IFA 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/my/ifa-2014/all en-MY Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new 8in tablet is wordy by name, nerdy by nature </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&#039;s been on a bezel-killing rampage and we love the new look " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3-tablet-front.png?1416472045" /> </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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Big phone, small phone. Big tablet, small tablet. Sony&#39;s Xperia line-up is now all about choice. And if its only rival was its big brother - the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Z2 Tablet</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;this impressive small tab would win hands down.</p> <p>Slim, light, waterproof, well-specced and without the odd bezel-heavy build of its predecessor, it just makes more sense.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM1,699.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16GB, LTE </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"> Neat little movie tab </div> <div class="field-item even"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expandable storage </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"> You can get an iPad Mini 2 for RM969 </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not all Android apps are optimised </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony pushes some services </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"> Be gone bezels </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 era of Stuff being at odds with Sony&#39;s OmniBalance design is over.</p> <p>We&#39;ve always appreciated the care, attention and craftsmanship that&#39;s gone into building Xperia smartphones and tablets. But there&#39;s also been a part of us that thinks mobile devices, designed to be held in the hand, need to be practical and human-friendly as well as beautiful.</p> <p>The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is just that - much easier to pick up, hold one-handed and generally get on with than actually say out loud. It&#39;s like the 7.9in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini</a>&nbsp;in that you&#39;ll use it in portrait mode most of the time. Though you can get one hand around, it makes more sense to rest it in your palms, thumbs easily darting around the 8in touchscreen.</p> <p>The all-metal frame is gone, replaced with curved sides, a matte back and tempered glass on the front. It&#39;s as ludicrously skinny as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Xperia Z2 Tablet&nbsp;</a>at 6.4mm but in this smaller, supremely portable size, it works. On the larger tablet it meant that the tab flexed worryingly in the middle and wasn&#39;t very satisfying to hold. Here it helps the handbag/big pocket-friendly dimensions.</p> <p>Because it doesn&#39;t look like a scaled-down<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">&nbsp;Z2 Tablet.</a>&nbsp;The huge bezels all around that slate have gone, transforming it somewhat and if anything this looks like Sony&#39;s take on a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>. At 270g - nearly 30g less than the still-plasticky Samsung - it&#39;s a great move for Xperia tablets.</p> <p>True, the Tab S fits a bigger 8.4in screen in a curvier, similar sized body but anyone who would consider one should also take a look at the other.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review&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="1200" height="900" title="The Tablet Compact gets PS4 Remote Play too " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-dualshock-4.png?1416472042" /> </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="Familiar Sony flaps mean one thing - waterproofing " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-ports-1.png?1416472042" /> </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="Xperia by numbers - the prominent power button is present and correct " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-power-button.png?1416472042" /> </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"> Still waterproof </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>With the same IP65 and IP68 water and dust resistance ratings as its smartphone siblings, the Z3 Tablet Compact also makes a great cooking or even bath time companion. The Galaxy S5 might be waterproof but the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a>&nbsp;sure isn&#39;t.</p> <p>If you&#39;re planning to dunk it (in up to 1.5m of water for half an hour) just make sure all those flaps covering ports like the microUSB are closed. Or floods of your tears will soon be joining all that water.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2K isn&#039;t everything </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>Unlike Samsung with its super sharp&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">2560x1600 Tab S 8.4&nbsp;</a>and Apple with its Retina display-rocking&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">2048x1536 iPad Mini</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">,</a>&nbsp;Sony is sticking at Full HD. In fact, none of Sony&rsquo;s Xperia range is bowing to pixel pressure with 2K resolutions. And this is still a superb screen.</p> <p>The Z2 Tablet was a monster movie tablet, in part thanks to Sony&#39;s TV tech such as Triluminous for mobile and - to a lesser extent - X-Reality for mobile which pumps up contrast and saturation. The Z3 Tablet Compact is just as capable at displaying pure whites, deep blacks and punchy but realistic colours. Samsung keeps its edge for deep blacks thanks to its use of SuperAMOLED tech but this screen is just as brilliant as we&#39;ve seen on past Xperias and if you&rsquo;re watching a 1080p movie, it&rsquo;s the Sony we&rsquo;d pick.</p> <p>It&#39;s bright, holding up well in direct sunlight, and viewing angles are decent too. Still, we recommend having a play with the colour temperature sliders, as with the Xperia Z3, the Tablet Compact&rsquo;s whites can look a bit pink off-axis.</p> <p>And the resolution of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung</a>&nbsp;does have its advantages. Reading Stuff.tv on the Z3 Tablet Compact and zooming out on a full screen of text in an epic review shows that, while we agree 2K can be overkill, sometimes extra pixels can help. For hi-res images, the Samsung looks noticeably crisper too.</p> <p>It might not be futureproof but for now, the Z3 Tablet Compact shouldn&#39;t be ashamed of its pixel count. Especially when it means a better battery life than its closest rival.</p> <p>Plugging in a tablet that you forgot to power off just seems so much more unfair. So it&rsquo;s great that for one thing, the Z3 Tablet Compact&rsquo;s standby is excellent. You can forget about it for two days and find the battery has only dropped by 10%. Its own calculations reckon 35% will last seven days on standby.&nbsp;</p> <p>And in use it makes good on its promise to outlast 2K tabs. In our HD video rundown test (Wi-Fi on, half brightness) it lasted a stellar 13 hours 20 minutes, that&rsquo;s over three hours longer than the (admittedly brighter)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S 8.4</a>&nbsp;and also the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;or 3. Sony itself claims up to 15 hours of video playback so you might be able to eke out a little longer too.</p> <p>A few more hours might not sound as impressive as the Z3&rsquo;s two day battery life but in real life, this means getting an extra one or two commutes out of the Tablet Compact on one charge and that&rsquo;s before resorting to its excellent Stamina battery-saving modes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</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="A set of stunning screens from Sony - with the Z3 " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-with-phone.png?1416472042" /> </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="Bright and vivid even in direct sunlight " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-umbrellas.png?1416472042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 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 4.4 KitKat</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 8in&nbsp;IPS LCD with&nbsp;1920 x 1200 resolution (283ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong>: 8.1MP rear with 1080p video, 2.3MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD-expandable by up to 128GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G (with nanoSIM), NFC</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 4500mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 213 x 124 x 6.4mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 270g</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"> Fast and powerful with capable cameras </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>Stamina isn&#39;t the only area where the Z3 Tablet Compact excels. In fact, it&rsquo;s hard to fault all-round.</p> <p>Everything is fast and fluid, from multi-tasking to downloads to gaming, and its quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor performs nicely in the benchmarks, too. It scores 43098 on&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">AnTuTU</a>&nbsp;(above the Galaxy S5) and 2668 on&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.primatelabs.geekbench&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Geekbench 3</a>. Very respectable.</p> <p>Both the 8.1MP rear camera and 2.3MP front cam shoot clear, bright video and stills, as you&rsquo;d expect, though the snappers aren&rsquo;t as fast or as sharp as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Z3&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;At this small and light size the Tablet Compact isn&rsquo;t too silly if your smartphone battery has gone kaput. There&rsquo;s also lots of modes to play with including Vine built into the camera app and blogger-friendly live to YouTube streaming.</p> <p>The well disguised stereo speakers on the front of the tablet sound crisp and loud too - nothing to trouble the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a>&nbsp;for on-the-fly tunes but certainly an improvement on most phones and tablets including the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A Mild Case of iPad App Envy </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>Still, the Z3 Tablet Compact isn&rsquo;t really competing on components. The iPad&rsquo;s superior selection of optimised apps together with the gorgeous, still unrivalled, design and build is what has set it apart for years.</p> <p>Here, the Play Store has made progress with big names cleaning up once-embarrassing Android tablet apps but the issue hasn&#39;t gone away and there&rsquo;s not a huge amount Sony itself can do. There are still lots of developers who are content to produce a single Android version of an app that&#39;s then simply scaled to fit the screen with often ugly results, and plenty more that prioritise iOS development, leaving Android users with a frustratingly long wait for optimisation and new features.</p> <p>Samsung offers tons of freebies and subscriptions with its Tab S tablets, which is one way of distracting users from shiny new iPad apps. The fact remains that if you aren&rsquo;t bound to Android in your choice of tablet, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">RM969 iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;is better value than both the Samsung and the Sony thanks, in part, to better apps and games.</p> <p>The one feature that the iPad Mini will never offer is PS4 game streaming. It&rsquo;s an interesting move but not quite flawless enough.</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="4000" height="3000" title="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review - iPad Mini apps" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-3-review-apps_0_1.png?1416472042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony&#039;s curated apps aren&#039;t enough " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-whats-new_0_1.png?1416472042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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 only tablet that can play PS4 games </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 the same in-home game streaming tech found on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-vita/sony-playstation-vita-pch-2000/review">PS Vita,&nbsp;</a>and the Z3 Tablet Compact makes a tidy set-up with Sony&#39;s mount accessory and a DualShock 4 controller (a DualShock 3 will also work).</p> <p>On a local network the Z3 Tablet Compact connects without issue and connecting your controller is a doddle. It looks really nice, too, even on the Standard Video Quality setting.</p> <p>You&#39;re obviously not getting the PS4&#39;s 1080p native resolution, but because of the relatively small and capable screen it looks sharp and pretty detailed.</p> <p>There is lag, though. There&rsquo;s just half a second of delay, and for certain types of games it will be unnoticeable or at least insignificant enough to ignore.</p> <p>But competitive multiplayer and games that require precision could be rather frustrating if played through the tablet. There&rsquo;s a fair bit of stutter to fast movement at times, too - especially when there&rsquo;s a particularly large amount of onscreen action.</p> <p>Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities of Remote Play is the ability to play PS4 games when away from home, but you need a seriously solid data connection for that. Think of it more as an at-home&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review">Long term PS4 review&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="4912" height="3264" title="Connect a DualShock and link to your PS4 and you&#039;ve got next-gen gaming on the go" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia%20Z3%20Compact%20Renote%20Play_1.JPG?1416472042" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The back of the Tablet Compact is lovely to stroke " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-rear_0_1.png?1416472042" /> </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="Nvidia&#039;s Shield weeps quietly in the corner " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia_Z3%20Tablet%20Compact_PS4_Black_2.jpg?1416472042" /> </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"> Is this the perfect tablet for gamers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In some ways it&rsquo;s mighty impressive that PS4 Remote Play works and is usable at all on the Tablet Compact, but I&rsquo;d see this as something I would use very rarely - those times that I absolutely had to play something and for whatever reason absolutely couldn&rsquo;t use the telly.</p> <p>I was mighty excited about Remote Play on the Z3 Tablet Compact but having now used it a fair bit I don&#39;t think it&#39;s reason alone to buy this tablet over a rival.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 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>Convincing people they need an Android tablet - let alone a premium one - is no easy task.</p> <p>But the Z3 Tablet Compact is a lovely thing. It&#39;s a slim, light and reliable couch or commute companion. The screen looks brilliant despite being &quot;only&quot; Full HD. The waterproofing may sway people away from choosing an iPad Mini.</p> <p>That RM1699 price is seriously steep, especially in light of the cheaper&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini 2.</a>&nbsp;But it puts the Sony on a level with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and despite the fact that these two are so similar (both portable, both expandable, both running KitKat) the waterproofing and extra battery life just swing it for us.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a close call but if Samsung&#39;s software puts you off a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a>&nbsp;or your gamer eyes light up at the mention of PS4 Remote Play on a tidy Sony tab, this 8in Xperia might be the right tablet for you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten">The ten best tablets - tested and rated by Stuff&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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"> 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"> 9 </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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>As portable as it is powerful, the Z3 Tablet Compact proves Sony tabs can be easy to live with</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"> Meet the super-light Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact </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"> Wordy by name, nerdy by nature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-01.jpg?1416472042" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review#comments IFA 2014 Sony Tablets Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:46:54 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446510 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Watch R http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a new circular smartwatch on the block - but is the G Watch R the shape of things to come? </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="Pretty in pink" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN0026_0_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">Moto 360&#39;s</a>&nbsp;circular, minimalist design made it stand out from the square crowd, thanks to the simple fact that it looked more like, well, a watch.</p> <p>Indeed, the very fact that we&rsquo;re starting off an LG review by mentioning a rival product shows just how much of the smartwatch thunder Motorola has stolen.</p> <p>But great though it is, it&rsquo;s had something of an easy ride thus far due to the fact that nobody else had done the same thing. Until now.</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"> Excellent, fully circular screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Flawless performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looks are a bit meh </div> <div class="field-item even"> Needs a charging cradle </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"> It’s not hip to be square </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&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that the G Watch R isn&rsquo;t as massive as it looks in pictures, and it doesn&rsquo;t look out of place on our average-sized wrists. Still, we wouldn&rsquo;t call it slim or sleek, and dainty-wristed gadgeteers might find it a little on the larger side.</p> <p>Rather than take the sleek, minimalistic approach of the Moto 360, LG has strolled down the skeuomorphic path for the R, attempting to make it look like a &lsquo;normal&rsquo; digital timepiece. So you&rsquo;ll see permanent hour and minute marks on the fairly chunky bezel which, coupled with the digital clock faces, somehow draws attention to the fact that it&rsquo;s not a real watch.</p> <p>The Moto 360, on the other hand, struts around, proud to be futuristic and different.</p> <p>To be clear, the G Watch R isn&rsquo;t ugly or offensive, and we have no problem wearing it. It doesn&rsquo;t scream &lsquo;look at me!&rsquo;, it sits there, and gets the job done. Which is exactly what a watch should do. But design-wise at least, we still prefer the 360.</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="Side by side" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0015_3_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>In the hands, the G Watch R feels solid and well made, with a strong metal casing that feels as if it can take its fair share of knocks and bumps. Like the 360, it&rsquo;s got a fake crown on the side, which actually serves as the power/sleep button. A long press also throws up the settings. While it can be twisted like a real watch crown, this offers no extra functionality, unlike the Apple Watch&rsquo;s alternative, which can act as a zoom controller.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Full metal jacket" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0007_0_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Flip it over, and you&rsquo;ll find a plain black, rough plastic back. It&rsquo;s not exciting like the Moto 360&rsquo;s shiny behind, but then again, it doesn&#39;t have to be - you&rsquo;re never going to see it.</p> <p>Embedded in the middle is a heart-rate scanner, while a set of charging pins flanks the left hand side.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="View from the rear" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0013_1_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>The watch strap itself is genuine leather, and while it feels nice, it&rsquo;s very stiff at first. Our Moto 360&rsquo;s strap felt far nicer after breaking it in for a week or two, and we&rsquo;re hoping for the same to happen with the G Watch R.</p> <p>Like its Motorola rival, the G Watch R supports standard-sized straps, so you can swap between regular metal, leather and rubber straps, as and when you fancy.</p> <p>Its IP67 rating also means that you can chuck it in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes, though we obviously wouldn&rsquo;t advise testing this out. The occasional splash from downpours and hand washing though? No problem.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature">What the Moto 360 might&#39;ve looked like - the prototypes that didn&#39;t make it</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="Genuine leather" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0006_0_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> A super screen that goes full circle </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 where the G Watch R really shines. LG&rsquo;s plastic OLED (POLED) screen is truly circular, unlike the Moto 360&rsquo;s display which is cut off at the bottom to allow for the display driver.</p> <p>While the 360&#39;s approach isn&#39;t the end of the world, gadgeteers with OCD-esque tendencies (this reviewer, for one) will view its cut-off screen as a permanent stain on an otherwise gorgeous device.&nbsp;LG&rsquo;s display however, is music to our eyes. Or whatever the equivalent metaphor is.</p> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s a little smaller than the 360&rsquo;s screen at 1.3 inches, and yes it has a larger bezel to ensure the full circle - but take one look at it in all of its 360 degrees of glory, and you simply won&rsquo;t care. Really, it&#39;s LG&#39;s device that should be called the 360.</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="Sexy screen" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9970_3_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </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="Naked POLED" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_3_0_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On specs alone, its 320x320 resolution (245ppi) doesn&#39;t sound like much, falling well short of that found on most modern smartphones. But in practice it&rsquo;s perfectly sharp enough; you can read the time, text, and make out icons without any hassle.</p> <p>Compared to the 360&rsquo;s display, the G Watch R&rsquo;s screen fares better in most areas.</p> <p>For starters, thanks to its OLED DNA, LG&rsquo;s timepiece serves up deliciously deep, true blacks, easily besting the grey-like blacks of the 360&rsquo;s LCD display.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got a black watch face on the 360, its bottom cut-off section looks even more prominent, clashing with the greyish black of the watch face. When notifications pop up it is less of an issue, though, and without this&nbsp;slice&nbsp;Motorola couldn&rsquo;t have achieved that big, modern screen with skinny bezels.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="On the ledge" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0012_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While icons and text are slightly smaller on the G Watch R&rsquo;s display, it also means that they&rsquo;re slightly sharper too, though you&rsquo;ll only notice this if you lean in close and compare the two screens in detail.</p> <p>One benefit that the Moto 360 does have over the G Watch R is its automatic brightness mode, powered by an ambient light sensor, which its LG rival lacks. In practice though, we didn&rsquo;t notice a drastic difference between the G Watch R&rsquo;s brightness setting of &lsquo;two&rsquo;, and the 360&rsquo;s automatic brightness setting.</p> <p>Both smartwatches share similarly decent readability in outdoor light, although the G Watch R&rsquo;s ambient light mode (a simplified, less power-hungry watch face that kicks in after a period of inactivity), is slightly brighter than the 360&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Overall, the G Watch R&rsquo;s screen is one of the best smartwatch displays we&rsquo;ve seen, and it makes up for its slightly smaller size and larger bezels with a sharp, readable, truly circular experience.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-smartwatch-will-be-available-within-weeks/news">Microsoft&#39;s smartwatch will be available within weeks</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="Two watches, one wrist" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0020_0_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </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="Mountain View" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9967_4_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch this face </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has loaded the G Watch R with a selection of watch faces, some of which do their best to look like their traditional real-world counterparts.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s one that offers dual time zones for people in suits flittering in and out of business class lounges, while another is tailored to hikers, taking advantage of a built-in barometer and displaying the current altitude.</p> <p>Another fitness-centric one shows off your steps at a glance, letting you see how close you are to hitting that daily 10,000-step goal.</p> <p>The minute and hour hands on the outer bezel come in handy for telling the time more accurately with minimalist watch faces too.</p> <p>Compared to the Moto 360, there&#39;s not much in it: Moto&#39;s device has a better selection of minimalist and quirky watch faces, but you can download more from the Play Store anyway.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hiking face" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9980_2_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </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="Fitness face" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9978_2_0.JPG?1415151847" /> </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 Watch R 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>&nbsp;1.3in, 320x320<br /><strong>OS:</strong>&nbsp;Android Wear<br /><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor<br /><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;512MB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;4GB<br /><strong>Bluetooth:</strong>&nbsp;4.0<br /><strong>Water and dust resistance:&nbsp;</strong>IP67<br /><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;410mAh<br /><strong>Dimensions:</strong>&nbsp;46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 mm<br /><strong>Weight:&nbsp;</strong>62g&nbsp;</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-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"> A battery that powers through a day without flinching </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has gifted the G Watch R with a 410mAh battery, which is larger than the 360&rsquo;s 320mAh offering. Its far newer processor is also more power efficient than the Moto 360&rsquo;s chip, so we had high hopes for battery life.</p> <p>On the first day however, we were left a little disappointed: the G Watch R seemed to drain much faster than it should have done. We&rsquo;re still not entirely sure why this was the case, and it hasn&rsquo;t happened since, but we&#39;ll be keeping an eye on the situation and will update this review if it happens again.</p> <p>For the rest of the week however, battery life has been much better. Here&#39;s a case study: we started one work day with 100% charge, used the R throughout the day to read and delete scores of emails, plus view notifications from WhatsApp, Slack and Instagram. We&nbsp;even cranked up the brightness for a while.</p> <p>Fast forward 16 hours and we still had 45% battery remaining. Impressive stuff.</p> <p>We didn&rsquo;t bother charging it overnight, instead just turning it off then firing it up in the morning with the same 45% left in the tank. At 1:30pm the following day it still had 27% remaining.</p> <p>During this time, we set the screen brightness to two (out of a maximum of six) for the majority of the time, as it was bright enough to read everything comfortably.</p> <p>Even better, this was all with the always-on Ambient Mode turned on, which is a low-power mode that kicks in after a few seconds of inactivity. The watch face becomes monochrome (which can help extend battery further, thanks to the OLED screen), until a notification comes through or you activate it with a tap. You could further extend battery life by&nbsp;turning ambient mode off: do this and the screen will stay completely blank until the R detects that you&rsquo;re looking at it, or you interact with it.</p> <p>So while you won&rsquo;t quite get two days out of it in normal use, you probably could if you were careful. Getting one full day out of it should never be a problem - and that&#39;s more than could be said of most Android Wear devices.</p> <p>So how does it compare to its main rivals? The Moto 360 struggled to last a day with its ambient screen on in our first test. After a recent software update, battery life has increased for some users up to 45% and it now easily lasts a day no matter which screen mode you choose. A second battery-improving update is rolling out to 360 users too.</p> <p>If the thought of a blank smartwatch screen come 10pm fills you with terror, the G Watch R is still the better bet over the Moto. Still, the one to beat remains the Pebble, which can typically go for five days and even a week with light use. That&rsquo;s what we call a real stamina superstar.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel 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="Refuses to die" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9966_3_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </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="Behind the scenes at Stuff" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0024_0.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A watch that runs fast. And not in a bad way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re happy to report that we haven&#39;t come across any lag, stutter, or errant behaviour during our time with the G Watch R.</p> <p>Android Wear runs buttery smooth, and notifications come through to our wrists instantly and are flicked away without any jerkiness.</p> <p>This is in contrast to the Moto 360, which does show some signs of stuttering and delayed notifications every now and again.</p> <p>It could all be down to processing power. LG has opted for a more powerful 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, embarrassing the Moto 360&rsquo;s comparatively ancient four year-old Texas Instruments 800 MHz single-core OMAP3630 processor.</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="Winter is coming" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9961_2.JPG?1415151847" /> </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="#Hashtag" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9960_3_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A pleasure to use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve already got a full in-depth&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear review</a>, so we won&#39;t jump into too many OS details here. But here&#39;s a primer for those of you who just want the headlines.</p> <p>One of the most useful features of a smartwatch is its ability to push notifications directly to your wrist so you know what&#39;s worth ignoring at a glance, without having to drag your phone out of your pocket.</p> <p>While it sounds as if you&#39;re only saving a few seconds, we&#39;re already addicted to it.&nbsp;The old way of doing things just seems so awkward now. Plus it stops you from offending people at dinner by constantly taking your phone out and checking it; a quick glance at your wrist is so much more subtle. Although admittedly your fellow diners are probably too busy posting shots of their artisanal fish fingers to Instagram to notice anyway.</p> <p>Most people&#39;s inboxes are bombarded with hundreds of totally irrelevant emails over the course of a week, and if like us you hate having even a single unread email count (there are those OCD tendencies again) then it can be a pain dragging out your phone every time you want to delete one. Android Wear solves that problem and helps you achieve inbox nirvana.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch R review" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9984_2_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </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="So useful" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9996_2_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Choosing to open up notifications on your phone is also a small, but very useful time saver. If you receive a text or WhatsApp message for example, you can choose to open it on your phone, so you can reply using a proper keyboard instantly.</p> <p>You can of course reply directly from the G Watch R itself, using either a selection of preset (and rather cold) messages, or use the voice dictation function.</p> <p>Android Wear&rsquo;s voice recognition is pretty good for the most part, as long as you stick to easy names and uncomplicated sentences, but for anything more than a very abrupt message, you&rsquo;ll definitely want to use your smartphone keyboard, along with all the punctuation options it offers, lest your mates think you&rsquo;ve turned into an emotionless robot.</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="Also useful" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9983_1_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And as for &lsquo;Ok, Google&rsquo; voice commands? They generally work well too. Ask the G Watch R for directions or tell it to set a reminder to take the roast out of the oven, and it will usually do your bidding without any confusion. Though we&#39;re still a bit embarrassed about talking to our wrists in public.</p> <p>The G Watch R&rsquo;s heart-rate monitor also seems to work accurately, although we prefer the 360&rsquo;s built-in app, which measures your pulse throughout the day and gives you a weekly heart activity target.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Asking the important questions" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9993_3_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Some useful apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android Wear remains a bit of an apps wasteland, with the majority of those available currently consisting of watch faces &ndash; most of which look a little tacky in our opinion. There are some useful ones out there though.</p> <p>The Wear Mini launcher lets you access your installed apps from a launcher that&#39;s pulled in from the left. This is far better than Andorid Wear&rsquo;s default &lsquo;scroll through a long list buried in a menu&rsquo; method.</p> <p>Another swipe in from the left brings up useful settings such as brightness and volume controls, the latter of which is unbelievably absent from Android Wear itself. Why give us the power to control music from our wrists and not the volume too, Google?</p> <p>Wearable Widgets is another handy app which ports all of your home screen widgets to your wrist. Stuff&rsquo;s Sophie Charara finds that the Spotify widget offers better controls than Wear&rsquo;s built-in music remote, which is just one of many examples.</p> <p>There are some nice watch faces out there if you hunt around, and you can even use apps to create your own, though they can be a little buggy. Established fitness apps such as Strava and Endomondo are also available for fitness fanatics.</p> <p>As Android Wear is adopted by more people, we expect to see more apps join the roster, offering more functionality and enhancing the Wear experience.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="#0nly90skidswillgetthis" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0002_3_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </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="Incredibly useful app" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9963_0_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hassle-free charging. Just remember to bring the dock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG opted for charging pins as opposed to the 360&rsquo;s wireless charging feature, presumably to cram in a larger battery. Wireless charging is a futuristic and faff free extra and Motorola&rsquo;s bundled dock makes for a neat night time stand that&rsquo;s simply a nice place to put your smartwatch.&nbsp;</p> <p>LG&rsquo;s alternative isn&rsquo;t any more difficult, it just treats the G Watch R more like a gadget than a real wearable. Drop the R into the magnetic dock with a satisfying clunk, and you&rsquo;re good to go for charging via microUSB.</p> <p>The only thing you have to worry about is making sure the pins are on the correct side. But you can handle that. Right?</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="Docking station" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9981_2_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </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="Docked" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9982_2_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G Watch R won&rsquo;t win many beauty contests. Indeed, if it&#39;s up against the Moto 360 it won&#39;t win any.</p> <p>But that&#39;s about its only flaw.&nbsp;Its plastic OLED screen offers deep blacks, sharp text and good visibility, and it&rsquo;s completely circular. Hooray!</p> <p>Battery life is also as good as Android Wear gets right now, with the R easily lasting one and a half days on a single charge.</p> <p>Top that off with a smooth experience, delivered by powerful innards, and there&rsquo;s plenty to love about LG&#39;s latest wearable.</p> <p>So, if you&#39;re after an Android Wear smartwatch, your choice should currently come down to this or the 360. Which you should go for is a simple matter of priorities: if you want something nice on your wrist, it&#39;s the Moto; if design doesn&#39;t bother you, the LG wins.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/wearable-tech/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s Top 10 wearables</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="Pretty in pink. Again." alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9999_3_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The liquorice allsorts stairwell" alt="LG G Watch R review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9977_1_1.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> design </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"> smarts </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-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"> battery </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"> 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"> 9 </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"> 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>It might not be as pretty as the Moto 360, but the G Watch R excels in every other area</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"> LG G Watch R - smartwatch done right </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"> It&#039;s hip to be not square </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0026_0_0_0.JPG?1415151847" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review#comments Android Wear G Watch R IFA 2014 LG Smartwatches Wearable tech Sun, 02 Nov 2014 05:20:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447018 at http://www.stuff.tv Intel's new Core M processor could make the next MacBook Air a monster http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s thin, fanless, powerful and the most energy efficient Core CPU in Intel’s history – and it’s coming very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Intel Core M" alt="Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intel-core-m-logo.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intel has just unveiled its latest processor at IFA 2014, and it&rsquo;s set to boost small laptops, large tablets and 2-in-1 devices to new levels. And you&rsquo;re almost certainly going to see it on that fabled <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/12in-retina-display-rumoured-2014-macbook-air/news">12in Apple MacBook Air</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dial M for mobile power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Intel were keen to compare it to a four year-old laptop&rsquo;s performance again and again, because they see people who own one as the most likely to be in the market for a new device in the coming months. They say products with Core M will deliver twice the performance of the average four year-old laptop and seven times the graphics processing power&nbsp;&ndash; all while being much thinner and lighter, of course.</p> <p>And in comparison to current high-end tablets such as the iPad Air, Intel says Core M-powered tablets will offer double the graphical and three times the web performance.</p> <p>The company sees Core M being used in laptops up to 13.3in and tablets of 10in and above, as well as in dual devices that combine the functions of both a laptop and a tablet. Several companies including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba have already these kind of devices powered by Core M chips (all will be on sale around October).</p> <p>We think Apple is almost certain to use the Core M on its long-rumoured 12in Retina display-equipped MacBook Air. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/new-fanlesss-12in-macbook-and-macbook-air-updates-incoming/news">Way back in March</a> we heard the company was planning to release a fanless &ldquo;premium&rdquo; MacBook Air that was even thinner than the current 11in and 13in model, and since then it&rsquo;s been strongly rumoured that it&rsquo;ll have a hi-res 12in screen and will be unveiled in October.</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="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" alt="Dell Latitude 13 7000, with Intel Core M" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dell-latitude-7000.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Coming in October? </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 fits in perfectly with Core M&rsquo;s availability and capabilities, and if Apple does indeed use it we can also expect it to offer longer battery life and much better graphics performance than current Airs. We may see our first glimpse of this 12in Air at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6-iwatch-iotherthings-what-expect-apple-s-992014-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday 9th September</a>, but it&rsquo;s more likely Apple will hold a separate event later in the month or early on in October. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted.</p> <p>Oh, and if you&rsquo;re a fan of Intel&rsquo;s Core i3, i5 and i7 processors don&rsquo;t worry &ndash; they aren&rsquo;t being retired, and they&rsquo;ll still be the most powerful options around for larger laptops and desktop PCs. A fifth generation of those chips will be appearing in products in early 2015.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple MacBook Air" alt="Apple MacBook Air" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MacBook%20Air_0%20%281%29.jpg?1410141706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ifa-2014/intels-new-core-m-processor-could-make-next-macbook-air-monster/news#comments Apple IFA 2014 Intel Laptops MacBook Air Tablets Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:51:28 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446902 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?1415952207" /> </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 Moto Hint is a tiny voice controlled earbud from the future http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola has done the impossible and made Bluetooth headsets cool </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="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-hint.jpg?1411011469" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2013 film Her pointed to a future of ubiquitous digital assistants &ndash; and now Motorola&#39;s bringing it to life with the Moto Hint.</p> <p>The trouble with current voice-controlled devices like Siri or Google Now is that using them is a bit of a faff.</p> <p>If you&#39;re not wearing headphones and a mic, you have to take your phone out of your pocket and hold it up to your mouth to talk into it &ndash; and by that point, you might as well just unlock the screen and tap away.</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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</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"> Good morning, Hint </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>Moto Hint is designed first and foremost with the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>&rsquo;s customised voice commands in mind.</p> <p>Say &lsquo;Good morning&rsquo; when you first pop it in, and it&#39;ll serve up the details of the day&#39;s first meeting; say &lsquo;Goodnight&rsquo; and it&#39;ll switch your smartphone to sleep mode.</p> <p>But you don&rsquo;t need a Motorola to get an invite to the party. Other Android phones can be used with the standard Google Now command phrase. The Hint can even work with Siri on iPhones although this isn&rsquo;t completely touchless. There&rsquo;s a small capacitive touch area on the Hint that iPhone users will have to tap to activate the iPhone&rsquo;s voice assistant.</p> <p>The battery life isn&rsquo;t great - 3.3 hours for the Hint itself with an extra two charges in the neat charging case that Motorola is launching alongside the accessory. Plus IR sensors provide extra cleverness to extend the battery life as it turns itself on and off. The sensors can detect when you push the Moto Hint into your ear (which requires a bit of twisting to get it snug) or take it out.</p> <p>We tried sticking a Moto Hint in our ear at the Chicago launch event - it was too big for our tiny ears but there&rsquo;s three different sizes of buds. But we weren&rsquo;t able to test it out ourselves just yet &ndash; check back for our hands-on impressions as soon as we can prise one from Motorola&#39;s hands. We said Moto Hint is from the future &ndash; and we weren&rsquo;t joking.</p> <p>There are no concrete details on when it will come to the UK and Europe but Motorola has put the timeframe as &lsquo;in the coming months&rsquo;.&nbsp;We&#39;re hoping it hits Asia shortly after.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X (2014) hands on</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CLEF-Rq39D4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint-01.jpg?1411011469" /> </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="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint-02.jpg?1411011469" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hello, Moto Hint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint_0.jpg?1411011469" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news#comments IFA 2014 Moto Hint Motorola Wearable tech Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:20:57 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446757 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sphero’s off-road Ollie launched, Samsung’s 105in curved 4K TV is bendable, and new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer footage http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End this IFA week strong by filling your brain with quick-hit 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="Sphero Ollie" alt="Sphero Ollie" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sphero-ollie.jpg?1409910791" /> </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"> Sphero&#039;s Ollie robot on sale </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 were quite taken with the Sphero 2B when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/ces-2014/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">we saw it at CES</a> back in January, as it rebooted the original smartphone-controlled ball with a tubular design, a massive speed boost, and an off-road friendly design. Rightly so, it&rsquo;s been given its own branding for release, and now the Ollie is on sale.</p> <p>The Ollie is still controlled via an app, but this little wonder can reach speeds of up to 14mph, and it&rsquo;s designed to be tossed around - so really, take it outside to somewhere jagged and bumpy and let it rip. Hitting an obstacle at the right angle will send it flying and spinning gloriously until it lands safely and continues rolling along.</p> <p>Sphero&rsquo;s latest connected toy can be purchased now for &pound;79.99 (RM415) the company&rsquo;s website and will begin shipping on 15 September, and there&rsquo;s more fun on the horizon in the form of swappable tyres and even a Bluetooth-connected ramp coming soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/ces-2014/meet-rugged-sphero-2b/news">Meet the rugged Sphero 2B</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/Zi-5hbaGmuQ" 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"> Samsung’s curved 105in 4K TV is now bendable </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>Back in July, we scratched our collective heads at word of a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung 105in curved 4K UHD set</a> that was planned to retail for US$120,000 - that&rsquo;s about RM381,780. Who might be buying such a thing? Is there no end to such extravagance?</p> <p>Apparently not. <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a> spotted a surprising thing at IFA this week: a newly bendable version of that same 105in set, which means users can watch it either curved or flat. Samsung apparently hasn&#39;t pinned down a price point just yet, but surely such a convenience won&rsquo;t be a free addition to the existing value proposition.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-bets-big-on-curved-tv-shows-off-105-inch-uhd-bendable-model/">CNET</a>, <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/aboutsamsung/news/newsIrRead.do?news_ctgry=irnewsrelease&amp;page=1&amp;news_seq=23687">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-s-curved-105in-4k-uhd-tv-priced-us120000/news">Samsung&rsquo;s curved 105in 4K UHD TV priced at US$120,000</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="898" title="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" alt="Samsung&#039;s curved, bendable 105in 4K TV (Photo: CNET)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-curvedtv-bendable.png?1409910791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Scope out seven minutes of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer </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>November&rsquo;s <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em> looks to represent the big shake-up that the shooter series has needed for at least a couple of years now (even if it does seem curiously similar to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/xbox-360/titanfall/review"><em>Titanfall</em></a> in spots), and multiplayer is always a huge component of the experience - so we&rsquo;re extra excited to see this far-future take on it.</p> <p>Check out seven fresh minutes of official footage, which digs deep into the various perks of the exoskeleton, details the ample customization and Pick 13 system, and shows off some of the maps and modes you can expect to explore later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCnoeg_WOko">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on preview</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/TCnoeg_WOko" 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/samsung/fully-charged-sphero-s-road-ollie-launched-samsung-s-105in-curved-4k-tv-bendable-and-new-cal#comments 4K Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gaming IFA 2014 Robots Samsung Sphero TVs Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446694 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft promises a flagship-level phone at a very reasonable price with the new Lumia 830. We check out its Lumia-ffordability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/WP_20140522_18_15_25_Pro_1.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Microsoft&rsquo;s really been emphasising lower-budget devices recently to complement their flagship phone lineup. Just ahead of IFA 2014 in Berlin, it&rsquo;s just announced two phones to flesh out their mid-range mobiles.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The few and the proud </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Besides being one of the three phones to come with Lumia Denim preloaded &ndash; with the other two being the Lumia 730 and 735 &ndash; the Lumia 830&rsquo;s &ldquo;flagship&rdquo; status also affords it Denim&rsquo;s top-end features. The only other devices to get these premium features are Microsoft&rsquo;s actual flagship <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review">Lumia 930</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-1520/nokia-lumia-1520/review">1520</a> devices, so it really is the most affordable device with the best Windows Phone has to offer at the moment.</p> <p dir="ltr">Some of these features include: a new Lumia Camera app, which is both faster to start up and shoot with; 4K video recording at 24fps with each frame able to be used as an 8.3MP image; and Rich Capture, which integrates automatic HDR and a new Dynamic Flash feature that allows you to tweak the amount of flash present in a picture... after you&rsquo;ve already taken it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Given what Nokia Camera is currently capable of, this much-needed update definitely improves the cameras on Lumia devices by leaps and bounds, correcting one of the main niggles with Windows phones.</p> <p>Also, while all Lumia devices in the selected markets will get an improved Cortana with Denim, the Lumia 830 and its fellow flagship devices have the ability to call up everyone&rsquo;s favourite Halo AI just by saying &ldquo;Hey Cortana&rdquo; even when the phone is idle, thanks to SensorCore technology. Isn&rsquo;t it ironic that you don&rsquo;t use &ldquo;Glass&rdquo; on a Windows device?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-phone-8" target="_blank">all the latest Windows Phone 8 news and reviews</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_08_Pro__highres_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_11_41_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="The few and the proud" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_30_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Size matters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Lumia 830 looks almost identical to the Lumia 930, save for a few minor details and a markedly thinner profile at just 8.5mm with a weight of 150g, making it the thinnest and lightest Lumia smartphone made. </p> <p>Still, it feels very comfortable in the hand, with the phone being so light and thin that people with smaller hands will be able to use it one-handed with ease. The buttons on the right edge of the phone are positioned nicely as well, being easy to reach in either hand, with operation accompanied by satisfying haptics.</p> <p dir="ltr">The phone itself feels decidedly premium, with the metal casing giving it a sense of sturdiness. The plastic cover on the back of the phone feels rather pleasant to the touch as well, and provides good grip without coming across as cheap. Integrated with QI wireless charging (more on that later), the cover is removable too. Available in black, white, green and orange, these additional covers are sold separately, and allow users to switch the colour of their device to complement their outfits, if that&rsquo;s their sort of thing.</p> <p>Call us old-fashioned, but we liked the black device the most, as it comes with a dark metal casing that looks very classy indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/opinion-era-budget-phones/feature">Opinion: Is this the era of budget phones?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_14_36_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_03_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_21_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="567" height="425" title="Size matters" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_15_33_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mid-range phone, mid-range performance? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Despite being tagged as &lsquo;affordable&rsquo;, it doesn&rsquo;t mean the Lumia 830 is a slouch. Performance from the phone&rsquo;s 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1GB of RAM was generally very smooth with nary a hiccup. Everything looked great while we were going through the phone&rsquo;s various features, and while the 5-in screen is only HD at 1280x720, it still looked decent, with clarity and brightness that held up to scrutiny. </p> <p>The user experience on Windows Phone 8.1 itself remained largely similar too, though Microsoft has added the ability to organise your Live Tiles into folders for the first time. A simple drag-and-drop affair, it&rsquo;s something that should&rsquo;ve been added from the start, but it&rsquo;s good to finally see something we&rsquo;ve had on Android and iOS devices for years already.</p> <p>The device is also equipped with LTE, Nokia Rich Recording with Dolby 5.1 surround sound capture, and active noise cancellation, though we didn&rsquo;t really have an opportunity to try those out properly in an actual setting. We also didn&rsquo;t get the chance to see how the removable 2200mAh battery would hold up to heavy usage, so we&rsquo;ll just have to wait for an actual review unit in the future.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Mid-range phone, mid-range performance?" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_13_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Mid-range phone, mid-range performance?" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_12_28_Pro_0_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 830 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Screen</strong>: 5in 1280x720p ClearBlack IPS-LCD</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Processor</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>RAM</strong>: 1GB </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>OS</strong>: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Camera</strong>: PureView 10MP 1080p/4K video (rear), 1MP 720p (front)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB expandable up to 128GB, 15GB free OneDrive &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Battery</strong>: 2200mAh, removable with integrated Qi wireless charging</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 139.4x70.7x8.5mm</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Weight</strong>: 150g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new PureView camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Accompanying the new features on the Lumia Camera app is a 10MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics and Microsoft&rsquo;s most diminutive Optical Image Stabilization system to date. As opposed to the Lumia 930, starting up the camera from standby to an actual snap is much, much faster now, with the lag time between shots pared down to mere milliseconds. It&rsquo;s definitely a much-needed improvement to the shooting experience.</p> <p dir="ltr">Images shot with the camera were bright and sharp, with decent levels of saturation, white balance, and dynamic range. It&rsquo;s not as good as what you can find on a Lumia 930 or even a 1020, but the improvements to performance more than make up for it.</p> <p dir="ltr">We also tried out the phone&rsquo;s 4K video recording capabilities. Microsoft tells us that this feature isn&rsquo;t meant so much for shooting actual movies, but for better Moment Capture, allowing you to select the best moments as individual 8MP pictures. Essentially, the phone will use too much power and overheat during extended 4K recording, just like on any other phone, so their emphasis is on generating better continuous shots. The camera shoots 4K at 24fps, giving us a wide range of images to choose from, and from what we saw, each individual frame was indeed pretty detailed.</p> <p>The front-facing camera on the other hand, is a paltry 1MP affair that&rsquo;s only capable of 720p videos. Maybe that&rsquo;s why the Lumia Selfie app (read more about it in the Lumia 730 hands-on review here) skips the front camera altogether, prompting the user to listen to audio cues while pointing the rear camera at their faces instead. We don&rsquo;t expect the front camera to be great, but 1MP sounds almost prehistoric in this day and age.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The new PureView camera" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_13_52_Pro_0_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless charging and screen mirroring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Also announced during Microsoft&rsquo;s MoreLumia event were a new Smart Wireless Charging Plate and Screen Sharing solution that were pretty cool when used with the Lumia 830. </p> <p>Available at just USD$59 (RM190), The Nokia Smart Wireless Charger is almost an essential to get for your Lumia. In fact, since it&rsquo;s Qi wireless charging, you can use with any Qi-compatible device. Supported by Bluetooth LTE, the charger can connect to your phone and glow every time you get a notification or when your phone needs charging, explaining its &ldquo;Smart&rdquo; moniker.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also the new Microsoft Screen Sharing Solution, a USD$79 (RM252) Miracast wireless display adapter attachment that connects to your TV via HDMI, mirroring what&rsquo;s on your Lumia in 1080p full HD. However, what sets this one apart is the magnetic NFC-enabled coaster, allowing users to switch the screen-mirrored device with just a simple tap. The coaster also magnetically integrates very nicely for storage on the adapter itself. You don&rsquo;t have to use it with just your Lumia device either, since it&rsquo;s Miracast-compatible.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_20_12_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_18_10_Pro_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Wireless charging and screen mirroring" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_18_20_Pro__highres_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s easy to be skeptical of the phone&rsquo;s flagship credentials at first, given its affordable price and less-than-cutting-edge specs. However, Microsoft more than makes up for everything with great features and UX tweaks in the Lumia Denim update, giving way to a Lumia 830 that punches above its weight.&nbsp;And with the Windows Phone Store having over 320,000 apps now, you can&#39;t say there aren&#39;t any apps for it either, making it one less reason to make the switch.</p> <p>The cheapest phone you can buy while still having access to the best of everything Windows Phone has to offer, it really presents itself as quite a compelling buy. In fact, it&rsquo;s so good that you could be tempted to buy this instead of an actual flagship.&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you really need top-end specs anyway, and can you really tell the difference? Looks like Lumia-ffordability is very real, and it&rsquo;s happening this September for just &euro;330 (RM1360).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Initial verdict" alt="Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/THVtaWFfODMwX0hlcm9NV3RxYUhO_0.jpg?1409887311" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/nokia-lumia-830-hands-review/review#comments IFA 2014 Lumia 830 Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:39:22 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446648 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The rumours were true – Microsoft did launch a selfie phone in Berlin, and we took a closer look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_7830_0_0.JPG?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/melvin-tang" title="View user profile.">Melvin Tang</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Seeing as the official invite for Microsoft&rsquo;s MoreLumia event featured a selfie, we weren&rsquo;t surprised to see that there really was a selfie phone announced at the event. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The ultimate selfie phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The main focus on the Lumia 735 is of course it&rsquo;s front-facing camera. A 5MP wide-angle affair of 24mm, it&rsquo;s even capable of full HD 1080p videos. Microsoft&rsquo;s even thrown in three months of free Skype worldwide subscription for people to try it in real-world scenarios. True, other phones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/oppo-n1/review">Oppo N1 </a>have put large-sensor cameras on the front for better selfies before, but this time Microsoft&rsquo;s even built an entire app around selfies to make them better. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Very simply named &ldquo;Lumia Selfie&rdquo;, the app and camera combine to shoot selfies that aren&rsquo;t just better in quality, they&rsquo;ve got a larger field of view too. Images taken on the front camera are some of the best we&rsquo;ve seen from a narcissistic perspective, while a demo during the MoreLumia event highlighted that the phone could comfortably fit over 11 people in one picture. ]</p> <p dir="ltr">What&rsquo;s more, Microsoft has done something very Japanese/Korean and added photo editing tools to enhance your facial features. That includes being able to alter your eyes, smile, teeth, and even smooth out wrinkles. It&rsquo;s almost like digital plastic surgery.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the rear shooter is a 6.7MP unit with an LED flash, but since the Lumia 735 isn&rsquo;t privy to the Lumia Camera app found in Microsoft&rsquo;s flagship devices, isn&rsquo;t anywhere near as good as that in the Lumia 830. The fact that it isn&rsquo;t a PureView camera doesn&rsquo;t help, but at this price, there&rsquo;s no cause for complaint. Image quality in general is acceptable, though we didn&rsquo;t really have much opportunity to test it fully. We were preoccupied with the front camera, after all.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The ultimate selfie phone" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_09_25_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plastic all around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Sporting Nokia&rsquo;s signature polycarbonate design, the Lumia 735 doesn&rsquo;t particularly stand out besides the fact that it&rsquo;s got the same bright colours as Microsoft&rsquo;s recent phone offerings. At 8.9mm thin and weighing 134g, the curved plastic back fits comfortably into the hand, with good grip and feel on the matte plastic. </p> <p dir="ltr">The back of the phone is removable as well, and swappable with other covers available in black, white, orange, and green. The orange cover we encountered had a glossy finish though, which honestly felt quite clammy and attracted smudges. It wouldn&rsquo;t be good for humid environments at all. </p> <p>While the phone&rsquo;s button layout is sensible and easy to reach, Microsoft decided to do away with the dedicated camera shutter button. It&rsquo;s probably because you won&rsquo;t need that button for selfies, but it was still a convenience that&rsquo;s conspicuously missed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_10_12_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_10_31_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="Plastic all around" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_18_11_15_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Same, but different </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Internally, the Lumia 735&rsquo;s almost identical to the Lumia 830, with the same 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, and connectivity options such as LTE. However, Microsoft chose to exclude the phone from Lumia Denim&rsquo;s premium features, possibly to emphasise the distinction between this and the Lumia 830 as a flagship phone. Without those features, the Lumia 735 does feel like a budget phone, though it does have Cortana in the selected markets. </p> <p dir="ltr">Also, since it&rsquo;s got the same processor and all, performance in terms of user experience is practically identical. Besides the difference in build material and the cameras, other areas the phones differ are a smaller internal memory of just 8GB &ndash; though the SD card slot with storage expandable to 128GB should render that largely irrelevant &ndash; a 4.7-in HD 1280x720 screen compared to a 5-incher, and a battery with 20mAh more at 2220mAh. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s all quite minor, so there&rsquo;s really almost no disparity in performance. It was just as fluid and lag-free as the Lumia 830, though we would have to test the phone with more intensive use and apps to make a more accurate assessment.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Same, but different" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_10_51_Pro_1_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 735 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Screen: 4.7in 1280x720p ClearBlack HD OLED</p> <p dir="ltr">Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400</p> <p dir="ltr">RAM: 1GB</p> <p dir="ltr">OS: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update</p> <p dir="ltr">Camera: 6.7MP 1080p video (rear), 5MP wide-angle 1080p video (front)</p> <p dir="ltr">Storage: 8GB expandable up to 128GB, 15GB free OneDrive &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Battery: 2220mAh, removable with integrated Qi wireless charging</p> <p dir="ltr">Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p dir="ltr">Dimensions: 134.7x68.5x8.9mm</p> <p>Weight: 134g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">We talk about the 735 as one model, but really it&rsquo;s two &ndash; there&rsquo;s also a dual-SIM Lumia 730. Available for just &euro;199 (RM820), it&rsquo;s also cheaper, though you also lose built-in wireless charging. You could always just buy the wireless charging shell for &euro;15 (RM62) though.</p> <p dir="ltr">Without Lumia Denim&rsquo;s extra features, the Lumia 735 is strictly a budget affair, and it seems Microsoft hopes to make up for this by focussing on its selfie capabilities. We&rsquo;re not sure this is enough to make it a very compelling option, unless you really like taking photos of yourself or suffer from extreme narcissism, of course.</p> <p>However, at just &euro;219 (RM900), it&rsquo;s still a very good phone for its price, with solid build quality and value-for-money.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Lumia 735 or 730?" alt="Nokia Lumia 735 hands-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WP_20140522_16_02_16_Pro_0.jpg?1409885414" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/nokia-lumia-735-hands-review/review#comments IFA 2014 Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:13:11 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446644 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Interchangeable lenses on your smartphone? Sony’s latest QX camera does that – and more besides </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 QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on" alt="Sony QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-qx1-main.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A trio of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-xperia-z3-could-be-first-audiophile-smartphone/news">new Xperia devices</a> aren&rsquo;t the only things Sony has in store for phone-lovers at IFA 2014. The company also announced a pair of new QX cameras. Remember the Wi-Fi-powered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2013/sonys-new-lenses-turn-your-smartphone-super-charged-compact-cam/news">QX10 and QX100 Smart Lenses</a> from last year, which clipped onto a smartphone and turned it into a powerful snapper?</p> <p>Well, the QX30 and QX1 take things to a whole new level.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> QX30: zoom, zoom, zoom </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 QX30 is quite straightforward: essentially, it&rsquo;s an updated edition of the QX10 but instead of a 10x optical zoom lens and 18.2MP sensor it packs a 30x optical zoom lens and 20.7MP sensor. Optical image stabilisation remains (and rightly so: it&rsquo;s a must if you plan on using the full range of that zoom), and there&rsquo;s also full HD video recording at 60fps, 10fps continuous still shooting and lock-on autofocus, which&rsquo;ll keep a moving subject in focus.</p> <p>What else is there? A microSD card slot; a clamp for fitting the QX30 to your phone; a tripod mount; and four colour finishes. The QX30 will be on sale later this month, priced at around &pound;250 (RM1299).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony QX30" alt="The Sony QX30" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx30.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> QX1: lens be &#039;aving you </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 QX1 is a different beast altogether. It supports Sony&rsquo;s E-mount lenses (and, by extension, any other lenses you can fit via an E-mount adapter &ndash; Sony says over 210 current lenses are compatible) and features a huge APS-C sensor, so essentially it turns your smartphone into a compact system camera. There&rsquo;s even a pop-up flash.</p> <p>The sensor has 20.1MP, but it&rsquo;s its physical size that should excite photographers, because it means less noise in shots, as well as making it easier to have a pretty defocussed background (aka <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">&ldquo;bokeh&rdquo;</a>).</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve managed to get our hands on a pre-release QX1, and it&rsquo;s an exciting device for anyone who wants to get the best quality shots using their phone. It&rsquo;s surprisingly easy to setup, assuming you have a phone with NFC: you simply ensure you have Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app (available for both Android and iOS) installed, then touch the QX1&rsquo;s NFC icon with your phone &ndash; in a moment or two, the camera and the phone are connected and you can start snapping away.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The QX1 is solidly built and fairly lightweight considering its innards, although we were using the dinky 16-50mm zoom lens that will be included in one possible package (the QX1 will be &pound;250 alone, or something like &pound;400 with the lens). If you&rsquo;re bolting on a larger E-mount lens, or an adapter and an A-mount lens, things are going to get quite a bit more unwieldy. To help out, Sony has made grip and tilt attachments that&rsquo;ll make holding the QX1 (and other QX cameras) a little bit more comfortable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The QX1 is lightweight in your hand" alt="The QX1 is lightweight in your hand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-in-hand.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>Image quality? From our brief test shots, it seems excellent &ndash; check them out above &ndash; but we&rsquo;ll be giving the QX1 a proper review in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for an in-depth verdict on what is a very unusual, but very innovative device.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-wide.jpg?1414567264" /> </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="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-tight.jpg?1414567264" /> </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="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-macro.jpg?1414567264" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news#comments IFA 2014 Smartphones Sony System Cameras Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:07:22 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446639 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips reveals a trio of Android-powered 4K Ambilight TVs http://www.stuff.tv/my/philips/ifa-2014/philips-reveals-trio-android-powered-4k-ambilight-tvs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Would sir care for some Google tricks and LED immersion with his Ultra HD content? </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="PInk vs blue" alt="Philips reveals a trio of Android-powered 4K Ambilight TVs " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/8909_H2_RFT.jpg?1409833728" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Philips has announced a slew of Android-powered 4K TVs, including its first ever curved set.</p> <p>The Philips 8900 (pictured above) brings the fight to LG and Samsung&#39;s bendy offerings with a curved 55in 4K display, along with a 1000Hz panel for increased motion sharpness.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s also got a built-in sensor which measures the ambient lighting and adjusts the LED backlight accordingly, while a three-sided Ambilight system aims to provide a more immersive movie watching experience.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 55in/65in Android-powered Philips 9100&#39;s main focus is on improving the picture quality as much as possible. Its main weapon is the Perfect Pixel Ultra HD engine, which works to digitally enhance and optimise picture quality and contrast.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 9100 also has a 1000Hz panel for reduced motion blur, along with a four-sided Ambilight system and the ability to upsacle normal content to 4K resolutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>A wireless 50W sub is also thrown in with each unit, and Spotify Connect support is supported straight out of the box for hassle-free music streaming.</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="Aiming for a quality picture" alt="Philips reveals a trio of Android-powered 4K Ambilight TVs " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9100_H2_F.jpg?1409833728" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>Lastly, we have the budget-focused 4K 59in and 55in 7900 models, which also feature Android, a two-sided Ambilight system, and the ability to upscale non-4K content. An in-built twin tuner let&#39;s you watch one programme while recording another.</p> <p>All three sets will be available in the &#39;third quarter of 2014&#39; which we presume means it&#39;ll be out before the end of September. Prices have yet to be disclosed, and we&#39;re hoping that the 7900 in particular lands with a wallet-friendly price tag to help kickstart the 4K living room invasion.</p> <p>In addition to the three TVs, Philips also revealed a standalone Android L-powered UHD 880 media player, which utilises the new HEVC compressing technology to stream 4K content to Philips&#39; 4K sets.</p> <p>Supporting HDMI 2.0 for 60fps 4K playback, the &euro;250 (RM1045) media player is expected to land by the end of March next year. Existing owners of Philips&#39; 2014 4K TVs and its 8000/9000 series will be able to nab one for free.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3508" height="2480" title="ALL the colours" alt="Philips reveals a trio of Android-powered 4K Ambilight TVs " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7900_F.jpg?1409833728" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/philips/ifa-2014/philips-reveals-trio-android-powered-4k-ambilight-tvs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/philips/ifa-2014/philips-reveals-trio-android-powered-4k-ambilight-tvs/news#comments IFA 2014 Philips TVs Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:48:56 +0000 Elissa Loi 1446582 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Stylish new Asus MeMO Pad 7 shown, Temple Run VR revealed, and the Samsung Gear S Swarovski crystal strap http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ifa-2014/fully-charged-stylish-new-asus-memo-pad-7-shown-temple-run-vr-revealed-and-samsung-gea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a heavy slate of Samsung news this morning, but it’s IFA week - Samsung is everywhere </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="Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C)" alt="Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-memo-pad7.png?1409825989" /> </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"> Asus shows stylish new MeMO Pad 7 </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>Tucked away in its IFA announcements slate today (which included <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news">the ZenWatch</a> and a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-reboots-netbook-windows-81-plus-debuts-world-s-slimmest-133in-qhd-laptop/news">pair of intriguing laptops</a>) was news that Asus has another MeMO Pad 7 tablet on the horizon. While it can be easy to confuse the names of the various Asus tablets, you won&rsquo;t have trouble telling the ME572C apart from its brethren upon sight.</p> <p>See, the 7in Android tablet is designed to look much like a clutch bag, with a lightly textured finish in colors like Champagne Gold, Burgundy Red, and&hellip; Gentle Black. Despite the soft touch on the design, it sounds pretty capable, with an Intel Atom 64-bit quad-core processor and a Full HD IPS display running at 323ppi.</p> <p>And like its visual inspiration, it should be rather svelte, coming in at just 8.3mm thick and 269g. The MeMO Pad 7 (ME572C) is due out in Q4 from John Lewis for &pound;179.99 (RM941).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://press.asus.com/PressReleases/p/ASUS-ZenWatch-Announced-at-IFA-2014#.VAeiAFa1WCY">Asus</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-shows-haul-fresh-android-tablets/news">Asus shows off haul of fresh Android tablets</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"> Temple Run coming to Gear VR </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><em>Temple Run</em> is one of the absolute biggest mobile games of all time, generating more than 170 million downloads across versions and platforms, and it can get fairly frantic as you&rsquo;re swiping to dodge hazards at high speeds.</p> <p>We imagine it&rsquo;ll be a lot crazier in first-person, which is what&rsquo;s coming in <em>Temple Run VR</em> for Samsung&rsquo;s newly-announced Gear VR headset. It very much looks like the same general game albeit in brain-melting, immersive 3D, and we imagine spotting that snow beast could provide some rather startling moments indeed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://kotaku.com/first-person-temple-run-makes-samsungs-vr-headset-terri-1630103313">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR 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-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="750" title="Temple Run VR" alt="Temple Run VR" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/temple-run-vr.jpg?1409825989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Gear S gets Swarovski crystal strap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re not only interested in owning a standalone, 3G-enabled smartwatch, but also one that glistens with visible opulence, then Samsung has you covered. Thanks to its ongoing partnership with Swarovski, a crystal-lined strap will be sold for the upcoming Gear S wearable.</p> <p>The strap is made using a new Swarovski product called Crystal Fine Mesh, which intertwines the crystals within the metal. It&rsquo;s &ldquo;one of the most exclusive products in the Swarovski assortment,&rdquo; says Samsung&rsquo;s press release, and it&rsquo;ll be available in October online and at Samsung stores. No word yet on the surely-extravagant price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/09/02/Swarovski-Extends-34;Swarovski-for-Samsung34;-Collection-with-the-New-Samsung-Gear-S-1">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news">Samsung announces the Gear S, its standalone 3G smartwatch</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 Gear S Swarovski crystal strap" alt="Samsung Gear S Swarovski crystal strap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-s-swarovski.png?1409825989" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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"> Samsung plots Knight Rider tribute in smart home commercial </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an effort to spotlight its ultra-modern connected home technology, Samsung enlisted the talents of&hellip; David Hasselhoff and KITT the talking car from &lsquo;80s television series, <em>Knight Rider</em>? Indeed. As the Hoff keeps trying to shill for Samsung, his former on-screen companion takes offense to the much newer, sleeker tech. It might not say a lot about the product, but it certainly makes a fun impression.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TribrhyYr-0">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/02/samsung-smart-home-kitt-hasselhoff/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-buys-smartthings-boost-its-connected-home-potential/news">Samsung buys SmartThings to boost its connected home potential</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/TribrhyYr-0" 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/asus/ifa-2014/fully-charged-stylish-new-asus-memo-pad-7-shown-temple-run-vr-revealed-and-samsung-gea#comments Asus Connected home Gaming Gear VR IFA 2014 Samsung Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446573 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s waterproof new Walkman is a wearable music player and Bluetooth headset in one http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Additionally, Sony has a much more affordable Hi-Res Audio player in the works </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 Walkman NWZ-WS610" alt="Sony Walkman NWZ-WS610" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-walkman-ws610.jpg?1409824670" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has an absolute heap of new products at IFA this year, from a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review">smartwatch</a> to new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">phones</a>, televisions, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">tablets</a> - but curiously, a Walkman caught our eye amidst that lineup.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, the A15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony also has a new High-Resolution Audio player on the horizon, with the Walkman A15 dubbed &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s smallest and lightest&rdquo; such device for audiophiles. Its S-Master HX digital amplifier processes Hi-Res audio files for crisp and clear playback, with 30 hours of battery life promised.</p> <p>And the A15 is much more affordable than the previous NWZ-ZX1, which <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">impressed us in almost every way</a> except for its exorbitant price. Sony&rsquo;s new High-Res Audio player will sell for just &pound;170 (RM889) when it debuts next month - but it comes with just 16MB of internal storage. Luckily, it accepts microSD cards, so it&rsquo;s not only much cheaper, but you also have more control over its capacity.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://presscentre.sony.co.uk/pressreleases/music-while-you-work-out-wearable-waterproof-walkman-r-ws610-series-now-with-bluetooth-r-wireless-technology-1049288">Sony</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman A15" alt="Sony Walkman A15" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-walkman-a15.png?1409824670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news#comments Bluetooth Headphones Hi-Res Audio IFA 2014 Sony Walkman Wearable tech Thu, 04 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446568 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC Desire 820 packs a 64-bit processor and an 8MP selfie snapper http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC&#039;s colourful mid-range phone is full of surprises </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="HTC Desire 820" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-desire-820-01.jpg?1409823044" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC has brought some colour to IFA 2014 in the form of the Desire 820.</p> <p>Its cheerful polycarbonate unibody shell &ndash; available in five different colours, with contrasting accents &ndash; is wrapped around some interesting tech.</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"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For another thing, the Desire 820 packs an 8MP front-facing camera for selfies. So much for all that talk of camera sensors with fewer, bigger pixels. It&#39;s capable of shooting 1080p video &ndash; though sadly, the 5.5in screen is only 720p, so you&#39;ll have to export your videos to get the most out of them.</p> <p>You also get a 13MP rear camera, BoomSound stereo speakers, 2GB RAM and a 2,600 mAh battery. HTC claims it&#39;s good for 22 hours of 3G talk time. There&#39;s also a (slightly measly) 16GB internal storage &ndash; expandable by up to 128GB using microSD. </p> <p>Naturally, the Desire 820 comes with Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a microUSB 2.0 port for connectivity. </p> <p>The HTC Desire 820 will be available from September; you&#39;ll also be able to pick up a Dot View case like that found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>. Full pricing and availability has yet to be revealed; we&#39;ll update with more info as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2014" target="_blank">All the latest news from IFA 2014</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Desire 820" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-desire-820-03.jpg?1409823044" /> </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="HTC Desire 820" alt="HTC Desire 820" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-desire-820-02.jpg?1409823044" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news#comments Desire 820 HTC IFA 2014 Smartphones Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:23:34 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446565 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: Sony adds SmartBand Talk and Android Wear SmartWatch 3 to its SmartWear Experience range http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-adds-smartband-talk-and-android-wear-smartwatch-3-its-smartwear-experience-rang-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes folks, you’ve guessed it: “smart” is the watchword for these new wearables </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-smartwatch-3_0.jpg?1409796866" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has just added a couple of new wearable tech gadgets to its SmartWear Experience range, both of which will be on sale soon.</p> <p>The Sony SmartWatch 3 is, appropriately enough, the third iteration of the company&rsquo;s smartwatch wearable (the first one arrived, unbelievably, way back in 2007) &ndash; but more importantly it&rsquo;s the first designed for Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear</a> platform.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Talk to the hand, or at least the wrist </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>Then there&rsquo;s the SmartBand Talk which, as you may have guessed, allows you to make calls (via a paired phone situated somewhere about your person &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t have its own SIM). You can also assign specific actions to your phone, which can be activated by barking custom keywords into the wristband.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s essentially an upgraded version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature">SmartBand SWR10</a> activity tracker we saw at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and comes loaded with an accelerometer and altimeter to provide more accurate data to the Lifelog app. It has a waterproof build and a 1.4in curved, always-on e-paper display.</p> <p>As for the aforementioned SmartBand SWR10, it&rsquo;ll soon be getting some new designer editions courtesy of brands like Barbour and Ted Baker.</p> <p>Finally, Sony is giving its <a href="http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/apps-services/lifelog/" target="_blank">Lifelog</a> activity tracking software a facelift, at least for its web interface. It says this&rsquo;ll make it easier to view and control the data that devices like the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk have accrued. Lifelog is also available <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonymobile.lifelog&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">as an Android app</a>, which can be fed data via NFC or Bluetooth.</p> <p>Pricing for the new wearables is yet to be confirmed, but Sony says both the SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3 will be on sale in the next three months.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature">Hands on with Sony&rsquo;s life-logging SmartBand SWR10 fitness band</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-smartband-talk_0.jpg?1409796866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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/sony/ifa-2014/sony-adds-smartband-talk-and-android-wear-smartwatch-3-its-smartwear-experience-rang-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-adds-smartband-talk-and-android-wear-smartwatch-3-its-smartwear-experience-rang-0#comments Android Wear IFA 2014 Sony Wearable tech Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:55:33 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446520 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus' elegant Android Wear-running ZenWatch announced http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unique features meet elegant design in upcoming Android Wear device </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="Asus ZenWatch" alt="Asus ZenWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/asus-zenwatch-official.png?1413444141" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ifa-2014/asus-android-wear-smartwatch-likely-ifa-next-month/news">weeks of teases</a>, Asus followed up on its promise to unveil the ZenWatch today at IFA - and the Android Wear-powered device indeed looks to be a compelling smartwatch option.</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 trailer below offers a good look at some of them, including the ability to cover the watch with your hand to mute it, as well as tap twice to locate your paired Android phone (via sound effect). The ZenWatch can also monitor your relaxation level with its 9-axis sensor, in addition to typical health stat tracking like heart rate, steps taken, and estimated calories burned.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also a remote camera function for your Android 4.3+ phone, and streamlined ZenUI apps like What&rsquo;s Next and Do It Later let you easily manage tasks on the small screen.</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="695" title="Asus ZenWatch" alt="Asus ZenWatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/asus-zenwatch-side.jpg?1413444141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-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>What Asus didn&rsquo;t confirm today were hard details on pricing and availability, only noting that the ZenWatch will be sold for less than &pound;199 (RM1042) and be out before Christmas in the UK. Local procing and availability is yet to be confirmed. Previous reports indicated that the ZenWatch would be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-likely-cheapest-android-wear-device-date-due-october/news">cheapest Android Wear device</a> to date; that&rsquo;s still possible considering the vague price target, but we doubt they&rsquo;d call out the &pound;199 (RM1042) benchmark if it&rsquo;s going to be significantly less by the time it ships.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://press.asus.com/PressReleases/p/ASUS-ZenWatch-Announced-at-IFA-2014">Asus</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gps/incoming-android-wear-updates-enable-some-phone-less-features/news">Incoming Android Wear updates enable some phone-less features</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/ttGns0zZKs4" 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/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ifa-2014/asus-zenwatch-announced-out-christmas-under-199/news#comments Android Wear Asus IFA 2014 Smartwatches Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:11:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446514 at http://www.stuff.tv