iPad Air http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-5/features en-MY Apple iOS 8 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Our fingers dance all over iOS 8 to see if it&#039;s Apple&#039;s best mobile experience yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Packed with colour" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro_0_1.jpg?1412738491" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Software has a tendency to move in cycles. One major revision will dazzle in screen grabs, and the next will make a load of changes that aren&rsquo;t immediately apparent, but could nonetheless be what revolutionise things for users. Last year&rsquo;s iOS 7 was geared quite heavily towards the former, but iOS 8 is very much in the latter camp.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Visual appeal </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>From a visual standpoint, little has changed. iOS remains very much tied to Apple design head Jony Ive&rsquo;s vision of minimalism, trying to do in software what Apple tooling does for hardware.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s stark, a touch over-serious, overtly content-first, and of variable success in terms of graphic design, layout, typography and usability. Occasionally, this approach stumbles, not least with its over-emphasis on text-only buttons that are frequently indistinct or not obviously points of action; an accessibility control to add button borders is seemingly disgusted at any possible alternative, revealing one of the ugliest pieces of interface design Apple&rsquo;s ever created.</p> <p>However, just as iOS 7&rsquo;s updates toned down the worst excesses of this radical departure from iOS&rsquo;s past, so too does this update make much-needed refinements. The best example is the subtle redesign of Control Center, which ditches spindly indistinct icons on button outlines for bolder glyphs and solid backgrounds. Usability is further enhanced by dialling down the transparency behind the content and providing a preview of how your display will look as the brightness bar is adjusted.</p> <p>Similar touches are evident throughout this update. If you hated iOS 7, iOS 8 won&rsquo;t convert you; but if aspects of it merely nagged, the changes here might be enough to stop you pining for the days of linen textures and glossy buttons.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 38 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="1280" height="1136" title="Pretty colours" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/visuals_0_0_1.png?1412738491" /> </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"> Extensibility </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>Really, though, the most exciting aspect of any operating system is what you can do with it. To date, iOS has been locked down, making it relatively intuitive but also inflexible. People had to leap through hoops in an absurd manner to perform relatively simple tasks, such as editing a document in multiple apps, or even sharing content to a preferred service.</p> <p>With iOS 8, you get the opportunity to swap out keyboards, add widgets (sort of), massively boost sharing and inter-app communications, work with third-party filters inside Apple&rsquo;s Photos app, and use apps that work with Touch ID for fingerprint authentication.</p> <p>The last of those is a Godsend for the likes of 1Password, but also has applications elsewhere. Amazon&rsquo;s iOS app has already integrated Touch ID support, and it&rsquo;s likely to become something of a staple on supported devices, if not specifically for passwords then for two-factor validation.</p> <p>As before, Touch ID is divorced from iCloud, with your data living in obfuscated form on your device&rsquo;s A7 or A8 chip. Developers cannot access your data, because iOS does all the to-and-fro itself. In combination with a robust password system (either Apple&rsquo;s iCloud Keychain or the aforementioned 1Password), Touch ID stands to revolutionise on-device security for iOS device owners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 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="1281" height="1136" title="Hunter2" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tocuhid2_0_1.png?1412738491" /> </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"> Keyboards in iOS 8 </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>Keyboards in iOS are now hot-swappable, although it&rsquo;s first worth playing around with the revamped default, which implements a system called QuickType. This heavily resembles many Android keyboards, adding three predictive words above the keyboard that you can stab at to speed things along.</p> <p>What Apple has done very well is create a keyboard that attempts to adapt not only to what you write but where you write it, offering predictions based on existing content and style. The predictions bar can be removed if you don&rsquo;t use it or feel it takes up too much screen space, although you won&rsquo;t want to. Oddly, autocorrect appeared to be less reliable in this initial build of iOS 8, though, slightly hampering any boost in typing speed.</p> <p>Alternative keyboards are installed from the App Store like any other third-party app, and awkwardly activated in the Settings app. You switch between them using the keyboard&rsquo;s globe button. The likes of SwiftKey work as you&rsquo;d expect, finally bringing crazed swipey &lsquo;typing&rsquo; to iOS; however, swappable keyboards have enabled more ambitious products to finally make sense on iOS, such as text-expansion utility TextExpander.</p> <p>Previously reliant on apps specifically supporting it, the app now gets the opportunity to work system-wide by being a keyboard. It&rsquo;s also worth noting that Apple&rsquo;s privacy stance impacts on third-party keyboards, banning them by default from internet access and disabling them when typing in secure password fields. Given concerns surrounding online security, this is an acceptable compromise.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/swiftkey-ios-revealed-best-android-keyboard-your-iphone/news" target="_blank">SwiftKey for iOS revealed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="1136" title="SWIPING" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/keyboard_0_1.png?1412738491" /> </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"> Widgets </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>Anyone hoping Apple would upend the Home screen and enable Android-style widgets will be disappointed in iOS 8 siloing equivalents within Notifications Center. However, in use this proves to be an elegant means of providing at-a-glance information, without messing up or replacing uncomplicated existing app launcher Home screens.</p> <p>Naturally, Apple provides its own widgets for the revamped Today view, but third-party apps are already muscling in on this territory, rolling in widgets as part of ongoing updates: for example, Weather Pro offers the day&rsquo;s forecast; Dropbox gives you links to recently edited documents; and PCalc offers you an entire calculator.</p> <p>The system&rsquo;s single-column, strictly linear design doesn&rsquo;t feel especially scalable &mdash; it&rsquo;s not going to be much use for maybe more than ten widgets; however, Apple makes it easy to edit your selection, and given that widgets are supposed to be an efficiency aid, keeping their numbers down is no bad thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1281" height="1136" title="WIDGETS!" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/widgets_0_1.png?1412738491" /> </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"> Sharing </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>Extensions in iOS come in two flavours: sharing and actions. Both are now available to third-party apps and services, and its implementation finally gives Android users one less string to their Apple-snubbing bow.</p> <p>Installing a compatible app is enough to make it available to the iOS Share sheet, where it lurks behind a More button until activated. Once active, it will appear by default in the Share sheet system-wide.</p> <p>The current implementation of extensions upends how certain tasks are dealt with on iOS, even if there&rsquo;s a whopper of a bug lurking.</p> <p>The bug in question involves the custom ordering of the sharing and actions lists frequently failing to stick. Presumably, this will be dealt with in an update, and it&rsquo;s easy to forgive once you start sharing from Safari to Instapaper, unlocking apps using 1Password, uploading images from Photos to social networks, and so on.</p> <p>Actions are context-sensitive, meaning options only appear when relevant, and the system at the very least means less frustrating hopping between a bunch of apps to get things done.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="675" title="We&#039;re surprised you&#039;re reading this when you could be playing Destiny right now" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios1_1.jpg?1412738491" /> </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"> Photos and 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 Photos app looks little changed, but is a very different beast from its predecessor. First, the editing tools have been significantly beefed up, in part because iPhoto for iOS has been canned. Rotation can now be arbitrary, and there&rsquo;s more control over colour and light.</p> <p>The app retains a small, reasonably impressive selection of filters, but these are now significantly boosted by third-party integrated photo extensions. When editing, compatible apps are listed via a nondescript circular button with an ellipses, and they essentially inject their capabilities directly into Photos. This means you can apply filters from the likes of Halftone 2 or VSCO Cam inside Photos, and the edits remain non-destructive.</p> <p>The other main change to Photos concerns image storage, and Apple&rsquo;s at a transitionary point regarding Photo Stream. The company&rsquo;s long-term plan is to save your entire image library in iCloud Photo Library, currently in beta. Edits will be synchronised across devices, and your library will be searchable, but the system requires you to splash out on the requisite amount of iCloud storage. At present, the old-style Photo Stream remains, although frustratingly there&rsquo;s no longer a specific album housing its images &mdash; instead, you must fish around in &lsquo;Recently Added&rsquo;.</p> <p>For taking your photos, Camera gets some minor but welcome updates: manual exposure controls, a delay timer, panoramas on iPad, and a fun time-lapse mode that stitches images together into videos. It&rsquo;s unlikely these changes will wrench anyone from high-end third-party apps, but they&rsquo;re enough to ditch the more simple Camera alternatives.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">Android L preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2048" height="1536" title="Filters galore" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photos_0_0.png?1412738491" /> </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"> Apps: Mail, Messages and more </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are four new permanent apps as of iOS 8: Podcasts, iBooks, Tips and Health. The first two are no different from their older App Store versions. Tips could have been useful (Apple hates manuals), but merely provides you with, on launch, nine tips (well, we did say Apple hates manuals).</p> <p>Health is a much bigger deal, serving as the hub for data provided by your iPhone, and any compatible apps and accessories. The idea is to give you a sense of how you&rsquo;re progressing with exercise and activity, but also to make it frictionless to shift between apps, rather than feeling forced to stick with one because it has your data in its silo. On launch, however, this part of iOS was broken and temporarily off-limits to third-party developers; also, iPad owners aren&rsquo;t invited to the party, even purely for accessing their data.</p> <p>Many existing apps have had minor updates. Mail has new gestures and can stash multiple drafts at the foot of the screen, or allow you to peek behind a message you&rsquo;re writing. The drafts system is a mite fiddly, but nonetheless an improvement on iOS 7; the gestural controls are entirely hidden, but great once ingrained into your muscle memory.</p> <p>Messages adds controls for muting or leaving conversations, recording audio, and rapidly adding images from your photos or camera. The new features are nice enough, but can&rsquo;t get around Messages being an Apple-only solution and also one that has a tendency to not sync correctly across devices.</p> <p>Elsewhere, Safari gets accordion-like tabs on iPad and DuckDuckGo as a search engine option; there&rsquo;s also an attempt to shift into smart-searching, using abbreviations, but it fared poorly during testing. App Store on iPhone has vertical scrolling search results on iPhone and purchased app hiding on iPad. Notes gets rich-text formatting, finally transforming it into a half-decent text editor. And Siri gets voice-activation when your device is plugged in.</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="1048" title="Mail and messaging" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/messages_0_1.jpg?1412738491" /> </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"> Spotlight </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>Apple&rsquo;s system-wide search remains a bit too sluggish to be truly usable, frequently offering new search results just as you go to tap something. However, rather than pare it down in Settings to just showing apps, it&rsquo;s also worth leaving Spotlight Suggestions and Bing Web Results active as well. The two combine to turn Spotlight into a much more useful tool that provides in-context web searches.</p> <p>For example, type in the name of a band and you&rsquo;ll get a link to the artist on iTunes, an album and the Wikipedia entry. Type in an app, service or game name and you&rsquo;ll likely get the App Store link. You can also do searches for terms that will then list relevant websites or places. Although many of the results of course channel you straight to Apple&rsquo;s own store, it&rsquo;s pretty convent to type &lsquo;indian food&rsquo; into Spotlight and immediately get the name and phone number of a trio of local restaurants.</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="1281" height="1136" title="In the spotlight" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotlight_0_1.png?1412738491" /> </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"> Bubbling under </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 few of iOS 8&rsquo;s biggest features aren&rsquo;t quite ready for prime-time, but warrant mentioning. HomeKit aims to do for automated home gadgets what HealthKit does for health, giving you a hub for configuring and controlling the &lsquo;internet of things&rsquo; within your home, shortly before they turn sentient and take over. Homes comprise rooms (that can be grouped into Zones) that contain Accessories that perform Services, which can have Characteristics. The thinking is you could waggle your device and have you entire house sort itself for night, locking doors, dimming lights and adjusting air temperature. The reality is this is a solution awaiting compatible hardware to become ubiquitous. One for the future, perhaps.</p> <p>Continuity and iCloud Drive are more imminent. The former is designed to enable workflows to seamlessly transition between Apple devices, enabling you, to for example, start replying to an email on your iPhone and then fling it across to your iPad, or answer an iPhone call on your Mac. The Mac side of things is awaiting OS X support (which will arrive with OS X Yosemite this autumn), but already works on iOS. During testing, we managed to send half-written emails successfully between an iPad and iPhone, doing the transfer via the lock screen. It&rsquo;s also possible to use the app switcher, although that didn&rsquo;t fare well during testing, the relevant button frequently vanishing.</p> <p>Family Sharing is another feature that will need time to bed in before we can properly assess it. It&rsquo;s designed to allow a family of up to six to share content bought on a single card, with children under 13 having to ask permission when making purchases. Apps are automatically shared and publishers of other media can opt-in. Additional benefits include a shared photo album, a shared calendar, and unified Find my Friends and Find my iPhone. Set-up is reasonably simple (even if adults may find it awkward for all purchases to be on one card), although there&rsquo;s a curious restriction on only being able to start or join Family Sharing twice in any one year, so watch out for that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review" target="_blank">Apple OS X Yosemite 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="1281" height="1136" title="Sharing is caring" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bubbling_0_1.png?1412738491" /> </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"> 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 word that most sums up iOS 8 is &lsquo;potential&rsquo;. It lays the foundation for iPhones and iPads to become significantly more powerful devices: hubs of health and home automation; powerful pocketable computers for all kinds of advanced tasks and workflows; and a means to access, edit and share a life of captured images. Right now, some of these things are already barrelling along, with apps taking advantage of extensibility features; others, like HealthKit and HomeKit, are just at the start of their lives.</p> <p>The OS, too, feels like a mixed bag. It&rsquo;s a lot more stable than iOS 7 was on release, and feels pretty robust during use, but it&rsquo;s also very buggy. Spotlight simply stopped working during testing on a number of occasions, and layout bugs frequently cropped up on the iPad. Performance-wise, the OS seemed fine on our iPhone 5s and iPad Air, although Ars Technica has suggested&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/ios-8-on-the-iphone-4s-performance-isnt-the-only-problem/">iPhone 4s owners should proceed with caution</a>. That device lacks the power and screen size to comfortably deal with the new OS and also doesn&rsquo;t get Continuity or AirDrop.</p> <p>Despite the bugs, the advantages iOS 8 brings make it worth upgrading to unless you only use your iPhone or iPad for the most basic of tasks. The new capabilities unlocked through extensions alone could transform the way you use your device for the better, and the many small changes combine to make an impressive update to what was already a solid mobile operating system.</p> <p>Stay tuned for an updated review once all of iOS 8&#39;s features are live.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch 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="604" height="453" title="Apple iOS 8 review" alt="Apple iOS 8 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_1_3.jpg?1412738491" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <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"> Apple iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get ready for Apple&#039;s biggest update ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-8-review-03_1_1.jpg?1412738491" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Smartphones Tablets Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:29:52 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433741 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-patent-plots-smarter-smart-cover/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next version of the iPad’s clever cover could feature LED notifications </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 iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" alt="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-smart-cover.jpg?1402963711" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A future version of Apple&rsquo;s iPad Smart Cover could be even smarter, thanks to integrated LEDs and transparent segments.</p> <p>A new patent unearthed by AppleInsider describes variations on the current tri-fold Smart Cover that would allow a covered iPad to provide its user with notifications and visual alerts &ndash; a little like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/4-reasons-ll-make-you-want-htc-one-m8/feature">LED Flip case for the HTC One (M8)</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="/my/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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Active or passive lighting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One method detailed is a Smart Cover that incorporated low-power LEDs or electroluminescent panels. These can light up to show notifications even when the cover is closed &ndash; but will of course require power. Apple suggests the case could be connected to the iPad via some new form of MagSafe cable or contacts able to carry electricity, or else use its own battery and some form of inductive charging.</p> <p>Apple also outlines a passive Smart Cover with translucent portions that would allow light to shine through from the iPad&rsquo;s screen. This solves the power issue because the screen&rsquo;s own backlight is used.</p> <p>Both the active and passive solutions would use colours, symbols, shapes and words to create notifications. For example, if the iPad user receives a new email, a letter symbol could appear on the front of the Smart Cover. If it&rsquo;s an email marked as important, the symbol could be larger, or coloured red. Alerts could be dismissed through use of the iPad&rsquo;s hardware controls like volume or power.</p> <p>As always with patents, it shouldn&rsquo;t be assumed that the things described within will ever become products. However, they can give an indication of what might appear in the future. This particular patent was filed back in 2012, so it could be that Apple has already put over a year of work into designing, prototyping and producing illuminated Smart Covers.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/12/apples-smarter-smart-cover-users-with-illuminated-notifications">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">Apple iPad Air review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" alt="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-smart-cover-patent.jpg?1402963711" /> </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/my/apple/apple-ipad-patent-plots-smarter-smart-cover/news#comments Apple iPad Air iPad Mini Tablets Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:15:43 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439307 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Surface is a powerful, pixel-packed tablet with laptop pretensions. So how does it fare against the all-conquering iPad Air? </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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-001.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So Microsoft&#39;s updated its Surface Pro device, giving it a bigger screen, more power and an improved kickstand and Type Cover. But while it&#39;s pitching the Pro 3 as a laptop replacement, in truth it fits almost exactly between laptop and tablet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build - thin versus thinner </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>Microsoft&#39;s made much of how thin the new Surface Pro is, and with good reason. At just 9.1mm thick, it&#39;s noticeably slimmer than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Surface Pro 2</a>, which was a veritable beefcake at 13.5mm. Of course overall it&#39;s a much larger device than its predecessor, with its 12in screen resulting in a 292x201mm frame.&nbsp;Despite that increased display size, it&#39;s actually lighter than the Pro 2 - 800g to 900g - and that can only be good news when it comes to single-handed use.&nbsp;</p> <p>Compare it to the iPad Air, though, and it starts to look almost chunky. Apple&#39;s flagship tablet is a mere 7.5mm deep and measures 240x165mm around. Even more impressively, it weighs in at only 469g. Pick them both up and you won&#39;t have to ask which one has &#39;Air&#39; in its name. Offset against that is the fact that&nbsp;you do lose a fair bit of screen space with the 9.7in iPad.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to make a call on aesthetics without having used the Surface Pro 3, but from what we have seen it&#39;s a nice looking device, with thin bezels and a custom-machined magnesium body. It&#39;s also tough: at the launch, Microsoft&#39;s Panos Panay intentionally dropped it onstage from shoulder height, and it didn&#39;t show so much as a scratch. You wouldn&#39;t want to try that with an iPad Air.</p> <p>The Surface Pro 3&#39;s integrated kickstand has been massively improved, with the result that you can set it at any angle from 22 to 150 degrees and it will happily stay put. And maybe most impressively of all, though the Surface requires a fan to cool down its powerful processor, Microsoft has managed to make it so small that you won&#39;t hear it (or feel it) in use.</p> <p>The iPad Air has no such trickery: it&#39;s a tablet through and through. That said, it is the nicest looking tablet we&#39;ve used, with a gorgeous aluminium unibody and subtle curves in all the right places.</p> <p>It&#39;s hard to say which we prefer without having seen the Surface Pro 3 up close, so at this stage we&#39;re going to call it a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best apps for iPhone and iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Surface Pro 3&#039;s Kickstand in use" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-002.jpg?1401773324" /> </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="1401" height="900" title="The iPad Air is a mere 7.5mm thick" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-003.jpg?1401773324" /> </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 - IS BIGGER BETTER? </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 general tablet trend right now may be towards smaller screens, but Microsoft&#39;s having no truck with fashion. The Surface Pro 3 proudly sports a 12in display, up from the Surface Pro 2&#39;s 10.6 inches and considerably bigger than the iPad&#39;s 9.7in screen.</p> <p>It also has a relatively unusual aspect ratio - 3:2, whereas most tablets are a widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 and the iPad is a squarer 4:3. By sitting between the two extremes, Microsoft presumably hopes that the Surface Pro 3 will be as well suited to films as it is to productivity and browsing.</p> <p>Both the iPad and Surface Pro 3 have full HD displays, and there&#39;s not much between them in terms of resolution: the iPad&#39;s screen is 2048 x 1536, while the Surface Pro 3&#39;s is 2160 x 1440. However the fact that the Surface Pro 3&#39;s display is so much bigger means that it loses out to the iPad in the pixel density stakes, managing 216ppi to the iPad Air&#39;s 264.&nbsp;</p> <p>Will that matter in practice? Probably. Without having viewed the Surface Pro 3&#39;s screen up close it&#39;s hard to be certain, but the difference is big enough that it ought to be noticeable.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course there&#39;s more to a screen than mere pixels, and here the Surface also faces a tough fight to best its rival. In our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">review of the iPad Air</a> we stated that it is &quot;still the best screen we&#39;ve ever encountered on a tablet&quot;, praising its superb viewing angles, vivid colours and excellent contrast. Again, it&#39;s hard to judge the Pro 3 against it without having used it, but at this stage we&#39;ll have to award this round to the iPad.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Apple iPad Air</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Windows Phone 8.1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPad Air has a 9.7in screen, to the Pro 3&#039;s 12in one" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-004.jpg?1401773324" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE ANXIETY </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>Nobody could ever accuse the Surface Pro 3 of being a lightweight. At least not within earshot of it. It runs on a proper Intel Core processor of either i3, i5 or i7 variety, has 4GB or 8GB of RAM and storage options run from 64GB up to a whopping 512GB. All of which should mean that it flies through even demanding tasks such as running full Windows 8 software including Photoshop.</p> <p>If the Pro 3 is a heavyweight, then beside it the iPad Air looks like something of a flyweight: dual-core ARM A7 chip, just under 1GB of RAM and storage that maxes out at 128GB. For all that, it packs a mighty punch, never stuttering in our experience with it and scoring highly on the AnTuTu benchmarking tool.</p> <p>The other type of power that we&#39;re concerned in here is the kind that comes out of a battery. The iPad Air is best described as a typical all-day device - use it sensibly, for instance reducing brightness where necessary, and you&#39;ll get a decent 8 or 9 hours out of it. And that&#39;s assuming you cane it as much as we tend to; use it for the odd bit of browsing here, the occasional game there and you&#39;ll get a few days from it.</p> <p>We can&#39;t pass judgement on the Pro 3 without having tested it, but the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-2/review">Pro 2</a> fared considerably better than the original model, so we have high hopes that Microsoft&#39;s claim of 9hrs&#39; use will be relatively accurate, at least on the lower-specced models.</p> <p>The differences between the devices are particularly apparent in this category: the Pro 3 is a designed to be a laptop replacement as much as a tablet, and its specs show that. So while the iPad is near flawless at doing what it does, the Pro 3 is always going to be capable of more demanding tasks, and for that reason we&#39;re going to award it this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Microsoft Surface Pro 3</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/macbook-air-retina-display/review">MacBook Air With Retina Display preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Pro 3 is packed with powerful innards" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-010.jpg?1401773324" /> </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"> THE OS WARS RESUME </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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review">Windows 8.1</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7.1.1</a> (to be exact) have their strengths, and both bits of hardware are geared to play to those strengths.</p> <p>In the case of Windows 8, it&#39;s that it&#39;s a full desktop operating system, capable of running the most demanding of software. Accordingly, the Surface Pro 3 has plenty of power, a built-in kickstand for desktop working, a magnetic type cover for productivity (more on that below) and plenty of connections. In short, you can use the Pro 3 as a laptop replacement, and Windows 8 will give you everything you need to do that.</p> <p>Admittedly, not everyone is smitten with Windows&#39; brave new break from the traditional desktop OS, but its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-81/review">update to 8.1</a> has fixed many of the flaws that bedevilled it at launch, and if you need a device that really can do almost anything, this may well be it. Windows 8&#39;s Achilles heel remains the lack of apps on the Windows Store. Yes, that&#39;s less of a problem on full Win 8 than it is on the stripped-back RT version, but it may well still frustrate you if you&#39;re looking for the kind of mobile-optimised games and apps that fill the Apple App Store. Still, the Pro 3 will come with the full Office suite installed as standard.</p> <p>Apple also broke with the past on its latest OS, ditching the skeuomorphic design that had characterised previous iterations and giving <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review">iOS 7</a> a flat, colourful makeover straight from the pen of Jony Ive. It also got various other much-needed updates, including a proper notifications bar and Control Centre. While we applaud the changes, the important thing about iOS is that it&#39;s still the best place to find the best apps. And though Android may be catching up, Apple still leads the way for tablet-optimised fare. Plus, you now get the whole of Apple&#39;s iWork and iLife package for free - that&#39;s iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and the rest.</p> <p>So, it&#39;s another case of horses for courses here. If you want to run proper desktop software, give the Pro 3 a look. If you want to play the latest mobile games and pick from the biggest selection of innovative apps, it&#39;s the iPad.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1601" height="900" title="Windows 8.1" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-011.jpg?1401773324" /> </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="iOS 7 in all its colourful glory" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-012.png?1401773324" /> </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"> ACCESSORIES </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 Surface Pro 3 can be bought with three interesting extras that should make it a much more useful device (while bumping up the cost). The Type Cover is the biggie; you&#39;ll have seen it before on the previous Surfaces, but it now seals itself to the screen magnetically in order to give you a firmer working space. Coupled with the kickstand, it could finally nail the problem of using a tablet as a productivity tool. It also now has a bigger trackpad, which is never a bad thing.</p> <p>The second extra is the Pro 3&#39;s Stylus, which has also had a makeover since the last model. It&#39;s now powered by tech from N-trig rather than Wacom and slots into the Type Cover when not in use. It has a rather neat new trick, too: press the button on its top and the tablet will instantly fire up the OneNote app, even if the Pro 3 was switched off. Scribble your missive, tap the button again and your note will be synced to the cloud.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thirdly, there&#39;s a Docking Station which adds three USB3.0 and two USB2.0 ports, Ethernet and 4K output through its Mini DisplayPort.</p> <p>The iPad&#39;s hardly short of accessories itself, with third-party manufacturers maintaining a constant stream of cases, Bluetooth keyboards, styluses, speaker docks and the rest. So this round&#39;s another tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100 review - the other Windows tablet that&#39;s also a laptop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Type Cover has been redesigned for the Pro 3" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-007.jpg?1401773324" /> </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="600" height="1067" title="The Surface Pen has some nifty tricks" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-013.png?1401773324" /> </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>Before we come to any conclusions, we should mention price - because the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 won&#39;t come cheap. Based on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/microsoft-unveils-thinner-lighter-faster-bigger-surface-pro-3/news">Singapore pre-order prices</a>, you could comfortably buy an iPad Air and 11in MacBook Air for the price of the cheapest i7 Surface Pro 3.</p> <p>And in many ways, that&#39;s the point. Microsoft is gambling that people would rather have one do-it-all device than two do-some-of-it products, and will pay accordingly. Maybe they will. But we can&#39;t help feeling that if they&#39;d settled for a smaller profit margin on this occasion, many, many more might do so.</p> <p>Either way, the Surface Pro 3 looks like a lovely device that we can&#39;t wait to test out. So, would we recommend it over the iPad Air? Really, it depends on what you&#39;re looking for. The iPad, with its smaller form, cheaper price and supremely stocked App Store, still looks like the best bet for casual use. The Pro 3, with its full Windows 8 software, Intel power and larger screen, should be the better bet for working on the go. So, inevitably, we&#39;re going to call it a draw, at least until we&#39;ve given the Surface Pro 3 our full review treatment.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten">These are the 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="And our winner is... neither of them. Or both, depending on your point of view" alt="Which tablet? Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-008.jpg?1401773324" /> </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-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft Surface Pro 3 vs Apple iPad Air </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-001_0.jpg?1401758045" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/microsoft-surface-pro-3-vs-apple-ipad-air-weigh/feature#comments Apple iOS iPad Air Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablets Windows 8 Thu, 22 May 2014 14:47:37 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437699 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best apps for survivalists http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad-air/six-best-apps-survivalists/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you really want to escape the 9-5 this summer, go feral with the help of the best survivalism and exploration 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="1200" height="900" title="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-apps-survivalists-main.jpg?1400636324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just because you love gadgets and tech it doesn&#39;t mean you need to spend all summer sat in front of a glowing screen with your headphones on. </p> <p>Heading off into the wilderness to reconnect with Mother Nature can be a great way to recharge your batteries and prepare you for the inevitable depression that the long winter months will bring.</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="/my/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</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"> 1. Smart Compass </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 compass is a must for any trek in the wilderness, and a smartphone compass can do things that a traditional model couldn&#39;t dream of. Smart Compass has an augmented reality display which makes it incredibly intuitive to follow: hold your phone or tablet up to the horizon and real-time video from the camera is overlaid with a compass heading. This enables you to set off in the direction of a landmark without having to constantly re-check your orientation. It&#39;s simple, very effective and free.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;RMfree</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kr.sira.compass" target="_blank">Download Smart Compass here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Smart Compass" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-smart-compass.jpg?1400636324" /> </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"> 2. SAS Survival Guide </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 SAS Survival Guide could be the only survival app you&rsquo;ll ever need. It has a huge amount of well-written info on everything from making camps and fires to foraging and coping in extreme conditions. And as well as all the guides and tutorials, there&#39;s a bunch of useful tools including a text-to-Morse encoder. An imminent update will add the SAS Urban Survival Guide to the package. Handy for when the zombie apocalypse eventually comes.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS, Windows Phone&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;from RM14.49</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trellisys.sas" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/sas-survival-guide/id357811968?mt=8" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/sas-survival-guide/0153f6c4-ac7c-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8" target="_blank">Download SAS Survival Guide for Windows Phone here</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="SAS Survival Guide" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-sas-survival-guide.jpg?1400636324" /> </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"> 3. Magnificent Magnifier HD </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 might not seem like an essential tool for a survivalist, but there are plenty of occasions when the ability to zoom in on some tiny detail will come in handy.&nbsp;There are loads of magnifying-glass apps out there, but we&rsquo;d stick our pin in this one. It&rsquo;s great for diagnosing vehicle breakdowns or making repairs in dark spaces, as well as improving legibility of maps or small print. And unlike with a normal magnifying glass, you won&#39;t need to juggle a torch at the same time when using it in the dark.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;RMfree</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cps.mmxi.magnifier" target="_blank">Download Magnificent Magnifier HD here</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="Magnificent Magnifier HD" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-magnificent-magnifier-001.jpg?1400636324" /> </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"> 4. First Aid By British Red Cross </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s always best to swot up on first aid before you set off into the bush. Even so, the Red Cross app is brief enough to be used in the heat of the moment for many emergencies, with clearly laid-out sections, step-by-step advice and embedded videos you can watch wherever you are. There really is no reason not to download it - and it could even be a life-saver one day.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;Android, iOS, BlackBerry&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;RMfree</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.rca" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for Android here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/first-aid-by-british-red-cross/id483408666?mt=8" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for iOS here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/69078/?lang=en&amp;countrycode=GB" target="_blank">Download First Aid by British Red Cross for BlackBerry here</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="First Aid by British Red Cross" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-red-cross-first-aid.jpg?1400636324" /> </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"> 5. Outdoors Great Britain </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>Planning to explore the great outdoors on your next Euro-trip? When it comes to exploring the countryside,&nbsp;Proper Ordnance Survey maps are unbeatable.&nbsp;Even with in-app purchases this works out cheaper than the folding equivalents, and they can be downloaded for offline use, so you won&rsquo;t need a phone signal to access them. Planning on trekking a little further afield? Editions for France, Germany and the USA are also available.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;RM9.63</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/outdoors-great-britain-gps/id336150457?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Outdoors Great Britain here</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="Outdoors Great Britain" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-outdoors-great-britain.jpg?1400636324" /> </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"> 6. Mushroom ID </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>Neither Stuff nor the makers of this app are suggesting you use it in isolation to identify edible fungi (one wrong move could kill you), but it can be used as part of your education in wild mushroom hunting. There are clear photos to help with identification, and details of edibility and toxicity.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong>&nbsp;iOS&nbsp;<strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;RM16.07</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/mushroom-id-british-fungi/id693100198?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Mushroom ID here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</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="Mushroom ID" alt="The best apps for survivalists and exploration" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-apps-survivalists-apocalypse-mushroom-id.jpg?1400636324" /> </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/my/ipad-air/six-best-apps-survivalists/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad-air/six-best-apps-survivalists/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps iPad Air iPhone & iPad iPhone 5S Windows Phone apps Tue, 20 May 2014 13:32:07 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437538 at http://www.stuff.tv iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-vs-ipad-mini-2-retina-display/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don&#039;t know which model of iPad to buy? Read on and we&#039;ll tell you </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 iPad Air vs iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display vs iPad 4" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-air-mini-4-family-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You want the world&#39;s best tablet. Great! But which one of the world&#39;s best tablets is actually the best?</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="/my/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</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"> 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 Mini Retina is the cheapest of the three, as you&#39;d expect, with the 16GB Wi-Fi version going for a mere RM1279. But with the same model iPad 4 now selling for RM1199, that&#39;s RM70 for a whole lot more screen space. The iPad Air, meanwhile, will set you back a fair whack more: RM1599 for the equivalent model.</p> <p>The iPad 4 is only available in the 16GB variety, but spec up the Mini Retina and Air and the percentage difference between them decreases. So while&nbsp;a 128GB cellular Mini is yours for RM2679, the same spec Air costs RM2999.</p> <p>Bearing in mind depreciation, the regular refreshment of the iPad range and the vulnerability of mobile hardware, it might be wise to think twice before you splash out more than RM2500 on a tablet. For our money, the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi variants offer comfortable levels of storage without excessive financial investment, but if you can manage with just 16GB, the iPad 4 is undoubtedly the best value iPad now available.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad 4</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="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </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="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </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"> DESIGN AND BUILD </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 Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPad Air share the same external design DNA, inherited from the original iPad Mini. Now, the only apparent difference between the small and big iPads is the surface area. The Mini Retina has a 7.9in display while the Air&#39;s screen is 9.7in across the diagonal. Both are just 7.5mm thick.</p> <p>The poor old iPad 4 sticks with its relatively retro-looking and hefty build in comparison - it&#39;s 652g compared to the Air&#39;s svelte 469g. This is a tablet you might leave at home but it&#39;s still sturdy and perfectly finished.&nbsp;</p> <p>The wide black frame of the iPad 4 has been reduced substantially on the longer sides of the Air. Because it&#39;s much thinner than big iPads of yore, the Air no longer has to do the tapered edge trick, instead sporting a more squared-off edge, identical to the Mini Retina.</p> <p>Both the Air and Mini Retina are available in either &#39;Space Grey&#39; (with a black frame) or &#39;Silver&#39; (with a white frame), shrouded in a single-part aluminium case. The iPad 4 has to make do with the less exciting &#39;black&#39; or &#39;white&#39;, which is apt considering its similarly prosaic design.</p> <p>There&#39;s really nothing between the two newer tablets on this score. The iPad Mini is slightly more of a take-anywhere tablet due to its dinky size, but ultimately we&#39;ll call this one a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw - iPad Mini with Retina and iPad Air&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-mini-retina-display/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best accessories for the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ultimate-setup-apple-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">The 11 best accessories for the Apple iPad Air</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="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-002.jpg?1395283489" /> </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="Apple iPad 4" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-4-001.jpg?1395283489" /> </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"> 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>Three Retina display tablets but they&#39;re not identical. Between the iPad 4 and iPad Air, it&#39;s the same resolution and 9.7in size but there are small differences in colour and contrast. The Air&#39;s colours are very vivid - check out iOS 7 icons - and it&#39;s a slightly brighter, crisper screen.</p> <p>The Mini doesn&#39;t lag behind on pixel specs, sharing its 2048x1536 resolution with&nbsp;the two full-sized iPads. That&#39;s dense enough to make pixel edges invisible to most eyes on the iPad Air and iPad 4, but the Mini Retina beats that (for what it&#39;s worth) with an even greater pixel density due to its smaller screen size.</p> <p>The Mini&#39;s screen is excellent, but the Air has more accurate colour reproduction, with the Mini struggling with some hues, reds in particular. Even though that&#39;s not something you&#39;re likely to notice unless you have a trained eye, together with the increased display area it means the Air should be the first choice for anyone heavily into graphics or video work. Indoors it&#39;s quite practical and comfortable on any of the three to reduce the brightness slider by as much as 50%, which will help stretch out the already impressive battery life.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Everything you need to know about iPhone 6</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> 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 iPad 4 has to find room for a pretty fat battery in order to drive its screen for ten hours, but somehow the Air has just as much stamina despite its slimmer chassis.&nbsp;Not only that, but it charges in less time too. In real terms that means it doesn&#39;t need a full night plugged into the mains to get back to 100%.</p> <p>In our real-life tests, the Air is averaging between one and two days before it needs rejuicing. The Mini Retina makes the same 10-hour battery life claims, which are realistic, but in our experience it doesn&#39;t quite match the two bigger models for real-world stamina.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review" target="_blank">iOS 8 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-003.jpg?1395283489" /> </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="Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-mini-004.jpg?1395283489" /> </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 AND 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>It&#39;s another close fight here between the Mini and Air.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both have a 64-bit A7 processor, but the Air&#39;s is very slightly faster, running at 1.4GHz compared to the Mini&#39;s 1.3GHz. Both are powerful enough to keep apps and the OS running very smoothly most of the time. Elsewhere they&#39;re neck-and-neck with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, the same cameras front and back (720p, 1.2MP and 1080p 5MP respectively), gyroscope, accelerometer and ambient light sensors in common.&nbsp;</p> <p>On paper, the iPad 4 trails both on account of its A6X chip, but don&#39;t let that put you off too much. Yes, it&nbsp;misses out on some 64-bit optimisation in apps, but it&#39;s otherwise just as fluid in use and frankly,&nbsp;we&#39;re yet to meet an unreliable iPad of any kind.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> draw - iPad Mini Retina and iPad Air&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature" target="_blank">The 25 best free apps for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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>All three iPads have something to offer you, depending on your priorities.</p> <p>On price alone, it&#39;s a straight choice between the RM1279 Mini Retina and RM1199 iPad 4.&nbsp;If you don&#39;t intend to store much in the way of video and music, the 16GB of storage you&#39;ll get on either is just about enough to allow you to enjoy the world of iOS on a budget, and both have lovely Retina screens and plenty of power. Deciding between them is pretty much a simple case of do you need to travel light, or do you want the extra screen real estate you&#39;d get from the iPad 4.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want the absolute best iPad you can get, however, with money no object, the iPad Air has to be the winner.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;additional screen space it offers over the Mini Retina gives you the freedom to get the most out of the best apps, which is surely one of the main reasons you&#39;re looking at an iPad at all, while&nbsp;its added whiff of luxury will permeate your existence for a long time to come.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> iPad Air</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Which iPad? Apple iPad Air vs iPad 4 vs Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ipad-air-004.jpg?1395283489" /> </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/my/apple/ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-vs-ipad-mini-2-retina-display/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-vs-ipad-mini-2-retina-display/feature#comments Apple iPad 4 iPad Air iPad Mini 2 iPhone & iPad Tablets Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:33:06 +0000 Elissa Loi 1434011 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-101/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome to the Thursday tablet showdown. Commencing countdown to the clash of giants in 3, 2, 1... </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="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPad%20air%20vs%20Note%2010.1%20vs%20Z2%20Tablet.jpg?1393982235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wondering which tablet deserves your hard-earned cash? We (try to) make it a little easier for you in our tablet tech-spectacular throwdown.</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="/my/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"> Build: Through the thin and thinner </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>Let&rsquo;s talk vital stats. At 6.4mm thin, the modelesque Xperia Z2 tablet makes the 7.9mm Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and even the 7.5mm iPad Air look like chunky monkeys. Argue all you want about volume and not mere dimensions, the Xperia Z2 tablet wins the weightwatchers war at just 439g while the 478g iPad Air and 547g Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) prove to be heavyweights - in a bad way.</p> <p>All three tablets are gorgeous in their own right, with their slimmed down bezels, clean lines, and glass-slabbed fronts. But start to feel them up and you&rsquo;ll notice the difference. What looks good from afar might not always translate to the best experience in hand. The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) immediately loses favour with its plastic and faux-leather clothing combination. Surprisingly, it does nothing to help it weigh less - next to the other two tablets all draped in sleek metal.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air review</a></strong></p> <p>We would lean towards the iPad Air&rsquo;s indisputably premium looks and smooth curves if not for the fact that the Xperia Z2 Tablet having one less killer move in the back - waterproof ability.&nbsp;Not content with just being waterproof, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is also dust and scratch-resistant to keep it looking as good as the day it emerged from the box. It&rsquo;s hard to argue with that kind of self-preservation skill. <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</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="349" title="Build: Through the thin and thinner" alt="Build: Through the thin and thinner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-flat_0.jpg?1393982235" /> </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="Build: Through the thin and thinner" alt="Build: Through the thin and thinner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iPad-4-width_0_0.png?1393982235" /> </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"> Display: Power of the pixel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 Tablet is slathered in a 1920 x 1200 Triluminos Display with IPS technology for excellent all-round viewing. But that&rsquo;s all we can say about it until we get a review unit and put it to the test in real lighting conditions.</p> <p>As for the other two, the 9.7in iPad Air packs 2048x1536 resolution and racks up an admirable 264ppi, but all that&rsquo;s undermined by the 10.1in Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)&rsquo;s 2560x1600 resolution and its resulting 299ppi.</p> <p class="p1">But that&rsquo;s just a game of numbers. Unless you have eyes powerful enough to pick out pixel for pixel, it&rsquo;s the overall experience that counts. Anyone who&rsquo;s been treated to a view of the iPad Air will be hard-pressed to find fault with its Retina display. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"><strong>Winner: </strong>undeclared for now</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="Display: Power of the pixel" alt="Display: Power of the pixel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-screen-image_1.JPG?1393982235" /> </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="Display: Power of the pixel" alt="Display: Power of the pixel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iBooks_2_0.png?1393982235" /> </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"> Camera: In your sights </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 we&rsquo;d advise against wielding your tablet at any time as a camera, we understand that it might come in handy on the rare occasion. In that case, both the Xperia Z2 Tablet and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) sport 8MP rear cameras while the iPad Air stumbles with just a 5MP shooter.</p> <p>But when it comes to tablets, it&rsquo;s the front-facing cameras that matter for all those Skype sessions you&rsquo;re planning.&nbsp;Once again, the iPad Air falls short with its 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera against both the Android tablets&rsquo; 2MP cameras, while the Xperia Z2 Tablet bests the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) slightly at 2.2MP.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>Winner: </strong>Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</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="Camera: In your sights" alt="Camera: In your sights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-build-1_1.JPG?1393982235" /> </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="Camera: In your sights" alt="Camera: In your sights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-camera-clock_1_0.png?1393982235" /> </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"> Performance: The race of haste </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>Numbers, numbers and yet more numbers. The Xperia Z2 Tablet easily blazes through to the finish line with its 2.3GHz quad-core processor, leaving the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and its 1.9GHz quad-core processor behind. Where&rsquo;s the iPad Air, you ask? It&rsquo;s trying its best to keep up somewhere in the back thanks to its not-quite-there proprietary dual-core 1.4GHz A7 processor.</p> <p class="p1">While both Android tablets pack 3GB RAM, the Xperia Z2 Tablet comes up tops for being armed with the numbers to potentially handle the endless lists of tasks you might set for it without skipping a beat.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Winner: </strong>Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet</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="Performance: The race of haste" alt="Performance: The race of haste" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-main_2.jpg?1393982235" /> </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="Performance: The race of haste" alt="Performance: The race of haste" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-Infinity-Blade-III_1_1.png?1393982235" /> </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: Live long and prosper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What&rsquo;s the point of being feature-packed to the extent of unsustainability? Don&rsquo;t knock the humble battery, it&#39;s the lifegiver of your device. In this case, the iPad Air&rsquo;s 8820 mAh juicepack comes just on top of the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)&rsquo;s 8220 mAh, while the Xperia Z2 Tablet is already blinking red, clocking in at just 6000 mAh.</p> <p>The iPad Air claims to give up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi time while the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) professes slightly lower Facebook-usage time of up to 9 hours. The Xperia Z2 Tablet must have known it can&rsquo;t compare in this area, thereby conveniently leaving all mention of battery life out of its official product page, except for a sneaky note on how users can significantly improve usage time with the use of Battery STAMINA Mode under its performance tab.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review</a></strong></p> <p>We see what you did there, Sony, but you can&rsquo;t fool us. Until we abuse the tablets&#39; juice pack extensively with movies and heavy usage, we can&#39;t in good conscience give a definite verdict for its battery mileage. <p><strong>Winner:&nbsp;</strong>undeclared for now</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="Battery: Live long and prosper" alt="Battery: Live long and prosper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iTunes-U_3_0.png?1393982235" /> </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"> The OS Wars </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>Between the two Android tablets, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) pales in comparison with its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean while the newer Xperia Z2 Tablet is understandably fed on the new fad diet of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4 KitKat</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</a></strong></p> <p>And then we have the good-looking&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>&nbsp;courtesy of the iPad Air.&nbsp;You could go on forever debating the merits of both ecosystems and yet, better geeks have never reached a conclusion. We&#39;ll leave it at this. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>draw</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="The OS Wars" alt="The OS Wars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-homescreen_0_0.JPG?1393982235" /> </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>The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet beats the other two tablets in most categories but the biggest niggling fact is that it still has too small a battery to properly allow its features to be put to good use. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">As of now, Apple&#39;s iPad Air is still comfortably ensconced in the top spot on our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 Tablets list</a>. But we foresee the latest Sony tablet giving it a run for its money. That is, if it doesn&rsquo;t cost too much in the first place.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>WATCH NOW: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-z2-tablet-hands-review/video" target="_blank">Video: Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet vs iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Xperia%20Z2%20Tablet.jpg?1393982235" /> </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-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The great tablet shootout </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad%20air%20vs%20Note%2010.1%20vs%20Z2%20Tablet_0.jpg?1393809347" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-101/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-101/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-vs-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature#comments Galaxy Note 10.1 iPad Air Samsung Tablets Thu, 27 Feb 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1432961 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 vs Apple iPad Air http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/samsung-galaxy-notepro-122-vs-apple-ipad-air/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Join us for the battle of the big tablet and, er, the even bigger tablet </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 iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-air-vs-notepro-12-2.jpg?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ladies and gentlemen, let&rsquo;s get ready to rumble. It&rsquo;s the battle of the big tablets: in one corner, Apple&rsquo;s flagship slate, the iPad Air; in the other, Samsung&rsquo;s maxi-sized, high-powered Galaxy NotePRO 12.2.</p> <p>Which is the king of the king-sized tabs? Now that we&rsquo;ve had the chance to review both models, we&rsquo;re in a position to tell you. Seconds out: it&rsquo;s go time.</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="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: real metal vs fake leather </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>Before we get on to the tablets&rsquo; respective stylings, a quick word about their size. As its name suggests, the 9.7in iPad Air is lightweight: 469g (478g for the cellular version) and 7.5mm thick. The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2in? Not so much. This 12.2in behemoth tips the scales at 750g &ndash; unlike the iPad, it&rsquo;s too hefty to comfortably hold one-handed. It&rsquo;s more a tray-blet than than a tablet, with the surface area of two iPad Minis combined! Samsung has managed to squeeze its thickness down to just 8mm, though. <p>Design-wise, Samsung has stuck with textured, leather-effect hard plastic for the NotePRO 12.2&rsquo;s backside, plus metal-look sides. We quite like the way the tablet feels in the hand (there&rsquo;s no flex in it, despite its size) and despite the faux-leather expanse on its reverse it manages to not look totally naff &ndash; but nobody with any sense of taste could say it matches the preeminent elegance of the iPad Air&rsquo;s metal-and-glass build, not to mention its solidity and overall feeling of quality. Samsung has a hell of a way to go to catch up with Apple in terms of creating devices that are truly beautiful.</p> <p>The NotePRO 12.2 is designed to be used in landscape the majority of the time &ndash; Samsung&rsquo;s decision to locate the physical home button (which is flanked by capacitive back and menu controls) on one of the long edges makes it tricky to hit when using the tablet in portrait orientation. The iPad Air&rsquo;s smaller size and lower weight means it can be used comfortably in either orientation.</p> <p>Obviously the NotePRO&rsquo;s size was always going to make it heavier and more unwieldy than the iPad Air, but even if they were equal in those respects, Apple&rsquo;s superior styling and eye for design would get the nod.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Apple iPad Air</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="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-back.jpg?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notepro%20122%20back.JPG?1392859412" /> </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 iPad Air boasts a 9.7in screen with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, which gives it a pixel density of 264ppi. The Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has a 2560 x 1600 resolution and 247ppi, so there&rsquo;s next to no difference in the sharpness of the screens in real world use (although given that you&rsquo;re probably going to be holding the NotePRO a bit further away from your eyes than you would the iPad, Samsung&rsquo;s device may appear marginally sharper to those with hawk-like peepers).</p> <p>In terms of image quality, the two devices seem tuned for different tasks. The iPad Air&rsquo;s deep blacks and facility with detail make it better suited for video playback and games, while the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2&rsquo;s excellent contrast gives it the edge for web browsing and word processing. The NotePRO can also run four apps or videos at once thanks to its Multi Window mode, with all looking sufficiently clear and crisp.</p> <p><strong>Winner: we&rsquo;ll call this one a 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="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notepro%20122%20scree.JPG?1392859412" /> </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="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-screen_0.jpg?1392859412" /> </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 and performance </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 version of the NotePRO we tested came with a 1.9GHz quad-core Exynos chip and 3GB of RAM (the cellular version comes with a Snapdragon 800, however). That&rsquo;s plenty of power on tap: more than enough to run four apps simultaneously via Multi Window and handle the latest games (although the tablet&rsquo;s sheer size makes it unsuited for gaming).</p> <p>The iPad Air&rsquo;s specs might not beat the NotePRO&rsquo;s on paper (dual-core 1.4GHz A7 processor, under 1GB of RAM), but it&rsquo;s similarly slick when it comes to day-to-day use. In fact, going by Geekbench 3 the iPad Air is a fair bit quicker &ndash; although we don&rsquo;t advise you put too much stock in benchmarks. The iPad also feature a 64-bit processor (something that may be significant in the future, if not greatly so now). On raw specs, the NotePRO has it.</p> <p>In terms of battery life, the two tablets performed almost exactly the same in our HD rundown test: the NotePRO lasts a heck of a long time considering its huge screen.</p> <p>Connectivity-wise, the NotePRO packs dual-band Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional 3G/4G. The Air offers much the same, minus USB 3.0 which it supplants with its Lightning port.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2</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="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-Garageband.jpg?1392859412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notepro%20122%20multi%20window.JPG?1392859412" /> </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"> OS and apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A hard one to compare, this, because they&rsquo;re so different. The NotePRO has Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Samsung&rsquo;s Magazine UX over the top, while the iPad has iOS 7.</p> <p>Each OS and UI has its advantages. Apple has iTunes and the App Store, giving iPad users access to the best-stocked digital shops around (Google Play isn&rsquo;t at all bad, but iTunes has it beat) and a heap of apps tuned specifically for Retina display screens; Android is rather poorly served when it comes to apps suitable for large tablets. The NotePRO has the advantage of its S Pen stylus, which allows you to jot down notes, make sketches and circle details to remember for later. It&rsquo;s a great tool for productivity and on-the-go working, and Magazine UX includes a number of handy widgets and apps tailored for the device.</p> <p>Which one is best? It&rsquo;s really going to depend on your preference for the OS and whether or not having apps designed specifically for large screens is a deal breaker. Both iOS 7 and Android 4.3 are slick and easy-to-use. We&rsquo;re going to call this one evens.</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="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" alt="Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/notepro%20122%20s%20pen.JPG?1392859412" /> </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="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-ios-7-control-center.jpg?1392859412" /> </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"> 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>These are quite different tablets and generally suited to different tasks, although of course there are several areas where their skills overlap. If you&rsquo;re looking for a lightweight, video-centric tablet with fantastic app support and an excellent supply of games, it&rsquo;s got to be the iPad Air (which, with the price starting at RM1599, is also a heck of a lot cheaper than the RM2999 NotePRO).</p> <p>The NotePRO is far more focussed on business than leisure: if viewing a document in one window while videoconferencing in another is something you need, the iPad can&rsquo;t help &ndash; but the NotePRO can. 12.2 inches is a huge screen size, but (thanks in no small part to the S Pen stylus) Samsung has managed to present a case for buying a really, really big tablet.</p> <p>The iPad Air will suit the vast majority of users better than the NotePRO, and it&rsquo;s a much more handsome product, but for some, Samsung&rsquo;s tray-sized device will prove an invaluable companion.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 10.1</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/samsung-galaxy-notepro-122-vs-apple-ipad-air/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/samsung-galaxy-notepro-122-vs-apple-ipad-air/feature#comments Apple Galaxy NotePro 12.2 iPad Air Samsung Tablets Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:11:30 +0000 Elissa Loi 1432601 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s new slate is its best tablet yet – but how does it stack up against Apple&#039;s wafer-thin iPad Air? </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 iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-10.1-vs-apple-ipad-air.jpg?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The battle lines have once again been drawn between Apple and Samsung.</p> <p>This time, it&#39;s tablets that are the weapons of choice &ndash; specifically, the feather-light <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> and Samsung&#39;s 2014 refresh of its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 10.1</a>. Both are flagship slates for their parent companies, and both have their own unique advantages and disadvantages.</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="/my/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"> Metal vs pleather </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 tablets borrow design cues from elsewhere in their respective ranges; in the case of the iPad Air, that means iPad Mini-style lines, complete with slimmed-down screen bezel. The Note, meanwhile, draws on the Galaxy Note 3&#39;s pleather-and-plastic design, complete with fake stitching on the back.</p> <p>Of the two, the iPad Air&#39;s the standout in terms of design; it&#39;s a mere 7.5mm thin, with no give in it. And it&#39;s light, too &ndash; 469g or 478g, depending on whether you opt for the Wi-Fi only or cellular version. Beware, though: all that Space Grey aluminium will scratch easily.</p> <p>The Note&#39;s well put-together &ndash; there&#39;s little to no flex in it, and the manufacturing is seamless. However, its symphony of plastic and faux-leather just looks plain tacky on a device this size &ndash; and the pleather doesn&#39;t have the grippy, soft-touch feel of the Galaxy Note 3&#39;s similar back to recommend it.</p> <p>That metal-effect plastic edging is pretty unimpressive next to the iPad&#39;s metal-and glass build, too &ndash; and it doesn&#39;t yield a weight saving, with the Note coming in at around 540g depending on which version you pick up. That said, the Note feels solid in the hand, and has a pleasing heft to it. But in terms of looks, there&#39;s no contest &ndash; the iPad Air walks away with it.</p> <p><em>Winner</em>: <strong>iPad Air</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="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-build-camera_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-2014-review-extras.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-build-1_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iBooks_2.png?1391486097" /> </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 Note 10.1&#39;s screen is glorious &ndash; &quot;one of the best we&#39;ve ever seen on a 10in tablet,&quot; as Stuff&#39;s own Sophie Charara puts it. Its 2560 x 1600 screen bests the iPad Air&#39;s 2048 x 1536, 9.7in screen in terms of raw numbers, offering up 299ppi against the Air&#39;s 264ppi. Fonts are crisp, and it delivers wide viewing angles. And with multiple screen mode options, it&#39;s versatile, too.</p> <p>Although the Air&#39;s Retina display may not match up in terms of pixel count, it&#39;s plenty sharp enough, though &ndash; and it has the edge over the Note when watching video, with true-to-life colours and dynamic imagery. &quot;No matter what you chuck at it, the Retina does the job brilliantly,&quot; we said. And there&#39;s plenty to show off on it, with an App Store crammed with Retina-resolution software and games.</p> <p><em>Winner</em>: <strong>iPad Air</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature" target="_blank">iCheapskate: 25 amazing free games for iPad and iPhone</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="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-battery-life_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-screen-image_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </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="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-apps-close-up_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-Infinity-Blade-III_2.png?1391486097" /> </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 and performance </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 Note 10.1 certainly has some impressive specs; a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and an 8220mAh battery, plus up to 64GB internal storage. And that power is backed up by the benchmarks, too, with the Note managing a respectable score of 2871 on Geekbench 3 in our test.</p> <p>That&#39;s a step ahead of the iPad Air&#39;s Geekbench score of 2696 &ndash; and it&#39;s not surprising, since the iPad&#39;s proprietary dual-core 1.4GHz A7 processor and 1GB RAM don&#39;t quite measure up to the Note&#39;s internals. That said, Apple&#39;s 64-bit processor is handily future-proofed (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/whats-all-fuss-about-64-bit-smartphones-iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-anyway/feature" target="_blank">find out what the fuss is all about here</a>), and app developers are slowly starting to optimise their wares for the extra headroom.</p> <p>Of course, it&#39;s what you do with those specs that count, and the iPad Air is delightfully smooth. With every single app we&#39;d opened running in the background, we still got &quot;zero stutter when dropping five-minute long HD clips into the iMovie timeline, resizing and rearranging, playing back the preview and adding music.&quot;</p> <p>The Note, meanwhile, &quot;chews through demanding games like a croc through soft fudge,&quot; but could still do with some optimisation in terms of software; there&#39;s a noticeable pause between tapping an app and it opening, and &quot;as we set a tonne of Android apps downloading to the tab at once, the shiny widgets on the main homescreen flickered and entered a reload loop meltdown just short of a full crash.&quot;</p> <p>Still, the grunt&#39;s there, and on raw specs, we have to give the trophy to Samsung for this round.</p> <p><em>Winner</em>: <strong>Samsung</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature" target="_blank">25 fantastic free Android games</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="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-iMovie_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-s-pen-options_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </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"> Connectivity </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>In terms of ports, there&#39;s surprising parity between the two tablets; the The Note packs in microUSB 2.0 and microSD up to 64GB, plus an IR blaster. Annoyingly, there&#39;s no micro HDMI out, which means you&#39;ll need a dongle to ouput to your TV. Wireless options include Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.</p> <p>The iPad Air doesn&#39;t have 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but does feature Bluetooth 4.0 and Apple&#39;s proprietary Lightning connector. Dock manufacturers are still playing catch-up, though wireless connectivity options and Apple&#39;s AirPlay have largely done away with the need for a physical port.</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"> OS and apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And so we come to the thorny issue of your OS of choice.&nbsp;Samsung&#39;s packed its Magazine UX (running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean) with widgets, including a specially-modified version of Twitter, the digital edition of Bloomberg&#39;s Businessweek+ and an impressive version of Flipboard.</p> <p>The star attraction, though, is Samsung&#39;s Multi Window, letting you run Samsung and Google apps side by side. It&#39;s not new, but our review points out that it &quot;works much better this time around&quot; thanks to the new Note&#39;s beefed-up silicon.</p> <p>That Note name means that you also get Samsung&#39;s S Pen stylus, which comes with plenty of new tricks. Air Command menus &quot;can be a bit confusing at first, but stick with the S Pen and the rewards are vast&quot; &ndash; you can scribble notes, circle details and add them to contacts, or pull up an address in Google Maps. You can even search your handwritten notes in the Note 10.1&#39;s universal search.</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 Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-homescreen_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-S-Pen-slot_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/review-s-pen-s-note_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, all of the Note&#39;s widgets and duplicated apps do tend to clutter up the screen somewhat, in marked contrast to the slicker, cleaner iOS 7. Yes, Android fans will doubtless carp that features like the Control Centre appear suspiciously familiar, but Apple&#39;s done a great job of presenting those features. The UI design is slick and stripped-back, and the controls are intuitive &ndash; although Apple&#39;s continuing refusal to add homescreen widgets and customisation options remains a point of contention.</p> <p>Apple&#39;s not-so-secret weapons are, of course, iTunes and the App Store &ndash; &quot;the biggest and best-curated digital shops available, despite fierce competition from Google Play.&quot; 10in Android tablets still lag behind in terms of essential apps, though the number is gradually increasing. There are no official Twitter or Facebook apps available for 10in &#39;droids, for instance, and while the BBC iPlayer has finally made its way onto larger Android tablets, the Note 10.1 doesn&#39;t yet support programme downloads.</p> <p>Which operating system you pick largely comes down to your own preferences and priorities. With the Note, you get Android&#39;s more open platform (complete with a proper file and folder structure), plus more options for customisation and homescreen widgets. The iPad Air gets you Apple&#39;s cleaner, simpler design and the vast riches of its App Store. Both have their advantages and disadvantages; we&#39;ll call it a draw.</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="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Air" alt="Apple iPad Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-review-IOS-7-control-center_5.png?1391486097" /> </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>Samsung and Apple have produced a pair of top-quality tablets in the Note 10.1 and the iPad Air. They&#39;re directly competing on price, with both slates starting at &pound;400 for a Wi-Fi only, 16GB version. So which comes out on top?</p> <p>The iPad Air offers gorgeous design, an impressive screen and a shedload of apps thanks to Apple&#39;s App Store. The Note 10.1 delivers plenty of grunt with its 3GB RAM, 1.9GHz processor and 299ppi screen &ndash; and its S Pen stylus is genuinely useful once you&#39;ve got the hang of it. But Samsung&#39;s slate is hamstrung by the limited availability of 10in Android tablet apps, and an overly fussy design.</p> <p>If and when the app situation improves, Samsung may gain the edge over Apple &ndash; but for the time being, the iPad Air rightly dominates the large tablet market. And that&#39;s why it&#39;s number one on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 tablet list</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="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_2.png?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/review-flipboard-magazine-ux_0.JPG?1391486097" /> </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-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How does Samsung&#039;s slate stack up against the featherweight iPad? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-10.1-vs-apple-ipad-air_0.jpg?1391486097" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-101-2014/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Note 10.1 iPad Air Samsung Tablets Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:20:37 +0000 Nigel Yap 1431660 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: iPad Air vs iPad 4 – is it worth the upgrade? http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/video-ipad-air-vs-ipad-4-it-worth-upgrade/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You only need to pick up the iPad Air to appreciate the major difference in weight – but is that enough to justify an upgrade to the latest model? </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: iPad Air vs iPad 4 – is it worth the upgrade?" alt="Video: iPad Air vs iPad 4 – is it worth the upgrade?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-11-05%20at%2017.47.08.png?1383830795" /> </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-2808682282001" 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="2808682282001" /> <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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It&#039;s never looked or felt better </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: Apple iPad Air – Apple&#039;s best tablet yet" alt="Video review: Apple iPad Air – Apple&#039;s best tablet yet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-10-30%20at%2002.38.04.png?1383180262" /> </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-2782242561001" 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="2782242561001" /> <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> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/video-review-ipad-air-slimmer-faster-and-better-ever/video#comments Apple iPad Air Tablets Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:44:06 +0000 Nigel Yap 1428581 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands on video review: Apple iPad Air – the thinnest, fastest and lightest full-size iPad yet http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/hands-video-review-apple-ipad-air-thinnest-fastest-and-lightest-full-size-ipad-yet/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s ditched its conventional naming system for its top-of-the-range iPad, in favour of a moniker much more in line with its beautifully slim form-factor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202013-10-23%20at%2012.27.30.png?1382580028" /> </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-2762423141001" 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="2762423141001" /> <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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The iPad Air is much slimmer, a whole heap lighter and comes with all the chamfered edges and curved aluminium corners that made us fall head-over-heels for the iPad Mini last year.</p> <p class="p1">It's also, on paper, much more powerful than 2012's iPad 4, borrowing the 64-bit innards from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s </a>to boost graphical and processing performance.</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="/my/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</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"> The most beautiful full-size tablet money can buy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">To hold an iPad Air is to experience true gadget lust. Like the iPad Mini it takes design cues from, it's a lovely little thing - the space shaved off the bezels make it feel impressively small, and it's amazingly light.&nbsp;At 7.5mm it's also the exact same thickness as the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-mini-2-hands-review-now-thats-what-we-call-screen/feature" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2</a>.</p> <p class="p1">The finish is every bit as good as we've come to expect from Apple: all laser-cut chamfers and expertly milled holes. The space grey finish cuts a nice dash in real life, but you won't lose sleep if you get the silver one for Christmas.</p> <p class="p1">By making the Air this goddamn sexy, Apple's competing with itself: we'd be amazed if this new design didn't encourage a few potential iPad Mini customers to dig a little deeper into their wallets.</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-2762423141001" 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="2762423141001" /> <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-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="iPad Air beauty shot" alt="iPad Air beauty shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-beauty-2.jpg?1382580567" /> </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="iPad Air in hand" alt="iPad Air in hand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-in-hand.jpg?1382580567" /> </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"> Still a stunning 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>It wasn't broke, Apple didn't fix it. Although on paper bested by on pixel density by the likes of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-10/review" target="_blank"> Google Nexus 10</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> and, now, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-mini-2-hands-review-now-thats-what-we-call-screen/feature" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2</a>, the iPad Air's Retina Display is a display to be proud of. It's crisp, vibrant and doesn't exhibit the merest hint of ghosting in fast-moving apps such as Infinity Blade 3.</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="iPad Air screen" alt="iPad Air screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-screen.jpg?1382580567" /> </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="iPad Air Infinity Blade 3" alt="iPad Air Infinity Blade 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-infinity-blade-3.jpg?1382580567" /> </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 in spades, although you wouldn&#039;t know it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The only way we could tell the iPad Air in front of us packed a 64-bit A7 chip was the 32 recording tracks available in GarageBand. Otherwise, iOS 7 flowed just as it does on the iPad 4 - with no noticeable stutter.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">Maps is fast and fluid, demanding games make no impact, video editing in iMovie took no time to render. It'll take more 64-bit ready apps, such as the CAD one demoed in the keynote video, to really show what the A7 can do. But based on our experience of the 5s, this is a chip that can hold its own with the finest Snapdragon, Exynos and Tegra silicon.</p> <p class="p2">The odd thing is that the iPhone 5s leveraged the A7 to do a few neat things besides making the experience that bit slicker. First is TouchID fingerprint scanning, which is absent in this device. The second is slow-mo video recording.</p> <p class="p1">We can understand the lack of TouchID, but the lack of slow-mo seems likely to be down to a hardware limitation we're not aware of. Otherwise you just would include it, wouldn't you?</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="iPad Air no Touch ID" alt="iPad Air no Touch ID" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-no-touch-id.jpg?1382580567" /> </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"> Look, don&#039;t touch </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 class="p1">OK, I got this wrong: I predicted the iPad Air would include the TouchID tech we so enjoy on the iPhone 5s. The ability to unlock the phone and buy stuff with a touch is a genuine life enhancement (albeit a little one). We got so excited about it, we came up with<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/9-genius-uses-iphone-5s-touch-id-fingerprint-sensor/feature" target="_blank"> 9 genius uses for the tech</a> of our own.</p> <p class="p1">But there's no TouchID here. The decision to leave it out might have been a cost-saving exercise or a space-saving exercise, but there's probably more to it than that. iPads are often family devices that you wouldn't necessarily want to lock to specific people's digits,&nbsp;for example.</p> <p class="p1">Either way, Apple no doubt focused grouped the hell out of its usage scenarios before deciding whether to include it or not. However it came to the decision, I'd rather have it on my next iPad.</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="/my/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"> 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: not the ideal testing environment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">You can shoot straight, square or video on the camera app: no panorama, no slow-mo (as mentioned), and the burst mode isn't anywhere near as quick as that of the 5s. This is not a big deal for us, but it is curious that Apple would leave such functionality out.</p> <p class="p1">We took a few quick snaps in the dark demo environment. The 5MP BSI sensor actually put in a decent performance (at least based on what we could see on-screen), but we'll need more time (and, ideally, a nice holiday somewhere sunny) to find out what it's capable of.</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="iPad Air camera app" alt="iPad Air camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-camera-app.jpg?1382580567" /> </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="iPad Air camera" alt="iPad Air camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-camera.jpg?1382580567" /> </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"> The iOS 7 we know and rather like </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're still quite taken with iOS 7, and it performs very nicely on the A7 silicon inside the iPad Air. For more info on the iOS 7 experience, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/node/1426771">click here</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="iPad Air iOS 7 iPhoto" alt="iPad Air iOS 7 iPhoto" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-iphoto.jpg?1382580567" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">This is a beautiful new iPad: more desirable than any previous generation, and we've no doubt it'll sell in its quadrillions for the $499 (RM1,585) asking price (16GB Wi-Fi version).</p> <p class="p1">But we think a couple of opportunities were missed. Although far from a necessary upgrade, we would have liked TouchID, and including it would have given the Air an additional point of differentiation from the Android hordes.</p> <p class="p1">Nevertheless, first impressions suggest it's an iPad 4-beating device, and<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank"> according to our Top 10</a> that makes the iPad Air the best tablet money can buy right now. Is it a must-upgrade? If you have an iPad 4, no: the experience isn't vastly different, although the hardware is dramatically smaller. If you're on an iPad 3 or earlier, you'll certainly notice the speed bump. Anything older that that and it's high time to enter the age of Retina screens (you'll get that nice skinny bezel as a bonus).</p> <p class="p1">Will you be upgrading? Let us know what you think of the iPad Air below.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-air-hands-review-slimmed-down-powered/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-air-hands-review-slimmed-down-powered/feature#comments Apple iPad Air Tablets Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:30:22 +0000 Elissa Loi 1428258 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet the iPad Air – Apple's "biggest leap ever" in the iPad world http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/meet-ipad-air-apples-biggest-leap-ever-ipad-world/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPad 5 who? Apple&#039;s newest tablet is it&#039;s thinnest, fastest, most scrumptious yet. But it won&#039;t read your fingerprints </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="891" height="668" title="Meet the iPad Air – Apple&#039;s &quot;biggest leap ever&quot; in the iPad world" alt="Meet the iPad Air – Apple&#039;s &quot;biggest leap ever&quot; in the iPad world" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-air-main-side.jpg?1382472880" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Finally after being leaked more times than we can bear to count, Apple has finally lifted the curtains off its latest full-fat iPad.</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="/my/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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RIP, iPad 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fifth generation iPad Air (RIP iPad 5 moniker) features a slimmer, sexier and lighter design with clever brains to match.</p> <p>It's a whopping 43 per cent thinner than the previous generation iPad 4 and is 20 per cent thinner at&nbsp;just&nbsp;7.5mm. According to Apple, the new iPad Air feels very different in the hands and is&nbsp;groundbreaking both in design and comfort.</p> <p>Despite its smaller bezels, it retains its beautifully crisp 9.7in&nbsp;2048x1536 display and also has two new colour schemes to boot – silver/white and space grey/black. Gold however is nowhere to be seen – sorry bling fans.</p> <p>Also absent is the long-rumoured&nbsp;Touch ID fingerprint Home button sensor, despite the fact that the iPad Air sports same 64-bit A7 chip found in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>&nbsp;which is required for the fingerprint encryption to work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Why Apple&nbsp;omitted&nbsp;this function remains unclear, but it could be due to space-saving constraints or the fact that you can't comfortably unlock an iPad one-handed.</p> <p>Other juicy specs include dual WIMO antennas which promise twice the data speeds over Wi-Fi than the iPad 4 and a smaller battery (to help reduce the weight) which still offers 10 hours of use thanks&nbsp;to&nbsp;the more efficient A7 processor. And of course, it'll ship with the latest version of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS 7</a>.</p> <p>The A7 chip itself provides the iPad Air with twice the 3D rendering power and 72x the graphics performance of the previous generation iPad too.</p> <p>Overall, Apple promises that the iPad Air will be a "drastically different&nbsp;experience" to any other iPad that's come before it, and we can't wait to caress its sleek build, so stay tuned for our hands-on preview.</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-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No iPad Air for Malaysia. Yet. </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>Jokes aside about the water and Air connection, Malaysia is sadly not listed in the first wave of countries to receive the new iPad Air on 1 November. As a gauge, our neighbours across the causeway are looking at S$688 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, or S$870 for the 16GB LTE model.</p> <p>If you're feeling particularly frisky you can fork out a wallet-busting S$1288 for the 128GB LTE iPad Air, but we're sure you'll find something a little more within a respectable price range on the Apple Store.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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/apple-ipad-air-caro-02.jpg?1382473101" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/meet-ipad-air-apples-biggest-leap-ever-ipad-world/news#comments Apple iPad Air Tablets Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:07:54 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1428227 at http://www.stuff.tv Live from Stuff.tv and Apple - new iPads and other Apple products announcement http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-announcement-live-stufftv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Coming soon to an Apple Store near you - Apple&#039;s latest iPad and iPad mini. But before that happens, check out our live report or Apple&#039;s live stream as the details trickle in during the event </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="Live from Stuff.tv and Apple - new iPads and other Apple products announcement" alt="Live from Stuff.tv and Apple - new iPads and other Apple products announcement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Apple%20iPad%20Live.jpg?1382459452" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Coffee, checked. Comfy chairs, ready. Now all that's left, is the official announcement of the new iPad and iPad mini by Apple.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stuff.tv will be<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-ipad-launch-live-blog-tune-here-6pm/news" target="_blank"> reporting live</a> as the details surrounding Apple’s latest tablets are revealed. Wait, there will be two iPads? Shocker! Will there be a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/13in-ipad-and-larger-iphones-development-apple-hq/news" target="_blank">third, super-sized iPad</a> thrown into the mix?</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="/my/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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/my/apple/apple-ipad-announcement-live-stufftv/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-announcement-live-stufftv/news#comments Apple iPad Air iPad Mini 2 Tablets Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:25:48 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1428210 at http://www.stuff.tv