredible resolution into its 7in screen, and costing just &pound;200. You won&#39;t find a better multimedia device anywhere near that price.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Read the review</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="604" height="453" title="Google Nexus 7" alt="Google Nexus 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-verdict_0.jpg?1387863860" /> </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"> Runner-up: Apple iPad Air </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 fifth-generation iPad is the first to look visibly different from every angle - and that&#39;s because it&#39;s dramatically slimmer and lighter than any of its predecessors.&nbsp;The 9.7in Retina Display remains, and although it&#39;s bested on resolution by some new contenders, it&#39;s still just about the best damn tablet screen we&#39;ve ever seen. </p> <p>Coupled with the hundreds of thousands of fantastic made-for-iPad apps that populate the App Store, it&#39;s one formidable tablet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">Read the review</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="940" height="705" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-lockscreen_0.png?1387863860" /> </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"> Runner-up: Apple iPhone 5s </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 world&#39;s first 64-bit smartphone showcases Apple&#39;s unrivalled attention to detail and ability to innovate in meaningful ways.</p> <p>Apart from a new gold colour scheme (it looks much better in person, honest), the iPhone 5s comes rocking the much-improved and far more beautiful iOS 7, future-proof internals and the truly useful Touch ID fingerprint sensor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">Read the review</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="940" height="705" title="Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-iphone-5s.JPG?1387863860" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/lg-g2-carousel.jpg?1387863860" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature#comments G2 Gadget Awards 2013 LG Smartphones Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:24:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1429709 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 5S vs LG G2 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-5s-vs-lg-g2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can the new iPhone’s innovations make it match up to the power of Android’s current golden boy? </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="Apple iPhone 5S vs LG G2" alt="Apple iPhone 5S vs LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5s.jpg?1379919803" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently we awarded the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a> not only a full five stars but the number one spot on our smartphones Top Ten, officially proclaiming it the most magnificent phone on the face of the planet Earth.</p> <p>But that was before Apple unleashed the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5S</a> on the world. Does the new iPhone have what it takes to knock the G2 off its perch? Come with us as we compare the two aspect-by-aspect to see which is the tastier smartphone proposition.</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"> Build quality and design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5S may not be a great leap forward in design terms from its predecessor but it’s still one of the best-looking and best-built smartphones on the planet. Tasteful, robust aluminium and glass dominate the exterior, and the thinness and weight feel just right in your hand. It’s also smaller than most of its rivals, making it more pocket-friendly and far easier to use one-handed than the big-screened LG G2.</p> <p>The G2 rocks a large, almost phablet-esque 5.2in screen, but the narrow bezel keeps it down to a fairly manageable size. You’ll still struggle to reach your thumb all the way across to tap an icon when holding it one-handed, but it should just fit in a trouser pocket without causing undue discomfort. The body is plastic, and isn’t as easy on the eyes as the iPhone 5S, but it couldn’t be accused of feeling cheap. Unlike some rivals (***cough***Samsung Galaxy S4***cough***), the G2 doesn’t creak or flex when you give it a wrench.</p> <p>In terms of interesting design tweaks, the 5S has a humdinger: the sapphire glass-covered Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which lets you unlock the phone and make iTunes purchases using your digit. Great stuff.</p> <p>The G2 has the rear-mounted power and volume buttons, which come across as gimmicky at first and, even once you get used to them, are less convenient to use than side-mounted controls. Thankfully there is the option to turn the phone on by tapping twice on the screen, which can detect touch input even when the G2 is asleep.</p> <p><strong>Winner: iPhone 5S</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="iPhone 5S in gold" alt="iPhone 5S in gold" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-gold_4.jpg?1379919803" /> </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 G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2_0.jpg?1379919803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G2 has a huge screen, even by Android phone standards. A 5.2in LCD boasting a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution (that’s a pixel density of 423ppi), it delivers a brilliantly detailed, bright and hi-contrast image. It’s truly outstanding.</p> <p>The iPhone 5S sports the same 4in 1136 x 640 resolution LCD (326ppi) as the iPhone 5, but Apple has made some improvements which result in punchier contrast, purer whites, deeper black and a teensy bit extra detail. It’s a classy screen, no doubt about it – but it doesn’t impress quite as much as the G2’s mammoth, razor-sharp display.</p> <p><strong>Winner: LG G2</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="LG G2 screen" alt="LG G2 screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-screen.jpg?1379919803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5S is, according to Apple, twice as fast as the iPhone 5 due to its new dual-core A7 processor. Not only is it speedier, the processor features 64-bit architecture (a first on smartphones). Given that the iPhone 5’s A6 already handled everything you could throw at it with ease, we’re pretty impressed with the power bump, and haven’t noticed any lag in our time using the 5S. The 64-bit thing? We’ll have to wait a while for more 64-bit apps to appear to really assess its significance.</p> <p>The LG G2 sports a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, and to get right to the point: it smashes its Android rivals like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 in benchmarking tests. In real world use, it breezes anything you attempt, delivering the smoothest Android 4.2.2 performance we’ve ever seen and multitasking better than any phone we’ve ever used. It’s simply the most powerful mobile we’ve ever tested.</p> <p><strong>Winner: LG G2</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="LG G2 gaming" alt="LG G2 gaming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-gaming.jpg?1379919803" /> </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 </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 camera is an area where the iPhone 5S has significantly improved on its predecessor’s (already impressive showing). True, the sensor is still 8MP, but this time each pixel is 15 percent larger. The aperture is wider too (F2.2 to the 5’s F2.4), and as a result of these tweaks low light performance is much better. Factor in the True Tone double LED flash (exclusive to the iPhone 5S in the smartphone world) which helps to deliver more natural-looking flesh tones, and things are mightily impressive.</p> <p>The LG G2 has a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation (a boost for low light photography, as it negates the blurriness which can occur when the shutter is open for longer) and again is a truly fantastic camera for a phone.</p> <p>On the video front, both can capture 1080p, although the iPhone at 30fps while the G2 manages 60fps. The iPhone, however, has slo-mo 120fps video up its sleeve.</p> <p>This is a hard one to call. The LG G2 has more megapixels, but with the iPhone 5S each megapixel is superior. Both perform well in low light and each has exclusive features (the flash for iPhone, the image stabilisation for the LG) that enhance the quality of your shots.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</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="iPhone 5S camera" alt="iPhone 5S camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-camera-lens_1.jpg?1379919803" /> </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"> User interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5S comes with iOS 7, Apple’s brand new, skeuomorphism-free take on its mobile operating system. It’s lovely (you can read exactly why in our full <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review">review</a>) and on the 5S it works like a charm – a slick, well-oiled and speedy charm, to be exact. Add in the extra ease-of-use that comes courtesy of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and you’ve got a smartphone that’s simply a joy to use.</p> <p>The LG G2 sports Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with a series of customary proprietary UI tweaks laid over the top. It’s a somewhat cartoonish-looking skin with which we’re not hugely enamoured (stock Android is much more tasteful in our opinion), but there are some handy software extras: eye-tracking that pauses videos when you look away from the screen and a Guest Mode that essentially sets up a partition that keeps your vital info and purchasing abilities out of the hands of kids and friends among them. It all runs fast and lag-free thanks to the G2’s beefy innards.</p> <p>One is Android, one is iOS. Chances are you already have a favourite, so us saying that one is better than the other feels almost pointless. But in terms of user experience, we’re able to say that the 5S just shaves this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner: iPhone 5S (just)</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="iPhone 5S with iOS 7" alt="iPhone 5S with iOS 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios7-iphone-5s-trio.jpg?1379919803" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2 sports a huge, custom-designed 3,000mAh battery that can’t be removed by the user. And it’s a monster, delivering around 19 hours of mixed use when we tested it. It also charges speedily, getting from 0 to 30 percent capacity in as little as 20 minutes.</p> <p>Apple has improved battery life over the iPhone 5 by a small but worthy amount, and claims up to 10 hours talk time (on 3G), or 10 hours of video playback. That about fits in with what we found when testing it. So the 5S is a bit more longer-lasting than previous iPhones, but not up to the G2’s standards.</p> <p><strong>Winner: LG G2</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="LG G2 battery screen" alt="LG G2 battery screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-battery_1.jpg?1379919803" /> </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 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5S comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options priced at £550, £630 and £710 respectively. So it’s not cheap. The LG G2 is £470 for 16GB, with the 32GB price unclear at the time of writing. It’s a substantially cheaper phone and, build quality aside, you can’t really say that the iPhone 5S feels like it justifies being £80 pricier.</p> <p><strong>Winner: LG G2</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both of these smartphones are fantastically powerful and well-designed pieces of cutting-edge technology, and neither will let you down should you decide to slap down your hard-earned pounds. Both phones were awarded a full five stars in our reviews.</p> <p>But if we have to pick a winner, it can only be the LG G2. More affordable, faster, packing a bigger and sharper screen and a battery that lasts for ages, it’s still the best smartphone on the market at the moment. Apple may win when it comes to style and build quality, but delve deeper than the G2 becomes a worthy winner.</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 G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2_1.jpg?1379919803" /> </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> Apple G2 iPhone 5S LG Smartphones Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:58:54 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426930 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: LG G2 – introducing the new king of Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/video-review-lg-g2-introducing-current-king-android/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The G2 marks LG&#039;s magnificent return to form on the smartphone scene – and it&#039;s rocketed straight to the top of our Smartphones Top 10 </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="Video review: LG G2 – introducing the current king of Android " alt="Video review: LG G2 – introducing the current king of Android " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202013-09-19%20at%2014.19.33.png?1380645394" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2681189096001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2681189096001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G2 video review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/video-review-lg-g2-introducing-current-king-android/video#comments Android G2 LG Smartphones Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:59:03 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1426867 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 mind-blowing features that prove phones are getting smarter than ever http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-mind-blowing-features-prove-phones-are-getting-smarter-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The killer apps and capabilities of five of the best Android and Windows Phone 8 phones in the world right now </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="Brilliant features on the latest smartphones" alt="Brilliant features on the latest smartphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Brilliant%20features%20of%20smartphones.JPG?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">It's not just Apple that can innovate.</p> <p dir="ltr">Here are the most inspired and useful features of five of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">10 best smartphones</a>&nbsp;in the 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/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> LG G2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G2 garnered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/g2/lg-g2-best-smartphone-world/news" target="_blank">rave reviews</a> from Stuff HQ for its smart bits and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-vs-htc-one-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature" target="_blank">how it measured up</a> against a couple of the phones mentioned here. We loved how easily it chomps through tasks, its whole-day-and-then-some battery life and its bleedingly sharp screen, but what sneaked into our hearts was a simple feature you’d think smartphone developers would have thought of long ago - KnockOn.</p> <p dir="ltr">This ingeniously simple feature allows users to tap twice on the G2’s screen to wake it up or knock it out. Since the G2’s design resulted in the power button being shifted to the back, KnockOn is more of a necessity than a creative move. We’re not fussy about details, as long as new useful ways of doing things are the end result of inconvenience.</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="940" height="705" title="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G2.JPG?1378980696" /> </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"> LG G2 killer feature </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>What a feat(ure): KnockOn knocks it out of the park with its intuitiveness, but be sure to clear a space on the home screen to make it a smooth slide into la la land. Plus, you never have to fiddle with the power button again (except when you want to switch the phone off proper).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The One brought a ton of new features to the Android community including a beautiful body, a refreshed home page and Harry Potter-esque photos in the form of Zoe shots. It brought a much needed <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/stuff-cool-list-2013-how-htc-designed-world-s-most-desirable-phone/feature" target="_blank">breath of style</a> to the dowdy Android pack and also gave us the new UltraPixel camera, choosing to increase sensor size over megapixel count.</p> <p dir="ltr">And with that unconventional move, HTC proved that less is, sometimes, more with better-lit low light shots and a restless gallery of photos to mix things up via Zoe shots. While the Zoe may be an interesting feature, it’s still more of a novelty than a go-to given the memory it snuffles up with each click. Impressive concepts but HTC still needs to tweak them to make them useful in the long run.</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="940" height="705" title="HTC One" alt="HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC%20One.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One killer feature </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>What a feat(ure): Amongst its innovative offerings, BlinkFeed is the most practical of them. For information-guzzlers, the fresh feed is a godsend, snatching up the latest goss’ from your chosen sources to piece together in an unending scroll of brainfood. Saves us the inconvenience of opening one app at a time to feed our eyes. With its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one-mini/review-0" target="_blank">Mini-me</a>&nbsp;outed and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/59in-htc-one-max-phablet-spotted-press-shot/news" target="_blank">a larger version</a>&nbsp;spotted in the wild, you’ll find that One size fits all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 925 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Lumia 925 is one of the finest beasts in the Nokia stable (that is, until they trot the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Lumia 1020</a> out). We could <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nokia/nokia-lumia-925/review" target="_blank">wax lyrical about its hi-tech innards</a>, but we’re sure you’ve had enough of stats.</p> <p dir="ltr">As a Windows phone, it’s tough to go up against the iOS and Android big boys in terms of downloadable apps. But there’s one area in which Android phones have failed us time and again, and that is...the camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">For some reason, Android phone cameras just ain’t bringing it with their inaccurate colour replication, loss of detail and demand of completely steady hands. They do try to compensate with loads of camera features, but they’re not fooling us much. The Lumia 925’s 8.7MP PureView eye sees all clearly and gives the iPhone 5 a run for its money with its image stabilisation system.</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="940" height="705" title="Nokia Lumia 925" alt="Nokia Lumia 925" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nokia%20Lumia%20925.png?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 925 killer feature </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 dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): With Smart Cam, you can apply the camera effects (best shot, object removal, action shot or motion focus) post-capture instead of being made to commit beforehand. How are our fickle minds supposed to know which mode the shot will look best in? Users can even bump their skills up a notch manually with the Nokia Pro Cam app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z1 </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">Though we do have doubts about the camera performance of Android devices, Sony Mobile’s latest <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/ifa-2013/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature" target="_blank">Xperia Z1</a> might reassure us. With its 20.7MP snapper, 1/2.3in Exmor RS sensor and an f/2.0, 27mm equivalent lens, it should make short work of its competitors.</p> <p dir="ltr">Put the hardware aside, and you’ll find more reasons to be impressed with its camera software features. Some, like the Timeshift Burst and its ability to capture 60 consecutive frames, is not the newest kid on the block (think Samsung Galaxy S4) but it adds more functionality to the 20.7MP camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Z1 has a few tricks up its sleeve. Film a video, and broadcast it onto your Facebook page immediately with Social Live. Every other app is centred around the Z1’s snapper, from Info Eye that uses Amazon to recognise books to Vivino which sneakily tells you what wine you are drinking and lets you pass off as a wine connoisseur. AR Effect adds a dinosaur to the mix, mostly to entertain your kids but the novelty will wear off after a few shots.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Sony Xperia Z1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Xperia%20Z1.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z1 killer feature </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 dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): Sony Mobile is no lightweight when it comes to imaging functions for its Android smartphones. Its impressive hardware and just as innovative software that works in tandem with the 20.7MP shooter will get nods of approval from shutterbugs.</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"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3 </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">Two years ago, Samsung raised a few eyebrows with the first Galaxy Note. Tech pundits had doubts over its gargantuan (by that year’s standard) 5.3in display. While most people are more concerned with how ridiculous you’ll look (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/7-ways-look-good-using-phablet/feature-0" target="_blank">we have the solution for that</a>), one feature was uncharacteristically left out of the limelight - the stylus.</p> <p dir="ltr">The S Pen triggered a revival of the smartphone stylus, once a necessary tool to interact with the resistive touchscreens of antique devices. Yet, the Samsung stylus has done more than that, introducing Air View, which shows a preview of an image or e-mail when the S Pen hovers over them, on the Galaxy Note 2.</p> <p dir="ltr">Last week, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> revealed a new feature for the S Pen, dubbed Air Command, that reveals a ring with five commands - Action Memo, Scrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Action Memo, in particular, is a nifty little tool that makes handwriting interact naturally with the phone’s features. Scribbling a phone number will trigger a call, while an address will let you look it up on the map when Action Memo is activated.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20Note%203.jpg?1378980696" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 3 killer feature </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 dir="ltr">What a feat(ure): The pen is mightier than the sword. And Samsung's S Pen stylus is mightier than the pen. Particularly as it'll now let you play with the awesome Pen Window. You simply draw an oblong on-screen and are presented with options as to what you'd like to fill it with, including YouTube videos, calendar and the eternally useful calculator. The apps then ready and willing to do you bidding.</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> http://www.stuff.tv/android/5-mind-blowing-features-prove-phones-are-getting-smarter-ever/feature#comments Android G2 Galaxy Note 3 HTC LG Lumia 925 Nokia One Samsung Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Xperia Z1 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:11:38 +0000 Will Findlater 1426565 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G2 vs iPhone 5 vs HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z1 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-htc-one-and-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does LG’s new flagship have what it takes to tempt people away from its main Android and iOS peers? </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 G2 and HTC One" alt="LG G2 and HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-htc-one.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has just unveiled the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/watch-out-galaxy-s4-lg-g2-official-and-it-packs-one-hell-punch/news">G2</a>, its new flagship Android phone and a concerted attempt by the Korean company to enter the smartphone big leagues.</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"> Hardware </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 G2 is the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, here clocked at 2.26GHz. It’s teamed up with 2GB of RAM. That sounds like an awful lot of processing power.</p> <p>The only phone here that matches it on paper is the Sony Xperia Z1, which also packs the Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 has a proprietary dual-core 1.3GHz A6 chip and 1GB of RAM, and the HTC One rocks a quad-core Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz and 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also sports 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 600, but it’s clocked slightly higher than the One at 1.9GHz. All, on paper, lag behind the LG G2.</p> <p>In practice, the G2 wipes the floor with the above opposition (with the exception of the Xperia Z1, which we haven't tested yet but expect to run it very close). In our review, it garnered an AnTuTu benchmark score of almost 34,191, while the HTC One managed "only" 25,651. It's the most powerful phone we've used to date, and more than beefy enough to handle anything you throw at 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="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G2 has a 5.2in 1920 x 1080 (423ppi) screen that runs almost edge-to-edge on the front face; despite its giant dimensions, this means you can still hold the phone (reasonably) comfortably in one hand. It uses IPS LCD tech and offers better brightness (if not sharpness) than the HTC One’s 4.7in 1920 x 1080 LCD. It also has wide viewing angles (not hugely important for a phone but nice all the same) and deep, inky blacks.</p> <p>The Samsung S4’s 5in Super AMOLED matches G2 for resolution, while the iPhone 5’s 4in LCD Retina display features 1136 x 640 pixels, putting it at the bottom of this particular pile.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1's LCD offers the same 1920 x 1080 resolution in a 5in size, so it's slightly sharper than the G2. We have yet to test it out fully, so can't say with certainty which offers the better colour reproduction and contrast. Sony has crammed new picture-enhancing technologies (Triluminous Display and X-Reality) into the Z1, however, which may give it the edge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4.jpg?1378784537" /> </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"> Build quality </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 G2’s outer body is mostly constructed from plastic, but unlike the S4 doesn’t have a removeable backplate, so it’s less creaky than Samsung’s phone. It’s sleek too, thanks to the only physical buttons being the rear-mounted power and volume keys.</p> <p>The metal-bodied iPhone 5 and HTC One are a level above the G2. The One in particular, with its beautifully machined, seamless unibody, feels like a phone apart in this group. The Sony Xperia Z1 is also a sleeker, more sophisticated-looking handset than the G2 and comes with the added bonus of waterproofing.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one.jpg?1378784537" /> </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"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has equipped the G2 with a 13MP camera and optical image stabilisation (OIS) to combat the blurriness that can occur when taking photos with unsteady hands. It’s the only phone here to offer OIS, but the feature is available on certain Nokia Lumia models (like the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">1020</a>).</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1 features a 20.7MP sensor, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 13MP sensor, the iPhone 5’s snapper offers 8MP and the HTC One musters 4MP. Of course, the One’s sensor has an “UltraPixel” design that cuts down the number of pixels in order to make each individual pixel larger and more effective in low light. So it’s not really helpful to merely compare megapixel counts when discussing which camera is best. There’s also the quality of the lens, colour reproduction and contrast to consider. The iPhone 5, for instance, is widely regarded as better for photos than the Galaxy S4 despite its smaller number of megapixels.</p> <p>In testing the G2's snapper proves as impressive as it looks on paper. It's particularly adept in low light, even with the flash turned off, delivering far sharper shots than the Samsung S4. The colours pop more too.</p> <p>The Xperia Z1 seems most likely to prove a formidable opponent when it comes to camera quality (although the G2 still holds the optical stabilisation card). We'll update this article once we've given it a proper review.</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="Sony Xperia Z1 camera" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z1-camera_0.jpg?1378743300" /> </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"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2 comes with a giant non-removeable 3,000mAh battery that combines snugly with the Snapdragon 800’s power-saving capabilities to deliver a lot of use: we got 19 hours of normal level use out of it before it dropped to five percent battery, which is pretty immense. You won't get similar longevity from the iPhone 5, HTC One or Galaxy S4.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 has a 1,440mAh battery, the HTC One 2,300mAh and the Samsung Galaxy S4 2,600mAh. The S4 is the only model here with a user-swappable battery, however, so you’re able to carry a spare around with you in case of power running low.</p> <p>What we are interested to see is how the Sony Z1 matches up. It also sports a Snapdragon 800 and 3,000mAh battery (and a slightly smaller screen) so in theory it should last about as long.</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 G2 battery screen" alt="LG G2 battery screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-battery_0.jpg?1378784537" /> </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"> User interface </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 G2 runs on the Android 4.2.2 operating system, over which is layered LG’s own UI software. While the Snapdragon 800 keeps everything fast and lag-free, and LG has dropped in a few unique tricks of its own design (the ability to turn on the screen by knocking on it twice, a restricted-access “Guest Mode” for when you’re handing the phone to kids or friends), we can’t help but feel we’d much rather have Google’s stock Nexus Android interface.</p> <p>The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 also use their respective manufacturers’ own UIs, but the former two are available with the stock edition of Android too. Perhaps LG, which enjoys a good working relationship with Google, will go down the same route a few months from launch?</p> <p>The iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 (soon to be updated to iOS 7), which offers a much tighter, slicker and friendlier user experience than any of the manufacturer-tweaked versions of Android.</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 G2 guest mode" alt="LG G2 guest mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-guest-mode_0.jpg?1378743300" /> </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"> Extras </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 G2 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of non-expandable storage. The Sony Z1 comes in 16GB only. All the other models offer up to 64GB built-in – the iPhone 5 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options, the HTC One in 32GB and 64GB and the Samsung S4 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Samsung S4 and Sony Z1 also feature a microSD slot supporting up to 64GB of additional space.</p> <p>There’s no IR port on the G2, something you’ll find on both the One and S4. But it does sport a 24-bit, 192kHz DAC, which can mean better audio quality through headphones (you’ll need to have compatible files on the phone, naturally).</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="iPhone 5" alt="iPhone 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G2 has impressive hardware, and on paper is the equal or better to all of these other flagship devices when it comes to almost all specs, storage excepted.</p> <p>In the flesh we've found it to be the best smartphone currently on the market, and you can read exactly why we think that in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">full review</a>. We have yet to give the Sony Xperia Z1 a full review, though, so it's entirely possible that it could knock the G2 off its perch when it goes on sale.</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 G2 and competitors" alt="LG G2 and competitors" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-competitors.jpg?1378784537" /> </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/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-htc-one-and-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple G2 Galaxy S4 HTC iPhone 5 LG One Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:15:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1425396 at http://www.stuff.tv The LG G2 is the best smartphone in the world http://www.stuff.tv/g2/lg-g2-best-smartphone-world/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Its superb power, screen and battery mean that LG’s flagship races straight to the top of our list </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 G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2.jpg?1378521557" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you read <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review ">our review</a> of the LG G2 yet?</p> <p>If not you should, because without wishing to seem hyperbolic: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">this is the best smartphone in the world right now</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/g2/lg-g2-best-smartphone-world/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> G2 LG Smartphones Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:13:52 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426313 at http://www.stuff.tv