Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/windows-phone/news en-MY The low-end Lumia 535 is Microsoft’s first post-Nokia phone http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/low-end-lumia-535-microsoft-s-first-post-nokia-phone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Losing the iconic phone brand, the new Lumia sports familiar design and a low price </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Lumia 535" alt="Microsoft Lumia 535" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-535-front.png?1415756165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">Microsoft is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news">moving on from the Nokia name</a> when it comes to Windows smartphones, and as such, the newly-announced Lumia 535 will be the first to feature its own branding.</p> <p class="p1">Otherwise, this budget-minded Windows Phone 8.1 handset doesn&rsquo;t seem to break wildly from Nokia&rsquo;s own ideas in the space. Most notably, it&rsquo;s still a candy-coated offering, with bright orange, green, and blue back cover options alongside black, white, and grey.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">You&rsquo;ll find a 5in qHD IPS LCD touch display up front, running at 960x540 (220 ppi), with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of local storage inside. You can also pop in a microSD card up to 128GB to expand the storage.</p> <p class="p2">Unlike some past low-end Lumia models, the Lumia 535 features a selfie camera, and a decent one at that: a 5-megapixel shooter with a wide angle lens (for group shots), to accompany the standard 5MP main camera on the back of the phone.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/05TGNfXkjUI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">And, of course, you&rsquo;ll see Microsoft logos on the front and back of the phone, which is available in both single and dual SIM options and priced at &euro;110 (about RM457). The Verge says it&rsquo;ll first launch in Asian countries before reaching Russia and the Middle East. No word yet about Europe, however.</p> <p class="p2">[Sources: <a href="http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2014/11/11/lumia-535/">Microsoft</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/10/7190117/microsoft-lumia-535-first-lumia-hands-on">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news">Microsoft officially dropping Nokia branding for Lumia phones</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="640" title="Microsoft Lumia 535" alt="Microsoft Lumia 535" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-535-back.jpg?1415756165" /> </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/microsoft/low-end-lumia-535-microsoft-s-first-post-nokia-phone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/low-end-lumia-535-microsoft-s-first-post-nokia-phone/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:26:13 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1452919 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s first Lumia launching this week, wireless Beats Solo2 headphones leaked, and Tony Hawk plotting video game return http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-first-lumia-launching-week-wireless-beats-solo2-headphones-leaked-an <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 11/11/14: The Lumia 535 is official </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Lumia" alt="Microsoft Lumia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-lumia-first-tease.jpg?1415690501" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Microsoft Lumia device unveiling tomorrow </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">We&rsquo;ve been anticipating the launch of Microsoft&rsquo;s first branded Lumia smartphone, following the demise of the Nokia brand for such things, and now it appears we&rsquo;ll have our first (official) glimpse in just a day.</p> <p class="p1">The company has teased an unveiling for 11 November, with a partial look at an orange-encased device and the tagline, &ldquo;Microsoft is delivering the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone.&rdquo; In other words, a budget phone. But unfortunately for Microsoft, the specs and details already leaked via the Chinese <a href="http://shouji.tenaa.com.cn/Mobile/MobileDetail.aspx?code=5wWbcv1czkyDQKKxkFmNckLhnyZTK%2flh">telecom equipment certification process</a>.</p> <p class="p1">It appears that the Lumia will feature a 5in display with a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel back camera, and even a front-facing selfie shooter, which wasn&rsquo;t always the case with Nokia&rsquo;s own low-end Lumia models. But we&rsquo;ll have official word, along with a final name and likely price, tomorrow.</p> <p class="p1">[Sources: <a href="http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2014/11/07/want-to-see-morelumia/">Lumia Conversations</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/7/7172643/microsoft-lumia-teaser">The Verge</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news">Microsoft officially dropping Nokia branding for Lumia phones</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-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Lumia 535 is official </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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>UPDATED 11/11/14:</strong>&nbsp;Microsoft has unveiled the Lumia 535 as the first of its smartphones that won&#39;t have the Nokia brand on it.&nbsp;</p> <p>This entry-level smartphone will feature a 5in,&nbsp;540 &times; 960 (qHD) display, protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and enabled with enhanced sunlight readability.&nbsp;&nbsp;It also boasts a 5MP front facing snapper, as well as a 5MP rear camera, and 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be extended to 128GB.&nbsp;Under the hood, you&#39;ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz; and the CPU is accompanied by 1GB of RAM.&nbsp; <p>The device is said to debut with a US$140 price tag (uninclusive of taxes and subsidies) but it&#39;s unconfirmed if it will be made available in Malaysia.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sources claim the Lumia 535 will initially be launched in China, Hong Kong and Bangladesh, before rolling out into markets like Russia and India.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://vr-zone.com/articles/microsoft-lumia-535-announced-5-inch-qhd-display-5mp-front-camera/83699.html" target="_blank">VR-Zone</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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-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"> Wireless Beats Solo2 headphones coming </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">If you&rsquo;ve been waiting for the latest and greatest Beats - the Solo2 on-ear headphones (pictured) - to go wireless, you&rsquo;re in luck: a filing from the United States Federal Communication Commission (FCC) shows that such a pair is on the horizon.</p> <p class="p2">According to 9to5Mac, the only obvious difference in design is the lack of a cord and the addition of Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) tech for connectivity. Also, the filing was done in Apple&rsquo;s name, and the box design lists Apple as the maker, so perhaps a slight shift in branding is afoot, as well.</p> <p class="p1">The wired model comes in at &pound;169 (RM894), so whatever the price for the wireless version, it&rsquo;ll surely be a fair bit higher. We&rsquo;ll let you know when they&rsquo;re properly revealed.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/11/07/upcoming-bluetooth-apple-branded-beats-solo2-headphones-revealed-by-fcc/">9to5Mac</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/why-apple-wants-buy-beats/feature">So why does Apple want to buy Beats?</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="Beats Solo2" alt="Beats Solo2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-solo2.jpg?1415690501" /> </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"> New Tony Hawk games in development </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">It&rsquo;s been a few years since the last new Tony Hawk-branded skateboarding game, but that&rsquo;ll change in 2015, as the legendary pro boarder announced that he&rsquo;s working with Activision on new console and mobile games.</p> <p class="p1">Hawk added that he thinks &ldquo;fans of [<em>Tony Hawk&rsquo;s Pro Skater</em>] series will be hyped,&rdquo; which seems to imply a return to the style of earlier entries.&nbsp;The franchise hit a wall in 2009 and 2010 when it embraced a physical board controller, and the only notable release since was 2012&rsquo;s remastered compilation, <em>Tony Hawk&rsquo;s Pro Skater HD</em> (pictured).</p> <p class="p1">A new mobile game, <em>Tony Hawk&rsquo;s Shred Session</em>, was supposed to launch this autumn, but it&rsquo;s been &ldquo;postponed indefinitely&rdquo; in the wake of these new moves, says Activision.</p> <p class="p1">[Sources: <a href="https://twitter.com/tonyhawk/status/530769949649014784">Twitter</a>, <a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-11-07-tony-hawk-is-working-on-a-new-console-game-for-2015">Eurogamer</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/sunset-overdrive/review">Sunset Overdrive 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="648" title="Tony Hawk&#039;s Pro Skater HD" alt="Tony Hawk&#039;s Pro Skater HD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/activision-tonyhawkhd_0.jpg?1415690501" /> </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/fully-charged-microsoft-s-first-lumia-launching-week-wireless-beats-solo2-headphones-leaked-an#comments Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Console games Gaming Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1452798 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 830 http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The thinnest Windows Phone 8.1 mobile around, but is it thin on substance too? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-830-13_0.jpg?1415010717" /> </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/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia likes to pitch the Lumia 830 as a flagship phone without the flagship price. Lots of tech goodness for not much cash? We&rsquo;re up for that.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM1,399.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slim, stylish and nicely made </div> <div class="field-item even"> Vibrant screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good low-light camera performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A bit expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not great for high-end games </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Low-end CPU for the price </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When plastic and metal love each other very much </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>Nokia was the company that made plastic phones cool again. What was once considered a bit naff and cheap suddenly became fun and, unexpectedly, classy with Nokia&rsquo;s Lumia phones.</p> <p>Nokia rebranded plastic as &lsquo;polycarbonate&rsquo; and made it so that the colour wouldn&rsquo;t chip off if you dropped the phone after misguidedly trying to read Facebook while juggling a family pack of Quavers.</p> <p>And we all loved plastic again. But Nokia has moved on with the Lumia 830.</p> <p>This doesn&rsquo;t have the full plastic &lsquo;classic&rsquo; Nokia phone design, instead using aluminium sides and a plastic back, but you do still get that other Nokia staple: colour. You can get the phone with a bright green or bright orange back.</p> <p>White and black are also available if you find the brighter versions a bit headache-inducing, or just feel the weight of your years a bit too much for such frills.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a similar style to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">Lumia 930</a>, except here the back pops off. Removable plastic backs can feel cheap, but not here. There&rsquo;s little-to-no flex and the parts your fingers touch are usually hard aluminium.</p> <p>Nokia is onto another design winner, except that the back cover is incredibly fiddly. You can&rsquo;t win &lsquo;em all.</p> <p>This is also the first time we&rsquo;ve really seen Nokia gun for a thin phone design. The Nokia Lumia 830 is 8.5mm thick, much thinner than the 9.8mm Lumia 930 or all-out chunky 10.4mm-thick <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Lumia 1020</a>.</p> <p>It feels great as a result. It makes sure that, for a 5-inch phone, it&rsquo;s very easy to handle.</p> <p>Nokia still doesn&rsquo;t offer mega-slim bezels as an LG does, and it&rsquo;s not as slim as an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6</a> &ndash; not by a long shot &ndash; but in day-to-day use we reckon the Lumia 830 is one of the most pleasant Lumias to live with so far. Perhaps even the most.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhone 6 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="Aluminium edges and bright &quot;polycarbonate&quot; make for an appealing combination here" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-18.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 830 is the slimmest Lumia yet at 8.5mm" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-2.jpg?1415010717" /> </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"> An LCD dressed up like an OLED </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 screen doesn&rsquo;t quite reach such heights, but it gets close. The Nokia Lumia 830 has a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel IPS LCD screen, which Nokia fanatics will immediately notice is a drop down from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">Lumia 930&rsquo;s</a> Full HD Super AMOLED panel.</p> <p>OLED screens aren&rsquo;t categorically better than LCDs in phones, but they fit perfectly with the ClearBlack tag Nokia applies to its fanciest mobiles. ClearBlack is all about providing the best contrast, the best clarity, the deepest blacks.</p> <p>With an IPS LCD screen, the Lumia 830 can&rsquo;t offer the contrast and black level of the Lumia 930, but it does get fairly close. You can see that blacks have a hint of grey to them, especially in a darkened room, but unless you watch movies in bed, it&rsquo;s not a big issue. This is one of the better LCD screens we&rsquo;ve seen, too: like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a> it offers good black performance for its type.</p> <p>Colour performance is pretty fantastic as well. The Lumia 830 makes <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1&rsquo;s</a> Live Tiles really pop, without much of the radioactive eyeball-melting saturation you can sometimes see in an OLED rival.</p> <p>You can tweak how the display looks, too, more so than in older Lumias. Like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/reviews/" target="_blank">Samsung&rsquo;s top phones</a>, the Lumia 830 offers colour profiles to customise how warm or cool the screen appears, how saturated it is and even the colour tint.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s among the very best screen customisation interfaces we&rsquo;ve seen in a phone, letting you make meaningful tweaks without giving you the scope to be able to completely ruin the display.</p> <p>In other respects, it does seem as though the Nokia 830 misses having an OLED screen, though. It displays the time and any recent notifications in black and white for a while when you turn the screen off. This was originally introduced for OLED models because, as OLEDs don&rsquo;t use a backlight, it doesn&rsquo;t use much power.</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t get the same benefit with LCD, meaning the Lumia 830&rsquo;s taking a bit of a battery hit for this &ndash; although not a major one.</p> <p>The eagle eyed will also notice that the Lumia 830 doesn&rsquo;t have a Full HD display. Its 294ppi isn&rsquo;t quite high enough to get you that Retina-style perfect sharpness, but the display is certainly in &lsquo;sharp enough&rsquo; territory. Those who really care about screen sharpness might want to consider the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a>, both of which are available for the same amount or less these days.</p> <p>The Lumia 830&rsquo;s brightness setting could possibly be improved, too. As with other Nokias, it offers three manual brightness settings (low, medium, high) or an automatic one. We often found that the Lumia 830 was a bit too bright when set to auto: no good for that last bit of Facebook&rsquo;ing in the cinema before the trailers roll.</p> <p>There is a way to customise auto brightness in the Settings menu, but it changes the level in general, meaning dimming it reduces maximum brightness as well as the minimum level &ndash; and we&rsquo;re not convinced that many people will even realise it&rsquo;s there.</p> <p>Still, being a bit bright in dark rooms is better than not being able to see the Lumia 830 in bright sunlight. Outdoors visibility isn&rsquo;t quite on-par with a top Super AMOLED screen, but the phone&rsquo;s screen is still easy to read on a sunny day. Crank up the auto brightness setting lever to max and the display goes seriously bright.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 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="294ppi isn&#039;t up there with the likes of the Nexus 5 or LG G2, but we reckon it&#039;s sharp enough for most people" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-14.jpg?1415010717" /> </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="Customising the colour balance is very quick and easy" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-cs.jpg?1415010717" /> </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"> Gazing through Windows </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 imagine many of you have seen what Windows Phone looks like by now, and there&rsquo;s not a great deal that makes the Lumia 830 stand out in software terms.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s quick, it&rsquo;s snappy and it looks good. Only a few of the extra bits added in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows Phone 8.1</a> let down the side a little.</p> <p>For example, Windows Phone is all about smooth transitions and slickly moving interface elements. And in Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft added the Action Center, a notifications system a bit like the one found in Android.</p> <p>Sometimes this menu scrolls like the sort of rickety old lift you might find in <em>Fawlty Towers</em>. The effect seems to come and go, and we think it&rsquo;s a sign that Action Center hasn&rsquo;t been optimised quite as well as some of the other parts of Windows Phone 8.1, the bits that were there in earlier versions. That said, we&rsquo;re glad it&rsquo;s there &ndash; it&rsquo;s very handy.</p> <p>Unfortunately, we did notice a few performance issues elsewhere. It&rsquo;s not general performance &ndash; loading apps is quicker than with an entry-level Lumia &ndash; but gaming.</p> <p>Some games that would perform just fine on mid-level Android stutter on the Lumia 830. For example, in <em>Asphalt 8</em> the slight slow-down causes juddering in the audio as the action fails to keep up with the frame rates the game expects.</p> <p>A big part of this may well be that developer Gameloft hasn&rsquo;t optimised the Windows version of the game as much as the Android one, but once you&rsquo;ve bought a Lumia 830, whose fault this is becomes academic. Despite having a great screen, this is not a great gaming experience.</p> <p>And, while we&rsquo;ve said this a hundred times before, Windows Phone 8.1 still doesn&rsquo;t have the apps and games wealth you get with Android. We&rsquo;re frequently surprised by how often we come up against app limitations even today.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not just missing apps, it&rsquo;s underdeveloped ones. Key apps will often lack the little extra features you&rsquo;d find in the iPhone and Android versions. Just make sure you&rsquo;re ready for this: it can get frustrating.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-unbelievably-good-and-free-windows-phone-games/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Free Windows Phone 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="Windows Phone still looks great in its own right" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-scr.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 830 struggles with the more demanding game apps available" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-6.jpg?1415010717" /> </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"> More of a nice mid-terrace than a true powerhouse </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>So what actually powers the Nokia Lumia 830? It&rsquo;s a processor we see in loads of entry-level and mid-range phones, the Snapdragon 400 from Qualcomm.</p> <p>This is a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz. We think it&rsquo;s a bit stingy given the price &ndash; it&rsquo;s less powerful than the Snapdragon S4 Plus of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nokia/nokia-lumia-925/review" target="_blank">Lumia 925</a>, which is available for a chunk less nowadays. We&rsquo;re torn here, as while the Snapdragon 400 is a solid chipset, and provides good performance in the Windows system, it&rsquo;s clear that some under-optimised games could do with a bit more grunt.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s hard to forget the RM600-odd <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-g/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a> uses the same CPU. If you&rsquo;re going to get hung up on these issues, the Lumia 830 might not be the phone for you.</p> <p>At least internal storage is reasonable. You get 16GB of internal memory, plus a microSD card slot under the plastic back.</p> <p>There are also some important extras that are generally missing from cheaper Lumia phones. You get 4G &ndash; although we&rsquo;d be pretty annoyed if a RM1399 phone didn&rsquo;t have this &ndash; and NFC.</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="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-3.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong>: Windows Phone 8.1</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>:&nbsp;5in&nbsp;IPS LCD with&nbsp;1280x720 resolution (294ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>:&nbsp;Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (expandable with microSD)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>:&nbsp;10MP with OIS rear, 0.9MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>:&nbsp;Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>:&nbsp;2200mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>:&nbsp;139x71x8.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>:&nbsp;150g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slow and Steady: the Nokia camera way </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 Nokia Lumia 830 has an interesting camera, too. Its sensor is a lot lower-res and smaller than the top Nokia PureView phones, but it also has optical image stabilisation and much savvier image processing for rubbish light conditions than most mobile cameras.</p> <p>It has a 10-megapixel sensor that&rsquo;s 1/3.4 of an inch in size. That&rsquo;s not very large or high-res for a camera given the PureView tag: the Lumia 930&rsquo;s is 1/2.5 of an inch and offers 20 megapixels. If that sounds like numbers jargon, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">Lumia 930</a> has a much beefier camera brain.</p> <p>And yet the Lumia 830 impresses a good deal in some conditions. We&rsquo;ll get to those, but let&rsquo;s get the bad bits out of the way.</p> <p>As with most Nokia phones, it&rsquo;s not very fast at shooting. You can only take a photo around every two seconds, where <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">iPhones</a> and Samsung phones can often manage several a second.</p> <p>The Nokia Lumia 830 offers a burst mode called Smart Sequence to make up for this &ndash; it takes ten photos in the space of a couple of seconds. But they&rsquo;re not full-resolution shots and the focal point stays static throughout, therefore it&rsquo;s not a real replacement for faster shooting unless you a) don&rsquo;t care masses about image quality and b) have time to plan to actually use this mode.</p> <p>Like other Nokia Lumia phones, the Lumia 830 also confuses things by having two camera apps: Nokia Camera and the standard Windows camera app. The latter is basically there because Nokia can&rsquo;t wipe out what Windows puts in place.</p> <p>Despite having all this extra camera app bloat, there&rsquo;s no HDR mode either. Those sort of larger-than-life cloudy sunset photos you can get with most Android phones aren&rsquo;t really possible with a Lumia 830.</p> <p>Now the good bits.</p> <p>The Lumia 830&rsquo;s great at adjusting the exposure level of your photos so they don&rsquo;t end up looking too dull, and appears to make some dynamic range tweaks through processing. You don&rsquo;t have to try too hard to take good photos with the Lumia 830. Close-up focusing is also way better than average. As well as having manual focus control in the Nokia Camera app, we found getting macro shots with the autofocus far easier than we&rsquo;re used to.</p> <p>The Lumia 830 also offers something we don&rsquo;t often get in phones anymore: a physical shutter button. It&rsquo;s a proper two-stage button as well &ndash; depress it a bit to make the Lumia 830 focus, then push it down all the way to take the shot. Using the touchscreen is more-or-less ingrained into muscle memory these days, but it&rsquo;s nice to have the choice.</p> <p>Where the Lumia 830 really stands out from the competition, though, is its low-light photo shooting.</p> <p>Through a mixture of fairly intense but intelligent image processing and use of optical image stabilisation, the Lumia 830 can make virtually any scene appear bright and clear. Even if it&rsquo;s past midnight and the only illumination is a street light 25m away. With some of our sample photo scenes, other cameras would display a pretty dark, muggy image. It&rsquo;s all clear with the Lumia 830.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve seen similar effects in Sony&rsquo;s top-end Xperia phones, and it helps make the Lumia 830 a very versatile night-time snapper &ndash; and this is without using the flash. The only downside is that using optical image stabilisation to slow down the camera shutter means you&rsquo;ll see a bit more blur in moving objects. But it&rsquo;s better than the shots being plain horrible.&nbsp;</p> <p>The front camera isn&rsquo;t much cop, though. With a 0.9-megapixel sensor, you get bog-standard selfies and little more.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-camera-lens.jpg?1415010717" /> </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="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-christmas.jpg?1415010717" /> </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"> Lumia 830 vs Duracell Bunny </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 Nokia Lumia 830 has the &lsquo;good results most of the time&rsquo; thing down, and this adds to the ease of use supplied by the slim, great-feeling body. However, it doesn&rsquo;t have quite as capacious a battery as some rival phones.</p> <p>It uses a 2200mAh battery, a chunk smaller than the Lumia 930&rsquo;s 2420mAh one. In general use, we found the stamina perfectly good, if not exactly worth a standing ovation.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll generally get a day and a half&rsquo;s use, which is enough to give you the buffer that stops you from having to worry about where you&rsquo;ll get your next charge from. We have seen better performance from some Androids at the price, though. For example, the LG G2&rsquo;s match of a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 3000mAh battery sees it comfortably beat the Lumia 830.</p> <p>So if you&rsquo;re looking for a phone at the price, rather than a Windows one in particular, don&rsquo;t forget last year&rsquo;s golden oldies. There&rsquo;s life in them yet.</p> <p>The inbuilt speaker is also a bit of a weak point. It sits on the back, is mono, and doesn&rsquo;t have the beefiness that marks a genuinely good speaker from one that&rsquo;s so-so. As is the norm with a Nokia, call quality is very good, though.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Mini 3 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="Nokia Lumia 830 review" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-12.jpg?1415010717" /> </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"> Nokia Lumia 830 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 Nokia Lumia 830 succeeds because it&rsquo;s so pleasant to use in a very simple way. It&rsquo;s among the slimmest and lightest large-screen <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review" target="_blank">Windows</a> phones, and the screen is both bright, clear and colourful. Those merits go a surprising distance here.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a hardcore mobile phone user, you might find yourself hankering after a bit more, though. 1080p phones with much more powerful CPUs are available for the same money if you&rsquo;re willing to side with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android</a> rather than Windows.</p> <p>And if you want to be sure you&rsquo;ve got access to all of the newest and greatest apps, or if you&rsquo;re into mobile gaming, we recommend doing so. However, if Windows sounds like your bag this is one of the best pieces of mid-range hardware Nokia has created yet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 830 review verdict" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 review verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lumia-830-32.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gamers and app-ficionados should steer clear, but those after an easy to use, attractive Windows phone will lap up the Lumia 830</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 830 review </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/lumia-830-13_0.jpg?1415010717" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830/review#comments Lumia 830 Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:50:32 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1451447 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft officially dropping Nokia branding for Lumia phones http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Confirming prior reports, it appears we’ll be seeing “Microsoft Lumia” quite soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 930" alt="Nokia Lumia 930" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lumia-930.jpg?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft&rsquo;s acquisition of Nokia&rsquo;s mobile division caused some confusion in branding, since the rest of the iconic Finnish company remained intact. But it doesn&rsquo;t sound like that&rsquo;ll be a problem for much longer.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> Hello Microsoft Lumia </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/lumia-930_0.jpg?1414016615" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-officially-dropping-nokia-branding-its-lumia-phones/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:29:22 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1451039 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: HBO planning standalone streaming, see the Android Lollipop statue unveiling, and new Halo game announced for Windows 8 http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the day off right with our rapid-fire selection of hot tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HBO Go" alt="HBO Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hbo-go.jpg?1413526474" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HBO to launch streaming-only service in 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finally, the day has come: HBO has revealed plans to no longer be a premium channel strictly for cable and satellite subscribers, and launch its own standalone streaming service in 2015. Currently, the channel&rsquo;s HBO Go service (pictured) is only usable by cable/satellite subscribers - and friends and family members that have syphoned their login info.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,&rdquo; said CEO and chairman, Richard Plepler. &ldquo;All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO [in the United States] and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.&rdquo;</p> <p>No word yet on whether it will simply be a paid option to access all of HBO Go&rsquo;s content, including original series like <em>Game of Thrones</em> and <em>True Detective</em>, or perhaps a smaller offering to appease cable providers. But after years of pleas, it&rsquo;s great to know that HBO will finally acknowledge them.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2014/10/15/hbo-chairman-and-ceo-richard-plepler-announces-hbo-to-offer-a">Time Warner</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-k-revealed-amazon-teams-hbo-and-withings-now-tracks-your-blood-o">Fully Charged: Samsung Galaxy K revealed, Amazon teams with HBO, and Withings now tracks your blood oxygen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lollipop statue unveiled at Google HQ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google played the run-up to Android 5.0&rsquo;s name announcement for laughs <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi">earlier this week</a>, but when it comes to decorating the lawn outside its Mountain View, California headquarters, the company is serious about maintaining tradition.</p> <p>Like previous versions, Android Lollipop has its own representative statue on the lawn, and this one is a particularly whimsical addition. Watch yesterday&rsquo;s official reveal of the lolly-toting &lsquo;bot above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTxTLyLUjP4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-io-2014/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-l/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vTxTLyLUjP4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Halo game announced for Windows 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>Last year&rsquo;s <em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em> provided a fun, if simplistic top-down take on the sci-fi shooter smash for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, as well as Windows Phone, and Microsoft aims to repeat its success with the upcoming <em>Halo: Spartan Strike</em>, due out on 12 December.</p> <p>It should be rather similar to the original, but now it shares a timeline with <em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;and there will be weekly challenges available, along with an array of improvements - and the microtransactions have been eliminated for the sequel. It&rsquo;ll sell for US$5.99 (about RM20), which grants access to PC, tablet, and Windows Phone versions; alternately, you can buy it on Steam alone for the same price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/15/halo-spartan-strike-announced-for-windows-devices-and-steam-ign-first">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games 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="1280" height="800" title="Halo: Spartan Strike" alt="Halo: Spartan Strike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo-spartan-strike.png?1413526474" /> </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"> Christian Bale next to play Steve Jobs? </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>Could Batman be the next Steve Jobs? We&rsquo;re talking movie roles, of course, and Variety reports that Christian Bale is nearly set to play Jobs in a new&nbsp;film based on Walter Isaacson&rsquo;s exhaustive biography of the iconic Apple co-founder.</p> <p>Of course, Ashton Kutcher played the role not too long ago in <em>Jobs</em>, but while his likeness was uncanny in still shots, the overwrought, almost impressively terrible film didn&rsquo;t live up to its subject. Bale&rsquo;s a fine actor, however, and the upcoming film will be directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/christian-bale-in-talks-to-star-in-jobs-1201330878/">Variety</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/watch-first-official-jobs-trailer-starring-ashton-kutcher/news-0">Watch the first official Jobs trailer starring Ashton Kutcher</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="675" title="Christian Bale" alt="Christian Bale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christian-bale-batman.jpg?1413526474" /> </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/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne#comments Android Apple Film and TV Google Windows Windows Phone Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450561 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard app, the first trailer for PlayStation’s Powers TV show, and Netflix charging extra for 4K content http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week strong with our quick-hit morning tech news recap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-androidwear-keyboard.jpg?1413251002" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft made an Android Wear keyboard app </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>Due to their small screens, Android Wear smartwatches have made voice commands the primary way to input text as needed - and curiously, it&rsquo;s Microsoft (not Google) paving the way for a tiny touch keyboard option on the devices.</p> <p>As seen in the above video, Microsoft&rsquo;s keyboard lets you use your finger to draw each individual letter on the smartwatch screen to tap out a quick text message response or search query. It&rsquo;s more time-intensive than simply speaking out your command, but if you&rsquo;re in a quiet space and don&rsquo;t want to pull out your phone, we could see it being a handy feature.</p> <p>The keyboard comes from Microsoft&rsquo;s Research arm, which recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news">transparent tablet cover</a> that adds a physical layer for creative work, along with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">room-transforming gaming concept</a>.&nbsp;The app only works with devices with square 320x320 displays, along with the Moto 360, and it&#39;s <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">available to download</a> for free right now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/11/6961447/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard-download-features">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First look at Powers comic adaptation </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>Sony&rsquo;s first foray into episodic television for its PlayStation Network service is <em>Powers</em>, an adaptation of the Marvel Icon comic about homicide detectives investigating superhero-related cases. It&rsquo;s slated to debut this December, and Sony premiered the first trailer during New York Comic-Con this weekend. Be warned, the language is rather salty.</p> <p>Powers stars Sharlto Copley (<em>District 13</em>) as the lead, Christian Walker, a former hero stripped of his abilities and turned into a cop, and he&rsquo;s flanked by a supporting cast led by Susan Heyward and Eddie Izzard. The show will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, although all PlayStation Network account owners will be able to view the first episode.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/10/powers-stream-nycc-panel-tomorrow-first-look-at-eddie-izzard-as-wolfe/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/playstation-4-getting-its-very-own-tv-series/news">Powers is the PlayStation 4&rsquo;s first exclusive TV series</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P02QmncDOzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix bumps fees for Ultra HD 4K streaming </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>Got one of the 4K TVs that Netflix supports with select programing? Unless you&rsquo;ve already enabled your account to run the content, you&rsquo;ll have to pay extra going forward. According to HDGuru, the US price for 4K access has just jumped from US$8.99 (about RM29) a month to US$11.99 (about RM39) a month.</p> <p>Those already on the Netflix 4K bandwagon luckily won&rsquo;t see an increase in rate for almost two years - until 12 August 2016, it appears. Otherwise, for new members or those who hadn&rsquo;t previously taken advantage of the 4K programming, the price is increasing 33% in the States, and we imagine the jump for the rest of the world should be similar in scale.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://hdguru.com/netflix-quietly-raises-its-4k-ultra-high-definition-subscription-rates/">HDGuru</a> via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/11/netflix-raises-the-price-for-those-who-want-ultra-hd-video/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">By the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</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="675" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-houseofcards_0.jpg?1413251002" /> </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"> Minecraft coming to Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not remotely surprising at all, but indeed, Mojang is working on bringing <em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em> to Windows Phone. This, of course, follows the recent news that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft purchased Mojang</a> and the <em>Minecraft</em> brand for a cool US$2.5 billion (about RM8.2 billion).</p> <p>Mojang&rsquo;s Jens Bergensten says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;still much to do before any release,&rdquo; but the Windows Phone version is already up and running at the studio. That&rsquo;s great news for a platform that still has a ton of holes in it when it comes to headline games, although we can happily <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">point you in the direction</a> of some of the best.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/520631803837960192">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games 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="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1413251002" /> </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/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv-#comments 4K Android Wear Film and TV Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Netflix PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Windows Phone Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450170 at http://www.stuff.tv The 15 best Windows Phone games right now http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skip the terrible storefront – just search for these WinPho winners </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-windows-phone-8-games-lead.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The main problem with gaming on Windows Phone devices isn&#39;t the hardware (which is generally very good) or the choice (improving all the time) but actually finding the good stuff.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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. Plants vs. Zombies </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>Traditional tower defense games often star fantasy knights, sci-fi warriors, or military men. How about some cartoon foliage and their undead opponents instead? <em>Plants vs. Zombies</em> is a casual classic and one of the best genre entries around, putting an accessible spin on the action by leaving you in charge of powered-up plants trying to protect a suburban home. It&#39;s silly, but serious fun for sure.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price RM10.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/plants-vs-zombies/706f822a-a47e-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8">Download Plants vs. Zombies 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="1600" height="900" title="Plants vs. Zombies" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-plants-vs-zombies.jpg?1413472357" /> </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. Asphalt 8: Airborne </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For insane speed, impressive graphics, and no entry fee whatsoever, there&#39;s no better mobile option than Gameloft&#39;s <em>Asphalt 8: Airborne</em>, easily the most accomplished entry in what had previously been a serviceable series. By amping up the action and excitement, not to mention adding a whole lot of graphical polish, <em>Asphalt 8</em> makes it possible to enjoy arcade-style racing thrills wherever you are.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price: RMfree</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/asphalt-8-airborne/3a9e6a13-433b-495d-879e-d4704fb40703">Download Asphalt 8: Airborne 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="1600" height="900" title="Asphalt 8: Airborne" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-asphalt8.jpg?1413472357" /> </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. Rayman Fiesta Run </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 recent <em>Rayman</em> console side-scrollers are superb, but they wouldn&#39;t be a good fit for mobile. So rather than tarnish a great thing, Ubisoft built a touch-centric affair using the same stunning graphics but with influence from the auto-runner genre. <em>Rayman Jungle Run</em> was a good start, but follow-up <em>Fiesta Run</em> is truly excellent, delivering tense action, real challenge, and an extensive array of stages to clear.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price RM8.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/rayman-fiesta-run/b83fb9de-2821-4082-bea5-077581b53862">Download Rayman Fiesta Run 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="1600" height="900" title="Rayman Fiesta Run" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-rayman.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 4. Halo Spartan Assault </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>No, this isn&#39;t the same first-person experience that&#39;s been selling Xbox consoles for more than a decade, but the series&#39; trademark aesthetic transfers surprisingly well to this top-down shooter. Across a couple of dozen bite-sized stages, you&#39;ll blast familiar Covenant creatures, command an array of vehicles, and soak in the great sci-fi universe, albeit in a different kind of format. It&#39;s surprisingly strong.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RM18.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/halo-spartan-asslt/8e162189-0baf-431e-966a-0d050eac9aab">Download Halo Spartan Assault 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="1600" height="900" title="Halo Spartan Assault" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-halo-spartan-assault.jpg?1413472357" /> </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. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the greatest and most expansive open-world action games of all time is available on Windows Phone, and even a decade later, <em>Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas</em> is still a blast. Set in the early &#39;90s in Los Angeles, <em>San Andreas</em> finds you navigating a world of gang wars and strife as you cruise the city, explore CJ&#39;s story, and cause mayhem. It&#39;s not perfect with touch controls, but still plenty fun.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RM24.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/gta-san-andreas/c011568d-1578-4d0a-b1cc-9ab7daf58681">Download Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">Group test - the best cheap smartphone you can buy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-grand-theft-auto-san-andreas.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. Jetpack Joyride </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among endless time-wasters, <em>Jetpack Joyride</em> remains one of our absolute favourites. You control a man who&#39;s just stolen a jetpack, which rains down machine gun fire as it soars through the air, and your task is to escape the research facility as missiles and laser traps aim to take you down. There&#39;s no actual way out, of course, but the endless pursuit of a lengthier distance and leaderboard supremacy is irresistible.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price RMfree</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/jetpack-joyride/d5969251-fef6-451d-a224-0613686188a6">Download Jetpack Joyride 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="1600" height="900" title="Jetpack Joyride " alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-jetpack-joyride.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 7. FIFA 14 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While not as deep as its console counterpart, <em>FIFA 14</em> delivers a strong football experience on the go, with touch controls that let you tap and swipe to dominate the pitch. It&#39;s mainly focused on the Ultimate Team mode, wherein you collect player cards to build a squad, and there&#39;s a lot of fun here for free. <em>FIFA 15</em> has some performance issues on Windows Phone, so stick with last year&#39;s game for now.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RMfree</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/fifa-14/0ed6989b-5cb9-4b70-a58b-536c0dce36b2">Download FIFA 14 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="1600" height="900" title="FIFA 14" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-fifa-14.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 8. Skulls of the Shogun </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 no longer exclusive to Windows Phone on the mobile side of things, <em>Skulls Of The Shogun</em> remains an enthralling turn-based tactical strategy affair which sees you pit bands of undead samurai against each other in the afterlife. It&#39;s a rich, complex affair that you can sink a lot of time into, but be prepared for a serious challenge along the way. Also, sadly, it hasn&#39;t been updated in a while, so it looks a bit fuzzy.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RM18.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/skulls-of-the-shogun/2152e203-f639-4041-bf4e-f44c34d463fa">Download Skulls Of The Shogun 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="1600" height="900" title="Skulls Of The Shogun" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-skulls-of-the-shogun.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 9. Angry Birds Space </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 the original <em>Angry Birds</em> is still the series&#39; best starting point, not to mention packed with fowl-flinging content, we&#39;re rather fond of the sci-fi spinoff, <em>Angry Birds Space</em>. Instead of flat, earthbound terrain, you&#39;re whipping birds around planets and asteroids, and the puzzles that result are largely smart and entertaining. Although if you want a good mix of the series&#39; styles, <em>Angry Birds Star Wars</em> has a bit of each.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RM2.99</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/angry-birds/2e36df2b-44be-405d-873a-79fa190c9b35">Download Angry Birds Space 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="1600" height="900" title="Angry Birds Space" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-angry-birds.jpg?1413472357" /> </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"> 10. Machinarium </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>Point-and-click adventures transfer well to touch devices, so it&#39;s no surprise that the wonderful indie quest <em>Machinarium</em> is a treat on Windows Phone. It&#39;s largely traditional in style, finding you investigating items in the world to solve brainy puzzles, but the stunning visual design is unlike any other genre entry out there. Grim, funny, and utterly gorgeous, this robot&#39;s journey is a memorable one indeed.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price RM12.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/machinarium/8c574a5d-d0d4-4383-8fa5-bb13452af643">Download Machinarium here</a></strong></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="1600" height="900" title="Machinarium" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-machinarium.jpg?1413472357" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 11. Fruit Ninja </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the earliest examples of the simple, satisfying thrills of touch screens remains one of the best on Windows Phone, as <em>Fruit Ninja</em> still entertains in small bursts. As ever, you&#39;ll watch as colorful apples, oranges, and other fruit are tossed into view, giving you a moment to slash them and boost your score. Dodging bombs is the key to a successful run, and multiple game modes shake up the action and add longevity.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✭<strong>&nbsp;Price RM2.99</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/fruit-ninja/49c69a08-60fe-df11-9264-00237de2db9e">Download Fruit Ninja 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="1600" height="900" title="Fruit Ninja" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-fruit-ninja.jpg?1413472357" /> </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-11"><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"> 12. Into the Dead </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>Boarding a helicopter probably seems as good an idea as any when the zombie uprising begins, but what happens when it crash-lands in a field in the middle of nowhere? You run, obviously, and that&#39;s the premise of <em>Into The Dead</em>. It puts a tense first-person spin on the endless runner genre, challenging you to dodge undead attackers for as long as you can, with weapons and other perks helping your cause.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RM2.99</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/into-the-dead/68c48bee-64f4-420c-b34a-504a5faab67b">Download Into the Dead 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="1600" height="900" title="Into the Dead" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-into-the-dead.jpg?1413472357" /> </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-12"><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"> 13. Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour </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 an unabashed &quot;tribute&quot; to <em>Call Of Duty</em>, Gameloft&#39;s <em>Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour</em> nonetheless offers terrific online multiplayer fun with sterling production values - well, for a mobile game, at least. The campaign offers solid enjoyment too, but it&#39;s in the online showdowns that the game really shines. <em>Zero Hour</em> is the better overall package, but the newer <em>Modern Combat 5</em> is a solid substitute.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RM24.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/modern-combat-4/0cb4e588-5759-4150-bef0-6866345fa26b">Download Modern Combat 4 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="1600" height="900" title="Modern Combat 4" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-modern-combat-4.jpg?1413472357" /> </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-13"><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"> 14. Temple Run 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With more than a billion downloads under its belt, chances are that you&#39;ve played the <em>Temple Run </em>series at some point. If not, well, there&#39;s a rather good reason why it&#39;s so popular: it&#39;s a lot of fun, and it&#39;s totally free. This behind-the-back endless runner channels Indiana Jones as it sends you scurrying away from monsters along winding paths. Swipes help you survive, but the pace picks up very quickly.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RMfree</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/temple-run-2/6fa921ac-1f29-42e8-9f65-e8da33fcada3">Download Temple Run 2 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="Temple Run 2" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-temple-run-2.jpg?1413472357" /> </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-14"><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"> 15. Terraria </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ll surely get <em>Minecraft</em> on Windows Phone soon, now that Microsoft owns Mojang, but until then, <em>Terraria</em> proves a very good substitute. It&#39;s basically the 2D version of <em>Minecraft</em>, letting you dig into the earth to find resources and treasure &ndash; but also quite a bit more. Wild bosses and weird locales are found underground, plus you can build elaborate structures on the surface. Either way, it&#39;s engrossing.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says&nbsp;</strong>✭✭✭✭✩<strong>&nbsp;Price RM18.49</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-my/store/app/terraria/75cbb8bb-5f30-4efc-9040-de2ee228c838">Download Terraria here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review">Nokia Lumia 930 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="1600" height="900" title="Terraria" alt="The 15 best Windows Phone games right now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-windows-phone-8-games-terraria.jpg?1413472357" /> </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/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature#comments Apps and Games Windows Phone Windows Phone games Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1450041 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft announces cross-platform Windows 10, out late 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wait, what happened to Windows 9? Microsoft aims bigger for its next OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows10-first.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following months of leaks, Microsoft was finally all set to announce its next big operating system today. But what would it be called: Windows 9? Windows One? Just plain ol&rsquo; Windows, full stop?</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For consumers, Windows 10 effectively looks like a hybrid of the largely traditional Windows 7 and the divisive, ultra-modern, and touch-friendliest Windows 8. Most notably, the returning Start menu now features a space for customizable tiles for quick access to favorite apps and features.</p> <p>Additionally, you can have multiple desktops (say, for work and home needs), plus Snap allows up to four apps to be locked into quadrants, with Windows suggesting smart complementary apps once you Snap something into place. You can catch some of the tweaks in action in the video walkthrough below.</p> <p>Today&rsquo;s event was strongly focused on business and enterprise users, as Microsoft hopes to finally upgrade many of those users from Windows 7. More details on the consumer experience will follow early next year, in advance of the Windows 10 release later in 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="600" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows10-logo.png?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Luckily, you don&rsquo;t have to wait until then to try out the new OS. The <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-coming-soon">Windows Insider Program</a> will launch tomorrow, 1 October, offering a technical preview for interested users. It&rsquo;s not yet clear how limited that test group will be, but if you&rsquo;re interested, be ready to sign up in a matter of hours.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s unlikely that the technical preview will provide the full scope of the Windows 10 experience right away, as there are still surely many features (like the expected addition of Cortana) to be revealed in the next year before launch.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/sep14/09-30futureofwindowspr.aspx">Microsoft</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-you-need-know-about-windows-9-launch/feature">6 things you need to know about today&rsquo;s Windows 9 announcement</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/84NI5fjTfpQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> Windows 10 in 2015 </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/windows10-first_2.jpg?1413518300" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-announces-cross-platform-windows-10-out-late-2015/news#comments Microsoft Tablets Windows Windows Phone Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:37:06 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448981 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: iPhone 6 notches record pre-orders, first Windows-only branded phone spotted, and Apple releases U2 album removal tool http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Load up on all of the quick-hit tech news you need to begin the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" alt="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6-6plus.jpg?1410927643" /> </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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple posts record iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders </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>When Apple opened pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus bright and early last Friday, many potential purchasers complained of issues with both the Apple Store and various carriers. But that doesn&rsquo;t seem to have stopped anyone from actually placing an order, based on the numbers.</p> <p>Apple says that more than four million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets were pre-ordered during the first 24 hours or availability, though it remains to be seen what the total actual first weekend sales tally will be once next Monday rolls around. Some nine million iPhone 5s and 5c handsets were sold in the first weekend of availability last year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/15Apple-Announces-Record-Pre-orders-for-iPhone-6-iPhone-6-Plus-Top-Four-Million-in-First-24-Hours.html">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6-vs-apple-iphone-6-plus-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 vs Apple iPhone 6 Plus: the weigh-in&nbsp;</a></p> <h1 itemprop="name">&nbsp;</h1> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Windows phone without “Windows Phone” spotted </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>Late last week, multiple reports claimed that Microsoft will stop using the Windows Phone moniker for its smartphones and instead brand them with the basic Windows logo and name (effectively making them &ldquo;Windows phones&rdquo; instead - a subtle distinction). Now we have a glance at how that&rsquo;s going to unfold.</p> <p>A non-public page found on carrier My Go&rsquo;s website reveals the Windows GoFone GFW47 handset, with an image of the backing showing only the plain Windows logo on the bottom. The page also consistently refers to it as a Windows device, yet still calls the OS &ldquo;Windows Phone 8.1,&rdquo; suggesting that the software will keep the old naming, but the devices themselves likely will not.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.my-go.co/en/project/4-7-inch-gofone-windows-phone-8-1-smartphone-gfw47/">My Go</a> via <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/official-handset-image-shows-new-windows-phone-with-windows-branding">Neowin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</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="800" title="Windows GoFone GFW47" alt="Windows GoFone GFW47" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gofone-windows.jpg?1410927643" /> </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"> Official tool to remove free U2 album from iTunes </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>Not every iTunes user was pleased to receive U2&rsquo;s free new album, <em>Songs of Innocence</em>, and we dug around and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/how-get-u2-s-songs-innocence-your-iphone-ipad-mac-and-pc/news">shared a multi-step process</a> for hiding it from your library last week. But in the wake of consistent complaints, Apple has made it so easy that you can now click a button and truly <a href="https://itunes.com/soi-remove">remove it from your library</a> forever.</p> <p>Yes, forever. So if you change your mind after 13 October when the free download promotion ends, you&rsquo;ll have to pay real money to purchase the album from iTunes. But you&rsquo;re probably not ever going to do that, right?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://itunes.com/soi-remove">Apple</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/15/6153165/apple-u2-songs-of-innocence-removal-tool">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</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="U2" alt="U2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-u2.jpg?1410927643" /> </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/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and-#comments Apple Gaming iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447860 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff’s Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuff-s-guide-microsoft-windows-phone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything you need to know about the Lumia smartphones and the unknown features of Windows Phone packed into this Smartphone 101 lesson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Windows%20Phone%20main.jpg?1413793251" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Before you buy that smartphone you&rsquo;ve been eyeing, there&rsquo;s one important decision to make - Android, iOS or Windows Phone?</p> <p dir="ltr">Windows Phone, you ask? &ldquo;Is it even worth my time&rdquo; is what you&rsquo;re thinking right now. Truth is, Microsoft&rsquo;s mobile operating system has been a neglected kid, much like the middle child that gets little attention from parents.</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"><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"> What is Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">For far too long, Windows Phone has been the butt of the joke. Not anymore. Its latest Windows Phone 8.1 build is much more robust and has corrected all the wrongs it has committed over the last two years.</p> <p dir="ltr">Some might say that it has finally caught up to where Apple and Google are, though not for long. Bottomline? Microsoft&rsquo;s OS for its recently acquired Lumia phones is now a worthy opponent to both iOS and Android. Better late than never, and it&rsquo;s time to familiarise yourself with the inner workings of Windows Phone</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="What is Windows Phone 8.1" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Start-screen%285%29_0_0_0.jpg?1413793251" /> </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"> Learn more about Windows Phone 8.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-phone-81/review">Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 review</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"> 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"> Let there be Lumia phones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">For now, you&rsquo;ll be seeing only Microsoft Devices&rsquo; Lumia phones. Nokia Lumia phones, if you insist on calling them that. Like its Android counterpart, there&rsquo;s a wide range of devices powered by Windows Phone. On the budget-friendly spectrum, you have the Nokia Lumia 530 that packs modest hardware. Of course, there&rsquo;s also the latest Nokia Lumia 930 and its PureView imaging wizardry that&rsquo;ll make any photographer green with envy,</p> <p dir="ltr">Question is, which is the right phone for your needs? Have a look at our reviews before you make that all-important decision.</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="Let there be Lumia phones" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-icon-review-1_2.jpg?1413793251" /> </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"> Choosing the right Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review">Nokia Lumia 930 review</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-1520/nokia-lumia-1520/review">Nokia Lumia 1520 review</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-520/nokia-lumia-520/review">Nokia Lumia 520 review</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review">Nokia Lumia 1020 review</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"> 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"> Apps, you complete Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">A smartphone is incomplete if there aren&rsquo;t any great apps to complement it. Windows Phone&rsquo;s very existence relies on apps and games that complete the experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">As of August 2014, there are <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/bythenumbers/index.html">300,000 apps to choose from on Microsoft&rsquo;s Windows Phone Store</a>, a sharp jump from its 200,000 number in December 2013. It&rsquo;s undeniably nowhere near the impressive numbers of iOS or Android (both stores have already breached the one million mark). But that doesn&rsquo;t mean there are no gems available on the Windows Phone Store. The usual suspects such as Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and other popular apps are now downloadable on Windows Phone. If you look hard enough, you might find even more apps that harness the power of Windows Phone.</p> <p dir="ltr">Or, you could read the best apps available on Windows Phone, which we&rsquo;ve curated just for 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="567" height="425" title="Apps, you complete Windows Phone" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Windows%20Phone%20apps.jpg?1413793251" /> </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"> The best apps and games for Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-unbelievably-good-and-free-windows-phone-games/feature">25 best and free games for Windows Phone</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/windows-8/15-best-free-windows-phone-apps/feature">15 best apps for Windows Phone</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"> 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"> Tools of the trade </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Like iOS and Android, Windows Phone is a powerful tool, if you know how to untap its potential. From hidden shortcuts to features you never knew existed, these Windows Phone devices have more to offer than what it presents on the surface.</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="Tools of the trade" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Microsoft Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/onedrive_0.jpg?1413793251" /> </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"> Your essential Windows Phone tips and tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/cloud-drive/have-windows-phone-here-s-5-ways-you-can-put-your-life-online-onedrive/feature">Integrating Windows Phone with OneDrive</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/6-features-windows-phone-camera-got-right/feature">6 camera features Windows Phone gets picture perfect</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"> 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"> Everything else about Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">These are just the bare essentials of what you need to know about Windows Phone. For more Windows Phone related news, reviews and features, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/windows-phone">click here</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> <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"> Stuff&#039;s Ultimate Guide to Windows Phone </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"> A primer to Microsoft&#039;s mobile OS </div> </div> </div> <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/Windows%20Phone%20main_0.jpg?1413793247" /> </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/Windows%20Phone%20main.jpg?1413793247" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuff-s-guide-microsoft-windows-phone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuff-s-guide-microsoft-windows-phone/feature#comments Microsoft Stuff's Ultimate Guide to Smartphones Stuff's Ultimate Guide to Windows Phone Windows Phone Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:19:02 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1447299 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The general Windows banner will soon cover phones as well, but Lumia lives </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows Phone 8.1" alt="Windows Phone 8.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Start-screen%285%29_0.jpg?1410399226" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to multiple reports out tonight, Microsoft intends to discontinue use of the Windows Phone and Nokia brands for its smartphones and mobile OS, all in hopes of simplifying its message.</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/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news#comments Microsoft Nokia Windows Windows Phone Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:18:41 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447251 at http://www.stuff.tv OPINION: Why you should buy a Windows Phone http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/why-you-should-buy-windows-phone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re sick about hearing all about Android one week and Apple the other, Microsoft&#039;s Lumia devices can present quite an intriguing option </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="655" height="430" title=" Why you should buy a Windows Phone" alt=" Why you should buy a Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/THVtaWFfODMwX0hlcm9NV3RxYUhO-2.jpg?1410426055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I spoke to Chris Weber,&nbsp;Microsoft&#39;s&nbsp;corporate vice president of mobile devices sales, in Berlin during IFA 2014, I asked&nbsp;him why people should buy Windows Phones. He said that if he had 10 minutes with 10 iOS or Android users, he&#39;d be able to get nine of them to make the switch.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone talks about how it&#39;s usually Android versus iOS, or Apple versus Samsung. It&#39;s easy to get caught up in big-name flagship phones like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a>, or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review">Note Edge</a>, after all.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, at the lower and mid-priced ranges, Apple isn&#39;t a factor at all, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/battle-budget-best-smartphones-you-can-buy-under-s250-singapore/feature">leaving only Androids to choose from</a>, mostly from Chinese manufacturers such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/xiaomi">Xiaomi</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/who-sells-under-s100-smartphones-singapore-zte-does/news">ZTE</a>. That&#39;s not much in the way of choice, especially since Androids aren&#39;t for everyone.</p> <p>Microsoft has played their cards right here, because they dived right into this arena as the only other viable OS option, with phones such as the S$159 Lumia 130, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nokia/nokia-lumia-630-and-635-have-neon-swappable-covers-plucked-straight-90s/news">S$239 Lumia 635</a>, and the affordable-yet-powerful mid-ranged&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review">Lumia 830</a>. If they can build enough momentum with this, more people would come to know Windows Phones, with the feedback they offer paving the way for improvements in the future.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read more: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/opinion-era-budget-phones/feature">Is this the era of budget phones?</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="3072" height="1728" title=" Why you should buy a Windows Phone" alt=" Why you should buy a Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_20_12_Pro.jpg?1410426055" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More importantly, Microsoft&#39;s been taking steps to exploit their biggest advantage - other Microsoft hardware users. With the launch of their Universal Apps, they could soon have the largest ecosystem in the world across Windows Phones, Surface devices, PCs, and Xbox consoles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Imagine having a phone that worked seamlessly with all those devices, with everything in your home synced on OneDrive, OneNote, and other cloud services. It&#39;s something nobody else would have. The closest competitor in this arena would be Sony, but they don&#39;t have millions of PC users worldwide to bank on.&nbsp;</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s going to need time of course, because Nokia&#39;s only been part of the fold for a few short months. But so far, the signs are encouraging, and hopefully, their efforts will pay off. Not for me, but for all of you as consumers to have better choices in the future.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="955" height="955" title="Why you should buy a Windows Phone" alt="Why you should buy a Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/946002c9-dfc7-44fe-b20a-abf175c49d42.jpg?1410426055" /> </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="1400" height="720" title="Why you should buy a Windows Phone" alt="Why you should buy a Windows Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01dd9c8c-e40a-4b2b-a419-d2fbea76d0cd.jpg?1410426055" /> </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/microsoft/why-you-should-buy-windows-phone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/why-you-should-buy-windows-phone/feature#comments Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:27:35 +0000 Melvin Tang 1447189 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/microsoft-s-lumia-denim-update-comes-improved-camera-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These days, it’s all about having the best tools for the perfect shot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app " alt="Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1_10.jpg?1409887938" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Taking pictures is one of the main purposes of a smartphone in this day and age. Microsoft realises that and in support of &ldquo;the perfect shot&rdquo;, it&rsquo;s unveiled its next major Nokia Lumia update, called Denim, with a better Camera app among other features.</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/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s 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>But that&rsquo;s not all that comes with this <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/nokia/stuff-cover-girl-search-2014/promoted-11-windows-phone-81-features-thatll-unleash-your-nokia-l">Windows Phone 8.1 </a>update 1. The other <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/get-early-access-windows-phone-81-and-siri-alternative-cortana/news">major improvement is Cortana</a> &ndash; you&rsquo;ll be able to launch it from any point of the interface or when it is idle by saying &ldquo;Hey Cortana&rdquo;. Just make sure you don&rsquo;t confuse it with &ldquo;Okay Google&rdquo;. It&#39;s worth taking note that it will now be made available to the US first, and to the UK and China as a Beta version.&nbsp;India, Australia and&nbsp;Canada will have it as a public Alpha.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lumia Denim update will be rolled out to all WP 8.1&nbsp;Lumia devices sometime in Q4 this year &ndash; watch out for it. It will first be available on the Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, and Lumia Icon, then extend to the rest of the compatible Lumia smartphones shortly after.</p> <p>But, the Camera app will only be available on the Lumia 930, Lumia 1520, and Lumia Icon. It will also come pre-installed on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review">newly launched Lumia 830</a>; however, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review">recently unveiled Lumia 735</a> will be excluded from it. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/nokia-x2-microsoft-just-launched-its-first-android-phone/news">With the X2, Microsoft just launched its first Android phone&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/microsoft_announces_lumia_denim_update_available_q4-news-9551.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a> and <a href="http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/tech-news-microsoft-unveils-lumia-denim-update-faster-better-camera-app" target="_blank">Hardware Zone</a>] &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app " alt="Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cort.jpeg?1409887938" /> </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/lumia-830/microsoft-s-lumia-denim-update-comes-improved-camera-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/microsoft-s-lumia-denim-update-comes-improved-camera-app/news#comments Lumia 830 Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 05 Sep 2014 03:02:36 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446649 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft promises a flagship-level phone at a very reasonable price with the new Lumia 830. We check out its Lumia-ffordability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/WP_20140522_18_15_25_Pro_1.jpg?1409887311" /> </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/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Microsoft&rsquo;s really been emphasising lower-budget devices recently to complement their flagship phone lineup. Just ahead of IFA 2014 in Berlin, it&rsquo;s just announced two phones to flesh out their mid-range mobiles.</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"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The few and the proud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Besides being one of the three phones to come with Lumia Denim preloaded &ndash; with the other two being the Lumia 730 and 735 &ndash; the Lumia 830&rsquo;s &ldquo;flagship&rdquo; status also affords it Denim&rsquo;s top-end features. The only other devices to get these premium features are Microsoft&rsquo;s actual flagship <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review">Lumia 930</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-1520/nokia-lumia-1520/review">1520</a> devices, so it really is the most affordable device with the best Windows Phone has to offer at the moment.</p> <p dir="ltr">Some of these features include: a new Lumia Camera app, which is both faster to start up and shoot with; 4K video recording at 24fps with each frame able to be used as an 8.3MP image; and Rich Capture, which integrates automatic HDR and a new Dynamic Flash feature that allows you to tweak the amount of flash present in a picture... after you&rsquo;ve already taken it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Given what Nokia Camera is currently capable of, this much-needed update definitely improves the cameras on Lumia devices by leaps and bounds, correcting one of the main niggles with Windows phones.</p> <p>Also, while all Lumia devices in the selected markets will get an improved Cortana with Denim, the Lumia 830 and its fellow flagship devices have the ability to call up everyone&rsquo;s favourite Halo AI just by saying &ldquo;Hey Cortana&rdquo; even when the phone is idle, thanks to SensorCore technology. Isn&rsquo;t it ironic that you don&rsquo;t use &ldquo;Glass&rdquo; on a Windows device?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-phone-8" target="_blank">all the latest Windows Phone 8 news and reviews</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="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_08_Pro__highres_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_11_41_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_30_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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"> Size matters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Lumia 830 looks almost identical to the Lumia 930, save for a few minor details and a markedly thinner profile at just 8.5mm with a weight of 150g, making it the thinnest and lightest Lumia smartphone made. </p> <p>Still, it feels very comfortable in the hand, with the phone being so light and thin that people with smaller hands will be able to use it one-handed with ease. The buttons on the right edge of the phone are positioned nicely as well, being easy to reach in either hand, with operation accompanied by satisfying haptics.</p> <p dir="ltr">The phone itself feels decidedly premium, with the metal casing giving it a sense of sturdiness. The plastic cover on the back of the phone feels rather pleasant to the touch as well, and provides good grip without coming across as cheap. Integrated with QI wireless charging (more on that later), the cover is removable too. Available in black, white, green and orange, these additional covers are sold separately, and allow users to switch the colour of their device to complement their outfits, if that&rsquo;s their sort of thing.</p> <p>Call us old-fashioned, but we liked the black device the most, as it comes with a dark metal casing that looks very classy indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/opinion-era-budget-phones/feature">Opinion: Is this the era of budget phones?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_14_36_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_03_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_21_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_15_33_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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"> Mid-range phone, mid-range 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 dir="ltr">Despite being tagged as &lsquo;affordable&rsquo;, it doesn&rsquo;t mean the Lumia 830 is a slouch. Performance from the phone&rsquo;s 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1GB of RAM was generally very smooth with nary a hiccup. Everything looked great while we were going through the phone&rsquo;s various features, and while the 5-in screen is only HD at 1280x720, it still looked decent, with clarity and brightness that held up to scrutiny. </p> <p>The user experience on Windows Phone 8.1 itself remained largely similar too, though Microsoft has added the ability to organise your Live Tiles into folders for the first time. A simple drag-and-drop affair, it&rsquo;s something that should&rsquo;ve been added from the start, but it&rsquo;s good to finally see something we&rsquo;ve had on Android and iOS devices for years already.</p> <p>The device is also equipped with LTE, Nokia Rich Recording with Dolby 5.1 surround sound capture, and active noise cancellation, though we didn&rsquo;t really have an opportunity to try those out properly in an actual setting. We also didn&rsquo;t get the chance to see how the removable 2200mAh battery would hold up to heavy usage, so we&rsquo;ll just have to wait for an actual review unit in the future.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Mid-range phone, mid-range performance?" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_13_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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="Mid-range phone, mid-range performance?" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_12_28_Pro_0_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 830 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Screen</strong>: 5in 1280x720p ClearBlack IPS-LCD</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Processor</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>RAM</strong>: 1GB </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>OS</strong>: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Camera</strong>: PureView 10MP 1080p/4K video (rear), 1MP 720p (front)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB expandable up to 128GB, 15GB free OneDrive &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Battery</strong>: 2200mAh, removable with integrated Qi wireless charging</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 139.4x70.7x8.5mm</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Weight</strong>: 150g</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"> The new PureView 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 dir="ltr">Accompanying the new features on the Lumia Camera app is a 10MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics and Microsoft&rsquo;s most diminutive Optical Image Stabilization system to date. As opposed to the Lumia 930, starting up the camera from standby to an actual snap is much, much faster now, with the lag time between shots pared down to mere milliseconds. It&rsquo;s definitely a much-needed improvement to the shooting experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">Images shot with the camera were bright and sharp, with decent levels of saturation, white balance, and dynamic range. It&rsquo;s not as good as what you can find on a Lumia 930 or even a 1020, but the improvements to performance more than make up for it.</p> <p dir="ltr">We also tried out the phone&rsquo;s 4K video recording capabilities. Microsoft tells us that this feature isn&rsquo;t meant so much for shooting actual movies, but for better Moment Capture, allowing you to select the best moments as individual 8MP pictures. Essentially, the phone will use too much power and overheat during extended 4K recording, just like on any other phone, so their emphasis is on generating better continuous shots. The camera shoots 4K at 24fps, giving us a wide range of images to choose from, and from what we saw, each individual frame was indeed pretty detailed.</p> <p>The front-facing camera on the other hand, is a paltry 1MP affair that&rsquo;s only capable of 720p videos. Maybe that&rsquo;s why the Lumia Selfie app (read more about it in the Lumia 730 hands-on review here) skips the front camera altogether, prompting the user to listen to audio cues while pointing the rear camera at their faces instead. We don&rsquo;t expect the front camera to be great, but 1MP sounds almost prehistoric in this day and age.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The new PureView camera" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_52_Pro_0_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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"> Wireless charging and screen mirroring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Also announced during Microsoft&rsquo;s MoreLumia event were a new Smart Wireless Charging Plate and Screen Sharing solution that were pretty cool when used with the Lumia 830. </p> <p>Available at just USD$59 (RM190), The Nokia Smart Wireless Charger is almost an essential to get for your Lumia. In fact, since it&rsquo;s Qi wireless charging, you can use with any Qi-compatible device. Supported by Bluetooth LTE, the charger can connect to your phone and glow every time you get a notification or when your phone needs charging, explaining its &ldquo;Smart&rdquo; moniker.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also the new Microsoft Screen Sharing Solution, a USD$79 (RM252) Miracast wireless display adapter attachment that connects to your TV via HDMI, mirroring what&rsquo;s on your Lumia in 1080p full HD. However, what sets this one apart is the magnetic NFC-enabled coaster, allowing users to switch the screen-mirrored device with just a simple tap. The coaster also magnetically integrates very nicely for storage on the adapter itself. You don&rsquo;t have to use it with just your Lumia device either, since it&rsquo;s Miracast-compatible.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_20_12_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_18_10_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_18_20_Pro__highres_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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 dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s easy to be skeptical of the phone&rsquo;s flagship credentials at first, given its affordable price and less-than-cutting-edge specs. However, Microsoft more than makes up for everything with great features and UX tweaks in the Lumia Denim update, giving way to a Lumia 830 that punches above its weight.&nbsp;And with the Windows Phone Store having over 320,000 apps now, you can&#39;t say there aren&#39;t any apps for it either, making it one less reason to make the switch.</p> <p>The cheapest phone you can buy while still having access to the best of everything Windows Phone has to offer, it really presents itself as quite a compelling buy. In fact, it&rsquo;s so good that you could be tempted to buy this instead of an actual flagship.&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you really need top-end specs anyway, and can you really tell the difference? Looks like Lumia-ffordability is very real, and it&rsquo;s happening this September for just &euro;330 (RM1360).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Initial verdict" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/THVtaWFfODMwX0hlcm9NV3RxYUhO_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </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"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review#comments IFA 2014 Lumia 830 Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:39:22 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446648 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The rumours were true – Microsoft did launch a selfie phone in Berlin, and we took a closer look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_7830_0_0.JPG?1409885414" /> </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/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Seeing as the official invite for Microsoft&rsquo;s MoreLumia event featured a selfie, we weren&rsquo;t surprised to see that there really was a selfie phone announced at the event. </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"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The ultimate selfie phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The main focus on the Lumia 735 is of course it&rsquo;s front-facing camera. A 5MP wide-angle affair of 24mm, it&rsquo;s even capable of full HD 1080p videos. Microsoft&rsquo;s even thrown in three months of free Skype worldwide subscription for people to try it in real-world scenarios. True, other phones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-n1/review">Oppo N1 </a>have put large-sensor cameras on the front for better selfies before, but this time Microsoft&rsquo;s even built an entire app around selfies to make them better. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Very simply named &ldquo;Lumia Selfie&rdquo;, the app and camera combine to shoot selfies that aren&rsquo;t just better in quality, they&rsquo;ve got a larger field of view too. Images taken on the front camera are some of the best we&rsquo;ve seen from a narcissistic perspective, while a demo during the MoreLumia event highlighted that the phone could comfortably fit over 11 people in one picture. ]</p> <p dir="ltr">What&rsquo;s more, Microsoft has done something very Japanese/Korean and added photo editing tools to enhance your facial features. That includes being able to alter your eyes, smile, teeth, and even smooth out wrinkles. It&rsquo;s almost like digital plastic surgery.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the rear shooter is a 6.7MP unit with an LED flash, but since the Lumia 735 isn&rsquo;t privy to the Lumia Camera app found in Microsoft&rsquo;s flagship devices, isn&rsquo;t anywhere near as good as that in the Lumia 830. The fact that it isn&rsquo;t a PureView camera doesn&rsquo;t help, but at this price, there&rsquo;s no cause for complaint. Image quality in general is acceptable, though we didn&rsquo;t really have much opportunity to test it fully. We were preoccupied with the front camera, after all.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The ultimate selfie phone" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_09_25_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </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"> Plastic all around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Sporting Nokia&rsquo;s signature polycarbonate design, the Lumia 735 doesn&rsquo;t particularly stand out besides the fact that it&rsquo;s got the same bright colours as Microsoft&rsquo;s recent phone offerings. At 8.9mm thin and weighing 134g, the curved plastic back fits comfortably into the hand, with good grip and feel on the matte plastic. </p> <p dir="ltr">The back of the phone is removable as well, and swappable with other covers available in black, white, orange, and green. The orange cover we encountered had a glossy finish though, which honestly felt quite clammy and attracted smudges. It wouldn&rsquo;t be good for humid environments at all. </p> <p>While the phone&rsquo;s button layout is sensible and easy to reach, Microsoft decided to do away with the dedicated camera shutter button. It&rsquo;s probably because you won&rsquo;t need that button for selfies, but it was still a convenience that&rsquo;s conspicuously missed.</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="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_10_12_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </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="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_10_31_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_11_15_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </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"> Same, but different </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Internally, the Lumia 735&rsquo;s almost identical to the Lumia 830, with the same 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, and connectivity options such as LTE. However, Microsoft chose to exclude the phone from Lumia Denim&rsquo;s premium features, possibly to emphasise the distinction between this and the Lumia 830 as a flagship phone. Without those features, the Lumia 735 does feel like a budget phone, though it does have Cortana in the selected markets. </p> <p dir="ltr">Also, since it&rsquo;s got the same processor and all, performance in terms of user experience is practically identical. Besides the difference in build material and the cameras, other areas the phones differ are a smaller internal memory of just 8GB &ndash; though the SD card slot with storage expandable to 128GB should render that largely irrelevant &ndash; a 4.7-in HD 1280x720 screen compared to a 5-incher, and a battery with 20mAh more at 2220mAh. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s all quite minor, so there&rsquo;s really almost no disparity in performance. It was just as fluid and lag-free as the Lumia 830, though we would have to test the phone with more intensive use and apps to make a more accurate assessment.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Same, but different" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_10_51_Pro_1_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 735 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Screen: 4.7in 1280x720p ClearBlack HD OLED</p> <p dir="ltr">Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400</p> <p dir="ltr">RAM: 1GB</p> <p dir="ltr">OS: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update</p> <p dir="ltr">Camera: 6.7MP 1080p video (rear), 5MP wide-angle 1080p video (front)</p> <p dir="ltr">Storage: 8GB expandable up to 128GB, 15GB free OneDrive &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Battery: 2220mAh, removable with integrated Qi wireless charging</p> <p dir="ltr">Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p dir="ltr">Dimensions: 134.7x68.5x8.9mm</p> <p>Weight: 134g</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"> 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 dir="ltr">We talk about the 735 as one model, but really it&rsquo;s two &ndash; there&rsquo;s also a dual-SIM Lumia 730. Available for just &euro;199 (RM820), it&rsquo;s also cheaper, though you also lose built-in wireless charging. You could always just buy the wireless charging shell for &euro;15 (RM62) though.</p> <p dir="ltr">Without Lumia Denim&rsquo;s extra features, the Lumia 735 is strictly a budget affair, and it seems Microsoft hopes to make up for this by focussing on its selfie capabilities. We&rsquo;re not sure this is enough to make it a very compelling option, unless you really like taking photos of yourself or suffer from extreme narcissism, of course.</p> <p>However, at just &euro;219 (RM900), it&rsquo;s still a very good phone for its price, with solid build quality and value-for-money.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lumia 735 or 730?" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_02_16_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </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"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review#comments IFA 2014 Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:13:11 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446644 at http://www.stuff.tv