MWC 2014 http://www.stuff.tv/my/mwc-2014/news en-MY LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How do you follow the 2013 Smartphone of the Year? By keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more, of course </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_1.jpg?1404780194" /> </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/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2</a>&nbsp;took us by surprise: not even future-gazing Stuff staffers predicted its 2013 reign over our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">Smartphones Top 10</a>&nbsp;and its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/gadget-awards-2013/stuff-gadget-awards-2013-lg-g2-our-gadget-year/feature">Gadget of the Year</a>&nbsp;win.</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">10 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"> Big, pixel-packed 2K screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Laser-assisted super-camera </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Blistering performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bezel-free design </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"> Battery life good, but not G2-good </div> <div class="field-item even"> Metal look, but not metal feel </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen not the brightest </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"> Build: plastic but fantastic </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 G3 is one hell of a big phone, but you&#39;d never guess just from holding it. It has a 5.5in screen - up from 5.2in on the G2 - which puts it firmly into phablet territory, but it somehow fits that display into a smartphone-sized body.</p> <p>How does it do this? By all-but doing away with the bezels. The G2 was already pretty good in this regard, but the G3 takes it to a new level; from the front, it&#39;s almost all glass.</p> <p>It&#39;s also surprisingly easy to hold and use despite that big screen. That&#39;s thanks to the noticeable curve round the back, which makes it easier to grip and fools your hand into thinking that it&#39;s smaller than it is. You won&#39;t need to stretch your fingers in order to reach the top of the screen.</p> <p>Speaking of the back, it&#39;s a mostly plastic affair but again you might well be fooled into thinking otherwise. Though the G3&rsquo;s body is technically 80% polycarbonate, the 20% of metal mixed in with it gives it a premium look, even if it can&#39;t quite match the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s premium feel. We&#39;d certainly choose it over the Galaxy S5&#39;s plaster-like back, and while the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review">Sony Xperia Z2</a>&#39;s slab-of-glass design might be prettier, you&#39;d rather have this in your hands (or pockets) than Sony&#39;s hefty handset.&nbsp;</p> <p>The G3 is also considerably lighter than both the M8 and Z2 - and unlike either of those phones has&nbsp;a removable rear cover too. That allows for a battery swap-out, should you need one, and also gives you access to the microSD slot, which would otherwise have to sit on the G3&#39;s pristine sides. Plus, it makes&nbsp;wireless charging possible, if you team it with a suitable charger.</p> <p>If you do juice it up via the traditional microUSB port, you&#39;ll notice that there&#39;s no pesky removable plastic cover; of course that also means that it&#39;s not waterproof in the way that the Sony and Samsung phones are, which has to earn it a tick in the minus column.</p> <p dir="ltr">Loved the rear buttons on the G2? You&rsquo;ll adore the G3&rsquo;s improved versions. Where the power and volume controls on the G2 were somewhat unsightly, they now have a nice textured finish and a sophisticated design, which makes them both easier to locate and to work out which is which.</p> <p dir="ltr">G2 upgraders will adapt to the G3&rsquo;s new design like a fish to water, but that&rsquo;s not to say first-time users will be baffled by the rear placement. Sure, you might struggle to find them the first few times but in our experience new users get about a 90% hit rate within seconds of picking the phone up. Using your index finger, to be honest, will soon feel more natural and less strenuous than stretching your thumbs to the sides of the Galaxy S5, One (M8) or Xperia Z2.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We love the G3&#039;s new and improved rear buttons" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2001_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Bezel? What bezel?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2002_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </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="LG G3 review" alt="With that slim profile, you might mistake it for a stylus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2003_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="A removable battery makes perfect sense for power users" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Build%2004_1.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display: pixel assault </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">This is where the G3 really shines - that amazingly sharp 2K display. It&#39;s bigger and sharper than those on any of its rivals, while fitting in a similar size body. Pretty cool, huh? With 2560 x 1440 pixels adorning its IPS+ panel, your peepers are going to get one heck of a treat. In terms of pixel density it equates to 534ppi - higher than any phone we&#39;ve yet seen.</p> <p dir="ltr">So how much difference does it make in real life? A fair bit, actually. While its&nbsp;true value is felt only when you press your nose against the screen, or have the right 2K content,&nbsp;even the naked eye can spot how fine the edges of app icons are on the G3 when compared to those on the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and the Sony Xperia Z2.</p> <p dir="ltr">It also means that it&#39;ll look just as good when viewed from further away, and bear in mind that&nbsp;if LG had stuck with a 1080p display on a screen of this size, it would lack sharpness compared to its slightly smaller rivals.</p> <p dir="ltr">We placed the G3 side-by-side with the Galaxy S5, without revealing the resolution of the two devices to anyone. Nearly 100% of the people we asked spotted the difference in screen quality almost immediately, pointing out the sharpness of the G3&rsquo;s display.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">As far as the colour palette goes, the G3 aims for the natural look. It&#39;s noticeably cooler than the Galaxy S5&rsquo;s warm AMOLED display, and not quite as punchy either. Grass looks like real grass, for instance, rather than some ultra-green alien variety.</p> <p dir="ltr">The One (M8) and Xperia Z2 fall somewhere between the two extremes, and which you prefer will depend to a large extent on, erm, which you prefer. The G3 would be our pick for films, on account of the more realistic hues - particularly when it comes to skintones - but for games and web browsing the S5 will look more vibrant. The G3&#39;s&nbsp;also slightly lacking in the contrast department, and doesn&rsquo;t have the deep black tones that you&rsquo;ll get from the One (M8).</p> <p dir="ltr">Outside, it&#39;s a decent performer. Its auto-brightness adapted swiftly, beaming crystal-sharp images, videos and text to our pupils. But it definitely doesn&#39;t go as bright as the S5: a good thing in terms of battery life, less so if you&#39;re viewing it in bright sunshine. Plus,&nbsp;the default video player automatically dims videos to a lower brightness level - so you&#39;ll want to use an alternative such as VLC.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">LG G3 vs HTC One (M8): the weigh-in</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="That Stuff logo is looking fine" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2001_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Games will look great on the 2K screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2002_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </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="LG G3 review" alt="The G3&#039;s brightness isn&#039;t the absolute best" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Display%2003_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera: laser-sharp focus </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">You probably already read about the laser-focus camera, but let&#39;s just make it clear: it&#39;s a work of genius.</p> <p dir="ltr">The laser enables the G3 to focus more swiftly than any of rivals and also means that you can take a series of photos simply by tapping the screen repeatedly. That&#39;s right - no need to do one&nbsp;tap to focus/refocus and another to actually take the photo: just let the laser do the work, tap and you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p dir="ltr">Admittedly, the Galaxy S5 comes close in terms of autofocus and speed, and the One (M8) and Xperia Z2 aren&#39;t that far behind either. We&#39;re talking milliseconds either way - but that can make the difference between a crisp shot and a blurry mess on occasion.</p> <p>As far as the 13MP photos themselves go, expect&nbsp;minimal noise, sharp details and well-balanced colours.&nbsp;And this isn&rsquo;t just the work of the 2K screen. We used a 13in MacBook Pro (non-Retina Display, by the way) to view&nbsp;photos taken on the G3, S5, M8 and Z2 on, and the G3&#39;s shots were both&nbsp;less blurry and less noisey.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/125343102@N05/sets/72157644739351589/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">If daylight shots are great, the G3 is similarly fantastic in low light. That&#39;s partly down to the laser - which grabs focus more accurately in murky conditions than a conventional autofocus - but also down to impressively noise-free shots. Plus, with the dual-LED flash deployed, human subjects look less washed out, though there is still a tinge of overexposure when the flash tries to compensate for less well-lit environments. The M8 beats it when there&#39;s almost no light, but in most conditions the G3 fares very well.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like the G2, the G3 is armed with optical image stabilisation. Sharper images are a given, since it&rsquo;ll combat any blurriness induced by shaky hands; we found it particularly useful when we were trying to balance the phone while attempting to take a macro shot. But like&nbsp;its earlier phablet cousin the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g-pro-2/review">LG G Pro 2</a>, the G3 is armed with OIS+ rather than the standard OIS. This uses software tricks to further ramp up the stabilisation effect, and it appears to work very well.</p> <p dir="ltr">OIS+ also serves another purpose - namely enhancing the after-image focusing option, or Magic Focus in LG&rsquo;s lingo. It&#39;s a feature that&#39;s also found on the One (M8), but where that phone has a dedicated second lens for that purpose, the G3 instead takes multiple images at different focal lengths with the one lens. The results aren&#39;t quite as impressive as those from the M8, but in some situations it works quite nicely, enabling you to change the focus of a picture after you&#39;ve taken it.</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="Capturing the fine gap between lines" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%2001_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G3 review" alt="Colours are mostly well-balanced" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%2002_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </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="LG G3 review" alt="Coarse text looks significantly finer in photos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20camera%20test%20shot%2003_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 dir="ltr">All that jazz with the different shooting modes? Gone with the wind. Compared to the G2, the camera interface is a simple affair, with only four main modes - dual, panorama, magic focus and auto. It&#39;s beautifully clean and basic.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Of course if you do want more control, you can have it. And when you do dabble with its settings, there&rsquo;s a lot more you can do with it. The aforementioned cheese shutter has its moments, and is most accurate when we uttered &ldquo;kimchi&rdquo; to activate the shutter.</p> <p dir="ltr">The front 2MP camera is designed for both video calling and, in a very 2014 manner, selfies. The good news is, you won&rsquo;t have to tap the screen to activate the timer. In a move somewhat inspired by the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwiyomi" target="_blank">gwiyomi viral video</a>, you can hold your hand in front of the camera, clench your fist, and it&rsquo;ll activate the timer. It makes sense, as it reduces the chance of you losing your grip and watching the G3 plummet to its death.</p> <p dir="ltr">Quality-wise it&#39;s clear, though not amazing in poor light, and probably about on a par with the HTC One (M8) for Skype duties.</p> <p dir="ltr">Elsewhere, there&#39;s also 4K video, which is generally very smooth. Nor does it make the handset get too warm, as the Xperia Z2 has a tendency to do.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review">Sony Xperia Z2 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="Tap and snap, that&#039;s what we call simple photography" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Camera%2001_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </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="Even the advanced settings look cleaner than its predecessors&#039; UI" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Camera%2002_1.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Performance: harnessing the dragon&#039;s 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 dir="ltr">The G3 tested here packs a quad-core&nbsp;Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at&nbsp;2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. That version won&#39;t be available in the UK though (at least not for a while), so we&#39;ll have to put up with a 2GB RAM/16GB storage model. Will that make a difference to performance? It&#39;s possible. But then again, the G2 also has&nbsp;2GB of RAM, and we never noticed so much as a stutter on that.</p> <p dir="ltr">Anyway, back to the G3.&nbsp;Let&#39;s start with the numbers:&nbsp;AnTuTu scores of between 30,981 and 32,844 for this unit place it slightly lower than the M8, while Geekbench 2 returned 2427 (higher than M8) and Sunspider 884.1ms (about the same as the G2 and lower than the M8). There&#39;s not much between the G3 and its rivals, basically.</p> <p dir="ltr">In practice, the review unit showed none of the stutters we experienced on the pre-production unit we tried out last month: so, no lag from the dialler or when swiping through contacts. More importantly, apps loaded in a mere 2-3 seconds and even graphically intensive games such as&nbsp;<em>Injustice: Gods Among Us</em>&nbsp;were handled by the G3 like a pro.</p> <p dir="ltr">Just because we could, we threw up to 16 apps, which included&nbsp;<em>Dead Trigger</em>,&nbsp;<em>Injustice</em>&nbsp;and the recent&nbsp;<em>Watch_Dogs</em>&nbsp;mobile game, into the fray. None of that fazed the G3, even as we made short work of enemies with characters from the DC universe. Admittedly, there was some slight lag in the menu transition, and new apps loaded slightly more slowly, but overall it performed as well as we could&#39;ve hoped given what we were doing to it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Web browsing is a joy: on a 4G connection, pages load blazingly fast, filling the screen in just a few blinks.&nbsp;It also handles full HD films with aplomb - there&#39;s absolutely no lag and we didn&rsquo;t spot any frames dropping during action sequences. Bear in mind that&nbsp;pupil-searing screen and you&#39;ve got a top-notch movie player.&nbsp;The speaker is also vastly improved over that on the G2 - it&#39;s now a 1W affair located round the back of the phone and while it&#39;s not as good as the dual speakers on the M8, it&#39;s on a par with the Z2 and S5 and is thus perfectly usable.</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="Qualcomm&#039;s Snapdragon 801 processor doesn&#039;t disappoint" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Performance%2001_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </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 G3 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>&nbsp;Android 4.4 KitKat</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong>&nbsp;2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor</p> <p><strong>RAM:</strong>&nbsp;3GB (2GB version available)</p> <p><strong>Screen:</strong>&nbsp;5.5in True HD-IPS + LCD with 2560 x 1440 resolution (534ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong>&nbsp;13MP rear, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage:&nbsp;</strong>32GB internal (16GB version available), plus microSD up to 128GB</p> <p><strong>Data:</strong>&nbsp;3G / 4G/LTE</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;3000mAh</p> <p><strong>Size:</strong>&nbsp;146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong>&nbsp;149g</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-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"> OS: simple and clean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The G2&#39;s skin was a bit of messy affair, but&nbsp;LG has stripped out a whole load of features for the G3 and it&#39;s a big improvement.</p> <p dir="ltr">Turn it on and you&rsquo;ll be greeted by a much cleaner user interface. The most prominent change is in its notification screen - clean as a whistle, with nary a sign of the clutter and cartoonish icons that plagued its predecessor.</p> <p dir="ltr">We still prefer the HTC M8&#39;s Sense 6 skin overall, but where the G2 was held back by its OS, the G3 faces no such problems. It even has a few nice new features of its own.</p> <p dir="ltr">Take Smart Clean for instance, which clears up cache files that would otherwise use up precious storage space. OK so space shouldn&#39;t be a problem given the microSD slot, but a little housekeeping will always help keep the user experience smooth. One warning though: Smart Clean will remove downloaded files, so if you&rsquo;ve been swiping photos from the web, you&rsquo;d best keep them stored somewhere else, like Google Drive.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then there&#39;s Smart Notice, which is like Google Now in that it serves up cards featuring suggestions such as activating your battery saver when the G3 is running low on juice. It also&nbsp;works seamlessly with the LG Health function, giving you a day-by-day update and reminder that it&rsquo;s time to get off your lazy backside and shed those accumulated calories.</p> <p dir="ltr">LG Health is itself a useful tool. It uses the phone&#39;s sensors to measure the number of steps you&#39;ve taken, then works out how many calories you&#39;ve burned. It&#39;s probably not quite as accurate as a Jawbone Up or other basic fitness tracker, but it&#39;s close enough that you won&#39;t notice much difference over the course of a day. Lugging the phone for a quick run isn&#39;t a major chore given how light the G3 is, although you might want to strap it to an armband to focus on the run.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Goodbye cartoonish icons" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2001_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </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="A little (storage) housekeeping will go a long way" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2002_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 dir="ltr">Out of all of the improvements, it&#39;s the Smart Keyboard which will make the biggest difference. Much like Swype, the semi-sentient keyboard picks up on your most frequently typed words, and learns which autocorrect terms are the ones you&rsquo;ll need more often. And yes, you can simply swipe across letters rather than painstakingly type each one. Correcting your messages is also much easier - simply press and hold the spacebar, and you can scroll along the message to where the correction is need. Plus, there&#39;s no need to stretch your thumbs when the autocorrected word appears - just swipe along the left or right side to select the right word.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Mj0MWiXDup7/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Keyboard adjustments, such as splitting for two-handed use or swiping the keyboard to a side for one-handed operation, are retained. A new addition is height adjustment, which either gives you more screen space to read your typed messages or enables thicker thumbs to get more space between letters, and thus&nbsp;reduce typos.</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="No more stretching exercises for short thumbs" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20OS%2003_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Mj0be5QulDE/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Features wise, the usual suspects are still around. Knock On is present and correct, and we love being able to double-tap the screen and glance at your notifications rather than having to pick up the G3 and click on the rear power button. But the M8 and Z2 also have that ability now - whereas they don&#39;t have LG&#39;s Knock Code. This lets you set a combination of taps to unlock your phone, and it quickly become essential.</p> <p dir="ltr">There&#39;s also a Dual Window function which works with LG and Google apps and which makes good use of all that screen space. The Samsung S5 can do the same thing, but is a little bit better in that it also works with third-party apps such as Evernote and Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Accessories: a window of shortcuts </div> </div> </div> <div class="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">This year, LG&rsquo;s adding a whole load of accessories to complement the G3. First and foremost is its flip cover, which adopts a circular porthole to display brief information rather than the G2&rsquo;s rectangular-shaped window. Similar to its predecessor, essential functions such as the music player, camera, call logs, messaging and LG&rsquo;s health tracker will appear in the small window. With the camera, it&rsquo;s particularly useful when you need to take a quick snapshot, while LG Health will guilt-trip you into walking home to shed those extra calories after that indulgent dinner.</p> <p dir="ltr">As for wireless charging, anything that conforms to the Qi standard will work, but LG&rsquo;s own wireless charger is quite a nifty little thing. While we didn&rsquo;t manage to try the unit in this review, we definitely like the idea of placing the phone upright and reading our emails while the wireless charger juices it up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 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="You don&#039;t even need to flip the cover to use the camera" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Accessories%2001_1.jpg?1404780194" /> </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="Add or remove shortcuts, it&#039;s all in your power to do so" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Accessories%2002_1.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Battery: better than expected </div> </div> </div> <div class="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&rsquo;re looking at a 2K screen. That&rsquo;s way more pixels for the 3000mAh battery to power, and despite LG&#39;s assurances to the contrary, it doesn&#39;t quite have the stamina that the G2 has.</p> <p dir="ltr">On average, we got about 15 hours from it. And given that our daily usage includes plenty of web surfing, Facebook and YouTube-watching, plus the usual calls and WhatsApp messages in-between and some intensive use of its 13MP camera, that&#39;s still pretty good</p> <p dir="ltr">As usual, we gave in to our sadistic streak, activated the G3&rsquo;s Wi-Fi connection and ran a full HD video at half brightness to stress test its uptime. Within the first hour, we noticed a 10% dip, and once we&rsquo;d switched over to a 4G connection at the 50% mark, the G3 managed a total mileage of nearly nine hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">So, while it doesn&#39;t quite manage the nearly invincible 19 hours of real world usage we got from the G2, the G3&#39;s 15-hour mileage comes pretty close, and is a testament to the power-saving features that LG has implemented. It also compares favourably to its rivals. We&#39;d put it on a par with the Z2 and S5 and slightly ahead of the M8. But they&#39;re all pretty close, and the fact is that as with most smartphones you&#39;ll get a day&#39;s use out of it then charge it up overnight.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On that front, its charger can stand toe-to-toe with The Flash, juicing up the unit to a full charge under two hours.&nbsp;Plus, with the battery now being removable, you can always carry a spare with you for emergencies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> LG G3 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">As we said at the start of this review, the G3 surprised us. While we hoped it would continue the great work started by the G2, we weren&#39;t expecting it to prove quite so much of a leap forward. Most phone upgrades these days are incremental, after all, but the G3 is manifestly better than its predecessor.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">And that&#39;s the case in almost every regard - from little touches such as the&nbsp;sleeker back buttons to the sophisticated look of its 20% brushed-metal body and major changes such as the bigger, better 2K screen and laser-assisted camera.</p> <p dir="ltr">The only way in which it&#39;s not better than the G2 is on battery life, but considering all that LG has crammed into the G3, the fact that it still lasts 15hrs is to be applauded.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ultimately, there&#39;s barely a single thing wrong with the G3 and so, so much that is right with it. Good luck trying to surprise us with the G4, LG.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The LG G3 - without question a 5-star smartphone" alt="LG G3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Verdict_2.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A staggeringly good smartphone with barely a single flaw. We love it</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 G3 review </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 simple yet so much better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_0.jpg?1404780194" /> </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/LG%20G3%20Main_0.jpg?1404780194" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review#comments Android G3 LG MWC 2014 Smartphones Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431636 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Huawei MediaPad X1 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/mwc-2014/video-huawei-mediapad-x1-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part phone, part tablet – Huawei’s hoping to go up against the likes of the Nexus 7 with its MediaPad X1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Huawei MediaPad X1 hands-on review " alt="Video: Huawei MediaPad X1 hands-on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-17%20at%2015.47.09.png?1395101171" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3352155383001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3352155383001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/mwc-2014/video-lg-g2-mini-hands-review/videoandroid/mwc-2014/video-lg-g2-mini-hands-review/video#comments Android G2 LG MWC 2014 Smartphones Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:29:05 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433703 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Huawei TalkBand B1 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/huawei/mwc-2014/video-huawei-talkband-b1-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A fitness tracker that doubles up a Bluetooth headset? This is clearly no ordinary wrist-mounted smartphone accessory </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Huawei TalkBand B1 hands-on review " alt="Video: Huawei TalkBand B1 hands-on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-11%20at%2012.37.54.png?1394586977" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3323259406001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3323259406001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/huawei/mwc-2014/video-huawei-talkband-b1-hands-review/video#comments Geek accessories Huawei MWC 2014 Wearable tech Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:45:52 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433595 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Sony Xperia M2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-m2-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t have RM2000 to spend on an Android smartphone? Sony&#039;s mid-ranger has plenty of style and just enough substance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Sony Xperia M2 hands-on review " alt="Video: Sony Xperia M2 hands-on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-10%20at%2014.10.42.png?1394498934" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3322852538001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3322852538001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-m2-hands-review/video#comments MWC 2014 Smartphones Sony Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:24:32 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433536 at http://www.stuff.tv Self-driving, smart-parking and owned by no-one: Ford's car of the future http://www.stuff.tv/my/ford/mwc-2014/self-driving-smart-parking-and-owned-no-one-fords-car-future/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paul Mascarenas, the motoring giant&#039;s Chief Technical Officer, tells us what we&#039;ll be driving (or what we&#039;ll be sitting in while it drives itself) in ten years&#039; time. </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="Ooooh, Mascarenas!" alt="Paul Mascarenas Ford" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/PAULMASCARENAS_SKV_0150.jpg?1394164972" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As one of the people in charge of Research and Innovation at the company that practically created modern manufacturing, Paul Mascarenas knows a thing or two about what the future of driving may hold. We caught up with Paul at MWC last week to ask him how long it&#39;ll be before your Fiesta becomes self-aware...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> global gridlock </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 giant multinantional companies like Ford, the big issues facing the world are also profit-or-loss issues, so Paul and his team are busy predicting what the next few decades hold for humanity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We study macro-level societal and economic trends,&quot; says Paul, &quot;and for us, one of the biggest factors is population growth. At the moment there&rsquo;s about seven billion people in the world, and and over the next few decades that&rsquo;ll grow to around nine billion. There&#39;ll be ecomonic growth, too, which is great news &ndash; new economies are starting to emerge, not just the Asian economies but in the Middle East and Africa, where people are able to buy a car now for the first time. When we look at the number of vehicles being used, there&rsquo;s about one billion vehicles in use today. At a conservative estimate, that grows to two to four billion by the middle of the century.&quot; </p> <p>Four <em>billion</em> cars. </p> <p id="E37" qowt-divtype="para" qowt-eid="E37">&quot;We also look at where people are living, and how they&rsquo;re living. A lot more people are concentrated in urban areas and megacities, so when you combine those things, you start to think about the issues associated with so many vehicles operating in dense areas. We call this scenario &lsquo;global gridlock&rsquo;.&quot;</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="Oh man, a traffic jam. Still, at least my car emits this cool blue scent" alt="Ford self-driving car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IntelligentVehicles_tra_0.jpg?1394164972" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> no more parking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fortunately, planet-wide traffic jams aren&#39;t a part of Ford&#39;s big plan. Just as Spotify made owning music recordings a thing of the past, the cars of the future could be vehicles you subscribe to, rather than own.</p> <p>&quot;If we&#39;re going to offer safe, affordable and efficient transport to millions of people around the world,&quot; says Paul, &quot;that might not involve the sort of traditional personal vehicle ownership model that we have today. Beyond personal ownership we&rsquo;ve got things like car sharing, and integrated systems, where Ford would offer a service that&rsquo;s still a journey from A to B, but to conduct that journey it would be a combination of a car and maybe a train or a bus.&quot;</p> <p>Parking in the megacity of the future will be, to a lot of people&#39;s relief, done by electronic valet: &quot;a car that you can just drop off, and it&rsquo;ll go off and park itself using vehicle-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-building communication, and you can get much denser parking.&quot;</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/IMG_6336.jpg?1394164972" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> the road to autonomous driving </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Various motor companies have self-driving prototypes on the road today, and Ford&#39;s autonomous research vehicle was on display at MWC, but Paul says the introduction of self-driving cars will be gradual. In fact, it has already begun.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;If you look at the new Focus,&nbsp;we&rsquo;ve already got very advanced active safety features: radar sensors, cameras and ultrasonic sensors that provide everything from automated parking that lets the car parallel-park itself with your hands off the steering wheel to active braking that works up to 50km/h. That&rsquo;s this year&rsquo;s car. But we&rsquo;ll progressively be offering more and more automated functions, so in the mid-term, around five years, we&rsquo;ll see things like traffic jam assistance, where it&rsquo;ll take the adaptive cruise control we&rsquo;ve got already and combine it with automated steering and braking, and have the vehicle drive itself in stop-start traffic up to 50-60kmph. That means that in the UK you&rsquo;re looking at something like the M25 in rush hour &ndash;the car will just drive itself,&nbsp;completely hands-free, and you can relax and do some other stuff.&quot; </p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ford/mwc-2014/ford-s-lidar-packing-self-driving-car-maps-road-360-degrees/news" target="_blank">Ford&#39;s LiDAR car can see in 360&deg;</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/google-drive-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature" target="_blank">Google, Drive: why you should be pumped about self-driving cars</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="Ford Traffic Jam Assist" alt="Ford Traffic Jam Assist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Traffic_Jam_Assist_06.jpg?1394164972" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> mind-reading cars </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 for the fiddly bits where it&#39;s still best to have a human in control, technology can still play a significant part. </p> <p>&quot;One of the areas that really excites me is how we can use wearables to enhance driving,&quot; says Paul. &quot;If you&rsquo;re wearing a band that measures your heart rate, the car can be measuring whether you&rsquo;re stressed or you&rsquo;re tired or distracted, and it can react to keep you safer. We&rsquo;re doing research into cognitive workload, which lets you sense via heart rate or breathing if you&rsquo;re in a stressful situation. So if you think of a stressful driving situation, such as pulling onto a busy roundabout &ndash; if the car knows you need to concentrate, it can block incoming calls and stop traffic alerts, so you have no distractions.&quot;</p> <p>All of which sounds pretty great, but when are we getting the flying cars? Because if it&#39;s a choice between self-driving cars and flying cars, we&#39;ll take flying every time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/audi/google-drive-why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature" target="_blank">Apple CarPlay brings iOS to your dashboard</a>&nbsp;</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="Sadly it won&#039;t automatically make rude gestures at idiots who change lanes without indicating" alt="Ford Traffic Jam Assist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Traffic_Jam_Assist_01.jpg?1394164972" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/ford/mwc-2014/self-driving-smart-parking-and-owned-no-one-fords-car-future/feature#comments Cars Ford MWC 2014 Self-Driving Cars Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:14:36 +0000 Elissa Loi 1433390 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Yotaphone 2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/yotaphone/mwc-2014/video-yotaphone-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With a larger screen, more powerful guts and full capacitive touch control of its E Ink screen, the second-gen Yotaphone looks set to impress </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Yotaphone 2 hands-on review" alt="Video: Yotaphone 2 hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-04%20at%2015.23.29.png?1393984447" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3287925796001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3287925796001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/nokia/mwc-2014/video-nokia-x-x-and-xl-hands-review/video#comments MWC 2014 Nokia Smartphones Sun, 02 Mar 2014 18:14:01 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433139 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-2/mwc-2014/video-samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-video-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung takes another stab at the wearables market with two almost identical smartwatches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on video review" alt="Video: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo hands-on video review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-03-01%20at%2016.21.20.png?1393734373" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3275802208001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3275802208001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-2/mwc-2014/video-samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-video-review/video#comments Gear 2 Gear 2 Neo Geek accessories MWC 2014 Samsung Sat, 01 Mar 2014 16:47:02 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433120 at http://www.stuff.tv Mobile World Congress 2014: the 10 best launches from the show http://www.stuff.tv/my/mwc-2014/mobile-world-congress-2014-10-best-launches-show/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here are ten products from Barcelona that caught our screen-weathered eyes </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="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-mwc.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, we made it folks. One week in Barcelona. Hundreds of gadgets. Lots of walking. And very, very little sleep.</p> <p>Mobile World Congress 2014 is officially over, but before we lay it to rest for another year, we&#39;ve picked out ten of our best launches from the show.</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"><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"> Samsung Galaxy S5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&#39;s massive launch with countless numbers of tech journalists saw it reveal quite possibly the most rumoured smartphone in history - the Galaxy S5. Packed full of tricks from a heart rate sensor to a fingerprint scanner and 16MP camera, it offers more than just a bump in power.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/mwc-2014/samsung-galaxy-s5-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 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="900" title="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965.JPG?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Sony Xperia Z2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Next to the S5, the Z2 generated the most smartphone buzz at the show. Sticking to Sony&#39;s tried and tested waterproof build, the Z2 brings beefier processing power along with 4K UHD video recording. The Z1&#39;s impressive 20.7MP camera is also welcomed back with open arms.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/hands-review-sony-xperia-z2/news" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 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="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-Xperia_Z_Ultra_Range.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Among the torrent of smart wrist-huggers we saw in Barcelona, the Galaxy Gear Fit stood out with its vibrant curved Super AMOLED screen. Less fussy than the camera-toting Gear 2, it wants to keep you on top of your fitness goals with a built-in heart rate sensor and S Health integration.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-gear-fit-hands-review-curved-display-heart-rate-sensor-fitness-band-gold/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit 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="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN0021_0.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Nokia X series </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nokia revealed its first ever Android devices at MWC, and while their spec sheets won&#39;t set your pulse racing, it&#39;s a very interesting development in the smartphone wars. With no Google Play Store in sight, Microsoft is hoping that the X series will be a Trojan Horse for its products in emerging markets.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nokia/mwc-2014/nokia-x-x-xl-hands-review-nokias-first-android-smartphones/feature" target="_blank">Nokia X, X+, XL: hands-on review of Nokia&#39;s first Android smartphones</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-x-and-xl_0.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> LG G Pro 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG&#39;s massive 5in beast impressed us with its fun-yet-secure Knock Code unlock feature, which lets you use screen tapping patterns to unlock it. It&#39;s post-shot picture focusing matches the Galaxy S5 too, and it brings OIS+ and 4K video recording to the imaging table to boot..</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g-pro-2/mwc-2014/lg-g-pro-2-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">LG G Pro 2 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="4000" height="3000" title="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9948_2.JPG?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Same great build and battery life, but minus the terrible low-res screen and struggling innards? Just what we wanted to see from Lenovo, and it thankfully delivered with its revised kickstand-toting tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lenovo/mwc-2014/lenovos-new-yoga-tablet-10-hd-olympic-gymnast/news" target="_blank">Lenovo&#39;s new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is like an Olympic gymnast</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lenovo-yoga-tablet-10-HD-tablet-001_0.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SanDisk Ultra microSDXC 128GB </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it&#39;s a microSD card, but look at that capacity - 128GB of magical memory. Seriously, where does it all go? It&#39;s a miniature Tardis that can supercharge your phone or tablet into a multimedia beast. Assuming they support that much expandable memory that is. The ideal accessory for the new Galaxy S5.</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="612" height="459" title="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sd-card.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Kazam Tornado 2 5.5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>British manufacturer Kazam might very well have unveiled the best bang-for-buck smartphone deal around, by announcing the &pound;200 (RM1100), octa-core 5.5in phablet - the Tornado 2 5.5. A 5.5in full HD display, dual SIM slots and 13MP camera finish off the insane (for the money) spec sheet. Here&#39;s to hoping that magical price point still stands at launch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/british-based-kazams-new-55in-200-octa-core-phablet-could-be-smartphone-deal-century/news" target="_blank">British-based Kazam&#39;s new 5.5in &pound;200 (RM1100) octa-core phablet could be the smartphone deal of the century</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="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kazam-tornado-2.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fujitsu Tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="480" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/k18rESw8d4/embed/" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The ultrasonic tech hidden beneath Fujitsu&#39;s concept tablet&#39;s screen was one of the most remarkable things we&#39;ve experienced at any tech show. Using ultrasonic inducers, it manages to recreate different textures which you can actually feel with your fingertips. It could revolutionise gaming and keyboards on portable devices, and we seriously can&#39;t wait to see where it leads us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fujitsu/mwc-2014/fujitsus-tablet-ultrasonic-haptic-feedback-most-amazing-thing-mwc/feature" target="_blank">Fujitsu&#39;s tablet with ultrasonic haptic feedback is the most amazing thing at MWC</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Yotaphone 2.0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 first Yotaphone was a nice proof of concept, and it plucked at our geek heartstrings in a way that they hadn&#39;t been plucked for a long time. Unfortunately though, it was slow, laggy, and notoriously difficult to navigate thanks to some unwieldy controls. The build quality wasn&#39;t great either. The second generation Yotaphone addresses all of these issues with a much nicer, rounded design, better specs and a touchscreen that doesn&#39;t want to make you commit Harakiri.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/mwc-2014/hands-yota-devices-next-gen-yotaphone/feature" target="_blank">Hands-on with Yota Devices&#39; next-gen Yotaphone</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress 2014 &ndash; the biggest MWC smartphone news so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" alt="Mobile World Congress 2014: 10 of the best launches from the show" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Yota2main.jpg?1394188897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MWC 2014: the 10 best launches </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"> Rounding up the best of Mobile World Congress 2014 </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/android-mwc_0.jpg?1393807839" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/mwc-2014/mobile-world-congress-2014-10-best-launches-show/feature#comments MWC 2014 Smartphones Tablets Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:28:55 +0000 Elissa Loi 1433088 at http://www.stuff.tv Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/my/android-44-kitkat/mwc-2014/video-lg-g-pro-hands-review/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG’s gigantophone is back and it’s bigger, better and even has a few neat tricks up its sleeve </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review " alt="Video: LG G Pro 2 hands-on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-02-28%20at%2010.15.54.png?1393639526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3269361997001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3269361997001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video: Samsung Gear Fit hands-on </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-fit/mwc-2014/video-samsung-gear-fit-hands-review/video#comments Gear Fit Geek accessories MWC 2014 Samsung Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:12:58 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433075 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on with Sony's life-logging SmartBand SWR10 fitness band http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It does much more than just track your activity, although it&#039;s not 100% clear why </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="Hands-on with Sony&#039;s life-logging SmartBand SWR10 fitness band" alt="Hands-on with Sony&#039;s life-logging SmartBand SWR10 fitness band" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-swr10-range.jpg?1393580269" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s no longer sufficient to just be an activity tracker.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The hardware: small, neat, thoughtfully designed </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 SmartBand SWR10&#39;s &#39;core&#39; is a small white oblong about the length of the tip of a tall man&#39;s thumb. It&#39;s water resistant to a meter down (fine for surface swimming) and houses a battery, movement sensors, a haptic feedback motor, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 LE for simple pairing and data transfer and four tiny green status LEDs. Battery life is a claimed five days.</p> <p>It&#39;s a versatile little tike, too. You can use it to control the music you&#39;re playing on your phone, and it provides feedback via a haptic motor, which can inform you of an incoming call, email or message. There are also three status LEDs that shine through the silicon band. We didn&#39;t get to try it out, but the information its capable of conveying seems limited enough that it&#39;s unlikely to get confusing.</p> <p>Off the bat the Core will come with a wristband accessory, allowing it to be worn on the wrist. The wristband itself is really nice - pliable, soft-touch silicon with a spun aluminium clasp. The Core slips right in and feels comfortable when you strap it on - good news, given that you&#39;re supposed to wear it 24/7.</p> <p>Numerous other band designs will be available, not to mention a Fitbit-like clip and a necklace, should the wrist thing not work for you.</p> <p>It&#39;s a neat little package, although there&#39;s no heart-rate sensor, so the activity data it gathers will be limited to physical movements. In that regard the Gear Fit is going to have more appeal for the active - the Core has a different audience in its sights.</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 SWR10 Core" alt="Sony SWR10 Core" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-swr10-core.jpg?1393580269" /> </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="Sony SWR10" alt="Sony SWR10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-swr10-band.jpg?1393580269" /> </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="Sony SWR10 leather" alt="Sony SWR10 leather" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-swr10-leather.jpg?1393580269" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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 software: it tracks everything… maybe too much </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony SmartBand SWR10&#39;s companion LifeLog app will work on any Android 4.4 device, and looks lovely. It presents a colourful grid of icons that represent the different activities you get up to in a day - not just your movement or where you&#39;ve been, but every way in which you&#39;ve used your device.</p> <p>It captures your browsing time, your gaming time, your sleep time, where you went and how fast you were going, the photos you&#39;ve taken, the music you&#39;ve listened to, and allows you to plot it all on a series of graphs that show how your usage varied throughout the day. You can see collections of photos based on locations and times. You can pinpoint the exact track you were listening to at a particular time, and it&#39;ll show you where you were when you were listening to it, too.</p> <p>It&#39;s a huge amount of data that&#39;s gathered, although Sony is at pains to point out it&#39;s data that only you can see. It also allows you to &#39;bookmark&#39; moments in your life with a tap of your SmartBand SWR10, so that you can pinpoint where a great restaurant was in an unfamiliar city, and even recall what song you listened to a you walked through its doors.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony LifeLog app" alt="Sony LifeLog app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-lifelog-app.jpg?1393580269" /> </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="Sony LifeLog app" alt="Sony LifeLog app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-lifelog-app-2.jpg?1393580269" /> </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="Sony LifeLog app" alt="Sony LifeLog app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-lifelog-app-3.jpg?1393580269" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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>There&#39;s even an additional accessory - the small, lapel-worn SmartBand SWR10 Camera, a prototype about which details are scant - which will capture images of your life as you go about it and feed them to the LifeLog app.</p> <p>Yep, that does sound quite neat, but we&#39;re not completely convinced that&#39;s we&#39;d actually use it. As a way of investigating and changing your habits, it&#39;s the most powerful and natural consumer solution we&#39;ve seen so far, but if you&#39;re not planning to change the way you live, the novelty could quickly wear off. Fitness tracking makes a great deal of sense - it gamifies a normally boring pursuit - but we&#39;re not sure every aspect of life needs to be incentivised with achievements.</p> <p>Although, frankly, that doesn&#39;t really matter - ignore the additional logging elements, and the SmartBand SWR10 is still a cut above most fitness bands functionality-wise, and doesn&#39;t dispense with any of the key functionality of rivals (Gear Fit accepted).</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="SmartBand SWR10 Camera" alt="SmartBand SWR10 Camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-lifeblog-camera.jpg?1393580269" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> 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>Sony&#39;s come up with a smarter a more versatile fitness band than most rivals. You&#39;ll pay a premium for it - it&#39;s double the price of a Fitbit Zip, and three times a Fitbug - but it introduces notifications and neat features such as water resistance and NFC pairing.</p> <p>The LifeLog app feels like overkill for us, but we&#39;re not going to hold it against the SmartBand SWR10 - you can ignore most of its functions after all. If it can justify that lofty pricetag, there&#39;s good reason to think Sony will be a fitness band force to be reckoned with.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature">MWC 2014: All the biggest news from Mobile World Congress</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/mwc-2014/hands-sonys-life-logging-smartband-swr10-fitness-band/feature#comments MWC 2014 Sony Wearable tech Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:37:57 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433044 at http://www.stuff.tv Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our eyeballs http://www.stuff.tv/my/mwc-2014/eyes-eye-tribe-we-play-fruit-ninja-using-nothing-our-eyeballs/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We go eyes-on with The Eye Tribe&#039;s magical pupil-scanning tech at MWC in Barcelona </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="1070" height="803" title="MWC 2014: Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our eyeballs" alt="MWC 2014: Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eye-tribe-main.jpg?1393574219" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smartphones and tablets aren&#39;t the only treasures to be discovered here at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tucked away in one of the massive halls is Danish company <a href="https://theeyetribe.com/" target="_blank">The Eye Tribe</a>, and its eye-tracking demo has turned many a head here in Barcelona, including ours.</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"><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"> How does it work? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/leap-motion/video-review-leap-motion-exciting-glimpse-touch-free-future/video" target="_blank">Leap Motion</a>, the Eye Tracker uses infrared red light to work its tracking magic. If you&#39;ve seen footage of people&#39;s faces being recorded with a night vision camera, you&#39;ll notice how brightly their eyes reflect the light, and that&#39;s how the Eye Tracker is able to detect where you&#39;re looking.</p> <p>It&#39;s accurate enough to track an area the size of a fingerprint after a brief calibration is set up, and you can then use your eyes to navigate around an OS.</p> <p>Currently only Windows is supported for consumers, but an OS X version is expected in April. We were shown an microUSB Android attachment nicknamed &#39;the dice&#39;, and the Android SDK will be available later this year.</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="MWC 2014: Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our eyeballs" alt="MWC 2014: Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eye-tribe-tablet.jpg?1393574219" /> </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="MWC 2014: Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our eyeballs" alt="MWC 2014: Eyes-on with The Eye Tribe: we play Fruit Ninja using nothing but our " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eye-tribe-phone.jpg?1393574219" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> What&#039;s it like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Scarily accurate. The calibration takes around ten seconds and involves you looking at circles that pop up around the display. You can&#39;t massively change the angle of how you hold the tablet after calibration, but there is still a decent amount of leeway.</p> <p>Looking at icons on a desktop instantly highlights them, and you can then tap anywhere on the screen to open up the selected app. We&#39;d prefer it if a long blink was used to open up selections instead, but we don&#39;t see why a few lines of code in an app can&#39;t add that functionality.</p> <p>Firing up Fruit Ninja really shows off the accuracy of the tracking. Our eyes seemed to move faster than our brain could even think, slicing up fruit the instant it appeared on the screen.</p> <p>It&#39;s an eerie sensation, almost as if we being remotely controlled by a powerful entity, and it left us very impressed.</p> <p>Creating combo chains proved to be a little difficult, almost as if our eyes were being tracked too well, but tweaking the sensitivity during calibration should be easy enough allowing for finer control.</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/iOcvBBsDTwk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Future </div> </div> </div> <div class="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 left The Eye Tribe&#39;s stand feeling rather excited. The technology works, and from our brief time spent with it, it appears to work well.</p> <p>It&#39;s also not a massive stretch to incorporate it into future tablets and smartphones. The &nbsp;IR emitter isn&#39;t expensive, and front-facing cameras on smartphones are good enough to track our eyes already.</p> <p>The Galaxy S4 demo unit we were shown had to have its front-facing camera&#39;s IR filter removed before it could track our eyes, but the hardware is cheap enough to make it accessible for future PCs, smartphones and tablets.</p> <p>Imagine a Kindle which lets you turn the page by simply looking at the bottom right corner. Or logging into a PC simply by looking at different parts of a photo in the correct order. The possibilities are endless, and we&#39;re can&#39;t wait to see more.</p> <p>Advertisers will of course be interested too. Pay-per-look ads on sites could also become a real possibility, though we&#39;re not sure how comfortable that would make users feel.</p> <p>We&#39;ll be keeping tabs on The Eye Tribe&#39;s progress so stay tuned for news in the near future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/backstage/mwc2014" target="_blank">Stuff Backstage: this is what life is really like at MWC 2014</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/2q9DarPET0o" 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/mwc-2014/eyes-eye-tribe-we-play-fruit-ninja-using-nothing-our-eyeballs/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/mwc-2014/eyes-eye-tribe-we-play-fruit-ninja-using-nothing-our-eyeballs/feature#comments Geek accessories MWC 2014 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:14:33 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433038 at http://www.stuff.tv Fujitsu's tablet with ultrasonic haptic feedback is the most amazing thing at MWC http://www.stuff.tv/my/fujitsu/mwc-2014/fujitsus-tablet-ultrasonic-haptic-feedback-most-amazing-thing-mwc/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It really can replicate different levels of friction on the same touchscreen display </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="Fujitsu&#039;s tablet with ultrasonic haptic feedback is the most amazing thing at MWC" alt="Fujitsu&#039;s tablet with ultrasonic haptic feedback is the most amazing thing at MW" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fujitsu-haptic-tablet.jpg?1393572425" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You simply have to try Fujitsu&#39;s ultrasonic tablet to know what the fuss is about.</p> <p>Although there have been dozens of attempts to enhance the touchscreen experience over the years, this is the first I&#39;ve tried that does so effectively. It&#39;s capable of truly incredible things.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smoother than the smoothest glass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I ran through a series of demos, starting with two images of elastoplast-like bands, one split down the middle to show two different surfaces, the second with three horizontal lines bisecting it. The top of the first elastoplast felt more slippery than any touchscreen I&#39;ve used before (the ultrasonics can make the screen feel smoother than it is in real life), but the bottom slowed my finger almost to stopping, such was the change in friction. In the second elastoplast I could feel the bumps as I rubbed my finger down the screen.</p> <p>Other demos included a slick-feeling pair of DJ decks, an image obscured by rough &#39;sand&#39; that could be rubbed off, a strokable crocodile and, my favourite, a Japanese zither that allowed me to pluck the strings individually.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="480" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/k18rESw8d4/embed/" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Such is the power of the ultrasonics that a paper receipt placed on the other end of the strings bounced as I ran my finger over them.</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="807" title="This crocodile&#039;s skin can be &#039;felt&#039; through the screen" alt="Fujitsu ultrasonic tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujitsu-haptic-tablet-2.jpg?1393572425" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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"> Very much a prototype </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aside from the feeling of different surfaces, the ultrasonic inducer also buzzes and clicks faintly at different pitches based on the type of surface you&#39;re touching. In many ways the demo is a little rough around the edges - the tablet needed to be plugged in to work, too, which suggests that either the demo eats a lot of power, or the prototype tablet is jury rigged together and the ultrasonic emitters aren&#39;t hooked up to the tablet&#39;s battery.</p> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/MKMl5lqDa9m/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>The technology currently works only with a single point of contact, too - the whole screen reacts to that point of contact, and feedback can&#39;t be more accurately localised&nbsp; - but it&#39;s very early days and will undoubtedly evolve. Down the line, a version that could replicate a two-thumb control pad on screen would transform mobile gaming.</p> <p>Fujitsu&#39;s track record with bringing its technology experiments to market, either in its own products on licensed to other vendors, is excellent - about 90% see manufacture. It hopes this one will hit retail in 2015.</p> <p>Honestly, that&#39;s excellent news - this is a technology everyone will want to get their hands on.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">MWC 2014 - all the biggest news from Mobile World Congress</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="699" title="Fujitisu haptic tablet" alt="Fujitisu haptic tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fujitsu-haptic-tablet-3.jpg?1393572425" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">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/fujitsu/mwc-2014/fujitsus-tablet-ultrasonic-haptic-feedback-most-amazing-thing-mwc/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/fujitsu/mwc-2014/fujitsus-tablet-ultrasonic-haptic-feedback-most-amazing-thing-mwc/feature#comments Fujitsu MWC 2014 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:27:00 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433031 at http://www.stuff.tv