Smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/all en-MY Asus likely launching Zenfone with souped-up camera at CES http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-likely-launching-zenfone-souped-camera-ces/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 10-second trailer focused a lot on the smartphone&#039;s lens </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="Asus likely launching Zenfone with souped-up camera at CES" alt="Asus likely launching Zenfone with souped-up camera at CES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zenfone%20asus%202.jpg?1419237139" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Asus is being a right tease this time around as CES beckons. In a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=820673304642736&amp;set=vb.179161458793927&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">10-second trailer</a>, Asus exhorts viewers to &quot;see what others can&#39;t see&quot;. We&#39;ll take that as code for &quot;we put some fancy features on our smartphone camera, just you wait&quot;.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3D camera or dual-lenses? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From screenshots and close purview of the video, this new Zenfone retains the form factor of other phones in the range (candybar, curved edges, not going to win design awards) but the only thing that looks out of the ordinary is the camera.</p> <p>There seems to be more hardware on the back of the phone, which could likely be either a second lens or an add-on that might add a different dimension to photos. Think a 3D camera or maybe a dual flash? Of course the last bit might be wishful thinking.&nbsp;It&#39;s pretty likely the phone will also run on Android, an OS that Asus has had no trouble embracing for its phone and tablet range.</p> <p>Will Asus be happy to remain in the budget and not-quite-mid tier range where smartphones are concerned? If we follow its track record, this new Zenfone will probably not be very expensive, have some drawbacks due to the requirement that it not be expensive and be more a novelty than an object of lust.</p> <p>We&#39;d be happy to have Asus prove us wrong, though.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ces-2015/ces-2015-what-expect-best-gadgets-and-tech/feature" target="_blank">What to expect for CES 2015</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/asus_teases_a_new_zenfone_with_dual_camera_launches_at_ces-news-10547.php" target="_blank">GSMArena</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Asus likely launching Zenfone with souped-up camera at CES" alt="Asus likely launching Zenfone with souped-up camera at CES" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zenfone%20asus.jpg?1419237139" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-likely-launching-zenfone-souped-camera-ces/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-likely-launching-zenfone-souped-camera-ces/news#comments Asus CES 2015 Smartphones Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1455923 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung's first Tizen phone the Z1 to come to India in 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsungs-first-tizen-phone-z1-come-india-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung seems to be doing a Nokia by going for India&#039;s low-cost phone market </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="Samsung&#039;s first Tizen phone the Z1 to come to India in 2015" alt="Samsung&#039;s first Tizen phone the Z1 to come to India in 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-z_0_0.jpg?1419236858" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia loved India - loved shipping off its budget phones there, that is. So it makes sense that now Samsung is aiming its Tizen OS &nbsp;for the very-much-on-a-budget market - its first Tizen phone will be heading to India by 18 Jan, says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/tizenbased_samsung_z1_leaks_launches_in_india_on_jan_18-news-10546.php" target="_blank">GSMArena</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do we really need another entry-level 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>How much is the Z1? Apparently it will cost about US$90 (RM313). Not bad, but Samsung doesn&#39;t have a good track record where budget phones are concerned.</p> <p>The specs will apparently see a 4in WVGA display, half a gig of RAM, a 3MP camera as well as a 1.2GHz processor. Now is half a gig really enough to power any kind of smartphone? We suppose that for US$90 you can&#39;t be expecting much.</p> <p>More promising is the Samsung Gear watch running Tizen, which is seeing a lot of buzz in developer circles. Tizen unfortunately was given the heave-ho by Samsung&#39;s other partners thus leaving the company to develop the OS all by itself.</p> <p>With Android and iOS cornering the market, Windows Phone a distant third and BlackBerry refusing to die it&#39;ll be interesting to see how Samsung plans to build a Tizen following with a cheap underpowered phone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/super-cheap-firefox-os-phones-coming-india-and-indonesia/news" target="_blank">Firefox OS comes to India and Indonesia</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/tizenbased_samsung_z1_leaks_launches_in_india_on_jan_18-news-10546.php" target="_blank">GSMArena</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Um-LT44Jajc" 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/samsung/samsungs-first-tizen-phone-z1-come-india-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsungs-first-tizen-phone-z1-come-india-2015/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:31:38 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1455918 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC Desire Eye http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The go-to phone for the sharpest selfies in existence </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="First - let me take a selfie" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/desire-eye-37_0_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people love selfies. Some people loathe selfies.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Some people put cameras on sticks to get better selfies</a>.</p> <p>Whichever camp you&rsquo;re in, there&rsquo;s no denying that in a world where so many lives are micro-blogged into oblivion, selfies have become important. The HTC Desire Eye is one of the most obviously selfie-obsessed phones ever made.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM1,699.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Water resistant </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fast and capable cameras - on both sides </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very solid performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A bit large and boxy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not quite as snazzy as an HTC One M8 </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"> Object of Desire </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>Just a few years ago, the Desire range was where you&rsquo;d find HTC&rsquo;s top phones. However, these days it&rsquo;s packed with mid-range mobiles with a slightly more fun, less fashion- and spec-obsessed feel to them.</p> <p>We see the lighter approach of the Desire range throughout the Desire Eye, but it&rsquo;s most obvious in the more basic design. While HTC&rsquo;s One phones are made of aluminium, the Desire Eye embraces plastic much in the way&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia phones do</a>.</p> <p>The smooth, soft, two-tone finish of the Desire Eye isn&rsquo;t out to make its mark the Eye out as a pocket-size status symbol, but it feels great and has a cheery disposition that&rsquo;s instantly likeable.</p> <p>Would we change anything? Sure. There&rsquo;s a fair bit of space above and below the screen and slimmer bezels would give the Desire a sleeker look, but we&rsquo;ve no serious complaints on looks. Even the front camera is about as low-key as the hardware allows.</p> <p><strong>Read More:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review">&nbsp;LG G3 Review</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pretty in polycarbonate" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-2_1_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Eye desires a dunking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ll let you in on a little secret: in many respects the Desire Eye is a match for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One M8</a>. Just don&rsquo;t tell HTC we told you so.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s even better in one respect, too. The Desire Eye is certified to IPx7, a water resistance standard that means the phone can be dunked in water to a depth of a metre and left there for 30 minutes with no ill effects. While we&rsquo;ve seen videos of the HTC One M8 being submerged without heading straight to the great Carphone Warehouse in the sky, it doesn&rsquo;t officially offer any water resistance.</p> <p>The best bit about the Desire Eye&rsquo;s waterproofing ability is that it doesn&rsquo;t need any extra flaps over the microUSB or headphone ports. It&rsquo;s the best kind of weatherproofing: the kind you can completely ignore.</p> <p>Not as taken with the blue shell of our review sample as we are? There&rsquo;s also a red/white version out there.&nbsp;</p> <p>The only thing to note is that while this is one of the friendliest-looking phones HTC makes, it&rsquo;s still fairly large thanks to its 5.2-inch screen. And despite being just 8.5mm it feels quite chunky compared to the latest, slimmest smartphones around.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/water-proof-htc-butterfly-2-will-fly-malaysia-very-soon/news" target="_blank">HTC Butterfly 2 is the waterproof One (M8) you always wanted</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="Colours and shape to suit you " alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-30_1_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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 SD Card and SIM card trays will keep your vitals safe - as long as you push them back in, of course" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-27_2.jpg?1419212731" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Despite being just 8.5mm it feels quite chunky compared to the latest, slimmest smartphones around" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-28_0_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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 spec inspection </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>Other than being just a smidge bigger (5.2in to 5in) the Desire Eye&rsquo;s display is very similar to that of the HTC One M8. It&rsquo;s sharp, and offers natural-looking rather than over saturated, super-vivid colours. That&rsquo;s definitely a good thing as far as we&rsquo;re concerned.</p> <p>Within a few short months, QHD resolution will probably be the normal resolution for phones of nearly RM2000, but for now we&rsquo;re perfectly happy with the 1080p resolution offered here. 424ppi is plenty for now, thanks very much.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not quite perfect, though. The HTC Desire Eye doesn&rsquo;t have blacks anywhere near as deep as OLED phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-icon/nokia-lumia-icon/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 930</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, resulting in distinctly lower contrast. It&rsquo;s not just OLEDs it has to compete with, either &mdash; the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a>&nbsp;offers better blacks and better contrast, and it uses an LCD screen. It&rsquo;s no deal-breaker - contrast levels are similar on the much-loved One M8 - but black level aficionados might appreciate knowing.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<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="1200" height="900" title="The Desire Eye&#039;s 5.2in screen is sharp and offers natural-looking rather than over saturated, super-vivid colours" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-11_0_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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"> Seeing Sense </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 software is also shared with the HTC One M8 which means the Desire Eye runs Android 4.4.4 with HTC&rsquo;s custom Sense interface.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a neat interface that makes some interesting changes to stock Android. On the light and fluffy side, it makes your apps menu scroll vertically rather than horizontally &mdash; because everyone likes being contrarian once in a while &mdash; and directly under the spotlight sits BlinkFeed.</p> <p>This is a homescreen that offers a reel of the latest updates from Facebook, Twitter, your favourite websites &mdash; whatever you choose to put in. It&rsquo;s a handy extra, but in our experience it&rsquo;s a real love-it-or-hate-it thing, and HTC makes sure getting rid of it is easy enough.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve always liked Sense and it works well on the Desire Eye, but it does feel like it&rsquo;s now due a bit of a pep-up, especially in light of the Lollipop launch. Simplicity is the order of the day, and HTC&rsquo;s interface is now looking just a touch fussier than it might.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Get a sense of your smartphone" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-34_0_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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"> HTC Desire Eye Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 4.4.4 with Sense UI</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in LCD with 1920x1080 resolution (424ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 @ 2.3GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (expandable by up to 128GB with microSD)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP front with dual-LED flash, 13MP rear with dual-LED flash</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2400mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 152 x 74 x 8.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 154g</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"> Performing monkey </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>Spec-wise the Desire Eye is well equipped. Its combination of a Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM isn&rsquo;t boundary-pushing (the Snapdragon 801 is at the end of its days, about to be booted out by the Snapdragon 805 and even more advanced 64-bit chipsets) but that doesn&#39;t stop it from being a very powerful CPU for right now.</p> <p>Just check out its Geekbench 3 result: 3037 points puts it in the same league as the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3, and not too far behind the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>. Sure enough, gaming performance is great too. A 5.2-inch display and plenty of power is great news for gamers.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s another neat little gaming extra too, and it&rsquo;s not one you might spot at first glance. The HTC Desire Eye actually fits in a pair of BoomSound speakers, hidden behind tiny little slits above and below the screen.</p> <p>The voicing of these speakers seems to be a little more conservative than the HTC One M8&rsquo;s despite them being both tagged with the mighty BoomSound name &mdash; the sound seems a little less beefy &mdash; but they&rsquo;re still much better than average.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A Geekbench score of 3037 points puts it in the same league as the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-6_1_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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"> I have an eye on you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By now you&rsquo;ve probably cottoned on to the fact that the Desire Eye is a lot more than the one trick pony some may have been expecting, but let&rsquo;s get onto the main event, the cameras.</p> <p>The HTC Desire Eye is the first camera we&rsquo;ve looked at to feature 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back. Both have dual-LED flashes too, each LED using a different tone to avoid blowing out people&rsquo;s faces, much like Apple&rsquo;s TrueTone flash.</p> <p>Your first assumption might be that they&rsquo;re exactly the same, but they&rsquo;re subtly different. The front camera has a wider-angle lens with a narrower aperture. Look carefully at the lenses and you can actually see the difference in aperture size.</p> <p>While the rear 13-megapixel main sensor may seem like a downgrade from the UltraPixel one used in the HTC One M8, we&rsquo;re pretty happy with what you get here.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve used a few pretty sluggish camera phones recently, but the Desire Eye is quick. Focusing is snappy and shutter lag is virtually non-existent, making it feel like the camera is capturing a shot the exact moment you press the shutter button.</p> <p>This is also one of the few recent Android phones to offer a dedicated shutter button, something that&rsquo;s often left out these days. It&rsquo;s a bit stiff, but it&rsquo;s hugely useful and there&rsquo;s no obligation to use it if you find it a bit finicky.</p> <p>The software behind the Desire Eye&rsquo;s camera is much the same as the HTC One M8&rsquo;s, which means it looks cool, even though buries the HDR mode a little too deeply for considering it&rsquo;s such a useful day-to-day tool for mobile snappers.</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="While the rear 13-megapixel main sensor may seem like a downgrade from the UltraPixel one used in the HTC One M8, we’re pretty happy with what you get here - it&#039;s quick, for a start" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-26_0_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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 software behind the Desire Eye’s camera is much the same as the HTC One M8’s, which means it looks cool" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-4_0_0.jpg?1419212731" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Image quality is pretty good for the most part, though. Both the front and rear cameras use the same Sony IMX214 sensor seen in phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/oneplus-one/review" target="_blank">OnePlus One</a>, and it&rsquo;s pretty comparable with the IMX135 sensor used in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>&nbsp;&mdash; more advanced in fact.</p> <p>In daylight your shots will have loads of detail, and we found day/dusk metering to be pretty good. Add this to the very good shooting speed and you have a camera that&rsquo;s bags of fun to use.</p> <p>The only obvious weak point is that for night shooting, the Desire Eye doesn&rsquo;t radically brighten-up images to make them clear. Truly dark scenes will remain more-or-less black unless you switch the flash on. It&rsquo;s a shame, but at least the two-tone flash provides more natural-looking results than a standard white-LED one.</p> <p>We also had some minor issues with the Desire Eye taking photos before it has really achieved focus, but this is a predictable result of being so desperate to be speedy, and can be solved by just taking a few more &lsquo;security&rsquo; shots.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphone-photography/feature" target="_blank">Beta Yourself: Smartphone Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4208" height="2368" title="In daylight your shots will have loads of detail, and we found day/dusk metering to be pretty good" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0100_0_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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="4208" height="2368" title="Well that should just about do me for Christmas Day" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0063_2.jpg?1419212731" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4208" height="2368" title="We had some minor issues with the Desire Eye taking photos before it has really achieved focus" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0042_0_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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"> Get ready for your close-up </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, around the front &mdash; how good are the Desire Eye&rsquo;s selfies? They&rsquo;re great, and the wide 20mm angle of the lens makes taking selfies of multiple people easy enough.</p> <p>Having a sensor as strong as the IMX214 on-board for selfies means it&rsquo;s not all about resolution without added detail &mdash; some higher res sensors hardly seem to actually get you much more detail than a bog-standard one. As long as you have a bit of light to work with, the Desire will render each hair, wrinkle and crease with depressing accuracy.</p> <p>If it all gets a bit much, though, there&rsquo;s a &lsquo;magic&rsquo; slider that smoothes-out those bits that might remind you too much of your own mortality.</p> <p>There are a few other selfie-specific modes too. Photo booth takes a quartet of shots which are then woven together in one nice, Facebook-able image, while Split Capture takes the output from the front and rear cameras and spews them out as a single image.</p> <p>There are improvements to be made in the HTC Desire Eye camera setup, but it&rsquo;s probably less problematic than the HTC One M8 in day-to-day use thanks to its more reliable metering and all-round greater detail capture. Plus you can really use the front camera to work out how dreadful you really look on those post-party mornings.</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="As long as you have a bit of light to work with, the Desire&#039;s front camera will render each hair, wrinkle and crease with depressing accuracy" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-32_1.jpg?1419212731" /> </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"> Juice me up </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>Battery life is surprisingly good given the 2400mAh battery unit sounds pretty small. We&rsquo;ve been getting a solid day and a half from a charge, getting you that occasionally vital second-day buffer.</p> <p>To double check the Desire Eye&rsquo;s stamina we set it to play a looped video fully charged to see how long it&rsquo;d last. Sure enough, it soldiered on through twelve full hours of&nbsp;<em>Twilight</em>&nbsp;at 720p resolution &mdash; enough to turn anyone into a gibbering wreck.</p> <p>Getting this out of a 2400mAh battery is seriously impressive. HTC has clearly put some work into optimisation to get this kind of longevity.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of little tech wingdings, either. The Desire Eye has NFC, 4G, aptX and fast battery charging tech. It really doesn&rsquo;t miss out on much compared to the HTC One M8, apart from an IR blaster.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/18-ways-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature" target="_blank">23 ways you&#39;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Desire Eye verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC Desire Eye is the sort of phone that might initially make you groan. A phone based around selfies? You must be joking.</p> <p>However, it&rsquo;s turned out to be one of this year&rsquo;s pleasant surprises, performing well in just about every respect with the selfie skills there to provide a bit of attention grabbing pizzazz.</p> <p>Were it not for the current crop of absolutely beltingly brilliant phones that are now available for similar or less (we&rsquo;re looking at you,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>) the Desire Eye would be getting the full five stars. As it is, we&rsquo;re looking at a very capable, very likeable four starrer that should be promoted to first choice by those who really love a selfie.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">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="HTC Desire Eye verdict" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-23_2.jpg?1419212731" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <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>Whether a selfie-addict or not, the Desire Eye is a capable, likeable all-rounder</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Desire Eye review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The go-to phone for the sharpest selfies in existence </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/desire-eye-37_0_0_0.jpg?1419212731" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review#comments Desire Eye HTC Smartphones Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:45:25 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449803 at http://www.stuff.tv Smart Unit will keep your luggage from vanishing into the Twilight Zone http://www.stuff.tv/my/say-goodbye-vanishing-luggage-smart-unit/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keep tabs on where your luggage is all times with this smart tracker </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="574" height="574" title="Smart Unit will keep your luggage from vanishing into the Twilight Zone" alt="Smart Unit will keep your luggage from vanishing into the Twilight Zone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cover.jpg?1418958934" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t happen to everyone, but when it happens, it&rsquo;s a real pain. That&rsquo;s why Kickstarter project Smart Unit has quite an appeal.</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/justin-choo" title="View user profile.">Justin Choo</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 battery in Smart Unit lasts about a week with one full charge, which should be sufficient to cover an unfortunate leg of your journey. If the worst happens and your luggage ends up on a different continent, Smart Unit will connect to any available GSM/GPRS networks to show its location once it lands.</p> <p>The Smart Unit is set to retail for US$99, although you can snag a &lsquo;very early bird&rsquo; unit for US$59. As of now there are still units available at their Kickstarter page. And if you&#39;re into that sort of thing, you can shell out US$139 for a Kickstarter edition.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1308484437/smart-unit-the-1st-anti-theft-luggage-tracker-in-t" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slashgear.com/smart-unit-keeps-tabs-on-luggage-shows-location-17359887/" target="_blank">Slashgear</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="371" title="Smart Unit will keep your luggage from vanishing into the Twilight Zone" alt="Smart Unit will keep your luggage from vanishing into the Twilight Zone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/unit_0.png?1418958934" /> </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/say-goodbye-vanishing-luggage-smart-unit/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/say-goodbye-vanishing-luggage-smart-unit/news#comments Apps and Games Smartphones Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:08:11 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455712 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultrakam app gives you the power to do 4K video recording on your iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/my/ultrakam-makes-4k-video-recording-possible-iphone-6/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you absolutely must shoot 4K videos on your iPhone, Ultrakam has a rather nifty solution that works with some work </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="Ultrakam app gives you the power to do 4K video recording on your iPhone" alt="Ultrakam app gives you the power to do 4K video recording on your iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Cover.png?1418956465" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple thinks that you don&rsquo;t need it. But thanks to Ultrakam, you now have the option to shoot 4K videos on your spanking new iPhones.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 and 6 plus have the processing power to play 4K videos, but they don&rsquo;t have a 4K shooting feature. Previously, you had to shell out S$40 for Vizzywig for the trick, but Ultrakam&rsquo;s recently updated app has a 4K solution too, and it goes for mere $12.98.</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/justin-choo" title="View user profile.">Justin Choo</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 dir="ltr">But the results seem worth the trouble if it&#39;s something that you think you need, if these user submitted videos are anything to go by.</p> <p dir="ltr">That being said, the app is not entirely without its creature comforts. It lets you upload to YouTube directly, and you can painlessly transfer the files via Wi-Fi to your desktop for proper editing. Ultrakam also allows you to output the videos via Airplay or HDMI for direct viewing.</p> <p>Not recommended if you like video shooting to be a start-stop-play process, but if you fancy a bit of tinkering and like the idea of having 4K on your phone as a handy alternative, have a look at the Ultrakam.</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/12/16/ultrakam-brings-4k-video-recording-to-the-iphone-6-for-9-99/">Venture Beat</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://vfxwarrior.com/ultrakam4k/#!home">Ultrakam</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/47JGskEltfI" 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/ultrakam-makes-4k-video-recording-possible-iphone-6/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ultrakam-makes-4k-video-recording-possible-iphone-6/news#comments 4K iPhone 6 Smartphones Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:07:46 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455710 at http://www.stuff.tv 7 commonly-used apps you didn’t realise are secretly data vampires http://www.stuff.tv/my/7-commonly-used-apps-you-didn-t-realise-were-secretly-data-vampires/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bet you didn&#039;t know they&#039;ve been busting your monthly data limit, it&#039;s time to disable their hidden data-sucking settings </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="512" height="512" title="7 commonly-used apps you didn’t realise were secretly data vampires" alt="7 commonly-used apps you didn’t realise were secretly data vampires" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/datavampz.png?1419212732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you mean I&rsquo;ve almost reached my data cap? It&rsquo;s barely mid-month and I&rsquo;ve only watched three cat videos!</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We know how you feel. But you should know that there are certain apps in your arsenal that drink up more than a few drop of data every time you boot them up.</p> <p>Seeing as you probably check in on them more than a few times a day, it&rsquo;s not rocket science to deduce that these are the culprits, and not you since you&rsquo;ve already cut down on your cat-video intake.</p> <p>Quit crying, you don&rsquo;t have to delete them, you just have to disable the specific settings that are costing you. We have all the quick fixes you need to put a stake through the hearts of these data-suckers.</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="7 commonly-used apps you didn’t realise were secretly data vampires" alt="7 commonly-used apps you didn’t realise were secretly data vampires" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/flipp.png?1419212732" /> </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"> Instagram </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not enough to refrain from posting your lunch every day. Even when you&rsquo;re harmlessly (or so you think) browsing through the photos on your feed, there are copious amounts of data being stealthily inhaled as you scroll through. Want to know why? Preloaded videos, that&rsquo;s what&rsquo;s up.</p> <p><strong>Quick fix:</strong>&nbsp;Hit the gear icon at the top right of your own profile, scroll down till you see Video, then tap on Preload. Make sure you enable &ldquo;Only on Wi-Fi&rdquo; to ensure that videos only preload when you&rsquo;re on Wi-Fi and have all the data to spare. After all, that cat video can wait, can&rsquo;t it?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Begone, Instagram data vampire!" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/instagram_0.png?1419212732" /> </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"> WhatsApp </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>Pictures say a thousand words, so why would your friend send a hundred lines of text on WhatsApp describing what he just saw, when he can just snap a photo and send it to you? Makes total sense doesn&rsquo;t it? Hence, the 5000+ photos in your photo library and your steady approach of your own data limit.</p> <p><strong>Quick fix:</strong>&nbsp;Again, head to Settings within WhatsApp (the right-most gear icon on the bottom bar), tap on Chat Settings, then Media Auto-Download and tweak the settings for Images, Audio, and Videos. You have three options, but we&rsquo;d go with the safest option - Wi-Fi.</p> <p>If you want to play it really really safe, just switch everything to Never, but that would mean you&rsquo;d never chance upon the most random images in your photo library again.</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="WhatsApp data sucker, no more!" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp.png?1419212732" /> </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"> Facebook </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>Nobody can go through an entire day without checking on Facebook at least five times. There&rsquo;s no shame in that since the whole world&rsquo;s pretty much addicted. There&rsquo;s shame in allowing nonsense videos to play as you scroll through your feed, that you have no interest in viewing anyway.</p> <p><strong>Quick fix:</strong>&nbsp;Head over to More (again, the right most icon on the bottom bar), tap Videos and Photos, and make sure Auto-Play is switched to Wi-Fi Only. This is to prevent videos from instantly playing without your permission when you just want to get a quick idea of last night&rsquo;s football match results.</p> <p>And should you only have friends who insist on sharing gruesome videos, feel free to switch that option to 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="567" height="425" title="Say no to autoloading Facebook videos!" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Facebook.png?1419212732" /> </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"> YouTube </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 YouTube, you&rsquo;re the biggest data drain. Tempting us with the latest Taylor Swift music video, dangling Celebrities Read Mean Tweets in our faces...But we all know that that 3-minute long video will send us to our data doom. We hate that we love you, and that there&rsquo;s next to nothing to do on our commutes.</p> <p><strong>Quick fix:&nbsp;</strong>You can just stop watching YouTube videos, but knowing that you can&rsquo;t, here&rsquo;s a solution that might ease some of the pain without making you quit your guilty YouTube viewing pleasure. Zip over to Settings, and enable Play HD on Wi-Fi only. It might not be the perfect solution (because viewing videos will always take up data), but it will eat up significantly less data.</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="You can live fine without HD videos on YouTube" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/YouTube.png?1419212732" /> </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"> Spotify </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>Music makes the world go round. It&rsquo;s also what makes your data consumption reach dangerously high levels. If you&rsquo;ve been listening to your Spotify playlist of about 200 tracks on your daily commute, and each song averages at 4MB, do the math. There you go, the answer to why you bust your monthly data cap without fail.</p> <p><strong>Quick fix:&nbsp;</strong>Bring up your sidebar of options, tap on Settings, and hit Playback. Enable Offline Mode to listen to your music without requiring a data connection.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need to note that only the music you&rsquo;ve made available for offline listening can be played. How do you do that? Simple. Within your individual playlists, make sure the Available Offline tab is enabled. When you add new songs, just disable Offline Mode whenever you have Wi-Fi to make sure they&rsquo;re added. Don&rsquo;t forget it to enable it again when you&rsquo;re done.</p> <p>There&#39;s one caveat - you&#39;ll need to be a Spotify Premium user for this feature to kick in, and that&#39;ll cost RM14.90 per month. A small price to pay, compared to busting your data limit.</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="Go offline with Spoifyy" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotify.png?1419212732" /> </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="Go offline with Spoifyy" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spotify2.png?1419212732" /> </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"> Dropbox </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve downloaded Dropbox for the convenience of backing up certain files that your standard-storage smartphone doesn&rsquo;t have memory for.</p> <p>But Dropbox is a lot more enthusiastic about helping than you initially imagined. All those photos you&rsquo;ve been taking and receiving? They&rsquo;re constantly being synced to Dropbox. Yes, we&rsquo;re talking massive gobs of data.</p> <p><strong>Quick fix:</strong>&nbsp;Bring up Settings, tap Camera Upload and then make sure it&rsquo;s disabled if you never want to sync photos to Dropbox. If you don&#39;t want to sacrifice what little data allowance you have, disable Use Cellular Data to make sure that syncing only happens when Wi-Fi is available.</p> <p>In case you were wondering about Background Uploading, it&rsquo;s a new feature that you can enable to continue backing up in the well, background. So if you&rsquo;ve disabled Use Cellular Data and enabled this, Dropbox will only quietly sync your stuff in the background when Wi-Fi is available.</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="Stop Dropbox from killing your data softly" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dropbox.png?1419212732" /> </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"> Twitter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re an active part of the Twitterverse and tweet as many times as you check on the time on any given workday, you must also be unknowingly serving up huge spades of data to your telco. Why? It&rsquo;s all those images&rsquo; fault. But don&rsquo;t worry, there&rsquo;s a way around that without having to give up any of your precious Twitter time.</p> <p><strong>Quick fix:&nbsp;</strong>Settings is where everything&rsquo;s at again. Under the General tab, you&rsquo;ll find Image Upload Quality. Tap on that to bring you to the next page where you can select Low so that you spend less data uploading images (if you really have to). And if your Twitpics are being viewed on a mobile device, difference in quality is not that obvious. You can always switch it back to High when you&rsquo;re back on Wi-Fi anyway.</p> <p>You can also disable Image Previews which will just prevent all images from loading directly on your feed. If you want to selectively gawk at Twitpics, simply click on the link to load it up.</p> <p>If you&#39;ve come this far, click here for a bonus tip!</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="Twittering on the edge of data busting" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitter.png?1419212732" /> </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"> Bonus tip for iOS user: disable this iCloud Drive setting now! </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>Buried within the settings of your precious iThing is iCloud Drive, a feature that behaves very much like DropBox, backing up your iThing constantly when it&rsquo;s enabled. Right at the very bottom is the option to disable Use Mobile Data. Click it. Trust us, the data upload is larger than you think, better to let it back up only when it&rsquo;s connected to Wi-Fi.</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/icloud.png?1419212732" /> </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"> Busting your data limit? These apps are the culprits </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"> Tweak those data settings and exterminate these data vampires </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/datavampz_2.jpg?1419212731" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/7-commonly-used-apps-you-didn-t-realise-were-secretly-data-vampires/feature#comments Android apps iOS apps Smartphones Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:26:45 +0000 Elissa Loi 1455638 at http://www.stuff.tv Quick, grab a OnePlus One today, it's the company's birthday http://www.stuff.tv/my/oneplus/quick-grab-oneplus-one-today-its-companys-birthday/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still waiting for an invite for the OnePlus One? You don&#039;t need one today but you can also try and win one </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Quick, grab a OnePlus One today, it&#039;s the company&#039;s birthday" alt="Quick, grab a OnePlus One today, it&#039;s the company&#039;s birthday" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/oneplus_party.jpg?1418883968" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>OnePlus has been making it very difficult to get its flagship OnePlus One phone. It&#39;s been a year since its arrival so OnePlus is throwing a virtual party and letting everyone get a OnePlus without having to wait for an invite. Yes, you can really just buy one online now and get 11 per cent off accessories.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Working for your OnePlus </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>Just note that the site is being hammered right now as eager OnePlus buyers are flooding the website.</p> <p>You can keep trying to <a href="https://oneplus.net/one" target="_blank">get one here</a> or you can attempt to try your hand at one of OnePlus&#39; contests. There are two, just so you know. The first one involves choosing a name for the new OnePlus One ROM - the prizes are sweet: not only do you get a phone, you&#39;ll even be flown to Hong Kong. Just <a href="https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/contest-oneplus-rom-you-name-it.208689/" target="_blank">head over to the forum</a> and give it a try.</p> <p>If you&#39;re more a Vine-kind of person, then wish the OnePlus guys a Happy Birthday and you could also win a phone. Note you have to make a video to win and don&#39;t be like the poor sods commenting on OnePlus&#39; birthday Vines thinking that&#39;s how the contest works. So follow <a href="https://vine.co/u/1102236817161437184">OnePlus on Vine</a> and then create your own Vine video.</p> <p>In other news, OnePlus is following in Xiaomi&#39;s wake with its own powerbank that comes with a 10,000 mAh rating and is priced at US$14.99 (RM52). When will it be available? Expect it somewhere around 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/own-android-mobile-device-follow-these-5-steps-longer-battery-life/feature" target="_blank">Battery tips to get the most out of your Android battery</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://oneplus.net/anniversary/" target="_blank">OnePlus</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Quick, grab a OnePlus One today, it&#039;s the company&#039;s birthday" alt="Quick, grab a OnePlus One today, it&#039;s the company&#039;s birthday" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/oneplus_party2.jpg?1418883968" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/oneplus/quick-grab-oneplus-one-today-its-companys-birthday/news#comments OnePlus Smartphones Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:48:49 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1455636 at http://www.stuff.tv Data roaming bill giving you a heart attack? Stay sane with these 8 travelling tips http://www.stuff.tv/my/8-tips-avoiding-data-roaming-charges/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Use this checklist to stay clear of bankruptcy caused by Instagramming on holiday </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="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/data%20roaming.jpg?1418807000" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;re gearing up for the week-long Christmas holiday. And you can&#39;t imagine going away without your trusty smartphone.</p> <p>That&#39;s because you&#39;re probably the type that needs constant access to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, instant messaging apps even on a vacation. The first world problem? That gruesome data roaming charge when the bill comes in.</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/nick-chee" title="View user profile.">Nick Chee</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"> Stick it up with a KnowRoaming SIM Card </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 a relatively new concept and it&rsquo;s pretty seamless when compared to the hassle of swapping SIM cards around. You&rsquo;d only need to stick the KnowRoaming SIM on top of your existing SIM card and when you travel to one of the 55 countries mentioned on<a href="http://www.knowroaming.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;the website</a>&nbsp;(more are on the way), the device activates and you can start surfing when you are out of your home country.</p> <p>Rates are slightly higher compared to the local prepaid plans, but the ease of use is definitely worth the price.</p> <p><strong>Traveller Tip:</strong>&nbsp;They offer an add-on service which allows call forwarding from your home SIM card number - purchase this option if you still want to be contactable.</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="Stick it up with a KnowRoaming SIM Card" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roamy.png?1418807000" /> </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"> Sharing is caring with a Mi-Fi device </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>Essentially a portable mobile hotspot, the Mi-Fi device connects to the local mobile network. This device typically supports up to five devices (better ones can support up to 10).&nbsp;It&rsquo;s much cheaper than having everyone in the travelling party sign up for a roaming plan or purchasing a local SIM card.</p> <p>The drawback to this is the short battery life of the device, which could range between a few short hours. Plus, having more devices means the device will need to work harder leading to an even shorter battery life.</p> <p><strong>Traveller Tip:</strong>&nbsp;Bring a battery pack along to keep the Mi-Fi device juiced up. It&#39;ll also break the ice with strangers who need the extra juice.</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="Sharing is caring with a Mi-Fi device" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Huawei%20Mi-Fi.jpg?1418807000" /> </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"> Bring an offline map along for the ride </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 travelling, one of the apps most often used is the map app that uses a heap of data. Always download the map of the city you are visiting before you head off or wait until you have access to a Wi-FI hotspot.</p> <p>iOS users will need to download apps such as Maps2Go (<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/city-maps-2go-pro-offline/id327783342?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ulmon.android.citymaps2go&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a>) or&nbsp;<a href="http://maps.me/" target="_blank">maps.me</a>&nbsp;to save a cached copy of the local map to their phone. Android users have the benefit of Google&rsquo;s own maps service which allows the download of map areas up to a 15km radius.</p> <p><strong>Traveller Tip</strong>: Don&#39;t be shy, be a tourist and ask for directions.&nbsp;Most locals are often more than happy to assist lost and clueless folks.</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="Bring an offline map along for the ride" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/maps.jpg?1418807000" /> </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"> Wi-Fi or nothing! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you are still intent on taking the smartphone along, use it only when it&rsquo;s connected to a Wi-Fi network. Locating a Wi-Fi hotspot isn&rsquo;t too hard as there are many paid options around. &nbsp;Unfortunately, for budget conscious us, the free ones are hard to find.</p> <p>Alternatively,&nbsp;keep the phone switched off at all other times - flight mode is always a good idea.&nbsp;However, this probably isn&rsquo;t the best idea as most of us will need to use our phones while on the move.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Traveller Tip:</strong>&nbsp;Be wary of unsecured hotspots, some are have been set up for malicious intent - mainly to steal your information being transmitted.</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="Wi-Fi or nothing!" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wi-fi%20only.jpg?1418807000" /> </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"> Do your research for local prepaid plans </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>Getting a local prepaid SIM card definitely gets you the cheapest data rates and relatively cheap local calls as well.&nbsp;However, in some countries, getting these prepaid cards is not straightforward by any measure.&nbsp;Some offer a limited amount of data with unlimited days of usage, others don&#39;t have a data cap but are limited to lower 3G speeds.</p> <p>Do a quick search on Google and source for your prepaid options. A little research can go a long way to save you from the crazy hassle when you&#39;re on a vacation.</p> <p><strong>Traveller Tip:</strong>&nbsp;Try to share/swap your overseas SIM cards among friends, saves the time queue and money spent purchasing new ones each trip.</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="Do your research for local prepaid plans" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/local%20sim.jpg?1418807000" /> </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"> Lock on to the correct data roaming network </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>Most telecom companies offer data roaming bundles to their customers, some of which have unlimited data usage for a daily fee.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sounds like a perfect solution. Except, if you&#39;re roaming outside of the partnered network, you&#39;re screwed because you&#39;ll be charged based on the roaming network&#39;s fees. Which could amount to a few thousand, nay, even a five-figure sum.</p> <p>Make sure your smartphone is connected to the correct partner network. Some telecom service providers provide a &quot;network lock&quot; to ensure cellular data can only be accessed when your device is on the partner network.</p> <p><strong>Traveller Tip:</strong>&nbsp;If it&#39;s a short overnight trip, opt for the daily data roaming option. The quick turnover isn&rsquo;t worth the hassle of purchasing a SIM card or renting a device.</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="Lock on to the correct data roaming network" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dataplans.jpg?1418807000" /> </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"> Remember to switch off data roaming </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>Come on, you&#39;re on vacation. Smell the roses, stop checking Facebook!&nbsp;Always ensure data roaming on your phone is switched off when travelling outside your home network.</p> <p>This feature is often left switched on and forgotten about on personal trips.&nbsp;Many users have often been caught off guard especially if your employer pays for data roaming while on work trips. Trust us, you don&#39;t want to pay for posting photos on Facebook while you&#39;re on vacation.</p> <p><strong>Traveller Tip:</strong>&nbsp;Disable cellular services as an additional precaution. This will ensure the smartphone transmits no data unless it&rsquo;s connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.</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="Say no to data roaming" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dataroaming.jpg?1418807000" /> </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"> Smartphone bad, dumbphone good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What? We&#39;re not bonkers, this really is the most effective and guaranteed solution. Leave your smartphone at home and bring along a dumbphone if you have to. &nbsp;There&rsquo;s no shame in using one just for a couple of days.</p> <p>If you really, really need internet access, even the most basic travel lodges provide internet terminals so you will still be able to access your social media sites.&nbsp;Just remember the Great Firewall of China blocks access to Facebook and YouTube.</p> <p>But you&#39;re on holiday anyway, stop worrying about your digital life.</p> <p><strong>Traveller Tip:&nbsp;</strong>Just take the smartphone along, but leave it switched off. You never know when you will need it in an emergency.</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="Smartphone bad, dumbphone good" alt="8 tips for avoiding heart attack-worthy data roaming charges" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokiaaaa.jpg?1418807000" /> </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/8-tips-avoiding-data-roaming-charges/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/8-tips-avoiding-data-roaming-charges/feature#comments Smartphones Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:23:56 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455579 at http://www.stuff.tv No hackers were involved in the latest leak for the Sony Xperia Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra http://www.stuff.tv/my/further-sony-xperia-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-specs-leak-online/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But the latest rumours from the good old grapevine do seem a little far-fetched </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="Further Sony Xperia Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra specs leak online" alt="Further Sony Xperia Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra specs leak online" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xperia-z3-family_0.jpg?1418698634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While it&#39;s no secret that Sony is likely planning a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z4/review" target="_blank">Xperia Z4</a> smartphone to be released in 2015, details of its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news" target="_blank">wider Xperia Z4 line-up</a> have been thin on the ground.</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 Z4 Compact is rumoured to have 32GB of internal memory, a 20.7MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, IP68 dust- and water-resistance and wireless charging support. The display should be kept at 4.7in&nbsp;but will increase to 1080p resolution and a 3000mAh battery is expected too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Xperia Z4 Ultra meanwhile is said to come sporting a 6.44in display,&nbsp;like its predecessor, but this time it should have a Quad-HD resolution (reaffirming a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z4-z4-tablet-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-details-leak/news" target="_blank">previous leak</a>). It&#39;s also rumoured to be powered by the Snapdragon 810 chipset and 3GB of RAM. The leak suggests it will feature a 16MP rear camera and a battery with a capacity between 3500 and 4000mAh.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Z4 Ultra also seems to be gunning for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, with Android Origin&#39;s source claiming that it&#39;ll support stylus input.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some reports suggest that the Xperia Z4 flagship will be unveiled at CES in January 2015; however, the Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra will reportedly be delayed until later in the year, due to shortages of the Snapdragon 810 chipset.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/unbelievable-sony-xperia-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-leak-1277004?src=rss&amp;attr=all">TechRadar</a>, <a href="http://www.phonearena.com/news/Check-out-these-rumored-specs-for-the-Sony-Xperia-Z4-Compact-and-Sony-Xperia-Z4-Ultra_id63768">PhoneArena</a> and <a href="http://www.androidorigin.com/sony-xperia-z4-compact-z4-ultra-specs-exclusive">Android Origin</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-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/further-sony-xperia-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-specs-leak-online/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/further-sony-xperia-z4-compact-and-z4-ultra-specs-leak-online/news#comments Android Smartphones Sony Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:30:29 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455461 at http://www.stuff.tv Hold on tight to your Nexus 5, because Google might not make more beyond Q1 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/nexus-5-stock-dwindles-google-only-confirms-availability-until-q1-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> While Google says the phone will keep selling but stays mum on whether it&#039;s still making it right now </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="Nexus 5 stock dwindles, Google only confirms availability until Q1 2015" alt="Nexus 5 stock dwindles, Google only confirms availability until Q1 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus%205_a.jpg?1418636670" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There was a lot of buzz online about the Nexus 5&#39;s production being stopped with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/google-confirms-nexus-5-production-has-stopped-1276585?src=rss&amp;attr=all" target="_blank">Tech Radar</a>&nbsp;apparently quoting a Google spokesperson as saying production would be halted.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is it worth it, though? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no better time to get the phone if you&#39;ve been sitting on the purchase as current checks online see the phone selling for a little bit more than the Xiaomi Mi3 or Huawei&#39;s Honor 6. Therein lies the problem. The Nexus 5 is, unfortunately, old tech and its spec sheet pales in comparison to the much cheaper and far more powerful (on paper) options available from China.</p> <p>With the likes of Huawei and Lenovo pushing out octa-core phones at prices lower than a &#39;new&#39; Nexus 5 the only reason to get the Nexus would be if you like the range and stock Android is your choice of OS.</p> <p>Android&#39;s requirements keep getting steeper with each update so the question is here whether the Nexus 5 would be able to take the successor to Lollipop when it does eventually come around. While it&#39;s been said the latest version of Android has given the Nexus 5 a boost, there&#39;s no telling if you could say the same for the next update.</p> <p>It&#39;s pretty apparent that the Nexus 6 is Google&#39;s favourite child for the moment so if you&#39;ve been putting off getting the Nexus 5, either get one now while it&#39;s still an option or get used to the bigger but far more upgrade-ready Nexus 6.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/in-fond-memory-google-nexus/feature">In fond memory of the Google Nexus</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/11/7376299/the-nexus-5-is-not-dead-yet" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nexus 5 stock dwindles, Google only confirms availability until Q1 2015" alt="Nexus 5 stock dwindles, Google only confirms availability until Q1 2015" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus%205_b.jpg?1418636670" /> </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/nexus-5-stock-dwindles-google-only-confirms-availability-until-q1-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/nexus-5-stock-dwindles-google-only-confirms-availability-until-q1-2015/news#comments Android Google Nexus 5 Smartphones Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:47:11 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1455393 at http://www.stuff.tv Read this and you'll have a 99% chance of securing the Xiaomi Mi Band on 16 December http://www.stuff.tv/my/redmi/stuff-s-guide-getting-xiaomi-redmi-note-4g/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Best of all, the free advice we&#039;re dispensing applies to every Xiaomi device you&#039;ve been dying to get </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="Read this and you&#039;ll have a 99% chance of securing the Xiaomi Mi Band on 16 December" alt="Read this and you&#039;ll have a 99% chance of securing the Xiaomi Mi Band on 16 Dec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Xiaomi%20bundle%20Malaysia.jpg?1418632146" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;ve brought you our guide to getting the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/stuff-s-essential-guide-getting-samsung-galaxy-note-4-malaysia/feature">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, and even the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/stuff-s-survival-guide-beating-crowds-get-iphone-6/feature">Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus</a> in Malaysia. But considering the fact that these smartphones are available from the telcos, you don&rsquo;t have to do much online hogging to nab your unit.</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"><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"> Monitor Xiaomi’s Malaysia Facebook page </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 Xiaomi promises, it delivers. And Xiaomi doesn&rsquo;t make any announcements more prominent than through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/XiaomiMalaysia?fref=ts" target="_blank">its Facebook page</a>. The first thing you should do when it&rsquo;s nearing flash sale time is to head over to the website and check for any sort of updates &ndash; we highly recommend it. It&rsquo;ll keep you in time check with posts ahead of its flash sales, and we&rsquo;re pretty sure there&rsquo;ll be notifications should Xiaomi encounter any online glitches.</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="Monitor Xiaomi’s Malaysia Facebook page" alt="Read this and you&#039;ll have a 99% chance of securing the Xiaomi Mi Band on 16 Dec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xiaomi%20Malaysia%20Facebook%20page.jpg?1418632146" /> </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"> Set-up your Mi account before hand </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you already do the above, you&rsquo;ll know exactly how many units Xiaomi will have on hand during its flash sale. For you, that means beating all the other people in the online queue to get one ASAP. &nbsp;</p> <p>To do that, you&rsquo;ll need to be prepared. You&rsquo;ll require a Mi account before you can purchase any Xiaomi device, so instead of waiting till the very last minute possible before the flash sale, set it up in advance &ndash; it&rsquo;s all about forward thinking.</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="Set-up your Mi account before hand " alt="Read this and you&#039;ll have a 99% chance of securing the Xiaomi Mi Band on 16 Dec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/misignup.jpg?1418632146" /> </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"> Take advantage of the multitude of web browsers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ve got Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc. Use whatever web browsers you need if you desperately want to own a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G by the time the clock strikes 12.01pm. Open up the link to the stock page on all the browsers before 12pm and keep refreshing them until it changes from &ldquo;out of stock&rdquo; to &ldquo;add to cart&rdquo;.</p> <p>Fill in your details and if it says &ldquo;server is busy&rdquo; or you encounter some error, jump on to another browser and get going at it again quickly.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp; </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/xiaomi-attempts-assuage-privacy-fears-moving-user-data-out-china/news">Xiaomi attempts to assuage privacy fears</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="567" height="425" title="Take advantage of the multitude of web browsers " alt="Take advantage of the multitude of web browsers " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/brow.jpg?1418632146" /> </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"> 3G vs 4G </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>For those of you still sticking on to your 3G plans, here&rsquo;s a point to note &ndash; the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G will not be compatible with your plan. Well, it will but you won&rsquo;t get 4G speeds. If that&rsquo;s what you&rsquo;re after, you should consider signing up with your telco (or another) for a 4G plan.</p> <p>Our suggestion &ndash; go with one of those that gives you a $0 smartphone, then sell that at market price or even for a small profit. That&rsquo;ll surely cover the cost of your Redmi Note 4G.</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"> 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"> Get one from an online forum </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>Sometimes s*** happens. Even if you&rsquo;ve set up an account beforehand and have been on stand-by minutes before you need to get your nimble fingers clicking, you don&rsquo;t end up with a Xiaomi due to the basics of economics &ndash; the law of demand versus supply.</p> <p>Xiaomi&rsquo;s devices are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/xiaomi-malaysia-starts-selling-tomorrow-bringing-xiaomi-redmi-1s-next-month/news">known for getting snapped up in seconds</a>&nbsp;(we&rsquo;re not kidding when we say that). People have previously expressed their disappointment with Xiaomi, especially when they couldn&rsquo;t log into their accounts as a result of the high volume traffic.</p> <p>But if you didn&rsquo;t manage to score yourselves a Redmi Note 4G tomorrow and desperately need one urgently, fret not. Check out <a href="http://forums.lowyat.net/" target="_blank">forums such as those on Lowyat.net</a>, because there might be some people selling them there for a small margin.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d advice you to get your hands on one if the price difference from retail is between RM50-RM100 but if it&rsquo;s anything more than RM200 and you&rsquo;re seriously thinking of paying that price for it, you&#39;re on your own.</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="1614" height="777" title="Get one from an online forum " alt="Read this and you&#039;ll have a 99% chance of securing the Xiaomi Mi Band on 16 Dec" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lowyat%20forums.png?1418632146" /> </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"> Read the ultimate cheat sheet to get the Xiaomi Mi Band </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"> Heed our advice to nab the affordable fitness tracker </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/Mi%20Band%20Cover.jpg?1418632146" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/redmi/stuff-s-guide-getting-xiaomi-redmi-note-4g/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/redmi/stuff-s-guide-getting-xiaomi-redmi-note-4g/feature#comments Phablets Redmi Smartphones Xiaomi Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:45:52 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1453365 at http://www.stuff.tv Banish budget travel boredom with these 10 essential gadgets http://www.stuff.tv/my/10-gadgets-pack-budget-travel/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be it a short or long-haul flight you&#039;re booked on, these are the gadgets you must have in your carry-on for a crazy-free journey </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="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cabin.jpg?1419213183" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s a morning shuttle to Kuala Lumpur or a red-eye to Tokyo, you will need an assortment of devices to maintain your sanity from all the madness that is modern travel. </p> <p>From powerbanks to tablets to intelligent carry on bags, here&rsquo;s a list of essentials for any trip. Just make sure you have booked the correct flight and bring along the passport!</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/nick-chee" title="View user profile.">Nick Chee</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s latest flagship is a quantum leap over the previous generation Galaxy Note 3 and is definitely a worthy challenger to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. With specifications that would make the competing iPhone pale in comparison,&nbsp;the Note 4 is a mean beast with six more cores, triple the memory and a slightly bigger 5.7 inch screen. The &lsquo;S Pen&rsquo; stylus with exceptional writing qualities reinvigorates the functionality of the trusty old stylus which was supposedly&nbsp;killed off with the original iPhone back in 2007.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: With only 32GB of inbuilt memory, you should get an additional 128GB memory card as well since they really are dirt cheap right now. There&rsquo;s no harm having more space especially when it can also function as a portable hard disk. &nbsp;Just remember to have the docking cable on hand.</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="604" height="453" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4%20%281%29.png?1419213183" /> </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"> Apple iPad Air 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Budget carriers tend to expect their guests to bring their own form of entertainment (or pay for ridiculously overpriced tablet rentals). Pfft, that&#39;s fine. Because you have Apple&rsquo;s latest tablet. Load it with offline games and banish boredom while others look on with envy at how fast the A8X processor renders Infinity Blade III with amazing details.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> forget the 16GB option and go with the 64GB sweet spot or 128GB if you have a little extra cash. The price difference is not very much and you will appreciate having the extra space sooner rather than later when you can squeeze more than a couple of TV sitcoms and movies (which are available from iTunes and not TPB, mind you!), hours of music and e-books into this nifty little device. Trust us, you&#39;ll be so engrossed in that gorgeously massive 9.7in Retina Display screen that your flight will pass much faster than you thought it would.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">Apple iPad Air 2 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="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20air%202.png?1419213183" /> </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"> Bose QuietComfort 25 </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>Even if your flight is equipped with inflight entertainment, the provided headsets tend to be flimsy plastic ones which produce more static than stereo. Spare your ears the torture and get a decent pair of headphones. Not just any headphones but Bose&rsquo;s latest QuietComfort 25 model. Plug it into your iPad and slip into an aural space void of other people. Say good riddance to screaming kids and noisy engines with Bose&rsquo;s impressive noise-cancelling properties.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> If generic black isn&rsquo;t your thing, Bose offers customisation with pretty much any colour combination imaginable to cue everyone into the knowledge that your headset is better than theirs. &nbsp;Who cares if they are using Beats by Dr Dre when you have you own colour customised QuietComfort 25? And at 196g, it&rsquo;s probably lighter and more compact as well. Just don&rsquo;t leave it in the Seat Pocket of Doom.</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="Bose QuietComfort 25" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bose%20quietcomfort.png?1419213183" /> </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"> Xiaomi Mi Power Bank </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you use your smartphone or tablet heavily, you might need to juice up while on board. Budget carriers do not typically provide power points on board and if they do, you probably have to pay to use them. Even on the full service carriers, you might have to share the power point with your seat mates. Weighing just 350g, Xiaomi&rsquo;s new 16,000mAh Mi power bank comes with two USB ports and lots of juice to ensure your devices never run dry.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;They&#39;re so affordable, you can get a couple of them without making a dent in your monthly expenses. Why carry tiny power banks which weigh almost the same, but provide a fraction of the charging capacity? You&#39;ll never have to run out of battery (unless you forget to charge the sources themselves).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/xiaomi/xiaomi-power-bank-offers-16000mah-juice-pittance/news">The Xiaomi Power Bank offers 16,000mAh of juice for a pittance</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Mi Power Bank" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mi%20powerbank.jpg?1419213183" /> </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"> Aftershock S-17 </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>Travelling doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to give up your PC games. Enter the high performance laptop computer - the Aftershock S-17. This portable powerhouse takes mobile gaming to new heights. Weighing at just 3.1kg, the S-17 delivers top of the line performance with its premium display powered by the world&rsquo;s most powerful mobile graphics card, the Nvidia GTX 980m. So instead of playing mindless casual games on the smartphone or tablet for the entire duration of the flight, why not run through the campaign mode on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare?</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t shy away from the customisable options - make your laptop the meanest gaming machine you will ever own (until the next generation hardware debut, of course). Upgrade your RAM to 16GB instead of 4GB and go for the 2 M.2 2280 SSD option on RAID 0 to get the most out of your gaming experience.</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="Aftershock S-17" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aftershock.jpg?1419213183" /> </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"> Bluesmart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you often struggle to ensure your carry-on bag weighs less than regulated 7 kg, especially in this day and age where airlines are more than happy to charge you a pretty penny or banish your carry-on bag to the cargo hold for being a gram over the weight limit, why not check out this crowd-funded project - Bluesmart? It is your carry-on suitcase packed with intelligent features such as tracking, self-weighing, in built charging and self-locking. The project has already reached its funding goal and barring unforeseen issues, you should see it in stores come August 2015.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> If we were you, we would set aside the funds for it right now. It is a steal at 50% off the estimated retail price. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t tell you so when they hit the stores.</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/VJnvx7IhAmk" 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-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"> Grid-It! Organiser </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>Spare yourself the embarrassment of stalling the queues at security screening by having your digital gadgets and personal effects pre-organised for easy access. The Grid-It organiser secures all your knickknacks for easy access, saving you from rummaging through the carry-on bag for that elusive tablet or laptop. Grid-It organisers come in three sizes allowing you to get one that fits snugly in your carry on.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Get the organiser bundle combo pack - you&#39;ll never know when you will need a certain size.</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/b2zULNyGhqw" 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-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"> Apple iPhone 6 Plus </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>Remember the time when Steve Jobs proclaimed Apple will not venture into the phablet market? &nbsp;Well, unfortunately the market rules and the consumers have spoken. Apple&rsquo;s latest flagship smartphone comes with a gargantuan 5.5in screen, the latest A8 processor and an equally impressive battery life. Fractionally smaller than the iPad mini, the iPhone 6 Plus packs a high pixel density of 401ppi delivering high quality imagery thanks to its stunning 1080p resolution.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;You might be tempted to go for the smaller iPhone 6 but trust us, size matters. At minimum, we&rsquo;d suggest the 64GB model as the 16GB one might be a tad too smell with all your high-res photos, videos and oversized apps.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">Apple iPhone 6 Plus 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="iPhone 6 Plus" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone%206%20plus.jpeg?1419213183" /> </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"> Moto 360 by Motorola </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 cellular service on board most flights, one might question the necessity of having a smart watch. &nbsp;Travelling tends to make people more anxious than usual and those with ailments may be worse for wear on board compared to the average healthy individual. The Moto 360 allows you to monitor, among other things, the blood pressure, heart rate, activity levels and sleep activity of the wearer and these are recorded via Android Wear. Unfortunately, Apple fans will have to wait till 2015 for the Apple Watch.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:&nbsp;</strong>Smart watches will get more impressive and more common over the next few years so why wait when you can call yourself an early adopter? Bragging rights aside, this watch does more than just tell the time. Just remember to charge it everyday.</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="Moto 360 by Motorola" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_1_0_0.jpg?1419213183" /> </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"> Kindle Paperwhite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you are into books, leave the heavy paperweights behind and get a Kindle Paperwhite instead. One might question its versatility especially given that the competing iPads and Samsung Tabs can function as a reader and do much more. &nbsp;However, the reading experience delivered by the Kindle Paperwhite is far superior especially for the book nook. &nbsp;With no glare from the backlight on the 16-level greyscale screen, it is less taxing on the eyes and this is a blessing given that dry cabin air increases the strain on your eyes. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Get a Kindle just for ebooks, keep your tablet strictly for shows. Weighing just 206g, it is fractionally heavier than the phablets but lighter than the 7&rdquo; tablets and your wrists won&rsquo;t ache after holding them for too long. With a battery life of approximately 28 hours of continuous reading, you can pretty much leave the charger at home and travel light.</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="Kindle Paperwhite" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle%20paperwhite.jpg?1419213183" /> </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"> 10 gadgets to survive budget travel </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"> Tips to banish the insane boredom on the plane </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/10-gadgets-pack-budget-travel/feature#comments Laptops Smartphones Tablets Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:12:06 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455264 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung chips could be destined for the Apple Watch and iPhone 7 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smaller, more powerful processors could grace the insides of Apple&#039;s next generation of devices </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="1861" height="1396" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-s1.jpg?1418436875" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kim Ki-nam isn&#39;t a name you&#39;re likely to be familiar with. He&#39;s in charge of Samsung&#39;s semiconductor business, and he&#39;s recently confirmed that its 14-nanometre chips have begun production. But should you care about that?</p> <p>Yes. Yes you should. If you&#39;ve got a remote interest in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-7/review" target="_blank">iPhone 7 </a>and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch</a>, at least.</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 chip itself is said to use 35% less power than existing 20nm equivalents, while taking up 15% less space, and offering a 20% increase in power to boot.</p> <p>That power efficiency, coupled with its space saving benefits (resulting in room for a larger battery) should hopefully squeeze out as much standby time as possible.</p> <p>The 14nm chip could also be the basis for the iPhone 7&#39;s shiny new A9 processor, although we doubt that any of the chips currently being manufactured are destined for anywhere other than the Apple Watch for the time being. The iPhone 7 isn&#39;t expected to launch till Spring 2015, whereas the Apple Watch&#39;s release date &nbsp;windows of early 2015 demands all the chips Samsung can churn out.</p> <p>Stay tuned for more updates, as and when we get them.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple Watch hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p>[<a href="http://english.etnews.com/electronics/2969056_1303.html" target="_blank">Korea IT News</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-begins-14-nm-contract-chip-production/" target="_blank">ZDNet</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="1101" height="826" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-watch-chip.jpg?1418436875" /> </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="450" title="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch" alt="Samsung has started making the chips that could be used in the iPhone 7 and Appl" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-a9.jpg?1418436875" /> </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/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/samsung-has-started-making-chips-could-be-used-iphone-7-and-apple-watch/news#comments Apple iPhone 7 Smartphones Smartwatches Watch Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:59:50 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455262 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 3 brings 64-bit processing power to lower-end phones http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regulatory listing for next 5.25in smartphone reveals modest update </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 Grand 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-grand-3-leak.png?1418435444" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo">recently admitted</a>&nbsp;that its smartphone line has gotten too large, something arguably borne out by the lesser-known Galaxy Grand. But this lower-end device will still apparently see a solid upgrade in its next incarnation.</p> <p>Details of the Galaxy Grand 3 have emerged thanks to an approved filing with Chinese regulatory body TENAA, and they show that the device has a 64-bit processor within: the quad-core, 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon 410.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news#comments Android Samsung Smartphones Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:49:25 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455253 at http://www.stuff.tv Move over, Oppo R5, because Vivo's X5Max is now the world's slimmest smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/475mm-goodness-power-packed-vivo-x5max-also-world-s-slimmest-phone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The 4.75mm Android device is a fully-featured wonder that doesn’t skimp on features </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="424" title="Move over, Oppo R5, because Vivo&#039;s X5Max is now the world&#039;s slimmest smartphone" alt="Move over, Oppo R5, because Vivo&#039;s X5Max is now the world&#039;s slimmest smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vivo_x5max_blue.jpg?1418350619" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Chinese are untouchable when it comes to the question of who can build the slimmest smartphone. And now, they&rsquo;ve raised the bar yet again.</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/justin-choo" title="View user profile.">Justin Choo</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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-9255cfd6-384a-7ad7-180b-9e33b1c4eb5c">Vivo has now surged ahead of previous leaders Gionee Elife S5.1 (5.1mm) and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oppo/oppo-r5/review">Oppo R5</a> (4.85mm) with their new offering, the X5Max, which measures 4.75mm at its thinnest point. However, even the Chinese can&rsquo;t solve the puzzle of shrinking the camera modules yet, as the f/2, 13-megapixel camera (which uses a IMX214 Sony sensor) on the X5Max actually adds almost 2mm to its thickness.</p> <p dir="ltr">Vivo isn&rsquo;t pulling any punches despite prioritising form factor. Actually, that&rsquo;s a gross understatement, considering the heat that the X5Max is packing. It utilises an aluminium frame, and at its heart, a 64-bit, octo-core Snapdragon processor made up of four 1.7GHz cores and four 1GHz cores in a power-efficient, big.LITTLE configuration. The phone also sports 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, as well as microSD support for up to 128GB cards.</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 dir="ltr">Other frills include: a 5.5in AMOLED display, and get this, a Yamaha YSS-205X audio processing chip (which supports Hi-Fi 2.0) for the purpose of KARAOKE. Yes folks, there&rsquo;s a karaoke app built-in, just in case you&#39;re training for The Voice. It even supports dual SIM cards, both of which are 4G capable, but we&rsquo;re not sure if there will be an international standard version.</p> <p dir="ltr">And in keeping with Chinese preference for Apple-like UIs, the Funtouch UI is heavily skinned to look like iOS. Right now it&rsquo;s based on Android 4.4.4, meaning that it won&rsquo;t be able to harness its 64-bit architecture until Lollipop arrives. We&rsquo;ll be really interested to find out how this phone fares in real world usage, as the battery has a capacity of only 2000mAh. Still, there should be plenty of time to show off this marvel to your friends before the modest battery runs dry.</p> <p dir="ltr">[Source: <a href="http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/vivo-x5max-with-475mm-thickness-octa-core-snapdragon-615-soc-launched-632648">NDTV</a>, <a href="http://www.geek.com/android/the-vivo-x5max-is-the-worlds-thinnest-smartphone-at-4-75mm-1611373/">Geek</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="568" height="459" title="Move over, Oppo R5, because Vivo&#039;s X5Max is now the world&#039;s slimmest smartphone" alt="Move over, Oppo R5, because Vivo&#039;s X5Max is now the world&#039;s slimmest smartphone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gsmarena_001a.jpg?1418350619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/475mm-goodness-power-packed-vivo-x5max-also-world-s-slimmest-phone/news#comments Android Smartphones Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:47:52 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455173 at http://www.stuff.tv