Android http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android/all en-MY A fresh set of details of the Motorola Nexus 6 emerge http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fresh-set-details-motorola-nexus-6-emerge/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More information of the looks and innards of the Nexus 6 surface too, and they mirror previous leaks </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="A fresh set of details of the Motorola Nexus 6 emerge" alt="A fresh set of details of the Motorola Nexus 6 emerge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mt.jpeg?1412071808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s almost certain that Motorola&rsquo;s building the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/nexus-6">Nexus 6 </a>smartphone. Unlike former rumours that have indicated that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/lg-build-google-nexus-6-and-nexus-smartwatch/news">LG might be making the looming mobile device</a>, a new set of details have surfaced, outlining its make and some of its 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-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/android/fresh-set-details-motorola-nexus-6-emerge/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fresh-set-details-motorola-nexus-6-emerge/news#comments Android Google Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphones Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:12:12 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448926 at http://www.stuff.tv OnePlus hears you, might launch a smaller OnePlus Two as soon as mid next year http://www.stuff.tv/my/oneplus/hold-your-horses-oneplus-2-might-arrive-soon-mid-next-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A recent feedback session held on Reddit by OnePlus executives point to a possible, daintier successor to the One </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="604" height="453" title="Hold your horses, the OnePlus 2 might arrive as soon as mid next year" alt="Hold your horses, the OnePlus 2 might arrive as soon as mid next year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/onepluss.png?1412085189" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Upgrades equate bigger phones? This might not be the case for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/oneplus">OnePlus One</a>&nbsp;successor.</p> <p>The OnePlus Two is definitely bigger than its predecessor in terms of interest. But in the literal sense, be prepared for a disappointment - there&#39;s a rumour that it&#39;ll come with a smaller display in lieu of its predecessor&#39;s huge 5.5in screen size.</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-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/oneplus/hold-your-horses-oneplus-2-might-arrive-soon-mid-next-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/oneplus/hold-your-horses-oneplus-2-might-arrive-soon-mid-next-year/news#comments Android OnePlus Smartphones Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:52:23 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448906 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best sleep apps http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Speed up your journey to the land of Nod with these soporific apps </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="Six of the best sleep apps" alt="Six of the best sleep apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sleep-apps.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sleep: we spend a third of our lives doing it, but most of us just do what comes naturally, and hope for the best.</p> <p>Well, that&#39;s not the Stuff way. We have apps and gadgets for our waking hours, so why not turn to technology to improve the quality of our snoozes? We&#39;ve rounded up six apps that promise to do just that.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Twilight </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 creators of this app claim that blasting your retinas with the blue-white light from your smartphone screen interferes with your body&rsquo;s melatonin production, preventing you from getting a full night&#39;s sleep. Twilight gradually shifts the colour temperature of your smartphone screen into the red end of the spectrum as the sun sets, making it easier on the eyes.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> Android <strong>Price: </strong>RMFree</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux" target="_blank">Download Twilight 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="659" height="372" title="Twilight" alt="Twilight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twilight-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are many sleep-inducing hypnosis apps out there, but Andrew Johnson&#39;s Scots burr makes this one the most soporific of all, gently wafting you into the arms of Morpheus using breathing exercises and guided meditation.</p> <p>iOS users may also want to try his <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/infinite-relaxation/id460610625?mt=8" target="_blank">Infinite Relaxation</a>&nbsp;app, which mixes and matches audio tracks to give you a different experience each time you use it.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> iOS, Android <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;US$2.99 (Android), US$2.99 (iOS)</p> <p><strong>Download Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/deep-sleep-andrew-johnson/id337349999?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hivebrain.andrewjohnson.deepsleep" target="_blank">Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson" alt="Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/deep-sleep-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you find falling water restful, this nature sounds app is the one for you. It provides you with every conceivable sort of rain you could imagine, from city rain to rain in a tent and full-blown downpours.</p> <p>You can also dial up other noises to help you nod off; including blizzards, crackling fire &ndash; and, oddly, home appliances. To each their own.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform:</strong> iOS <strong>Price: </strong>RMFree</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/rain-rain-sleep-sounds/id478687481?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds 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="Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds" alt="Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/rain-rain-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This app turns your smartphone into a full-blown sleep tracker; stick it under your sheets and the app uses its accelerometer to track your sleep patterns. As well as showing you how well you slept, it&#39;ll also let you set an alarm that wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase in the morning &ndash; you&#39;ll be positively bounding out of bed.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>iOS, Android <strong>Price:</strong>&nbsp;US$0.69 (iOS), US$0.99 (Android)</p> <p><strong>Download Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock/id320606217?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.northcube.sleepcycle&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock" alt="Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sleep-cycle-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Relax and Sleep II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This soundboard app lets you pick and choose from a selection of relaxing noises, building up your own sleep-inducing soundscape. Some of them are obvious &ndash; summer rain, whale song and so forth. Others are downright baffling; the combo of beating heart, creaking rocking chair and music box surely belongs on the soundtrack to a horror film.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>Android<strong> Price: </strong>RMFree</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mizusoft.relaxandsleeptwo" target="_blank">Download Relax and Sleep II 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="Relax and Sleep II" alt="Relax and Sleep II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/relax-and-sleep-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Pzizz Sleep </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This sleep app uses a combination of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and binaural beats &ndash; two tones of different frequencies, one played into each ear &ndash; to help you drift off. Each time you use the app, the soundtrack&#39;s different &ndash; so you won&#39;t become over-familiar with the track and end up focusing on what&#39;s coming up next.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says: ✭✭✭✭</strong></p> <p><strong>Platform: </strong>iOS<strong> Price: </strong>US$4.99</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/pzizz-sleep/id341324632?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Pzizz Sleep here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/six-best-video-editing-apps/feature" target="_blank">Six of the best video editing apps</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pzizz Sleep" alt="Pzizz Sleep" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pzizz-screen.jpg?1412262172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/six-best-sleep-apps/feature#comments Android Android apps Apps and Games iOS iOS apps Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:23:39 +0000 Elissa Loi 1448820 at http://www.stuff.tv The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is official, in Thailand at least http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-mega-2-official-thailand-least/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It packs a mega screen but not-so-mega specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is official, in Thailand at least " alt="The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is official, in Thailand at least " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsunggalaxymega2.jpg?1411623414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung doesn&rsquo;t usually keep mum when it comes to its product launches &ndash; take its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/2ds/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-note-4-suddenly-launching-week-korea-blizzard-cancels-its-next-mmo-">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch in Korea</a> as an example; it made the debut, set a price for it, and created all that hype.</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"> Not so mega in terms of specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for its specs, it&rsquo;s actually far from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/bigger-better-samsung-s-galaxy-mega-2/news">rumours that surfaced a few months ago</a>. Instead of the speculated 7in, the mobile device packs a 6in display (yes, an inch does make a lot of difference) in addition to a 1280 x 720 pixel screen resolution &ndash; so for those rooting an ultra-sharp display, sorry to disappoint.</p> <p>Not much of its hardware has seen a massive upgrade as compared to its predecessor too. It sports a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8MP back snapper with LED flash and 1080p video recording, a 2.1MP front-facing camera, 16GB of expandable storage, as well as 4G LTE connectivity. The device will come out of the box on Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p>Clearly, it looks to be a mid-range even though a price has yet to be set. We&rsquo;re not even sure if it will be brought in to Malaysia or if it&rsquo;s going to be just a Thailand exclusive device. But those details shouldn&rsquo;t be too far away from now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/10-samsung-gadgets-made-headlines/feature">You call yoursef a Sammy fan. So how many of these top 10 Sammy gadgets have you owned?&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://vr-zone.com/articles/6-inch-galaxy-mega-2-goes-official-samsung-thailand-website/82252.html" target="_blank">VR-Zone</a>]&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 Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is official, in Thailand at least " alt="The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 is official, in Thailand at least " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mega22.jpg?1411623414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/android/samsung-galaxy-mega-2-official-thailand-least/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-mega-2-official-thailand-least/news#comments Android Phablets Samsung Smartphones Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:45:04 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448526 at http://www.stuff.tv Don't be surprised, the BenQ F5 and T3 are Android smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/my/benq/benq-launches-two-4g-lte-smartphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fine, we admit, we also thought BenQ only made displays and projectors </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="Don&#039;t be surprised, the BenQ F3 and T3 are Android smartphones" alt="Don&#039;t be surprised, the BenQ F3 and T3 are Android smartphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BenQx2.jpg?1412138808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seemingly out of the blue BenQ, a brand more known locally for displays, brings a pair of Android smartphones to the Malaysian market.</p> <p>The Taiwanese display and projector maker isn&#39;t new to the Android market. At first, its Android smartphones were sold in the European market, and it has finally expanded towards the south-east Asia market with the flagship BenQ F5 and T3 budget smartphones.</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/cheryl-bates" title="View user profile.">Cheryl Bates</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/benq/benq-launches-two-4g-lte-smartphones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/benq/benq-launches-two-4g-lte-smartphones/news#comments Android BenQ Smartphones Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:51:26 +0000 Cheryl Bates 1448436 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sony refocusing on high-end phones, Samsung phone trade-ins surge due to iPhone 6, and Deadpool movie dated http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6/fully-charged-sony-refocusing-high-end-phones-samsung-trade-ins-surge-due-iphone-6-and-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the weekend strong by starting the day with a blast of breezy 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="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z3.jpg?1411193650" /> </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"> Amidst losses, Sony shedding mid-range devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve had kind things to say about Sony&rsquo;s phones, with two models currently residing on our list of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">the 10 best smartphones</a> in the world right now - but they&rsquo;re just not catching on with consumers like the company wants them to.</p> <p>As a result, Sony says it will post a loss of US$2.14 billion (RM6.9 billion) for the fiscal year ending in March, which is about five times larger than the original projection. Sadly, that also means that Sony plans to cut about 1000 workers, or 15% of the headcount from the division.</p> <p>With other companies having much more success with low-priced devices, Sony says that it will refocus its smartphone efforts on higher-end devices while cutting some of the mid-range fluff. Here&rsquo;s hoping that means even more focus on great premium handsets to continue stocking our best list for some time to come.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/18/business/international/sony-widens-expected-loss-to-2-14-billion.html?_r=0">The New York Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 hands-on 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-number-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"> Samsung phone trade-ins surge on iPhone 6 release </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>Device trade-in specialist <a href="https://www.gazelle.com">Gazelle</a> tells Bloomberg that trade-ins of Samsung smartphones tripled last week in advance of today&rsquo;s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release. One-third of Android users polled by the service say they&rsquo;re likely to switch to the iPhone 6, and some 39% claim the bigger screen is the primary reason why.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re seeing a higher propensity to switch,&rdquo; said Chris Sullivan, CEO at Gazelle, citing the larger screens and other added functionality. &ldquo;This is going to be a strong and compelling product for Android users to switch.&rdquo;</p> <p>Still on the fence about Apple&rsquo;s new handsets? Be sure to read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 review</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> review to find out our take on Apple&rsquo;s first pushes beyond the four-inch display barrier.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-18/apple-s-new-iphones-seen-fueling-switch-from-android.html">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in</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="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 6" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6-vs-galaxys5_0.jpg?1411193650" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Deadpool movie coming in 2016 </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>After years of delays, 20th Century Fox has announced that a live-action movie based on Marvel Comics anti-hero Deadpool will hit cinemas in 12 February 2016. Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed the character in <em>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</em>, hasn&rsquo;t yet been signed to a deal, but he&rsquo;s expected to be in the role.</p> <p>This summer, years-old test footage leaked (seen above) and generated a huge amount of fan appreciation, showing that it&rsquo;s possible to nail the frenetic action and humour of the character on film - at least in CG. Whether or not that translates into a live-action setting, especially with a rather short timeframe between now and the release, remains to be seen.</p> <p>Additionally, next year&rsquo;s <em>Fantastic Four</em> reboot has been pushed back a couple of months to 7 August, while the <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> film - which was supposed to fill that late summer slot - has been pulled off of the schedule entirely. The Hollywood Reporter&rsquo;s sources say a 2016 debut is now more likely.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/x-men-spinoff-deadpool-gets-734172">The Hollywood Reporter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/deadpool/review">Deadpool (video game) 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/LoXGsv9nsNs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6/fully-charged-sony-refocusing-high-end-phones-samsung-trade-ins-surge-due-iphone-6-and-dead#comments Android Film and TV iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Samsung Smartphones Sony Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448121 at http://www.stuff.tv From late October, you can get a OnePlus One mobile phone through pre-order http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/late-october-you-can-get-oneplus-one-mobile-phone-through-pre-order/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You won’t need an invitation to get a OnePlus One smartphone anymore </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="604" height="453" title="From late October, you can get a OnePlus One mobile phone through pre-order " alt="From late October, you can get a OnePlus One mobile phone through pre-order " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oneplusone.png?1411116381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>True fact &ndash; if you didn&rsquo;t get an invite, you probably didn&rsquo;t manage to score yourself the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/oneplus-one/review">OnePlus One smartphone</a> that was launched just a few months ago (to the disappointment of many).</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-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/android/late-october-you-can-get-oneplus-one-mobile-phone-through-pre-order/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/late-october-you-can-get-oneplus-one-mobile-phone-through-pre-order/news#comments Android OnePlus Smartphones Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:14:17 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448056 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Android Silver program reportedly halted, Apple luring Android converts with iPhone transfer guide, and wild custom PS4 sneakers http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of the tech news tidbits you need to start 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="Android Silver mock-up" alt="Android Silver mock-up" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-silver_0.jpg?1411004230" /> </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"> Android Silver unlikely to launch </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 Android marketplace is famously fragmented due to such a massive array of devices, but the Nexus line has been a welcome beacon of light amidst the madness. Google was reportedly planning to replace that line with Android Silver, a brand for high-end pure Android smartphones, but that may not be the plan anymore.</p> <p>According to a report from The Information, the Android Silver program is &ldquo;on hold&rdquo; and some Google employees don&rsquo;t think it had a particularly rosy future anyway. The summer departure of executive Nikesh Arora from Google is pegged as one reason than plans have changed, but Google&#39;s partners were also reportedly not so keen on the idea.</p> <p>Flagship phones still rule Android fans&rsquo; attention spans, but as great Android handsets become startlingly inexpensive, perhaps it&rsquo;s too much to think that a high-end device can command an exorbitant price above even what top-tier phones cost today. Guess we&rsquo;ll have to wait and see.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/Google-s-Android-Silver-Program-on-Ice">The Information</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/16/6248561/google-android-silver-reportedly-on-hold">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-silver-everything-you-need-know-about-google-s-upcoming-range-premium-smartphones/fe">Android Silver: everything you need to know about Google&rsquo;s upcoming range of premium smartphones</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"> Apple makes guide for Android converts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple seems pretty confident that the larger display sizes and revised builds of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are going to pull some current Android users into the iOS fold. How confident? Enough to actually create a guide for transferring over content from Android to iOS.</p> <p>The guide is fairly extensive and goes over everything from mail and contacts to photos, videos, music, and books. In many cases, it simply points out that cross-platform third-party apps typically let you access the same content between platforms, while other bits are tutorials that explain how to move media and the like. And if you doubted it, we truly are living in the Tim Cook-led era of Apple.</p> <p>Are the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> really worth all of that hassle? Click on our brand new reviews linked in that last line to find out our take on both devices.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6407">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S5" alt="iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6-vs-galaxys5.jpg?1411004230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Custom PS4 Air Jordan sneakers are excessive </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>Jonny Barry of <a href="http://www.freakersneaks.com">FreakerSNEAKS</a> makes incredible custom sneakers, but even so, this one&#39;s a real doozy: the PlayStation 4-themed Nike Air Jordan IV&rsquo;s, called the JRDN X PS4, are so wonderfully over-the-top that they actually feature an HDMI-in port. It doesn&rsquo;t do anything, but still.</p> <p>Barry says he&rsquo;ll be making and releasing just 10 pairs of these fanboy kicks, which come with a custom HDMI cable and are slated to sell for about US$950 (~RM3057) apiece. You know, enough to keep you in awesome PS4 games for the next year or more. Like the ones in the link below!</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/09/15/custom-ps4-air-jordans-cost-950-and-look-awesome/">DualShockers</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/5-best-sony-playstation-4-games-so-far/feature">The 10 best Sony PlayStation 4 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="800" title="JRDN X PS4" alt="JRDN X PS4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ps4-sneakers-custom.jpg?1411004230" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-#comments Android Apple Gaming Google iPhone 6 PlayStation 4 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447937 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft’s new Bluetooth keyboard is designed for Android and iOS too http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’ll work with your Windows tablet, but you can pair competitors as well </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 Universal Mobile Keyboard" alt="Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-tabletkeyboard.jpg?1410963075" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft has its own portable hardware to mind, but it&#39;s clear that the company still wants to play nice with the competition. Case in point: its new Bluetooth wireless keyboard, which is designed for Android and iOS devices.</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>The build is attractively minimal and designed for portability. In use, it looks like a lot of existing iPad keyboard options, but it folds in half for storage, plus you can detach the stand half of the contraption to give yourself space between the keys and your device.</p> <p>Opening the cover triggers the Bluetooth connectivity, while closing it powers down the keyboard. It promises up to six months of battery life when filled to capacity and can get eight hours of battery life with just a 10-minute charge.</p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s Universal Mobile Keyboard is due out in October for US$79.95 (about RM258). No word yet on international pricing.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/16/6189075/microsoft-universal-mobile-keyboard-features-pricing">Microsoft</a>, <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/firehose/2014/09/16/new-universal-mobile-keyboard-works-with-windows-ios-and-android-mobile-devices/">The Verge</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-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/sdPT-TzgU84" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/microsoft-s-new-bluetooth-keyboard-designed-android-and-ios-too/news#comments Android iOS Microsoft Smartphones Tablets Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:49:17 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447847 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Alpha http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s Android for main course, aluminium on the side in the Galaxy Alpha </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="Easier to hold than an S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alpha-700.jpg?1410954150" /> </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>When everyone complains about a phone it sometimes seems like no-one&rsquo;s listening. But Samsung has clearly taken on-board the thousands of voices saying the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a> feels, y&rsquo;know, a bit cheap.</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">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"> Loads of power - we mean, LOADS </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very good camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The feel of real metal </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"> Lower screen res reveals PenTile screen issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Battery life could be better </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Quite pricey </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"> Meet Al </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has thrown off the shackles of its standard phones and come up with something truly revolutionary in the Galaxy Alpha.</p> <p>Not really.&nbsp;What it has done is to take a fairly familiar Samsung phone blueprint, get rid of the rubbish-looking chrome plastic around the sides and replace it with a band of honest-to-goodness metal.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s aluminium, with the same sort of anodised finish you see on the back of the iPhone 6. So rather nice. It gives the Galaxy Alpha the cool and hard feel that is largely behind why metal phones feel more expensive than plastic ones. We&rsquo;re simple creatures.</p> <p>As far as design experiments go, it&rsquo;s a pretty successful one. The edges are quite severe and sharp (but bevelled), rather like the iPhone 5S, but as the 4.7in Galaxy Alpha isn&rsquo;t too large, handling it is dead easy.</p> <p>Get over the nice feel of that band of metal and things come back down to earth. The back plate is still a flimsy piece of plastic as is the inner frame. The band of metal is just that &ndash; a thin border that sits around the phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not the most coherent phone design we&rsquo;ve ever seen either. A bit like the Nokia Lumia 930, the mix of metal and plastic means it doesn&rsquo;t have the design purity of the most jaw-dropping phones. The Alpha is Samsung doing pretty, not gallery-worthy.</p> <p>You also lose out on water resistance while gaining the extra bit of metal. Where the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini</a> has treated ports and a rubber seal on the inside of its back cover so you can dunk it in water, the Alpha is not designed to withstand apple-bobbing. It&rsquo;s a bummer, and shows that Samsung hasn&rsquo;t really put its all into the phone. It&rsquo;s just er, testing the waters.</p> <p>That said, waterproofing is the only hardware extra we really missed. You still get a fingerprint scanner under the Home button, and a heart rate sensor on the back. We&rsquo;d probably trade away both to have a phone you can use in the bath, though.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tested&nbsp;</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="Samsung finally gave us a metal band .. no, not the head banging type " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-4.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Flimsy " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-11.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Remind you of iAnything? " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-6.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> OLED Balloon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are some compromises in the Galaxy Alpha&rsquo;s screen too. It&rsquo;s a 4.7in display &ndash; smaller than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> but a perfectly good size if you&rsquo;re after a slightly smaller phone.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s not as great is the resolution. The Galaxy Alpha has a 720p screen when most phones at the price have 1080p ones. Shop around online and you can even get an LG G3 for not much more &ndash; and that phone has an even higher-res 2K screen.</p> <p>In the Alpha, the limits of a 720p screen are quite obvious if you go looking for them, more so than an LCD screen. Why? It&rsquo;s all down to the kind of display the phone uses. It&rsquo;s a Super AMOLED display, one that uses a PenTile subpixel arrangement. Without getting too techy, this uses a pixel array that makes areas of block white look a little fuzzy, and text a bit less sharp. As a result the Galaxy Alpha looks a fair bit less sharp than even the RM700&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-g/motorola-moto-g/review">4.5in Moto G</a>.</p> <p>Top brightness isn&rsquo;t quite at the same level as the Galaxy S5. While you can see the Alpha display in bright sunlight, it&rsquo;s not as clear as the S5.</p> <p>It still looks very good, though, and the Alpha offers you loads of control over how vivid the colours are. Fresh out of the box they&rsquo;re a bit too lively &ndash; many people love them like this &ndash; but switch the screen to &lsquo;basic&rsquo; and you get a similar sort of colour accuracy the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> is capable of. Like your colours truly overblown? That&rsquo;s an option too. Like other OLED screens, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha also gets you incredibly deep blacks, perfect blacks in fact, and contrast is top-notch. Just a shame about that resolution, then.</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="Reads well outdoors but it&#039;s no S5 " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-cf.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.7in LCD Super AMOLED (1280X720)<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4.4<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: Exynos 5 Octa 5430 1.8GHz processor<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB<br /><strong>Bluetooth</strong>: 4.0<br /><strong>Water &amp; Dust Resistance</strong>: None<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: Li-Polymer 1860mAh<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 132.4 X 65.5 X 6.7mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 115g</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"> OS: all the fours </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>Again, there are a few little cuts compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>, but the software is very similar. You get Android 4.4.4 at launch, and Samsung&rsquo;s latest custom Android interface.</p> <p>In the last year, Samsung has done a lot to try and make its Android UI a bit more streamlined, a bit less like juggling a bag of features that keeps on spilling over. And it&rsquo;s mostly successful. The basics are clean and simple, and it doesn&rsquo;t waggle all of its extra bits in your face.</p> <p>However, there&rsquo;s plenty under the surface, and that does mean the Settings menu is absolutely gargantuan. It looks nothing like the regular Android menu and newbies may get phased.</p> <p>Samsung packs a bunch of extra apps into the Alpha too. Some of these have been around for years, like the S Planner calendar, but others like S Health are needed to make use of the phone&rsquo;s actual hardware. S Health is where you monitor your heart rate using the sensor on the back, and it&rsquo;s also the app that tracks your steps each day &ndash; if you want the Alpha to act as a fitness tracker. Samsung has a habit of making things less simple than they could be, and there are plenty of ways to clean the phone up if you don&rsquo;t get on with these apps. Some can be uninstalled, but you can also hide those you can&rsquo;t.</p> <p>You get 32GB storage as standard, so app storage space isn&rsquo;t much of an issue.</p> <p>Unlike some other Samsung devices we&rsquo;ve tested in the last year or so, the Galaxy Alpha doesn&rsquo;t suffer from any major performance stuttering. This seems more likely to be down to Samsung tightening-up its software rather than improvements in hardware, but the engine running here is very, very fast too.</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="S Health, S Planner, it&#039;s all here " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-8.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Wiggle my joystick, luv </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>Performance is the one area the Alpha just doesn&rsquo;t compromise.&nbsp;</p> <p>It uses a Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa-core processor, which has four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 ones. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark it scores an extremely impressive 3086 points &ndash; even more than the 2800-odd points you might get from a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>. For a phone with &lsquo;only&rsquo; a 720p screen, this is masses of power.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gaming performance is excellent, and you get the extra little graphical flashy bits in top-end games like Dead Trigger 2 that were missing when we used the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini</a>. It&rsquo;s a surprise powerhouse, and has 2GB RAM too.&nbsp;</p> <p>Those gaming skills do make us wish the internal speaker was a little better, though. Sound quality and top volume are pretty impressive for a phone this thin &ndash; although the sound is a little harsh at top volume &ndash; but the output is very much mono, and it&rsquo;s too easy to block the speaker when you&rsquo;re doing a bit of landscape gaming.&nbsp;</p> <p>There is one benefit to a bottom-firing speaker, though. It means the back of the Alpha doesn&rsquo;t vibrate like a nightclub subwoofer when the volume&rsquo;s turned up as it does in the Galaxy S5 and the S5 Mini.&nbsp;</p> <p>We did also notice that the Galaxy Alpha seems to suffer from the old problem of some metal-coated phones &ndash; signal issues. It&rsquo;s decent enough in normal use, but if you cover too much of the phone&rsquo;s sides your signal level will drop like a stone. It never totally killed the signal, but is a sign that the plastic inlays in the metal frame haven&rsquo;t been implemented quite well enough.&nbsp;</p> <p>See the little white bits in the metal surround? These are usually used to improve signal for things like Wi-FI and mobile signal when the sides of a phone are largely metal. Aside from this, though, actual call quality is perfectly fine. You just need to be a bit careful about how you handle the Galaxy Alpha at times.</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="A few signal issues here and there " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-5.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="No S5 style vibrations with this speaker " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/s5-alpha-4.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Speedy Snapper </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 Samsung Galaxy Alpha camera sits somewhere between the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review"> Galaxy S5</a> and<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review"> S5 Mini</a> in terms of image quality. But it certainly has the shooting performance we&rsquo;ve come to expect from Samsung&rsquo;s top-end phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>Focusing and shooting speed are excellent. In daylight you can shoot 2-3 photos a second without even using one of the burst shot modes. Samsung really is a master in this field, and it makes taking photos with your phone so much fun &ndash; not to mention making action shots easier to catch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Camera resolution is a bit worse than the S5 &ndash; the Alpha has a 12-megapixel sensor instead of a 16-megapixel one. However, you can still get loads of detail out of the Alpha and we&rsquo;re pretty impressed by its shooting consistency. It&rsquo;s simply dead easy to get good shots out of this little camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>HDRs are fast to take and super-effective, and as long as lighting is decent, colour accuracy is good. Non-flash night or indoors shots do start looking a little undersaturated, but they do in most phones. It&rsquo;s good enough to replace a basic compact camera, in other words. Like the S5, shooting gets a fair bit slower in low lighting thanks to the way the low-light Picture Stabilisation mode works, but even that&rsquo;s not too bad.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Alpha is also equipped with a single-LED flash and a front camera for those selfie moments. And the range of extra modes is much the same as the S5. So you get background-blurring Selective Focus and loads of smart burst modes. You can even shoot video in Ultra HD resolution.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review">Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - with 20.7MP camera - hands on impressions&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="It focuses and shoots very quickly " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-camera-2.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Handy LED flash " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-camrea.jpg?1410954150" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="Selfie cam present and correct " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-selfie.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Short on Stamina </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One bit that has been chopped down a bit in the Alpha is the battery. Its 1,860mAh unit is actually a fair bit smaller than even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">Galaxy S5 Mini,</a> which has a 2100mAh battery.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given quite how small the battery is, the Galaxy Alpha&rsquo;s stamina is respectable, but it&rsquo;s not as good as Samsung&rsquo;s best. We got 10 hours of 720p MP4 video from a charge where the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review">S5 Mini</a> lasted for 11 hours 54 minutes. The phone&rsquo;s processor is efficient, but it&rsquo;s not a miracle worker.&nbsp;</p> <p>In general use, we found that the Galaxy Alpha comfortably lasts the day with charge to spare, but you really do have to cut your use significantly to get anywhere near two days, or even a full day and a half. We have a feeling Samsung may have sacrificed the battery size a bit to get the design of the phone exactly as it wanted. But just think, you&rsquo;ll probably care more about stamina three months in.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="Just a 1860mAh battery in a £500 phone? " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-344.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha 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>Like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review">Sony Xperia Z3 Compact</a>, the Alpha also gets you absolutely loads of power for a smaller phone, and a very accomplished camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>A few elements could really be improved, though. Battery life is fine but better in several of Samsung&rsquo;s other phones, the Alpha is not waterproof and it needs to keep an eye on aerial performance if it wants to avoid an &ldquo;Antennagate&quot; style scandal in the Galaxy S6.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a neat experiment in Samsung&rsquo;s phone designs that tells us a lot about the way its mobiles are probably headed. Less plastic that&rsquo;s meant to look like metal and more of the real stuff is a good thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones you can buy - including the Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="A design experiment gone right " alt="Samsung Galaxy Alpha review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alpha-front-22.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 9 </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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 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"> 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"> 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>A smaller phone with zero compromise power but battery life could be better. And where&rsquo;s the waterproofing?</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"> Samsung Galaxy Alpha review: The Metal Age </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"> &quot;A smaller phone with zero compromise power&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review#comments Android Galaxy Alpha Samsung Smartphones Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:29:05 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1447787 at http://www.stuff.tv Google unveils its first low-cost Android One phones http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-unveils-its-first-low-cost-android-one-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Budget pure Android smartphones are spreading across the globe </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="675" height="506" title="Google unveils its first low-cost Android One phones " alt="Google unveils its first low-cost Android One phones " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/A1-front1.0.jpg?1410921338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has revealed the first wave of its Android One devices at an event in India, kicking off its mission to spread affordable smartphones across the developing world.</p> <p>Manufacturers Spice, Karbonn and Micromax will spark off the first wave of handsets, all of which feature a 4.5in screen, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, along with microSD expandable storage.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/android/google-unveils-its-first-low-cost-android-one-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-unveils-its-first-low-cost-android-one-phones/news#comments Android Google Smartphones Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:04:25 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1447735 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft wants to put Xbox games in your browser, now you have two hours to return Android apps, and an NES-themed 3DS XL incoming http://www.stuff.tv/my/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get caught up with the rapid-fire news bits you need to start your 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="Xbox One UI" alt="Xbox One UI" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xbox-one-home.jpg?1410486967" /> </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 wants to put Xbox games in your browser </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>Might Xbox be making the leap from consoles to true cross-hardware gaming platform? That&rsquo;s the indication of a report from Neowin, which suggests that Microsoft has Xbox 360 games running via a web browser over the cloud - and Xbox One games are next.</p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t the first we&rsquo;ve heard of Microsoft&rsquo;s cloud gaming ambitions. Last year, Microsoft <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/report-microsoft-making-game-cloud-streaming-service">reportedly showed <em>Halo 4</em></a> running on an array of platforms at a company meeting, while just weeks ago, <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=226843">a Microsoft Research project</a> surfaced that claimed to mask extensive cloud-based gaming lag via predictive technology.</p> <p>According to Neowin, Microsoft has the service running games at upwards of 60 frames per second, which paired with the predictive tech could deliver streamed games that perform quite similarly to a native download or disc. Now we&rsquo;ll have to see if Microsoft opts to release it out to consumers, like Sony has with its PlayStation Now streaming platform.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-is-testing-playing-xbox-games-in-your-browser">Neowin</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n">Share Play coming to PS4, plus PlayStation TV and Now dated for UK</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"> Google Play app return period extended </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 buyer&rsquo;s remorse about something you spent money for on Google Play for Android? Whether it&rsquo;s mere dislike or perhaps a performance issue, you only previously had 15 minutes to change your mind and get your money back.</p> <p>Now it&rsquo;s two full hours, so worry not about taking a chance on something. However, note that you can&rsquo;t repeat the refund process twice for the same app - so if you decide to buy it again after an initial return, be absolutely sure before confirming the purchase.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/134336?hl=en">Google Play</a> and <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/google-play-support-page-confirms-new-2-hour-refund-window-apps-and-games">Android Central</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/10/google-play-returns/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature">30 best free apps for Android</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="721" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-play-paidapps.png?1410486967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> NES-themed Nintendo 3DS XL revealed </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>Continuing its legacy of releasing current handheld systems visually <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/12/03/20th-anniversary-game-boy-micro">inspired by classic platforms</a>, Nintendo yesterday announced a sweet Nintendo 3DS XL model based on the original Nintendo Entertainment System controller. And the packaging might be even better than the handheld!</p> <p>Additionally, a <em>Persona Q</em>-themed 3DS XL is in the works, and the <em>Super Smash Bros</em>-skinned handheld will also launch in the U.S. without the game included with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup">previously-announced bundle</a>. Each will sell for US$199.99 (about RM638) without any games bundled, and GameStop will have an exclusive on the NES and Persona Q handhelds.</p> <p>No word yet on whether either of those handheld versions will also launch locally. Also, please note that this isn&rsquo;t the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">New Nintendo 3DS XL</a> recently announced to come out next year with an enhanced processor, additional inputs, and a revised look. It&rsquo;s the same old guts inside.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nintendo.com">Nintendo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">Nintendo shows off updated 3DS and 3DS XL designs</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="NES Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="NES Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-nes.jpg?1410486967" /> </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="Persona Q Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="Persona Q Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-personaq.jpg?1410486967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS XL" alt="Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS XL" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3ds-xl-ssb.jpg?1410486967" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Wander the Pyramids of Giza in Google Maps </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>Apparently content with with its mapping of the world&rsquo;s active streets and paths, Google Maps has increasingly turned its attention towards novel sights - like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-xbox-one-s-kinect-less-power-boost-flight-wi-fi-expanding-across-europe-and-wor">World Cup stadiums</a>&nbsp;and now the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. With Street View, you can explore around the stunning ancient structures while commuting or killing time at work. Score.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/walk-like-egyptian-with-street-view-in.html">Google</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-maps-adds-explore-feature/news">OK Google, entertain me: Google Maps&rsquo; new Explore feature finds stuff to do nearby</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/Cd3E5dWunKo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/3ds-xl/fully-charged-microsoft-wants-put-xbox-games-your-browser-now-you-have-two-hours-return-andro#comments 3DS XL Android Gaming Google Maps Microsoft Nintendo Xbox One Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447387 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire Phone on sale 30 September in the UK and Germany http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-sale-30-september-exclusively-o2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The mega-retailer’s curious smartphone now costs just US$0.99 with a contract </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="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FirePhone_Hand_Firefly-Icon.jpg?1410230262" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon&rsquo;s first smartphone certainly is an interesting one, with the Fire Phone delivering a 3D screen effect and Firefly software that recognizes images and text from the world around you - and it&rsquo;ll finally be out in the UK at the end of the month.</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/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-sale-30-september-exclusively-o2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-sale-30-september-exclusively-o2/news#comments Amazon Android Fire Phone O2 Smartphones Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:33:04 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447024 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Pad 10.1 http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g-pad-101/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10.1in of LG Android tablet for around RM1000? What&#039;s the catch? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Pad 10.1 review" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-gpad-101-21-sized.jpg?1410188999" /> </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>In the last couple of years we&rsquo;ve seen reams of budget 7-inch tablets. And the last year saw a load of great 8-inch ones outed, including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3</a>.</p> <p>But whatever happened to the good old 10-inch tablet? The LG G Pad 10.1 is out to offer people a decent-but-cheap 10.1-inch experience. It&rsquo;s a low-cost alternative to the <a href="http://www.samsung.com/my/consumer/mobile-devices/tablet/tablet/SM-T535NYKAXME" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1</a>, costing just under &pound;200 (RM1028).</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">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nice soft-touch finish </div> <div class="field-item even"> A few neat extras inc IR blaster </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fairly low price </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive battery life </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"> Low res, pixellated screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Large footprint </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not the prettiest UI </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"> Back to basics </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>Tablets don&rsquo;t get much more simple looking than the LG G Pad 10.1. Dressed entirely in black, it&rsquo;s the sort of low-key garb people use to hide a bit of extra weight in the tummy region. There&rsquo;s no such thing here, though.</p> <p>The LG G Pad 10.1 is just 8.9mm thick and weighs 523g. That&rsquo;s not too heavy for a 10.1-inch tablet.</p> <p>However, aside from being quite thin, there&rsquo;s little to show this is a 2014 tablet. Where more expensive new models such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a> have slimmed down the expanse of bezel around the display for a more modern, streamlined look, the LG G Pad 10.1 still has a beefy handgrip on each side.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re going to keep the tablet at home, you don&rsquo;t need to worry. But it cuts into the portability a bit.</p> <p>For a clearer look at what we mean, let&rsquo;s have a little specs comparison with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Even though that tablet has a bigger screen, it&rsquo;s still a centimetre less wide, and 50g lighter. If you&rsquo;re looking for something to use on the train on the way to work, you&rsquo;d probably be better off with the smaller <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7</a> at the price.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The bezels are big but the LG us only 8.9mm thick" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-3.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>This is really a tablet to use at home, while vegging out on the sofa. Forgetting the fairly big footprint for a minute, the LG G Pad 10.1 is actually pretty comfy to handle too.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s big, black and basic, with no real design frills, but the back of the tablet has a lovely soft touch finish that&rsquo;s about as stroke-able as a puppy. It adds the little bit of design class the LG G Pad 10.1 really needs.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s another little hardware extra, and it&rsquo;s something that once again tells us the LG G Pad 10.1 is more of a coach potato than it lets on. It has an IR blaster on the top edge. With the help of the QRemote app, this lets you make the tablet function as a universal remote.</p> <p>As long as your TV or Blu-ray player isn&rsquo;t old enough to earn a bus pass, you should have no trouble getting it hooked up with the LG G Pad 10.1. It doesn&rsquo;t work with game consoles, though, which is a shame. The tablet also has NFC, which is a bit of a surprise in a tablet of this price. It&rsquo;s basic in some respects, but there are a few extras.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 7 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The QRemote app + IR transmitter = universal remote control" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-pad-101-2.jpg?1410188999" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="THIS IS THE BIGGEST ZAPPER EVER!" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-g-pad-101-1.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Big-screen retro </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>That&rsquo;s really your lot in terms of flashiness, though. The LG Pad 10.1 is otherwise a pretty simple tablet, and where this shows up most significantly is in the screen.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll admit, we did get a bit of a sinking feeling on first turning it on. It&rsquo;s just not sharp, at all.</p> <p>The LG G Pad 10.1 has a 1280 x 800 pixel screen, the same sort of resolution we saw back in 2011 when tablets first started getting popular. 7-inch tablets can just about get away with 1280 x 800 screens today, but 10.1-inch ones really can&rsquo;t anymore.</p> <p>We tested games, web browsing and videos with the LG G Pad 10.1 to see exactly how badly the low-res display will affect you. 720p videos can still look pretty great on this tablet &ndash; it&rsquo;s more-or-less the screen&rsquo;s native resolution, but most other things have the feel of being blown up to an uncomfortable size: stretched that bit too far.</p> <p>For the techies out there, the LG Pad 10.1 has a 149ppi display. LG&rsquo;s own <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">G Pad 8.3</a>, which sells for slightly less cash, offers a far better 273ppi, and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> 264ppi. There just aren&rsquo;t enough pixels going around here.</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="The 1280x800 resolution equates to just 149ppi over 10.1in" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-225.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are a few other screen problems, too. &nbsp;The colours are not perfect, with reds looking a bit anaemic, and it&rsquo;s not great at handling motion, meaning you get noticeable trails when flicking quickly through the interface.</p> <p>We have seen screens much, much worse than the LG G Pad 10.1&rsquo;s, though. It uses an IPS panel, meaning you can share it with several people and they&rsquo;ll get more-or-less the same experience. Earlier budget tablet screens often looked a shadowy mess from the wrong angle.</p> <p>So the question is &ndash; are you a screen connoisseur or are the bad bits things you can live with? We find it tricky to accept when cheaper tablets such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> already use far more pixel-packed screens despite being a lot smaller.</p> <p>10.1-inch tablets need to play catch-up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">The 30 Best Free Apps For Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The LG&#039;s not great at handling motion, so you get noticeable trails when flicking quickly through the interface" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-23.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Duracell bunny of tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>However, there is a benefit to using a screen that only has a few more pixels than a 4.5-inch phone such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto G</a>: battery life is great.</p> <p>When left to play a 720p MP4 video at mid-level brightness &ndash; the sort of setting you might use when watching a movie indoors &ndash; the LG G Pad 10.1 lasts for a staggering 16 hours. That&rsquo;s enough to watch the entire extended <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy, and you&rsquo;ll still have enough juice left for a few handfuls of <em>Spongebob Squarepants</em> episodes. Winner.</p> <p>The LG G Pad 10.1 uses an 8000mAh battery, which is much bigger than the 6800mAh unit of its most obvious rival, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1.</p> <p>With 16GB of internal memory, you have enough room for only a few movies, but there&rsquo;s thankfully a microSD card slot to let you add to that. After all, Frodo&rsquo;s not going to look too sharp if you try and compress the 12 hours of <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy into the 10GB or so you actually have to play with in the G Pad 10.1.</p> <p>LG has tried to give the tablet even more movie cred by using stereo speakers, one on each side of the G Pad 10.1&rsquo;s back. However, sound quality isn&rsquo;t too hot. It&rsquo;s not flat-out ugly, but doesn&rsquo;t have the extra injection of mid-range warmth and the tiny little kick of bass that the best mobile device speakers can now kick out. That little sound quality improvement is not a lot, but it means a lot to us and you don&rsquo;t get it here.</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="16 hours of video between charges is enough for the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy - even the super extended director&#039;s special edition collector&#039;s collection" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-43.jpg?1410188999" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="There&#039;s just 16GB of storage onboard the LG, but it is microSD expandable" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-4.jpg?1410188999" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="There are stereo speakers at either end of the tablet&#039;s rear, but they&#039;re not the weightiest around" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-332.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Optimus – good, if not optimal </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 aside from lasting for ages and having a slightly rubbish screen, what is the LG G Pad 10.1 like to use? This comes down to the Optimus UI, the custom interface that sits on top of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-44-kitkat/review" target="_blank">Android 4.4</a>. It&rsquo;s a very similar interface to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3&rsquo;s</a>.</p> <p>While OptimusUI doesn&rsquo;t exactly have bags of style, it is quite simple these days, and offers a couple of features that are useful in a tablet. First, you can run two apps at once, a feature accessible using one of the software soft keys at the bottom of the screen.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not quite as slick as Samsung&rsquo;s take on the same idea, and you can&rsquo;t run nearly all your apps in this way, but it is handy. And, for once, if offers an excuse for having two different browser apps (you need to use the stock browser and Chrome to get two web pages on screen at once).</p> <p>QPair is also worth a mention. It&rsquo;s an app that hooks up with your mobile phone using Bluetooth 4.0, relaying your text messages so you can more-or-less forget your phone while using the LG G Pad 10.1. Bonus sofa lounger points.</p> <p>The execution of extra features such as QPair and QRemote could be a little bit slicker, but they certainly do work.</p> <p>Android still struggles a bit with justifying a 10-inch screen &ndash; the extra space doesn&rsquo;t add all that much to most apps &ndash; and the UI is once again let down a bit by the screen resolution. The smallish text of app icons makes the lower pixel density a bit too obvious, and as a result OptimusUI looks quite a bit scrappier on the LG G Pad 10.1 than it would on, say, the LG G3 or even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3</a>.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a confirmation that the LG G Pad 10.1 spends a bit too much of the budget on extras such as NFC and an IR transmitter, and not quite enough on the real basics such as screen quality. We&rsquo;d trade away the extras just for the bump up to a 1080p screen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-edge/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-brings-curved-screens-masses/news" target="_blank">Samsung&#39;s audacious Galaxy Note Edge brings curved screens to the masses</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="While OptimusUI doesn’t exactly have bags of style, it is quite simple these days, and offers a couple of features that are useful in a tablet" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-paf-101-44.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Chasing the Snapdragon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The power on tap is reasonable, though. The LG G Pad 10.1 uses a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU and 1GB RAM. The CPU has proved extremely popular, particularly in phones.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s enough to play top 3D games pretty well, although not always with quite the visual flashiness of the top CPUs. And as well as missing out on some graphical effects, the low screen resolution spoils the party again. It can spoil the immersion a bit, making it look as though you&rsquo;re looking at a game rather than being part of it.</p> <p>The Geekbench 3 benchmark results tell you the full story on the Snapdragon 400&rsquo;s CPU power. It scores around 1148 points, which is a fair bit less than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7&rsquo;s</a> 1800-odd and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-pad-83/review" target="_blank">LG G Pad 8.3&rsquo;s</a> 1700-ish points.</p> <p>Despite being slightly cheaper, these tablets both have better CPUs. The Nexus 7 has a Snapdragon S4 Pro, the LG G Pad 8.3 a Snapdragon 600. The big difference is that they use Krait cores while the LG G Pad 10.1 uses lower-power Cortex-A7 ones.</p> <p>The Snapdragon 400 gets by in most situations but it doesn&rsquo;t cut through challenging tasks like butter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature" target="_blank">The 25 Best Android Games available right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The Snapdragon 400 gets by in most situations but it doesn’t cut through challenging tasks like butter." alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-back.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Pad 10.1 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> - Android KitKat 4.4</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 10.1-inch IPS with 1280 x 800 resolution</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - Quad-core&nbsp;Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz</p> <p><strong>Graphics</strong> - Adreno 305</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16GB (microSD card expandable by up to 32GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong> - 1MP front, 5MP rear</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 261 x 166 x 9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 523g</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-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"> Don’t trade in your DSLR just yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You also get two cameras with the LG G Pad 10.1. There&rsquo;s a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 1-megapixel camera on the front.</p> <p>Using a 10.1-inch tablet to take photos will do nothing for your street creed, and if you have a half-decent phone its camera will almost certainly be better. The main camera does have autofocus, though, which is something.</p> <p>Strangely, it has quite an extended or &lsquo;zoomed in&rsquo; focal length for a tablet, which makes fitting a bunch of people in a shot tricky at times. And shots with indoor lighting are pretty awful &ndash; both noisy and milky-looking.</p> <p>The LG G Pad 10.1&rsquo;s camera app is also extremely simple, in a not-entirely-good way. There are no real extra modes, just standard shooting and panorama. Judging by some of our shots, it could really do with an extra lower-light mode. Because indoors shots really aren&rsquo;t pretty at times.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guid</a></strong><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">e to Photography</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="The 5MP rear camera has quite an extended or ‘zoomed in’ focal length for a tablet, which makes fitting a bunch of people in a shot tricky at times" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-23.jpg?1410188999" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="The 1MP front-facer is perfectly adequate for Skype calls" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-332.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> LG G Pad 10.1 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>10-inch Android tablets have gone quite quiet of late, and it&rsquo;s good to see a new, affordable model like the LG G Pad 10.1 arrive. However, we&rsquo;re not sure it has its priorities in the right place.</p> <p>Extras such as NFC, IR transmitters and dual cameras should come below screen quality in the pecking order. And while every other tablet class seems to be obsessed with pixel density, the LG 10.1 display is very low-res.</p> <p>Battery life is cracking, and there are a few neat home-enhancing features. But in the end we find it very hard to live with such a low-res display in 2014.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="LG G Pad 10.1 review verdict" alt="LG G Pad 10.1 review verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g-pad-101-221122.jpg?1410188999" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> 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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </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"> 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-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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>The G Pad 10.1 offers the right features, but screen quality just isn&rsquo;t quite good enough</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g-pad-101/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g-pad-101/review#comments Android G Pad 10.1 LG Tablets Mon, 08 Sep 2014 07:07:36 +0000 Melvin Tang 1446930 at http://www.stuff.tv Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 phablet adds fingerprint reader, activates its eight cores as needed to save battery life http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/ifa-2014/huawei-s-ascend-mate-7-phablet-bumps-specs-adds-fingerprint-reader/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Impressive specs and screen, plus it&#039;s flanked by the new Ascend G7 and a Sapphire Edition P7 </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="Huawei Ascend Mate 7" alt="Huawei Ascend Mate 7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/huawei-ascend-mate7.png?1410299437" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you subscribe to the philosophy that bigger is better, just check out the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, which boasts a bulging spec sheet for the company&rsquo;s latest Android 4.4 phablet.</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>One big standout feature this time around is the addition of a fingerprint sensor, which the company says is much faster than Apple&rsquo;s or Samsung&rsquo;s due to its single-touch design and 508ppi ratio for enhanced accuracy. It&rsquo;s on the back of the device, and it&rsquo;ll store up to five sets of prints for multiple users.</p> <p>The Ascend Mate 7 comes in two different configurations: a standard model with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage for &euro;499 (nearly &pound;400), and a premium version with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage for &euro;599 (about RM2468). Both versions are due out by the end of this quarter, so likely before September&rsquo;s up.</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/nWR7KNa4JnE" 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"> The G7 and Sapphire P7 </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>Also, in the mid-range and less-bulging segment of the smartphone spectrum, Huawei revealed the Ascend G7 (above), which has a 5.5in 720p display, a quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor, a 3000 mAh battery, and a very iPhone 5-like design aesthetic. It&rsquo;ll sell for &euro;299 (nearly RM1247), although a UK release date remains unclear.</p> <p>And China is getting an exclusive Sapphire Edition of the Ascend P7, with the display&rsquo;s glass constructed of the titular material and the backing made of ceramic. With the iPhone 6 expected to also feature sapphire glass, this could be just the tip of the iceberg for the soon-to-be-trendy compound.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://consumer.huawei.com/en/">Huawei</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/huawei/huawei-ascend-p7/review">Huawei Ascend P7 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="625" title="Huawei Ascend G7" alt="Huawei Ascend G7" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/huawei-ascend-g7.jpg?1410299437" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Check out the Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/ifa-2014/huawei-s-ascend-mate-7-phablet-bumps-specs-adds-fingerprint-reader/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/ifa-2014/huawei-s-ascend-mate-7-phablet-bumps-specs-adds-fingerprint-reader/news#comments Android Ascend Mate Huawei IFA 2014 P7 Smartphones Fri, 05 Sep 2014 19:37:30 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446765 at http://www.stuff.tv