Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/all en-MY It's official: Three is forking out £10.25bn to snap up O2 http://www.stuff.tv/my/its-official-three-forking-out-1025-billion-snap-o2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The unlimited data network looks set to become the biggest in the UK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s official: Three is forking out £10.25 billion to snap up O2" alt="It&#039;s official: Three is forking out £10.25 billion to snap up O2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/three-o2.jpg?1422035912" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The rumours were true, and now it&#39;s official. Three is buying O2 for a hefty &pound;10.25 billion (RM55 billion).</p> <p>Well, if you want to get technical, Three&#39;s serving up an initial &pound;9.25billion (about RM50 billion) in cash, while the remaining &pound;1billion (RM 5 billion) will be deferred.&nbsp;Once the deal goes through, Three will become the largest operator in the UK, jumping from 7.5 million customers to 31.5 million, edging out ahead of EE and Vodafone with a 41% market share.</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/its-official-three-forking-out-1025-billion-snap-o2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/its-official-three-forking-out-1025-billion-snap-o2/news#comments Smartphones Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:42:59 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458367 at http://www.stuff.tv New day, new spyshot of the Oppo Find 9 appears http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/spyshot-oppo-find-9-makes-its-way-net/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Believe it if you will but this is the allegedly the next smartphone from Oppo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="New day, new spyshot of the Oppo Find 9 appears" alt="New day, new spyshot of the Oppo Find 9 appears" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/find9.jpg?1421997362" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oppo&rsquo;s factories haven&rsquo;t really been good with keeping secrets. A few weeks ago, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/alleged-oppo-r1c-s-rear-sapphire-crystal-glass-will-blind-you-its-beauty/news">speculation of the Oppo R1C was rife, and the official unit was unveiled</a> just as leaks indicated.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/spyshot-oppo-find-9-makes-its-way-net/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/spyshot-oppo-find-9-makes-its-way-net/news#comments Android Oppo Smartphones Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:44:50 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458309 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition http://www.stuff.tv/my/oculus/samsung-gear-vr-innovator-edition/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oculus Rift + Galaxy Note 4 = portable VR perfection? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Oculus Rift + Galaxy Note 4 = portable VR perfection?" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-vr-with-phone.jpg?1421981433" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Samsung Gear VR is one of the first wave of new virtual reality headsets hellbent on changing the way we play games, watch videos and experience all sorts of impressive interactive stuff.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Delivers a strong VR experience </div> <div class="field-item even"> Comfortable to wear </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Free apps and videos </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very limited supply of content right now </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expensive when you factor in a Note 4 and gamepad </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build quality </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 Gear VR is constructed chiefly of hard white plastic and&nbsp;looks... well, like a virtual reality headset. But it also look like a real, finished product, a fact which instantly sets it apart from many of its current rivals. The headset is lightweight, but feels sufficiently solid to withstand regular use &ndash; there are no ominous creaks when you give it a squeeze.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a> phone is a requirement for the Gear VR, and it slots into the front of the headset, connecting directly to a microUSB plug on one side. On the other, a catch locks the phone into place securely. You can then place a transparent plastic cover over the front of the headset, which we suppose serves to give the phone&rsquo;s back a little more protection but mainly seems intended to make the whole thing look a bit more presentable. Which it does.</p> <p>The headset&rsquo;s light weight and padding, both on the eyepieces and the straps that go over and around your head, make it reasonably comfy to wear for extended periods. The straps are adjustable (great news for people with unusually large or small bonces), while a dial above the eyepieces allows you to shift their focus to compensate for short- or longsightedness.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 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="The Gear VR is solidly built and comfy to wear" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-front-on.jpg?1421981433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear VR is solidly built and comfy to wear" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-left.jpg?1421981433" /> </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"> User friendliness </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 Gear VR comes supplied with a 16GB microSD card carrying a handful of virtual reality demos (you&rsquo;ll be prompted to pop this into your Galaxy Note 4 before use). You&rsquo;ll still need to download and install a few pieces of software, including an Oculus app, but this only takes a few minutes.</p> <p>When you slot the Note 4 into the Gear VR, the phone&rsquo;s screen automatically switches to the correct mode, allowing you to simply don the headset (a proximity sensor lets the Gear VR know when it&rsquo;s being worn) and get straight into the virtual reality fun &ndash; the Oculus Home app opens automatically.</p> <p>The UI is simple: you look around to move a cursor and use a touchpad and back button on the right hand side of the headset to navigate and select options. There&rsquo;s also a volume rocker on the left side. The touchpad can also be used to control many of the apps and games available &ndash; but Samsung also sells a Bluetooth gamepad which should make things less awkward, especially with faster-paced games. We say &ldquo;should&rdquo;, because the gamepad wasn&rsquo;t included with our review sample, and we haven&rsquo;t tried it yet - one is on the way and we&rsquo;ll update this review once we&rsquo;ve tested it.</p> <p>One useful feature is the pass-through camera, which enables you to see the outside world without taking off the headset by feeding the screen a live stream from the Note 4&rsquo;s camera.</p> <p>From within the Gear VR UI you can visit an app store or browse the apps you&rsquo;ve already downloaded. Which brings us nicely to&hellip;</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="Slotting the Galaxy Note 4 in is easy, and it feels secure once inserted" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-front-phone-in.jpg?1421981433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The controls are all located on the right side panel" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-right.jpg?1421981433" /> </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"> Apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With no way to (currently) hook the Gear VR up to a PC, all of your virtual reality content has to be downloaded through the Oculus Home app running on the Galaxy Note 4. This divides the content into three broad areas: games, apps and experiences. The former are fairly self-explanatory, while the latter section contains mostly videos and animations designed to inform and/or entertain &ndash; a Cirque du Soleil performance in which you&rsquo;re an audience member, or live footage from a Coldplay gig in which you&rsquo;re, again, an audience member.</p> <p>There isn&rsquo;t a huge selection of content available at the time of writing: we count 20 games, five apps and 10 experiences &ndash; all of them available free of charge, but that is expected to change. Still, given that the Gear VR SDK is in the hands of developers right now, we&rsquo;d expect that number to rise in the coming months.</p> <p>As mentioned above, without the gamepad we&rsquo;ve been a little limited in what we can play. Some of the games don&rsquo;t require manual controls (you just look around to control things), while others &ndash; the interesting VR take on <em>Temple Run</em>, for instance &ndash; allow you to use the touchpad on the side of the headset to perform basic moves. That&rsquo;s a fairly unwieldy solution, though, and we imagine anyone serious about playing games on the Gear VR will invest in the gamepad.</p> <p>The games themselves are fairly casual mobile affairs tailored for 3D and VR and, as demos of what the technology can do, they&rsquo;re impressive. As pure games? Not so much &ndash; and we suspect hardcore gamers will gravitate towards the Oculus Rift and other PC-friendly headsets, rather than the Gear VR, to get their VR fix.</p> <p>The apps and experiences are mostly demonstrations of what the Oculus VR technology is capable of: there are 360-degree videos and photos to gawp at (and we did); a fake VR cinema that you can sit in to watch movie trailers on a virtual big screen; an app that lets you view your phone&rsquo;s videos and photos in a VR gallery; an experience that puts you in a virtual ocean and lets you watch fish, crabs and turtles move around you.</p> <p>If none of the above sounds life-changing, that&rsquo;s probably because it isn&rsquo;t &ndash; but there&rsquo;s definitely a moment of joyful realisation the first time you experience the new generation of VR, and many of these apps are capable of providing it.</p> <p>In terms of real, meaty content to get your teeth into, there&rsquo;s not much here &ndash; but you&rsquo;ll definitely want to show your friends what the headset can do, and the apps, games and experiences let you do just that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/30-best-free-apps-android/feature">The 35 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Oculus Home app store is your source of all VR content" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-app-store.jpg?1421981433" /> </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"> VR quality </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>A few critics have mentioned that the Oculus Rift headset&rsquo;s image, which comes from a 1920 x 1080 screen split across two eyes (so each each is seeing a 960 x 1080 image), is too pixellated. You might think that the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s 5.7in 2560 x 1440 AMOLED screen would provide a pixel-free virtual reality experience, but once that&rsquo;s split in half and magnified by the headset&rsquo;s eyepieces you can still make out the pixel structure of the display.</p> <p>The videos, for example, feel low-res compared to the pristine HD stuff we&rsquo;re used to watching. It&rsquo;s a minor annoyance, really &ndash; and once you start to feel immersed in virtual reality it fades into the background. The headset&rsquo;s built-in sensors work well to track your head movements and there&rsquo;s very little lag &ndash; at least we didn&rsquo;t find it left us feeling uncomfortable or nauseous. Audio comes through the Note 4&rsquo;s speakers, or a pair of earbuds you connect to the phone, and it works quite nicely.</p> <p>The Gear VR affords a 96-degree field-of-view, which is about the same as that of the Oculus Rift. There are headsets that offer wider fields of view out there, but 96 degrees feels absolutely sufficient here with the apps and videos on offer.</p> <p>One thing we should mention is that the Gear VR provides a mobile VR experience &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t need to plug into anything other than a Galaxy Note 4, and it&rsquo;s small and lightweight. That means you can VR pretty much anywhere you like.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/vr-challengers/feature">10 VR rivals to give Oculus Rift a virtual reality check</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The eyepieces magnify the screen, which means you can see individual pixels" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-front-cover-off.jpg?1421981433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear VR tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Field of view:</strong> 96 degrees</p> <p><strong>Sensors:</strong> Accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic, proximity</p> <p><strong>Display:</strong> 5.7in 2560 x 1440 AMOLED screen (on Galaxy Note 4)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> Micro USB</p> <p><strong>Dimensions: </strong>198 x 116 x 90mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 379g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>If Samsung wants to be regarded as an innovator, it needs to produce more devices such as the Gear VR. While the lack of content makes it feel a little like a prototype, it&rsquo;s an actual, buyable product that gives the user an impressive glimpse of things to come.</p> <p>We were quite taken aback by some of the apps and videos on offer, but they&rsquo;re all quite short-lived and simple, and we think headsets such as this will live and die on whether or not they get a steady (and improving) supply of new content.</p> <p>The headset itself seems affordable, but it should be remembered that a Galaxy Note 4 is a requirement. And given that the Note 4 is&nbsp;a flagship phone that costs RM2499 SIM-free,&nbsp;you&rsquo;re probably not going to want to shell out for the Gear VR&nbsp;unless you already own the phablet. We certainly don&rsquo;t feel like what&rsquo;s available at present is worth the above RM3000 outlay, but for existing Note 4 users who want to see what VR has to offer, it&rsquo;s an upgrade that might well be worth it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/how-indie-games-conquered-world/feature">How indie games conquered the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear VR is impressive, but needs more apps and content" alt="Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-vr-package.jpg?1421981433" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;ll wow VR newbies, but the lack of content and the overall price make the Gear VR a niche product</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/oculus/samsung-gear-vr-innovator-edition/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/oculus/samsung-gear-vr-innovator-edition/review#comments Oculus Samsung Smartphones Virtual Reality Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:50:52 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1458288 at http://www.stuff.tv This is (probably) the HTC One (M9) http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/probably-htc-one-m9/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Say hello to HTC&#039;s next shiny superphone </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="805" height="604" title="This is (probably) the HTC One (M9)" alt="This is (probably) the HTC One (M9)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-m9.jpg?1421977949" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>See that right there? That&#39;s HTC&#39;s new flagship for 2015. Probably.</p> <p>It&#39;s a render picked up by French site nowwhereelse.fr, which allegedly shows off the rear of the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M9)</a>, which is set to be unveiled on 1 March, just before Mobile World Congress kicks off.</p> <p>While we&#39;ve seen blurry shots of the alleged M9 in the wild already this week, this render, if genuine shows off the clearest view of the eagerly waited device we&#39;ve seen yet.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The French site has also managed to obtain shots of a prototype M9 unit, sat next to an&nbsp;M8. There&#39;s very little to distinguish between the two models, but the front ambient light sensor is larger, and the bottom and side bezels appear to have shrunk, which is good news.</p> <p>The M9 has also leaked sporting a rugged case, though there&#39;s no much information that can be taken from that particular shot. But if you like wrapping your phones in car tires, then there you go. You&#39;re sorted.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more HTC leaks (there&#39;s bound to be plenty more on the way) ahead of its official reveal in just over a month&#39;s time.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M9) preview</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="634" height="475" title="This is (probably) the HTC One (M9)" alt="This is (probably) the HTC One (M9)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-m9-prototype.jpg?1421977949" /> </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="600" height="449" title="This is (probably) the HTC One (M9)" alt="This is (probably) the HTC One (M9)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-m9-case.jpg?1421977949" /> </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/probably-htc-one-m9/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/probably-htc-one-m9/news#comments HTC One (M9) Smartphones Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:07:50 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458281 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S6 http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-s6-review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 25/01/15: The S6 might be ditching the Snapdragon 810 while picking up truly wireless charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6: What we’d like to see from Samsung’s next flagship" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-g-s5_1.jpg?1421978001" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re big fans of Samsung&rsquo;s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. We even awarded it a full five stars in our review. But that&rsquo;s not to say it&rsquo;s perfect, and it&rsquo;s certainly not the best smartphone around &ndash; in fact the S5 sits a fair old way down the chart when it comes to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">our best-rated mobiles</a>.</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"> Build: Very metal </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 world keeps wondering when Samsung will ditch polycarbonate (that&rsquo;s &ldquo;plastic&rdquo; to you and I) and join the likes of Apple, Sony and HTC in delivering a flagship phone with a slinky metal or glass body &ndash; and yet the company doesn&rsquo;t seem to take the hint.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing wrong with plastic smartphones per se. Nokia&rsquo;s higher-end Lumia Windows Phones are plastic and quite glorious, as are the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5c/review">iPhone 5c</a> and new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">HTC Desire Eye</a>, but the Galaxy S range has always fallen a little short of expected standards. That could and should change with the Galaxy S6.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-alpha/metal-last-samsung-galaxy-alpha-ditches-plastic/news">Metal at last: Samsung Galaxy Alpha ditches the plastic</a></strong></p> <p>Some sources have hinted at a &ldquo;more premium build&rdquo; for the S6, with Samsung going for an aluminium build, or even using super-advanced material graphene (which the company has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-speeds-production-graphene-wonder-material/news">found a way to manufacture in greater quantities</a> than previously). While the latter would be a bold, memorable move, it&rsquo;d probably push the S6&rsquo;s manufacturing costs a little too high, and to be honest at this point we&rsquo;d be happy with metal rather than another year of uninspiring plastic.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d also expect to see some measure of dust- and waterproofing. The S5 is sealed against the elements, and its successor is sure to follow. It might even kick things up a notch so you can take it even deeper &lsquo;neath the waves: bumping the spec to IP68 from the S5&rsquo;s IP67 rating would mean you could completely immerse the phone for a prolonged period of time without water getting inside. No more desperate bags of rice and crossed fingers if your phone tumbles into the bath or the bog.</p> <p><strong>Update 22/12/14:</strong>&nbsp;French site<a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/samsung-galaxy-s6-coque-metallique-103469/" target="_blank">&nbsp;nowhereelse.fr</a>&nbsp;has outed pictures of metal aluminium phone shells that are reportedly for the Galaxy S6. The shells themselves appear to be hewn from a single piece of aluminium, HTC One (M8)-style, suggesting that the S6 will be the first truly premium metal smartphone from the Samsung camp. Assuming the shots are genuine of course.</p> <p><strong>Update 19/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;Uh oh. The latest whispers now point to a Galaxy S6 that isn&#39;t fully metal. But it&#39;s not all bad.</p> <p>According to Korean news site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ddaily.co.kr/news/article.html?no=126530" target="_blank">DDaily</a>&#39;s &quot;Samsung Electronics official&quot; source, the Galaxy S6 will feature a metal frame with a glass front and back, taking a design cue from the Sony Xperia series.</p> <p>The apparent reason for this decision is to set the Galaxy S6 apart form Samsung&#39;s recently announced all-metal A3, A5 and A7 devices.</p> <p>If true, then the S6 should still feel premium and luxurious, so we&#39;re not too worried about that. We are however concerned how a removable battery will be possible in a device with a glass back. Let&#39;s hope Samsung&#39;s engineers have some design magic up their sleeves, assuming this latest rumour is true of course.&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="604" height="453" title="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" alt="The Galaxy Alpha proves Samsung can do metal phones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-alpha-01_2.jpg?1421978001" /> </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="714" height="451" title="Hello metal" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/metal-s6_1.jpg?1421978001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The render above is a concept created by 3g.co.uk. It&#39;s just one example of what the Galaxy S6 could look like, but for now, we&#39;re limited to speculation and guesswork. Until the rumour mill delivers more, that is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1ZDN-qLFV4g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen: time for 2K? </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 Galaxy S5 has a very solid screen: 5.1in; 1080p resolution; AMOLED technology. We like its lush, vibrant colours a lot &ndash; but we very much doubt Samsung will stick with it for the S6.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s great Korean rival LG has already launched a phone with a 2K screen (the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">G3</a>&rsquo;s display has a grand total of 2560 x 1440 pixels), you see, and Samsung loves to be seen to be outdoing &ndash; or at least matching &ndash; its compatriot. We think the chances of a 2K screen making its way into the S6 are very high indeed, especially as the Note 4&#39;s 2K screen proves that Samsung&#39;s got the capability to churn them out.</p> <p>The screen will probably get a slight size bump too, but maybe not too much. It wouldn&#39;t want to compete with its Note 4 brother, after all.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d personally be more than happy with 2K and 5.2in &ndash; going any bigger risks making the phone too big for the hands of normal folks and going sharper strikes us as pixel overkill on a screen this size, especially as more pixels require more power and put more strain on the battery.</p> <p><strong>Update 05/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2014/12/01/exclusive-next-galaxy-s-flagship-to-be-called-galaxy-s6-galaxy-s6-edge-variant-coming-too/" target="_blank">Sam Mobile</a>&#39;s sources, Samsung will also release a Galaxy S6 Edge variant which will have - you guessed it - a curved screen, fashioned after the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note Edge</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This wouldn&#39;t be the craziest thing in the world given that Samsung has already shown it can produce such a device, but given the higher price of the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;Note Edge</a>, we don&#39;t expect the curved screen variant will be pushed as the main product. If it even exists at all that is.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>The Galaxy S6&#39;s specs have leaked online, courtesy of an AnTuTu benchmark spotted by Chinese site cnmo. According to the leak, the S6 will land with a 5.5in, 2560 x 1440 screen. While the resolution was expected, the size bump up to 5.5 inches is rather drastic, given that the current Note 4&#39;s screen is only slightly larger at 5.7 inches.</p> <p>This suggests that the Note 5 could hit the 6in mark, following in the footsteps of devices like the Nexus 6, but we&#39;ll have to wait and see.</p> <p><strong>Update 16/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;A leaked&nbsp;<a href="http://wap.samsungmobile.com/uaprof/SM-G920A.xml" target="_blank">User Agent Profile</a>&nbsp;spotted on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/2sl4o8/samsung_leaked_uaprof_directly_confirms_samsung/" target="_blank">reddit</a>&nbsp;shows off specs for a device with a model number which we believe refers to the Galaxy S6. In it, a&nbsp;1440x2560 is mentioned, confirming that the S6 will indeed land with a 2K screen. Assuming the specs are genuine of course.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" alt="Will Samsung match LG with a 2K screen? We hope so" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-g-s5-screen_0.jpg?1421978001" /> </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="387" height="250" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen%20shot%202015-01-16%20at%2012.32.08_1.png?1421978001" /> </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"> Curved screen? Sure, why not? </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&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review/" target="_blank">Note 4 Edge</a>&nbsp;(pictured above) has a curved screen, with the right of the display bending around past the edge of the device.</p> <p>It&#39;s not that unusual to entertain the possibility of Samsung blessing the Galaxy S6 with a similar screen.</p> <p>The chief Note Edge designer Kim Na-su himself recently stated that &quot;a change in the platform can bring about a variety of new considerations [and] a curved screen is a big solution for overcoming those challenges&quot;.</p> <p>Jerry Kang, a<a href="http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141106001109" target="_blank">&nbsp;senior analyst at IHD</a>&nbsp;has previously stated that the Galaxy S6 will have a dual-edged screen which curves on both sides.&nbsp;</p> <p>Add all of the above together, and curved screen in the next Samsung flagship could be a real possibility.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review/" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Update 14/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;According to Business Insider&#39;s sources, Samsung will reveal two versions of the Galaxy S6 - one with a regular screen, and one with a display that&#39;s curved towards one side, Note Edge-style.</p> <p>If true, it&#39;ll be interesting to see the pricing and availability of the curved variant. The Note Edge comes with limited availability and a premium price tag, and we&#39;re not sure if Samsung&#39;s production costs for curved smartphone displays are yet low enough to enter the regular flagship smartphone pricing bracket. We&#39;ll just have to wait and see.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-unveil-two-s6-smartphones-and-round-smartwatch-mwc/news" target="_blank">Samsung could unveil two Galaxy S6 smartphones and a round smartwatch at MWC</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-02_1_1.jpg?1421978001" /> </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"> Power: Quad-core, you know the score </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>Many are predicting that the Galaxy S6 will come with a new Qualcomm chipset &ndash; either the Snapdragon 808 or 810. Both are quad-core, 64-bit and more powerful on paper than any smartphone processor at the time of writing, and we&rsquo;d be pretty happy to see either of them on the S6 (they seem likely to require more power than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801, however, which could put extra strain on the battery life &ndash; see below for more on that), especially if they were paired with at least 3GB of RAM.</p> <p>Samsung has form in launching its flagship phones with octo-core Exynos chipsets too, albeit not in the UK. While eight cores might sound twice as powerful as four, in reality it doesn&rsquo;t quite work like that: in benchmarks, the Exynos-equipped S5 only performs marginally better than the Snapdragon 801-equipped S5. We think Samsung can stick to a quad-core Snapdragon 808 or 810 and still offer the performance a phone like the S6 will require.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll talk about storage here too. If it goes down the removeable backplate design route, Samsung is likely to support expandable storage via microSD, and thus the built-in storage doesn&rsquo;t need to be huge &ndash; let&rsquo;s say 32GB. If, however, the phone is has a metal unibody design and memory isn&rsquo;t user-increasable, we&rsquo;d like to see 64GB and maybe even 128GB as an option, just to keep pace with the Apple iPhone 6. And Samsung does like to be seen to be trying to keep up with Apple.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks show off what could be the S6&#39;s final specs. Power-wise, we&#39;re looking at a 64-bit octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and, of course, Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>Samsung traditionally also launches a variant with a Qualcomm processor, which is expected to be the 64-bit Snapdragon 810.</p> <p><strong>Update 21/01/15:&nbsp;</strong>While the HTC One (M9) and LG G4 are expected to land with the Snapdragon 810 processor, the most recent reports to arrive from the Samsung rumour mill suggest that Samsung might actually skip the 810 chip altogether this time.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-20/samsung-said-to-drop-qualcomm-chip-from-next-galaxy-smartphone.html" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>&#39;s source, the company is &quot;dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. chip that overheated during the Korean company&rsquo;s testing&quot;.</p> <p>If true, Samsung is likely to stick to its own Exynos processors across all international varaints of the S6.</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="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" alt="We&#039;d love to see a powerhouse CPU like the Snapdragon 808 or 810" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qualcomm-snapdragon_0.jpg?1421978001" /> </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="379" height="600" title="Tasty specs" alt="Samsung Galaxy S6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s6-antutu-benchmark_1.jpg?1421978001" /> </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"> Battery: Bigger and better </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 Galaxy S5 has a 2800mAh battery that matches up to the majority of its Android rivals by lasting around a day in normal use conditions (but not all: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a> lasts at least half a day longer), and it holds an advantage over most too in that it&rsquo;s user replaceable. If Samsung decides to go with a seamless metal body that could change, and if it does we&rsquo;d like to see better battery life, either owing to a larger battery capacity or increased efficiency.</p> <p>The LG G3 has a 5.5in 2K screen and markedly longer battery life than the 5.1in, 1080p Galaxy S5, so it&rsquo;s certainly possible for Samsung to improve its power efficiency. Much of this will depend on the processor it chooses for the S6, and if that&rsquo;s the Snapdragon 808 or 810, neither seems likely to offer lower energy use than the S5&rsquo;s Snapdragon 805. So it could well be that a larger battery is required.</p> <p>Of course, Samsung may want to retain its user replaceable battery selling point, in which case it&rsquo;ll probably hint that those looking for more battery life could simply buy a second battery to carry around with them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" alt="The S5&#039;s battery is OK, but there&#039;s room for improvement" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery_1.jpg?1421978001" /> </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"> Camera: Better in low light, please </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>Were we betting types, we&rsquo;d put a significant wedge on the S6&rsquo;s camera outstripping the S5&rsquo;s when it comes to megapixel count. The S5 has a 16MP sensor, and we&rsquo;d be surprised if the S6 doesn&rsquo;t take things above 20MP.</p> <p>But megapixels alone don&rsquo;t make a good photo, and we&rsquo;d much rather see some measures taken to boost performance in low light conditions: larger megapixels (Apple&rsquo;s favoured method), optical image stabilisation, a wider aperture, or a combination of those. Optical image stabilisation is a distinct possibility, we&rsquo;d say, as Samsung has already used it in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not personally much inclined to take selfies, but we hear a lot of &ldquo;the young people&rdquo; are, and Samsung may well attempt to entice them to the S6 with a higher resolution front-facing camera. The HTC Desire Eye manages to squeeze a 13MP snapper on its front side, and while we wouldn&rsquo;t expect (or want) Samsung to go to those lengths, we wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised to see something in the 7 or 8MP range.</p> <p><strong>Update 08/12/14:&nbsp;</strong>Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks point to a massive 20MP rear-facing camera, bringing the S6 up to the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, in terms of megapixels at least. Higher numbers aren&#39;t the final word when it comes to image quality however, but given the high standard of Samsung&#39;s past smartphone cameras, we&#39;ve got high hopes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" alt="The S5&#039;s camera could perform better in low light conditions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-camera_0.jpg?1421978001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Touch This </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 19/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sammobile.com/2015/01/16/exclusive-samsung-opts-for-a-touch-based-fingerprint-sensor-for-the-galaxy-s6/" target="_blank">SamMobile</a>&#39;s sources believe that the Galaxy S6&#39;s fingerprint-scanning home button will be upgraded to better compete with is Apple counterpart.</p> <p>The current home button on the Galaxy S5 requires users to swipe their fingerprints across it. While it does work well, it&#39;s still fiddlier and less convenient than its iPhone 6 alternative, which requires a simple press.</p> <p>According to the latest source, the home button on the Galaxy S6 will be larger and have a touch-based sensor, allowing full fingerprints to be read without requiring a swipe.</p> <p>We expect the news sensor to support the Galaxy S5&#39;s existing features - namely locking the phone, signing into websites and making payments with PayPal.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Simpler software </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 14/01/15:&nbsp;</strong>One criticism that Samsung has always faced is regarding the complexity, bloat and clutter of its TouchWiz Android software.</p> <p>While the Galaxy Note 4 and S5 have taken welcome steps in the right direction, the current iteration of TouchWiz still feels bloated in comparison to HTC&#39;s Sense 6.0 and the Android experience served up by Motorola and Sony.</p> <p>A recent report from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/8534/misc-features-going-samsung%E2%80%99s-user-interface-touchwiz-become-less-featured-galaxy-s6" target="_blank">Business Korea</a>&nbsp;states that Samsung has been working hard to optimise TouchWiz, in addition to scrapping unnecessary/little-used features.</p> <p>The UI is also apparently being simplified, building on the pastel colours and flat icons that are currently present.</p> <p>These optimisations are said to be drastic enough to make the S6 run as smooth as stock Android on the Nexus 6, which is the holy grail when it comes to slick Android use.</p> <p>Let&#39;s hope the rumours are true then, eh?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5425_2_0.JPG?1421978001" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Release date: No hanging about </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Mobile World Congress 2015 running from 2nd-5th March, we&rsquo;d expect Samsung to make its big Galaxy S6 reveal around that time (March/April is the period when Samsung traditionally unveils its flagship Galaxy S devices). Price-wise, we&rsquo;d expect it to be on a par with previous Galaxy S models - so don&rsquo;t expect it to be cheap and don&rsquo;t expect it to be vastly pricier than the RM2399 the S5 cost at launch.</p> <p>As is traditional in Android circles, we also expect to see many a leak about the S6 between now and its likely launch date. So keep an eye on Stuff.tv for all the news as we get it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones you can buy right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s6/samsung-galaxy-s6-what-we-d-see-samsung-s-next-flagship </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S6: what we know so far </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"> Here you go - leaked specs of Sammy&#039;s next flagship smartphone </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/samsung-g-s5_1_1.jpg?1421978001" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-s6-review#comments Galaxy S6 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:18:42 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450538 at http://www.stuff.tv 9 ways in which Windows 10 shakes up Microsoft's smartphone experience http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/9-ways-which-windows-10-shakes-smartphone-experience/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re using a Windows Phone 8 device, the next big upgrade has several new features and tweaks in store for you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/opener_3.jpg?1421977431" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Microsoft won&#39;t be using the official &quot;Windows Phone&quot; moniker going forward, but that&#39;s a good thing &ndash; because Windows 10 is designed to work on all platforms, and a lot of the apps and interface elements will be shared and familiar between devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It&#039;s your home </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 Start screen mostly looks familiar here: big, customizable live tiles that you can stretch and maneuver around as desired. But there&#39;s one welcome tweak: the ability to set a background image and have it bleed through the translucent tiles, instead of lay on top of them. That&#39;ll let you make the Start screen much more attractively personalized than ever before.</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="Windows 10" alt="Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1-start.png?1421977431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Universal apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft emphasized that due to the shared codebase between devices, its core apps will be very similar in functionality on phones, desktops, and tablets, albeit with design tweaks made for each form factor.</p> <p>That&#39;ll be strongly felt in the Office apps, in particular, and they&#39;ll all be bundled with the OS on the phone side of things. Microsoft says it&#39;s a &quot;nearly no-compromises experience&quot; with the new Office on mobile, with almost all of the same actions and functionality available. And PowerPoint can utilize the advanced chips of modern smartphones to power slick animations on the smaller screens.</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="774" title="PowerPoint on Windows 10 smartphones" alt="PowerPoint on Windows 10 smartphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2-powerpoint.png?1421977431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Outlook overhauled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the more notable universal apps shown was Outlook, which shares functionality between devices but seems especially enhanced in this rendition for smartphones. For example, Word is built right into the app for better composition on the go, and your inbox has Mailbox-esque gestures to triage your emails, letting you easily swipe to delete, archive, and whatnot.</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="Outlook in Windows 10" alt="Outlook in Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-outlook.jpg?1421977431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Actionable actions </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 Action Center is about to get a whole lot more functional in Windows 10 on phones, as you&#39;ll be able to dismiss individual actions as desired. And notifications are synced to other devices &ndash; so clearing it in one location does the same elsewhere, as well.</p> <p>You can also pull down to access additional action buttons quickly. Essentially, that means there&#39;s more available in a hurry, so you don&#39;t have to dig through menus. That said, the Settings screen looks to be a lot more organized than in current and previous Windows Phone versions, plus the apps listing puts recently installed apps in a category up top. Both strongly appreciated tweaks.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-10-8-stellar-new-enhancements-coming-pc-and-tablets/feature">Windows 10: the 8 biggest new features coming to PCs and tablets</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="Action Center in Windows 10" alt="Action Center in Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-actioncenter.png?1421977431" /> </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"> 5. Speak a hashtag </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>Anywhere you can type in Windows 10 on smartphones, now you can speak as well. A small microphone button will appear on the screen, and tapping it lets you vocalize your needs and thoughts instead.</p> <p>Not exactly a new innovation in the smartphone scene, but there&#39;s nothing wrong with catching up to competitors. And it looks pretty intelligent: during the demo, the Microsoft exec mentioned both an uncommon name (albeit stored in contacts) and a Twitter hashtag, and it all came out perfectly with correct punctuation. Just try to avoid saying &quot;hashtag [anything at all]&quot; in public, if you can.</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="Cortana in Windows 10" alt="Cortana in Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-cortana.png?1421977431" /> </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"> 6. Messaging upgrades </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When messaging notifications pop up along the top of the screen in Windows 10, you&#39;ll be able to respond inline without needing to fire up the Messaging app. Again, seen before on rival mobile phones, but great to have.</p> <p>And Microsoft also intends to blend Skype functionality into Messaging, with the ability to switch between SMS and Skype in the same thread. Additionally, IP-based carrier messaging services will also be handled via Skype services.</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="Messaging in Windows 10" alt="Messaging in Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6-messaging.png?1421977431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7. Project Spartan </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 didn&#39;t get a great look at the event, but indeed, Microsoft&#39;s brand new web browser &ndash; codenamed Project Spartan as of now &ndash; is headed to phones, as well. It has a sleek new look and some added functionality, such as the ability to draw notes on a webpage and send a copy to friends. No official word yet on whether Internet Explorer will be completely absent, or just tucked away for optional use (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/internet-explorer/microsoft-reportedly-replacing-internet-explorer-new-windows-10-browser/news">as rumoured</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="900" title="Project Spartan in Windows 10" alt="Project Spartan in Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/7-spartan.png?1421977431" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8. Lumia Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Since the event wrapped, Engadget <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/21/lumia-camera-app-windows-10/">confirmed with Microsoft</a> that the camera app that&#39;s bundled with Windows 10 on all smartphones &ndash; even ones that aren&#39;t Microsoft&#39;s own Lumia models &ndash; will be based on the enhanced Lumia Camera app recently brought to Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia devices (see above). It&#39;s been praised for some helpful features, like automatic HDR along with easy 4K video shooting, so that could be a nice upgrade over what some manufacturers might&#39;ve included instead.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZyXpRhyHMVI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9. Microsoft&#039;s maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moving past the current mish-mash of available mapping apps, Microsoft will provide its own solution for Windows 10 on phones, although Nokia&#39;s HERE Maps will power the app (via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/21/7869441/windows-10-for-phones-features-hands-on">The Verge</a>). It&#39;ll offer turn-by-turn navigation with contextual directions (such as walking instead of driving) given based on your proximity to the destination.</p> <p>It&#39;ll also have Cortana integration built in, letting you ask her to repeat missed steps along the way. You can even have Cortana remember where you parked. Among all features, we hope that&#39;s a truly reliable one.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/windows-10/windows-10-will-be-free-upgrade-windows-7-81-and-windows-phone-8-users/news">Windows 10 will be a free upgrade - even for Windows 7 users</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="752" title="Maps in Windows 10" alt="Maps in Windows 10" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9-maps.png?1421977431" /> </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"> How Windows 10 will change your smartphone </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"> No more Windows Phone, and that&#039;s a good thing </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/9-ways-which-windows-10-shakes-smartphone-experience/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/9-ways-which-windows-10-shakes-smartphone-experience/feature#comments Microsoft Smartphones Windows 10 Windows Phone Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:50:08 +0000 Elissa Loi 1458224 at http://www.stuff.tv 12 secret iPhone camera features http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/8-things-you-didnt-know-iphone-camera-could-do/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here&#039;s how you can upgrade your iPhone-tography skills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="12 secret iPhone camera features " alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cameratips_1.png?1421881884" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The iPhone&#39;s camera is indisputably one of the best smartphone cameras around. But can it be made even better?</p> <p dir="ltr">Well, of course, if you know a few things about how to work that imaging magic. Why have the tools at your disposal, but have no clue as to how to use them properly? We&#39;re here to right that wrong; here are some of the things you should know to make you a better iPhone-tographer.</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/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Tip #1: Volume control shutter </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>Imagine this:</strong>&nbsp;You&#39;re trying to take a photo of yourself using the rear iSight camera since it has a larger megapixel count. But you&#39;re unable to sense where the trigger is on the touchscreen, so you end up blindly tapping on the screen and having your phone nearly slip out of your grasp. What do you get in the end? Out of focus selfies that are more frowny than flattering.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Solution:&nbsp;</strong>You could always use the front-facing Facetime camera. But if you still insist on using the iSight one, you can trigger the shutter using the volume controls on your EarPods or your phone. It works with third party earphones with volume controls too. No more blind jabbing at the 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="567" height="425" title="Tip #1: Volume control shutter" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volume_0.jpg?1421881884" /> </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="Sneaky photos" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volume%20control_0.jpg?1421881884" /> </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"> Tip #2: No more blurry selfies </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>Imagine this:&nbsp;</strong>While using the volume controls on the side of your iPhone is great when you have two hands to steady the phone, it&#39;s a little more tricky when you&#39;re holding the phone with one hand. Pressing down on either of the volume buttons might introduce a little shake into your image due to the off-centre pressure.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Solution:</strong>&nbsp;Use the all new built-in timer function. It used to be that you had to download a third-party timer cam app, but lucky for all the selfie fans out there, you can now tap the little clock icon to choose between a 3- or 10-second time lag before tapping the shutter button. And&nbsp;the timer will start counting down and fire off a volley of 10 shots, of which, one is definitely going to be more flattering than the rest.</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="Tip #2: No more blurry selfies" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/timer_0.png?1421881884" /> </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"> Tip #3: Access the camera app from anywhere </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"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> You come across an absolutely fascinating scene while playing a game on your phone. Don&rsquo;t panic trying to hit the home button, activate the camera app, and drop your phone in the process; the camera function is available from every app.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> All you have to do is swipe up and click on the bottom right icon to bring up the trusty snapper, get your shot, and resume playing <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news">Threes!</a> for that elusive high score. Easy peasy.</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="Tip #3: Access the camera app from anywhere " alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/access.png?1421881884" /> </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"> Tip #4: Activate infinite burst mode automatically </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"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> Trying to photograph a child or a pet would normally result in a blurry mess that looks nothing like your subject. You resort to repeatedly tapping the capture button to get quick shots in succession, and it still doesn&#39;t work quick enough.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> Activate infinite burst mode by keeping your finger on the shutter button. After which the photos will appear in your album as a photo stack with the best photo at the top of the stack, automatically chosen by taking into account whether the faces are in focus and even blink and smile detection to boot.</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="Tip #4: Activate infinite burst mode automatically" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/burst_0.png?1421881884" /> </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"> Tip #5: Burst mode selfies </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>Imagine this:&nbsp;</strong>The FaceTime camera on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is better than ever. It recognises faces faster and lets in more light to take flattering photos of you. But what&#39;s the point of all of that if you can&#39;t take multiple photos of yourself at one shot?</p> <p><strong>Solution:</strong>&nbsp;Now you can as burst mode has been activated on the FaceTime camera. Just tap and hold the shutter button until you&#39;re satisifed with X number of selfies you&#39;ve taken. We&#39;re not too sure what&#39;s the upper limit, but we went as far as 100 before deciding that that&#39;s a waste of precious GB.</p> <p>Whether it&#39;s 10 or 100 shots, the phone will, as usual, select the best looking shots for you and place them on top of the stack.</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="Tip #5: Burst mode selfies" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/burst%20selfies_0.png?1421881884" /> </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"> Tip #6: Stay focused </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"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> You focus your photo only to change your mind and try to reframe it from another angle and refocus. Nope, still doesn&#39;t look right. Repeat process. By the time you&#39;ve decided, the scene you were trying to capture in the first place might have changed. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> Few might know this, but all you have to do is tap and hold the focus to maintain the exposure and focus while you experiment with reframing the shot. The yellow square should flash a couple of times before bringing up the yellow bar that says AE/AF lock.&nbsp;Saves you the trouble and time of having to refocus every time you switch it up.</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="Tip #6: Stay focused" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AF%20lock_0.png?1421881884" /> </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"> 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"> Tip #7: Adjust exposure and focus separately </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>Imagine this:&nbsp;</strong>You&rsquo;re taking a photo of your friend sitting in the shade of a tree. You want him in sharp focus so you tap on your subject and the camera immediately darkens because you can&rsquo;t focus without selecting the level of exposure as said focus previously.</p> <p><strong>Solution:</strong>&nbsp;It&rsquo;s all different in iOS 8. See that little slider with the sun icon? That allows you to adjust exposure independent of your focus. So set your focus first, then slide up or down to lighten or darken the image. Best thing is, changes happen in real time so you can see what you&rsquo;re committing your shot to.</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="Tip #7: Adjust exposure and focus separately" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/exposure_0.png?1421881884" /> </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"> 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"> Tip #8: Take stills while recording video </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"><strong>Imagine this:</strong>&nbsp; You come across a particularly photogenic moment while filming, mentally marking that moment in your head, and then promptly forgetting it and burning the rest of your day trying to find it in your entire reel of footage later.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> Snap while you shoot video. Note that familiar shutter button next to the red recording one? That&rsquo;s the one you tap to get your stills mid-video which are automatically saved to your camera roll.</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="Tip #8: Take stills while recording video" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/movie%20stills_0.png?1421881884" /> </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"> 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"> Tip #9: Natural skin tone in pictures </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"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> You take a photo at night with the flash activated, only to look back at it and realise the flash has created a harsh white light that blinds your subject while washing it out at the same time.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:&nbsp;</strong>Knowing the problems that come with a single flash, the iPhone 5S&#39; camera utilises a cool LED alongside a warm one to create even lighting.&nbsp;To make the most of the tech, you should use the volume button as the shutter button to prevent the flash from bouncing off your fingers for the most natural skin tones.</p> <p dir="ltr">You can also activate the flash when you&rsquo;re shooting a video. Just look to the top left hand corner and click on the flash icon.</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="Tip #9: Natural skin tone in pictures" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/skintone%20flash_0.png?1421881884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Tip #10: Slapping on a filter is a reversible process </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"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> The filter options that are available to users in the iPhone&#39;s camera app are a much welcomed addition. But what if you decide a photo looks the best in its original state after your mopey black and white mood passes?&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:&nbsp;</strong>You can go back in time, well, sort of.&nbsp;Apple&rsquo;s filters are non-destructive so if you change your mind after applying a filter, you can tap edit again and it will give you the option of taking it off by applying the No Filter option. Ahh, sweet redemption. So go on and filter your photos without a care since they&rsquo;re not permanent.</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="Tip #10: Slapping on a filter is a reversible process" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/filter_0.png?1421881884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tip #11: Panoramas from any point </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"><strong>Imagine this:</strong> You&#39;re about to shoot a panorama of the landscape before you but panning from left to right is not going to be possible because of the obstacle on your right. Bummer.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution:</strong> Did you know you can switch sides of your panorama just by tapping either side to change up the origin? It doesn&rsquo;t always have to pan from left to right. And if you want a certain subject to be the focus of the panorama, you can lock the focus just by tapping and holding that spot on the photo.</p> <p dir="ltr">The panorama is further perfected by the phone&rsquo;s internal intelligence to maintain consistent exposure for perfect highlights without washing out the shadows. So it doesn&rsquo;t matter if part of your panorama is in the shade, it will still turn out perfect.</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="Tip #11: Panoramas from any point" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pano.png?1421881884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Tip #12: Sharing with fellow iPhone-tographers </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"><strong>Imagine this</strong>: the family&#39;s on holiday, but everyone&#39;s busy taking their own photos on their iPhone. Somehow, mum took a better picture of the same landscape, and you&#39;d rather use that picture for Facebook or Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Solution</strong>:&nbsp;You can share your photostreams (all photos within a moment or selected ones only) across all iDevices, and even collaborate via iCloud or AirDrop.&nbsp;The camera automatically puts your taken photos in categories called moments which keeps details of when your photo was taken.&nbsp;Now, different members of the family can all contribute to the same holiday album for you not to miss out on a single moment.</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="Tip #12: Sharing with fellow iPhone-tographers" alt="12 secret iPhone camera features " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharing_2.png?1421881884" /> </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"> More tips please </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>If you&#39;re hankering for more imaging knowledge, check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/perfect-10-these-are-only-iphone-photo-editing-apps-you-need-2015/feature">the best photo-editing iOS apps</a>&nbsp;as well as some of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-8/7-freshest-photos-features-ios-8/feature">the Photos features tucked away in your iPhone</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Unlocking iPhone camera secrets on World Photo Day </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"> Bet you didn&#039;t know these 8 imaging tricks for Apple&#039;s smartphone </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/iphone5scam_0.jpg?1421881884" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/8-things-you-didnt-know-iphone-camera-could-do/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/8-things-you-didnt-know-iphone-camera-could-do/feature#comments Apple iOS iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:11:31 +0000 Elissa Loi 1437441 at http://www.stuff.tv Look to control – that’s what you could be doing to your Apple devices in future http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/look-control-s-what-you-could-be-doing-your-apple-devices-future/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thanks to a new patent by Apple, this feature might become reality soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Look to control – that’s what you could be doing to your Apple devices in future " alt="Look to control – that’s what you could be doing to your Apple devices in future" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/appleinsider.jpg?1421812583" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine this: you&rsquo;re on a crowded bus/train and you got one hand holding your smartphone and the other, the rail to keep you from falling. Now, who&rsquo;s going to help you with navigating the device?</p> <p>Apple devices may soon become smarter and help you with this, thanks to a new patent the tech conglomerate&rsquo;s been granted. It&rsquo;s basically a gaze-tracking graphical user interface that might one day make its way on to Apple&rsquo;s iPhones, iPads, Macs, or even Apple TV.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/look-control-s-what-you-could-be-doing-your-apple-devices-future/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/look-control-s-what-you-could-be-doing-your-apple-devices-future/news#comments Apple iOS Laptops Smartphones Tablets Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:39:56 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458125 at http://www.stuff.tv Living with the Google Nexus 6: you're gonna need a bigger pocket http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-6-long-term-test/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the whale of a handset that’s attracted as much derision as it has curiosity. But what’s the new Nexus 6 like to live with? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Play-Music-Android-Wear-Lollipop.jpg?1421808720" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The box says it all, really. The Nexus 6 is huge. Humongous. You think there&#39;ll be a tablet in there, the red-and-white box is that large.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s not as though the packaging&rsquo;s wasteful, in the way that after-shave or perfume packaging tends to be. No, you prize off the lid, and the new Nexus 6 fills the box all the way to the edges. If you count value in pure square inches, you&rsquo;ll be bloody delighted.</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/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</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"> Can I really live with a six inch phone? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, you can. Well, you can if you&rsquo;re like me - 6ft 4in tall, with the hands and trousers you&rsquo;d expect for a guy who tips the scales at over 17st. In fact, with four weeks now elapsed, an iPhone 5 now looks utterly comical - like a prop from <em>Honey, I Shrunk The Kids</em>, not a serious device you can actually do some work on.</p> <p>And perhaps that&rsquo;s the most important point about life with a Nexus 6: you can do serious work, to the extent that it has displaced my iPad and even laptop during the day. There&rsquo;s no magic to this: a 5.96in, 1440x2560 HD screen simply lets you see more.</p> <p>Of course, there&rsquo;s a price to pay. Yes, the Nexus 6 does fit in my trouser pocket, but not without an outline that looks a little absurd. And the Nexus is one of the few handsets that needs to be forced into my car&rsquo;s cup holder - at 3.27in from edge to edge, it&rsquo;s one of the widest handsets on the planet.</p> <p>And it&rsquo;s that width that you may find a struggle, more than the height of the device: my hands are big enough to handle the thumb gymnastics needed for one-handed operation - many people will simply find it too much, at which point you need to decide if you&rsquo;re happy to do everything with two hands.</p> <p>You can hack it. I have no shame in my OCD when it comes to app arrangement on home screens (a place for everything, and everything in its place&hellip;), but even I&rsquo;ve taken to putting my most-used apps on the left-hand edge of the ginormous screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Unless your hands are this big, prepare to use two for the Nexus 6" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/N6-hand-gymnastics-for-small-hands.jpg?1421808720" /> </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"> Is Lollipop the unbridled joy that I’ve heard to be? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes.</p> <p>At first, I thought that Google had overcooked the animations. I even felt slightly seasick in the first few days of using the Nexus 6. Everything transitions: the opening and closing of the app drawer, multi-tasking between apps&hellip; and the apps that are well-optimised for Material Design bring their own world of sliding and flipping.</p> <p>But get through that initial shock, and you realise that Google has done something wonderful in Lollipop.</p> <p>Apps are no longer a layer on top of the OS: they&rsquo;re part of the experience. You need to use it to fully understand my point, but by comparison iOS looks like distinct components held together in a smartphone case.</p> <p>Lollipop is fluid, and even though there&rsquo;s more action and animation that in any previous version of Android, the experience remains wonderfully simple. And if you&rsquo;ve been using the OS for years, you&rsquo;ll still feel right at home: basically, there are three buttons, home screens, an app drawer and a notifications screen&hellip; it&rsquo;s as simple as that.</p> <p>That said, the new notifications and quick settings screen was irritating at first: why do I need to pull down twice to reveal something that under KitKat 4.4 took a single pull?</p> <p>As the weeks have gone by, I realised that I&rsquo;m concentrating less on the quick settings (exposed by that second pull), and more on the notifications (the bit that matters, really). Plus, the ability to go straight to the message or text from the lock screen with a simple double-tap is genius.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also frankly astonishing how quickly developers have jumped on the Material Design bandwagon: a good majority of my everyday apps are either now fully Material, or have been tweaked to look good enough in a Lollipop world.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-45/review">Android Lollipop review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Flyne app is fully au fait with Android L&#039;s Material Design look" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Flyne-newsreader-Material-design.jpg?1421808720" /> </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"> What apps should I try to show Lollipop at its best? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Twitter:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klinker.android.twitter_l" target="_blank">Talon For Twitter (Plus)</a> - Lollipop-only version of one of the best Android Twitter clients out there.</p> <p><strong>News Reader:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jv.flyne" target="_blank">Flyne</a> - works with Feedly, makes the most of the Nexus 6&rsquo;s screen real estate.</p> <p><strong>News &amp; Magazines:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro" target="_blank">Pocket</a> - the world&rsquo;s best-known article clipper. Beautifully clean and simple.</p> <p><strong>Photo Gallery:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.diune.pictures" target="_blank">Piktures</a> - stunning gallery app, making the most of Material&rsquo;s capabilities.</p> <p><strong>Project Management:</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trello" target="_blank">Trello</a> - a brilliant way to remember and organise everything.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What about battery life? </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>Ah, yes&hellip; the bane of the Android aficionado&rsquo;s life. Forums will tell you to expect 15 minutes from your Nexus 6, even with everything turned off and the screen set to its dimmest level. This, as usual, is rubbish. After four weeks of use, I end a working day with my Nexus 6 showing about 70%. So in theory, I can get two days from my Nexus 6 (although since I habitually charge overnight, I have yet to put that to the test).</p> <p>Now before the inevitable deluge of disbelieving vitriol arrives, I&rsquo;ll admit that it took some tweaking to get to that kind of longevity. For one, you need to turn that screen brightness down: mine is set to between 20-25% brightness. Believe me, you don&rsquo;t need it higher than that. In the first few days, I had it set to 60-70%: lo and behold, Lollipop&rsquo;s in-built battery monitor quickly explained that the screen was eating most of the juice.</p> <p>Next, you&rsquo;ll need to watch for errant apps that do not play nicely with Android 5.0. This is trial and error: install your usual app library, then watch for anything that&rsquo;s glitching on use (there are plenty of games that do not play nicely with Lollipop at all), and uninstall anything suspicious.</p> <p>Lastly, be ruthless with notifications and syncing. This has always been infuriating with Android, and Lollipop doesn&rsquo;t bring any improvements: while iOS provides a single interface for all of your app notifications, Android 5.0 still insists that you work through every app individually to turn off sync and alerts. And believe me, some app developers are damn good at hiding them in their settings.</p> <p>Oh, and a warning: gaming takes by far the biggest hit on the N6&rsquo;s longevity: 15 minutes of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/app-week-monument-valley/review">Monument Valley</a> will do more to to damage battery life than hours of emailing and texting. No surprise there, given the power needed to drive that 493ppi AMOLED screen.</p> <p>Your N6 will come with the Motorola Turbo Charger, which does precisely what it claims to do: your Nexus will charge at an awesome lick. It will get rather hot while doing so (at least during the initial top-up), but I&rsquo;ve found no adverse effects from this.</p> <p>Fortunately, I&rsquo;ve experienced none of the scary battery drain that others claim when pairing the Nexus with an Android Wear watch (in my case, a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a>). And yes, I do have a load of Wear apps installed, even some of the more home-brew affairs. Maybe the clue is in notifications: as I pointed out earlier, I tend to only need alerts for email and texts&hellip; everything else is turned off.</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="With a few choice tweaks, the Nexus 6&#039;s battery life will be superb" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/N6-has-great-battery-life-with-tweaks.jpg?1421808720" /> </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"> Does the Nexus 6 have bugs? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, but not of the world-ending kind.</p> <p>The phone was recently updated from Android 5.0 to 5.01. This seems to have improved battery life, but hasn&#39;t stopped my N6 from deciding to reboot itself every so often. It happens roughly once a week, and for the life of me I cannot figure out what triggers it - it can be lying idle on a chair, then suddenly show the reboot animation. This isn&rsquo;t enough to ruin life with the phone, but it is faintly disturbing given Android 5.0&rsquo;s long gestation period.</p> <p>A more major Lollipop update is due, rumour has it, by the end of January (supposedly taking it from 5.01 to 5.1). At the very least, this should fix a memory leak issue that Google has admitted to (although the memory leak is quite large, I&rsquo;ve yet to see it impact on my Nexus 6&rsquo;s performance in any way).</p> <p>All that aside, the new Nexus gets on with the business at hand, with almost no fuss.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve seen reports of serious interface lag, with Lollipop&rsquo;s always-on encryption blamed as the culprit (you don&rsquo;t need to search for very long to find hacks that will disable the always-on encryption, with N6 owners claiming transformations in speed).</p> <p>This is all very mysterious, as my Nexus 6 is absolutely stock, and is awesomely fast - not a moment&rsquo;s lag, anywhere. Go figure. The only thing I can think is that others have been less frugal or cautious with the apps they&rsquo;ve installed, and that they have been the culprits in slowing the N6 down.</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-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"> Is it a high end hi-fi in a 6in box? </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>Almost. The Nexus 6 has dual front-facing speakers, so it gets off to a good start. And it&rsquo;s certainly head, neck and shoulders above the squeak made by my old Nexus 5 (although that&rsquo;s hardly praise).</p> <p>The real benchmark in the smartphone market remains the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>, which can do a frighteningly good job of sounding like a full-blown system. The N6 lacks the M8&rsquo;s fullness to the sound, although it&rsquo;ll give the HTC a very decent run for its money when it comes to volume.</p> <p>So if you&rsquo;re not the kind who sits crossed-legged in darkness listening to Pink Floyd albums, you&rsquo;ll find the Nexus 6 a more-than-capable portable media centre: the sound&rsquo;s easily good enough for background listening, and the audio is easily good enough to let the N6 work as a go-anywhere cinema.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nexus 6&#039;s front speakers are almost excellent" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/N6-lock-screen-when-music-is-playing.jpg?1421808720" /> </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"> But I’m secretly Cartier-Bresson: what about the camera? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, the camera. That&rsquo;s one of the things I should have put under &lsquo;bugs&rsquo;. It crashes every so often (not fixed by the 5.01 update). And it also can suffer from slight freezes if you have the N6 to auto-rotate (launch the camera, turn it to take a snap&hellip; and wait. That could, of course, be just me&hellip;).</p> <p>But let&rsquo;s be positive. It&rsquo;s a 13 megapixel camera that is infinitely better than the rather shonky affair fitted to the Nexus 5. Autofocus is fast and works, even in low-ish light. And it has the usual merits you&rsquo;ll find with the Google Camera app - mainly, it&rsquo;s quick and simple to use, but with plenty of settings to explore should you wish to do so.</p> <p>One thing to watch out for is that it&#39;s easy to mislead viewing results on the N6&rsquo;s AMOLED screen, thanks to its reddish cast. View your snaps on something more neutral (in my case, a Macbook Pro), and you&rsquo;ll find that the Nexus takes a well-balanced view of the world. And sharp, too, even in low light.</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-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"> What’s disappointing after four weeks with a Nexus 6? </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 back of my blue 32GB Nexus 6 may be pretty enough fresh from the box, but it collects smears and smudges at an awesome pace. You can wipe these clean with your fingers, but who wants to spend their lives doing that? And when the rear of the handset is as large and obvious as this, it&rsquo;s no small issue.</p> <p>I wish Google had kept double-tap-to-wake in the final release of the 6. It was there, apparently, during the development phase, but had been dropped by the time the Nexus reached stores. It just makes enormous sense with a device of this size - double tap the screen to wake the phone, and maybe swipe down to sleep.</p> <p>Perhaps Google&rsquo;s logic was that the in-built Ambient Display tech would render the double-tap useless.</p> <p>Ambient, enabled by default, gently wakes the Nexus&rsquo; screen to show incoming notifications, or when you move the device. It seems to have been made more sensitive with the recent 5.01 update, and in the majority of circumstances, Google may have made the right shout - lift the handset to look at it, and 8 times out of 10 it will show the monochrome Ambient screen (so enabling you to swipe up to unlock it).</p> <p>I could moan about the need to fiddle with the 6 as much as I have to get good battery life, but since that fits with my habits anyway, groaning would be churlish. I am surprised, though, that a phone with a whopping 3220mAh battery cannot swan through a day with everything turned on.</p> <p>Finally, I was shocked by the reddish cast to the Nexus 6&rsquo;s screen in the first day or two with the handset. I&rsquo;ve come from an HTC One M8, which is about as neutral as a display can be, so the vivid, almost harsh N6 was a cause for concern. However, four weeks later and I barely notice the discolouration: it just looks punchy, colourful and sharp.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nexus 6&#039;s backside is prone to picking up smudges and smears" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Rear-of-N6-picks-up-smudges.jpg?1421808720" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Should I buy 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>Yes. With caveats.</p> <p>If you are 6ft 4in with big trousers and big hands, buy a Nexus 6 now. You&rsquo;ll love it.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re not, you will need to accept that your smartphone usage henceforth will become a two-handed affair, with the incumbent risk that you drop the damned thing.</p> <p>And you most certainly need to drop into a phone reseller&#39;s shop and ask if they&rsquo;ll let you try popping an N6 into your pocket before parting with nearly S$1000: to not do so would be foolish.</p> <p>Some have quibbled at the N6&rsquo;s price. Having lived with it, I think it&rsquo;s superb value. Sure, previous Nexi have come with stupidly low prices tags. But let&rsquo;s get real: S$1000 for an unlocked 32GB device with a beautifully high resolution 6in screen and access to the best Android update ever doesn&rsquo;t seem extortionate to me.</p> <p>And unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> (which, don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I loved), the Nexus 6 feels future-proofed - you can&rsquo;t imagine it looking old in 12 months.</p> <p>Is this the best phone I&rsquo;ve ever owned? Perhaps not (I still think the HTC One M8 is one of the best pieces of engineering I&rsquo;ve ever experienced). But is it an excellent experience and worth every penny? Yes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Test the Nexus 6 on your jeans before buying" alt="Google Nexus 6 long-term test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Test-your-N6-on-your-pockets-first.jpg?1421808720" /> </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"> Living with the Google Nexus 6 </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"> You&#039;re gonna need a bigger pocket... </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-6-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-6-long-term-test/feature#comments Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:27:40 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1458116 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, showing off its 20.7MP camera http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New leak suggests that the M9 has plenty of the M8&#039;s handsome genes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M9) could ditch the 4MP Ultrapixel camera for a 20.7MP snapper" alt="HTC One (M9) could ditch the 4MP Ultrapixel camera for a 20.7MP snapper" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTCOneM9leak.jpg?1421805468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If good design ain&#39;t broke, don&#39;t fix it. That seems to be HTC&#39;s mantra when it comes to the eagerly anticipated <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">One (M9)</a>. Assuming the news set of leaked pictures is genuine of course.</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/max-langridge" title="View user profile.">Max Langridge</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 images show off a phone that looks incredibly similar to its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review">M8</a> predecessor, with what appears to be a slim, curved, sexy metal body. Which, given the M8&#39;s gorgeous design and premium feel - is just fine by us.</p> <p>Take a closer look at the rear of the leaked phone however, and you&#39;ll notice a different looking camera. The French site claims this will be where the new 20.7-megapixel sensor will sit, meaning that HTC will ditch its UltraPixel technology in favour of something that&#39;ll likely produce better pictures, especially for people who like cropping into images.</p> <p>While none of this has yet to be confirmed, it&#39;s highly likely this could be the case. HTC opted for a 13MP snapper in its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review">Desire Eye</a> &quot;selfie-focused&quot; smartphone, and seeing as that is targeted at the mid-range market, the flagship M9 should receive a better camera.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The One (M9) isn&#39;t expected to make the jump to a 2K screen though. Instead, HTC is expected to stick to a Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, but will use the Snapdragon 810 processor, which we&#39;re expecting to see in almost all new flagship devices this year.</p> <p>We&#39;ve just over a month to wait until MWC and Stuff will be at HTC&#39;s press conference to bring you all the details of the new release, so mark your calendars, and stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M9) preview - everything we think we know</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/photos-proto-htc-one-m9-2015-104309/">Nowhereelse.fr</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one_m9_photos_leak_confirm_new_camera-news-10838.php">GSM Arena</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="HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, features a 20.7MP camera" alt="HTC One (M9) snapped in the wild, features a 20.7MP camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTCOneM9leak2.jpg?1421805461" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one-m9-images-surface-online/news#comments Android HTC Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:15:08 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458112 at http://www.stuff.tv The last smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/last-smartphone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tired of upgrading your phone every few years? Meet the modular chameleon that might just be the only portable gadget you’ll ever need… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google&#039;s Project Ara" alt="Google Project Ara - You could soon be buying the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever ne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Project-Ara-Sliding-Screen-2.jpg?1421802623" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the future, your phone won&rsquo;t be a single chunk of gadgetry.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a collection of things that you can click together into phones of different sizes depending on how you&rsquo;re feeling, what you&rsquo;re wearing and what you plan to do. It&rsquo;ll have every sensor under the sun, but only if you decide to add them, and it&rsquo;ll be permanently future-proof, because adding a new processor will be as simple as slotting in a SIM card.</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/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</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"> A phone you can break </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>How many gadgets have you bought? As a <em>Stuff</em>-reading technology wizard, we&rsquo;re guessing your answer will be: &ldquo;Oh, most of them&rdquo;. But how many of them have eventually stopped working and been thrown away? Sadly, your answer is likely to be the same: most of them.</p> <p>For decades we&rsquo;ve bought things we can&rsquo;t repair, with screens that break and batteries that lose their juice after six months. And every time that happens, we check our insurance, summon a shiny new replacement and send the old gadget to be buried in a mountain of VHS tapes, broken furniture and those bags of salad that never get finished. There has to be a better way.</p> <p>It was exactly these kinds of thoughts that began bouncing around the brain of Dutch product designer Dave Hakkens last year when his camera broke. Or rather, when part of it broke. That part was easily replaceable &ndash; although he&rsquo;s not an engineer, Hakkens was able to spot the defective lens motor and remove it. The only problem was, he couldn&rsquo;t get a replacement, because camera companies don&rsquo;t sell lens motors. They sell cameras. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the weird thing about electronics,&rdquo; says Hakkens. &ldquo;If your car or your bike is faulty, you fix it. But with the camera, they said I should just throw it away and buy a new one.&rdquo;</p> <p>Instead, Hakkens began thinking about how to make gadgets that could be repaired and upgraded, rather than replaced. He quickly realised the ubiquitous smartphone was the best place to start, and began designing a phone with removable components that could be swapped when they break or get old. But while Hakkens has a gift for ideas, he&rsquo;s not an electrical engineer. &ldquo;I had an idea for a phone, but I couldn&rsquo;t build it,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;So I thought, what&rsquo;s the best way to get this done?&rdquo;</p> <p>The answer was to do what no large company in its right mind would do with an idea like this: he made a video explaining his idea, and put it on the internet.</p> <p>The response to Hakkens&rsquo; concept phone, which he called Phonebloks, was huge. Within days he had over 900,000 supporters on the Thunderclap public speaking platform and the campaign reached an estimated 380 million people on social media, not to mention TV, newspapers and magazines (yes, you did see it in Hot Stuff). Among the huge number of responses, there was an email that would make Hakkens&rsquo; dream a reality.</p> <p>&ldquo;We got a lot of people and companies responding, and one of them was Motorola. They said they were working on something similar, but they&rsquo;d been doing it secretly in their lab.&rdquo;</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="1137" height="853" title="Pavement, meet glass" alt="Google Project Ara - You could soon be buying the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever ne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/broken-screen.jpg?1421802623" /> </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"> Epic sh*t </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the people who had been hard at work in that secret lab was another designer, Gadi Amit. Gadi&rsquo;s own company, New Deal Design, has shaped a significant portion of the tech that&rsquo;s graced our pages in the last few years, including the FitBit, the Lytro camera, the Airocide air purifier and designs for Dell and Netgear. Gadi&rsquo;s team was recruited by ATAP, the secretive Advanced Technology And Projects group within Motorola (and then Google following its buyout of Motorola in 2012) that cooks up futuristic technologies in unmarked buildings on Californian business parks. ATAP describes itself as &lsquo;a small band of pirates&rsquo;, which is exactly the kind of thing nerds like to call themselves, and has the motto &lsquo;We like epic shit&rsquo;, which sounds confusing and disgusting but apparently means something quite different in American. ATAP&rsquo;s brief is to pick wildly ambitious goals and deliver them in two years. The brief they gave Gadi&rsquo;s team was unlike anything they&rsquo;d been asked to do before.</p> <p>&ldquo;They said they wanted a modular phone that could serve six billion people,&rdquo; explains Gadi. &ldquo;They wanted it to have a malleable configuration, a high-technology core that can work with low-cost, detachable parts, and they wanted people to be able to 3D-print elements of it.</p> <p>&ldquo;We came up with around 10 kinds of phone. We had a design that looked like a normal phone, but you would &lsquo;pop the hood&rsquo; at the back and inside you&rsquo;d see a variety of components attached with flat cables or connectors, very much like a PC. The problem with that concept was that if someone like my mum wants to swap a component&hellip; well, she probably won&rsquo;t do that, because she&rsquo;s not the sort of person who opens a PC to replace the RAM. So this concept would appeal to tech enthusiasts, but it&rsquo;s not for six billion phones. Then we looked at a hybrid model &ndash; half the phone was closed, and then half of it had interchangeable modules that were visible from the outside.</p> <p>&ldquo;We looked at phones that came in layers, like a cake, layer on layer on layer. And we had a concept that was similar to Phonebloks in the sense that there wasn&rsquo;t a skeleton, only blocks that connected to each other, which we called the &lsquo;Lego phone&rsquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;Both of these had a fundamental problem, though, which was that if you want to make the platform reliable, you have to be able to control the core communication bus between the different components. You don&rsquo;t want to have one component communicating with another by way of the component in between, because if the component in the middle is slower, it&rsquo;ll limit the performance of the whole phone.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Some of Project Ara&#039;s many modules" alt="Google Project Ara - You could soon be buying the last smartphone you&#039;ll ever ne" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Project-Ara-Modules_0.jpg?1421802623" /> </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"> How to buy an Ara phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>1 - Choose your &#39;Endo&#39;</strong><br />Google envisions there being three types of Ara frame, or &lsquo;endo&rsquo;. There will be a Mini version, that&rsquo;s about the size of a candy-bar feature phone, a Medium option with iPhone 5s-like dimensions, and a Large model that&rsquo;s in phablet territory. All three will be 9.7mm thick, with the &lsquo;grey phone&rsquo; coming in the Medium size.</p> <p><strong>2 - Pick your modules</strong><br />Now for the fun bit. Using the Ara Configurator app (either on your smartphone or via a friend who has an Ara invite) you can play around with and choose which modules you want to slot into your endo. Google wants this to be an app store for modules. Those looking to try before they buy will be able to visit pop-up demo stores.</p> <p><strong>3 - Get customising</strong><br />Chosen all your modules? Now it&rsquo;s time to design their 3D-printed &lsquo;shells&rsquo;. Google is planning to go big on personalisation: for example, you&rsquo;ll be able to import a holiday photo into the app, get a colour palette based on its hues and use this as your design. You&rsquo;ll also be able tweak the shell&rsquo;s materials and texture until it&rsquo;s just how you want it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Magnets from the future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;So we kept trying new ideas, but the concept that was a winner every time was the idea of a phone with a rigid grid of modules of three sizes that slotted into an inner skeleton. It&rsquo;s just like having a spine and a central nervous system, and that&rsquo;s why we used the word &lsquo;endoskeleton&rsquo;, in a biological sense.&rdquo;</p> <p>But Project Ara&rsquo;s endoskeleton isn&rsquo;t just a dumb connector. &ldquo;You can swap out a battery,&rdquo; says Gadi, &ldquo;while you&rsquo;re making a call. The endoskeleton will maintain the call for up to five minutes because it has its own internal battery.&rdquo;</p> <p>When Dave Hakkens visited Google for his first look at Project Ara, his favourite part of the design was the way the modules are held in place. &ldquo;My design had a board with modules held in by pins, but Google is using electropermanent magnets, which are quite a magical thing. It&rsquo;s like an electromagnet, only usually an electromagnet always requires current. This one doesn&rsquo;t &ndash; you can flip the polarity to turn it &lsquo;on&rsquo; or &lsquo;off&rsquo;, but while it&rsquo;s on or off it&rsquo;s not using any current. And when it&rsquo;s stuck, it&rsquo;s stuck.</p> <p>&ldquo;So to release the modules, you have to tell Android to release them and it&rsquo;ll switch the magnets off, but while they&rsquo;re on, they won&rsquo;t fall out and you can&rsquo;t pull them off &ndash; it really feels like a solid phone. It&rsquo;s a really nice, futuristic piece of technology.&rdquo;</p> <p>The skeletons themselves come in three sizes: a small &lsquo;candy bar&rsquo; format that Gadi Amit says was chosen for its &lsquo;pocketability&rsquo;; a standard smartphone size; and a phablet. Because swapping modules takes seconds, this means if you own all three you can change the size ofyour phone (but keep using the same memory, processor, camera and so on) depending on what you&rsquo;re doing. And as far as extras are concerned, the possibilities for modules are almost endless.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s like an app store, basically,&rdquo; says Dave Hakkens. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve heard some good ideas for solar modules, to add solar charging. One of my favourites came from a woman who has diabetes, who responded to our video saying you could have a glucose meter block, so she could measure the amount of sugar in her blood. I would never have thought of it myself, and I don&rsquo;t think any phone maker would ever have come up with an idea like that, but if you think about it there&rsquo;s a really big group of people who would want that in their phone.&rdquo;</p> <p>But what Hakkens says he&rsquo;d like to see is more established companies lending their expertise to modular phones. He&rsquo;s currently working with Sennheiser on audio blocks, such as DAC modules for audiophile-quality headphone sound or better built-in speakers, but he&rsquo;s eager to get other firms to bring their expertise in making cameras, batteries, processors and anything else you care to imagine into modular phones.</p> <p>And he&rsquo;s particularly keen to get chip manufacturers involved (Qualcomm, not McCain&hellip; although some sort of tiny deep-fryer module could be handy for mid-call snacking). If you can replace the processor each time Nvidia or Intel brings out a newer, more powerful system-on-chip, the old processor can be easily recycled, the upgrade process takes place piece-by-piece, and your phone is always the most powerful phone you can buy.</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="A view of Project Ara from the back" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Project-Ara-View-of-the-Back_0.jpg?1421802623" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The three available sizes" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Project-Ara-Three-Different-Sizes_0.jpg?1421802623" /> </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"> How to change an Ara module </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>You won&#39;t have to click, screw or glue your fun-squares into place - Ara&#39;s much more clever than that...</p> <p><strong>STEP 1</strong><br />In Ara&#39;s custom version of Android, go to the modules section and select the tile you want to change. This will be a new variant of Android, as Google&#39;s OS doesn&#39;t currently support hot-swappable hardware.</p> <p><strong>STEP 2</strong><br />Ara gives the chosen module a short pulse of current that turns its electropermanent magnets &#39;off&#39;. The magnets only use power when you switch their polarity, so they don&#39;t chomp your battery.</p> <p><strong>STEP 3</strong><br />You can now slide the module out from its port. Thanks to your Ara phone&#39;s small backup battery, you can even swap out the main battery while the phone&#39;s still on. No more faffling with external battery packs.</p> <p><strong>STEP 4</strong><br />Slide in your new module and another small pulse will automatically lock it into place. Get ready to start playing with your new camera/RAM/Geiger counter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Upgrade everything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So how and when can you get hold of an Ara? Unless you happen to be in Puerto Rico its hard to know. The United States island territory is where Google plans to initially release the Ara in a &#39;limited market pilot&#39; sometime during 2015. Details and dates of this pilot are still relatively unknown and Google are yet to comment on when this product will be rolled out across the rest of the world. For those of us that aren&#39;t lucky enough to be living in Puerto Rico it could simply be a matter of waiting (and wishing that everything goes to plan).&nbsp;</p> <p>If Project Ara goes down a storm then it could pave the way for a completely new breed of customisable gadgets. Module bays will become as commonplace as USB ports. You&rsquo;ll be able to add processors and sensors to TVs, coffee machines, cars and anything else to which you can legally take a soldering iron. You&rsquo;ll be able to upgrade everything you own, without throwing anything away.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/intua_p4kE0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/last-smartphone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/last-smartphone/feature#comments Google Project Ara Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:03:20 +0000 Elissa Loi 1458104 at http://www.stuff.tv Experience nostalgia with this new Sharp flip-smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/my/sharp/experience-nostalgia-new-sharp-flip-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharp’s new Aquos K mobile is definitely one to revel over </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="426" title="Experience nostalgia with this new Sharp flip-smartphone" alt="Experience nostalgia with this new Sharp flip-smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sharpflip.jpg?1421744267" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know the names of the big smartphone makers like the back of your hand. Adding on one more non-smartphone regular name to that list &ndash; Sharp. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s unveiled two new smartphones, one of which takes you on a walk down memory lane. Named the Sharp Aquos K, it&rsquo;s a flip-phone (now, when was the last time you saw one of those) with the make of a regular smartphone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s also the Aquos mini </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>Sharp&rsquo;s also announced the Aquos mini, a 4.5in, waterproof Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone with a 1080p screen and Sharp&#39;s EDGEST minimal bezel design. It has a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 13MP main snapper.</p> <p>The Sharp Aquos mini comes in four colours &ndash; cyan, magenta, white and black, while the Sharp Aquos K comes in three colours - red, white and black. The only setback is that the units are Japan-exclusive for now &ndash; meaning you&rsquo;ll have to head over to the land of the rising sun to get one. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sharp/sharp-preparing-4k-smartphone-lcd-screens-2016/news">Sharp preparing 4K smartphone LCD screens for 2016</a></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sharp_announces_aquos_mini_for_japan_flipphone_in_tow-news-10825.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena </a>and <a href="http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/sharp-aquos-k-flip-phone-launched-in-japan-19-01-2015/" target="_blank">Geeky Gadgets</a>, images: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sharp_announces_aquos_mini_for_japan_flipphone_in_tow-news-10825.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="There&#039;s also the Aquos mini" alt="There&#039;s also the Aquos mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharpsmart.jpg?1421744267" /> </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/sharp/experience-nostalgia-new-sharp-flip-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sharp/experience-nostalgia-new-sharp-flip-smartphone/news#comments Sharp Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:48:39 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458071 at http://www.stuff.tv The end of the Ascend line-up might descend upon Huawei soon http://www.stuff.tv/my/ascend-mate/huawei-might-soon-put-stop-ascend-name-its-line/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fret not, it&#039;s only the name that might be gone, Huawei is still making smartphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="The end of the Ascend line-up might descend upon Huawei soon" alt="The end of the Ascend line-up might descend upon Huawei soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hw.jpeg?1421731058" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chinese company Huawei has been banging hard on the branding for its Huawei Ascend smartphone line-up. But not for long.</p> <p>After years of using the Ascend name in its smartphones, sources are claiming that the company&rsquo;s all set to retire the name in its future devices. If this is true, the Huawei <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/ifa-2014/huawei-s-ascend-mate-7-phablet-bumps-specs-adds-fingerprint-reader/news">Ascend Mate 7</a> flagship phablet will be the last entry in the series.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ascend-mate/huawei-might-soon-put-stop-ascend-name-its-line/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ascend-mate/huawei-might-soon-put-stop-ascend-name-its-line/news#comments Ascend Mate Huawei Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:26:44 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458061 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M9) Hima http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 19/01/2015: It&#039;s official - the M9 will be revealed on 1 March in Barcelona </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One (M9) concept by emprogadgets.tk" alt="HTC One (M9) concept by emprogadgets.tk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m9-concept-01.jpg?1421983582" /> </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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> is one of our favourite phones &ndash; shortlisted for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-smartphone-year/feature" target="_blank">smartphone of the year</a> in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-best-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014</a>, no less.</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"> It won&#039;t be called the HTC One (M9) </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>According to Twitter tipster <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/540405152767700992" target="_blank">@upleaks</a>, the next HTC flagship rejoices in the name &quot;HTC Hima&quot;. That could be a codename, of course &ndash; though @upleaks also claims that an affordable <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/540408804857221121" target="_blank">&quot;Hima Ace&quot;</a> variant is in the works; suggesting that it may indeed be the final product name. To be fair, &quot;HTC One (M9)&quot; doesn&#39;t exactly trip off the tongue.</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"> Design and build quality </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 02/01/2015:</strong>&nbsp;Chinese site&nbsp;<a href="http://detail.zol.com.cn/picture_index_1460/index14598745_0_p393279.shtml#/&amp;pn=3" target="_blank">zol.com.cn</a>&nbsp;has posted a raft of leaked images purporting to show the HTC (M9)/Hima in all its glory. It looks a lot like the HTC One and HTC One (M8), we think you&rsquo;ll agree &ndash; albeit with a different front panel.</p> <p>Given the popularity of the One&rsquo;s design, we don&rsquo;t think many people will take issue with HTC&rsquo;s decision to stick with the brushed metal unibody look (assuming, of course, that these images are genuine).</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="Leaked images show a device that strongly resembles previous HTC flagships" alt="Leaked images show a device that strongly resembles previous HTC flagships" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m9-leak_1.jpg?1421983582" /> </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="Leaked images show a device that strongly resembles previous HTC flagships" alt="Leaked images show a device that strongly resembles previous HTC flagships" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m9-leak-2_1.jpg?1421983582" /> </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&#039;ll likely have a 2K 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>HTC looks set to follow in the footsteps of 2014&#39;s flagship phones, including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, both of which packed 2K screens. According to a report in <a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.in/htc-tipped-launch-one-m9-rival-iphone-6-release-date-specification-613474" target="_blank">IB Times</a>, the Hima will sport a 5.2in, 2560 x 1440 screen, delivering 564 ppi. That report&#39;s a little suspect&nbsp;&ndash; it suggests that a <a href="https://twitter.com/htc_concepts" target="_blank">fan concept designer</a> is actually an HTC employee &ndash; but it does seem to be&nbsp;backed up by prolific leaker <a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/htc-one-2015-photos-facade-103258/" target="_blank">nowhereelse.fr</a>, who has published snaps of a 5.2in display that&#39;s purportedly going to grace the next HTC flagship.</p> <p>@upleaks disputes this, though, claiming that the Hima will arrive with a 5in 1080p display. The fact that nowhereelse.fr has provided photo evidence seems to point conclusively to the rumoured 5.2in, 2K display, though.</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 (M9) Hima screen [via nowhereelse.fr]" alt="HTC One (M9) Hima screen [via nowhereelse.fr]" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-M9-Hima-2015-screen.jpg?1421983582" /> </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 (M9) Hima screen [via nowhereelse.fr]" alt="HTC One (M9) Hima screen [via nowhereelse.fr]" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-M9-Hima-2015-VS.jpg?1421983582" /> </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"> It&#039;s got flagship specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As you&#39;d expect, it being a flagship and all. IB Times claims that it&#39;ll pack 3GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options, and a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor; online publication <a href="http://news.mydrivers.com/1/342/342909.htm" target="_blank">MyDrivers</a> backs up that spec sheet, with the addition of a 3,500mAh battery. Dual BoomSound speakers, a fixture on the HTC One line, are set to appear on the One (M9) &ndash; possibly, according to MyDrivers, boosted with the addition of Bose technology. Although @upleaks can&#39;t confirm an HTC-Bose team-up, they do suggest that the Hima could feature <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/541116737677033472" target="_blank">SRS sound enhancement</a>.</p> <p>@upleaks, meanwhile, reports that the HTC Hima will feature a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM and a 2,840mAh battery, adding that the phone will support Cat.6 LTE. Either of those spec sheets would make for a powerful phone. Naturally, it&#39;s expected to arrive running Android 5.0 Lollipop &ndash; skinned with HTC Sense 7; though <a href="https://twitter.com/upleaks/status/541072725695926274" target="_blank">@upleaks</a> also points to evidence suggesting that a Windows Phone variant is in the works.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Ultimate Setup: HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AwKAE5p85tY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> HTC could be ditching UltraPixel </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>HTC looks set to abandon its foray into UltraPixel cameras &ndash; which used sensors with a smaller number of larger pixels for (allegedly) improved low-light performance. @upleaks expects the HTC Hima to arrive with a 20.7MP rear camera, while MyDrivers points to a 16MP camera with optical image stabiliation.</p> <p>Round the front, @upleaks claims that the Hima will feature either a 13MP camera &ndash; or a 4MP UltraPixel snapper; so it seems that HTC may not be ready to abandon the UltraPixel experiment just yet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best apps for the 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="HTC One (M9) concept by emprogadgets.tk" alt="HTC One (M9) concept by emprogadgets.tk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-m9-concept-02.jpg?1421983582" /> </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"> 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><strong>Update 19/01/15:</strong>&nbsp;It&#39;s official - we&#39;ve received an invitation from HTC, asking us to join them on Sunday 1 March in Barcelona - the day before Mobile World Congress kicks off. We&#39;ll bring you all the new straight from the front lines, so stay tuned.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s6/samsung-galaxy-s6-what-we-d-see-samsung-s-next-flagship" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="634" height="475" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-invite_1.jpg?1421983582" /> </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> <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"> HTC One (M9) Hima: the story so far </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"> Get ready for its unveiling at MWC 2015 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-m9-hima/review#comments HTC One (M9) Smartphones Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:34:13 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455108 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two tech giants, two giant phones – but which will we crown king of the phablets? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-01.jpg?1421983582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few years ago, asking somebody what a &ldquo;phablet&rdquo; was would have got you nothing more than a blank stare (and possibly, if you were a nerd at a stereotypical American school, a Chinese burn for asking such a dumb geek question).</p> <p>But right now the world has gone mad for huge phones, so much so that even Apple, a company that once insisted nobody wanted a phone that had a larger than 3.5in screen, has produced a pocket-stretching flagship device with a 5.5in display: the iPhone 6 Plus.</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"> Build and design </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>Given the respective companies&rsquo; past form, you might think a design dust-up between Apple and Samsung is always going to end with the former company winning. But looking at the two phones, this is a closer run thing than many might have predicted.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus looks almost identical to its little brother the iPhone 6, except it&rsquo;s obviously much bigger. In fact, we&rsquo;d say it&rsquo;s a touch too big on reflection, considering its screen size: we&rsquo;d have expected miniaturisation specialists Apple to do a better job of keeping the phone as small as possible.</p> <p>With a seamless, curved metal body, it&rsquo;s quite comfortable to hold despite its size, and it&rsquo;s just 7.1mm thin and reasonably light at 172g. But there&rsquo;s something decidedly un-Apple about the feel and look of this phone: it&rsquo;s a little lacking in terms of &ldquo;premium-ness&rdquo; when compared to past iPhones.</p> <p>The Galaxy Note 4 isn&rsquo;t much thicker (8.5mm) or heavier (176g) than the 6 Plus, despite its larger screen dimensions &ndash; Samsung has done a fine job of keeping it as small as possible &ndash; and from the front it&rsquo;s an elegant-looking device. That said, the faux leather back panel shows that Samsung&rsquo;s design department hasn&rsquo;t shed its propensity for naff ideas, and the protruding camera lens and other bumps here and there cut down on the sleekness somewhat.</p> <p>Even so, the sheer unnecessary size of the iPhone 6 Plus has us plumping for the Note 4 in this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-vs-htc-one-m8-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One (M8) - the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="The iPhone 6 Plus is prettier, but the Samsung Note 4 is better designed" alt="The iPhone 6 Plus is prettier, but the Samsung Note 4 is better designed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build%20samsung%20note%204%20iphone%206%20plus.JPG?1421983582" /> </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 </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 these smartphones sit snugly in the phablet category thanks to their generously-proportioned displays. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5in screen while the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 offers a slightly roomier 5.7in screen. It might not sound like much of a jump, that 0.2in, but the Note 4&rsquo;s display does immediately seem a fair bit bigger than its counterpart&rsquo;s.</p> <p>There are differences beyond the size, however. The iPhone 6 Plus uses IPS LCD technology, and boasts a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (that&rsquo;s a pixel density of 401ppi, spec fans). Samsung has shot for the moon with its own screen, which uses AMOLED technology and offers a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (515ppi). That&rsquo;s 2K resolution, baby!</p> <p>Comparing the two screens side-by-side, we find the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s to be superior at rendering fine detail (as you&rsquo;d expect) and deep, inky blacks. If your viewing habits tend towards video, photos and games, it won&rsquo;t let you down one bit. It&rsquo;s not without minor issues, and for our money the iPhone 6 Plus offers better contrast (meaning it&rsquo;s better for web pages, ebooks and the like) more realistic colour reproduction, purer whites and wider viewing angles.</p> <p>But overall, the resolution and richness of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s display put it firmly in first place in this round.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review">Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge - the 3-sided Note 4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If rich colours and oodles of detail are your thing you&#039;ll love the Note 4" alt="If rich colours and oodles of detail are your thing you&#039;ll love the Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-screen_2.jpg?1421983582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The iPhone 6 Plus screen is fantastic, but hardly boundary-pushing" alt="The iPhone 6 Plus screen is fantastic, but hardly boundary-pushing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_0_2.jpg?1421983582" /> </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 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we&rsquo;re going on megapixel counts, the Galaxy Note 4&rsquo;s 16MP rear camera looks mightily more impressive on paper than the iPhone 6 Plus&rsquo;s 8MP snapper. But we know better than that, don&rsquo;t we &ndash; and in reality the two phones offer quite similar photographic performance from the main cameras.</p> <p>In good lighting the results from each camera are pretty much neck-and-neck, and the Note 4 feels quicker to focus. However when the lights dim and the sun goes down, any photographer would much rather have the iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket. Both phones feature optical image stabilisation and dual-LED flashes to aid low-light performance, but the iPhone consistently delivers sharper, punchier pictures with a better tonal range.</p> <p>On the video front, the Galaxy Note 4 has the advantage of being able to shoot 4K footage, while the iPhone 6 Plus is limited to 1080p. However, the iPhone can shoot ultra-smooth slo-mo footage at 120fps or 240fps, which we think will get used a lot more than 4K recording. The Note 4 can do 120fps video, but not 240fps.</p> <p>Front-facing camera-wise, the iPhone 6 Plus sports a 1.2MP camera capable of taking 720p video, while the Note 4 ups the stakes with a wide-angle 3.7MP camera with a f/1.9 aperture &ndash; making it inordinately better for selfies.</p> <p>Overall, we think the iPhone 6 Plus delivers a better camera experience than the Galaxy Note 4, but both phones are strong performers when it comes to snapping photos and capturing video.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 6 Plus</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="Both phones offer strong photo and video performance" alt="Both phones offer strong photo and video performance" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-4-iphone-6-plus-camera.JPG?1421983582" /> </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>Packing the beefy Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core chip and 3GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a real benchmark-killer. When reviewing it in October 2014, we ran popular benchmarking app AnTuTu on it and it garnered a score of 45,111 &ndash; higher than any other flagship Android phone on sale at the time. There&rsquo;s some lag when pressing buttons and the slightest hint of a stutter when navigating the TouchWiz interface &ndash; both standard Samsung traits, but overall the processing power on board is more than sufficient. Heck, it&rsquo;s even powerful enough to run Samsung&rsquo;s Gear VR headset.</p> <p>On the storage front, it comes with 32GB of space, but this is easily (and cheaply) upgradeable by a further 128GB via micro SD card.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities (all non-expandable) and, while we can&rsquo;t compare its benchmark scores to the Note 4&rsquo;s, its unspecified amount of RAM and 1.4GHz Apple A8 processor perform to a similar level. Thanks to Apple&rsquo;s tight control of iOS and its apps, everything runs silky smooth and without a hitch.</p> <p>On balance, it&rsquo;s pretty much impossible to call this round. So we&rsquo;re calling it a tie.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</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="The Note 4 is so powerful it can run Samsung&#039;s Gear VR headset" alt="The Note 4 is so powerful it can run Samsung&#039;s Gear VR headset" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9939_0.JPG?1421983582" /> </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"> Features </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 6 Plus is essentially just a bigger iPhone 6 &ndash; there aren&rsquo;t really any phablet-centric features to speak of, unless you count the fact that it can display selected apps in a new landscape format (a few months after launch, we still don&#39;t feel like enough apps have been optimised, however). As touched on above, it does have a larger battery than the regular iPhone 6, as well as optical image stabilisation for that camera.</p> <p>In terms of standout features that we haven&rsquo;t mentioned already, we have to give it up for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which works brilliantly and adds an extra layer of security to the device while speeding up unlocking. And when Apple Pay finally arrive, it&rsquo;ll be even handier.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, on the other hand... well, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has the S-Pen, and it has Multi Window. The S-Pen is a smart stylus (it slots away in the phone body when not in use), and the version on the Note 4 is the best yet: twice as pressure sensitive as its predecessor, it&rsquo;s brilliant for sketching and making notes on the huge screen; it also works with a range of special Air Command apps. Styluses are nothing new, of course, but the S-Pen manages to feel more natural to use than others, and the way in which it&rsquo;s integrated into the Galaxy Note 4 is brilliant.</p> <p>Multi Window is a &ldquo;proper&rdquo; multitasking mode: hold down the back button on the phone and you&rsquo;ll access a list of apps (mostly from Samsung and Google, but there are also third-party examples) available that can be run side-by-side. You can even move drag and drop text and screenshots between apps.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing quite as slick as the Touch ID scanner on board, but the Note 4 does have a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a heart-rate monitor. The phone&rsquo;s size makes it a little tricky to use for the small-handed lady or gentleman, mind you.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</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="Stylus in spades: it&#039;s the wonderful S-Pen" alt="Stylus in spades: it&#039;s the wonderful S-Pen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-4-s-pen.JPG?1421983582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="The iPhone 6 Plus now offers a landscape mode" alt="The iPhone 6 Plus now offers a landscape mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-plus-landscape.png?1421983582" /> </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"> Battery life </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>A huge 2K screen has to leech the battery like nobody&rsquo;s business, right? Not the case with the Galaxy Note 4, thankfully. The phone&rsquo;s removable 3220mAh battery and its energy-efficient Snapdragon 805 processor help give it the most stamina out of all the 2K phones currently on the market, and we&rsquo;ve found that after a day of normal use will leave you with 10-20 percent battery life left in the tank. In our HD video loop test, it lasted for an impressive 11 hours.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 Plus doesn&rsquo;t have to power the dizzying number of pixels that the Note 4 does, but even so we&rsquo;ve found its battery life to be staggeringly lengthy: you can actually get a good two days&rsquo; use out of the handset without needing to reach for that charging cable. Its size means it has space for a larger capacity battery than the iPhone 6, so it outlasts that model too. Truly remarkable.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 6 Plus</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="The Galaxy Note 4 has a removable battery" alt="The Galaxy Note 4 has a removable battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-note-4-battery_0.JPG?1421983582" /> </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"> Operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is tough round to call for many reasons, the main one being that many of us have our favourite OS. It&rsquo;s like a comfortable old cardigan: we know it, we love it and we don&rsquo;t feel the same wearing (i.e. using) anything else.</p> <p>If you love iOS, you&rsquo;re going to immediately feel at home with the iPhone 6 Plus. A slick, attractive-looking user interface, it&rsquo;s also easier to pick up and use for a first time user than Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz. And iOS still has a better selection of apps than Android, despite Google Play&rsquo;s selection getting better and better all the time.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz interface, which sits on top of Android 4.4 KitKat (an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop is planned), is much improved over past versions. Formerly, the company was guilty of loading up its phones with bloatware and apps that nobody used, but that tendency has been curbed somewhat of late. We&rsquo;ve already talked a bit about the Note 4&rsquo;s Multi Window mode, but overall its UI is solid &ndash; it&rsquo;s just not quite the masterpiece that iOS 7 is.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Apple iPhone 6 Plus</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="We suspect most people will find iOS the better of the two operating systems" alt="We suspect most people will find iOS the better of the two operating systems" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/8_1_0_0.jpg?1421983582" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And the winner is... </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 has been a close-run contest, because each of these smartphones is excellent in its own way, but for our money the better model of the two has to be the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. While the iPhone 6 Plus just feels like a bigger version of the iPhone 6 (and there&rsquo;s nothing inherently wrong with that), the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 makes a real effort at making the most of its screen &ndash; which, it has to be said, is a more impressive screen than Apple&rsquo;s.</p> <p>All hail the Samsung Galaxy Note 4: king of the phablets.</p> <p><strong>Verdict: Galaxy Note 4</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look at it: it&#039;s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, better than the iPhone 6 Plus" alt="Look at it: it&#039;s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, better than the iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4reviewverdict_0.png?1421983582" /> </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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The phablet war is reignited </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Note 4 iPhone 6 Plus Phablets Samsung Smartphones Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:33:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1458034 at http://www.stuff.tv