Sony http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/all en-MY First leaks indicate the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/rumours-indicate-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-beefed-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get your first trickle of Sony Xperia Z4 information here </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="First leaks indicate the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids" alt="First leaks indicate the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gallery_24.jpeg?1413797204" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s only been a few months since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/xperia-z3">Sony Xperia Z3</a> landed on our shores &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartwatch/ifa-2014/sony-releases-singapore-availability-and-pricing-its-latest-tech-range/news">just over a month to be exact</a>, but tipsters have predicted that the Japanese multi-national conglomerate&rsquo;s already working on its succes</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/rumours-indicate-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-beefed-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/rumours-indicate-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-beefed-smartphone/news#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:16:33 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450852 at http://www.stuff.tv These existing Android devices will taste Lollipop very soon http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-50-lollipop-will-grace-sony-s-entire-xperia-z-line/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony, Motorola and HTC have revealed its Android 5.0 update plans, while Samsung and LG are still on the quiet side </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="These existing Android devices will taste Lollipop very soon" alt="These existing Android devices will taste Lollipop very soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lolli.jpeg?1413525944" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-io-2014/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-l/news">Android 5.0 Lollipop is official.&nbsp;</a>And you can hear&nbsp;Android makers shouting &quot;Me first!&quot; at Google to update their gadgets with the latest version.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Other mobile makers&#039; 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>As for Motorola, we already know that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/nexus-6">Nexus 6 </a>will be the first to come out of the box with the update. As for the rest of its battalion, the first and second generation Moto X, first and second generation Moto G, Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx will get the boost.</p> <p>HTC took to Twitter to respond to its plans about Android 5.0 Lollipop. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/nexus-9">HTC Nexus 9 </a>will is the first tablet powered by the new operating system and you can expect the One (M7) and One (M8) to get the update in the next 90 days.</p> <p>The HTC One mini and One mini 2 will also get it but its schedule, just like the remainder of the devices on the list above, is yet to be announced. We expect it to come sometime later in 2015, so you&rsquo;ll need to do some waiting until then.</p> <p>Oddly, South Korean companies Samsung and LG are quiet about the Android 5.0 update. Our money&#39;s on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-io-2014/which-android-will-triumph-battle-l-s/feature">Android Lollipop has won, no victory dance for these 5 Android L contenders&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_one_one_m8_one_mini_and_mini_2_to_get_android_50_lollipop-news-9947.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>, <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_details_which_of_its_devices_will_get_android_50_lollipop-news-9939.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a> and <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_plans_to_update_the_entire_xperia_z_line_to_android_lollipop-news-9960.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</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="604" height="453" title="Android 5.0 Lollipop will grace Sony’s entire Xperia Z line" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop will grace Sony’s entire Xperia Z line" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus6.jpeg?1413525944" /> </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/android-50-lollipop-will-grace-sony-s-entire-xperia-z-line/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-50-lollipop-will-grace-sony-s-entire-xperia-z-line/news#comments Android HTC Motorola Smartphones Sony Tablets Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:56:40 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450559 at http://www.stuff.tv WIN! 20 Hi-Res Audio downloads for 100 lucky winners! http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/win-20-free-hi-res-music-download-sony-100-winners/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to see why Hi-Res Audio is the next big thing? Great - then you&#039;ll love this giveaway... </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="1500" height="971" title="WIN! 20 Hi-Res Audio downloads for 100 lucky winners!" alt="WIN! 20 Hi-Res Audio downloads for 100 lucky winners!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/card_frontV3.2.jpg?1413514580" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">To celebrate Sony&#39;s Hi-Res Audio range (think headphones, Walkmans, wireless speakers and home entertainment kit), Stuff is giving away 100 Hi-Res Audio download cards that come packed with 20 free music downloads.</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/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</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/sony/win-20-free-hi-res-music-download-sony-100-winners/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/win-20-free-hi-res-music-download-sony-100-winners/news#comments Competitions Hi-Res Audio Sony Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:55:28 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450544 at http://www.stuff.tv PROMOTED: 5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music forever http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-hi-res-audio-headphones-sony/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hi-Res Audio is the next big thing - fact. See why with Sony&#039;s Hi-Res Audio headphones and a competition that will equip you with 20 free Hi-Res Audio downloads... </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="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony%20hi-res%20audio%20main.jpg?1414016615" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Sony&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">High-Resolution Audio range</a> is all about sound quality only a musician would settle for and genius design. Their headphones are no exception.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">First up? It has to be the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMkLIDr0Kdk">MDR-Z7</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/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Sony MDR-Z7 </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">Designed for <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>, Sony&rsquo;s flagship <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/MDR-Z7">MDR-Z7</a> headphones come with a 70mm HD driver to give a far more consistent sound across the entire frequency range, even sub-bass frequencies and the crystalline highs.</p> <p dir="ltr">Built in Japan with bespoke precision, the shape of every component is completely refined to reproduce every detail of music &mdash; exactly how musicians and artists intended. They eliminate unwanted vibration energy with their Aluminium-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm.</p> <p dir="ltr">Did we mention they are ridiculously comfortable and look the part, too?</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/MDR-Z7" target="_blank">Find out more about the Sony MDR-Z7 here</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="Sony MDR-Z7" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to musi" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-Z7.jpg?1414016615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-Z7" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-Z7%20lifestyle.jpg?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WHAT&#039;S HI-RES AUDIO, WE HEAR YOU ASK? </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/04VWhzBp_1E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>&nbsp;files are processed at a much higher rate than standard MP3 files and CDs. The sheer quality of Hi-Res Audio means you can truly immerse yourself in every single instrument, bass note and hi-hat.</p> <p dir="ltr">Listen to Hi-Res Audio files with Hi-Res Audio headphones and a Hi-Res Audio Walkman and you&rsquo;ll never listen to music the same way again.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s crystal clear clarity to make you feel like you&rsquo;re listening to music from speakers in a recording studio.&nbsp;Learn about Hi-Res Audio players such as Sony&rsquo;s Walkman NWZ-A10 Series in the second part of this Hi-Res Audio feature, which will appear in the December issue of Stuff Singapore.</p> <p><a href="http://sony-asia.com/hiresaudio">F</a><a href="http://sony-asia.com/hiresaudio">ind out more about Hi-Res Audio here</a>&nbsp;and enter the <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/haymarket.com/forms/d/1zKXJiSRM1XmmL_xRo37mUXZFOcqoOUuvofxHaJG6biI/viewform">competition to win 20 free Hi-Res Audio downloads</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> 2. Sony XBA-Z5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The ultimate in-ear headphones. The <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/XBA-Z5">XBA-Z5</a> use a hybrid three-way driver system and an aluminium coated diaphragm for pitch-perfect precision. A favourite with the audio pros.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like the MDR-Z7, the XBZ-Z5 is crafted in Japan, so you&rsquo;re assured of its build quality and performance. Don&#39;t take our word for it, put it on, feel the air move as the ear buds pump sweet music to your ears.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/XBA-Z5" target="_blank">Find out more about the Sony XBA-Z5 here</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="Sony XBA-Z5" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20XBA-Z5.jpg?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony XBA-Z5" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/XBA-Z5_B__Xperia%2CPHA3_Balance__Situation_Image-1200.gif?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Sony MDR-1ADAC </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">Their built-in USB DAC amp takes the digital output of your device and converts the signal to an analogue output for amplification.</p> <p dir="ltr">The result is enhanced sound. So good, you won&#39;t want to take them off when the music stops. That is a testament to the comfort that the Sony <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/MDR-1ADAC">MDR-1ADAC</a> brings to your ears.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/MDR-1ADAC" target="_blank">Find out more about the Sony MDR-1ADAC here</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="Sony MDR-1ADAC" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-1ADAC.jpg?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-1ADAC" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-1ADAC%20lifestyle.jpg?1414016612" /> </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"> 4. Sony MDR-10R </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">Ideal for perfectly balanced <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a> while looking great, these are designed with your comfort in mind, which you can feel as much as the nuances in the music.&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">That&#39;s not to say the specs aren&#39;t top class too - the 40mm Driver unit delivers the most accurate mid-to-high range sound reproduction.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/mdr-10r" target="_blank">Find out more about the MDR-10R here</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="Sony MDR-10R" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-10R.jpg?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony MDR-10R" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20MDR-10R%20lifestyle.jpg?1414016612" /> </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"> 5. Sony XBA-A2/A3 </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">Last but not least, the tiny and portable <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/xba-a2">XBA-A2</a> and <a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/XBA-A3">XBA-A3</a> are your go-to earphones for portability and audio clarity.</p> <p dir="ltr">With three-way driver systems of HD tweeters, Linear Drive Balanced Armature drivers and Liquid Crystal Polymer Diaphragms, these are crafted to deliver a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>&nbsp;punch.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/xba-a2">Find out more about the XBA-A2 here</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/product/XBA-A3">XBA-A3 here</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="Sony XBA-A2/A3" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-Web-Image_0.gif?1414016612" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Sony XBA-A2/A3" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20XBA-A3%20lifestyle.jpg?1414016612" /> </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"> Where to download Hi-Res Audio files? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Can&rsquo;t wait to give your ears a treat? Have a peek at these&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>&nbsp;collections, available for purchase and download from the following sites:</p> <ul dir="ltr"> <li><a href="http://www.hifitrack.com/zh-hant">HifiTrack</a> - Mando Pop, Classics, Misc</li> <li><a href="https://shop.klicktrack.com/2l/release/genre">2L Music Store</a> - Classical, Choral, Opera, Art Music</li> <li><a href="http://www.linnrecords.com/">Linn Records </a>- Classical, Non Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.naimlabel.com/">Naim Label</a> - Jazz, Acoustic, Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.bugs.co.kr/">Bugs</a> - K Pop</li> <li><a href="http://bluecoastrecords.com/">Blue Coast Records</a> - Misc, Alternative, Classical, Folk, Pop</li> <li><a href="http://music.naver.com/hd/index.nhn">Naver</a> - Pop, Rock, Classica, K-Pop</li> <li><a href="https://shop.klicktrack.com/2l" target="_blank">Klicktrack</a>&nbsp;- Instrumental, Classical, New Age</li> <li><a href="http://www.prostudiomasters.com" target="_blank">Prostudiomasters</a>&nbsp;- music from all genres</li> <li><a href="http://www.hdtracks.com" target="_blank">HDtracks</a>&nbsp;- Pop, Rock, Classical, and Jazz</li> <li><a href="http://www.itrax.com" target="_blank">iTrax</a>&nbsp;- Blues, Acoustic, R&amp;B and Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.pristineclassical.com" target="_blank">Pristine Classical</a>&nbsp;- Classical</li> <li><a href="http://www.atmaclassique.com/en" target="_blank">Atma Classique</a>&nbsp;- Classical</li> </ul> </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-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"> NOW WIN HI-RES AUDIO D/L CARDS! </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">To get you started in the world of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sony-asia.com/hiresaudio/">Hi-Res Audio</a>, Sony is giving 100 lucky Stuff readers Hi-Res Audio download cards that entitle you to 20 free Hi-Res Audio downloads.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/win-20-free-hi-res-music-download-sony-100-winners/news">Simply visit the competition page</a>, answer a really easy question, cross your fingers and get ready to experience music like never before.</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="657" height="425" title="Sony Hi-Res Audio download card" alt="5 Sony Hi-Res Audio headphones that will change how you listen to music" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20Hi-Res%20Audio%20download%20card.jpg?1414016612" /> </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> <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"> PROMOTED: Ahead of the game in Hi-Res </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"> 5 Sony headphones that will change how you listen to music forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item big image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image" width="920" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/Sony%20hi-res%20audio%20main.jpg?1414016615" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony%20hi-res%20audio%20main.jpg?1414016615" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/promoted-hi-res-audio-headphones-sony/feature#comments Headphones Hi-Res Audio Sony Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:52:59 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1450543 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Will.i.am’s smartwatch about to launch, Windows 10 preview nets massive downloads, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue also coming to PC http://www.stuff.tv/my/littlebigplanet-3/fully-charged-william-s-smartwatch-about-launch-windows-10-preview-nets-million-do <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wake up, plug in, and read our morning tech news roundup </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="Will.i.am&#039;s smartwatch" alt="Will.i.am&#039;s smartwatch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/will-i-am-smartwatch_0.jpg?1413340222" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will.i.am’s smartwatch launching this week </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 when music producer and Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am revealed that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">he created a smartwatch</a>? Turns out it&rsquo;s actually a real thing, and it&rsquo;s apparently launching later this week at an event happening on the same day as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-ipads-new-macs-no-u2-hopefully-what-expect-apple-s-16-october-event/feature">Apple&rsquo;s planned iPad reveal</a>.</p> <p>Will.i.am&rsquo;s effort was first shown on <em>Alan Carr: Chatty Man</em> back in April, and he claimed it to be a standalone device with the ability to make calls - like Samsung&rsquo;s Gear S - as well as play music and access Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The rounded design also looked quite large on his wrist, as you&rsquo;ll see in the clip above. Android, perhaps? It&#39;s not clear just yet.</p> <p>His company, i.am+, will reveal the watch in San Francisco this Thursday, 15 October, at software expo Dreamforce 2014. The press release claims it to be a &ldquo;bold new device that allows for a sixth sense mentality and represents a new way of being connected.&rdquo; Can the real thing live up to that masterful PR fluff? We&rsquo;ll have a better sense in a couple days.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/RODAccess?did=1264261163127&amp;pid=1765437&amp;ct=C">PR Newswire</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">Fully Charged: The webOS that never was, and Will.i.am&rsquo;s big smartwatch revealed!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rj7IfmUbF0M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows 10 preview nets a million downloads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft surprised some folks by making the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-download/news">Windows 10 Technical Preview</a> available to freely download about a year before the planned full release, and intrigued users have responded by flocking to the first look at the company&rsquo;s next big operating system.</p> <p>According to Microsoft, more than a million users have downloaded the preview, with more than 200,000 feedback pieces sent from within the OS. Almost two-thirds of the installs are on actual PCs, as opposed to virtual machines, and the overall download tally is sure to rise as the program continues on into next year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/10/13/checking-in-on-the-windows-insider-program/">Blogging Windows</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</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="800" title="Windows 10 Technical Preview" alt="Windows 10 Technical Preview" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows10-preview-desktop.png?1413340222" /> </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"> Assassin’s Creed Rogue also coming to PC </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>Surprise, surprise: <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Rogue</em>, which was slated to be an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 exclusive to sate fans without new-gen consoles this holiday season, will also come out on PC.</p> <p>However, the computer version won&rsquo;t see release until early 2015, while the console versions are due out next month. Don&rsquo;t be remotely surprised if <em>Rogue</em> eventually also does make its way to Xbox One and PS4 in one form or another once <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em> makes its mark.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-rogue-story-trailer/">UbiBlog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h-dgUPQVnv0" 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-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"> LittleBigPlanet 3 delayed a week </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 anxious to reconnect with Sackboy and meet his new pals in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> next month, we&rsquo;re afraid you&rsquo;ll have to wait a little longer: Sony announced yesterday that the European date has slipped a week to 26 November to &ldquo;give Sackboy the best opportunity to shine.&rdquo; We&rsquo;re not so sure that digital burlap is supposed to shine, but we understand the intent.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://community.eu.playstation.com/t5/LittleBigPlanet/LittleBigPlanet-3-Coming-to-Europe-26th-November/td-p/22400611">PlayStation</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dyxKIP8KNgk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/littlebigplanet-3/fully-charged-william-s-smartwatch-about-launch-windows-10-preview-nets-million-do#comments Console games Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 Smartwatches Sony Windows 10 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1450270 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony announces PlayStation Experience expo in Las Vegas http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not content just to show at wider events, the console maker claims its own space </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="PlayStation 4" alt="PlayStation 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/playstation4_0.jpg?1412999462" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eager for hands-on time with the next big PlayStation 4 games, and maybe even a first glance at some unannounced titles? Better book a flight to Vegas, since Sony&rsquo;s planning a public event of its own.</p> <p>The PlayStation Experience will be a two-day event held in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States on 6-7 December, and unlike PAX and other expos, Sony won&rsquo;t need to fight against Microsoft, Nintendo, and others for attention: it&rsquo;s all about PlayStation.</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/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-announces-playstation-experience-expo-las-vegas/news#comments Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:36:26 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449970 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the best mini smartphone in the universe? Spoiler: Yes. Yes it is </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="Who&#039;s a pretty phone then?" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN9955_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Balls to compromise.</p> <p>That was Sony&rsquo;s mantra when it came to shrinking the original Z1 into the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Z1 Compact</a>, and it&rsquo;s looking for a repeat performance with its successor.</p> <p>The Z3 Compact aims to offer the same power and performance as the gorgeous full-fat Z3, but in a smaller and more manageable chassis. It could well be the new people&rsquo;s champion of the smartphone world.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid, waterproof build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Capable of great photos </div> <div class="field-item even"> Zero compromise on power </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Very comfortable to use </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"> Camera app is overly complicated </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not quite as premium as its big brother </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Cooler colour balance won’t suit all </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"> SOLID, COMFORTABLE BUT NOT QUITE PREMIUM </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 Z3 Compact is essentially a shrunken Xperia Z3, and that is definitely a compliment.</p> <p>It looks smart and feels very comfortable in the hands, thanks to its diminutive size and rounded edges. The glass front and back panels feel reassuringly solid, weighty and premium, too.</p> <p>We do have one gripe with it however - it&rsquo;s disappointingly creaky when flexed. We&rsquo;ve got no reason to doubt the overall build quality and there&rsquo;s no reason why you&rsquo;d want to flex your phone, but once you know the creaks are there it becomes a bit of a niggle. Oh, sorry.</p> <p>Unlike its larger Z3 brother&#39;s metal edges, the Z3 Compact settles for plastic, which obviously feels less expensive. It&#39;s a shame, because metal surroundings would result in a nicer look and feel, as well as offering increased strength.</p> <p>Having said that, the edges don&rsquo;t feel cheap, and their translucent colouring does a good job of standing out.</p> <p>Consider that the Compact is will probably be at least RM400 cheaper than the flagship Z3, and it seems churlish to complain about the use of slightly less premium materials.</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="Nice behind" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9956_1_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </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="Mmm, translucent plastic" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9971_0_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.6in 1280x720 Triluminous display with X-Reality engine <br /><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801&nbsp;<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB <br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat <br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 20.7MP rear, 1080p/4K video<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (+ microSD)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2600mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: x8.7mm<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 129g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rest of the Z3 Compact will be familiar to Sony fans. Its microUSB, microSIM and nanoSIM ports are all covered by flaps, which allow it to happily swim around in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes &ndash; that&rsquo;s the highest waterproof rating in a Sony phone to date.</p> <p>The power, volume and camera buttons all grace the right-hand side. The power button could perhaps be a little higher up, as that&rsquo;s where your thumb naturally rests when holding the phone, but that&rsquo;s no big deal.</p> <p>Front-facing speakers sandwich the top and bottom of the screen, and they&#39;re worth the extra bezel for the most part. While not as loud or as clear as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>&#39;s impressive BoomSound speakers, the Z3 Compact still blasts out music louder than its size suggests. Its rear does tend to vibrate a bit in the hands if the volume is cranked up all the way however.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Classic Tibbles" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20141010_161709_0.jpg?1413794338" /> </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="It can do pushups too" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9965_5_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </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"> A SCREEN THAT&#039;S A PLEASURE TO USE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we jump into pixel counts, white balance and colour saturation, let&#39;s talk about size.</p> <p>The Z3 Compact has bumped up its screen size from its predecessor&#39;s 4.3 inches to 4.6 inches.</p> <p>While that might alarm the small-handed gadgeteers who appreciated the Z1 Compact so much, we can happily report that there&rsquo;s nothing to worry about.</p> <p>Sony has managed to cram a larger screen into a body that&#39;s practically the same size as the original Z1 Compact, which means that you&rsquo;ve got more screen to enjoy without the need for +1 dexterity.</p> <p>In a world littered with smartphones that require a juggling act to reach the top notification bar (we&rsquo;re looking at you, iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4), the Z3 Compact gets a 15/10 for ease of use.</p> <p>Yes, you might get screen envy when comparing it to the likes of the 5.5in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>&nbsp;when viewing movies side-by-side, but use the Compact on its own and you&#39;ll feel so darn comfortable using it that nothing else will matter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No more thumb stretching \0/" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9959_2.JPG?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, back to resolution: it&#39;s 720p, and yes, you will notice a drop in sharpness compared to the full HD and 2K smartphone screens that abound right now - but only when you actively scrutinise them all together.</p> <p>The G3 in particular definitely shows up more detail, while the Compact&#39;s screen can appear almost fuzzy in direct comparison.</p> <p>But in general use, you won&#39;t be complaining - you probably won&rsquo;t even notice. 319 pixels per inch still delivers sharp text, and images and videos still look great as long as the screen isn&#39;t strapped to your face.</p> <p>Sony&#39;s image enhancement engine does a great job serving up punchy, bright colours, although as with many of Sony&rsquo;s phones (and TVs for that matter) the overall balance is a bit cooler than you might be used to. You&rsquo;ll probably get used to it, but if you don&rsquo;t there are dedicated settings for adjusting white balance. I&rsquo;ll admit to not getting quite the tone I was after, but then I am something of a perfectionist.</p> <p>Blacks are great, though - deeper and truer than the ones found on the G3. Samsung&rsquo;s AMOLED displays still remain the ultimate displays for those after the blackest of blacks, but the Z3 Compact does make the nominations envelope.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pretty eh?" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9973_1_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </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="An explosion of colour" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9972_0_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </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"> MINIATURE MUSCLE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony hasn&#39;t messed around when it comes to power. The Z3 Compact may be small, but it sure isn&rsquo;t weak.</p> <p>While its Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor isn&#39;t as powerful as the more recent 805 offering found in the Galaxy Note 4, it still matches the power found in current flagships such as the LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X</a>.</p> <p>Unlike on those fancy-pants superphones, Qualcomm&#39;s silicon only has to worry about pushing a 720p resolution here, and that helps to ensure the performance is extra silky smooth. From heavy multitasking to running the latest graphically shiny games such as FIFA 15, you won&#39;t be left wanting for power.</p> <p>As with most current smartphones, the rear tends to get rather warm during intense use, but with winter coming perhaps you&rsquo;ll be glad of that?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We scored, honest" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9969_0_0.JPG?1413794338" /> </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="Multitasking champ" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9970_2_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </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"> A FORMIDABLE CAMERA, DROWNING IN COMPLICATED MENUS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like its full-sized Z3 sibling, the Compact has a 20.7MP camera, and it takes genuinely impressive photos.</p> <p>Assuming you&rsquo;re prepared to take the time to get things just right.</p> <p>The Xperia camera app is bursting with different shooting modes, and settings are buried in complicated menus - &nbsp;the complete opposite of the effortless point and shoot camera apps of phones such as the HTC One (M8) and iPhone 6.</p> <p>It took us a good few minutes of frustrating trial and error to figure out how to turn on HDR, for example. Manual mode has to be selected, but even then, you can&rsquo;t turn it on when shooting at 20.7MP. You have to bump the resolution down to 8MP to turn HDR on. It&rsquo;s overly complicated, and that&rsquo;s just for something that should be very simple.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d recommend sticking to superior auto mode for most of the time as it does a very decent job of assessing the scene. Shots in good lighting show up plenty of detail and accurate colours, and the 8MP shots taken in this mode are you&rsquo;ll ever need if you&rsquo;re a simple social media shutterbug. The 25mm wide-angle lens means that you can cram more into each shot, too, which is another nice bonus.</p> <p>If you fancy cropping into shots or flexing your photographic muscles, then there&rsquo;s that 20.7MP manual mode, which allows tweaks of everything from the white balance to ISO, as well as selecting the type of scene.</p> <p>If you take your photography that seriously you&rsquo;ve probably got a serious camera, but the Z3 could come in handy if you just happen to stumble across the perfect shot but don&rsquo;t have it with you.</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="Anyone got a map?" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9960_2.JPG?1413794338" /> </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="It&#039;s a lens" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9957_1_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </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><iframe class="imgur-album" frameborder="0" height="550" src="//imgur.com/a/hrw9P/embed?background=292929&amp;text=ffffff&amp;link=4e76c9" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Both the Z3 and Z3 Compact boast a 12800 ISO setting &ndash; more than any of its rivals to date. While shots at these higher ISO levels are brighter, we find that the G3&rsquo;s 13MP shots pick up more detail in dimmer conditions, with more accurate colours and less noise, possibly due to its optical image stabilisation and two-tone LED flash.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s less serious AR modes also return, letting you overlay dinosaurs, little fairy&hellip; things, and other digital characters over the real world. While it&rsquo;s fun for a few minutes, you&rsquo;ll probably ignore this feature once you&rsquo;ve shown it off to your mates once or twice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ANDROID’S LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE </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>Thankfully Sony&rsquo;s stuck to its guns by not messing around with Android too much, unlike its Samsung, HTC and LG rivals.</p> <p>Any visual modifications to Android 4.4.4 KitKat are kept simple, and there&rsquo;s not a massive amount of bloatware on board.</p> <p>Naturally, Sony&rsquo;s own services such as Music Unlimited are being pushed on its Xperia devices, but the most impressive non-stock software present is the Lifeblog app.</p> <p>It tracks everything from your calories burned, steps taken and workouts, to photos captured and videos captured. You can scroll through a summary of your activities on a day-by-day basis, condensing your life into one single app - it&rsquo;s far more useful and not nearly as depressing as that may sound.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">PS4&nbsp;</a>owners can look forward to Sony&rsquo;s Remote Play app which is already available on PlayStation Vita and is set to launch later this year on Sony&rsquo;s top phones and tablets. Combined with a controller, the Z3 Compact will act as a gateway to the PS4, allowing you to stream games in realtime - as long as the network connections at both ends are fast enough.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re dead excited to get testing with Remote Play on mobile and will update this review when the app launches.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review" target="_blank">Sony PlayStation 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nice and subtle" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9958_0_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </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="Old Skool" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/black-sheep_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </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"> A battery that keeps going. And going </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 remains the Achilles heel of even the greatest of smartphones, but the Xperia Z3 blew us away with its stamina and we&#39;re happy to report that the Z3 Compact shares its Duracell Bunny DNA.</p> <p>Our standard video rundown test involves looping a 720p video, with Wi-Fi connected, the screen set to 50% brightness and app/email syncing on.</p> <p>This test was carried out twice, and the Compact lasted just over ten hours both times.&nbsp;</p> <p>While not quite as high at the 13+ hours achieved by the Z3, it&#39;s still an impressive figure, beating the LG G3 by more than half an hour.</p> <p>In standard use, you can get away with at least one and a half days on a single charge, which is very impressive indeed.</p> <p>Our reviews process, coupled with a two hour commute (each way) makes for higher than average use, and the Compact still happily lasts an entire day.</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="1280" height="720" title="Refuses to die" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-10-10-08-03-40_1.png?1413794338" /> </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"> 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 Z3 Compact is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best sub-5in phone available today.</p> <p>The power of a full-size flagship, an excellent camera and an impressive battery life are all crammed into a device that&#39;s a pleasure to use no matter the size of your digits.</p> <p>If your hands can manage a bigger device there are smartphones around that offer bigger and more beautiful screens and cameras that are more point-and-shoot friendly, but for smaller-handed gadgeteers Sony&#39;s no-compromise Pocket Hercules will tick every box.</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="Moments before the neighbourhood cat went for the yarn" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN9974_1.JPG?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Powerful insides, an excellent camera and a great battery life, all crammed into a compact and fairly striking 4.6in chassis. Impressive stuff.</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"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 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"> Meet the best mini smartphone in the universe </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/DSCN9955_0_0.JPG?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-compact/review#comments Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:27:37 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446518 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple’s U2 album download numbers revealed, Amazon opening retail store, and Minecraft on PlayStation Vita next week http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/fully-charged-apple-s-u2-album-download-numbers-revealed-amazon-opening-retail-store-and-mine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The weekend is here - but first, read all of this tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="U2&#039;s Songs of Innocence" alt="U2&#039;s Songs of Innocence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/u2-apple-songsinnocence.jpg?1412995279" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple shares U2 album stats </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 free release of U2&rsquo;s new album&nbsp;<em>Songs of Innocence</em>&nbsp;to all iTunes users proved controversial, as some didn&rsquo;t want an album forced into their libraries, while others didn&rsquo;t really understand how it got there in the first place. But free is free, and a fair number of the 500 million iTunes users took advantage of the offer.</p> <p>According to Apple&rsquo;s Eddy Cue, serious VP of Internet software and service, the album was downloaded some 26 million times in full, while 81 million iTunes users listened to at least one song from the album. And if you did either and don&rsquo;t want it on your computer anymore, well,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and-">there&rsquo;s a tool for that</a>&nbsp;now.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6274359/itunes-numbers-u2-songs-innocence-album">Billboard</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon opening New York store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon may be a massive online retailer, but the company still understands the value of putting devices into people&rsquo;s hands - especially when it comes to distinctive tech like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Fire Phone</a>. To that end, Amazon will reportedly open a store in the heart of Manhattan in New York City very soon.</p> <p>The pop-up store is said to function like a convenient urban mini-warehouse, allowing customers to order select items for same-day pickup, but CNBC says the store may also host demonstrations for the Fire Phone,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news">new Kindles</a>, and perhaps the Fire TV.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/102070643">CNBC</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch_1.png?1412995278" /> </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"> Minecraft ready to roll on Vita </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 Microsoft&rsquo;s recent acquisition of Mojang and the Minecraft franchise, some PlayStation Vita fans might have worried that the promised port wouldn&rsquo;t make its way to the Sony-made handheld. No need for concern, however, as the game has been announced for release next week.</p> <p>The Vita version will debut in Europe on 15 October, delivering a compact version of&nbsp;<em>Minecraft</em>&nbsp;that features controller support, making it a whole lot more appealing than the phone and tablet versions.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/4JStudios/status/519987042139525120">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QFZoDbgncJA" 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-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"> Disney’s Tomorrowland teased </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Tomorrowland</em>&nbsp;- loosely inspired by the Disney park attraction of the same name - is out next May, and the first teaser trailer above shows a bit of the digital wizardry being put into the live-action film.</p> <p>Before you shrug the film off for its thematic origins, know that it&rsquo;s directed and co-written by Brad Bird, the man behind amazing films like&nbsp;<em>The Incredibles</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Iron Giant</em>. He even directed a rather excellent live-action film with 2011&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol</em>. Fingers crossed that he scores again here.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k59gXTWf-A">YouTube</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/9/6953069/the-first-tomorrowland-teaser-trailer-and-poster">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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1k59gXTWf-A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazon/fully-charged-apple-s-u2-album-download-numbers-revealed-amazon-opening-retail-store-and-mine#comments Amazon Apple Film and TV Gaming Minecraft Music PlayStation Vita Sony Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449959 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony A5100 http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-a5100/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s camera is the littlest APS-C lens swapper in the world – but is it a case of small being beautiful? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony A5100 is the smallest APS-C interchangeable lens camera in the world " alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-a5100-main.jpg?1412948222" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How small is too small? Depends on the gadget, obviously.&nbsp;A postage stamp-sized TV would be pointless. But a teeny tiny lens-swapping camera? Well that might just work.</p> <p>Sony clearly thinks so, because its latest E-mount camera, the A5100, is&nbsp;the smallest and lightest camera in the world for its class.</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"> RM2,399.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> with 16-50mm lens </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"> Tiny and lightweight </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great photo and video quality </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightning-fast autofocus </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"> No electronic viewfinder </div> <div class="field-item even"> Screen a tad small for touch </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build and design: a wee wonder </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 say it again: the A5100 is small. It&rsquo;s wee. It&rsquo;s tiny. It&rsquo;s little. Dinky, even. And that&#39;s both a good and a bad thing.</p> <p>First, the bad.&nbsp;</p> <p>The A5100 lacks&nbsp;the large grip of the A6000 to help you hold it steady, merely having a small textured bump to cling to. With the (also compact) 16-50mm kit lens attached the thing has a nice balance in your mitts, but attach larger, heavier bits of glass and things start to feel a little less poised. </p> <p>Morever, because there&rsquo;s no viewfinder (more on that below) you&rsquo;ll be framing shots using the screen and thus holding the camera out in front of you, which makes it even less steady. It&rsquo;s not a huge deal-breaker in our opinion, but it&rsquo;s worth noting &ndash; especially if you happen to be of the larger-fisted persuasion.</p> <p>But then there&#39;s the good. </p> <p>Our hands are probably best described as &ldquo;normal-sized&rdquo;, and we had no real problems using it. The diminutive size and light weight (it&rsquo;s just 283g with battery and memory card) make it one of the most convenient system cameras to carry around everywhere. It won&rsquo;t fit in your pocket (unless you wear really, really big jeans), but put it in a bag with one of Sony&rsquo;s smaller E-mount lenses on it and you won&rsquo;t even know you&rsquo;re carrying it.</p> <p>The exterior is tough plastic, which seems acceptably solid and sturdy to us. The A6000 has a metal body, and Sony&rsquo;s reasoning is probably that those who want to go down that particular route can pay a little more for the next model up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The A5100 is almost preternaturally small" alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a5100-in-hand.jpg?1412948222" /> </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"> Usability </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As mentioned above, there&rsquo;s no electronic viewfinder here. While that helps keep the A5100&rsquo;s size as small as possible, it does mean you&rsquo;re forced into using the 3in TFT screen for composing shots. Personally, we like using a viewfinder: they&rsquo;re handy on a sunny day when reflections make the LCD barely visible; they let you hold the camera up to your face, which helps steady it; and they&rsquo;re great for situations where you don&rsquo;t want the screen distracting or irritating people around you, for instance at concerts. Plus,&nbsp;Sony has a recent history of making brilliant, sharp OLED EVFs.&nbsp;</p> <p>That said, the screen is sharp and bright, and it&rsquo;s also touch-sensitive. While this can be a source of annoyance in some cameras, Sony has made the physical controls good enough that you don&rsquo;t need to use the touchscreen at all if you hate it &ndash; and at the same time, features such as touch focus (tap a spot on-screen and the A5100 focuses there and takes a photo immediately) are frequently useful. We do wish it was a little bigger and more sensitive to your taps, however.</p> <p>The screen also tilts upwards up to 180 degrees, which means you can face it forward (hello, better selfies) or up (hello, shooting with the camera held at waist level). Again, handy stuff.</p> <p>As with all Sony&rsquo;s E-mount cameras, there&rsquo;s no optical image stabilisation built into the A5100. Where it feels OIS is necessary, Sony builds it into lenses, so it isn&rsquo;t a huge deal if you&rsquo;re using E-mount glass. However, if you&rsquo;re mounting other lenses via an adapter, you&rsquo;ll need a steadier hand than you might with some competitors&rsquo; system cameras.</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 screen flips 180 degrees to facilitate selfies" alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a5100-screen-flip.jpg?1412948222" /> </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"> Super-speedy autofocus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with its beefier sibling the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-a6000/review">A6000</a>, the A5100 has Sony&rsquo;s latest hybrid autofocus system, marrying 179-point phase detection with 25-point contrast detection. Those words might not mean much to you, but translated into normal human words they indicate that it&rsquo;s very, very fast and very, very accurate when it comes to autofocus.</p> <p>Half-press the shutter button and you&rsquo;ll find the A5100 locking on to subjects almost instantly (and staying locked even if those subjects move, thanks to the superb tracking focus mode). For a camera that sits just above entry-level, it&rsquo;s incredibly impressive, and useful too: it&rsquo;ll help you properly capture moments you might otherwise have missed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony A5100 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>Sensor: </strong>24.3MP Exmor APS-C CMOS</p> <p><strong>Lens mount:</strong> Sony E-mount</p> <p><strong>ISO range:</strong> 100-25600</p> <p><strong>Continuous stills shooting:</strong> 6fps</p> <p><strong>Flash:</strong> built-in pop-up</p> <p><strong>Video capture:</strong> Up to 1080p at 60fps in AVCHD 2.0/MP4/XAVC S formats</p> <p><strong>Screen:</strong> 180-degree tilting 3in LCD with 921,600 dots</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> NFC, Wi-Fi, USB, micro HDMI
Dimensions: 109.6 x 62.8 x 35.7mm</p> <p><strong>Weight:</strong> 283g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Photo quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The A5100&rsquo;s 24.3MP APS-C sensor is of the same physical size as those found in most DSLRs, and it&rsquo;s the same as the one used in the A6000. Its large size helps it capture more light in short shutter speeds, which makes it a good performer in lower light situations (although there&rsquo;s also a pop-up flash should you need it).</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s BIONZ X processor also aids noise reduction, and you can push the ISO sensitivity up a long way before noise starts to become an issue. The ISO range is impressively wide for a cheaper system camera (100-25600), and shots taken at 3200 and below are relatively noise-free. When using a fast or image stabilisation-equipped lens, you can shoot handheld in truly murky conditions and still end up with usable results.</p> <p>In good light, though, the A5100 truly excels. We mainly used the 16-50mm kit lens, and found that on a sunny day this combination turned out shots with superb detail, contrast, colour reproduction and, in the right conditions, good bokeh and a narrow depth-of-field. As with most Sony cameras, it also has the ability to create lovely HDR exposures with both bright and dark areas of the image nicely exposed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1800" title="Sony A5100 sample shot (with 16-50mm zoom lens)" alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sample-trees.jpg?1412948222" /> </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="800" title="Sony A5100 review" alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sample-churchill-theatre.jpg?1412948222" /> </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="800" title="Sony A5100 review" alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sample-spider.jpg?1412948222" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="800" title="Sony A5100 review" alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sample-war-mem.jpg?1412948222" /> </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"> Video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Impressively, the A5100 can shoot in three different video formats: AVCHD 2.0, MP4 and XAVC S. You&rsquo;re probably familiar with the first couple (AVCHD is more suited to TV playback, MP4 to PC playback), but you might not know much about XAVC S. It&rsquo;s a Sony-developed format that supports 4K (not on this camera, sadly) and offers extremely high image quality &ndash; so high, in fact, that it wouldn&rsquo;t even record on our (not particularly old or slow) SD card. But really, it&rsquo;s aimed at pros and enthusiasts rather than people who just want to film their cat looking surprised or their kid&rsquo;s first steps.</p> <p>Happily, we can attest that the other formats both work on normal SD cards and that they both offer excellent quality: crisp, clean 1080p at up to 60fps, with all the advantages offered by top notch lenses. And clear stereo sound, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wi-Fi smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony A5100 comes with Wi-Fi, allowing you to connect to other devices to wirelessly transfer photos and videos and remotely control the shutter. It&rsquo;s not a feature we imagine all or even most owners making use of, but compulsive internet sharers will appreciate the fact that you can take a snap with this camera, transfer a lower-res version to your phone and then post it to social media straight away.</p> <p>Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app (available for iOS and Android) is one of the better camera-linking smartphone apps in terms of functionality and reliability, and if your phone or tablet is NFC-equipped then linking it up to the A5100 should take all of ten seconds once you&rsquo;ve tapped the products together. With other phones, things will be a little more fiddly.</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 PlayMemories app lets you shoot remotely" alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a5100-app.jpg?1412948222" /> </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"> Sony A5100 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>We&rsquo;re hugely impressed with the Sony A5100, given its price. For RM2399, you get superb still and video quality in almost all conditions, as well as class-leading autofocus, all crammed into a camera almost preternaturally tiny. And a decent zoom lens too!</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not perfect (we&rsquo;d really like a viewfinder, but we suppose there&rsquo;s always the A6000 for that) but it&rsquo;s hard to think of a better overall performer for the money. Highly recommended as a first system camera.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We do miss an EVF, but that aside it&#039;s hard to fault the A5100" alt="Sony A5100 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a5100-rear.jpg?1412948222" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>DSLR-quality performance in a camera a third the size of most DSLRs</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"> Sony A5100 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the littlest APS-C lens swapper that can </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-a5100-main_0.jpg?1412738491" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-a5100/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-a5100/review#comments Sony System Cameras Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:14:46 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1449204 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: PlayStation Home closing, Yahoo dropping its directory, and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke selling new album via BitTorrent http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/fully-charged-playstation-home-closing-yahoo-dropping-its-directory-and-radiohead-s-thom-yorke <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the weekend’s top tech news to keep yourself fully charged for the week </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="PlayStation Home" alt="PlayStation Home" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-playstation-home.jpg?1411975959" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PlayStation Home shutting down in March </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s PlayStation Home initiative on PlayStation 3 has always been a curious thing: a Second Life-like virtual community that offered limited interaction and seemed geared more towards marketing and promotions than fun and entertainment. And still, it commanded a bit of a community in its nearly six years of existence.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;ll be about the end of it. Sony has announced that PlayStation Home will close on 31 March 2015, and new content will cease being added in just a few weeks, on 12 November. Sony cites a &ldquo;shifting landscape&rdquo; for the move, and we&rsquo;d guess that means even fewer people paying attention to Home now that the PS4 is out and thriving (and not made available on that console).</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-Home/PlayStation-Home-Update-September-26-2014/td-p/44552202">PlayStation Forums</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 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-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"> Yahoo closing its 20-year-old directory </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 been a long time since Yahoo was considered a search giant, and the company has diversified itself greatly over the years. And at the end of this year, 20 years after its beginning, Yahoo will finally close its iconic web directory.</p> <p>The directory&nbsp;<em>was</em>&nbsp;the Yahoo experience initially, and the name is an acronym for &ldquo;Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle,&rdquo; but Yahoo says its &ldquo;business has evolved.&rdquo; On 31 December, the directory will close, leaving the company to focus on its more modern ventures.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://yahoo.tumblr.com/post/98474044364/progress-report-continued-product-focus">Yahoo Tumblr</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/27/6854139/yahoo-directory-once-the-center-of-a-web-empire-will-shut-down">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/fifa-15/fully-charged-ouya-s-all-you-can-play-plan-rankles-developers-orkut-cut-google-yahoo-saves-c">Fully Charged: Ouya&rsquo;s all-you-can-play plan rankles developers, Orkut cut by Google, and Yahoo saves Community from cancellation</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="670" title="Yahoo" alt="Yahoo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yahoo-logo.png?1411975959" /> </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"> Thom Yorke selling new album via BitTorrent </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>Radiohead is perhaps the most progressive major act around when it comes to digital efforts, whether it was selling 2007 album&nbsp;<em>In Rainbows</em>&nbsp;as a pay-what-you-want download or recently pumping its trippy mobile app&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-denies-icloud-breach-celebrity-photo-leak-radiohead-s-new-music-weird-app-">full of new tunes</a>, and now singer Thom Yorke is pursuing a new avenue to get his music to fans.</p> <p>On Friday, Yorke released his new album,&nbsp;<em>Tomorrow&rsquo;s Modern Boxes</em>, via BitTorrent, allowing interested fans to spend US$6 to gain access to the eight songs and music video. The BitTorrent Bundle app claims more than 333,000 downloads as of this writing, but it&rsquo;s unclear if that&rsquo;s of the whole bundle just a tally of all of the files counted individually. Oh, and a&nbsp;<a href="http://store.tomorrowsmodernboxes.com/Store/StoreDIIPound.htm">vinyl edition is available</a>&nbsp;for collectors.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://radiohead.com/deadairspace/tomorrows-modern-boxes">Radiohead</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="700" title="Thom Yorke&#039;s Tomorrow&#039;s Modern Boxes" alt="Thom Yorke&#039;s Tomorrow&#039;s Modern Boxes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thomyorke-tomorrows.jpg?1411975959" /> </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"> New Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As the November release date nears for&nbsp;<em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em>, Ubisoft&rsquo;s regular barrage of trailers has begun digging deeper into the various gameplay enhancements found within.</p> <p>This latest clip explores the benefits of the ample player customization and details the roles in the co-op missions, making this truly intriguing new entry seem like it&rsquo;ll be downright entrancing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vQEocdLSgZ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/music/fully-charged-playstation-home-closing-yahoo-dropping-its-directory-and-radiohead-s-thom-yorke#comments Gaming Music PlayStation 3 Sony Ubisoft Yahoo Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1448832 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s PlayStation TV micro-console arrives on 14th October http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-s-playstation-tv-micro-console-arrives-14th-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But only in the US and Canada – Europeans will have to wait another month or so </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="Sony’s PlayStation TV micro-console arrives on 14th October " alt="Sony’s PlayStation TV micro-console arrives on 14th October " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/playstation-tv.jpg?1411536292" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has announced that its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/gamescom-2014/share-play-coming-ps4-plus-playstation-tv-and-playstation-now-dated-uk/n" target="_blank">PlayStation TV</a> device will be on sale from 14th October in the US and Canada &ndash; and has revealed a list of almost 700 games with which it&rsquo;s compatible.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But that&rsquo;s not all. It&rsquo;ll also support the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/ces-2014/playstation-now-game-streaming-service-coming-ps4-ps3-ps-vita-and-more/news">PlayStation Now live game streaming service</a>, meaning you can play a host of PS3 titles via your home broadband connection. Available games include The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls and God of War: Ascension.</p> <p>And then there&rsquo;s something for PlayStation 4 owners: Remote Play. Hook the PS TV up to a second TV in your house and you&rsquo;ll be able to play your PS4 games on it, even if someone else is playing another game in the living room (yes, it&rsquo;s the same Remote Play that you&rsquo;ll find on the PS Vita and Sony&rsquo;s latest batch of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Android devices</a>).</p> <p>The PlayStation TV will cost US$100 (S$127) standalone, or US$140 (RM454) with a DualShock 3 controller and 8GB memory card.&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/09/22/nearly-700-games-available-to-play-on-playstation-tv-on-day-one-this-october-2/" target="_blank">Sony PlayStation blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review">Sony PlayStation 4 review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A European price of €99 has been set for the PS TV" alt="A European price of €99 has been set for the PS TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ps-tv-box-shot.jpg?1411536292" /> </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/playstation-4/sony-s-playstation-tv-micro-console-arrives-14th-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/sony-s-playstation-tv-micro-console-arrives-14th-october/news#comments Gaming PlayStation 4 Sony Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:16:30 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448429 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sony refocusing on high-end phones, Samsung phone trade-ins surge due to iPhone 6, and Deadpool movie dated http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6/fully-charged-sony-refocusing-high-end-phones-samsung-trade-ins-surge-due-iphone-6-and-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the weekend strong by starting the day with a blast of breezy tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z3.jpg?1411193650" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amidst losses, Sony shedding mid-range devices </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;ve had kind things to say about Sony&rsquo;s phones, with two models currently residing on our list of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphones/top-ten">the 10 best smartphones</a> in the world right now - but they&rsquo;re just not catching on with consumers like the company wants them to.</p> <p>As a result, Sony says it will post a loss of US$2.14 billion (RM6.9 billion) for the fiscal year ending in March, which is about five times larger than the original projection. Sadly, that also means that Sony plans to cut about 1000 workers, or 15% of the headcount from the division.</p> <p>With other companies having much more success with low-priced devices, Sony says that it will refocus its smartphone efforts on higher-end devices while cutting some of the mid-range fluff. Here&rsquo;s hoping that means even more focus on great premium handsets to continue stocking our best list for some time to come.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/18/business/international/sony-widens-expected-loss-to-2-14-billion.html?_r=0">The New York Times</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung phone trade-ins surge on iPhone 6 release </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>Device trade-in specialist <a href="https://www.gazelle.com">Gazelle</a> tells Bloomberg that trade-ins of Samsung smartphones tripled last week in advance of today&rsquo;s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release. One-third of Android users polled by the service say they&rsquo;re likely to switch to the iPhone 6, and some 39% claim the bigger screen is the primary reason why.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re seeing a higher propensity to switch,&rdquo; said Chris Sullivan, CEO at Gazelle, citing the larger screens and other added functionality. &ldquo;This is going to be a strong and compelling product for Android users to switch.&rdquo;</p> <p>Still on the fence about Apple&rsquo;s new handsets? Be sure to read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">iPhone 6 review</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus</a> review to find out our take on Apple&rsquo;s first pushes beyond the four-inch display barrier.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-18/apple-s-new-iphones-seen-fueling-switch-from-android.html">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6-plus-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature">Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 6" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6-vs-galaxys5_0.jpg?1411193650" /> </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"> Deadpool movie coming in 2016 </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>After years of delays, 20th Century Fox has announced that a live-action movie based on Marvel Comics anti-hero Deadpool will hit cinemas in 12 February 2016. Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed the character in <em>X-Men Origins: Wolverine</em>, hasn&rsquo;t yet been signed to a deal, but he&rsquo;s expected to be in the role.</p> <p>This summer, years-old test footage leaked (seen above) and generated a huge amount of fan appreciation, showing that it&rsquo;s possible to nail the frenetic action and humour of the character on film - at least in CG. Whether or not that translates into a live-action setting, especially with a rather short timeframe between now and the release, remains to be seen.</p> <p>Additionally, next year&rsquo;s <em>Fantastic Four</em> reboot has been pushed back a couple of months to 7 August, while the <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed</em> film - which was supposed to fill that late summer slot - has been pulled off of the schedule entirely. The Hollywood Reporter&rsquo;s sources say a 2016 debut is now more likely.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/x-men-spinoff-deadpool-gets-734172">The Hollywood Reporter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/deadpool/review">Deadpool (video game) 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LoXGsv9nsNs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/iphone-6/fully-charged-sony-refocusing-high-end-phones-samsung-trade-ins-surge-due-iphone-6-and-dead#comments Android Film and TV iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Samsung Smartphones Sony Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1448121 at http://www.stuff.tv The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is out, and all the other news you’ve missed http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-820/samsung-galaxy-note-4-out-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take a moment and catch up on the news you missed from IFA 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is out, and all the other news you’ve missed " alt="The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is out, and all the other news you’ve missed " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1_1.jpeg?1410327415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just hours ago, Apple unveiled its latest battalion of mobile devices. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean you turn a blind eye on the latest tech gear that got released at the recent IFA 2014 event in Berlin.</p> <p>To make your lives easier from having to weed through a ton if IFA 2014 stories, we&rsquo;ve collated the top 5 releases from the event into this story &ndash; you can thank us later.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Let’s welcome the 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>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is official. With a screen size the same as its predecessor (5.7in), the new phablet is anything but a small upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It&rsquo;s got a better screen resolution, enhanced display, a better camera for you selfies lovers, and upgraded insides, amongst others.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-note-4/behold-samsung-galaxy-note-4/news">Behold, this is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4</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="604" height="453" title="Let’s welcome the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 " alt="Let’s welcome the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2_1.jpeg?1410327415" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No more teasing – this is the Moto 360 </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>After months of keeping us waiting, Motorola&rsquo;s released what we think could possibly be the most popular Android Wear smartwatch to the market. The model features a circular watchface (that&rsquo;s been its unique selling proposition) and is already available in the US. We&rsquo;re hoping it reaches our end of the earth shortly after. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-360/moto-360-200-and-coming-uk-october/news">It&rsquo;s finally out &ndash; here&rsquo;s a closer look at Motorola&rsquo;s Moto 360&nbsp;</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="604" height="453" title="No more teasing – this is the Moto 360" alt="No more teasing – this is the Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3_0.jpeg?1410327415" /> </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"> Take a selfie with the HTC Desire 820 </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 820 is a mid-range phone full of surprises. For one, it packs a 8MP camera on the front &ndash; which means you&rsquo;ll be able to take amazing selfies, and it also shoots 1080p videos. It&rsquo;s a colourful lot too; it comes in a choice of five different colours, with contrasting accents. Have your pick.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news">HTC Desire 820 packs a 64-bit processor and an 8MP selfies snapper</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 a selfie with the HTC Desire 820 " alt="Take a selfie with the HTC Desire 820 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4_1.jpeg?1410327415" /> </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"> The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was made to battle the iPhone 6 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s apparently eyeing Apple&rsquo;s throne and has created the Xperia Z3 Compact to compete with the purported iPhone 6. The 4.6in unit as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5Ghz, an improved battery life, and a whopping 20.7MP camera amongst other features.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-sony-xperia-z3-compact-will-give-iphone-6-run-its-money/news"> IFA 2014: Sony launches Xperia Z3 Compact to do battle with iPhone 6&nbsp;</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="604" height="453" title="The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was made to battle the iPhone 6 " alt="The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact was made to battle the iPhone 6 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5_1.jpeg?1410327415" /> </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"> Nokia outs its Lumia Denim update </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 successor to Nokia Cyan is all about &ldquo;creating the perfect shot&rdquo;. Upgrades have been done to the operating system to improve the Camera app &ndash; you can expect a better app load time as well as better transition timing between shots. It&rsquo;s also made improvements to Cortana; now, you can activate it just by saying &ldquo;hey Cortana&rdquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lumia-830/microsoft-s-lumia-denim-update-comes-improved-camera-app/news">Microsoft&rsquo;s Lumia Denim update comes with an improved camera app</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="Nokia outs its Lumia Denim update " alt="Nokia outs its Lumia Denim update " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/6_0.jpeg?1410327415" /> </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/desire-820/samsung-galaxy-note-4-out-and-all-other-news-you-ve-missed/news#comments Desire 820 Galaxy Note 4 HTC Moto 360 Motorola Nokia Round-up Wednesday Samsung Smartphones Smartwatch Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1447164 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Interchangeable lenses on your smartphone? Sony’s latest QX camera does that – and more besides </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on" alt="Sony QX1: hands-on with Sony’s DSLR-quality phone add-on" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-qx1-main.jpg?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A trio of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-xperia-z3-could-be-first-audiophile-smartphone/news">new Xperia devices</a> aren&rsquo;t the only things Sony has in store for phone-lovers at IFA 2014. The company also announced a pair of new QX cameras. Remember the Wi-Fi-powered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2013/sonys-new-lenses-turn-your-smartphone-super-charged-compact-cam/news">QX10 and QX100 Smart Lenses</a> from last year, which clipped onto a smartphone and turned it into a powerful snapper?</p> <p>Well, the QX30 and QX1 take things to a whole new level.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> QX30: zoom, zoom, zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The QX30 is quite straightforward: essentially, it&rsquo;s an updated edition of the QX10 but instead of a 10x optical zoom lens and 18.2MP sensor it packs a 30x optical zoom lens and 20.7MP sensor. Optical image stabilisation remains (and rightly so: it&rsquo;s a must if you plan on using the full range of that zoom), and there&rsquo;s also full HD video recording at 60fps, 10fps continuous still shooting and lock-on autofocus, which&rsquo;ll keep a moving subject in focus.</p> <p>What else is there? A microSD card slot; a clamp for fitting the QX30 to your phone; a tripod mount; and four colour finishes. The QX30 will be on sale later this month, priced at around &pound;250 (RM1299).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony QX30" alt="The Sony QX30" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx30.jpg?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> QX1: lens be &#039;aving you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The QX1 is a different beast altogether. It supports Sony&rsquo;s E-mount lenses (and, by extension, any other lenses you can fit via an E-mount adapter &ndash; Sony says over 210 current lenses are compatible) and features a huge APS-C sensor, so essentially it turns your smartphone into a compact system camera. There&rsquo;s even a pop-up flash.</p> <p>The sensor has 20.1MP, but it&rsquo;s its physical size that should excite photographers, because it means less noise in shots, as well as making it easier to have a pretty defocussed background (aka <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">&ldquo;bokeh&rdquo;</a>).</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve managed to get our hands on a pre-release QX1, and it&rsquo;s an exciting device for anyone who wants to get the best quality shots using their phone. It&rsquo;s surprisingly easy to setup, assuming you have a phone with NFC: you simply ensure you have Sony&rsquo;s PlayMemories app (available for both Android and iOS) installed, then touch the QX1&rsquo;s NFC icon with your phone &ndash; in a moment or two, the camera and the phone are connected and you can start snapping away.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1.jpg?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The QX1 is solidly built and fairly lightweight considering its innards, although we were using the dinky 16-50mm zoom lens that will be included in one possible package (the QX1 will be &pound;250 alone, or something like &pound;400 with the lens). If you&rsquo;re bolting on a larger E-mount lens, or an adapter and an A-mount lens, things are going to get quite a bit more unwieldy. To help out, Sony has made grip and tilt attachments that&rsquo;ll make holding the QX1 (and other QX cameras) a little bit more comfortable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The QX1 is lightweight in your hand" alt="The QX1 is lightweight in your hand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-in-hand.jpg?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Image quality? From our brief test shots, it seems excellent &ndash; check them out above &ndash; but we&rsquo;ll be giving the QX1 a proper review in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for an in-depth verdict on what is a very unusual, but very innovative device.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-wide.jpg?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-tight.jpg?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="802" title="Sony QX1 sample shot" alt="Sony QX1 sample shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-qx1-macro.jpg?1409881578" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-qx1-hands-sony-s-pro-friendly-phone-add/news#comments IFA 2014 Smartphones Sony System Cameras Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:07:22 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446639 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony’s waterproof new Walkman is a wearable music player and Bluetooth headset in one http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Additionally, Sony has a much more affordable Hi-Res Audio player in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman NWZ-WS610" alt="Sony Walkman NWZ-WS610" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-walkman-ws610.jpg?1409824670" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has an absolute heap of new products at IFA this year, from a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-smartwatch-3-and-smartband-talk-hands/review">smartwatch</a> to new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">phones</a>, televisions, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review">tablets</a> - but curiously, a Walkman caught our eye amidst that lineup.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, the A15 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony also has a new High-Resolution Audio player on the horizon, with the Walkman A15 dubbed &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s smallest and lightest&rdquo; such device for audiophiles. Its S-Master HX digital amplifier processes Hi-Res audio files for crisp and clear playback, with 30 hours of battery life promised.</p> <p>And the A15 is much more affordable than the previous NWZ-ZX1, which <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">impressed us in almost every way</a> except for its exorbitant price. Sony&rsquo;s new High-Res Audio player will sell for just &pound;170 (RM889) when it debuts next month - but it comes with just 16MB of internal storage. Luckily, it accepts microSD cards, so it&rsquo;s not only much cheaper, but you also have more control over its capacity.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://presscentre.sony.co.uk/pressreleases/music-while-you-work-out-wearable-waterproof-walkman-r-ws610-series-now-with-bluetooth-r-wireless-technology-1049288">Sony</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nwz-zx1-walkman/sony-nwz-zx1-high-resolution-walkman/review">Sony NWZ-ZX1 High-Resolution Walkman review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Walkman A15" alt="Sony Walkman A15" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-walkman-a15.png?1409824670" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2014/sony-s-waterproof-new-walkman-wearable-music-player-and-bluetooth-headset/news#comments Bluetooth Headphones Hi-Res Audio IFA 2014 Sony Walkman Wearable tech Thu, 04 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446568 at http://www.stuff.tv