Xperia Z http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/xperia-z/news en-MY High alert – Sony might not be unveiling the Xperia Z4 family at MWC 2015 http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/high-alert-sony-might-not-be-unveiling-xperia-z4-family-mwc-2015/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You may be saying goodbye to the idea of seeing the Xperia Z4 range at the trade show </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="High alert – Sony might not be unveiling the Xperia Z4 family at MWC 2015 " alt="High alert – Sony might not be unveiling the Xperia Z4 family at MWC 2015 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xpera.jpeg?1422426496" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>MWC 2015 is just a few weeks away &ndash; and we&rsquo;re getting high on leaks of the likes of the unofficial <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/galaxy-s6">Samsung Galaxy S6</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/one-m9">HTC One (M9)</a>, and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/xperia-z4">Sony Xperia Z4</a>. But Sony might burst our bubble since rumours are indicating the Xperia Z4 line-up won&rsquo;t make it to the trade show.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/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/high-alert-sony-might-not-be-unveiling-xperia-z4-family-mwc-2015/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/high-alert-sony-might-not-be-unveiling-xperia-z4-family-mwc-2015/news#comments Android MWC 2015 Smartphones Sony Tablets Xperia Z Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:18:13 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1458676 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Facebook at Work launching, Xperia phones do cancer research while you sleep, and the retro-fabulous Macintosh reimagining http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-facebook-work-launching-xperia-phones-do-cancer-research-while-you-sleep-and-r <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roll out of bed, rub the sleep from your eyes, and load up on hot tech news tidbits </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="Facebook at Work" alt="Facebook at Work" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/facebook-at-work.jpg?1421372605" /> </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"> Facebook at Work is Facebook for work </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Your boss might not want you twiddling the day away on your News Feed, but you may soon find yourself using Facebook at work in full public view. Because of Facebook at Work. Come again?</p> <p class="p1">Facebook at Work is its new effort to allow companies to create closed social networks for employees to interact with each other and share files, all while using a familiar UI that lacks the usual wealth of distractions. And ads, for that matter.</p> <p class="p1">It&rsquo;s launching on web, with iOS and Android apps also popping up, but right now Facebook at Work is only available to select testers ahead of a proper debut. And while free to use, ad-free, and purportedly also not being mined for social tracking data by Facebook, it seems likely that the company will offer a paid version with more advanced functionality down the line.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2015/01/14/facebook-sort-of-launches-facebook-work/">Recode</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/facebook/rooms-facebook-lets-you-create-and-share-mobile-message-boards/news">Rooms app from Facebook lets you create and share mobile message boards</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"> Sony phones help disease research </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 class="p1">Want to be benevolent while you sleep the night away? If you&rsquo;ve got a Sony Xperia phone, you can do so now with the new Folding@Home app on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonymobile.androidapp.gridcomputing">Google Play</a>, which harnesses the power of your smartphone to help contribute computing power to research on degenerative diseases.</p> <p class="p1">You might be familiar with the app from the PlayStation 3 or on computers: it uses your hardware when you don&rsquo;t need it, and simulates the process of &ldquo;protein folding&rdquo; to help Stanford University researchers unravel its mysteries, which could some day lead to treatments for horrific diseases like cancer and Alzheimer&rsquo;s. The clip above is from 2013, but it shares the premise well.</p> <p class="p1">With the Android app, it only works when your phone is plugged in, charged to 100%, and connected to Wi-Fi, and the current beta app works with Xperia Z, T3, T2 Ultra, M2 Aqua, and C3 devices. Once it exits beta, the app will work with all Android smartphones running Android 4.4 or newer.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonymobile.androidapp.gridcomputing">Google Play</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/drop-everything-and-try-play-cure-genes-space/news">Play to Cure - Genes in Space: fly a spaceship to help cure cancer</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/7sJx9z1uB9k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Impressive modern Mac reimagining </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 class="p1">Anyone with a soft spot for Apple&rsquo;s past should check out this modern reimagining of the original Macintosh from 1984. <a href="https://curved.de/news/curvedlabs-ein-facelift-fuer-den-macintosh-198570">Curved</a>, a German tech site, produced its concept and renders using the current 11.6in MacBook Air display as a basis, but then remixed it with the iPad for a desktop that has both touch and traditional inputs.</p> <p class="p1">And the spot up front that mimics the old disk drive input? It&rsquo;s mostly cosmetic, aside from a small SD card slot within, but it helps complete the illusion of the iconic design brought back to life with a sleek modern touch. Again, this isn&rsquo;t real, and we doubt there&rsquo;d be a ton of demand for a desktop with a screen that small beyond nostalgic fulfillment, but it&rsquo;s an inspired blend of Apple old and new.</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="https://curved.de/news/curvedlabs-ein-facelift-fuer-den-macintosh-198570">Curved</a>]</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/report-12in-macbook-air-s-slimmer-redesign-will-eliminate-most-ports/news">Report: 12in MacBook Air&rsquo;s slimmer redesign will eliminate most ports</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/x70FilFcMSM" 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/android/fully-charged-facebook-work-launching-xperia-phones-do-cancer-research-while-you-sleep-and-r#comments Android Apple Facebook Smartphones Sony Xperia Z Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1457758 at http://www.stuff.tv It’s time for tech companies to drop their obsession with ‘thin’ http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/it-s-time-tech-companies-drop-their-obsession-thin/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Apple to Intel, everyone wants skinnier kit – regardless of whether it benefits you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" title="Thin iPhone " alt="Thin iPhone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/thin.jpg?1411088610" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology is often about balance and compromise.</p> <p>In order to have the most amazing <em>THIS</em>, you quite often have to give a little of <em>THAT</em>. The trick is in figuring out what people are most keen on, along with spinning the kind of smart marketing spiel that will distract people&rsquo;s attention from any dodgy bits and make them think <em>everything is awesome</em>.</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until relatively recently, most of the THIS in handheld gadgets was all about miniaturisation. Whereas in the 1970s you had desk calculators that could conceivably have been used as an actual desk, by the 1980s, companies were merrily giving away credit-card sized solar-powered equivalents that would frustratingly fail to work unless you happened to be ambling about on the surface of the sun; but, hey, compromise.</p> <p>Then there were the first mobile phones, which were only slightly more convenient than dragging around a telephone box on a trolley, and were eventually blissfully replaced by devices so tiny you ran the risk of losing them down the back of an atom.</p> <p>The current industry obsession is &lsquo;thin&rsquo;. Everything now has to be super-skinny, because it&rsquo;s a factor that can then be used in marketing. Your new smartphone&rsquo;s approximately the same size as an advertising hoarding? MAKE IT THIN, thereby cunningly distracting everyone from the fact said phone is now actually larger and heavier than its predecessor! Your new tablet is so dull that its very mention causes onlookers to slip into a coma? MAKE IT THIN, artfully making people believe there&rsquo;s actually a point to its very existence and that you&rsquo;re offering something vaguely new!</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="Apple iPhone 6" alt="Apple iPhone 6" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-skinny_0.jpg?1411088610" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 5.1mm (!) Gionee Elife S5.1" alt="Gionee Elife S5.1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gionee-Elife-S5.1.jpg?1411088610" /> </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"> On thin ice </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 tiny snag is always the &lsquo;compromise&rsquo; part, especially when technology is maturing but hasn&rsquo;t quite hit the sweet spot it needs for everything to really gel. We see such problems with Apple&rsquo;s new iPhones, which are beautifully designed pieces of kit that just happen to be too thin to house the camera lens. So while celebrating the fact your iPhone 6 is now precisely 0.7 mm thinner than an iPhone 5s, you can fume that the camera sticks out a bit, making the device wobble when set down on a table.</p> <p>A flush design at the back would have been more aesthetically pleasing, maybe even made the battery slightly bigger, and would have meant Apple&rsquo;s website and photography teams wouldn&rsquo;t have had to clumsily try to pretend a camera bulge didn&#39;t exist. But then Apple executives wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to bang on about how thin this really thin phone was in all its thinness.</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="iPhone 6 camera" alt="iPhone 6 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-camera.jpg?1411088610" /> </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"> Thin end of the wedge </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>Naturally, it&rsquo;s not just Apple. Tablets like the Sony Xperia Z2 are so worryingly thin that they actually have a slight flex; not only does this make an expensive piece of hardware feel worryingly fragile, but also it makes it less comfortable to hold.</p> <p>The new Dell Venue 8 7000 Series is even skinnier, its 6 mm beating the Xperia Z2 by 0.4 mm and the comparatively chunky iPad mini by over 1 mm. Naturally, headlines have been grabbed, for the eleven seconds that Dell&rsquo;s device remains the thinnest tablet that ever thinned, while pretty much no-one wonders whether it might have been better to add some extra heft to boost the battery and speakers.</p> <p>But it looks like thin is here to stay. Intel&rsquo;s Chris Walker has argued in favour of doubling down on the concept of super-skinny tablets, and dreams about ditching bulky ports for charging, data transfer and peripherals. Pretty soon, mobile devices will be so thin ninja will be able to use them as weapons. Frankly, I&rsquo;d rather have a bit more battery life and the means to plug in some headphones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-releases-ios-8-iphone-ipad-and-ipod-touch/news" target="_blank">Apple releases iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet" alt="Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-tablet-01.jpg?1411088610" /> </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="Dell Venue 8 7000 Series" alt="Dell Venue 8 7000 Series" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dell-inspiron-venue-8-7000-series.jpg?1411088610" /> </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/apple/it-s-time-tech-companies-drop-their-obsession-thin/feature#comments Apple Smartphones Tablets Xperia Z Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:37:03 +0000 Elissa Loi 1448027 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony may have three water-resistant devices coming soon http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-may-have-three-water-resistant-devices-coming-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That’s what we made out from its word search-like IFA teaser </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 may have three water-resistant devices coming soon" alt="Sony may have three water-resistant devices coming soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gs.jpg?1409288635" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With <a href="http://b2b.ifa-berlin.com/" target="_blank">IFA 2014</a> just days away, tech companies are trying to outdo each other with their pre-event marketing. And Sony&rsquo;s one of them &ndash; it&rsquo;s released a new teaser that hints at not one, but three new upcoming water-resistant devices.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/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"> We do the guesswork for 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>Could they be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Z3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/glimpse-next-mini-smartphone-king-sony-xperia-z3-compact-gets-shot-wild/news">Xperia Z3 Compact</a>&nbsp;and the Xperia Z3 compact tablet? Rumours and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news">spyshots have been circulating of the Z3</a> even though the Z2 was only introduced this April, but sources are speculating that the device <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/you-ve-seen-pictures-alleged-sony-xperia-z3-now-here-are-specs/news">won&rsquo;t be much of an upgrade from its predecessor</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve also got a glimpse of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/glimpse-next-mini-smartphone-king-sony-xperia-z3-compact-gets-shot-wild/news">Xperia Z3 Compact mini-smartphone</a> in a bunch of leaked snaps, so it&#39;ll come as no surprise to us should Sony pull it out of its bag of tricks.</p> <p>As for the third device, that&rsquo;s the most intriguing to us because there&#39;s been barely any speculations on it. We&rsquo;re taking a stab in the dark that it&rsquo;s the Xperia Z3 compact tablet.</p> <p>The video also indicated 07:MM:06:14, perhaps referring to the thickness of the devices &ndash; the current Xperia Z2 sits at 8.2mm, so a 7mm range is a possibility. Then again, maybe we&rsquo;re reading way too much into it and should just let nature take its course.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z2/feature">10 of the best apps for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_ifa_teaser_hints_at_three_waterresistant_devices-news-9490.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kajjMuZx8nY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-may-have-three-water-resistant-devices-coming-soon/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-may-have-three-water-resistant-devices-coming-soon/news#comments IFA 2014 Smartphones Sony Tablets Xperia Z Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:27:23 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446122 at http://www.stuff.tv You’ve seen pictures of the alleged Sony Xperia Z3, now here are the specs http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/you-ve-seen-pictures-alleged-sony-xperia-z3-now-here-are-specs/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More details surrounding the not so mysterious Sony Xperia Z3 are revealed </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="You’ve seen pictures of the alleged Sony Xperia Z3, now here are the specs " alt="You’ve seen pictures of the alleged Sony Xperia Z3, now here are the specs " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3.jpeg?1406175098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve seen how the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news">Sony Xperia Z3 might look</a> in a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">couple of photo leaks</a>, leaving you free to dream up features you&rsquo;d like to see in the smartphone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/you-ve-seen-pictures-alleged-sony-xperia-z3-now-here-are-specs/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/you-ve-seen-pictures-alleged-sony-xperia-z3-now-here-are-specs/news#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:30:55 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443129 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 will look like the Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s apparently only making a handful of minor changes to the unit </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="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" alt="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3.jpg?1405331288" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Judging from a set of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.digi-wo.com/thread-19759-1-1.html" target="_blank">leaked images&nbsp;</a>courtesy of Chinese site Digi-wo, Sony isn&rsquo;t being very creative when it comes to creating a new design for its Xperia Z3.</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"> Attention to details </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 alleged snaps picture the Xperia Z3 from all angles, showing that the smartphone could possibly have curved sides instead of the flat design seen on the Z2. If it&rsquo;s true, this could be a game changer for those of you who like the specs of the Z2 but have been complaining of its uncomfortable hold. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The other aesthetic alteration appears to be the relocation of the speaker grille, which has been shifted slightly to the left end of the mobile device.</p> <p>But the unit seems to be missing a secondary speaker &ndash; suggesting that it may not have stereo speakers like the Z2. Then again, the device could still be in the works and the feature could be added in the final design.</p> <p>Otherwise, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s appearance is almost identical to the Z2. But the rumour should be taken with a pinch of salt, since <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">another set of leaked pictures by Digi-wo</a> show the Sony Xperia Z3 with a distinctive appearance.</p> <p>For now, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s a mystery, and we&rsquo;re hoping Sony surprises us when it actually launches the smartphone.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z1-compact/review">Sony Xperia Z1 review&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source and images: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/alleged_images_of_sony_xperia_z3_surface_looks_very_similar_to_z2-news-9013.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="436" title="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" alt="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gsmaren.jpg?1405331288" /> </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/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:44:11 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442015 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/hands-review-sony-z1-compact/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s just as powerful as the Z1, but you don’t need a thumb the size of a terrier’s leg [updated with video] </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="915" title="Hands-on review: Sony Z1 Compact" alt="Hands-on review: Sony Z1 Compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_20131206_094903.jpg?1389496977" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/htc-one-mini/review" target="_blank">HTC One Mini</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/clash-tiny-titans-htc-one-mini-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4-mini/feature" target="_blank">Galaxy S4 Mini</a> acknowledge that not everyone has enormous hands, but they lack power. Not so the Z1 Compact, which tucks the same high-end specs as its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/ifa-2013/stuff-goes-hands-sony-xperia-z1/feature" target="_blank">big sister</a> under a dainty 4.3in display.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</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"> Small but mighty </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 further tickle the fancy of people with small hands - children, ladies and festival folk are obviously the key demographics here - Sony has clad the Z1C, sorry, Z1 Compact, in a range of colours. There&rsquo;s silver black, a lurid greenish-yellow (&lsquo;Lime&rsquo;, apparently) and a deep salmon pink. In the hand it has a nice premium feel - perhaps a little more chunky than the Z1 (it&rsquo;s a millimetre thicker, at 9.5mm), but solid and well-made. It has the same waterproofing, with an IP55 and IP58 rating.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 4.3in screen is 720p rather than the Z1&rsquo;s 1080p, but in the smaller frame you&rsquo;ll be pushed to notice the lower pixel density. It uses the same Triluminos and X-Reality tech to provide natural colours and fill in the missing pixels in video, and it looks very nice indeed.</p> <p dir="ltr">Unlike the HTC One Mini or the Galaxy S4 Mini (or, for that matter, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5c/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5C</a>), the Z1 Compact isn&rsquo;t hampered by budget specs. It has the same Snapdragon 800 chip, the same 2GB RAM, the same Category 4 LTE (4G) and the same 20.7MP camera as its more trouser-troubling stablemate. Like the Z1 you can add 64GB storage via a microSD card (there&rsquo;s 16GB onboard), and like the Z1 it packs some very well-made camera apps. Although we haven&rsquo;t had time to run it down, the battery is worth a mention: at 2300mAh, it has a much bigger fuel tank than the One Mini (1800mAh) or the S4 Mini (1900mAh).</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 brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3020917239001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3020917239001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <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="909" title="If we&#039;d named this colour we would have gone with &#039;Business Metal&#039;" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20131206_100335.jpg?1389496977" /> </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="897" title="Slammin&#039; salmon" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20131206_094754.jpg?1389496977" /> </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="1189" height="894" title="The Z1 Compact (right) next to a regular Z1" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20131206_095811.jpg?1389496977" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: first thoughts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This phone isn&rsquo;t really competing with the other Minis. It&rsquo;s going up against the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a>&nbsp;in the high-end-but-normal-sized stakes. Accordingly it will probably be fairly expensive when it goes on sale in mid-February, so it&rsquo;ll lighten your pockets both physically and metaphorically, at the same time.</p> <p>Still, as the first &#39;Mini&#39; that isn&#39;t mini on the inside, there&#39;s lots to like about the Z1 Compact. We&#39;ll give it a full going-over as soon as Sony let us.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ces-2014/ces-2014-all-biggest-stories-so-far/feature" target="_blank">CES 2014 - all the big news so far</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/hands-review-sony-z1-compact/news#comments CES 2014 Smartphones Sony Xperia Z Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:01:08 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1430821 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z Ultra is 'too much phone' for Malaysia? http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-too-much-phone-malaysia/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super-size might work for fries, but maybe not when it&#039;s a smartphone </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 Xperia Z Ultra attracts quizzical stares in Malaysia" alt="Sony Xperia Z Ultra attracts quizzical stares in Malaysia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony%20Xperia%20Z%20Ultra%20Main.jpg?1375442107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-revealed-worlds-most-powerful-smartphone-64in-screen-works-normal-pens/news" target="_blank">Announced globally</a>&nbsp;in June, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-hands-review/news" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a> is finally available in Malaysia for RM2299. The juggernaut phablet comes with 16GB of internal storage and microSD expandibility. What you'll get, though, is the non-LTE 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/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Packed with goodness </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 class="MsoNormal">The phablet is rolled into a sleek body that measures 6.5mm, barely thicker than an audio jack.&nbsp;Based on the Xperia Z design, the Z Ultra is truly a behemoth – with an unprecedented 6.4 inch screen that overshadows even the Samsung Galaxy Note II's 5.5in display or Huawei Ascend Mate's 6.1in screen.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sony's Triluminous and X-Reality display technology, used in its &nbsp;high-end LCD and upcoming 4K TVs, makes for an impressive-looking screen. The screen quality is crystal clear with well saturated colours similar to AMOLED-based displays.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, the Z Ultra uses the latest Google Android 4.2 operating system.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Apart from that, the device is ready for water and dust. Like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z/review">Xperia Z</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-tablet-z/review">Xperia Tablet Z</a>, the Z Ultra works even when it is submerged under 1.5 metres of water for half an hour. Better still, no more silly rubber flaps over the headphone jack.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It also comes with NFC connectivity, a large 3000mAh battery and a combo of 2-megapixel camera for the front and 8-megapixel at the back. Curiously enough, there is no flash of any sort for the back module. Interestingly, Sony mentioned that the focus was on the screen rather than the camera.</p> <p>Clearly, the industry is moving in two directions -&nbsp;bringing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/clash-tiny-titans-htc-one-mini-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4-mini/feature">mini versions</a>&nbsp;of flagship devices to the masses, and upsized models for movie buffs who want a gorgeous screen to view when they are on the go. Question is, should we call such smartphones phablets, or simply label them as tablets, when they cross the 7in tablet barrier? Let's give it a year before we answer this question.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/launch-pics.jpg?1375442107" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-phablet.jpg?1375442107" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/size-diff.jpg?1375442107" /> </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-xperia-z-ultra-too-much-phone-malaysia/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-too-much-phone-malaysia/news#comments Sony Tablets Ultra Xperia Z Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:04:21 +0000 Sharil Abdul Rahman 1425229 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony adds wireless magic to cameras http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-adds-wireless-magic-cameras/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NFC on phones is so yesterday: Sony adds NFC to its cameras too. </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/New%20sony.jpg?1374486403" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Sony has decided that NFC will be a great feature...for a camera. This is purportedly the next step in imaging systems by Sony. What you see in the picture is basically a standalone camera unit with a large sensor – similar to the ones you can find in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-unveils-cyber-shot-rx100-ii-nfc-and-wi-fi-smarts/news">RX100 II </a>– and comes with battery and controls. Could this be the next best thing? We'll wait until we see actual production models before we decide.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sharil-abdul-rahman" title="View user profile.">Sharil Abdul Rahman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/">Sonyalpharumours</a>&nbsp;also said that the camera can connect through WiFi, which brings to mind the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-camera/samsung-galaxy-camera-hands-review/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Camera</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">While there is no specified release date so far, the consensus is that this will be a real product, and will be hitting the stores by year’s end. &nbsp;This sounds like a better version of what&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon-unveils-new-powershot-and-ixus-compacts/news">Canon</a>&nbsp;has out in the market now. Of course the biggest caveat is that you need a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z-ultra-hands-review/news">smartphone&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;to use it – but hey, everyone has one now right? And will this spell the end of camera sensors in smartphones?</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr3-honami-smartphone-uses-a-magnetic-mount-for-nex-lenses-and-a-curious-lens/">sonyalpharumors</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://petapixel.com/2013/07/19/rumor-sony-to-launch-a-revolutionary-lens-with-a-built-in-sensor/">petapixel</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wireless%20Blurry.jpg?1374486403" /> </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-adds-wireless-magic-cameras/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-adds-wireless-magic-cameras/news#comments Cameras Sony Xperia Z Mon, 22 Jul 2013 03:29:52 +0000 Nigel Yap 1424975 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the Xperia Z enough to put Sony back on top? And can you really use this quad-core superphone in the shower? </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 Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One" alt="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-z-lead.jpg?1381579667" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One" alt="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-Z-review-press-02_16.jpg?1381579667" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One" alt="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-Z-review-press-03_16.jpg?1381579253" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" title="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One" alt="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-Z-review-press-04_15.jpg?1381579667" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One" alt="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-Z-review-press-04_16.jpg?1381579667" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One" alt="Sony Xperia Z review press image Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-xperia-Z-review-press-05_16.jpg?1381579667" /> </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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A refined design, 5in 1080p screen and a&nbsp;<a href="/news/ces/news-nugget/ces-2013-hot-stuff-award-winners-announced">shiny CES Hot Stuff Award</a>&nbsp;can’t hurt any smartphone’s chances. But with the&nbsp;<a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a>&nbsp;settling in at the top of our&nbsp;<a href="/top-10s/smartphones">Top Ten Smartphones</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4</a>&nbsp;flying off Google’s virtual shelves and BlackBerry making a real comeback with the&nbsp;<a href="/review/blackberry-z10">Z10</a>, is the Xperia Z enough to put Sony back on top?</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"> RM2,199.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/review/sony-xperia-z </div> </div> </div> <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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build  </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 glass-tastic Xperia Z is subtly stylish rather than flashy, but the power button’s just-so placement and the symmetrical speaker and mic will certainly impress the more discerning gadgeteer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Its fiddly – and at first hard to find – covered ports can be a little annoying but it’s all in the name of waterproofing: the Z can spend half an hour submerged and wet-finger-tracking tech means we couldn't get it to slow down much no matter how much we splashed it. Want to clear some emails in the shower? Go for it.</p> <p>The only thing that's exposed are the two pogo pins on the left-hand side, which work with Sony's DK26 charging dock.&nbsp;</p> <p>Available in black, white and purple versions, the angular Xperia Z is the best looking Sony flagship we've seen in quite some time – it's particularly gratifying that the waterproofing and solid build haven't come at the expense of sexy styling. One annoyance: there's no removable battery, like the Nexus 4 and of course cheaper Sony phones like the Xperia J.</p> <p>Overall this is a very grown-up looking smartphone. So if the white plastic of the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a> or the sparkly rear of the <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4</a> don't do it for you, the discreet Xperia Z really does look like a RM2000+ handset – especially in black.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z review hands on photos Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One" alt="Sony Xperia Z review hands on photos Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xpe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-power-button_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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 Xperia Z review hands on photos Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xperia Z vs HTC One" alt="Sony Xperia Z review hands on photos Sony Xperia Z vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Sony Xpe" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-lockscreen_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1080p screen  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your eyeballs will love the Z’s 443ppi 1920x1080 ‘Reality Display’. Colours are vibrant without looking alien, contrast is top-notch, and the home screens look crisp – with the exception of the odd disappointingly low-res icons. Viewing angles aren't great, though, so the Z doesn't look as impressive when lying flat on your desk or trying to share a video witha a friend.</p> <p>Onscreen Android buttons give the display less of a size advantage over the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a> (though the home/back/multi-tasking icons of course disappear when watching videos and the like). It's slightly harder to use one-handed, if you're blessed with smaller hands. But super-tough, shatter-proof glass is good news for clumsy folk – our Z's screen has survived a fair few drop 'tests' already.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-hands-on-03_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1080p screen: what’s the difference? Text  </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>Text is the biggie – if you read e-books on your smartphone (stop!) or spend your commute catching up on the morning’s news, the jump to full HD will massage your retinas like never before. Text is beautifully rendered on the Xperia Z’s screen, shaming the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3’s</a> 720p PenTile display by comparison. For social or news junkies, the choice is a no-brainer.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><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"> 1080p screen: The web  </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 reckons its Mobile Bravia Engine 2 software can improve most photos and videos, but since most sites and apps still use low-res images, they won’t benefit from the Xperia Z’s extra pixels. At least not yet.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-review-1080p-screen-frog_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1080p screen: Photos   </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 Xperia Z’s 5in screen is also perfect for a spot of on-the-fly editing, but be warned: almost all Android photo apps will downsize the 4128x3096 snaps to around half the size before you even get started. When viewing hi-res images, a 1080p screen can display more detail than a 720p screen but even with your nose pressed up to the Xperia Z it’s not as big a difference as you might think.&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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-review-weather-screen_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-review-mini-camera_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1080p screen: Movies  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are only a couple of ways to watch 1080p movies on the Xperia Z right now, and that's to film them yourself using the Z's camera or transfer 1080p content from your computer. Make the effort and the results are superb, even though this is 'only' a 5in screen.</p> <p>It's not night-and-day by any means, but HD content on the Xperia Z is undeniably crisper and more wow-inducing than on the Galaxy S3. It's a shame that right now none of the big movie streaming services are offering 1080p to mobile devices, but we know that&nbsp;<a href="/news/apps-and-games/versus/netflix-vs-lovefilm">Netflix</a> is looking into it and the likes of Sony's own Video Unlimited can't be far behind.</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="479" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-hands-on-screenshots_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-review-small-apps_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android 4.1 Jelly Bean  </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 skin overlaid on the Xperia Z's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is noticeable without going over the top or bogging the OS down with power-sapping widgets. We'd recommend giving Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited a go – especially the latter – but if you’re really not interested it's quick and easy to get rid of unwanted widgets to make room for the apps and widgets you find most useful. Plus Android 4.2 will land on the Xperia Z 'shortly after launch' which will make it as up to date as Google's own <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>As well as lots of customisation options and an essential settings widget, another nice touch from Sony is that floating ‘Small Apps’ such as a notepad, RSS feed or mini camera float lag-free above any other apps, homescreens and web pages you have open.</p> <p>It's not quite the split-screen multi-tasking of the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-note-2-0">Galaxy Note 2</a> but it's quick, could save you precious seconds and is a clever way of using the big screen. &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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-review-camera_2.jpg?1381579667" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-review-superior-auto-mode_2.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance  </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 Xperia Z’s 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and 2GB of RAM blew the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a> out of the water in the benchmarks we ran – though take these upcoming numbers with the usual pinch of salt: benchmarks aren't the best way of judging a smartphone's real world abilities.</p> <p>On GL Benchmark 2.5 HD, the Xperia Z's score of 3404 frames at 30fps beats the S3's 1685 frames at 15fps. And over on AnTuTu, it's a similar story: the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3's</a> score of 12467 looks pretty modest next to the Xperia Z's 20582.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chances are you won’t notice much of a performance difference between the Xperia Z and the<a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3"> Galaxy S3</a> when gaming or browsing using the same browser (say, Chrome) over Wi-Fi.</p> <p>That's partly because both handsets are very quick indeed but also because we’re yet to see any games or apps which can really put 2013's handsets to the test. Those will come, though, and at that point you'll be rightly chuffed with the Xperia Z's extra grunt. And in the meantime you can enjoy a beautifully smooth, lag-free Android experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-hands-on-1_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-battery-stamina_2.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z sports a 13.1MP rear cam with a ‘Superior Auto’ mode that jumps between 36 scene modes. The camera’s Cyber-Shot style interface is intuitive and there’s a huge range of settings (including focus modes, HDR and image stabilisation) plus plenty of space to see your subject even when zipping through the options on the 5in display.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 13.1MP snapper is up there with the best smartphone cams we've used: you'll get natural, bright images from the Xperia Z in daylight with good levels of detail, so much so that you can probably ditch your compact cam.&nbsp;</p> <p>That said, we sometimes got slightly better images from the<a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3"> Galaxy S3</a>. For example, although the Xperia Z was seriously quick at jumping to Night mode when we walked into a poorly lit room, the results weren't as sharp as with the S3's low light mode even when you jump into the Xperia Z's ISO and exposure menus.</p> <p>Video, on the other hand, was more consistent, with clear, bright and smooth 1080p footage – plus there's the option to capture HDR video and the useful trick of taking 1MP snaps as you film.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-hands-on-2_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NFC </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>Along with the usual pairing to headphones and speakers, Sony’s cleverly introduced one-touch NFC mirroring on its new W900A Bravia LCD TVs – tap the Xperia Z to the remote to see all of your vids and pics on a lovely 55in screen. We like.&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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-hands-on-4_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Z’s battery-saving Stamina mode turns off data when the screen is off, boosting standby time by a factor of four, and we found it hardly lost any charge overnight – around 1 per cent, or none at all. When in use it drains just as swiftly as any other flagship – the Z will last five hours of intensive use on full brightness. &nbsp;</p> <p>Sony claims 11 hours of talktime for the Xperia Z's beefy 2370 mAh battery and in our regular video rundown test (Wi-Fi and email sync on, video on loop, 50% brightness), the Z managed a respectable time of seven and a half hours.&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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-review-hands-on-verdict_1.jpg?1381579667" /> </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 Z vs ZL  </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>&nbsp;</p> <p>We haven’t yet had the chance to review the&nbsp;<a href="/news/ces/ces/sony-reveals-waterproof-xperia-z-with-5in-1080p-screen-and-13mp-camera">Sony Xperia ZL</a>&nbsp;as it isn’t getting the same international release as the Z – but from what we’ve heard, the ZL could be just as tempting.</p> <p>It rocks the same 5in full HD screen and quad-core innards as the Xperia Z but packs them into a more compact 131.6mm x 69.3mm body. The ZL is a little chunkier at 9.8mm thick, but it’s around the same weight at 151g and comes without the waterproof skills or glass back of its bigger brother.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Release date and price </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’re looking at an Xperia Z release date of 28 February and pre-orders are open now, so if our niggles with the handset haven’t put you off then get clicking. Of course, the Xperia Z's RM2,199 price tag isn't half as appealing as the <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4's</a> sub-RM1,500 price – but we reckon the bigger and higher-res screen, better camera, waterproofing and sleek design will be well worth the money.&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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z-review-weather-screen_3.jpg?1381579667" /> </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-12"><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>It’s no mean feat to take on the <a href="/review/samsung-galaxy-s3">Galaxy S3</a>&nbsp;(and <a href="/review/google-nexus-4">Nexus 4</a>) and live to tell the tale but the Xperia Z has stolen our top spot away from Samsung in style. Not only does it make Samsung’s flagship look like a cheap toy with its tempered glass build and thoughtful design details, the Xperia Z also ups the ante with serious specs: a pin-sharp 5in 1080p screen, 4G, a quad-core Snapdragon brain and Jelly Bean 4.2 due just after launch. Sure, you may not feel the full benefit of those stonking figures right now, but you will have a lightning-fast, future-proof beast of a handset.</p> <p>But it’s not all about the spec wars. Its battery-boosting Stamina mode will make sure the Xperia Z outlasts its rivals, and with a tough pavement-proof screen, intuitive compact-cam style photo controls and a waterproof body, it’s clear that Sony’s really looking out for the everyday gadgeteer. So much so, that the Xperia Z is now&nbsp;<a href="/top-10s">our new No.1 smartphone</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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>With a stunning screen and plenty of power, this is one of our favourite smartphones. The Xperia Z even stands tall in a downpour.&nbsp;</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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sony-xperia-z </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:03:49 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1424189 at http://www.stuff.tv