Tablets http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/reviews en-MY Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two high-end tablet kings from the rival clans of Apple and Google are ready to fight to the death for your cash. Which will you choose? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-nexus-9-vs-ipad-air-2.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google versus Apple. Rivalries don&#39;t come much bigger than this.</p> <p>Well, technically, HTC versus Apple. But either way, it&#39;s Android&#39;s tablet poster boy squaring up to Apple&#39;s flagship tablet.&nbsp;</p> <p>With specs galore and the latest versions of iOS and Android on offer, we&#39;ve got a real fight on our hands. So let&#39;s jump straight in.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</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"> Apple iPad Air 2 (from RM1599) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />Another year, another iPad. But this one&nbsp;is a bit special. For the same &pound;400 as&nbsp;last year, you get the world&rsquo;s thinnest tablet that&rsquo;s also the world&rsquo;s best for use out in the sun. It even has a fingerprint scanner just like the iPhone 6. The correct response: Cor, blimey.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Is it any good?</strong><br />At first glance, the iPad Air 2 may seem&nbsp;a bit too similar to last year&rsquo;s Air. But it&rsquo;s&nbsp;a big step forward in some ways. At 6.1mm it&rsquo;s incredibly slim &mdash; much skinnier than the Nexus 9. This and the relatively light 437g weight mean it&rsquo;s fairly portable despite being bigger than the Nexus thanks to its 9.7-inch display.&nbsp;</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t mind being outside either,&nbsp;as it has a fantastic anti-glare coating&nbsp;that all but banishes reflections. Just&nbsp;make sure you don&rsquo;t take it out in the&nbsp;rain &ndash; it loves the sun, but really hates&nbsp;the wet stuff.</p> <p>With its metal body, it&rsquo;s a bit snazzier and better-made than the Google tab;&nbsp;and while the Nexus&rsquo;s graphics brain sounds impressive, so is the iPad&rsquo;s&nbsp;A8X chipset. Devs have even got parts&nbsp;of Battlefield 4 working on the thing.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;</strong>★★★★★</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Hero.JPG?1418633128" /> </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"> 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>Triple-core Apple A8X CPU<br />8MP front camera,<br />1.2MP rear<br />240x169.5x6.1 mm<br />437g (Wi-Fi version)<br />444g (4G version)</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 9 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s the story?</strong><br />The first new Nexus tablet since the 2013 Nexus 7 shakes things up with an iPad-shaped 4:3 screen, super-powered 192-core graphics chip and the new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It&rsquo;s also &pound;80 cheaper than the iPad Air 2, giving you some change to tool up with accessories.</p> <p><strong>Is it any good?</strong><br />The Nexus 9 isn&rsquo;t going to make jaws drop like an iPad Air 2 might. With a plastic rear and a thicker body, it&rsquo;s more ordinary-looking and feeling. The new, squatter aspect doesn&rsquo;t half make it great to use compared with earlier Androids, though &ndash; especially for sofa-based browsing. And the 8.9-inch screen offers exactly the same number of pixels as the iPad.</p> <p>Google seems to want to make Android a bit more iPad-like in its style, too. Lollipop shakes off many of Android&rsquo;s residual nerdy bits, and the smartly restrained colours of its interface would make Farrow &amp; Ball proud. Sadly, there are still many Android apps that aren&rsquo;t optimised for tablets, and one of Android&rsquo;s great advantages (removable storage) has been left out.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the hardcore crowd, the Tegra K1 brings oodles of power, but we struggled to find a real-world difference. They&rsquo;re both as fast and smooth as a freshly buttered otter.</p> <p>The design isn&rsquo;t as pristine, but it&rsquo;s the most convincing iPad-style Android alternative.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says:&nbsp;</strong>★★★★☆</p> <p><b>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">Google Nexus 9 review</a></b></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="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14_0.jpg?1418633128" /> </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"> 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>8.9in 2048x1536 IPS LCD<br />Dual-core 2.5GHz<br />Nvidia Tegra K1<br />8MP front camera,&nbsp;1.6MP rear<br />228.2x153.7x7.9mm<br />425g (Wi-Fi version)<br />436g (4G version)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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 iPad Air 2 walks away victorious, and is the tablet we&#39;d recommend if you&#39;re sitting on the fence.&nbsp;</p> <p>Apple&#39;s build quality is far superior, with a solid, deliciously thin metal body on offer, compared to the Nexus 9&#39;s plastic build.</p> <p>iOS tablets app remain on top too, with more dedicated slicker, prettier made-for-tablet apps residing on Apple&#39;s app store.</p> <p>If you&#39;re an Android fan of course then there&#39;s no competition however: the Nexus 9 will be the way to go.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best tablets in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="424" title="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" alt="Google Nexus 9 vs Apple iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-in-hand_2.JPG?1418633128" /> </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/google-nexus-9-vs-apple-ipad-air-2/feature#comments Apple Google iPad Air 2 Nexus 9 Tablets Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:26:30 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455360 at http://www.stuff.tv Banish budget travel boredom with these 10 essential gadgets http://www.stuff.tv/my/10-gadgets-pack-budget-travel/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Be it a short or long-haul flight you&#039;re booked on, these are the gadgets you must have in your carry-on for a crazy-free journey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cabin.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it&rsquo;s a morning shuttle to Kuala Lumpur or a red-eye to Tokyo, you will need an assortment of devices to maintain your sanity from all the madness that is modern travel. </p> <p>From powerbanks to tablets to intelligent carry on bags, here&rsquo;s a list of essentials for any trip. Just make sure you have booked the correct flight and bring along the passport!</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/nick-chee" title="View user profile.">Nick Chee</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s latest flagship is a quantum leap over the previous generation Galaxy Note 3 and is definitely a worthy challenger to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. With specifications that would make the competing iPhone pale in comparison,&nbsp;the Note 4 is a mean beast with six more cores, triple the memory and a slightly bigger 5.7 inch screen. The &lsquo;S Pen&rsquo; stylus with exceptional writing qualities reinvigorates the functionality of the trusty old stylus which was supposedly&nbsp;killed off with the original iPhone back in 2007.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: With only 32GB of inbuilt memory, you should get an additional 128GB memory card as well since they really are dirt cheap right now. There&rsquo;s no harm having more space especially when it can also function as a portable hard disk. &nbsp;Just remember to have the docking cable on hand.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsunggalaxynote4%20%281%29.png?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPad Air 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Budget carriers tend to expect their guests to bring their own form of entertainment (or pay for ridiculously overpriced tablet rentals). Pfft, that&#39;s fine. Because you have Apple&rsquo;s latest tablet. Load it with offline games and banish boredom while others look on with envy at how fast the A8X processor renders Infinity Blade III with amazing details.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> forget the 16GB option and go with the 64GB sweet spot or 128GB if you have a little extra cash. The price difference is not very much and you will appreciate having the extra space sooner rather than later when you can squeeze more than a couple of TV sitcoms and movies (which are available from iTunes and not TPB, mind you!), hours of music and e-books into this nifty little device. Trust us, you&#39;ll be so engrossed in that gorgeously massive 9.7in Retina Display screen that your flight will pass much faster than you thought it would.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20air%202.png?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bose QuietComfort 25 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even if your flight is equipped with inflight entertainment, the provided headsets tend to be flimsy plastic ones which produce more static than stereo. Spare your ears the torture and get a decent pair of headphones. Not just any headphones but Bose&rsquo;s latest QuietComfort 25 model. Plug it into your iPad and slip into an aural space void of other people. Say good riddance to screaming kids and noisy engines with Bose&rsquo;s impressive noise-cancelling properties.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> If generic black isn&rsquo;t your thing, Bose offers customisation with pretty much any colour combination imaginable to cue everyone into the knowledge that your headset is better than theirs. &nbsp;Who cares if they are using Beats by Dr Dre when you have you own colour customised QuietComfort 25? And at 196g, it&rsquo;s probably lighter and more compact as well. Just don&rsquo;t leave it in the Seat Pocket of Doom.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Bose QuietComfort 25" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bose%20quietcomfort.png?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xiaomi Mi Power Bank </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you use your smartphone or tablet heavily, you might need to juice up while on board. Budget carriers do not typically provide power points on board and if they do, you probably have to pay to use them. Even on the full service carriers, you might have to share the power point with your seat mates. Weighing just 350g, Xiaomi&rsquo;s new 16,000mAh Mi power bank comes with two USB ports and lots of juice to ensure your devices never run dry.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;They&#39;re so affordable, you can get a couple of them without making a dent in your monthly expenses. Why carry tiny power banks which weigh almost the same, but provide a fraction of the charging capacity? You&#39;ll never have to run out of battery (unless you forget to charge the sources themselves).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/xiaomi/xiaomi-power-bank-offers-16000mah-juice-pittance/news">The Xiaomi Power Bank offers 16,000mAh of juice for a pittance</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Mi Power Bank" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mi%20powerbank.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aftershock S-17 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Travelling doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to give up your PC games. Enter the high performance laptop computer - the Aftershock S-17. This portable powerhouse takes mobile gaming to new heights. Weighing at just 3.1kg, the S-17 delivers top of the line performance with its premium display powered by the world&rsquo;s most powerful mobile graphics card, the Nvidia GTX 980m. So instead of playing mindless casual games on the smartphone or tablet for the entire duration of the flight, why not run through the campaign mode on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare?</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t shy away from the customisable options - make your laptop the meanest gaming machine you will ever own (until the next generation hardware debut, of course). Upgrade your RAM to 16GB instead of 4GB and go for the 2 M.2 2280 SSD option on RAID 0 to get the most out of your gaming experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Aftershock S-17" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/aftershock.jpg?1418633128" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bluesmart </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you often struggle to ensure your carry-on bag weighs less than regulated 7 kg, especially in this day and age where airlines are more than happy to charge you a pretty penny or banish your carry-on bag to the cargo hold for being a gram over the weight limit, why not check out this crowd-funded project - Bluesmart? It is your carry-on suitcase packed with intelligent features such as tracking, self-weighing, in built charging and self-locking. The project has already reached its funding goal and barring unforeseen issues, you should see it in stores come August 2015.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Pro tip:</strong> If we were you, we would set aside the funds for it right now. It is a steal at 50% off the estimated retail price. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t tell you so when they hit the stores.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VJnvx7IhAmk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grid-It! Organiser </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Spare yourself the embarrassment of stalling the queues at security screening by having your digital gadgets and personal effects pre-organised for easy access. The Grid-It organiser secures all your knickknacks for easy access, saving you from rummaging through the carry-on bag for that elusive tablet or laptop. Grid-It organisers come in three sizes allowing you to get one that fits snugly in your carry on.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Get the organiser bundle combo pack - you&#39;ll never know when you will need a certain size.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b2zULNyGhqw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple iPhone 6 Plus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Remember the time when Steve Jobs proclaimed Apple will not venture into the phablet market? &nbsp;Well, unfortunately the market rules and the consumers have spoken. Apple&rsquo;s latest flagship smartphone comes with a gargantuan 5.5in screen, the latest A8 processor and an equally impressive battery life. Fractionally smaller than the iPad mini, the iPhone 6 Plus packs a high pixel density of 401ppi delivering high quality imagery thanks to its stunning 1080p resolution.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;You might be tempted to go for the smaller iPhone 6 but trust us, size matters. At minimum, we&rsquo;d suggest the 64GB model as the 16GB one might be a tad too smell with all your high-res photos, videos and oversized apps.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">Apple iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="iPhone 6 Plus" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone%206%20plus.jpeg?1418633125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto 360 by Motorola </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With no cellular service on board most flights, one might question the necessity of having a smart watch. &nbsp;Travelling tends to make people more anxious than usual and those with ailments may be worse for wear on board compared to the average healthy individual. The Moto 360 allows you to monitor, among other things, the blood pressure, heart rate, activity levels and sleep activity of the wearer and these are recorded via Android Wear. Unfortunately, Apple fans will have to wait till 2015 for the Apple Watch.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:&nbsp;</strong>Smart watches will get more impressive and more common over the next few years so why wait when you can call yourself an early adopter? Bragging rights aside, this watch does more than just tell the time. Just remember to charge it everyday.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Moto 360 by Motorola" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_1_0_0.jpg?1418633125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kindle Paperwhite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you are into books, leave the heavy paperweights behind and get a Kindle Paperwhite instead. One might question its versatility especially given that the competing iPads and Samsung Tabs can function as a reader and do much more. &nbsp;However, the reading experience delivered by the Kindle Paperwhite is far superior especially for the book nook. &nbsp;With no glare from the backlight on the 16-level greyscale screen, it is less taxing on the eyes and this is a blessing given that dry cabin air increases the strain on your eyes. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Pro tip:</strong>&nbsp;Get a Kindle just for ebooks, keep your tablet strictly for shows. Weighing just 206g, it is fractionally heavier than the phablets but lighter than the 7&rdquo; tablets and your wrists won&rsquo;t ache after holding them for too long. With a battery life of approximately 28 hours of continuous reading, you can pretty much leave the charger at home and travel light.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Kindle Paperwhite" alt="10 essential gadgets to pack for budget travel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle%20paperwhite.jpg?1418633125" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 gadgets to survive budget travel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tips to banish the insane boredom on the plane </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/10-gadgets-pack-budget-travel/feature#comments Laptops Smartphones Tablets Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:12:06 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455264 at http://www.stuff.tv Is Xiaomi cooking up another cheap tablet on 9 December? http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/xiaomi-cooking-another-cheap-tablet-9-december/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Chinese company keeps up the momentum – and the pressure – with potentially another keenly priced device </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="Is Xiaomi cooking up another cheap tablet on 9 December?" alt="Is Xiaomi cooking up another cheap tablet on 9 December?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Xiaomi.jpg?1418036413" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Rumor has it that Xiaomi&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/get-excited-unofficial-xiaomi-mi5-bezel-free/news">new flagship phone</a> will be revealed very soon, which begs the question: what will Xiaomi be revealing at their launch event tomorrow on 9 December?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/justin-choo" title="View user profile.">Justin Choo</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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/xiaomi-cooking-another-cheap-tablet-9-december/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/xiaomi-cooking-another-cheap-tablet-9-december/news#comments Android Tablets Xiaomi Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:55:44 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1454890 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Apple iPad Air 2 is the Tablet of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s second SkinnyTab does what the first one did, and triumphs over the tablet competition </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="And our winner is... the Apple iPad Air 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-tablet-apple-ipad-air-2.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tablets have been around for long enough now that the market has matured and fragmented.</p> <p>No longer are they all just 9.7in rectangles running iOS - they&#39;re 12in rectangles running Windows 8 and 8.3in rectangles running Android for less than RM500 and 10.5in rectangles with ridiculously sharp screens and 8in rectangles which can play proper PC games and... well, you get the idea.</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/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</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"> Winner: Apple iPad Air 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having been left behind in the race 
for smartphone superiority, Apple 
is determined not to let its tablet 
crown topple &ndash; and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2</a> is a pretty good way of holding it up. </p> <p>The adjectives are the same: slimmer, lighter and, er, screenier, but as usual, the Air 2 is greater than the sum of its extremely lightweight parts. </p> <p>New screen tech means it&rsquo;s less reflective and easier to eyeball, making it better for everything from reading to movie-watching and editing, plus the addition of TouchID saves you seconds, which can be 
saved up over time and used to 
reply to Android fanboys on the 
internet. Here&rsquo;s a sample response: 
the best has just got better.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a>&nbsp;</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="Apple iPad Air 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple-iPad-Air-2.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner up: Asus Transformer Book T100 </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>Asus had already nailed the Android-hybrid-tablet thing with its various Transformer devices - now it&#39;s done the same for Windows 8. The 10.1in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Transformer Book T100</a> comes with an excellent keyboard and more than enough power to run proper Windows software - all of which makes the dream of running full Photoshop on a tablet a reality.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/asus/asus-transformer-book-t100/review">Asus Transformer Book T100 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="2917" height="2188" title="Asus Transformer Book T100 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Asus-Transformer-Book-T100.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner up: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 </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>Is it a tablet or is it a laptop? Truth is, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3</a> is both. But incredibly - and thankfully - it makes no compromise on either front. As a tablet, it&#39;s supremely powerful, with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and as much as 512GB of SSD storage. It runs full-fat Windows 8 software, has a big, attractive 12in screen and comes with a truly useful pen accessory. Oh, and it&#39;s a great laptop too.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/microsoft/microsoft-surface-pro-3-hands/review">Microsoft Surface Pro 3 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="Microsoft Surface Pro 3 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Microsoft-Surface-Pro-3.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner up: Nvidia Shield Tablet </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 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Shield</a> is the ultimate gaming tablet - an 8in monster that runs on Nvidia&#39;s own super-powerful Tegra K1 processor. Frankly, it destroys any Android game currently available, but that&#39;s hardly a problem as you&#39;ll be too busy streaming the latest titles to it straight from your gaming PC. With no lag. Very impressive.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield Tablet review</a>&nbsp;</strong></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="927" height="695" title="Nvidia Shield Tablet" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nvidia-Shield-Tablet.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner up: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the very best Android tablets yet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a> is a real all-rounder. A stunning&nbsp;2560x1600&nbsp;screen that demands to be stared at is the headline feature, but the fact that it also has a slim, attractive build, great battery life, bags of software tricks and an excellent camera means the iPad&#39;s finally got a true rival.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 review</a>&nbsp;</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="4500" height="3000" title="Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 " alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-S-10-5.jpg?1417581181" /> </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"> Runner up: Tesco Hudl 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Hudl 2 could be subtitled &#39;The cheap tablet that&#39;s actually really good&#39;. Because it is. It has a full HD screen with pin-sharp 273ppi display, fast quad-core processor, plenty of RAM and even that rarity in tablets, a microHDMI socket. And it&#39;s available for &pound;130. &pound;130! That&#39;s less than a cinema ticket these days. Incredible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/best-cheap-tablets-world-reviewed/feature">The best cheap tablets - reviewed</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-best-gadgets-year/feature">Click here to see all of the Stuff Gadget Award 2014 winners</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="Tesco Hudl 2" alt="The 6 best tablets of 2014 - Stuff Gadget Awards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Tesco-Hudl.jpg?1417581181" /> </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/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-6-best-tablets-year/feature#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Tablets Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:11:26 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1454526 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Museum reimagines paintings as Minecraft maps, Jolla tying to fund 3.5G Tablet, and the new Star Wars trailer remade with Lego http://www.stuff.tv/my/jolla/fully-charged-museum-reimagines-paintings-minecraft-maps-jolla-tying-fund-35g-tablet-and-new-s <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of the odd tech news bits and pieces you need to start the week off right </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="Tate Worlds" alt="Tate Worlds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-art-tate.jpg?1417501581" /> </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"> Tate spins art into Minecraft maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No doubt aiming to better engage younger audiences in classic art - while undeniably creating some pretty amazing new artwork in the process - the Tate museum is converting eight classic works of art into playable <em>Minecraft</em> maps. That&rsquo;s thanks to a new initiative called Tate Worlds.</p> <p>And they&rsquo;re not just simple recreations of what&rsquo;s seen in the image: they&rsquo;re explorable worlds with areas inspired by the themes of the artwork or even their creation process. Tate worked with top <em>Minecraft</em> modders to design the maps, which look simply stunning in the trailer above. And the maps are totally <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-worlds-art-reimagined-minecraft">free to download</a> and play in the current version of <em>Minecraft</em> on PC or Mac.</p> <p>Two maps are out now under the concept of &ldquo;Cities,&rdquo; based on Andre Derain&rsquo;s <em>The Pool of London</em> from 1906 and Christopher Gevinson&rsquo;s <em>Soul of the Soulless City</em> from 1920, respectively. The remaining maps are due out in 2015 with the themes &quot;Play,&quot; &quot;Destruction,&quot; and &quot;Fantasy.&quot;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-worlds-art-reimagined-minecraft">Tate</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/29/tate-museum-reimagines-works-of-art-as-minecraft-maps/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <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/OLsz1OZ9bpc" 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"> Jolla Tablet 3.5G version possible </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 Jolla Tablet has<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-tablet-reaches-crowd-funding-goal-two-hours/news"> taken Indiegogo by storm</a>, hitting its crowdfunding goal in two hours last month and thus far raising US$1.375 million (about RM4.72 million) as of this writing. But Jolla has larger ambitions, and if it can pull in quite a bit more money from backers, it&rsquo;ll add a 3.5G connectivity option for a US$30 (RM103) upgrade.</p> <p>Jolla says it&rsquo;ll need to reach US$2.5 million (RM8.56 million) before offering that choice, and with nine days left in the campaign, it&rsquo;ll take a pretty major surge to pull it off. The 3.5G (or HSDPA/3G+) option would be offered in Europe first, with an eye to expand its availability elsewhere.</p> <p>Luckily, more feasible stretch goals are in sight: if the campaign hits US$1.5 million (about RM5.13 million), the Tablet will support 128GB microSDHC cards (it currently supports 32GB ones), and if it reaches US$1.75 million (about RM5.99 million), split-screen support for apps will also be added.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jolla-tablet-world-s-first-crowdsourced-tablet#activity">Indiegogo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-tablet-reaches-crowd-funding-goal-two-hours/news">Jolla Tablet reaches crowdfunding goal in two hours</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="Jolla Tablet" alt="Jolla Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jolla-tablet.jpg?1417501581" /> </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"> The Force Awakens trailer remade with Lego </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 was only a day after the first <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em> trailer that intrepid YouTubers had recreated it, scene by scene, using Lego bricks. Of course, the connection between brands is already quite strong, thanks to the physical kits and the bestselling games based on them. But die-hards didn&#39;t wait around for the eventual official&nbsp;<em>Episode VII</em> collaboration.</p> <p>The most widely-spread thus far comes from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfWrh1scZU">Snooperking</a>, with more than 1.9 million views as of this writing, and it&rsquo;s probably the most charmingly lo-fi of the bunch. But a couple other notable ones popped up around the same time, including the one above from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BKHhP8sUR8">FinalFeature</a> and another from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0tLOARV-jk">ZachFB Studios</a>. Check &lsquo;em all, pick a favorite, and share like crazy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfWrh1scZU">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</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/6BKHhP8sUR8" 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"> Odeon’s latest Screen Unseen tonight </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 looking for something to do this evening and are up for anything, consider hitting up an Odeon cinema for its latest <a href="http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/odeon_screen_unseen/15594/">Screen Unseen</a> promotion. Drop &pound;5 on a blind ticket and you&rsquo;ll see an &ldquo;unmissable up-and-coming film&rdquo; tonight before its impending official release.</p> <p>Last time, at the first-ever Screen Unseen event, the film ended up being the well-reviewed <em>Nightcrawler</em> starring Jake Gyllenhaal almost two weeks before its launch, so that&rsquo;s a pretty good omen. No clues on what tonight&rsquo;s flick will be, but it&rsquo;s airing in 95 cinemas across the UK, so it might be worth taking the risk if you&rsquo;re near one.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/odeon_screen_unseen/15594/">Odeon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-film-buffs/feature">Christmas Gift Guide: 12 gadgets and presents for film buffs</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/ALFizof7lQ0" 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/jolla/fully-charged-museum-reimagines-paintings-minecraft-maps-jolla-tying-fund-35g-tablet-and-new-s#comments Film and TV Gaming Jolla Lego Minecraft Tablets Mon, 01 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1454444 at http://www.stuff.tv Bored of your iPad Air 2? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaks of a new Apple device make their way onto the Web </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="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " alt="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/newipad.jpeg?1417428661" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple could be planning a huge surprise for us, but keeping all that secrets behind closed doors seem to be too much of a task. First, there were <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-pro-could-cram-122in-screen-and-dual-speakers-body-no-thicker-iphone/news">rumours of a larger iPad Pro</a> becoming a reality, and now, word of an iPad Air Plus is making its rounds.</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"> An idea worth pursuing? </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 we think launching a new set of larger devices will do Apple some good and push it into verticals other vendors have traditionally operated in. The success of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6l">Apple&rsquo;s iPhone 6 Plus</a> is already an indication at the market&rsquo;s interest in owning larger screened mobile devices.</p> <p>Then again, if there&rsquo;s a range of larger iPads in the makes, there&rsquo;s the possibility of Apple downsizing its MacBook Air offerings to just offer these larger slates with removable keyboards (it&rsquo;s not confirmed, we&rsquo;re just toying with ideas here).</p> <p>And you probably won&rsquo;t have to wait as long for this device as you would for the purported iPad Pro (that one&rsquo;s said to only <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/alleged-ipad-pro-will-be-rolled-out-later-expected-report/news">make its way into markets sometime in Q2 next year</a>). In comparison, the iPad Air Plus might rear its head as early as Q1 2015. Stay tuned &ndash; we&rsquo;ll bring you more information about the device as it comes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature">For better or worse, Apple&#39;s iPad line-up shows it&#39;s now a very different company&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/alleged_ipad_air_plus_details_make_the_rounds-news-10349.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="567" height="425" title="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " alt="Bored of your iPad Air? Maybe the alleged iPad Air Plus will rock your boat " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gs_0.jpg?1417428661" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/bored-your-ipad-air-maybe-alleged-ipad-air-plus-will-rock-your-boat/news#comments Apple iOS iPhone & iPad Tablets Mon, 01 Dec 2014 04:06:06 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1454331 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 tech-loving hotels in Asia http://www.stuff.tv/my/tv/10-tech-savvy-hotels-asia/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Japan to Singapore, geek out on your holiday at these tech-packed homes away from home </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="Singapore&#039;s uber-trendy W Singapore – Sentosa Cove" alt="Singapore&#039;s uber-trendy W Singapore – Sentosa Cove" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/W%20Singapore%20-%20Sentosa%20Cove%20-%20Room.jpg?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>From touch-button glass walls to tablet-ready rooms, cutting-edge tech is defining many of the world&rsquo;s leading hotels &ndash; and perhaps none more so than in forward-thinking Asia. We&rsquo;ve rounded up 10 of its most impressive hi-tech properties, though double-check your credit limit before booking as these rooms, all in prime locations, don&rsquo;t come cheap.</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"> The Peninsula Hong Kong </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>For now, <a href="http://www.peninsula.com/Hong_Kong/en/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="The Peninsula Hong Kong">The Peninsula Hong Kong</a>&rsquo;s rooftop helipad and iconic fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms are shadowed by a recent RM193-million refurbishment that has augmented its grand old-colonial style with industry-leading tech. Revamped rooms now feature Samsung tablets that control everything from room service and digital radio to a 3D entertainment system; digital wall panels; Voice over IP (VoIP) calling; high-end Focal headphones; charging cords for most handheld devices sold in Asia &ndash; we could go on. And in case you&rsquo;re wondering, it&rsquo;s a cool RM7091 for one-way transfer from the airport to hotel by helicopter.</p> <p><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it on Google Maps"><em>Salisbury Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong; 852/ 2920 2888</em></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/The%20Peninsula%20Hong%20Kong%20-%20Suite.jpg?1417518526" /> </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"> Banyan Tree Macau </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> <p class="MsoNormal">Splash out on&nbsp;one of the 236 not-so-standard suites at <a href="http://www.banyantree.com/" target="_blank" title="Banyan Tree">Banyan Tree</a> Macau, where the in-room highlight is a personal plunge pool remotely controlled to an 80 degree heat and situated near floor-to-ceiling windows. High-tech toys include back-to-back LCD flatscreen televisions and Blu-rays that can be checked out for free.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it on Google Maps">Galaxy Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, Macau; 853/ 8883 8833</a></em></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/Banyan%20Tree%20Macau%20Hotel%20-%20Exterior.jpg?1417518526" /> </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"> Hotel Éclat, Taipei </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> <p class="MsoNormal">You&rsquo;re going to spend a lot of time in the bathroom at this <a href="http://www.eclathotels.com/taipei" target="_blank" title="Hotel Eclat Taipei">swish 60-room boutique hotel</a> &ndash; and it&rsquo;ll have nothing to do with penance for the pig&rsquo;s blood cakes from the street-food market. Here a flatscreen LCD television is perched next to&nbsp;an electronic, remote-controlled Toto &ldquo;super toilet,&rdquo; which, with its motion sensors, spray settings and speaking capability, is one microchip away from Robocop&nbsp;(in a good way). For more privacy, there&#39;s even chameleon-like glass walls that go from clear to opaque with the touch of a button.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it on Google Maps">No. 370, Sec. 1, Dunhua S. Rd., Da-an District, Taipei, Taiwan; 886/ 2 2784 8888</a></em></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/Hotel%20Eclat%20Taipei%20-%20Room.jpg?1417518526" /> </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"> Sofitel So Bangkok </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> <p class="MsoNormal">Here&rsquo;s one for the Apple fanboys and girls. Boasting style and soundtrack contributions from fashion designer Christian Lacroix and DJ Ravin (Buddha Bar), <a href="https://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-6835-sofitel-so-bangkok/index.shtml" target="_blank" title="Sofitel So Bangkok">Sofitel So Bangkok</a> is the city&rsquo;s lone hotel where every room has a Mac mini you can use to surf the Web, stream videos and make Face Time calls. Upgrade to a suite and you can also play with an iPad. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it on Google Maps">2 N. Sathorn Rd., Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand; 66/ 2624 0000</a></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">(Image via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalboz/" target="_blank" title="See more of Kalboz&#039;s photographs on Flickr">Kalboz</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sofitel%20So%20Bangkok%20-%20Hotel%20-%20From%20Flickr.jpg?1417518526" /> </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"> The Peninsula Shanghai </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sometimes you just want to be left alone, particularly when your room has Internet radio and an iPod dock hooked up to 5.1 surround sound, a 46-inch plasma television with DVD player, complimentary Voice over IP (VoIP) calling and a marble bathroom with a flatscreen in the wall. In a nod to old-school tech, once you&rsquo;ve activated the room&rsquo;s privacy feature at <a href="http://www.peninsula.com/Shanghai/en/default.aspx" target="_blank" title="The Peninsula Shanghai">The Peninsula Shanghai</a>, the only way you&rsquo;ll be disturbed by staff is via fax to your printer/fax/copier. </p> <p><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Rd., Shanghai, China; 86-21/ 2327 2888</a></em></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/The%20Peninsula%20Shanghai%20-%20Suite%20Bathroom.jpg?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> W Singapore – Sentosa Cove </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> <p class="MsoNormal">There&rsquo;s nothing subtle about uber-trendy <a href="http://www.wsingaporesentosacove.com/" target="_blank" title="W Singapore Sentosa Cove ">W Singapore &ndash; Sentosa Cove</a>&rsquo;s tech-conscious style. Think LED art and flatscreen televisions set within polished marble walls. Not to mention the 1,338-square-metre pool with electronica beats piped in underwater, ringed with private cabanas supplied with Apple&#39;s pods and pads.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Rooms have neon pink-and-lavender mood lighting and huge mini-bars stocked with such essentials as oxygen canisters and condoms, though the aptly (and painfully) named &ldquo;Extreme Wow Suite&rdquo; is the hotel&rsquo;s hi-tech <em>pièce de résistance</em>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This soundproof 195-square-metre palace is decked out with a 55-inch flatscreen television, DVD player, Bang &amp; Olufsen surround sound and DJ booth with dual turntables and vinyl collection.&nbsp;Now, they&#39;ve even permitted keyless room entry&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bypass-reception-desk-access-your-starwood-hotel-room-your-smartphone/news">via your smartphone.&nbsp;</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">21 Ocean Way, Singapore; 65/ 6808 7288</a></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><em>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/future-hospitality-open-your-door-your-smartwatch-have-robot-concierge-service-and-reserve-your-deck">Have a robot butler do your bidding at the Starwood hotel of the future</a></em></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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/W%20Singapore%20-%20Sentosa%20Cove%20-%20Extreme%20WOW%20Suite%20-%20Hotel.jpg?1417518526" /> </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"> Hotel ICON </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> <p class="MsoNormal">This award-winning <a href="http://hotel-icon.com/#/our-story" target="_blank" title="Hotel ICON Hong Kong">262-room design hotel</a> literally goes &lsquo;Above &amp; Beyond&rsquo; with its upper-tier accommodations. On top of luxe common amenities &mdash; 40-inch television, Blu-ray player, Bose iPod dock, complimentary mini-bar and local calls via Wi-Fi &mdash; club rooms and suites include nightly access to a rooftop bar where you can sip <em>gratis </em>cocktails while soaking in postcard-perfect panoramas of Victoria Harbour. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">17 Science Museum Rd., Hong Kong; 852/ 3400 1000</a></em></em></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/Hotel%20ICON%20-%20Hong%20Kong%20-%20Lobby.jpg?1417518526" /> </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"> Crown Towers </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> <p class="MsoNormal">The palatial crystal suite here doubles as a modern electronics showroom. If iPod docks and 50-inch plasma televisions with interactive entertainment in both bedrooms aren&rsquo;t enough, the living room ups the ante with an additional 60-inch gogglebox, Blu-ray player and 22-inch HP TouchSmart desktop. Should you have tech-related questions or, say, need help finding a chef to cook dinner in the suite&rsquo;s kitchen, a personal butler is at your beck and call 24 hours a day. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="http://www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/hotels/crown-towers/overview" target="_blank" title="Crown Towers hotel in Macau">City of Dreams</a>, <a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macau; 853/ 8868 6868</a></em></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/Crown%20Towers%20Macau%20-%20Living%20Room%20-%20Hotel.jpg?1417518526" /> </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"> Andon Ryokan </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> <p class="MsoNormal">With its somewhat upmarket take on the traditional Japanese <em>ryokan </em>(inn), <a href="http://www.andon.co.jp" target="_blank" title="Japan&#039;s Andon Ryokan ">Andon Ryokan</a> scores for its high-end conveniences catered to those on a budget (relatively speaking; Tokyo<em> is</em> Tokyo). Rooms are spartan, yet have a television, DVD player, and free Wi-Fi, and though bathrooms are communal you can book a private Jacuzzi room embellished with pop art for free.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We also like that cheap rentals of Ultra 4G pocket Wi-Fi devices are available&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;invaluable for staying plugged in with a fast connection on your smartphone or laptop while exploring the city.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps">2-34-10, Nihonzutsumi, Taito, Tokyo, Japan; 81/ 3 3873 8611</a></em></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/Andon%20Ryokan%20Hotel%20-%20Jacuzzi%20-Japan.jpg?1417518526" /> </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"> The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore </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>Bring an HDMI cable to arts-minded <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Singapore/Default.htm" target="_blank" title="The Ritz Carlton Singapore">The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore</a>, where you can&nbsp;stream your downloads on a flush-mounted 46-inch flatscreen television via a work-desk port. iPod docks are also in the room, while iPod Shuffles pre-loaded with self-guided walking tours of the hotel&rsquo;s impressive contemporary art collection are available from the concierge.</p> <p><a href="https://maps.google.com.sg/maps?ie=UTF-8&amp;q=Salisbury+Rd.,+Kowloon,+Hong+Kong%3B+852/+2920+2888&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=sg&amp;hq=852/+2920+2888&amp;hnear=0x340400ee6711d191:0xd5502a675f20fbe,Salisbury+Rd,+Hong+Kong&amp;cid=0,0,4295110881735578151&amp;ei=_gn7UeudHonEkQWf-IGwBA&amp;ved=0CMoBEPwSMAs" target="_blank" title="See it in Google Maps"><em>7 Raffles Ave., Singapore; 65/ 6337 8888</em>&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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/The%20Ritz-Carlton%20Millenia%20Singapore%20-%20Bathroom%20Hotel%20View.jpg?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asia’s 10 most tech-savvy hotels </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"> These awesome stopovers almost love gadgets more than us. Almost... </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" title="W Singapore Sentosa Hotel" alt="W Singapore Sentosa Cove Hotel" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/carousel-images/W%20Singapore%20-%20Sentosa%20Cove%20-%20Marvelous%20Suite.jpg?1417518526" /> </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/Banyan%20Tree%20Macau%20Hotel%20-%20Exterior_0.jpg?1417518526" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/tv/10-tech-savvy-hotels-asia/feature#comments Docks and Speakers iPod and MP3 Tablets TV Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:22:41 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1425247 at http://www.stuff.tv Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear http://www.stuff.tv/my/those-ugly-logos-back-your-phone-are-set-disappear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In a victory for design, US “E-Label act” means they can be displayed in software instead </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="Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear" alt="Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-fcc-logo.jpg?1417139480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flip over your smartphone or tablet. See those logos on the back? The ones that spoil its handsome looks, but that you&rsquo;ve seen so many times you&rsquo;ve forgotten they&rsquo;re there?</p> <p>Those logos are, thankfully, set for the chop. From 1973 until now, FCC logos and regulatory compliance numbers have been required by US law, but a new act just passed by the US Senate has changed all that.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuff-innovators-2014-design/feature">Stuff Innovators 2014: Design</a></strong></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"> Don’t put a label on me, man </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>Quite simply, the <a href="https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2583" target="_blank">E-Label Act</a> means that this information can be displayed in a device&rsquo;s software rather than on its physical hardware. It&rsquo;s a victory for aesthetics, but it&rsquo;ll also have a practical, cost-saving purpose, because manufacturers won&rsquo;t have to pay to print them.</p> <p>Sadly, the &ldquo;CE&rdquo; mark displayed on gadgets in the EU isn&rsquo;t going anywhere just yet. Boo and indeed hiss.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/your-future-gadgets-wont-have-those-strange-dumb-logos-1664051547" target="_blank">Gizmodo</a>]</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/fr3d/4730736800" target="_blank">Fred</a> on Flickr</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/those-ugly-logos-back-your-phone-are-set-disappear/news#comments Smartphones Tablets Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:01:59 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1454139 at http://www.stuff.tv Gorilla Glass 4 arrives to better protect your phone screen from direct drops http://www.stuff.tv/my/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Corning’s latest formulation is said to survive 80% of 1m falls onto rough surfaces </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="Gorilla Glass 4" alt="Gorilla Glass 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gorilla-glass-4.jpg?1416533449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our phones take a lot of everyday wear and tear, but it&rsquo;s usually a hard fall - a drop from fumbled hands or off of a countertop - that warrants repair or replacement. But the new Gorilla Glass might alleviate that.</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Corning claims that Gorilla Glass 4 can safely weather those surprise impacts up to 80% of the time, and that it&rsquo;s twice as durable as competing strengthened glass brands. Device screens will still break, depending on the surface your phone hits and the distance of the drop, but at least this kind of aluminosilicate glass should make it a less common occurrence.</p> <p>Gorilla Glass 4 is already shipping to phone makers, and Corning expects devices bearing it to debut within the next three months.</p> <p>With ambitions of using sapphire-covered displays for major, mass-market devices still <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip">something of a pipe dream</a>, it&rsquo;ll be interesting to see how long Gorilla Glass and its ilk remain the standard for screen protection.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.corning.com/news_center/news_releases/2014/2014112001.aspx">Corning</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/20/7253397/corning-gorilla-glass-4-announced">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-weigh/news">Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: 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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8ObyPq-OmO0" 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/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/gorilla-glass-4-arrives-better-protect-your-phone-screen-direct-drops/news#comments Smartphones Tablets Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:18:04 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453640 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new 8in tablet is wordy by name, nerdy by nature </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&#039;s been on a bezel-killing rampage and we love the new look " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3-tablet-front.png?1417568301" /> </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>Big phone, small phone. Big tablet, small tablet. Sony&#39;s Xperia line-up is now all about choice. And if its only rival was its big brother - the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Z2 Tablet</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;this impressive small tab would win hands down.</p> <p>Slim, light, waterproof, well-specced and without the odd bezel-heavy build of its predecessor, it just makes more sense.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM1,699.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16GB, LTE </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"> Neat little movie tab </div> <div class="field-item even"> Waterproof </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expandable storage </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"> You can get an iPad Mini 2 for RM969 </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not all Android apps are optimised </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony pushes some services </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"> Be gone bezels </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 era of Stuff being at odds with Sony&#39;s OmniBalance design is over.</p> <p>We&#39;ve always appreciated the care, attention and craftsmanship that&#39;s gone into building Xperia smartphones and tablets. But there&#39;s also been a part of us that thinks mobile devices, designed to be held in the hand, need to be practical and human-friendly as well as beautiful.</p> <p>The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is just that - much easier to pick up, hold one-handed and generally get on with than actually say out loud. It&#39;s like the 7.9in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini</a>&nbsp;in that you&#39;ll use it in portrait mode most of the time. Though you can get one hand around, it makes more sense to rest it in your palms, thumbs easily darting around the 8in touchscreen.</p> <p>The all-metal frame is gone, replaced with curved sides, a matte back and tempered glass on the front. It&#39;s as ludicrously skinny as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Xperia Z2 Tablet&nbsp;</a>at 6.4mm but in this smaller, supremely portable size, it works. On the larger tablet it meant that the tab flexed worryingly in the middle and wasn&#39;t very satisfying to hold. Here it helps the handbag/big pocket-friendly dimensions.</p> <p>Because it doesn&#39;t look like a scaled-down<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">&nbsp;Z2 Tablet.</a>&nbsp;The huge bezels all around that slate have gone, transforming it somewhat and if anything this looks like Sony&#39;s take on a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>. At 270g - nearly 30g less than the still-plasticky Samsung - it&#39;s a great move for Xperia tablets.</p> <p>True, the Tab S fits a bigger 8.4in screen in a curvier, similar sized body but anyone who would consider one should also take a look at the other.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Tablet Compact gets PS4 Remote Play too " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-dualshock-4.png?1417568301" /> </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="Familiar Sony flaps mean one thing - waterproofing " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-ports-1.png?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Xperia by numbers - the prominent power button is present and correct " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-power-button.png?1417568301" /> </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"> Still waterproof </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>With the same IP65 and IP68 water and dust resistance ratings as its smartphone siblings, the Z3 Tablet Compact also makes a great cooking or even bath time companion. The Galaxy S5 might be waterproof but the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a>&nbsp;sure isn&#39;t.</p> <p>If you&#39;re planning to dunk it (in up to 1.5m of water for half an hour) just make sure all those flaps covering ports like the microUSB are closed. Or floods of your tears will soon be joining all that water.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2K isn&#039;t everything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike Samsung with its super sharp&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">2560x1600 Tab S 8.4&nbsp;</a>and Apple with its Retina display-rocking&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">2048x1536 iPad Mini</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">,</a>&nbsp;Sony is sticking at Full HD. In fact, none of Sony&rsquo;s Xperia range is bowing to pixel pressure with 2K resolutions. And this is still a superb screen.</p> <p>The Z2 Tablet was a monster movie tablet, in part thanks to Sony&#39;s TV tech such as Triluminous for mobile and - to a lesser extent - X-Reality for mobile which pumps up contrast and saturation. The Z3 Tablet Compact is just as capable at displaying pure whites, deep blacks and punchy but realistic colours. Samsung keeps its edge for deep blacks thanks to its use of SuperAMOLED tech but this screen is just as brilliant as we&#39;ve seen on past Xperias and if you&rsquo;re watching a 1080p movie, it&rsquo;s the Sony we&rsquo;d pick.</p> <p>It&#39;s bright, holding up well in direct sunlight, and viewing angles are decent too. Still, we recommend having a play with the colour temperature sliders, as with the Xperia Z3, the Tablet Compact&rsquo;s whites can look a bit pink off-axis.</p> <p>And the resolution of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung</a>&nbsp;does have its advantages. Reading Stuff.tv on the Z3 Tablet Compact and zooming out on a full screen of text in an epic review shows that, while we agree 2K can be overkill, sometimes extra pixels can help. For hi-res images, the Samsung looks noticeably crisper too.</p> <p>It might not be futureproof but for now, the Z3 Tablet Compact shouldn&#39;t be ashamed of its pixel count. Especially when it means a better battery life than its closest rival.</p> <p>Plugging in a tablet that you forgot to power off just seems so much more unfair. So it&rsquo;s great that for one thing, the Z3 Tablet Compact&rsquo;s standby is excellent. You can forget about it for two days and find the battery has only dropped by 10%. Its own calculations reckon 35% will last seven days on standby.&nbsp;</p> <p>And in use it makes good on its promise to outlast 2K tabs. In our HD video rundown test (Wi-Fi on, half brightness) it lasted a stellar 13 hours 20 minutes, that&rsquo;s over three hours longer than the (admittedly brighter)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S 8.4</a>&nbsp;and also the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;or 3. Sony itself claims up to 15 hours of video playback so you might be able to eke out a little longer too.</p> <p>A few more hours might not sound as impressive as the Z3&rsquo;s two day battery life but in real life, this means getting an extra one or two commutes out of the Tablet Compact on one charge and that&rsquo;s before resorting to its excellent Stamina battery-saving modes.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A set of stunning screens from Sony - with the Z3 " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-with-phone.png?1417568301" /> </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="Bright and vivid even in direct sunlight " alt="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-umbrellas.png?1417568301" /> </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 Tablet 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>Operating System</strong>: Android 4.4 KitKat</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 8in&nbsp;IPS LCD with&nbsp;1920 x 1200 resolution (283ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong>: 8.1MP rear with 1080p video, 2.3MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (microSD-expandable by up to 128GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G (with nanoSIM), NFC</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 4500mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 213 x 124 x 6.4mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 270g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fast and powerful with capable cameras </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>Stamina isn&#39;t the only area where the Z3 Tablet Compact excels. In fact, it&rsquo;s hard to fault all-round.</p> <p>Everything is fast and fluid, from multi-tasking to downloads to gaming, and its quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor performs nicely in the benchmarks, too. It scores 43098 on&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">AnTuTU</a>&nbsp;(above the Galaxy S5) and 2668 on&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.primatelabs.geekbench&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Geekbench 3</a>. Very respectable.</p> <p>Both the 8.1MP rear camera and 2.3MP front cam shoot clear, bright video and stills, as you&rsquo;d expect, though the snappers aren&rsquo;t as fast or as sharp as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Xperia Z3&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;At this small and light size the Tablet Compact isn&rsquo;t too silly if your smartphone battery has gone kaput. There&rsquo;s also lots of modes to play with including Vine built into the camera app and blogger-friendly live to YouTube streaming.</p> <p>The well disguised stereo speakers on the front of the tablet sound crisp and loud too - nothing to trouble the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a>&nbsp;for on-the-fly tunes but certainly an improvement on most phones and tablets including the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini</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-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"> A Mild Case of iPad App Envy </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>Still, the Z3 Tablet Compact isn&rsquo;t really competing on components. The iPad&rsquo;s superior selection of optimised apps together with the gorgeous, still unrivalled, design and build is what has set it apart for years.</p> <p>Here, the Play Store has made progress with big names cleaning up once-embarrassing Android tablet apps but the issue hasn&#39;t gone away and there&rsquo;s not a huge amount Sony itself can do. There are still lots of developers who are content to produce a single Android version of an app that&#39;s then simply scaled to fit the screen with often ugly results, and plenty more that prioritise iOS development, leaving Android users with a frustratingly long wait for optimisation and new features.</p> <p>Samsung offers tons of freebies and subscriptions with its Tab S tablets, which is one way of distracting users from shiny new iPad apps. The fact remains that if you aren&rsquo;t bound to Android in your choice of tablet, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">RM969 iPad Mini 2</a>&nbsp;is better value than both the Samsung and the Sony thanks, in part, to better apps and games.</p> <p>The one feature that the iPad Mini will never offer is PS4 game streaming. It&rsquo;s an interesting move but not quite flawless enough.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review - iPad Mini apps" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-3-review-apps_0_1.png?1416799669" /> </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&#039;s curated apps aren&#039;t enough " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-whats-new_0_1.png?1416799669" /> </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"> The only tablet that can play PS4 games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is the same in-home game streaming tech found on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-vita/sony-playstation-vita-pch-2000/review">PS Vita,&nbsp;</a>and the Z3 Tablet Compact makes a tidy set-up with Sony&#39;s mount accessory and a DualShock 4 controller (a DualShock 3 will also work).</p> <p>On a local network the Z3 Tablet Compact connects without issue and connecting your controller is a doddle. It looks really nice, too, even on the Standard Video Quality setting.</p> <p>You&#39;re obviously not getting the PS4&#39;s 1080p native resolution, but because of the relatively small and capable screen it looks sharp and pretty detailed.</p> <p>There is lag, though. There&rsquo;s just half a second of delay, and for certain types of games it will be unnoticeable or at least insignificant enough to ignore.</p> <p>But competitive multiplayer and games that require precision could be rather frustrating if played through the tablet. There&rsquo;s a fair bit of stutter to fast movement at times, too - especially when there&rsquo;s a particularly large amount of onscreen action.</p> <p>Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities of Remote Play is the ability to play PS4 games when away from home, but you need a seriously solid data connection for that. Think of it more as an at-home&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/review">Long term PS4 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4912" height="3264" title="Connect a DualShock and link to your PS4 and you&#039;ve got next-gen gaming on the go" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia%20Z3%20Compact%20Renote%20Play_1.JPG?1416799669" /> </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 back of the Tablet Compact is lovely to stroke " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z3-tablet-rear_0_1.png?1416799669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Nvidia&#039;s Shield weeps quietly in the corner " alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xperia_Z3%20Tablet%20Compact_PS4_Black_2.jpg?1416799669" /> </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"> Is this the perfect tablet for gamers? </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>In some ways it&rsquo;s mighty impressive that PS4 Remote Play works and is usable at all on the Tablet Compact, but I&rsquo;d see this as something I would use very rarely - those times that I absolutely had to play something and for whatever reason absolutely couldn&rsquo;t use the telly.</p> <p>I was mighty excited about Remote Play on the Z3 Tablet Compact but having now used it a fair bit I don&#39;t think it&#39;s reason alone to buy this tablet over a rival.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 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>Convincing people they need an Android tablet - let alone a premium one - is no easy task.</p> <p>But the Z3 Tablet Compact is a lovely thing. It&#39;s a slim, light and reliable couch or commute companion. The screen looks brilliant despite being &quot;only&quot; Full HD. The waterproofing may sway people away from choosing an iPad Mini.</p> <p>That RM1699 price is seriously steep, especially in light of the cheaper&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2/review">iPad Mini 2.</a>&nbsp;But it puts the Sony on a level with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and despite the fact that these two are so similar (both portable, both expandable, both running KitKat) the waterproofing and extra battery life just swing it for us.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a close call but if Samsung&#39;s software puts you off a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Tab S</a>&nbsp;or your gamer eyes light up at the mention of PS4 Remote Play on a tidy Sony tab, this 8in Xperia might be the right tablet for you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten">The ten best tablets - tested and rated by Stuff&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-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-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"> 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"> 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-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>As portable as it is powerful, the Z3 Tablet Compact proves Sony tabs can be easy to live with</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"> Meet the super-light Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact </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"> Wordy by name, nerdy by nature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-01.jpg?1416799669" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compact-hands/review#comments IFA 2014 Sony Tablets Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:46:54 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1446510 at http://www.stuff.tv Your mobile phone is the reason behind your neck and back problems http://www.stuff.tv/my/keep-hunching-over-your-phone-and-you-could-end-health-problems/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Researchers say there is a link between mobile device usage and health risks </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="Keep hunching over your phone and you could end up with health problems " alt="Keep hunching over your phone and you could end up with health problems " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/2345D1B100000578-283945.jpg?1416465246" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been having some nagging neck and back pains in recent times, you need to read this &ndash; it could be due to you hunching over your mobile phone, and using it over extended periods of time.</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"> Everything in moderation is good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&rsquo;s like having an average seven-year-old sitting on your neck, and the more your neck is bent, the amount of force increases. Keep at it for an extended period of time and the wear and tear will result in the need for surgery.</p> <p>Hansraj agreed that it is nearly impossible to avoid the technologies that result in these issues, but you should make a concerted effort to look at your phones with a neutral spine and to prevent spending hours each day hunched over. &nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We recommend that people should continue to enjoy their smart devices, but that they pay specific attention to where their head is in space. You want to be careful that your head is straight up with you&#39;re using a smart device,&quot; he added.</p> <p>We suggest you adhere to this doctor&rsquo;s advise before it&rsquo;s a tad bit too late.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-s-new-project-human-body/news">Google&#39;s new project: The perfect human body</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source and images: <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2839455/Why-hunching-phone-gives-pain-Image-shows-tilting-head-puts-four-STONE-extra-pressure-neck.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail Online</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Keep hunching over your phone and you could end up with health problems " alt="Keep hunching over your phone and you could end up with health problems " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bones.jpg?1416465246" /> </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/keep-hunching-over-your-phone-and-you-could-end-health-problems/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/keep-hunching-over-your-phone-and-you-could-end-health-problems/news#comments Smartphones Tablets Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:49:31 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453577 at http://www.stuff.tv Jolla's Sailfish-powered tablet smashes crowdfunding target http://www.stuff.tv/my/jolla/jollas-first-tablet-smashes-crowdfunding-target/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seems like there&#039;s a demand for an alternative OS tablet </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="Jolla&#039;s first tablet smashes crowdfunding target" alt="Jolla&#039;s first tablet smashes crowdfunding target" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jolla%20tablet.jpg?1416476668" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Jolla? The company founded by ex-Nokia employees has gone past making a phone but into making a tablet.</p> <p>Its Jolla Tablet is the company&#39;s attempt to make the first crowdsourced tablet and is now running a very successful campaign on Indiegogo.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android apps, no Android required </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the tablet runs Jolla&#39;s own Sailfish OS, it can handily run Android apps as well which will probably appeal to those already on Android. At under US$200, with very impressive internal specs, it&#39;s no wonder Indiegogo backers are throwing money at the company.</p> <p>What do you get for your money? There&#39;s the 64-bit Intel quad-core processor, 32GB of flash storage (expandable with a microSD slot), 2GB of RAM and a 2048 x 1536 pixel 7.85in display.</p> <p>How big is it? It&#39;s roughly around the size of an iPad Mini and weighs 384g. The 4300 mAh battery is the only downside to the tablet, seeing as the iPad Mini&#39;s has a 6471mAh rating and the Nexus 6&#39;s battery is 6700 mAh. Still, as the tablet is at least US$100 cheaper than either of other tablets, tradeoffs are to be expected.</p> <p>Sadly the tablet is only shipping to the following locales: EU, Norway, Switzerland, United States, India, China, Hong Kong, and Russia. If you&#39;d like to check out the campaign anyway, head on over to the <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jolla-tablet-world-s-first-crowdsourced-tablet" target="_blank">campaign website</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/super-cheap-firefox-os-phones-coming-india-and-indonesia/news">Super cheap Firefox OS phones in India and Indonesia</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/11/19/jolla-tablet-indiegogo/" target="_blank">Mashable</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/jBQdfcLhts8" 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/jolla/jollas-first-tablet-smashes-crowdfunding-target/news#comments Android Crowdfunding Jolla Tablets Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:38:50 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1453569 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L http://www.stuff.tv/my/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia&#039;s new Android slate packs a reversible USB connector and its Z Launcher app </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="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" alt="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-n1-tablet-02.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia has taken the wraps off its first post-Microsoft device, the Nokia N1 Android tablet, at the Slush 2014 conference.</p> <p>The N1&#39;s 7.9in, 2048x1536 screen is surrounded by an aluminium unibody frame with micro-drilled speaker holes; it looks not dissimilar to the iPad Mini and shares the Apple devices screen resolution.</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/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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>Probably the most notable thing about the N1 is its USB port - in a consumer first, it has one of the new reversible &#39;Type C&#39; ports. The new standard is intended to replace both the existing full USB and MicroUSB in one fell swoop, and comes in at roughly the same size as Apple&#39;s Lightning connector.</p> <p>Naturally, you also get the usual connectivity options; 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0. Disappointingly, though, there&#39;s no microSD slot to expand on the N1&#39;s 32GB internal storage.</p> <p>Inside, the N1 packs a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor along wth 2GB RAM; a PowerVR G6430 GPU provides graphical grunt, while a 5300mAh battery keeps things ticking over for up to 9 hours at a time, according to Nokia.&nbsp;Round the back, there&#39;s an 8MP camera, while a front-facing 5MP snapper handles selfies and video calls in 1080p.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Nokia N1 will land in China first, after the Chinese New Year on 19th Feburary; it will then roll out to Russia and European markets. We&#39;ll have more news, including an exact release date and pricing info, as it comes in.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 150 brilliant present ideas</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="Nokia N1 Android tablet" alt="Nokia N1 Android tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1.jpg?1417398769" /> </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/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news#comments Android Microsoft N1 Nokia Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:57:54 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453485 at http://www.stuff.tv Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One OS, many imaging tricks, and they&#039;re all free when you download the Google Camera app </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="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android_vector.jpg?1417419840" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unlike the iPhone-totting crowd, there are plenty of choices available to Android users. Which translates to a first-world problem - if there are so many customised imaging features in different devices, how can anyone truly be a master of every Android smartphone out there?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The art of focus </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 Google Camera app has the perfect solution for highlighting the subject and that&rsquo;s a feature called Lens Blur. It gives your photos the bokeh effect that&#39;s typically achieved with extensive fiddling of manual controls on normal cameras. On an Android device, all you need to do is a simple tap. It&#39;s that easy.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best for:</strong> Close ups of people and objects.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to use it: </strong>Activate Lens Blur, tap the capture button and then move your device slowly upwards, or tilt it back to move the slider. And if that still doesn&rsquo;t quite work out for you, you get to post-process your photo, changing the position of your focus and even the intensity of your bokeh on the slider scale.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tip:</strong> Frame your subject so that it&rsquo;s in the centre of the picture to get the best results.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;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-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="The art of focus" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bokehhhh.jpg?1417419840" /> </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>The LG G3 has a similar feature called Magic Focus, HTC calls it the Ufocus on the One (M8) and Sony decides to be straightforward about it, naming the bokeh feature Background Defocus.</p> <p>All three roughly work in the same way - taking multiple shots with different focus lengths and creating a composite image that lets you adjust the focus.</p> <p>But amongst all three, the One M8 stands out with its dual lens. It uses the secondary lens to get the depth of field information every time so you get good bokeh no matter the photo mode.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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"> 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"> Practicsing arcissism, we mean, selfie </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>Where would modern day vanity be without the selfie&rsquo;s coming-of-age? Not out there for everyone&rsquo;s eyes, that&rsquo;s for sure. Google Camera comes with a baked-in timer and grid lines to align your self shot properly, so take advantage of those features.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Vain shots of yourself, duh.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:</strong>&nbsp;Hold phone up, make sure your face can be seen, then snap.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong>&nbsp;If you&rsquo;re taking a selfie against the setting sun, using the front-facing camera won&rsquo;t work as you will just be a black silhouette against the glare of the sun. Use the back-facing camera and activate flash to provide a fill light for your face. So what if you can&rsquo;t see before you shoot? Going digital means you get plenty of do-overs.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/go-wild-taking-selfies-here-s-touchless-selfie-app/news">Go wild taking selfies Malaysia, here&rsquo;s the touchless selfie app</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="The art of narcissism, we mean, selfie" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/selfie.jpg?1417419840" /> </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>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 takes selfies to a whole new level, thanks to its 3.7MP front-facing camera. It also has a wide angle selfie mode to include more of your background or group shots even if you are short of arm.</p> <p>If using a timer or a button isn&rsquo;t how you wish to snap a selfie, the Note 4&rsquo;s voice controls are also an option.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ballin’ snaps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking of inclusive photos, Google has one-upped the other mobile operating systems with Photo Sphere, its surround view camera experience. When we say surround, we don&rsquo;t mean panoramic photos, we mean a 360-degree view, putting you in the middle of it all.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best for:</strong> A totally immersive viewing experience of landscape or interior shots.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to use it: </strong>Tap on the Photo Sphere icon, and follow the dots. Move slowly and keep your hands steady.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tip:</strong> Start shooting your Photo Sphere at the least important part of the scene. The stitching can be a little tricky at times, especially around the edges and you don&rsquo;t want the point of your photo to be scarred by bad stitching.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphone-photography/feature">Beta yourself: Smartphone Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20sphere.png?1417419840" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If a Photo Sphere isn&rsquo;t exactly what you&rsquo;re looking for but you still want that immersive experience, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 have a Dual Window mode for a picture in picture experience. In Sony&#39;s case, that mode is known as Face In (again, with the obvious reference). You might not be able to get the sides in, but you get back and front-facing views.</p> <p>You can also resize the small window and drag it around to place it wherever you wish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No landscape restriction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Panorama feature might not be new, it can&rsquo;t be left out whenever the camera is mentioned since it&#39;s such a quintessential feature in most smartphone cameras. Google Camera&rsquo;s Panorama allows you to take more than just the conventional horizontal photo.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Scenic travel shots when you want to capture the sweeping expanse of the landscape before you.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:&nbsp;</strong>Activate Panorama mode and tap on other settings in the bottom right to bring up three other options, including vertical panoramas (which are great for waterfalls and the like) to Panorama in, aside from the usual left to right and vice versa.</p> <p>Instead of the old sweeping method, taking panorama shots is now similar to how you would capture a Photo Sphere, with white dots acting as the centering guideline.</p> <p><strong>Tip:&nbsp;</strong>Avoid movement in your shots. A person walking in front of the beautiful landscape you&rsquo;re trying to shoot will only spoil it by appearing as a smudge on your otherwise perfect photo.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature" target="_blank"> Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: How to shoot panoramas </a> </strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panorama.png?1417419840" /> </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>Speaking of movements, it&#39;s hard to prevent blurry images from popping. Not if you&#39;re using a smartphone with optical image stabilisation. The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 are armed with these mechanical parts, which detects and moves the camera to counter the shake, rattle and roll that creates the offending shots.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android/reviews">The latest Android smartphone and tablet reviews, all here!</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"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taking photos in low light </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 no biggie if cameras perform in well-lit situations, but it&#39;s kind of a big deal when they turn out good pictures even if the light is not that great. And you can do just that with a few tweaks to the settings within the Camera app.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Night situations, when the light source is a pale moon, or a lone flickering candle.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:</strong>&nbsp;In the usual Camera mode, hit the usual Settings to bring up your gridlines and the like. Tap the icon on the left to bring up a little exposure scale from -2 to +2, and lighten up your gloomy night shot. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong>&nbsp;If you can&rsquo;t find the setting for manual exposure, all you have to do is swipe to the right to bring up the different modes, and tap on the settings icon on the bottom right. Then tap Advanced, and finally trigger Manual Exposure to give you the option of adjusting exposure values.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Taking photos in low light" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lowlight.png?1417419840" /> </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>The Sony Xperia Z3 knocks lowlight shots out of complete darkness with its large sensor to soak up all the available light in the shot and a high ISO of up to 12800 to compensate for the lack of brightness. Your nighttime photos no longer have to be that realistically dark, i.e. completely swathed in murky black.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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"> Android photography masterclass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The art of imaging, via your smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android_vector_0.jpg?1417419839" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature#comments Android Smartphones Stuff's Ultimate Guide to Android Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:34:38 +0000 Elissa Loi 1453418 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 9 http://www.stuff.tv/my/nexus-9/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the Nexus tablet </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="The tupperware of tablets " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-9-21.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there&rsquo;s an Android contender to rival an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2</a>, this is it. The Nexus 9 has the same screen shape, the same resolution and &ndash;&nbsp;like the Apple tablet &ndash;&nbsp;launches with the very best its platform has to offer.</p> <p>You get the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop software, bags of power and a super-sharp display: all for &pound;80 (approximately RM300) less than an iPad Air 2. It&rsquo;s sure to lure thousands away from the Apple Store.</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">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"> Big, sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Powerful CPU </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty and new Android software </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"> Screen has some small issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Android 5.0 still needs some tweaks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Only available in 16GB and 32GB versions </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"> The tupperware of tablets </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&rsquo;s plenty of praise to come for the Nexus 9, but it&rsquo;s not a tablet that sets out to wow you with its hardware design. Like the good old <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a>, it&rsquo;s more practical than luxurious.</p> <p>The back is plastic, and has the sort of minimalist design a swedish furniture maker might come up with. Good-looking? Sure, but it doesn&rsquo;t give the hard, expensive impression of the iPad Air 2, or offer the jaw-dropping thin-n-lightness of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>You get the feeling Google cares a little more about what happens when you switch the screen on than what it feels like.</p> <p>That we can be so blasé about a tablet this thin and light tells you about how far we&#39;ve come, though. The Nexus 9 is 7.9mm thick and weighs just 425g in its Wi-Fi only incarnation.&nbsp;It <em>is</em> thin and it <em>is</em> light, it just doesn&rsquo;t showcase it in the same way the 6.1mm-thick iPad Air 2 does.</p> <p>That slight lack of initial impact is quickly forgotten when you start using the Nexus 9, though. The 4:3 aspect is so much better suited to an 8in-plus tablet than the widescreen styles that used to be the Android norm.</p> <p>Switch between this and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-10/review">Nexus 10</a> and the older tablet just seems a bit, well, silly. It&rsquo;s not just about the looks either, but how its weighting sits in your mitt. The Nexus 9 feels right, and is <em>just about</em> light enough to use one-handed while reading an article on the train on the way to work.</p> <p>In short, the Nexus 9 makes it pretty obvious why 10in widescreen tablets were never all that popular.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No wows in the hardware design " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14.jpg?1417398769" /> </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"> Google Nexus 9 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> -&nbsp;Android 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Processor -</strong>&nbsp;64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 @ 2.5GHz, Kepler GPU</p> <p><strong>RAM -</strong>&nbsp;2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen -</strong>&nbsp;8.9in IPS LCD with 2048x1536 resolution (281ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras -</strong>&nbsp;8MP rear with 1080p video, 1.6MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage -</strong>&nbsp;16/32GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity -</strong>&nbsp;Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, optional 3G/4G</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 6700mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions -</strong>&nbsp;228 x 154 x 7.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 425g (436g with 3G/4G)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Build me up, break me down </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 Nexus might lack some of the gloss of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> but build quality is more than reasonable. The plastic (in black, white or sandy beige) flexes a little in parts, and the volume controls feel a bit, well, naff. But the front is Gorilla Glass 3 and the band of metal around the sides gives you some confidence that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc" target="_blank">HTC</a> &ndash; this tablet&rsquo;s maker &ndash;&nbsp;hasn&rsquo;t scrimped entirely on the essentials.</p> <p>The size, the shape, the handling: we have no serious complaints. However, Google has deliberately limited you in one quite annoying way. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</p> <p>Of course, iPads have never had memory card slots, either - but the iPad Air 2 is available in 64GB and 128GB versions if you&#39;re the type that values on-board storage. The Nexus 9, on the other hand, maxes out at 32GB.</p> <p>Casual users may well get by with the standard 16GB, but with only 10GB of it actually available to use once you factor in the OS, it&rsquo;s soon gone if you load up a few games and movies. You can obviously bolster this with cloud storage from Google Drive or Dropbox, but it&#39;s not really the same thing. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t warn 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="Working the upsell angle " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-6.jpg?1417398769" /> </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"> LCD starlet </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 Nexus 9 screen just begs for games and films, too. It offers oodles of pixels, 2048 x 1536 to be exact (just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>), and it&rsquo;s enough to make everything on the 8.9in screen look as sharp as any rival.</p> <p>Get your eyeball up to the display and you can see a teeny bit of fizziness, but we&rsquo;re calling it: this resolution is enough.</p> <p>Just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> before it, the Nexus 9 uses an IPS LCD screen, the same tech found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>. The strong colour reproduction melded with the high resolution, bright backlight and very immediate image give the display plenty of pop.</p> <p>However, purists will notice a few little issues. First, this is an LCD and its black levels aren&rsquo;t close to what you get from an OLED tablet such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also some pretty clear leakage from the backlight, particularly clear at the top of the Nexus 9. It exhibits as a tiny strip of brightness at the top of the screen. You should get used to it, but those with display OCD may find it distracting. It is fairly minor, but is another little negative to jot down if you&rsquo;re after the ultimate Android tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 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="This resolution is enough " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-3.jpg?1417398769" /> </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"> What flavour is that Lollipop? </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 far, so ordinary: we&rsquo;ve seen better screen performance from both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S</a> tablets. It&rsquo;s the software the Nexus 9 is really here to show off.</p> <p>This is the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, the version the rest of the Android-using world is going to be clamouring after for weeks or, more likely, months. So what&rsquo;s it all about?</p> <p>Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new look. It appears and feels familiar, but everything has been given a subtle facelift. The soft keys are new. The apps menu now looks like a series of white pages and you double-swipe down from the top of the screen to access quick settings toggles and screen brightness.</p> <p>The lock screen is new, too, giving you notifications without having to take the tablet out of sleep mode. Very handy and about time. These are all things that we&rsquo;ve seen before in other custom interfaces. It&rsquo;s mostly just a neat, simple, quite cute UI &ndash;&nbsp;not a revolution.</p> <p>Google has also reworked a bunch of the standard Android apps in the Nexus 9&rsquo;s Android 5.0. Gmail, the Contacts book, Calendar and even the Play Store have all been given a spring clean.</p> <p>But speaking of apps, it&#39;s also worth noting that many still aren&#39;t optimised for larger Android screens. Developers seem happy to produce different versions of their apps for iPhone and iPad, but many seem content to release just one for Android, which is then simply blown-up to fit tablet screens. That can have some ugly results.</p> <p>But Lollipop is pretty elsewhere, with a colour palette that now has that extra hint of pastel to it. And everything moves with that extra bit of pep. Google seems to want the Nexus 9 to be something that would slide gracefully into an IKEA show home in its software as well as its hardware design.</p> <p>Is it flat-out better than what you get with the Google Now interface available for just about any Android device these days? Maybe, but not by a huge margin.</p> <p>What really matters is the stuff in the background &ndash;&nbsp;those turning cogs you can&rsquo;t see on the surface. Android 5.0 now supports 64-bit processors and is better primed for connections to other devices than ever before. Our guess is that this means deeper integration with Android Wear watches, co-operation that we don&rsquo;t even know about yet. For now, it means you can take up where you left off with media and apps in Lollipop goodies.</p> <p>A lot of that promise is about the future, not right now. For example, while the Tegra K1 CPU used in the Nexus 9 is 64-bit, there&rsquo;s nothing that specifically makes use of that more advanced architecture at present.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not noticeably faster than previous top Android tablets, either. There&rsquo;s the odd hint of lag here and there, undoubtedly because Android 5.0 Lollipop is a baby chick still brushing off those remaining bits of eggshell.</p> <p>We imagine it&rsquo;ll soon be improved in an update before too long, and it&rsquo;s hardly bad at present anyway. Just the occasional stutter, and some apps not loading as fast as we&rsquo;d like, especially given Android 5.0 uses a special ART runtime that&rsquo;s meant to speed this whole process up. We&rsquo;ll have a full review of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a> up on Stuff.tv very soon.</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="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-20.jpg?1417398769" /> </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" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-17.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-16.jpg?1417398769" /> </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"> The numbers of the beast </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>Hardware-wise, the Nexus 9 is one of the most powerful Android devices ever made.</p> <p>Its Tegra K1 CPU is a dual-core 2.5GHz chipset &ndash; it may have just two cores, but they don&rsquo;t half pack a punch. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark, it scores roughly the same points per core as you get out of all of the Nexus 7&rsquo;s four cores. For the spec-heads out there, it scores 1970 points per core, 3332 total in Geekbench 3.</p> <p>However, the real meat of the K1 processor is in the graphics side. It uses a Kepler DX1, which has 192 cores &ndash; sounds ridiculous and it sorta is.&nbsp;</p> <p>We thought all this power might end up being squirted into oblivion, but there are already some games that make terrific use of it. For example, <em>Dead Trigger 2</em> offers a special graphics mode not available on other devices that adds gorgeous water effects, the kind you&rsquo;d only normally see in console or PC games. Yes, that does mean the game is now jammed full of puddles, but they aren&rsquo;t half pretty.</p> <p>These optimisations are already in place because this isn&rsquo;t the first time a Tegra K1 has been jammed into an Android device: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet</a> has one, too (a slightly different version). Nvidia went as far as to bring over classics such as <em>Portal</em> and <em>Half-life 2</em> to the Shield Tablet, but they don&rsquo;t seem to be available for the Nexus 9 yet.</p> <p>Fingers crossed they will be at some point, though. If only for show-off points.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet 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="Sounds ridiculous and it sorta is " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-game.jpg?1417398769" /> </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"> Front-loaded Bieber blasters </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>Another nice little extra for gamers is the Nexus 9&rsquo;s front facing speakers. They&rsquo;re not too obvious, and sit to the extreme ends of each side of the tablet (when held in landscape).</p> <p>This sort of setup is top-notch in terms of positioning. You get that immersive stereo effect and they&rsquo;re virtually impossible to block to the extent that the sound becomes muffled. Even if you put a finger over each port, the sound isn&rsquo;t choked. We managed to ruin the sound by squishing a palm against each outlet, but you do have to try pretty hard.</p> <p>The Nexus 9&rsquo;s actual sound quality is a bit more of a mixed affair.</p> <p>With music in particular, the Nexus 9 can sound a bit strained, the mids unnatural. And treble lacks finesse and the clarity of some rivals. These are similar, or the same, BoomSound speakers used in phones like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">)</a>. But what is great in a phone doesn&#39;t seem quite so hot in this larger tablet.</p> <p>Still, sound quality remains better than average. It&rsquo;s just slightly disappointing that HTC hasn&rsquo;t done for tablet audio what it did for phones in the HTC One. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>&nbsp;actually offers greater volume, more power and greater clarity, even though its speakers are in the &#39;wrong&#39; place.</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-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"> Milli-amped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life is pretty good. Off a full charge we got just under 12 hours of video playback from the Nexus 9, with the screen set to middling brightness &ndash;&nbsp;which is actually probably a bit brighter than you&rsquo;d use indoors. In normal everyday use it&#39;ll last a few days.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a real power user you might be disappointed to find that hot-swapping is off the table. In fact, swapping of any kind seems unlikely -&nbsp;battery isn&#39;t just non-removable, it&#39;s glued in place behind a back cover you can&rsquo;t rip off.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Milli-amped up" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-5.jpg?1417398769" /> </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"> Papp-a-razzie </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 cameras are a slight weak point. On the back of the Nexus 9 sits an 8MP camera while the front uses a rather unusual 1.6MP sensor.</p> <p>Walk around a major city and you&rsquo;re sure to see loads of tourists taking loads of pictures with their tablet &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature">probably iPads</a>. But HTC and Google still seem to be working under the assumption tablet cameras aren&rsquo;t too important.</p> <p>We&#39;d wouldn&#39;t necesarily argue with that, but if you are a tablet snapper you&#39;ll likely find that your greatest annoyance isn&rsquo;t image quality but autofocus speed. It feels sluggish, not the sort of camera to whip out to capture your dog as it bounds across a park, flinging 360 degree drool. You&rsquo;d probably end up with a photo of some grass. Maybe a tree if you&rsquo;re lucky.&nbsp;The Nexus 9 is also prone to overexposing just about every cloud in the sky, too.</p> <p>Approach the camera with patience and you can get some reasonable results with pretty decent colour saturation, but&nbsp;we&#39;d recommend sticking to your phone camera unless you simply must let absolutely everyone see that you&rsquo;re rocking the new Nexus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">Using your iPad as a camera is fine, and here&#39;s why</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="Autofocus is slow " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-12.jpg?1417398769" /> </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"> Google Nexus 9 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 Nexus 9 shows where Android tablets of the future should be headed &mdash; a little less geek locked in their bedroom, a bit more &lsquo;ordinary person&rsquo; relaxing in the lounge. However, it also has the raw power underneath to satisfy enthusiasts so it&rsquo;ll come up with the hardcore goods once more devs gets their heads around its 64-bit Kepler engine.</p> <p>But there are still some niggling flaws -&nbsp;the build isn&rsquo;t up there with the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>, storage is limited and at this early stage Lollipop is just a little stuttery.</p> <p>Our other lingering regret is that the Nexus 9 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a> show that the Google Nexus line isn&rsquo;t the bargain-hunter&rsquo;s paradise it used to be.&nbsp;Good value overall? Sure, but perhaps the real bargain right now is the RM969 iPad Mini 2. Now there&#39;s a turn up for the books.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> 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"> 10 </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"> 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>Power, stamina and that great Nexus simplicity, but Google&#39;s new tab isn&#39;t flawless</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"> Google Nexus 9 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"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the latest Nexus tablet </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/nexus-9-3_1.jpg?1417398769" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/nexus-9/review#comments Android Google HTC Nexus 9 Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:50:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1453412 at http://www.stuff.tv