Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/reviews en-MY Video review: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature packed phone on the planet http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/video-review-samsung-galaxy-s5-most-feature-packed-phone-planet/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S5 boasts fantastic specs and a gorgeous screen – but how does it fare against its high-end Android rivals? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature packed phone on the planet" alt="Video review: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature packed phone on the plan" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-18%20at%2018.10.29.png?1397877109" /> </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-3482514087001" 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="3482514087001" /> <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/galaxy-s5/video-review-samsung-galaxy-s5-most-feature-packed-phone-planet/video#comments Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:21:54 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435748 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC: optical zooms coming to smartphone cameras in 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-optical-zooms-coming-smartphone-cameras-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And HTC&#039;s camera expert expects to see them rivalling DSLRs for performance within two years </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="HTC: optical zooms coming to smartphone cameras in 2015" alt="HTC: optical zooms coming to smartphone cameras in 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8-camera.jpg?1397882912" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC&rsquo;s in-house camera expert Symon Whitehorn says that the company is beavering away on a solution for improving zoom quality in its smartphone cameras &ndash; and that he expects to see them rivalling DSLR cameras for performance within the next couple of years.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Companies have experimented with optical zooms in phones in the past &ndash; we recall a particularly gruesome Samsung dumbphone with a 10x optical zoom from around 8 years ago, and the same company&rsquo;s rather more svelte (but still huge, by smartphone standards) <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s4/samsung-galaxy-s4-zoom-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">Galaxy S4 Zoom</a>. But these are curios, not smartphones as most people understand them. HTC wants to change that.</p> <p>&ldquo;Optical zooming for smartphones is not that far off for HTC,&rdquo; says Whitehorn. &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t give to much away, but within 12-18 months we&rsquo;ll see huge advances in phone optics.&rdquo;</p> <p>The result, Whitehorn believes, will be phones that equal all but the best dedicated cameras when it comes to image quality. Surely that&rsquo;s a threat to the camera business, though? Whitehorn doesn&rsquo;t necessarily think so: &ldquo;What we&rsquo;ll see is these things working more harmoniously together. Camera companies will start to embrace the ecosystem we have in phones, and the two will start working in partnerships.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://blog.vodafone.co.uk/2014/04/18/htc-talks-camera-tech-optical-zooming/" target="_blank">Vodafone</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4-zoom_0.jpg?1397882912" /> </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/htc/htc-optical-zooms-coming-smartphone-cameras-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-optical-zooms-coming-smartphone-cameras-2015/news#comments Cameras HTC Smartphones Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:04:20 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435757 at http://www.stuff.tv Google releases standalone camera app http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-releases-standalone-camera-app/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New features up the ante with better usability, fancy blur </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Google releases standalone camera app" alt="Google releases standalone camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Google%20Camera%20app.jpg?1397804078" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-07e5e5e9-7363-31f8-3852-d4020f85c434">Remember when we said that Google was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-aims-selfie-crowd-upcoming-android-camera-update/news" target="_blank">updating its camera app</a>, possibly separate from an Android update? Well it&rsquo;s happened, and the big G has just unveiled its standalone camera app. It&#39;s currently only available in certain countries though.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prettier pictures, yes? </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" id="docs-internal-guid-07e5e5e9-7364-d8d8-2608-534e14cf7cfa">One thing you&rsquo;ll notice on the new app is that the viewfinder is now 100 per cent, and it allows you to capture images in maximum resolution. For those with larger fingers, the extra large capture button sure helps, especially if you&rsquo;re not into using a standalone camera button or don&rsquo;t have one.</p> <p dir="ltr">There&#39;s also an improved panorama feature to play around with, and a fun 360-degree photo sphere that used to be a Google Nexus-exclusive function.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Of course, Google couldn&#39;t miss out everyone&#39;s favourite feature of the moment, Lens Blur, more commonly known as bokeh - which is just a fancy way of saying you&#39;re blurring the background of your shot with a shallow depth-of-field. It even allows you to change the subject in focus after you take the shot, just like on many of today&#39;s flagship phones. Eat your heart out, Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to Google, the algorithms used to create the 3D photo run entirely on the mobile device. Interestingly, the algorithms are like those used in 3D mapping features like Google Maps, which is pretty impressive.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you manage to get access to the US Google Play store, you can download the app <a href="http://goo.gl/llsZjx" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+android/posts/86JHD2mWW6k" target="_blank">Google</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Prettier pictures, yes?" alt="Prettier pictures, yes?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/goog%20camera%20app.jpg?1397804078" /> </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/google-releases-standalone-camera-app/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google-releases-standalone-camera-app/news#comments Android Android apps Cameras Google Smartphones Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:52:22 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1435710 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two of Android’s most powerful handsets go head-to-head in our spec-off </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="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z2-vs-htc-one-m8.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday saw the official launch of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-m8-finally-announced-here-are-10-things-you-need-know/news">HTC One (M8)</a>, and our pre-announcement suspicions were correct: it&rsquo;s a beast of a phone when it comes to specifications.</p> <p>But how does HTC&rsquo;s new range-topper measure up against another flagship Android smartphone, the soon-to-be-launched Sony Xperia Z2? Ladies and gents, join us as we take an in-depth look&hellip;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design: not quite the same One </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>At first glance you could be forgiven for confusing both of these phones with their predecessors.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) is fairly similar to the original One on the outside, the main differences being its dual lens rear camera, its dual LED flash and the on-screen buttons replacing hardware controls. As far as the body itself goes, there&#39;s more metal and less plastic, while the metal is slightly more burnished and its brushed effect more pronounced. The&nbsp;corners are also slightly more rounded. So its DNA is largely derived from the 2013 HTC One, and that&rsquo;s something everyone should be happy about, because the 2013 HTC One is simply one of the best-constructed smartphones around. That the 2014 One shares its beautifully engineered, rock-solid aluminium unibody is to its credit &ndash; and you can read more about that in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/stuff-cool-list-2013-how-htc-designed-world-s-most-desirable-phone/feature">our look at how the One was designed</a>. The One (M8) weighs 160g and is 9.4mm thick.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z2 has less in common with the Xperia Z1 than the One (M8) does with the One, but Sony&rsquo;s phones still bear a strong family resemblance: as with the HTC phone, the Z2 blends glass and metal near-seamlessly, and like its forebear it&rsquo;s fully sealed against water and dust &ndash; you can take the Z2 into the shower or bathtub with you for up to 30 minutes and it will not mind one little bit.</p> <p>Despite its slightly larger screen (5.2in to 5in), the Z2 is a fair bit skinnier than the HTC One (M8) at just 8.2mm in depth. It does weigh a tiny bit more however: 163g.</p> <p>Looks-wise, both phones are handsome in their own way. The One (M8) is a little brasher and bolder in its lines and use of brushed metal, and just as that might appeal to certain people, we can certainly imagine others preferring Sony&rsquo;s altogether more understated approach.</p> <p>Overall it&rsquo;s tough to call a winner before we&rsquo;ve had the chance to handle both phones on a longer-term basis. Both appear to be extremely solidly constructed (although the Sony&rsquo;s IP55/IP58 protection suggests it&rsquo;s the hardier handset) and each has its own unique appeal when it comes to design. Until we&rsquo;ve reviewed both phones fully, we&rsquo;re calling this round a draw.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/mwc-2014/video-sony-xperia-z2-hands-review/video">Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on video 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="HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-back-front.jpg?1397790897" /> </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 Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-hands-on_0.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen time </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>Full HD has firmly established itself as the minimum standard display resolution for flagship smartphones, and both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) offer screens with 1920 x 1080 pixels.</p> <p>The One (M8) has a 5in display, while the Xperia Z2 offers a 5.2in screen. That makes the (M8)&rsquo;s pixel density slightly higher, but you&rsquo;d have to have the eyes of a hawk to see any real difference in sharpness deriving from that. At the time of writing we&rsquo;ve yet to test the Z2, but the One (M8)&rsquo;s screen is sharp with &ldquo;satisfyingly vibrant&rdquo; colours and solid off-axis viewing angles.</p> <p>Based on specs and size along, this one&rsquo;s too close to call. We&rsquo;ll have to spend some time with both phones before we can judge which has the better screen.</p> <p><strong>Winner: </strong>Undeclared for now</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/4-reasons-youll-really-really-want-htc-one-m8/feature">4 reasons why you&#39;ll really, really want an HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-screen.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-screen.jpg?1397790897" /> </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: a tale of two lenses </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 has made the Xperia Z2&rsquo;s camera one of its defining features. It uses a 20.7MP sensor that&rsquo;s physically large (1/2.3in in size) for more light-gathering capabilities. The camera features a Background Defocus mode, which takes two shots and merges them together to give the impression of a short depth of field. On the video front, it can record 4K footage (at a resolution of 3840 x 2160) or 120fps 720p footage for super slo-mo playback, and SteadyShot image stabilisation helps videos look rock solid even when your hands aren&rsquo;t.</p> <p>HTC has also put a lot of effort into the One (M8)&rsquo;s photo and video skills. As with the original One, the rear camera uses an UltraPixel sensor &ndash; in this case each pixel is 2 micrometres in size and the sensor itself is 1/3in. The number of actual megapixels is low though: just 4MP, like the original One. What it means is that low light images are less noisy and sharper, but also that you can&rsquo;t zoom in to crop your shots without them looking blocky. This time there&rsquo;s an iPhone 5s-style dual LED flash to help deliver more natural-looking skin tones and, most interestingly, a second rear camera that captures &ldquo;depth information&rdquo;; this essentially allows you to refocus shots after you&rsquo;ve taken them (a little like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review">Lytro</a> camera). On the video front, there&rsquo;s 1080p but no 4K.</p> <p>On the front-facing camera, er, front, the One (M8)&rsquo;s has a 5MP sensor and 1080p video capabilities, while the Xperia Z2&rsquo;s has a 2.2MP sensor, also compatible with 1080p. The One (M8), on paper at least, is the better selfie-taking tool.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;ll wait on our Sony Xperia Z2 full review results before making a final judgement, it seems like the two handsets each offer something slightly different: in bright conditions, the Z2&rsquo;s high megapixel count should mean excellent detail in shots, while the One (M8) may well offer the best low-light performance (plus the ability to &ldquo;save&rdquo; out-of-focus images thanks to the second rear lens). The Sony also offers better video capture, and we&rsquo;re just leaning towards it as our weigh-in winner.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Sony Xperia Z2</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="HTC One (M8)&#039;s dual lens rear camera" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-dual-cameras.jpg?1397790897" /> </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 Xperia Z2 camera app" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-camera_1.jpg?1397790897" /> </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"> 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>Both the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One (M8) feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz, but Sony pairs it with 3GB of RAM while HTC has plumped for 2GB.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve yet to review the Xperia Z2 and run it through the usual benchmarks, but given that the HTC One (M8) scored 36,149 in AnTuTu we&rsquo;re expecting something a little higher. And the (M8) is the fastest phone we&rsquo;ve ever tested here at Stuff.</p> <p>HTC has created a beast of a smartphone which, during our hours with it, has ploughed through HD movies, graphics-heavy games, benchmarking tools and more with nary a stutter. And as long as Sony hasn&rsquo;t done something odd with the Z2, it should be even better than that.</p> <p>In terms of battery life, the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s 2600mAh performed admirably in our review, matching the LG G2 in our normal battery rundown test (a drain of 6 per cent per hour with looped HD video at half brightness and all data turned on). We have yet to see how the Xperia Z2 copes with the same test, but its 3000mAh battery should, in theory, deliver slightly more life (even accounting for the larger screen size).</p> <p>The Z2 seems to hold a slight edge over the One (M8) thanks to its extra GB of RAM and larger capacity battery. We&rsquo;ll know for sure after we&rsquo;ve benchmarked and tested it.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Sony Xperia Z2</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2: 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="Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-elysium.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M8) showing AnTuTu" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 AnTuTu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-antutu.jpg?1397790897" /> </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"> User interface and OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones use Android 4.4 KitKat for their operating system, but each has its manufacturer&rsquo;s own touches applied.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) has the new Sense 6.0 interface, which builds on previous versions by improving BlinkFeed, HTC&rsquo;s &ldquo;social reader&rdquo; which brings automatic updates from your favourite sources to the home screen. Previously sources were limited to official partners, but now you can add any site with an RSS feed and the software also learns which sites you like best and thus prioritises them. Other nice touches include the ability to turn on the screen by tapping it twice, or to swipe from various sides to go straight into BlinkFeed, your last-opened app or your home screen.</p> <p>Sony traditionally goes for a more hands-off approach when skinning Android, but it has made a few tweaks for the Z2.</p> <p>One of these is a Smart Backlight feature, which automatically turns off the screen when you&rsquo;re no longer looking at it - good news for battery life.&nbsp;You&#39;ll also be able to answer or reject calls via hand gestures, and as with the One (M8) you can wake the phone with a simple double-tap. Finally, there&#39;s&nbsp;support for Glove Mode &ndash; a boon in chilly weather.</p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> Draw</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature">Apple iPhone 5s 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="Blinkfeed on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Which smartphone? HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 Blinkfeed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m8-blinkfeed.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the HTC One (M8) is a wonderful phone that we&rsquo;ve actually been able to review, it seems that the Sony Xperia Z2 is better on paper &ndash; albeit marginally.</p> <p>Without fully testing the Z2 we can&rsquo;t say with 100 per cent certainty that&nbsp;it&rsquo;s the superior phone,&nbsp;but in a couple of areas &ndash; on paper, at least &ndash; it edges out the One (M8). But it&rsquo;s going to be a very close-run thing either way, and if you&rsquo;re in the market for a new Android phone we&rsquo;d suggest you wait until our full review before making your choice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-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"> HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 </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"> Both look so pretty, but there can be only one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-vs-htc-one-m8_0.jpg?1397790897" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2-weigh/feature#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:14:59 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1434388 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 6 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATED 17/04/14: new iPhone battery photos add more fuel to the large screen fire </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="910" height="683" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-render.jpg?1397791273" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-5/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5</a> owner who has yet to snap up the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5c/review" target="_blank">5c</a>, chances are you&rsquo;re holding out for the next iteration of the iPhone, like a sensible gadgeteer.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Makeover time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s very likely that the iPhone 6&rsquo;s design will be different enough from the iPhone 5s to earn it its all-new number.</p> <p>Traditionally, &lsquo;s&rsquo; devices have kept the same design as their predecessors, with major differences appearing on the insides.</p> <p>Apple will get a lot of flak if the iPhone 6 turns out to be a 5s with faster innards, so we&rsquo;re expecting an all-new aluminium design.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s currently no indication as to what the iPhone 6 will look like, but that hasn&rsquo;t stopped artist <a href="http://www.ciccaresedesign.com/2013/10/30/iphone-air/" target="_blank">Frederico Ciccarese</a> from creating an iPad-inspired iPhone 6 render, which borrows the curved metal back and shiny chamfered edges from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review" target="_blank">iPad Mini</a>.</p> <p>The renders keep the Touch ID fingerprint sensor Home button, which we expect to see return in the iPhone 6 as well.</p> <p><strong>Update 09/01/14</strong>&nbsp;A reportedly genuine metal&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/incredibly-thin-iphone-6-case-leaks/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6 casing</a>&nbsp;has been posted to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.weibo.com/1823630913/Ar1XV5QlI" target="_blank">Weibo</a>&nbsp;by Chinese site CTech.</p> <p>Apart from appearing to be ludicrously thin, it&#39;s also wider and taller, supporting rumours of a larger screen.</p> <p>If true, it means the iPhone 6 will have the largest screen of any iPhone to date, letting it finally compete with its Android phablet rivals.</p> <p>Designer Martin Hajek has also created some beautiful renders based on schematics leaked by previously reliable Japanese site Macotakara.</p> <p><strong>Update 17/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>French site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/iphone-6-photo-batteries-96474/" target="_blank">Nowehereelse.fr</a>&nbsp;has posted spy shots of reportedly genuine iPhone 6 batteries. Interestingly, the connector pins have shifted from the side to the top, suggesting that an internal redesign has occurred to help make way for a larger screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="728" height="546" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render-2.jpg?1397791273" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-case-leak_2_1.jpg?1397791273" /> </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="1105" height="829" title="Gorgeous, isn&#039;t it?" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render-schematics_0_0.jpg?1397791273" /> </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="280" height="210" title="Could the batteries point to a larger screen?" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-battery-leak_1.jpg?1397791273" /> </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"> Big screen at last – and solar 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>Apple needs to bump up the screen size of the iPhone 6 if it wants to compete with the large 5in full HD screens of competitors like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S4</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>.</p> <p>Japanese tech publication MacFun believes that the iPhone 6 will have a 5in full HD display, which should go a long way towards silencing the mocking laughter of Android fans who are already strolling around with their larger pixel-packed screens.</p> <p>However, <a href="http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/mobile-phones/1297255/iphone-6-release-date-specs-price-news-rumours" target="_blank">Expert Reviews</a> believes that the iPhone 6&rsquo;s screen might have an even higher 2,272x1,280 resolution so that existing apps can be scaled up easily.</p> <p>The screen is also expected to be a Sharp IXGO display, which means that Apple can shave off a few precious millimteres of thickness by giving the iPhone 6 a thinner, more power efficient screen.</p> <p>There are also rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a <a href="http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/%E2%80%9Dhttp://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/11/05/apple-plant-arizona/3440009/%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">super-hard sapphire glass display</a>, which will be produced by GT Advanced Technologies which already produces the camera lens and Touch ID home button sapphire glass.</p> <p>That means that nothing short of a diamond will be able to make a mark on the iPhone 6&rsquo;s screen, which will be a very welcome upgrade indeed.</p> <p><strong>Update 11/11/13:</strong>&nbsp;Whelp, things are about to get pretty confusing. According to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-10/apple-said-developing-curved-iphone-screens-enhanced-sensors.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, Apple is working on 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone models. Whether or not these are experimental&nbsp;prototypes&nbsp;or final products remains to be seen, but at least we can generally agree that, whatever the final size, the iPhone 6 will arrive with the biggest screen yet seen on an&nbsp;Apple&nbsp;smartphone.</p> <p>Not only that, but Bloomberg&#39;s source also states that the iPhone 6 will arrive with a curved glass display which &nbsp;wraps around the edge of the device. Watch out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">LG G Flex</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-gets-all-curvy-first-galaxy-round/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Round</a>.</p> <p><strong>Update 21/01/14</strong>&nbsp;Analyst Sun Changxu&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphones-iphones-everywhere-apple-prepping-47in-and-57in-iphone-6-june-launch/news" target="_blank">backs up</a>&nbsp;Bloomberg&#39;s claims of smaller and larger iPhone 6 variants, differing only in the specifics &ndash; apparently the larger iPhone will sport a 5.7in screen.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/01/14&nbsp;</strong>Another day, another analyst chipping in with more claims of a big-screen iPhone. This time it&#39;s the Cowen Group&rsquo;s Timothy Arcuri who&#39;s been consulting the entrails and the paths of migrating birds (or, you know, sources in the supply chain), concluding that the iPhone 6 is&nbsp;<a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/01/22/analyst-apples-iphone-6-design-locked-down-with-48-display-80211ac-wi-fi" target="_blank">&quot;locked down&quot;</a>&nbsp;with a 4.8in screen.</p> <p>Oh, and finally, Apple is also reportedly tinkering away on a pressure-sensitive display which can detect how hard&nbsp;you&#39;re&nbsp;pressing it, although it&#39;s unlikely that the magical tech will be present in the next iPhone.</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="717" height="538" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render-3.jpg?1397791273" /> </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"> More megapixels </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 iPhone 5s has an excellent camera with dual-tone flash for more natural colour reproduction, and we expect the same flash to remain in the iPhone 6.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given the iPhone 6&rsquo;s larger screen (and therefore larger build) though, we could also see a bump in megapixels and sensor size as there&rsquo;ll be more room for Apple to play around with.</p> <p><strong>Update 13/01/14:&nbsp;</strong>China&#39;s Nomura Security has told the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slashgear.com/iphone-6-camera-tipped-to-retain-8-megapixel-sensor-11312866/" target="_blank">China Post</a>&nbsp;that the iPhone 6 won&#39;t be bumping up its megapixel count.&nbsp;</p> <p>Instead, it&#39;ll apparently keep the same 8MP camera that&#39;s currently nestled inside the iPhone 5s, with one major improvement &ndash; optical image stabilisation (OIS).</p> <p>OIS is already present in impressive smartphone cameras like the ones found in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, and it should provide iPhone 6 owners with sharper, more detailed shots in low-light conditions, thanks to longer shutter speeds resulting in the capture of more light.</p> <p>This is supported by a recent OIS&nbsp;<a href="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;d=PG01&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&amp;r=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;s1=%2220140009631%22.PGNR.&amp;OS=DN/20140009631&amp;RS=DN/20140009631#ystfuv" target="_blank">Apple patent&nbsp;</a>which outlines the use of a coil and magnet assembly for driving the movement of the lens.</p> <p>Coupled with improved auto-focus and the iPhone 5s&#39; impressive camera performance, the iPhone 6&#39;s photos are unlikely to disappoint, even without an increase in megapixels.</p> <p><strong>Update 05/02/14:​&nbsp;</strong>Chinese site&nbsp;<a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13915359198786&amp;key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2014%2F02%2F04%2Fiphone-6-10-mp-camera%2F&amp;v=1&amp;libId=d064750e-0d94-440b-a6dd-52516d366b17&amp;out=http%3A%2F%2Fmobile.it168.com%2Fa2014%2F0202%2F1590%2F000001590839.shtml&amp;title=iPhone%206%20Rumored%20to%20Include%2010%2B-Megapixel%20Camera%20with%20f%2F1.8%20Aperture%20and%20Improved%20Filter%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&amp;txt=Chinese%20website%20%3Cem%3EIT168%3C%2Fem%3E" target="_blank">IT168</a>&rsquo;s sources now believe that the iPhone 6 will land with a 10MP camera, contradicting previous rumours of an 8MP snapper.</p> <p>Megapixels aren&rsquo;t everything though, and the iPhone 6 will also apparently arrive with an f/1.8 aperture lens &ndash; an improvement over the iPhone 5s&rsquo; current f/2.2 lens.</p> <p>iPhone 6 users can expect to take pictures with a shallower depth of field, keeping subjects in sharp focus while blurring the background.</p> <p>The site also believes that Apple will opt for a new resin lens filter, created by Japanese manufacturer JSR.</p> <p>The filter itself is found in digital cameras with CMOS image sensors and it&rsquo;s lighter and thinner than existing IR filters. The benefits of the newer filter are likely to be clearer shots and more accurate colours.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-could-have-10mp-camera-f18-aperture-and-improved-filter/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6 could have a 10MP camera with f/1.8 aperture and improved filter</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Update 02/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>The iPhone 6 is reportedly so thin that its rear camera will stick out slightly like the one found on the latest-gen iPod Touch. Coupled with an&nbsp;<a href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&amp;Sect2=HITOFF&amp;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&amp;r=1&amp;p=1&amp;f=G&amp;l=50&amp;d=PTXT&amp;S1=(359%2F828.CCLS.+AND+20140401.PD.)&amp;OS=ccl/359/828+and+isd/4/1/2014&amp;RS=(CCL/359/828+AND+ISD/20140401)" target="_blank">Apple patent&nbsp;</a>which outlines how a protruding lens could be surrounded by a bayonet mount for interchangeable lenses, this could be big news for smartphone snappers.</p> <p>The patent describes how the different lenses like wide-angle or fisheye offerings can be securely screwed over a camera lens. The system is much more secure than magnetic attachment, and if if true, the iPhone 6 will be even more of a formidable pocket camera than the iPhone 5s already is.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6/news" target="_blank">Is this the iPhone 6?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-camera_1.jpg?1397791273" /> </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="280" height="210" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-camera-bayonet-patent_0_0.jpg?1397791273" /> </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"> Beefier insides </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s 64-bit A7 processor is already blazing fast, but if previous generations of iPhones are anything to go by, we could see a souped-up A7x processor beating within the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 could also be the first iPhone to sport 2GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, though we imagine the latter will bump up the price by a considerable amount.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/01/14:&nbsp;</strong>Analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company&nbsp;<a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/01/22/analyst-apples-iphone-6-design-locked-down-with-48-display-80211ac-wi-fi" target="_blank">reckons</a>&nbsp;that the new iPhone will play nice with the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, as found in the 2013 line of Macs and Apple&#39;s AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers.</p> <p><strong>Update 18/03/14:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;ESM-China&#39;s chief analyst&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gforgames.com/gadgets/iphone-6-pressure-temperature-humidity-sensors-40937/" target="_blank">Sun Chang Xu</a>&nbsp;believes that Apple will include pressure, temperature and humidity senors in the iPhone 6.</p> <p>The pressure sensor will measure atmospheric pressure as opposed to blood pressure, which is instead a skill that&#39;s expected to be a part of the iWatch&#39;s sensory arsenal for iOS 8&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8-could-track-your-fitness-new-healthbook-app/news" target="_blank">Healthbook app</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch: price, specs, release date - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p>The environmental sensors are expected to be managed by the iPhone 6&#39;s M7 motion co-processor, which&#39;ll leave&nbsp;iPhone 6&#39;s main processor (expected to be the A7x) free to run more demanding apps and games.</p> <p>While weather apps already take care of temperature and humidity information for your general area, there is one&nbsp;overlooked bonus - GPS accuracy. When a GPS reading is combined with barometer data, devices can more accurately pinpoint your position, orientation and velocity,&nbsp;cutting down on the number of calculations required to get a GPS lock.</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="800" height="600" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-a7x-processor-mockup_0.jpg?1397791273" /> </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"> Bigger tank </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 extra space created by the iPhone 6&rsquo;s larger body should result in a bigger battery, which will be a crucial requirement if Apple wants to retain the iPhone 5s&rsquo; battery life despite a larger, more pixel-packed display on offer.</p> <p><strong>Update 28/01/14&nbsp;</strong>The iPhone 6 could feature solar charging tech built into the screen, according to a report by&nbsp;<a href="http://seekingalpha.com/article/1968091-apples-solar-powered-iphone-6-and-ipod-touch-under-a-sapphire-hood" target="_blank">Seeking Alpha</a>&#39;s Matt Margolis. He&#39;s pieced together evidence from different sources&nbsp;&ndash; including Apple job postings for &quot;thin films engineers&quot; with solar experience and expenditure on sapphire materials and cutting-edge lasers&nbsp;&ndash; to reach his conclusion.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2014/01/26/will-iphone-6-improve-battery-life-by-inscribing-solar-cells-in-sapphire-glass-coated-screens/" target="_blank">Forbes</a>&nbsp;notes that solar charging technology would enable Apple to keep battery weight down, allowing for a lighter, thinner device. And the technology isn&#39;t that far-fetched; Alcatel demoed its own solar charging screen technology at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ces-2014/ces-2014-all-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> iOS 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We expect the iPhone 6 models to be labelled with the same price tags as their iPhone 5s counterparts.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update 21/01/14</strong>&nbsp;Analyst Sun Changxu and blogger Eldar Murtazin&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/iphones-iphones-everywhere-apple-prepping-47in-and-57in-iphone-6-june-launch/news" target="_blank">both claim</a>&nbsp;that the iPhone 6 will launch in June 2014, pointing to &quot;shorter cycles for the whole industry.&quot; A launch so soon after the September 2013 debut of the iPhone 5s would mark a break from the norm, but it would make for a big announcement at Apple&#39;s Worldwide Developers Conference.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/01/14&nbsp;</strong>Analyst Timothy Arcuri may agree with his fellow financial wizards on the iPhone 6&#39;s boosted screen size, but he differs in his opinion of when it&#39;s going to launch. Citing sources within the supply chain, he claims that the iPhone 6 will launch in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/22/iphone-6-80211ac/" target="_blank">September</a>, as its predecessors have.</p> <p><strong>Update 03/02/14:&nbsp;</strong>iOS 8 is expected to have a built-in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8-could-track-your-fitness-new-healthbook-app/news" target="_blank">Healthbook app&nbsp;</a>which will be able to track steps taken, calories burned and distance travelled, in addition to keeping a tally on your weight loss.&nbsp;</p> <p>Healthbook will go deeper than this however, and it&#39;ll be able to track your blood pressure, heart rate and hydration levels, in addition to glucose levels. With the right accessories of course. An iWatch or other wearable could potentially tick that box, and the Healthbook app&#39;s interface itself is reportedly based on Apple&#39;s existing Passbook app and will offer extra functionality including medication reminders.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8/review">Everything you need to know about iOS 8</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-8-could-track-your-fitness-new-healthbook-app/news" target="_blank">iOS 8 could track your fitness with new Healthbook app</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ios-7_0_0.jpg?1397791273" /> </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"> Price and release date </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 expect the iPhone 6 models to be labelled with the same price tags as their iPhone 5s counterparts.&nbsp;</p> <p>While a few rumours have pointed to a June 2014 release date, we can&rsquo;t see Apple releasing it so soon after the launch of the 5s, so we&rsquo;re tentatively chalking up late September 2014 as the iPhone 6 launch period, until we hear anything more solid that is.</p> <p><strong>Update 21/01/14</strong>&nbsp;Analyst Sun Changxu and blogger Eldar Murtazin&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphones-iphones-everywhere-apple-prepping-47in-and-57in-iphone-6-june-launch/news" target="_blank">both claim</a>&nbsp;that the iPhone 6 will launch in June 2014, pointing to &quot;shorter cycles for the whole industry.&quot; A launch so soon after the September 2013 debut of the iPhone 5s would mark a break from the norm, but it would make for a big announcement at Apple&#39;s Worldwide Developers Conference.</p> <p><strong>Update 23/01/14&nbsp;</strong>Analyst Timothy Arcuri may agree with his fellow financial wizards on the iPhone 6&#39;s boosted screen size, but he differs in his opinion of when it&#39;s going to launch. Citing sources within the supply chain, he claims that the iPhone 6 will launch in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/22/iphone-6-80211ac/" target="_blank">September</a>, as its predecessors have.</p> <p><strong>Update 27/03/14</strong> <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140326PD212.html">Digitimes</a> reports that Apple has only just placed orders with two smartphone battery suppliers in the Far East. That suggests that the iPhone 6 is not yet in mass production, which in turn points to a release this autumn (September, most likely) rather than June.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-unveils-cheaper-8gb-iphone-5c-brings-back-ipad-4-and-kills-ipad-2/news" target="_blank">Apple unveils cheaper 8GB iPhone 5c</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-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>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update 16/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;A reportedly genuine leak of an iPhone 6 manufacturing mould once again points to at least one larger iPhone in the works. French site&nbsp;<a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.nowhereelse.fr/iphone-6-dimensions-moule-96433/&amp;hl=en&amp;langpair=auto|en&amp;tbb=1&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">Nowhereelse.fr</a>&nbsp;has scaled up the image using the iPhone 4s for comparison, and it believes that we could be looking at around a 4.7in screen size, which fits in with all the rumours we&#39;ve heard so far.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6-leak-points-larger-47in-screen/news" target="_blank">iPhone 6 leak points to a larger 4.7in screen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-case-2_1.jpg?1397791273" /> </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="280" height="210" title="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-mould-leak_0_1.jpg?1397791273" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> 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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/iphone-6-render.jpg?1397791273" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review#comments Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:17:07 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1428786 at http://www.stuff.tv 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"> Updated 17/04/14: The G3 could arrive in both 1080p and 2K screen flavours, with a gold body to boot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SAM_6014_0.JPG?1397789277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> earned itself both the Smartphone and Gadget of the Year accolades at the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2013" target="_blank">2013 Stuff Gadget Awards</a>, and it&rsquo;s currently sitting at the number one spot in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 Smartphones list</a>. That&rsquo;s quite a bit of pressure to put on its successor, the G3, and it&rsquo;s got a lot to live up to if it wants to do LG proud once again.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scrumptious screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Leaked specs courtesy of Korean site <a href="http://www.asiae.co.kr/news/view.htm?sec=it5&amp;idxno=2014011709555222974" target="_blank">Asia Economic</a> state that the G3 will have a 5.5in display (slightly larger than the G2&rsquo;s 5.2in offering), along with a stunning 2560x1440 Quad HD (QHD) resolution.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s an eye-watering 534 pixels per inch, and goes well beyond earning its Retina Display medal.</p> <p>If true then the G3 will boast the most pixel-packed display out of all of its major competitors. Both the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z2-sirius/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z2</a>&nbsp;have retained their 1080p displays, and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>&nbsp;is expected to keep its full HD resolution as well.</p> <p><strong>Update 13/03/14:&nbsp;</strong>Twitter tech leaker<a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/444041675803869184" target="_blank">&nbsp;@evleaks&nbsp;</a>has outed part of a user agent profile for an LG device which goes by the model number LG D850, and it has a 2560 x 1440 screen nestled in its specs.</p> <p>The model number doesn&#39;t match up with any known LG devices, so it&#39;s likely that D805 points to a newer, unreleased device, most likely the LG G3.&nbsp;This number doesn&#39;t match the&nbsp;LG D972 G3 model number found in the EXIF data of a leaked picture (see below for more information), but given @evleaks&#39; track record and previous rumours of a QHD screen, we remain cautiously optimistic.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/mwc-2014/lg-g3-quad-hd-screen-16mp-camera-and-octa-core-processor-could-be-out-may/news" target="_blank">LG G3 with Quad HD screen, 16MP camera and octa-core processor could be out in May</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg-g3-leak-points-pixel-packed-2k-display/news" target="_blank">LG G3 leak points to a pixel-packed 2K display</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Update 15/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>LG has officially confirmed that the G3 will indeed have a glorious 2560 x 1440 QHD 2K display. No other specs have been revealed by the South Korean tech giant, but if the rest of the G3 can match up to its screen then we&#39;re in for a treat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-confirms-g3-will-have-2k-qhd-screen/news" target="_blank">LG confirms super-high-res 2K QHD screen for G3 smartphone</a></strong></p> <p><strong>​</strong><strong>Update 17/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>Good news for pirates and bling lovers - the G3 is expected to land in gold, according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/16/5619884/lg-golden-g3-launch" target="_blank">The Verge</a>&#39;s spy shot of a gold G3 box.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6031_0.JPG?1397789277" /> </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="604" height="453" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-screen-code-leak_1.jpg?1397789277" /> </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="280" height="210" title="Bling box" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-gold_1.jpg?1397789277" /> </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"> Pixels are lovely and everything, but are they worth it? </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>Don&rsquo;t get me wrong &ndash; the thought of walking around with a 2K display in my pocket makes me feel all tingly inside, but once I force my way through the entrancing ppi and resolution stats, there&rsquo;s a small part of my brain &ndash; the little-used sensible part &ndash; which is questioning if it&rsquo;s really worth it.</p> <p>Pumping out all those extra pixels will suck up a lot more juice from the battery, and there&rsquo;s no point in having a smartphone specced to the hilt if it&rsquo;s going to die before my lunchtime stroll to M&amp;S.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not only that, but I don&rsquo;t know where I&rsquo;m going to get a steady supply of 2K movies and TV shows to really justify all those extra pixels. Yes, <a href="http://nofilmschool.com/2013/12/netflix-streaming-4k-house-of-cards-to-select-uhd-smart-tv/" target="_blank">Netflix will start broadcasting in 4K</a> soon, but only to the latest TVs that support it.</p> <p>Photos and UHD videos taken with the G3 itself don&rsquo;t justify the extra hit on battery life, for me at least, and I already can&rsquo;t tell the pixels apart on current 1080p displays, even with my nose pressed up to the screen.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m just hoping that LG&rsquo;s planning on using the same stacked battery technology it used in the G2, to ensure I&rsquo;ll get the same insane battery life that it currently offers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two versions </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><strong>Update 17/04/14:&nbsp;</strong>A leaked&nbsp;<a href="http://www.antutu.com/view.shtml?id=7835" target="_blank">Antutu benchmark&nbsp;</a>suggests that there will be two versions of the G3 - one with the confirmed QHD 2K screen, and the other with a lower resolution 1080p display.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="426" title="Shouldn&#039;t that RAM be the other way around?" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-antutu_1.jpg?1397789277" /> </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"> It’s hit the silicon gym </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>Instead of choosing Qualcomm&rsquo;s beastly Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, LG will apparently opt for its very own <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/mwc-2014/lg-g3-quad-hd-screen-16mp-camera-and-octa-core-processor-could-be-out-may/news" target="_blank">octa-core Odin processor</a>.</p> <p>That means the G3&rsquo;s brain will have four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and another four 1.7GHz Cortex-A7 cores for less demanding tasks.</p> <p>The end result will hopefully be extra battery life, thanks to the division of labour between the specialised cores.</p> <p>We also expect to see 3GB of RAM in the G3 at the very least, which should be the minimum amount present in flagship smartphones this year.</p> <p><strong>Update 11/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;Korean site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.etnews.com/20140409000173" target="_blank">ET News</a>&#39; source has stated that LG&#39;s own Odin processor will instead be used in lower-end devices. While the G3 processor was not specified, it is now very likely to be a powerful quad-core offeirng from Qualcomm. We could be looking at a quad-core Snapdragon 801 or 805 processor, and we&#39;re hoping for the latter which would make the G3 even more powerful than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6020_0.JPG?1397789277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More megapixels might not necessarily mean better snaps (just look at the impressive<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo; 8MP camera), but the G3 is still expected to land with a<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/mwc-2014/lg-g3-quad-hd-screen-16mp-camera-and-octa-core-processor-could-be-out-may/news" target="_blank">&nbsp;16MP sensor</a>.</p> <p>The G2&rsquo;s, optical image stabilisation (OIS) will return to ensure that low-light performance remains as impressive as before, allowing the shutter to suck in more light with longer exposures without causing blur.</p> <p>We fully expect the G3 to bring 4K video recording to the table too. While the G2&#39;s Snapdragon 800 processor is capable of recording at 4K resolution, LG chose to omit it due to storage issues. We can&#39;t see LG not including it this time around.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6006_0.JPG?1397789277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Updated 06/03/14</strong>&nbsp;A photo of a cat that was reportedly snapped with an LG G3 suggests that it&#39;ll arrive with a 13MP snapper, like the current G2. It will however have the same improved OIS+ technology that&#39;s found on the LG G Pro 2.</p> <p>The picture of the cat itself is very impressive indeed. Even at full crop, there&#39;s very little blur or noise, and not much detail is lost. For a smartphone snap, it&#39;s certainly got us excited. Assuming it&#39;s real of course.</p> <p>The EXIF data points to a device called the LG-D972.. That model number doesn&#39;t match up with any of LG&#39;s current handsets which is promising, but EXIF data is fairly easy to spoof, so we&#39;re still taking this all with a pinch of salt.</p> <p>The resolution of the photo is 4160 x 2342 which translates to 9.6MP at a 16:9 aspect ratio. This means that the G3 will take 13MP 4:3 shots.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/incredibly-detailed-photo-cat-was-apparently-taken-lg-g3/news" target="_blank">This incredibly detailed photo of a cat was apparently taken with the LG G3</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="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cat-large_1.gif?1397789277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cat-crop_0_1.jpg?1397789277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/g3-exif_0_1.gif?1397789277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fingerprint scanning </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While we know little about the G3&rsquo;s actual design and build, the latest rumours suggest that it will join the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-max/review" target="_blank">HTC One Max</a> (and potentially the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>) with a fingerprint reader of its very own.</p> <p>The type of reader and its location remains a mystery, but it would make sense to incorporate it into the G2&rsquo;s rear power button, where your index finger naturally rests anyway.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/mwc-2014/lg-could-crash-fingerprint-scanner-party-g3-and-g-pro-2/news" target="_blank">LG could crash the fingerprint scanner party with the G3 and G Pro 2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Update 13/02/14:</strong>&nbsp;Fingerprint scanner rumours refuse to die out. The latest speculation arrives straight from the mouth of LG executives themselves, who stated at the LG G Pro 2 launch that the company is &quot;considering all possibilities&quot; when it comes to both iris-scanning and fingerprint security tech.</p> <p>There is of course a big difference between considering something and actually implementing it (Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S5 sans iris recognition for example), but there&#39;s still a small chance the G3 could surprise us with some extra security skills.</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="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-fingerprint-scanner.jpg?1397789277" /> </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"> ANDROID TWEAKS </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>Speaking to a source at LG, Phone Arena reported that the G3 will launch with &quot;advanced personalisation&quot; features that change how the device works according to how you use it.</p> <p>That means that the G3 could shift around its homescreen after analysing your day-to-day habits serving up, an alarm clock at night and a newsfeed with weather info in the morning, automatically.</p> <p>Yahoo&#39;s Aviate launcher app already carries out a similar function by serving up different apps according to the time of day and and ho often you use them, so we could see something similar in the G3.</p> <p>The source also mentioned location based reminders and recommendations, including calendar and traffic alerts, all of which could be referring to Google Now.</p> <p>Whether or not LG will modify Google Now remains to be seen, but if true, this could be the most useful tweak to stock Android we&#39;ve seen to date.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lg-g3-could-learn-your-habits-and-adapt-itself-accordingly/news" target="_blank">LG G3 could learn your habits and adapt its behaviour accordingly</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="426" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aviate-graphics_1.jpg?1397789277" /> </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><strong>Update 11/04/14:</strong>&nbsp;A leaked screenshot courtesy of Dutch site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lgg3kopen.nl/lg-werkt-aan-plat-ontwerp-voor-lg-g3/" target="_blank">lgg3kopen</a>&nbsp;shows that LG has mercifully turned down the bright neon colours of the G2&#39;s homescreen in favour of a flatter, more muted look.</p> <p>It&#39;s certainly a lot easier on the eyes and it reminds us of the Galaxy S5&#39;s toned down design.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Much, much better." alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g3-leaked-homescreen_1.jpg?1397789277" /> </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"> Price and release date </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>Up until recently the LG G3 was expected to make itself known to the world at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/mwc-2014/mwc-2014-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Mobile World Congress</a>&nbsp;in Barcelona.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/lg-g2-pro-to-launch-at-mwc-2014-not-lg-g3" target="_blank">very latest rumours</a>&nbsp;however suggest that only the LG G Pro 2 will be unveiled in Spain as a rival to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a>.</p> <p>The G2 was launched just before IFA in September last year, so we could see the G3 arrive in the same month as the iPhone 6, though we still don&#39;t know what price tag it&#39;ll land with.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more info, as and when we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<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 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="567" height="425" title="LG G3 preview" alt="LG G3 preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SAM_6026_0.JPG?1397789277" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review#comments G3 LG MWC 2014 Smartphones Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:41:44 +0000 Elissa Loi 1431636 at http://www.stuff.tv Low-light comparison: see how the ZenFone 5 fares against its high-end competitors http://www.stuff.tv/my/low-light-comparison-zenfone-5-vs-lumia-1020-vs-xperia-z1-vs-htc-one-m8/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ASUS says their PixelMaster technology is the best in capturing your mug in low-light. We put that to the test in our smartphone camera shootout </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="5000" height="3000" title="Low-light comparison: ZenFone 5 vs Lumia 1020 vs Xperia Z1 vs HTC One m8" alt="Low-light comparison: ZenFone 5 vs Lumia 1020 vs Xperia Z1 vs HTC One m8" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ZenFone%205.jpg?1397726229" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that the price-defying <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ces-2014/hands-asus-budget-zenfones/news" target="_blank">ZenFone family</a> is launched in South East Asia, ASUS is on a roll in showcasing the best features of their phones, and it starts with PixelMaster.</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/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>As you can see......actually you cant really see anything. You may see shadows of what the subject is supposed to be, but all in all, not a good start for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">latest flagship from Samsung</a>.</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="675" title="Samsung Galaxy S5" alt="Low-light comparison: see how the ZenFone 5 fares against its high-end competito" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-S5-edited.jpg?1397726229" /> </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"> 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 Z1 </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>Now we&#39;re talking. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/honami/sony-xperia-honami-z1/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z1&#39;s</a> 20 megapixels make a big difference in this line-up, as it means it can take in more light to create a bightly-lit image. However, the Sony has a problem of getting the white-balance right, hence the yellowish image.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Sony Xperia Z1" alt="Low-light comparison: see how the ZenFone 5 fares against its high-end competito" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia-Z1-Edited.jpg?1397726229" /> </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"> 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"> HTC One M8 </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 Ultrapixel used by <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">the HTC</a> finally works in its favour, as even at only 4 megapixels, the large sensor size means that it takes in more light than normal camera sensors. It also gave the best white-balance value. However the sensor still isn&#39;t good enough to pull in enough light for the image - leading to an image that&#39;s still quite dark.</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="679" title="HTC One M8" alt="Low-light comparison: see how the ZenFone 5 fares against its high-end competito" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-Edited.jpg?1397726229" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 1020 </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>Surprisingly, the one phone we expected to perform really well... didn&#39;t. As you can see, apparently 41 megapixels isn&#39;t as advantageous as it sounds. With an image quality similar to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a>, it may be down to the algorithm used. Time to buck up, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-1020/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia</a>!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="677" title="Nokia Lumia 1020" alt="Low-light comparison: see how the ZenFone 5 fares against its high-end competito" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lumia-1020-edited.jpg?1397726229" /> </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"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ASUS ZenFone 5 - Part 1 </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>Now we come to the main entrant. There are two different photos here, taken under the same low-light conditions. First, this is taken without activating the low-light scene mode...</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="ZenFone 5 - without low-light scene selected" alt="Low-light comparison: see how the ZenFone 5 fares against its high-end competito" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZenFOne-5-no-scene-edited.jpg?1397726229" /> </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"> ASUS ZenFone 5 - Part 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>...And this is the same photo, taken with low-light mode activated. The difference is literally almost night and day.</p> <p>We have to say though, the binning techniques used by ASUS here result in a smaller resolution image - this is ultimately a 2-megapixel image, down from the phone&#39;s original 8. However, even at this resolution, you can easily print a 4 x 5 photo, or post it on your social media site without them knowing it&#39;s a manufactured image.&nbsp;</p> <p>So there we have it. A great low-light camera from a smartphone costing less than RM600. Who would&#39;ve thought it possible?</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-reveals-zenfone-southeast-asia/news">ASUS Zenfone revealed in SouthEast Asia</a></p> <p>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ces-2014/hands-asus-budget-zenfones/news-0" target="_blank">Hands on with Asus&rsquo; budget ZenFones</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="ZenFone 5 with low-light scene mode selected" alt="Low-light comparison: see how the ZenFone 5 fares against its high-end competito" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZenFOne-5-edited.jpg?1397726229" /> </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"> Affordable vs Cheap </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>There are many phones out there now retailing for under RM1000 that surpass what last generation&#39;s flagships can do in terms of features and looks. However, with the wave of low-priced smartphones comes the question for manufacturers - should we build it cheap, or make it premium?</p> <p>The new ZenFone stradles the fine line quite nicely - it doesnt feel cheap, yet at the same time it gives great value for money. We wish more companies would follow what ASUS is doing, and bring more affordable yet feature-packed phones to the market.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/low-light-comparison-zenfone-5-vs-lumia-1020-vs-xperia-z1-vs-htc-one-m8/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/low-light-comparison-zenfone-5-vs-lumia-1020-vs-xperia-z1-vs-htc-one-m8/news#comments Cameras Smartphones Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:43 +0000 Sharil Abdul Rahman 1435490 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer reveals Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/pioneer-reveals-apple-carplay-compatible-receivers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An upcoming firmware update will make four of the companies in-car infotainment systems CarPlay-friendly </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="Pioneer reveals Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers" alt="Pioneer reveals Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-carplay.jpg?1397728082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple CarPlay and similarly smartphone-savvy in-car systems are going to be the future of automobile entertainment, navigation and more &ndash; but Pioneer has just unveiled the first batch of CarPlay products you can install in your existing car.</p> <p>To date, CarPlay has only been available as an option for those pre-ordering the Ferrari FF, so news that Pioneer is making products you can have in the (non-supercar) motor you already own is certain to excite a lot of people.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update coming soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the UK, Pioneer&rsquo;s new AVIC-F60DAB (&pound;1,000) (RM9,900), AVIC-F960BT (&pound;730) (RM7,227) , AVIC-F960DAB (&pound;780) (RM7,722) and AVH-X8600BT (&pound;570) (RM5,643) models are all CarPlay compatible &ndash; or at least will be following a firmware update in &ldquo;early summer 2014&rdquo;. Plug your iPhone 5s, 5c or 5 into any of them using a Lightning-to-USB cable and CarPlay will launch.</p> <p>CarPlay features an iOS 7-style layout and access to selected (i.e. non-distracting) apps like Maps, Music and Phone.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://www.pioneer-carglobal.com/CarPlay/">Pioneer</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/pioneer-reveals-apple-carplay-compatible-receivers/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/pioneer-reveals-apple-carplay-compatible-receivers/news#comments Apple Cars Pioneer Smartphones Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:26:48 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435640 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 6 case leak points to a side-mounted power button http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-case-leak-points-new-side-position-power-button/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next iPhone looks set to have a slight reshuffle to prepare for its larger size </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="729" height="547" title="The Galaxy S5 would be proud" alt="iPhone 6 case leak points to a new side position for the power button" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-blue-case.jpg?1397700376" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An allegedly genuine<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank"> iPhone 6</a> case from a Chinese accessory maker has been picked up by French site Nowhereelse.fr, and it shows off a few button placement tweaks.</p> <p>The largest change is seen in the power button, which has moved from the top of the iPhone &#39;s body over to the upper right hand side, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>-style.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While there are no dimensions for the leaked case, the repositioning of the power button to the right hand side suggests that the iPhone 6 will be largest iPhone yet, as a side-mounted power button is much easier to reach with one hand than one positioned at the top.</p> <p>All the rumours so far point to a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6-leak-points-larger-47in-screen/news" target="_blank">4.7in iPhone 6</a>, although there have also been whispers of a second larger phablet model as well. We&#39;ll just have to wait till the official reveal in September, where all will be revealed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank"> iPhone 6: price, specs, release date - everything we think &nbsp;we know</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[<a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&amp;sl=auto&amp;tl=en&amp;u=http://www.nowhereelse.fr/iphone-6-fuite-coques-transparente-96347/" target="_blank">Nowhereelse.fr </a>via <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/04/16/iphone6-case-moved-power-new-volume-controls" target="_blank">Mac Rumors</a>]</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="772" height="579" title="A handy move. If you&#039;re right handed that is." alt="iPhone 6 case leak points to a new side position for the power button" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-case-blue-2.jpg?1397700376" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-case-leak-points-new-side-position-power-button/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-case-leak-points-new-side-position-power-button/news#comments Apple iPhone 6 Smartphones Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:19:13 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435613 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung: Tizen phone and Android Wear smartwatch coming this year http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2014 will see the arrival of the first smartphone equipped with Samsung’s new operating system </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="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-range_0.jpg?1397715847" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A Samsung executive has confirmed that the company plans to launch a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meego-dead-long-live-tizen/news">Tizen</a>-based smartphone and an Android Wear-based smartwatch before the end of 2014.</p> <p>Speaking to Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of product strategy at Samsung, said that at least two phones sporting the Tizen operating system were in the works &ndash; and that the first, a high-end model, was due to launch around the end of the second quarter of 2014 (likely May).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung will still rely on Android as the main platform for its smartphones, but hopes that Tizen &ndash; developed in-house and debuted in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a> smartwatch&nbsp;&ndash; will eventually account for at least 15 percent of its handsets.</p> <p>Speaking of smartwatches, Yoon had something to say on those, too: first, that Samsung eventually wants its Gear watches to be compatible with all Android smartphones rather than just its own Galaxy devices; and second, that it plans to launch an Android Wear smartwatch later this year.</p> <p>Seems like Samsung thinks there&rsquo;s plenty of scope for it to enjoy the best of both worlds.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-samsung-elec-sales-idUSBREA3F09320140416">Reuters</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung launching Android Wear watch </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-tizen-phone-and-android-wear-smartwatch-coming-year/news#comments Android Smartphones Wearable tech Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:34:38 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435638 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 4 redesign and Android Wear watch for later this year http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korean tech giant&#039;s busy schedule shows no signs of letting up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="What will the Note 4 be wearing?" alt="Samsung confirms new Galaxy Note 4 design and Android Wear watch for later this " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1_0.JPG?1397714298" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will arrive with a &#39;new form factor&#39;.</p> <p>Speaking to Reuters, Samsung&#39;s senior vice president of product strategy Yoon Han-Ki didn&#39;t provide any more information on the company&#39;s next generation of super phablet, but we expect a radical change from the current <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>&#39;s faux leather back.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper 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http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:49:49 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435631 at http://www.stuff.tv Smartphone heavyweights commit to anti-theft kill-switch http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphone-heavyweights-commit-anti-theft-kill-switch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From next summer Apple, Samsung and more will build data-protecting tech into their device </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="Smartphone heavyweights commit to anti-theft kill-switch" alt="Smartphone heavyweights commit to anti-theft kill-switch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/killswitch.jpg?1397706733" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While most smartphones already offer some degree of security (think Apple&rsquo;s Find My iPhone), there&rsquo;s always more that could be done to stop precious personal data from falling into the hands of any light-fingered toerag that pinches your mobile.</p> <p>Well, now the big mobile phone manufacturers have committed to doing more &ndash; at least in the US. From July 2015, all smartphones sold by America&rsquo;s five main carriers, as well as by the likes of Apple, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, Google, Motorola and Huawei, will come with an anti-theft &ldquo;kill-switch&rdquo;.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wiping the grin off a thief&#039;s face </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This will allow owners of stolen phones to remotely wipe their devices, or render them totally useless from afar. Lost and stolen devices can be restored after recovery. Good to know. The idea, however, is to make the remote kill-switch so widespread that thieves are deterred from stealing smartphones in the first place.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/15/smartphone-anti-theft-commitment/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/windows-8/fujitsu-u904-laptop-first-feature-palm-scanning-security/news" target="_blank">Fujitsu&#39;s palm-reading tech is even more secure than a fingerprint scanner</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphone-heavyweights-commit-anti-theft-kill-switch/news#comments Smartphones Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:26:55 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435621 at http://www.stuff.tv The Amazon smartphone has six cameras and a 3D screen http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-smartphone-it-has-six-cameras-and-3d-screen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yep. Amazon is making a smartphone, and it&#039;s slathered in cameras. But 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="897" height="673" title="Looks like those rumours were true after all..." alt="This is the Amazon smartphone: it has six cameras and a 3D screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-phone-1.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Allegedly genuine pictures of a mysterious Amazon smartphone have cropped up online, and it has a 3D screen along with six cameras - five on the front and one on the back.</p> <p>This latest leak courtesy of BGR verifies information recently provided to the Wall Street Journal about an Amazon smartphone which has a glasses-free 3D effect display.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon&#39;s smartphone instead uses four front-facing infrared cameras (one in each corner) to track your head, enabling the &#39;camera angle&#39; of the screen to virtually adjust itself to produce the effect of a 3D view, as demonstrated in the iPad app video above.</p> <p>There will be various elements of the Amazon smartphone&#39;s software which take advantage of the glasses-free 3D effect, including 3D menus and icons.</p> <p>Interactive3D product images on Amazon&#39;s online store could also be another possibility, in addition to a 3D maps application.</p> <p>In terms of raw specs, the Amazon smartphone has an unnamed Snapdragon processor (likely to be the 800, 801 or 805), along with 2GB of RAM, a 4.7in 720p screen and a 13MP camera. There&#39;s also a regular front-facing camera for voice chats and selfies too.</p> <p>We expect it to run a very heavily modified version of Android similar to the Kindle Fire HDX and Fire TV.</p> <p>The Amazon smartphone is currently protected by a secure case to hide its design, but if it&#39;s put together as well as its Fire HDX tablet counterparts, we&#39;ll be happy.</p> <p>Interestingly, Amazon is reportedly working on two smartphones - the more powerful of which is expected to launch in the US in the summer. The lower cost device (which we assume won&#39;t share the power and 3D screen), will then be released at a later time.</p> <p>That&#39;s all the information available for the time being, but we&#39;ll be sure to update you with more news as soon as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-phone-coming-glasses-free-3d-screen/news" target="_blank">Amazon phone coming &ndash; with glasses-free 3D screen</a></strong></p> <p> </p><p p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p> </p><p p>[<a href="http://bgr.com/2014/04/15/amazon-smartphone-photos-specs-kindle-phone-exclusive/" target="_blank">BGR</a>]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="870" height="653" title="What lies beneath?" alt="This is the Amazon smartphone: it has six cameras and a 3D screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-phone-2.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-smartphone-it-has-six-cameras-and-3d-screen/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-smartphone-it-has-six-cameras-and-3d-screen/news#comments Amazon Smartphones Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:19:20 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435525 at http://www.stuff.tv Asus reveals ZenFone in Southeast Asia http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-reveals-zenfone-southeast-asia/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And they&#039;re well-armed for a price war </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Asus reveals ZenFone in Southeast Asia" alt="Asus reveals ZenFone in Southeast Asia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Untitled.jpg?1397549174" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Get excited. There&rsquo;s a new smartphone range in town, and we&rsquo;re talking the Asus ZenFone series.</p> <p>Much like the Buddhist idealogy it&#39;s named after, its appeal lies in its simplicity - many features, low price, great value for money.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The collection, comprising the ZenFone 4, 5, and 6, was introduced for Southeast Asia at a press event in Jakarta today.</p> <p>Asus chairman, Jonney Shih, announced the local availability of the lineup, and elaborated on the exclusive ASUS ZenUI mobile interface.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s good news for all of you who have been waiting eagerly for the phones to reach our shores.</p> <p>&quot;We are very excited to bring this empowering luxury to consumers in Southeast Asia. When we set foot on this journey of in search of incredible, we aim to create the most extraordinary phone for everyone to enjoy,&quot; he said.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s the skinny? </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 has been much hype has been surrounding the mobiles (especially the Asus ZenFone 5) and we know you&rsquo;d love its 5-inch 1,280 x 720 HD IPS+ display, thin design and 8-megapixel camera, amongst others.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s a cheaper alternative to some of the more costly smartphones currently out in the market, we&rsquo;d say.</p> <p>Also available in 4in and 6in, the ZenFone<strong>&nbsp;</strong>series aims to appeal to every consumer segment. </p> <p>The ZenFone 4, with a 4in display, features a 1.2GHz Intel&nbsp;Atom Z2520 processor with Quad-Thread Hyper-Threading Technology (meaning its a smartphone that never leaves the user waiting for a response), and has storage capacity of up to 64GB.&nbsp;</p> <p>The ZenFone 6&nbsp;sports 1,280 x 720 HD IPS+ display, complemented by the Asus SonicMaster audio technology, for immersive entertainment experiences.</p> <p>The ZenFone 4 and 6 will be available in Charcoal Black, Pearl White and Cherry Red colours for those of you&nbsp;who would like to differentiate yourselves from the mainstream, while the ZenFone 5 comes in Charcoal Black and Pearl White only.</p> <p>The ZenFone 4 will be available at RM299,&nbsp;ZenFone 5 at RM599, and the&nbsp;ZenFone 6 at RM899.&nbsp;</p> <p>More information on availability will be released at a later date. </p><p>Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/ces-2014/hands-asus-budget-zenfones/news-0" target="_blank">Hands on with Asus&rsquo; budget ZenFones</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5000" height="3000" title="ZenFone 5" alt="ZenFone 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ZenFone%205.jpg?1397549174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-reveals-zenfone-southeast-asia/news#comments Asus Smartphones Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:20:06 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435481 at http://www.stuff.tv Cheaper plastic HTC One M8 could be on the way http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The One M8 could be getting a wallet-friendly sidekick </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="Would you ditch the plastic for a smaller price tag?" alt="Cheaper plastic HTC One M8 could be on the way" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed-2.jpg?1397527176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8 is</a> currently Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">best smartphone in the world</a>, and HTC looks set to spread the M8 love even further with a cheaper plastic variant.</p> <p>According to Chinese site TMTpost&#39;s source, the Taiwanese tech giant is planning to release a plastic-clad version of the HTC One (M8) which will be substantially cheaper than the M8 at around US$480 (RM2,894).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/cheaper-plastic-htc-one-m8-could-be-way/news#comments HTC One (M8) Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:31 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435459 at http://www.stuff.tv